Category: Working Mom

Alternatives for Child Care, Guest Post by Cristy of Happy Family Blog

Alternatives for Child Care, Guest Post by Cristy of Happy Family Blog

Today I have a guest post from the lovely Cristy of HappyFamilyBlog.com on the topic of child care. We’re actually sharing a nanny as well, so I’m excited to see that specified as one of the items on her list of child care alternatives. This is part of a series I am doing on child care and nannies. If you are a blogger and would like to guest post here on this topic, let me know.   Alternatives for Child Care Since my daughter was a preemie the idea of a day care center never came into our decision-making process.  […]

Posted February 24, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, Working Mom, / 5 Comments
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Child Care Options – Our decision to hire a live-in Nanny

Child Care Options – Our decision to hire a live-in Nanny

If you’re an expecting parent and planning to return to work, I know this topic is weighing on your mind: child care. Who will you trust to watch your little baby while you’re at work all day? Both of us work full-time so we considered several options for this common dilemma. Daycare is the common solution, but there are also nannies and au pairs. Today I’m sharing the options we considered before deciding what option will work best for our family. Child care options we considered and our ultimate decision to hire a live-in nanny Daycare considerations Daycare was the […]

Posted February 22, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Working Mom, / 39 Comments
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When I look in the mirror

When I look in the mirror

This week’s Finish the Sentence Friday topic is: When I look in the mirror… When I look in the mirror, I see the tired eyes looking back at me. I see the grey hair and wrinkles around my eyes – isn’t that what people see about themselves first? I see the extra weight I carry around, the weight I put on while carrying, and caring for, my baby. But then I look deeper. I look past all that and really take a look at myself. When I look in the mirror I see a woman who has accomplished so much […]

Posted February 11, 2016 by Julie in Memes, Working Mom, / 23 Comments
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Survival guide for working moms

Survival guide for working moms

The level of stress working moms have to face is tremendous. Working moms have to balance a lot more than just work.  The responsibility of the children rests on their shoulders; they have to balance their work while simultaneously being accountable for the household. Making sure the house runs smoothly, grocery shopping, picking up the kids from school, helping them with their homework, making sure a warm delicious meal rests on the table for dinner time. Their life is very hectic. There are ways women can balance their life and survive while maintaining their sanity.  For starters, working moms should […]

Posted January 21, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Working Mom, / 6 Comments
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Comfortable Pumping and Nursing Bra, BeliBea Review

Comfortable Pumping and Nursing Bra, BeliBea Review

I received the full product in exchange for my honest review. My Experience: The BeliBea is the most comfortable bra I own! Part way through my pregnancy, every band of any bra I owned started getting uncomfortable. For some reason, even some sports bras felt like they were cutting into my skin (and at least left the skin red and sore). I tried out various sports bra type maternity and nursing bras, but after a full day’s wear I was uncomfortable in all of them. Then I got to try the BeliBea. It is so soft and hugs my skin rather […]

Posted November 8, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, Working Mom, , / 0 Comments
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What to Wear as a New Working Mom

What to Wear as a New Working Mom

Having a baby really changes your body, and chances are (if you’re like me, anyway) your old career wardrobe doesn’t quite work with your new curves. I’m lucky that I do not have to wear suits or super formal career attire at work, but I still need to have a business professional yet casual wardrobe. I wanted to share an example of a typical outfit for me, and some staples you should add to your new working mom wardrobe. New Working Mom Wardrobe Staples First and foremost let’s just get this out of the way – elastic waist slacks. Maternity pants are […]

Posted September 14, 2015 by Julie in TopPosts, Working Mom, / 2 Comments
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Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials #WBW2015

Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials #WBW2015

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week topic is Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work.  I thought I would share some thoughts as a breastfeeding working mom. Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials Before returning to work Know your rights. Your workplace is required to provide a private space for mothers to pump as well as the break time to do so. Check out this tear sheet with details from the Fair Labor Standard Act. Visit your workplace prior to the end of your maternity leave and scope out the available space for expressing breast milk. Find out if your office has lactation […]

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A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

Woke up, fell out of bed Dragged a comb across my head Found my way downstairs and drank a cup And looking up I noticed I was late — A Day In The Life – The Beatles The awesome Trish at Love Laughter Insanity came up with a fun blogger event: share a day in the life. I picked March 13th (which happens to be Friday the 13th – and a month before my birthday) to keep track of my daily happenings. Why that day? Well, it was the day after Trish’s post, so the topic was fresh in my […]

Posted March 27, 2015 by Julie in Working Mom, / 30 Comments
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Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share. 1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours. 2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and […]

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Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

Lactation Cookie Baking Experiment

I was already struggling with supply before I went back to work, so when I had to switch from regular nursing to occasional pumping, my supply took a hit. I’ve been trying different methods to help boost my supply (taking Fenugreek supplements, taking Mother Love More Milk Plus supplements, eating oatmeal, drinking Gatorade, drinking Milkmaid tea, applying heat) but I either wasn’t eating/drinking enough of that to count, or it simply want working. I decided to give lactation cookies a try so hubby helped me make a batch after I procured all the magical ingredients (brewers yeast and milled flax […]

Posted February 23, 2015 by Julie in Food, Working Mom, , / 13 Comments
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