Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Movie Review: 40 Weeks (#40WeeksMovie)

Me at Six Months In With My Second Pregnancy


I have been provided compensation in exchange for my honest opinion about the film reviewed below.   

Someone has done what many moms have been looking for, asking for and hoping for. The have made a realistic, enjoyable documentary about pregnancy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Working Mom Tip: Have a Stress Free Thanksgiving

Potato salad with egg and mayonnaise
Potato salad with egg and mayonnaise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Growing up, our holidays involved lots of effort and by the end of it my grandmother was exhausted. She did it all out of love. However, a lot of people were yelled at along the way! Now that I am an adult, I think there might not a better way to build that mouse trap baste that turkey. I am beginning to think that if we don't have time to cook and be happy doing it, we should make other decisions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Speaking at The Mom Con

Me with Nicole Mildren and Cooper Munroe at The Mom Con

On Saturday, I had two noteworthy accomplishments. The first, I was able to have my mother-in-law watch the kids all day, which was a huge feat. It's not that I don't love to spend all of my time with the kiddos, because I do. However, sometimes, I have commitments that interfere with me being a hands on mom.  Yesterday, I was committed to speak at a conference So, I the kids had to go!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Politics of Motherhood and Economics: President Obama and Stay-at-Home Moms Where's the Beef?

Me with my baby on maternity leave


"And sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that's not a choice we want Americans to make." President Obama

Our President has been on the attack from certain stay-at-home moms. These women have taken issue with the above statement he made at a recent rally in Rhode Island. In all fairness, I think that the statement is awkward and would have been more effective had it included a couple more words. The last sentence should have been, "And that's not a choice we want Americans to have to make." Adding those two words would have clarified what I believe was the President's intent and is more consistent with some of his prior statements.

For clarity, I support the President. I have volunteered for his two campaigns and attended both inaugurations. But that is besides the point, Regardless, of my support of the President, the criticism of his statement are overblown. He did not say, "being a stay-at-home mom is not a choice that we want Americans to make." Still, that has become the sound bite that has been heard around the world.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Reflections on The Weekend

Me on our walk along Pittsburgh's Three Rivers
Last weekend we got to have family time. And family time is always good!

Anybody who has kids understands that it is important to keep them stimulated. One way to do that is find out about interesting events going on and attend those that make sense. 

It seems like it takes us one entire day to recover from the week. I don't know if it's just me, but on Saturdays we don't bother ourselves with activities. We don't even bother getting dressed. The only time that changes is unless I have to disrupt our routine because of some nonsense commitment I have outside of the house.