Dinnertime help for busy families

Freezer Meals rock!

Research tells us that family dinner time is one of the most important things we can do for our kids and ourselves. Yet consistently getting dinner on the table for my family nightly ranks up there as one of the top five toughest things I've ever had to do in my life! I am not exaggerating, and I know many other career and SAHM moms who feel the same way. I am happy to share, however, that I've discovered several services and tools that make this nightly (hellish) occurrence much easier and … [Read more...]

Taming the holiday chaos

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This blog post originally appeared on the Easton MomEscape site. Full disclosure: I serve on the MomE Mavens panel and I adore Easton Town Center! But you probably knew that already. Women and moms everywhere are starting to feel the urgent pull of "getting it all done" before the holidays. It's a time-honored tradition to stress into a frazzled mess at this time of year! We'd like to help with some ideas to tame the chaos. We polled the Easton MomE Mavens - a group of fantastic moms and … [Read more...]

The truth about getting older

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This post is part of my Mommy Mythbusting series. Today, I'm sharing some personal reality checks about being a woman in my 40s. Scary, I know! I won't feel bad if you choose to skip this one. I've written before about the fact that this blog is partially intended as a memoir of sorts for Zoe to look back on, hopefully fondly, and see how very loved she was. And to remember what a wacky but lovable character her mom was. As such, I feel it is my duty to speak the truth about getting older … [Read more...]

I love being a working mom

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I love being a working mama. There, I said it. I think too often we think and talk about how hard it is to be a working mom. We agonize over hours spent working for a living instead of playing with our kids. We torture ourselves over finding the perfect balance between work and home life. But do we ever actually talk about the good parts of being a working mom? I'm not talking about having more income, although that's nice too, especially when it comes to being able to travel together and … [Read more...]

42 with a two year old

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This is the second post in my Mommy Mythbusting series. Since it's my birthday today, the myth I'd like to bust today is the one about older moms being... well, you know. Old. I'm 42 with a two year old, and I'd be lying if I said that doesn't worry me sometimes. I'm not worried about being the oldest mom in Zoe's friend circle, because there are way more women having babies at 40 and up these days. Plus, for better or worse, I've never acted my age. I joke that Zoe has taken years off my … [Read more...]

Mommy mythbusting: selflessness

Three generations

I'm starting a new series on this blog called "Mommy Mythbusting." This post will help explain how I came to be a mom after being happily child-free for so long. It's my first mythbusting post; you'll have to let me know what you think. One of the reasons I put off having a baby for so very long (til I was just a tiny bit shy of 40) is that I thought you had to be utterly selfless to be a mom. The reason I thought that was this: my mom is a saint - totally selfless and self-sacrificial … [Read more...]