When Are the Stories of My Children No Longer Mine to Tell?

Creating and maintaining The Harried Mom takes a lot of work. I started this blog a few years ago as a creative outlet for myself, to share my stories about everyday parenting – the good, the bad and even those forehead slap moments that we all experience with our families. Over time the site has evolved to also include family meal ideas/recipes, DIY kid crafts, reviews and fun activity/outing suggestions to do with kids. In the next week or so, I’ll even be debuting a new look to the blog!!

THM_WhenAreStoriesNoLongerMine_1The Harried Mom truly is a labor of love.  See, my #1 job is being a mom & wife ILR to two kidlets and a husband I just adore. After that, I’m a mom who works away of the home (because every mom is a working mom, my job just happens to take me out of the home) in a fab career.  This blog is what I do “after-hours,” at home once the kidlets have gone off to dreamland, The Hubs fed and laundry is done (well, sometimes!). It does take a lot of time, effort and lots of understanding from my family & friends, but I really enjoy doing it so it’s worth it.

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I’m Leaving (And Returning) On A Jet Plane…

My father worked for the same company for 41 years and in his entire professional career he never was sent out-of-town on a business trip.  In fact, he never spent even one night away from home when I was growing up.  I on the other hand have been working for 20+ years  and I can’t even begin to tell you how many business trips I’ve been on.

TravelingmomI love my career in public relations and its given me the tremendous opportunity to travel and see many places, both large and small in this world.  It’s due in large part to my many business trips that I can brag and say that I’ve visited all the contiguous 48 United States (I’ve also been to Hawaii on my honeymoon, so I’ve been to 49 states,  all I need is to cross Alaska off my list).Continue reading ⇒

If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry

Over the weekend I had one of those face palm parenting moments.

It happened when I went into the kidlets playroom to see what they were up to. I found my six-year old son sitting perfectly content on the couch watching cartoons, but my daughter was nowhere in sight. Unlike my son, she gets bored pretty quick watching cartoons. My girl is constantly in motion, she always has to be doing something so I knew I’d find her around the corner creating a masterpiece at her art table.

That’s when I discovered this:

THM_LaughCry_1One of several clumps of hair I found on the ground that morning.

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Tired of the Mommy Wars? Take The Pledge To Empower All Moms

Everyday moms all around the world are under tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only to find themselves judged by others, especially other moms!  It’s no secret that I think the mommy wars are totally ridiculous (you can read about it here).

As a parent, there are dozens of tough decisions you have to make for your family — from going back to work or not to whether you’ll breastfeed or formula feed your baby and to how your children will be educated and disciplined –  and there is no one right answer.  No mom (or dad for that matter) should be criticized for the decisions they make.  The right answer for any parent is to choose what is right and what works for their own family.

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On The Road Again

I love my job – and this time I’m talking about the one I’m actually paid to do!

For the past 19 years I’ve only ever worked in television public relations.  The networks I’ve been employed at have been incredibly diverse and I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing people and worked on many exciting projects.   One of the things I always loved about my job was all the travel I got to do.  I’ve been to both the glamorous and not-so-glamorous places across this country, Canada and even Mexico.  Living out of a suitcase was sometimes tough since I always seemed to pack too much, but it was always a new adventure.  It’s because of my work that I can say that I’ve been to all 48 continental United States (in fact I’ve been to 49 states in total, I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon so all that’s left is Alaska).  I’ve traveled private, first class and in coach, by planes, trains and automobiles – including driving cross-country in a 1939 Ford Coup with no seat belts, AC, heat or radio! TravelingmomMy love of work travel changed when I had the kidlets.

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A Serious Case of the Winter Doldrums

After a brief tease of warm, spring-y like temperatures here in the northeast the past few days, winter has reared its mischievous head again and this morning blanketed our area with a coating of snow.   There wasn’t too much of an accumulation only 2 inches or so, not enough for a snow day, but just enough to wreak havoc with each of my kidlet’s school openings as well as my commute into NYC to work. BAu_qrmCEAEKAM1

Footsteps in the snowy/slushy mix that met me at the train station this morning

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How To Survive A Kid Sickday

My son is home sick from school today with a mild fever and with a nose that has snot dripping freely like a soda from a dispenser that it’s upsetting his stomach (and mine too, ick!).  I’m not feeling 100% myself either, but nowhere like the flu I had last month.  It’s more jet lag, having just traveled to and from LA in a 48-hour span for work this past weekend.

sicksonMy poor little guy, sleeping next to mommy as she types away!

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What’s In Your Purse?

Have you ever heard the saying that you can tell a lot about a woman by the kind of purse they carry? I think you’d get an even better idea by taking a peek inside their purse.  What a woman carries in her bag tells her own unique story.   Want to know what my bag says about me?  It screams, “I’m a mom!”

You know how some women feel about shoes, well, that’s how I’ve always felt about purses.  I bought my first “designer” handbag when I was a senior in high school.  For months I saved my babysitting earnings and purchased a black & tan leather Dooney & Bourke satchel bag.  I still have that bag, in pristine condition and in its original dust bag sitting in my closet along side my other prized purses from Kate Spade, Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors, Brighton and Furla (I told you I really do love purses!).

A few of my fav purses….

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Manic Monday Mom Guilt

Monday mornings in our house are always crazy – I’m sure most moms and dads can relate!  Trying to get back into the school/work groove after two days of “play” is always difficult.

When both kidlets were in pre-school, there wasn’t too much to it.  We just had to drop off them off with their sleepmats and that was it. The school took care of everything else food and activity-wise.  Now with our son in kindergarten, I now spend my mornings scrambling to make sure that he has a healthy lunch and snack packed in his lunchbox plus that he has all his homework completed and safely nestled in his backpack before we leave.  Now add to that getting my almost three-year-old diva daughter ready for preschool,  an attention-starved dog fed and getting myself showered and ready for work, it’s like a bad  forgotten verse of that Bangles song “Manic Monday.”

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We’re Having A Party….The Party Works Review

My kids birthdays are a huge deal. To me, there is no greater joy than seeing the excitement, happiness and love in my kidlets eyes when their big day comes and we’re celebrating! But as most parents know, sometimes planning your child’s birthday party can take over your entire life. We just had my son’s 5th birthday party over the weekend and it was a huge success! Although I look forward to all the planning for a fun and happy event, I always get stressed making sure every detail is ready for the big day.

My son’s Star Wars themed party included this cake, with all the main characters showing up for the festivities!

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