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world's toughest job

World’s Hardest Job, yep

I am sure by now many of you have seen the video floating around about the world’s hardest job. Essentially it interviews applicants (male and female) and describes a job that no sane person could ever be interested in, right? […]

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Leaving Child For The First Time

First Vacation Without My Child and I’m Freaking Out

In May, my husband and I are flying out of state together to attend my cousin’s wedding. For the first time ever, we’re both leaving our 4-year-old daughter

5 Tips for Finding {and Keeping!} a Great Sitter

5 Tips for Finding {and Keeping!} a Great Sitter

Next month our amazing sitter of over a year is moving home with her husband. So we've started looking for (and hopefully found) a new sitter to

learning to say no

The Power of Saying No

I've been described as a "go getter" and "enviously motivated" ...amongst other things. It's true. I pretty much feel like I can do it all if I put

Freelance Blogging isn't a Paid-by-the-Hour Job

Freelance Blogging isn’t a Paid-by-the-Hour Job

I've been working from home as a freelance writer and blogger for 2 years now. I make what equals out at the end of the year to a


Sharing the Load

My husband and I both work full time, which means we both have the same amount of time in our days/weeks/months to procrastinate cleaning. Wait. Yep. I've already confessed to you

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. 

maternity leave is over

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


Preschool Throws My Whole Schedule Off

I’d first like to say that after a week of awful tear filled drop offs, my son LOVES his new preschool. We chose a Montessori school in the

Ladies Night!

WAH”E”M: The ‘E’ is for Extrovert

I've been working for a small marketing company for 6 years now. I work from home and I'm an extrovert. I get lonely. Sometimes I go absolutely stir

cooking with kids

How to Squeeze in Quality Time as a Working Mom

Being a working mother means you sometimes get less than three hours a day to spend quality time with your children. Ouch. Monday through Friday I get less than three


Working Mom Weekends

In my prior life before kids, weekends were a mix of fun & relaxation. I cleaned {occasionally} after work & leisurely ran errands {by myself!} during my lunch


How To Make The Most Of Weekday Hours

When our kiddo started going to daycare (around 9 months old), I cut back my work hours so that I would get to see him during the week


Becoming My Own Boss…Maybe

  These past few months I have really been thinking hard about taking a super big jump professionally. A jump that in uncertain in so many ways. A leap

Liberating Working Moms

Husband Who Works Graveyard Shift: A Blessing or Nightmare?

My family has a very traditional dynamic these days. I work 8-4:30 and my husband does too. I drop  off at daycare and he picks up. We get

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Literally Working From Home. Part 2.

A couple of weeks ago I posted on how I'm no longer physically able to work out of the home writing anymore. This pregnancy has taken a toll

Liberating Working Moms

Easing in to New Routines

My summer vacation is just about halfway over.  We’ve developed our routines, packed with ballet, swim lessons, and jaunts to the park.  We’re staying up late and sleeping

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Literally Working From Home. With a Sitter.

Today I realized that I can probably no longer leave home to work. Physically - at 34 weeks pregnant - my body can't handle getting ready to go

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Summer as a WAHM

My kids have been on summer break for a month now (summer runs mid-May to mid-August here in the rural Midwest) and while their summer isn't exactly how


Confessions from a Working Mom

Look, I love-LOVE-LOVE my kids. Couldn't imagine my life without them. I'm a better person because of them. But...I have some confessions...We all have them...and since we've already

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