Monday, May 23, 2016

Five Working Mom Lessons Learned From Cleaning Up a Mess

My daughter and a friend made at the playground...

When I was ten years old I threw up on the steps. In the morning the throw up was gone. I was old enough to no longer believe in fairies and knew that my mother had cleaned it up. I vowed at that moment that I would never have children because I could not imagine cleaning up anybody's throw up, including my own.

Fast forward to Friday morning when I was cleaning throw up off of a slide at our community playground. Why was I doing that? Is it because I'm a community saint? No.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Working Mom Reflections: Sunday Dinner With My Mom

I'm no Martha Stewart, but I do like to throw down on Sundays when I can. Like I said last week, my grandmother established a great tradition of Sunday dinners. So, when Sunday rolls around, I do feel like I've missed something if we didn't have a family dinner. Normally, I am more than comfortable with that feeling. However, today, my mother was in town. So, I had to cook. (I cooked last week too. Click here if you'd like to read about it.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: The Beauty of Flower #PGHGoesRed

Nothing beats Free Flowers

Last Friday I was honored to attend the Pittsburgh Go Red for Women Luncheon. It is a great event for a great cause. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It kills nearly half a million women each year at the rate of about one per minute.  For that reason, fundraisers like the Go Red for Women Luncheon matter.  

Because of the nature of my work, I am pulled into a lot of matters unexpectedly. One of those matters pulled me out of the Go Red for Women Luncheon. I missed the majority of the event,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How An Average Working Mom Rocked Snack Day

Disney Added Extra Fun to Snack Day

Nearly every working mom worries that they are going to mess up big with their kid because of her work schedule. When I was a kid, my mom struggled to remember what time our activities ended. I judged her harshly until a few weeks ago when my schedule changed and Wednesday felt like Thursday. So, I found myself at a farewell party with a drink in my hand instead of picking my daughter up at ballet school. I left that party mid-conversation. In case you were wondering, I was the mom sprinting down Fifth Avenue in a dress, frantically calling another mom on my cell phone in fear that my daughter would be in tears when I arrived. Instead of tears, she was all smiles thanks to Julia Allan, the other mom, that I now call "Saint Julia".

That story is an example of what happens when things go awry. However, the standard school calendar can also cause anxiety. In my case, the monthly snack day was a source of stress, until I rocked snack day like a boss. Then, I became my daughter's hero!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Working Mom Reflections: Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner
"The tradition of the Sunday feast accomplishes more than just feeding us. It nurtures us." -Chef John Besh

As a working mom, it is as if life runs at the speed of light. It seems like there is always something to do, something/someone to wash, and something to fold. With all of those demands, it often seems easier to allow traditions like large family dinners to fall by the wayside because they are too much work.

They are a lot of work, but I encourage you to host them anyway.