The Jury Is Out….

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-jury-duty-image25996512Each day, thousands of Americans just like you and me are summoned to take part in our nation’s judicial process by serving as jurors. The 6th Amendment of the Constitution provides that all US citizens have the right to a trial and to be judged by a jury of our peers.

There’s no doubt that jury duty is an important civic responsibility and is one of the highest duties a citizen can perform in a democracy next to serving in our military or voting.

Okay, now that we’re done with the civics lesson, is it just me or does it seem that you always get called for jury duty when it’s majorly inconvenient?   No doubt if there is a major life, family or work event coming up a jury summons magically appears in my mailbox.

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Don’t Forget Mom – How I Want To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s big day is coming up this weekend or at least that’s what advertisers have been telling me in TV commercials, print & pop-up advertisements and marketing emails for the past two weeks. ENOUGH ALREADY!

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I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed by the barrage of “what to get mom?” ads or why we only get one lousy, stinking day out of the year to honor all the millions of things we do for our families. I’m thinking moms should be celebrated every day, but hey, I’d even settle for the second Sunday of every month!  My thinking here is that if there was more than one day out of the entire year to “celebrate” mom, husbands and kids could avoid all the pressure and stress of finding the perfect gift for the woman who takes care of them all year round!

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Knot Interested…

The Hubs and I recently took our son out to buy some new sneakers and he protested the entire way. It’s not that he didn’t want new kicks, but rather he was unhappy with the type we told him he was going to get. For the first time in his six years of shoe-wearing, he would have laces instead of Velcro.

THM_KnotInterestedWhy was he protesting?  See, my kid is a whiz at figuring out video games and building intricate structures out of tiny LEGO pieces.  He can also operate complex technology like our home computer, my iPhone and iPad better than his dad or I, but for some reason he thinks that tying his own shoes is a skill that is way too complicated and impossible for him to master.

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Keep Calm And Get Blogging!

Happy New Year!  It was great to unplug the past two weeks to enjoy the holiday with friends and family.  As much as I love being connected, it was relaxing not to be a slave to social media or a post schedule.  It was a time for me to re-charge and get ready for a brand new year of blogging excitement!

But getting started again is hard!

I sat down at the computer in my home office no less than a dozen this past weekend with the intention of getting my editorial calendar in order and even getting a jump-start on some blog posts for this week.  Somehow though, staring at an empty year calendar and even worse, a blank Word document, was daunting.  The post ideas and words just wouldn’t (or couldn’t?) come to me.  Had I taken too long of a writing/blogging/social media break?

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Earning Good Behavior – Awesome Deck of Awesome Cards

A few months back I blogged about our House Rules and what we do in our home to encourage our kids to behave, be polite and considerate of others.  At the end of each day, depending upon how well they followed said House Rules, our kidlets earned what we called “R Bucks” which they could save up and redeem in our makeshift redemption center. It was a good idea, until it wasn’t…..

While the “R Bucks” technically held the kidlets accountable for their behavior, The Hubs and I quickly realized they weren’t actually behaving because of the rules, but because of the prizes they’d get in return.  It completely defeated the original purpose of the rules.  It was clear that The Hubs and I needed to regroup and think of something else!

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Back To School Week – Time To Label Up

Where has this summer gone! It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-August, which means that school time is just around the corner – and for some, it’s already here!

back-to-schoolBy the end of summer, I’m pretty much ready to be back on a regular schedule, but getting ready to send the kidlets back to school gets me stressed. There are so many things to get done – buying school supplies and new clothes, completing annual physicals & immunization forms and don’t forget organizing all the kidlets extra-curricular schedules for fall. So this week on The Harried Mom we’ll be talking and sharing about all things “Back to School” (BTS).

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Fantasizing The Childfree Life…Just For A Moment

Have you read the new issue of Time yet?  It arrived earlier this week at my office, mixed in with my weekly delivery of TV Guide, Us, Star, Entertainment Weekly, SI and People (yes  I’m super cultured in popular culture).  As I opened my bundle of magazines and started perusing the covers, one really caught my eye.   Surprisingly it wasn’t one with flashy photos of Kim Kardashian, Teresa Guidice and Matt Damon on them but Time magazine, which features an idyllic photo of a smiling couple lounging lovingly alone on a beach below the boldface headline “The Childfree Life – When having it all means not having children.”  I was both intrigued and angered by the insinuation – and immediately stashed it in my purse so I could read it on the train ride home that night.

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Aren’t Family Trips Supposed To Be Fun?

This past weekend the family took a quick trip to Philadelphia. I love Philly – it’s rich with our nation’s history, has so many great museums, loaded with public parks, lots of interesting outdoor artwork and of course, it’s the home of the cheese steak!

THM_PhillyI’m also not one to pass up an opportunity to stay at a hotel, because it’s one of the only places where mom can relax because someone else is totally responsible for making the beds, laundering the linens and cleaning the bathroom.

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Become a Mompreneur through Huggies MomInspired Grant Program!

recite-29695-411785639-6euw89 copyHave you ever heard the quote “necessity is the mother of invention?” What’s more necessary for moms (and dads) than having innovative tools to help us to take care of our kids. Our kids can be a great source of inspiration into creating useful products to help us  live our day-to-day lives.  According to a recent survey*, four million babies are born each year and more than 84% of “mompreneurs” said they thought of a big idea for a product after becoming a parent. Now, Huggies MomInspired Grant Program is here to help turn those mom dreams into a reality.

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Huggies MomInspired Grant Program will award $15,000 grants for up to 12 people to explore and grow their innovative product ideas that help to make parents’ lives easier. Winners will also receive business advice from Maria Bailey, author, radio and TV personality and founder of BSMMedia.com, as well as support from Huggies’ own parent company, Kimberly-Clark.

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Old School Blogging – Lists Of Five

Back in the day do you remember passing around lists of questions and sending to your friends to fill out and then laughing or smiling at each others answers?  Well that’s the premise behind “Old School Blogging” (#OSB for short) and it’s been resurrected in a fun  meme, which has quickly turned into one of my favorite monthly posts to write!

The rules, if you want to call them that, are simple.    Just copy and paste the questions below and add your own answers, then link up over on the blogs of its hosts Elaine and Alison to join in the fun.  Make sure to include the hashtag #OSBlog when you Tweet so others can find you!

This month speaks to my inner OCD gal who makes lists for just about everything (I even do lists about doing laundry, I know, it’s a sickness!).  Keep reading to see some of my favorites and get to know me better and leave me a link in the comments if you’ve done it too so I can check yours out!

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