Friday, August 28, 2015

Confession of a Working Mom: Living My Best Life, But Not How Oprah Describes

Working Mom on a good fashion day
When I attend events with other working moms the conversations tend to relate to a common theme. The phrasing varies depending on whether I am waiting in the carpool lane, at the playground, or at a “real” networking event.

However, it tends to go something like this: 

I have so much to do, and not enough time to do it. Is it possible for me to do it all, spend quality time with my kids, see my husband, and not lose my mind?!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wordless Wednesday (not really): You Can Tell A Lot About a Working Mom From Her Shoes

Cheap Shoes

As you know, we bought a house in April of 2014 and just moved in about four weeks ago. Last year, while I was very pregnant, my husband put most of my clothes and good high heeled shoes into storage so that our town house was in better condition to show to prospective buyers. When the things went into storage, we believed they would be there only for a short time. However, we were very wrong. It took  over a year to sell our town home. 

There are so many things I could say about the process of selling our town home. However, what I want to focus on in this piece is the hardship I endured from having my high heeled shoes placed in storage for over a year.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Reading on the Run: Bringing Babies to Work an Uncommon Benefit

For nearly a decade, and with greater frequency and ferocity over the past two years, people have been discussing the fact that the US lacks a national paid sick leave law and national parental leave benefits. (I mentioned this in my post yesterday about the city of Pittsburgh newly passed “Paid Sick Leave Act”.) A lot of people, notably our president, believe that the US should be embarrassed by the lack of such policies and should do something about it. The critics believe that requiring companies to establish these policies will lead to losses in productivity, which will cause America to lose its position as the premier super power.

Notably, we’re hanging on to that position by a thread. So, it does not appear to me that lacking such policies is necessarily the key to our future success…

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Reading on the Run: Pittsburgh Grants Paid Sick Leave

Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.

Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below is a very exciting one about paid leave benefits in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Bath time!

Wednesday means that it is photo time! As you know, we remain in the midst of home renovations. We had been staying with my parents, but that ended once we spent one night in the new house. The kids love the new house despite the lack of air conditioning and a functioning kitchen. What it lacks in functionality it compensates for in fun. A big attraction is the big tub in the master bath. As you can see, they thoroughly enjoy it!  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Some Days are Perfect and Other Days are Messy...

daughter examining the damage

Sometimes I am jealous of the bloggers who seem to have their life staged to create blog posts that portray their lives as full of family, fun, punctuated by great fashion sense. Don't get me wrong, my life has its fair share of that. And when my posts portray that life, it is my truth at that moment. That said, my life sometimes includes endless piles of laundry, incomplete things to do lists, and exploding eggs...