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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Campaigning to Improve Oral Health with LISTERINE® Brand

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Recently, I joined a campaign to educate working moms about the social impact of oral health sponsored by  LISTERINE® Brand.  All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.” I have lots of friends who are dentists. One friend of mine is responsible for my connection to these folks because she's married to one of them was created by another and her family contains several more. Because of them and my own education, I have always appreciated the benefits of good oral hygiene.  1. My teeth are my calling card. Indeed, I have always believed that my teeth are my calling card. As an adult, I have practice good oral hygiene. I have been fastidious about maintaining my dental appointments, brush twice a day and even got braces as an adult so that my smile shines!  Tweet: If cleanliness is next to godliness then good oral health is the path to sainthood. -Chatón T. Turner

Working Mom Tips: Five Ways to Keep Your Family Safe When the Flu, Enterovirus D68 and Ebola Exist in the World

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My kids enjoying pizza All mothers worry about their kids. We worry because we know too much and feel like we can do too little if something major happens. After all, diseases are more powerful than we are. We are just moms… Working moms can sometimes feel a heightened level of anxiety as it relates to protecting our kids. We are not there all of the time. And our absence can make us feel like our kids are more vulnerable.

A Peek Into the Life of Working Mom: Fatigue and the Working Mom

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A few weeks ago a friend who just returned from maternity leave made a confession. She said that she has taken the “sleep when the baby sleeps” advice literally.   Indeed, since she had her second child she has been going to bed with the kids at night, leaving her husband to fend for himself to watch “late night TV”.   For her, “late night TV” now starts at about 9:00.   After she shared her story, we shared a laugh and I told her that I tend to go to sleep when my daughter too. Apparently, what the two of us find amusing may not be appreciated by our handsome men. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation between Andre and me from the other day. Me:          “I’m tired.” Him:         “You’re always tired.” Me:          “Hmm…you know I’m pregnant .” (subtext, you really should know because I’m huge, waddling around, and you are RESPONSIBLE!!!) Him:       “You were tired before your got pregnant.” (said casually) Me:          “Before I got pregnant, I was lactating.” (

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Coping With a Sick Child

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Toddler under the weather in too small pajamas There are many days that I wake up ready to conquer the world. Today is not one of them. I have learned that my mood is directly tied to my daughter’s well being. And she’s been under the weather for the past two days. She has a stuffy nose , a fever, and her spirits are low.   I don’t have the other symptoms, but my spirits are low too. I have found that I cannot function without her being in a good mood. When I am sick, I am all about applying mind over matter.  Everybody knows that when mommy is sick, there is still a lot of work to do. (Check out " When Mommy Is Sick She Still Has Work to Do ".) However, when my daughter is sick I cannot function. It seems silly that my world becomes disrupted by what appears to be a common cold. Logically, I know that children get colds, especially those like her who have been coddled at home with a nanny for nearly three years and then are thrown into the rough waters of pre-

A Working Mom Shares Vacation Memories on a Winter Day... (#Winter)

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Today is a wintery day in Pittsburgh. the roads are covered with snow. Summer, which was wonderful, seems to be a distant memory.  There is a winter advisory. And, numerous schools in the area were cancelled of delay.  Our daughter's school was not cancelled or delayed. So, like a dutiful working mom, after I took a conference call at 7:00 AM, I braved the elements and took her to school.  During our walk it was clear, there is no doubt that winter has arrived in full effect.  Forget  the calendar.      On days like these, in particular, I question the wisdom of relocating from Raleigh, NC to Pittsburgh, Pa. to be truthful, I grew up in Rochester, NY , which is known for its epic snow storms. Still, I moved to NC shortly after college. So, it became home and I got used to the Carolina blue skies.   I don't suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, I do need sunny/warmer/happier images to help me brave the Pittsburgh winter days, especially when the sky is grey

Four Ways Working Moms Can Protect Their Children During Flu Season

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Guest Post contributed by KidzStuff, and the medical staff from Miami Children's Hospital .     Sick Toddler     Attending the Niche Parent conference in September was a great opportunity. I had the opportunity to speak, gain more blog followers and make connections. One of the connections I made was with Deb DaSilva who works with KidzStuff, is a brand new exciting company that is changing the way parents care for their children. From sunburn to insect bites, their innovative wellness products are designed to solve everyday problems. For more information see, http://www.shopkidzstuff.com/     What I like most about KidzStuff is that physicians have thought about what parents need and have committed to providing it to us.  I think that this company has real value for working moms. We are already stretched so that thin that we can definitely use easily to understand information that can help us care for our families.  Getting to 50/50 is only half

Working Mom Tips: Making Dinner

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Toddler making and eating pizza Everybody is a little cranky when they're hungry and being they're hungry AND tired tends to bring out the worst in us.  Indeed, dinner time during the workweek can be where time pressures, fatigue and bad tempers collide.  Back in the day, some families relied on KFC or Boston Market , the pseudo healthy dinner options for working families. However, in a world where there is increasing pressure to be a perfect parent and provide your family with healthful meals, on a budget, that your kids actually enjoy making dinner can be stressful! So what's a weary working mom to do? I recommend finding a full time chef, which really isn't an option for most people. In the alternative, I recommend identifying a trusted filter of information so that you don't have to do the leg work yourself. Allow me to be your filter! I'll be running a series of posts related to helping you save time and money making economical mea

