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March 11, 2014
So I am having a I miss NYC week this week. I know that technically Queens qualifies as NYC but in 20 minutes the other day I managed to run more errands than I would have in 3 hours in Queens. There was no driving to 4 different locations, taking children in and out of cars, struggling with them in the cart while they cry out for every strategically placed toy/junkfood/name your kiddy vice in reach. Honestly I understood marketing when I was in university and studying it but those supermarket placement specialists have it DOWN! Perfectly placed Goldfish sitting at the perfect height for my son as he sits in the cart searching for the next activity.
Which makes me ask the question – is there really truth that you’re either a girl of the city vs girl of the ‘burbs? And never the 2 shall meet?
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve managed to partly embraced the life of suburbanville. I now have a SUV, I know what nights they collect recycling and I have a membership at BJs as we now have space to store all those bulk purchases. But I also still drive 4 miles down … Continue reading..
March 10, 2014
Alright, Twitter doesn’t actually make me cry, but it feels damn close sometimes. The whole world of social media marketing has the potential to throw me into a dark, self-loathing, self-conscious, state of chronic despair. Why? Because I feel as though I’m back in high school at my first and only Friday night post-game sock-hop. The year was 1979 and there I am—over there against the concrete wall—the gangly, awkward freshman watching the couples laugh and dance. I’m waiting for someone to notice me, to be drawn in by my inner beauty and to ask me to dance. Much to my surprise I’m noticed—an older boy, we dance, he attempts to give me my first kiss, we laugh, and we talk. On Monday morning I realize that he rides my bus. I smile hoping he will say hi to me, but instead he proceeds to make fun of me in front of his friends for the next month of bus rides. I hide my face every day so no one knows I’m crying.
Fast forward 35 years and here I am against the concrete wall of what feels to be more like a cocktail party. There I am again watching … Continue reading..
March 9, 2014
In a perfect world, I would light a lavender-scented candle, pour a steaming cup of cream-dolloped coffee, get comfy in my ergonomically-correct chair, and attain a perfect Zen state of mind as the words flow from my mind and through my fingers, making magic happen on my Word document. But that’s a perfect world, not mine. Right now, I’m typing on a laptop precariously positioned on the far end of the kitchen table (to keep my 11-month-old from grabbing it), I can’t keep a coffee cup anywhere near me for fear of someone getting scalded, my 4-year-old daughter is stating her morning demands for candy she knows she can’t have in my ear and I’m shifting my weight on an old, uncomfortable wooden chair, because who can afford ergonomic office chairs on a family budget these days? Such is the reality for many work-at-home moms. It’s a struggle. It’s a juggling act. It’s a constant blood, sweat and tears journey toward meeting daily goals, carving out a balanced life, maintaining some remnant of sanity and yes, scratching your way to success, whether it be personal success for making your wacky life work or financial success for providing for the little … Continue reading..
March 7, 2014
If you are parenting an ADHD child, as I am, and especially as they start to get older and understand more about how their bodies feel and are able to express, having them read books that offer explanation and also engage and amuse are great finds. I’d like to share the following….
THE KID-FRIENDLY ADHD & AUTISM COOKBOOK
The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet
by Pamela Compart and Dana Laake (published by Fair Winds Press)
The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD – both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism (300,000). Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000. ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17).
Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods – especially milk products and glutens such as wheat(and to a lesser degree – soy and corn.) One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other … Continue reading..
March 5, 2014
Call me naive. Call me clueless. Call me privileged. Call me anything. Just don’t call me a financial whizz. That I am certainly not. So when I was handed the monthly household bill paying and budgeting task, I wanted to bury my head in the ground. Permanently.
Still, life goes on and items must be purchased and paid for. I’m getting ready for my own learning experience with Budgeting 101. The other day I was watching a cute Tween sitcom with my son. He exclaimed that the show was named after a character in the show with “101” after the name. He astutely told me that the reason the show had “101” in the title was because the character’s locker number was “101.” I validated his wise observation, then added that when he takes courses in school as he gets older, the courses identified as introductory courses will have the numbers “101” after them. For example, Chemistry 101, English History 101, etc. He dismissed my explanation because he felt his reasoning was more appropriate for the sitcom. So much for “Mom Enlightenment 101.”
I chose “Budgeting 101” as the title for this blog because I feel as if I am … Continue reading..
March 4, 2014
“Daniel Radcliffe delivers his finest performance to date. He is remarkable,” raves The New York Times.
Radcliffe, star of the eight Harry Potter films, makes a triumphant return to Broadway following his 10-month sold out run in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh’s riotous comedy THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN directed by Tony® award winner Michael Grandage.
Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy (Radcliffe), if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. McDonagh’s comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming-of-age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century.
“5 Stars! A stupendous performance by Daniel Radcliffe. The finest piece of acting I have seen all year.” – Tim
Walker, The Sunday Telegraph
“The most politically incorrect play in the West End – and probably the funniest.” – Robert Gore-Langton, The Mail on … Continue reading..
March 4, 2014
I’m coming off a weekend where I had to watch my usually healthy and happy son be completely miserable…. And it was all as a result of my decision to agree to my son having his 18 month immunisations.
From the minute I was pregnant it became apparent that the vaccine debate was one I wouldn’t be able to escape and one where there wasn’t any easy answer. I got it from all sides. From the extremist “no vaccines no way” to the frankly bully tactics of medical practitioners “it’s in your child’s interest… you don’t want to see him get sick do you?” As if it isn’t hard enough watching your child get pricked multiple times with those needles, to watch their face in uncomfortable surprise and then to see them suffer through fevers and sore arms and whatever other side effect comes as a result (which could be a lot worse than what we experienced). On top of that everyone seems to have an opinion. “Are you really vaccinating”, “oh I waited for that one”, “it’s not fair for your unvaccinated child to be allowed in schools”. I … Continue reading..
March 3, 2014
It’s a silly little fairy tale we tell ourselves. The concept of being in control of our life is just this comforting idea we have (and we believe in wholeheartedly) while our life goes on smoothly with no upset. Then one day your husband tells you he no longer loves you, or your mom dies, or you wreck the car, gain 20 pounds, break your wrist, on and on and on the list goes. This list describes the last three years of my life with the exception of the divorce and my Mom which were five and eighteen years ago respectively.
But so what? The notion that I am in control of my life is my preferred vision—right up until the moment I am not in control. That’s the way life is sometimes. You have everything under control until you don’t. Divorce is one of those times. Since I’m a problem solver by nature, and an idea generator with a fair amount of experience with disappointment, I seem to be the perfect person to come to for a set of judgment free ears.
“I don’t know how you are so OK!”
I’m told this by a friend whose husband just … Continue reading..