Spring is in full swing and that means warmer weather, outdoor activities, and less time to spend cleaning. I recently caught up with Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate and blogger for the green cleaning leader, Maid Brigade, to find out some of her green cleaning secrets for healthy spring cleaning. “To save time, I always keep healthy cleaning supplies close at hand,” Marie says. “It’s amazing that you can safely and effectively clean your home with common household items like olive oil, baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.” I love this approach! I know a lot of the common … [more...]

and it was one of the coolest and most frightening experiences of my entire life! This is the story about how I ended up on Fox News last Monday. I'm sure many of you read the comments that Gwyneth Paltrow made on E! News about working moms a few weeks ago. If not, read them here so you can follow my story. I will wait while you educate yourself  :roll: Pretty ridiculous, right? A friend of mine at work told me about the story and advised I braced myself before clicking on the link, she does not have kids but knew I would not take kindly to her comments. My husband immediately … [more...]

“We owe five-thousand dollars,” my husband whispered. I clenched my teeth, and stared stupidly. “But how?” I squeaked. “We made too much money this year, got bumped up to a higher tax bracket.” “But….” my voice trailed off. Mentally, I protested. “But, we don’t have five thousand dollars.” “But, don’t they understand how much we pay in student loans every month?” “But, we’re relocating in a month, and I won’t have a job..” “How are we going to pay for this?” “Are you sure the accountant calculated the taxes correctly?” My chest felt heavy. My temples … [more...]

As a resident, our schedule involved something called “q 4.”  This meant that every 4th night, you spent in the hospital, rather than in your comfy bed. So, you would come in at 6am or so the morning of, and stay until about noon of the next day. Thirty hours straight, every 4th night. Boo. After my husband and I got married at the end of our intern year, he looked at me and said, “You’re plotting when we are going to have a baby, aren’t you?” And I was. I had to figure out how a baby was going to work with q4 and an eighty-hour work week.  (Not to mention living on one resident’s salary … [more...]

A reader ("L") recently wrote in with this all-too-common working mom's conundrum: I am a working mom of 2 boys, ages 18 months and 4. When I became a mom I knew this "working outside the home" path I was on was not going to be all right in my book. I had a breakdown today. My little guy had a fever of 103 degrees. And all he wanted was ME. And I had to go to WORK. So my husband typically gets the privilege of staying home with our kids when one is ill because he has much more flexibility with his job. And I left my little one today, knowing that he just wanted mommy. And I cried the … [more...]

My husband and I are fairly new to the parenting thing. Our oldest son is 4 years old and our youngest is 7 months. The past four years have been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. One day our confidence in our ability to parent is strong, the next day it might be non-existent. Just when we think we might know what we are doing, something happens that makes us question our ability to be the parents we want to be. Parenting a 4 year old is really testing our patience lately. Through the years, I have been fascinated by the distinct differences in my oldest son's behavior from … [more...]

Having a perfectly normal (well what a single mom might consider calm and normal) Sunday afternoon with my 3 year old - we are nibbling on some cheese and crackers while my 16 year old is away for the weekend.  Suddenly, something happens and it is NOT 'normal' ... I bite into maybe my third cracker and I crunch down on something NOT a cracker, it feels more like a piece of brick.  Lo-and-behold it is a filling from one of my teeth, it just falls out?  No warning?  Is that how these things happen? Is this what we all have to look forward to? I am convinced that this is yet ANOTHER sign that … [more...]

My family's had a great time going to Children's Theatre of Cincinnati productions this year. (If you missed my interview with Artistic Director Angela Powell Walker about getting your kids into acting, check it out here.) Now the season is wrapping up, and I've got a set of free tickets to see Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the … [more...]

I think of myself as outgoing and was even voted "most opinionated" senior year of high school, so why is it that I am absolutely terrible at networking? Why do I let the familiar hold me back from my full potential? This is a problem that has plagued me for most of my life, I am a comfort zone kind of woman. I hate change, with a passion. I've learned to cope with change as an adult, but I am still not a fan of it. I work in the technology industry and "getting ahead" is very much marked by the connections you make along the way. I can sit with anyone and have a long and deep … [more...]

To many women it is an “ugly” word, a word that makes them feel: *small *weak *incapable *less-than… *exposed *imperfect *vulnerable *dependent     They believe that saying this word will bring the end of their "I have it all together" facade. That uttering the H word will expose all of their shortcomings to the world and make others gossip and judge them… This dreaded word is short and useful and must exist in every language know to mankind: H E L P, HELP, Help, help. It is one of those miracle words that can feel so intimidating and … [more...]