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: 4th of July Weekend

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As a working mom, I live in a world where I tend to do too much, sleep too little and sometimes forget to attend to some details. That can be problematic when you are traveling with a toddler ... Here's something I wrote about a recent trip to Presque Isle . Traveling with can be challenging for several reasons. The first, it's a toddler, which means that it is a little person discovering the world and learning to potty. So, you spend a fair amount of time in unsavory restrooms and the other time saying, "Do you have to go potty?!" Sometimes it like you're a broken record. The second reason is, toddlers have a really short attention span . So, they get bored fairly easily. That means, you're always trying to entertain them. Sometimes, you just don't feel like doing that! Another reason it's challenging, although there are many, are the sleep rituals.

Top 15 Tips My Parents Taught Me

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Family The Today Show did a series called, “Top Tips My Parents Taught Me”. Apparently Savannah Guthrie ’s mother taught her how to make a bed with crisp hospital corners. I’m kind of jealous. The older I get the more I appreciate a well-made bed. Unfortunately, Andre could care less about that and making the bed is a constant point of conflict for us. If we apply the last person up makes the bed rule, he’d be making it 99% of the time since I have become an early riser . And he has protested... Anyway, that’s a topic for another post. Instead in this post I am going to list, in no particular order, tips that my parents have taught me about life.

Working Mom Tip: Get More Sleep

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As working moms, we do more in an hour than most people do in an entire day. Indeed, we maximize our time. One of the ways we do that is we get by on very little sleep. We do it for so long that we start to think of sleep deprivation as normal. We begin to think that "looking good" is the same as or as good as "feeling good". We are drawn to articles that give us tips about how to look younger, well rested, and like we worked out. We believe that looking good is as good as being healthy...   Looking Good Is Not the Same As Being Healthy   In those articles we find what we're looking for. If you have a little time, a credit card and the internet you can invest in the best eye drops, eye cream and concealer that money can by so that you can appear to be well rested. You can also purchase vitamins, drinks, and even special lights that will "give you more energy".  Given all of our demands, who can blame us???   Before I got pregnant

Toddler Tales: True Confessions of an Injury

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Memories of a most traumatic evening... Imagine, blood all over the floor after an encounter between a glass, my daughter's toe and the bathroom tile. It was worse than it looked. However,  there  was screaming and crying. Then, she yelled, "I gotta go!" And proceeded to urinate on the bathroom counter. She was sitting there with her foot under the faucet to stop the bleeding. Then she put her bloody foot in the urine, which likely stung, and that led to more screaming. I was home alone because her father has been renovating his parents' bathroom for two months. It was not a pretty sight and I was scared.

Book Review: The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

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Last Week was the first "International Day of Happiness". Generally, the American secret to happiness is practicing positive thinking. It's the notion that "I think positively therefore I am happy." Indeed, every working mom that I know believes that thinking positively is what helps her mother and work with a smile. However, what if that theory wasn't true? What if positive thinking was part of the problem??? The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Some time ago I was asked to review The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman. When I first got the book I was skeptical.   For one, I am not one of those people who can’t stand positive thinking.   Rather, I am one of those people who believes in positive thinking with every fabric of my being. I think that positive thinking has the power to inspire, uplift and transform lives.   I do not, like Oliver Burkeman, believe that peopl

Mommy Mondays: Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

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For the record, even though I am a working mom who wears stilettos, I am a bit of a hippie. While I was pregnant, I became sold on all things natural. I had a natural, drug-free childbirth, I breast fed , and then I practiced extended breast feeding. If you ask my mother I went overboard. However, I just did what felt right to me.   I believe profoundly in giving children the best possible start in life. And I believe that natural living is the best way to do that. If I were a celebrity, I'd have a company like " The Honest Company " started by Jessica Alba . Instead, I share what I learn about child nutrition, organic foods and green cleaning products with my blog readers.   Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods   One issue that has gotten media attention lately is when to introduce solid foods to infants.  I know that there is great debate among moms about when to introduce solid foods. My hairdresser said that her mother gave her scrambled eggs with ch

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: We Are Usually Late to Parties...

