Valentine's Day. The word can cause pink hearts to float circles around your head or evoke your gag reflex. As a mom, Valentine's Day can be a time to make your little ones feel loved. Or it can pose a serious threat. I am a Pinterest mom. There I said it. I love pinning all of the cute holiday ideas, creative recipes, unique DIY home projects and amazing outfits, of which MAYBE 30 percent will ever be glued, baked, distressed or worn. Don't get me wrong...there are some adorable ideas. But c'mon, who has time for all of that? I would love my son to wake up to red heart-shaped … [more...]

Hot Mom Body

Jan
23

I am not one of those women. The ones who can eat whatever they want and stay the size they want. This doesn't stop me from continuing to eat what I want. But it did stop me from staying at my ideal size. I've never been good at dieting, meaning not eating In-N-Out and brownies, so it's always had to be about working my @$$ off to burn those extra calories. Motherhood is a game changer I figured since I understood the exercise-calories=lose weight equation, and that I was pretty disciplined with working out, after having my kid I'd resume my fitness habit and get right back into my favorite … [more...]

Here are some questions you don't see too often on a mom blog: Who was W.E.B. DuBois and what role did he play in American history? What was Jim Crowe and how did it effect black life from the Civil War to the present? What were Langston Hughes' most important writings and how was his work perceived by American society in his lifetime? Why are you reading these questions? Because it's almost February, Black History Month, and these are just a few of the millions of questions worthy either of a dissertation or, at least, a good delving into next month. Unfortunately, however, … [more...]

I don't know about you, but here in the Northeast, the deep freeze of winter has made me want to do nothing but seek comfort under an electric blanket and dive into a deep dish of cheesy macaroni. I also know that face planting in that kind of food will result in a feeling that's anything but comfortable. This quandary has forced me to peruse Pinterest (like I needed another excuse), break out some old cookbooks, and Google "healthy recipes" till my heart and my tummy are content. That said, I must admit, I do not create many of my own recipes. I'm just a pretty good cook that can … [more...]

My name is Casey and I’m a parenting book addict. I have a problem. I love a good book. And I love research. And I worry that I'm not being a good mom all the time. Not because I'm doing anything wrong, really, but more because of the weight of having 3 lives that I will shape - good or bad. It feels so heavy when I think about it - what if I mess it up? So, to feed my fears, I read more than my share of parenting books. If I see a book that speaks to me, I cannot help but buy it. Sometimes they get read all the way through, sometimes I hope that I can receive their information through … [more...]

You've just had a baby - congratulations! As if that precious little bundle with the button nose isn't gift enough, mother nature gives us moms a little extra. And that little extra is slathered around our midsections. It's pillowing our now expanded hips. It's welled up in a bust-line that has reached epic cup sizes we didn't even know existed until now. And at some point, we all get frustrated with that little extra and start the process of losing baby weight. I'll start with a general disclaimer, I'm not a dietician, personal trainer, or doctor. I'm just a mom who has had kids and … [more...]

I’m not the queen of organization and efficiency. I have friends who are. They color coordinate their closets, carry portable file folders, and schedule November activities in January. I envy those women. My lessons in this arena were mostly learned by trial and error and from sage advice from mentors and colleagues. Nothing has made me more efficient at work, however, than the desire to come home to baby boy. Here are some of the things I learned so far: 1. Free up brain space by developing mad calendar skills: My mentor taught me this huge life lesson early on. I used to assume … [more...]

I filled many roles and was so many things before I became a mother: a school psychologist, a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a friend. I spent dreary weekend afternoons reading in the Barnes and Noble Café, playing Scrabble with my husband, dancing around my living room with a pen-microphone in hand, and going to the gym. I fixed my hair daily and put a little thought into my appearance. Two and a half years into motherhood, I barely recognize the girl I just described—the girl I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my children, and my husband, but I do miss aspects of my pre-baby … [more...]

By total coincidence, three of us from Working Moms Against Guilt recently took our families to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Sara, Monica and I each had different ages and agendas to juggle, so we thought it would be helpful to share some of our experiences with you. We're by no means Disney experts. But if you're a working mom planning a family trip to Disney, you might find some helpful Disney World tips here to make your own vacation as magical as possible. Susan on making Disney magic I admit, I've been dragging my feet for years on doing a Disney pilgrimage. It felt … [more...]

Motherhood is awesome, but let’s be honest—it sucks sometimes. My feelings about motherhood have run the gambit since welcoming our second child three months ago. I’ve felt joy, sadness, exhilaration, frustration, wonder, anger, exhaustion, etc.; often, I’ve felt all these things on the same day. Having two or more children is no joke, but that’s a post for another day. These feelings have lead me to examine my experience as a mother more closely, what I find joyful, and what just plain sucks. The Joys The Smiles Is there anything more genuine, or more beautiful than a … [more...]