Confession time: Last week, I spent a few sunny, enjoyable days at Disney World. All by myself. That's right. Even though my kids have never been to Disney, and have begged me practically since birth to take them to the magical land of Mickey Mouse, I left them at home while I attended a three-day conference. Now before you proclaim me the World's Meanest Mom, let's back up. A few months back, I was invited to speak about Pinterest as a content marketing platform at the Niche Parent blogging conference. I knew the speaking gig would be a great opportunity to promote my company, and … [more...]

By Cozetta Lagemann As a mom of three young and incredibly amazing kids, I want to make sure they grow up to love themselves in a way that I never learned myself. My sense of self esteem had to be learned and cultivated as I became an adult. For whatever reason(s), I just missed the boat on how to love and appreciate myself. This led to countless mistakes and painful decisions that quite possibly may have been avoided had I learned early on just how awesome and worthy I am as an individual. Now, I wouldn't want to miss out on the priceless lessons that came from the life I've led, but … [more...]

When was the last time you successfully negotiated for a sizable salary increase? If you're like most women, the answer is never. And that needs to change. Personally, the only time I've achieved a decent pay raise in my career is by changing jobs. Otherwise, I pretty much just "lived with" the cost-of-living increase offered to me at annual reviews. Or in some cases, settled for a title "promotion" that went unaccompanied by a raise. I just didn't know how to ask for a raise. My experience is typical, according to Pat Katepoo, a well-known work options advisor and negotiation … [more...]

By Carolyn Barnes As busy working moms, it’s hard enough remembering to buy toilet paper, let alone finding the time to shave our legs. We’re often meeting everyone else’s needs but our own. As a result, we feel overwhelmed, overstressed, overtired, and overloaded. We are over functioning! I’m a very busy mom and a former expert in excuse making. That said, I came up with a solution that’s excuse-proof: the cLEAN Momma Lifestyle Program and TASKERCISE™. It's all about maximizing your time by combining exercise with your daily tasks. My thought is, hell, if we are already sitting at our … [more...]

Tomorrow morning I am returning to work after maternity leave—again. Actually, since this post will publish in the morning, by the time you read this it will be Monday and I will be fighting to get myself and two kids dressed and out the door, fighting the traffic on my commute, and fighting the tears that are inevitable. Say a kind thought for me friends, this week is going to be a doozy. I've written about returning to work after maternity leave before. Several people have made comments that this time should be easier, since I've done it before. But here's the thing: having experienced … [more...]

As Halloween draws near, our family loves to watch both classic and new family friendly TV shows and Halloween movies on Netflix (streaming only—we don't do the DVDs by mail anymore). Looking for some new recommendations to add to your queue? Netflix doesn't make it super easy to find Halloween-oriented shows, so I did the homework for you and unearthed some real gems. Here are 27 spooky (but not too scary) Halloween favorites currently available to stream on Netflix. Click on any of the titles for a direct link to watch instantly (if you have a subscription, of course). Halloween … [more...]

Life is hard. Not just for working moms, but for everybody. Being a parent is hard, too. But God bless those kids of ours. As challenging, annoying and needy as children are, they just ooze love. Don't they? Sometimes, when life gets hard and I feel like I'm sucking at just about everything, I realize how much love I get from my kids each day. And damn if I'm not the luckiest person in the world. I urge you to stop beating yourself up right now for your messy house. Your expanding waistline. Your bills piling up. Recognize that love staring you right in the face, and rejoice in … [more...]

Motherhood is a trip where you never quite feel you’re in the clear. As soon as you get through one crazy curve, you’re careening into the next one. And the tools that once helped you navigate often don’t work anymore. Or they do, but you have to MacGyver them into something almost completely new—to the point where you sometimes feel grateful you’re still on the road at all. The moms with pre-teens on this blog were chatting about how we feel we’ve outgrown the kind of mom guilt that our name seems to imply. We don’t agonize over things like daycare as much as we once did. We feel more … [more...]

I love it when a family creates something cool together. My family doesn't do nearly enough of this, because we're all too "busy" doing "things" so much of the time. Once in a while, we make something, like this fused glass workshop Cassie and I did together earlier this year. When I saw this video promoting a new mobile app, I was totally inspired to get cracking on my family's creativity front. I think you will, too: Back in the day, Jon Alexander (the dad featured in this video) and I worked together at an ad agency. I didn't know him well, but I knew he was uber creative, a … [more...]

The Enterovirus 68 is making headlines as it’s the culprit behind many seriously ill children in the Midwest and potentially beyond. Hospitals, including the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, report admitting record numbers of patients over the past week, many stricken with the uncommon and nasty virus. Most at-risk to be affected by Enterovirus D68 are those with a history of asthma or other weakened systems. So, how can a busy working mom help to prevent your children from becoming ill? According to Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the Cincinnati Children’s … [more...]