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This weekend was fairly typical in the life of a mom who has toddler who is getting older. We attended a birthday party on Saturday and had an outing Sunday.   The birthday party was fabulous. However, because it was me going to the party with my toddler, there is a story... Although it's possible to just get a gift card or some lame gift, I never want to be the mom who gives the forgettable gift to a good friend’s kid. I want to give a gift that the kid will play with until it breaks. Needless to say, that’s a lot of pressure.   Usually, I’m an online shopper. However, most times the birthday presents require an in person inspection.   Because I let this party sneak up on me, the toddler and I went to Wal-Mart the morning of the party to find a gift. I chose Wal-Mart because I also needed to grab some groceries and Wal-Mart was a great way to multi-task. Fortunately, we scored a really cool car that pops wheelies.   It was the kind of toy that would give

Holiday Deal From Harmony Salon

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Harmony Salon is a fashion forward salon in the North Hills that features Harmony Kaiser, a premiere stylist and colorist and a guest contributor to this blog! The salon's tag line is "Where beauty meets balance", indicating that she understands what every mom wants, "a beauty routine that can work with her schedule".   Harmony's customers include some of the region’s most notable business leaders, members of the media, and sports figures. Her commitment to customers, employees, and the community have allowed for several regional organizations to recognize Harmony as one of Pittsburgh s “Rising Entrepreneurial Stars” in 2004 and 2006. In 2009 Harmony released the Mothers Milc line of natural hair care products.   Harmony Salon, http://harmonysalonpgh.com .   11269 Perry Highway #225   Wexford, PA 15090 (724) 940-2262 Discount Blow Dry Services:   Harmony has graciously offered readers from this blog a 20% discount on any blow dry

A Recipe For Glamorous Holiday Hair in Five Minutes (guest post by Harmony Kaiser)

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The holiday season is a time for parties, sequins and glamour. However, it is hard for busy moms to step it up when they are already super busy.   Still, nobody wants to be that mom who is at a party in the corner whining because she’s not dressed appropriately. Instead, you want to be the fabulous mom who is admired by all who secretly think, “I don’t know how she does it?!”   Below is a post from Harmony Kaiser a Pittsburgh stylist who helps lots of women, including moms, look fabulous! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Glamour Pony, the secret to easy holiday glamour!   Time: 5 minutes   Works on: 1.       Medium to long hair 2.      Dirty hair is better (HUGE plus for busy moms!)   Hair supplies: 1.       Headband 2.      Comb 3.       Hair band 4.      Clip (to hold hair out of the way)   Five Easy Steps to Glamorous Hair   Step 1 :  Div

Five Tips for Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holidays (#TeamJenny)

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There are a lot of tips for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Some from Jenny Craig , Bethenny Frankel , and my years of reading weight loss articles are listed below: 1.       Drink H20:            Drink 16 oz. of water an hour before dinner . It will fill you up. 2.       Volumetrics:       F ill your plate with mostly greens. You will full your mind into thinking that you’ve eaten a lot, but avoided lots of the calories associated with calorie laden foods like stuffing and macaroni and cheese . 3.       Diet:       Go on a diet a week before the holidays. That way, you’ll start the holiday season with some weight loss . Then, it won’t matter if you gain a few pounds. 4.       Abstain:                Avoid alcohol. Alcohol falls in the “empty calories” category. That means that you consume calories without any nutritional benefit. That means you still have to eat to get your nutrients.   Empty calories + Nutritional Calories = More than you need. 5.

Friday Tip: Style Tip For Busy Women (Guest Post from Harmony)

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My new friend, Harmony, is a stylist. One of the reason that I am happy that I have befriended Harmony is because she gives me style tips to share with blog readers!   Below are comments from a stylist about how busy women can look cool on the weekend.  Enjoy!!!

A Gift for Blog Readers From 2 Sisters Cosmetics

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Readers have contacted me since the 2 Sisters Cosmetics giveaway.   They wanted to know, what happened.   Well a lovely reader named, Stephanie, from Canada won the gift.   It was a really fun promotion and I am grateful to everyone who participated. Since so many readers have shown an interest 2 Sisters Cosmetics has given me a discount code that readers of this blog can use.   Giving me this code is a demonstration of what a good company it is. The weather in Pittsburgh this weekend has demonstrated that we are in Fall and summertime is over!   Don’t forget about your nails while you are in the midst of transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall.   2 Sisters Cosmetics has fashion forward colors that can help you look good. You can also feel good while using it since it doesn’t have any of those vile chemicals present in other polishes.     Purple is a hot color this Fall and I have been rocking their "Grapevine" color on my toes for a few weeks now. E

Friday Tip from Michelle Obama: Get Up at 4:30 AM and Workout!

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Apparently, getting up early is the secret to success.  After all, "the early bird catches the worm."  Growing up the show "Alice" had a theme song that had the line, " Early to bed . Early to rise." There are a bunch of cliches supporting this concept.  However, there are also real life examples.   As I mentioned in my last video post, the women who spoke at  "Spark and Hustle" " touted the benefits of getting up at 4:30AM.  That's when they get, "a ton of stuff done." They said it so matter of factly that it almost seemed easy. Also, it's easy to get caught up at conferences in the excitement.  So, I immediately committed to getting up earlier. However, 4:30AM seems so extreme to me.  I used to get home at 4:30AM when I was a party girl and sometimes I got home "later" than that.  4:30AM would be a huge adjustment.   That being said, I'm competitve.  I want to achieve all that I am capable of achiev