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Wash, Rinse and Repeat

Wash, Rinse and Repeat

There is an awful lot of wash, rinse and repeat involved in raising kids. Especially when they are small. Before I had kids, I thought the repetitive tasks would drive me crazy. The endless diaper changes, mountains of laundry, stacks of dishes and grilled cheese sandwiches. Instead I have found them meditative.

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The Fiercest Creature in the Animal Kingdom

The Fiercest Creature in the Animal Kingdom

Who is the most feared creature in the animal kingdom? If you ran into a grizzly bear in the forest, you would be scared, right? What if you ran into a mama grizzly bear with a cub in tow? You would be terrified. Ten times more scared than running in to a regular grizzly bear. A mother is unquestionably the fiercest creature in the animal kingdom.

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Define Your Own Maternity Leave for Working Moms

Define Your Own Maternity Leave for Working Moms

I recently had the opportunity to write a guest post for Redefining Mom. When you work for yourself, it’s up to you to decide what maternity leave will look like. It can be whatever you want or need. Will you work a little or a lot or not at all? It’s all up to you.

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I Liberate Corporate Working Mothers

I Liberate Corporate Working Mothers

I see you Mama.  Feeling overwhelmed trying to manage career and family.  Just getting out the door in the morning is a major challenge.  Constantly fighting back tears at home and at work.  A lost sock or last-minute diaper change can ruin the whole day.  Feeling...

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Navigating Child Care

Navigating Child Care

I started consulting before I had kids, but I admit things were a little more haphazard in those free-falling, pre-children days.  About a month before my daughter was due, I sent an email out to all the parents I knew asking about their child care experiences and...

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How to Manage Your Business and Your New Baby

How to Manage Your Business and Your New Baby

My advice is to plan but keep your expectations open and flexible. It’s so hard to know how you will feel and what the temperament of your baby will be. I was so surprised by how much FUN I had being pregnant, having small babies and now a toddler and teen. I admit that everything has been easier with #2.

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Done Is Better Than Perfect

Done Is Better Than Perfect

Done is Better Than Perfect I am not and have never been a perfectionist.  Overachiever yes, perfectionist no.  I see so many groups online for recovering perfectionists.  Apparently, it is something to be avoided.  Are you trying to be perfect?  Does it get in your...

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I See You

I See You

I see you Mama.  Feeling overwhelmed trying to manage career and family.  Just getting out the door in the morning is a major challenge.  Constantly fighting back tears at home and at work.  A lost sock or last-minute diaper change can ruin the whole day.  Feeling...

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WAHM, SAHM, WHAT???

WAHM, SAHM, WHAT???

In my early years of being a working mom, I wasn’t quite sure where I belonged. Not a SAHM (Stay-at-Home Mom) When my daughter was about a year old, I joined a play group.  We have a wonderful organization in San Diego called the Parent Connection.  It’s sponsored by...

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Maternity Leave? What Maternity Leave?

Maternity Leave? What Maternity Leave?

I am the most obnoxious pregnant woman you could ever have the misfortune to meet. I gain only 15 pounds and I run over to the hospital to have the baby in-between ballet classes. For real, my water broke during dance class with my first baby.  I finished the class,...

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Nine Tips to Make Billable with Baby® Life Easier

Nine Tips to Make Billable with Baby® Life Easier

Sometimes Billable with Baby® life can be overwhelming.  It’s wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything but could we try to make it easier?  Here are nine tried and true tips: Wash one load of clothes every day I still can’t quite believe I actually own a washer...

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Oh Yes You Can Bring the Baby

Oh Yes You Can Bring the Baby

You can take your baby anywhere you want when you work for yourself. There is no one to tell you that you can’t. Whatever you do, DON’T ASK PERMISSION. I was lucky with the first project I worked on after my daughter was born. I was working with a technical team that had very few other meetings so meeting times were flexible and not very long. On days when we needed to meet, I would call when she woke up from her nap and tell them I was on the way.

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How Working Moms Can Transition to Consulting Work

How Working Moms Can Transition to Consulting Work

As a working mom, it’s not easy to leave your kids in the care of someone else all day. You know that you want to do meaningful work and support your family, but you also want to be able to be there for all of the precious moments in your children’s lives. In the...

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Child Care When You Work from Home

Child Care When You Work from Home

Last week I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Fab Working Mom Life. Since I do half my work at night when the kids are asleep, I don’t need full time care.  I use a combination of college nannies, a childproof playroom and a Pack n' Play stocked with a...

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You Took a Baby to a Board Meeting?!?

You Took a Baby to a Board Meeting?!?

I was home one morning just about to get ready for a very important board presentation.  The Nanny called and said she had locked her keys in the car. Her boyfriend was bringing the spare key but she would be an hour or more late.  I had allowed some leeway in my...

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