Category : Parenting

- 7 months ago

Merry Christmas (2019)

Family Christmas Card 2019, photo credit: Kara JacobsI've been sending Christmas cards since college. However, once I had my daughter I was committed to publishing a photo card. It started out as just something to do, but then it became something mor...

- 7 months ago

Reflecting on My Blessings: Our Five Minutes of Fame

Mom by the treeI love this time of year. There are so many opportunities to fellowship and celebrate with family and friends and that makes me very happy! It also gives me a lot of opportunities to wear special outfits, which I love!One of the things...

- 7 months ago

Summer memories of years gone by...

A mom with two kids on a stoopThis photo reminds me of when I was so happy to be a mom of two chilling at my friend Jules' house on a warm Memorial Day afternoon. I was confident, felt reasonably in control and the sun was shining in Pittsburgh, so t...

- 7 months ago

How to Accept Your Childcare Choices

Breakfast at daycareI have written that identifying the appropriate childcare option is one of the most important decision a working mom can make. (Here's a link to the original post.) I still believe that. When I wrote the piece I mentioned that hav...

- 8 months ago

Christmas in Pittsburgh

Christmas 2018“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”. ― Norman Vincent Peale.We hosted about 25 people for Thanksgiving so we needed some sort of program. During Thanksgiving dinner, peopl...

- 8 months ago

Make the Effort for Holiday Cards Even Though It's Hard

Cute kids holiday cardGetting my family to anything is like herding cats...Early in my career I heard the phrase, "getting that department to do anything is like 'herding cats'" As someone who is neither a cat lover nor a pet owner, I was super curio...

- 8 months ago

Birthday Reflections...

Birthday Photo"joy unspeakable and full of glory" 1 Peter 1:8My life has been jam packed lately, which is why I haven't posted. My brother-in-law got married last Saturday.& Four of us were in the wedding and we hosted my sister. There was hair to be...

- 9 months ago

Halloween fun!

My sister has always loved Halloween, but I have been slow to the party. However, now that I have kids, I am all in and totally here for it. That said, I haven't yet managed to succeed at identifying a "family costume". One, because I am not my siste...

- 9 months ago

Disney Memories

Epcot CenterI love Disney World, but haven't been in a couple of years. Sometimes, I just miss Disney World and photos make me happy! The landscaping their is particularly inspired. So, I am sharing these photos in case you need a pick me up too!Disn...

- 9 months ago

Memories from a summer gone by...

Mom and two kids in a fieldThese photographs are from a summer several years ago when I was a mom of two and believed I had a lot of things all figured out. Time has both humbled me and blessed me with a third child.& I came across these photos of me...

- 9 months ago

Last Weekend to Go To The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Places to Pick Apples, Get Pumpkins and Have Family FunOne of my favorite things to do in the fall is to pick out pumpkins with my kids.& It's not a tradition we had growing up. However, A...

- 9 months ago

Free Family Friendly Events This Fall

Family enjoying fallFall is a great time of year. It's cool enough outside to rock cool fashion. However, it is warm enough that you don't have to cover that fashion with coats. You also have the opportunity to create some great fall memories with yo...

- 9 months ago

Five Life Lessons From Oprah

Working mom at luncheonRecently, I had the privilege of having lunch with Oprah Winfrey. In full disclosure, it was me Oprah and about a thousand of my closest friends. Actually,& I was with my sister, some close friends and a bunch of people I didn...

- 10 months ago

Three Strategies to Make Being a Working Mom Easier

Me at the United State of Women Conference Sponsored by the White House (it was a very good day)“I think while all mothers deal with guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids.” Arianna HuffingtonIn the interest of keeping it real, I wan...

- 10 months ago

Celebrating National Daughter's Day on my Daughter's Birthday

My daughter and her birthday bounty"On the day that you were born the angels got together, and decided to create a dream come true!" --The CarpentersToday is National Daughters Day, which is perfect because it is also the anniversary of when I became...