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A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Things to Do on a Snow Day

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Andre and toddler play in the Snow Everything slows down in the winter, especially in a snow storm.   This winter between the “ Polar Vortex ” and the other storms that we have been having things have screeched to a crawl.   In our house like in many homes all over the East Coast we have been snow bound and looking for ways to amuse ourselves.   Since I am already pregnant, you don’t have to worry about our family contributing to the baby boom that will most certainly ensue after these storms.   We got a head start… Three Things To Do On a Snow Day Here are some of the things we've been doing to amuse ourselves... Television:  Since we have a toddler and we’re not involved in “indoor sports” we have been finding clean activities to participate in.   One of the things we have been doing is watching “ Nick Jr. ”   I am fully aware that the American Pediatrics Association recommends that parents limit the amount of television that children watch. However, I

Working Mom Rants--The Death of the Supermom!

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" It takes a village to raise a child ..." African Proverb I believe I saw a "Supermom" once, but I think it was an illusion...  I recognize that I am not the most organized person known to man. I had a packed schedule before becoming a mom and having a child did nothing to decompress it.   Like most working moms who practice law I am pulled in a host of different directions and I suffer from the malady of trying to do too much.   I’ve chronicled my journey here where I’ve discussed my speaking engagements, blogging and networking events.   I also had the nerve to get knocked up again. As I write this I am on the eve of becoming about 30 weeks pregnant.   I just learned from my OB’s office that I am beginning the phase of going to the doctor’s every two weeks. As if I needed yet another “mandatory” commitment…   What I need instead is a road map to try to navigate my way through my house. Andre has been remodeling our bathroom and decided to re-organize t

The Joy of Holidays as a Working Mom (#MLKDay)

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Toddler being silly on MLK Day One of my favorite parts of being a working mom are paid holidays! In some ways, holidays are actually an even better benefit than “Paid Time Off” because holidays are days when the company is closed, or at least its corporate offices.   That means that your colleagues are not filling your email inbox with projects for you to do while you are enjoying a day off. In a word, a holiday is a true break. In that regard, I am jealous of my mommy friends who work at banks or for the federal government where they get 11-12 paid holidays a year. That means that they get more breaks from work, without penalty or permission.   I think that means that they are more organized and less stressed. My company has a more conservative view of paid holidays. We get 7 holidays. That means we get one work week less than my federal and banking mommy friends.   I wonder how that translates into job satisfaction??? Maximizing holidays is one of the secrets to

Working Mom Tips: Saving Cash in 2014

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Working moms are sensitive to scarcity of resources. We are particularly sensitive to the scarcity of money. That’s probably because we work so hard to earn our paychecks. Indeed, for those of us with very young children, every hour that we are at work is an hour that we are away from our children. So, money is not something that we want to squander. We are particularly sensitive to money at this time of year. We are just starting to receive our credit card bills from our holiday purchases. While the holidays are magical they are expensive. So, now more than ever is the time to maximize every dollar.   Below, is a list of three tips for getting the best deals in 2014. I compiled them using some tips provided by Jean Chatzky and “ The Today Show ” the other day as well as things that I have learned from years of trying to live the most glamorous live possible at the least possible cost. Five Tips for Getting the Best Deals in 2014

Carnegie Science Center to Host Duquesne Light Conservation Day (#FREE)

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For Immediate Release  Jan. 8, 2014 Contact: Susan Zimecki Office: 412.237.1657 Mobile: 412.290.1583  ZimeckiS@CarnegieScienceCenter.org Duquesne Light Contact:  Brian Knavish   412.232.6848 Bknavish@duqlight.com CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST DUQUESNE LIGHT CONSERVATION DAY General Admission, Omnimax, and Parking Free For All Visitors, Thanks To Duquesne Light   PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8, 2014 – Carnegie Science Center is once again teaming up with Duquesne Light to host Conservation Day, which will feature environmentally-themed programming for all ages, on Martin Luther King Day . Thanks to Duquesne Light’s sponsorship, all visitors will enjoy free general admission, a free Omnimax film, and free parking on Monday, Jan. 20. The Science Center will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. “Martin Luther King Day is a great time to focus on community, and we’re excited to offer a day of fun and learning with a special focus on conservation thro

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Coping With a Sick Child (Part II)

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A photo of my daughter during healthier times As I have mentioned in prior posts, our daughter began pre-school in the fall after spending three nearly idyllic years in the safety and security of our home with a nanny.   Although I made the transition to school reluctantly, I can tell that having her in pre-school has been monumental from a developmental perspective. I also believe that she started at the right time for her and for us.   That being said, we live in a world of scarce resources.  While our help cometh from the Lord our bills are paid by our salaries as opposed to a family nest egg. For that reason, this phase of life has caused us to experience some growing pains. Unlike some families, we discharged our nanny after the toddler began pre-school. So, rely on pre-school as our primary childcare. And unlike the nanny, pre-school doesn’t accept sick children because they might infect the other children, which is somewhat ironic because our daughter never got sick

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's Reflections on 2013: Happy New Year! (#WorkingMom)

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 New Year's Eve 2013 Over the past year, a lot has changed.  However, we were blessed to end the year without losing a family member, which is huge. Social media connects us with our extended world and has taught me that many people are struggling at this time of year because they have lost loved ones. Our prayers go out to them.  In recognition to them and in honor of our blessings we are committed to appreciating what we have. Below is a list of some of the year's highlights. 1.        Pre-School:         The toddler left the comfort of home and began attending pre-school. She has thrived there and now that the tears are done and the transition is complete, I am confident that we made the right decision.  We are very blessed  that she enjoys her school and that we have the means to provide her with a solid pre-school education.  Her transition has caused her to grow and has taught our family lessons, check out the "Seven Tips to Surviving Pre-school