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Saturday

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers From Hanes #Giveaway


One of the things that gives me joy about having this blog is the ability to share things with all of you. Today, I have my final Hanes Gift Pack of the year to share with you that has the perfect additions to your holiday gift packages. Hanes was generous enough to share this gift with all of you. So, enter to win!

Wednesday

Words of Wisdom: Help Reduce Food Waste This Holiday Season (#412FoodRescue)



This post is sponsored by 412 Food Rescue



Most of us spent the days after Thanksgiving trying to figure out what to do with our leftovers. We are the lucky ones... We are the ones that feasted on turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, whipped potatoes, etc. until we felt stuffed like the turkey we devoured. After the celebration, our kitchens were filled with leftovers and we wondered what we were going to do with them.

In the United States, 1 in 7 are hungry. According to the United Nations, if we recover all the food that is lost or wasted, we will have enough to feed all those who are hungry, four times over. For information visit the 412FoodRescue site.

It's amazing that some of us enjoy such abundance in the midst of a food crisis. Indeed, in America, the home of the free and home of the brave, a country whose last presidential election was won on the promise to make this country "great again" and yet millions of Americans suffer food insecurity. When you think about the magnitude of the problem, finding a solution can seem  so overwhelming that it can be paralyzing.

Fortunately, for those in the greater Pittsburgh area, there is a straightforward way to get food that would go unused to the people who need it most, getting involved with 412FoodRescue.

Friday

Working Mom Tip: Avoid Burnout This Holiday Season With a "Personal Assistant"


My interactions with working moms has taught me that even the most organized ones are at the brink of mucking the entire thing up if they get just one more thing on their plate. And then, come the holidays... Indeed, the stress that moms experience during the holidays inspired the movie, "A Bad Moms Christmas", which is in theaters right now. There's a classic line in there where one of the moms says, "Moms don't enjoy Christmas. They give joy".

Wednesday

Holiday Memories With The Sugar Plum Fairy

Celebrating @PghBallet

My mother was a young mom with few resources when I was a young child. However, in hindsight it's clear that she had certain values that she held dear--family, tradition, and love. Although we didn't make it every year, my childhood holiday memories include attending The Nutcracker. My mom would get us dressed in our finest and we would trek down to the Eastman Theater to see The Nutcracker. Often cousins would join us and afterward we'd have dinner at the Cathay Pagoda, a popular Chinese restaurant. 

Friday

A Working Mom's Comments About NBC's Termination of Matt Lauer, What Courage Looks Like

Cropped headshot of Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ev'r since
It's been a long time, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
-Sam Cooke
On Wednesday, we all woke up to the termination of Matt Lauer by NBC for alleged sexual misconduct. Like many, I was shocked, shocked. Next, I was uncomfortable watching Savannah Guthrie visibly struggle to share the news of her partner’s departure. Finally, I was impressed by the statement prepared by the Chairman of NBC. Although we can speculate at the motivation, I think that his statement was very courageous. Below is the full statement.