Life · Motherhood

I never had to drink coffee until I became a mom

I have always enjoyed drinking coffee.  Back in the days when banks served coffee, any time my sister and I would go to the bank with our parents, we would make our own cups of coffee with 10% coffee, 50% milk, and 40% sugar.  We felt so grown up sipping our “coffee.” When coffee houses like Starbucks started… Continue reading I never had to drink coffee until I became a mom

Career · Motherhood

The best networking tip I learned from my 18-month-old

When I was pregnant with my second son, several people warned me that the new baby may be overshadowed by his big brother, who was a cute toddler with a magnetic personality.  As though it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, for the first 18 months of my younger son’s life, he was out-shined by his charismatic older brother.  As a baby,… Continue reading The best networking tip I learned from my 18-month-old

Motherhood

7 steps to finding a great nanny

In my previous post, comparing 5 best child care options, I mentioned that after deliberating on the pros and cons of the different child care options, my husband and I decided to go with the nanny option.  The main reason we picked the nanny option was that we wanted the highest level of individualized care and attention for our then… Continue reading 7 steps to finding a great nanny

Motherhood · Style

Cute and comfortable shoes for babies and toddlers

My general shopping philosophy is to save where I can, but splurge when the quality of an item is better at a higher price point.  When it comes to kids clothes, there are plenty of stylish and affordable options to choose from.  With shoes though, I find that you typically get what you pay for.  Since the cost-per-wear ratio… Continue reading Cute and comfortable shoes for babies and toddlers

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9 things I wish I had known before having a second baby

Don’t you just love how as soon as you have your first baby, people start asking you when you’re having a second one?  I have two boys and strangers are constantly telling me that I should have a girl.  I always smile politely and tell them that I’m pretty sure that if we tried, we… Continue reading 9 things I wish I had known before having a second baby

Career · Motherhood

5 best child care options: pros and cons

Finding quality and reliable child care is one of the most stressful and daunting tasks for working moms.  You are essentially trying to find someone to not only keep you child safe and well cared for, but also to provide a high level of attentiveness, enrichment, and affection.  Essentially you are looking for the best possible substitute for you being… Continue reading 5 best child care options: pros and cons

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Effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers

  I have received a few requests from friends to do a post on effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers because my friends think that my two boys are well behaved.  My two boys (almost 2 and 4) generally put on a good show when we are out (which I’m eternally grateful for) but at home, it’s a different story.… Continue reading Effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers