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The Big Back To Work Giveaway!

As you are reading this, I’m back to work today. This is my second stint at this whole returning to work after baby thing and I know the most important thing to do is to stay as positive as possible. […]

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Liberating Working Moms

Confusing Thoughts on Returning to Work

I've been out of work on leave since November 25th.  That's over two months of being a part-time WAHM. It's safe to say that I've gotten pretty comfortable. 

Liberating Working Moms

Working During Maternity Leave

Just as when I gave birth to Abby, as soon as Olive was born, work escaped my brain.  It's funny how quickly it happens when you are so

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My PreK Guilt

When I was financially planning for maternity leave, one decision we made was to pull Abby from FT PreK.  She has another whole school year before starting kindergarten,

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The End of Maternity Leave Feelings

No, I am not pregnant again. I just so happen to have a bazillion (slight exaggeration) mommas in my Facebook feed that are new moms and I have

Liberating Working Moms

37 Weeks Pregnant With a New Gig!

A few days before the school year started, my boss asked me if I’d be interested in becoming our school’s Instructional Specialist as we transition to Common Core

Planning for Maternity Leave

Planning for Maternity Leave

When I was pregnant with Abby, I wasn't that good about planning for maternity leave as far as finances went.  I understood that I had a certain amount


FMLA Maternity leave FAQ’s

When I think of being a working mom and maternity leave I obviously think about my son. He was a "surprise" and so there wasn't any planning, it


Working Moms and Socioeconomic Disparity

Liberated:  To set free, as from oppression, confinement, or foreign control. A few years ago, I learned about an alarming phenomenon from colleagues in the ‘biz’ of training daycare

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PPD and the Working Mom

Hi. I'm Brandy and I have suffered from postpartum depression/anxiety...twice. I had no idea how to start this post so lets just shine light on the elephant in


Unpaid Maternity Leave and Human Rights

Last week, Huffington Post published an article concerning the United States policy on maternity leave alongside a video from one of their live chats with working moms, with that


What My Maternity Leave Taught Me

While I've been back at work, at least part time, since the beginning of September, it's hard to believe that my maternity leave is officially over and I'm

Brandy and Oliver

Maternity Leave is the Hardest Job I’ve Ever Had

Howdy from the from front lines of maternity leave. In case you missed it, this little guy showed up 8 weeks ago.  Say hi to Oliver (or Oviler


New Baby, New Routine

::dusts of laptop:: Hey guys! Remember me? It's ok if you've forgotten. I haven't been around much the month or so, but for good reason. Friends, meet Reese. Born 7.19.2012


Dear New Working Moms: It Gets Easier

I had an impromptu conversation over Facebook with a friend from high school who is currently expecting her first child. As I lamented that I would be returning

Bo checks out my best friends' adorable son, Mack, as I introduce them for the first time.

“They are only little once…”

As I was texting with my best friend this morning regarding how she is handling her upcoming  transition back to work after the birth of her first child,

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Figuring Out Maternity Leave

Nursery done? Check. Newborn diapers purchased? Check. Hospital bag packed? Check. Car seat installed? Double Check. Maternity leave plan signed off on by supervisor? Check. Work delgated/maternity leave workload squared away? Hmmm...good question... If


There is No Plan B.

I just have to say it…I love it when a plan comes together. And in this case, I’m talking about my maternity leave plan. Let’s review: My employers are

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What to do About Maternity Leave

Welp folks, 6 weeks to go. Yeah. It snuck up on me. I have to say, the second kid is a little easier to plan for in many


Working Mom Meals {Freezer Meals Edition}

In less than 8 weeks or so I'll be on maternity leave. {Which I think warrants a whole post for itself!} Only eight weeks? Cue the head explosion! I'm not

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