Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Working Mom Hacks for Everyone

I've always been into self-care and self help. Having my daughter was the ultimate motivator to work on myself and be as healthy as possible, to be able to care for her and set an example. Just months after Liv's birth when I was struggling to leave her for a workday or even an errand, I felt compelled to attend a writing workshop. I felt a sense of urgency to better myself and pursue my passions. Ironically, this is of course a period in my life in which I have the least amount of time to focus on myself. Before having Liv I heard the notion "moms get sh*t done." It didn't make any sense. Now I get it. While I have to write myself post-it's basically every night to remember the simplest things the following morning like grabbing my breakfast from the fridge, I'm doing my best and getting the necessities done. Here are some mom (or really anyone pressed for time and with a burning desire to "do it all") time hacks I've incorporated lately:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Everything I Never Knew I Always Needed

When I was pregnant and terrified (more on that later) I felt overwhelmed registering online for baby stuff. I didn't feel ready in so many ways and not having the appropriate supplies on hand, or even in mind, didn't help. I didn't know where to begin, so I asked around and stalked my pregnant friends' registries. Ultimately I learned through trial and error.

I made mistakes (I thought burp clothes were superfluous), but I also had a knack in some areas (I knew I didn't need to buy a special "diaper bag"). In early mamahood I texted my mom friends constantly to learn what was working for them (gas drops) and what had recently been recalled (natural teething gel). When a pregnant friend recently entered nesting mode and asked for registry suggestions, I put together the below list. Here are my current recommendations, based on research and personal use by me and my people:

Boppy & covers
Bottles - small & big

Swaddles - blankets and/or ones that snap
Merlin - we didn't use this in the way beginning and it may be a bit controversial but worked well for us for a time



Car seat - Infant & Bigger - need converter pieces to fit car seat in stroller 
Gate check bags for travel - car seat, stroller 
Diaper bag - we use a leSportsac bag I've had for like 10 years 
Baby carrier - I never found one I felt super comfortable in but people like ergobaby

Toys - Our early favorites included this & this 

Diaper pail & bags Thermometer


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I'm back

I'm back. I've been feeling ambivalent about blogging, but I feel a yearning to create and share and this blogosphere and social media world feel like the right space, right now.

I've been on hiatus...
Starting work at a tech company
Having a baby
Becoming a mom
A working mom
Taking a writing class
Reading a ton of books
Watching good TV and old movies
Traveling a bit
Enjoying friends and family

But all along I've had this urge to write. I've been keeping a journal from pregnancy and throughout (early) motherhood - my daughter isn't yet two. Seven months after she was born I wrote a personal essay; I'm working on getting it published. I want to be heard, yet I feel like a private person. Not ready to share, to reveal the intimacies of family life or even just my opinions on everything from brunch to being terrified of becoming a mom (more on that later). But still I feel this pull to put myself out there, so here goes...


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don't let this happen.

"...what if you wake up some day, and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." -- Anne Lamott 

Recently I came across this quote on Instagram. I remember feeling inspired by these words when I first read them. Seeing them again brought a smile to my face and I just had to re-share. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Judging Your Date by His Bookshelf

Recently I came across this feature on Refinery29: "6 Books That Say 'Date Me!' (& 4 That Don't)" The R29 article lists 10 books that your date may or may not have in his/her home, and then goes on to explain what each particular tome's presence indicates, i.e. run for the hills or start planning your wedding.

I was intrigued. I'm a big reader and also a big believer in finding common interests with your mate, or at least different interests that make for good conversation. Plus, a well-stocked bookshelf can help seal the deal. For instance, my sister met her husband abroad. They didn't speak the same language when they first met, but they had a connection that was deepened when they realized they had the exact same books on their respective bookshelves, only in different languages. 

I don't agree with all of Refinery29's prescriptions, i.e. this assertion, cringe-worthy for multiple reasons: "But if your bae has [The Notebook By Nicholas Sparks] on the bookshelf, consider it a free pass to send Ryan Gosling memes at any time." I do, however, agree with R29 that taste in books can be telling.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tribeca Film Festival

One of my favorite Spring traditions is attending the Tribeca Film Festival. In recent years Justin and I have screened a couple of films per year, including The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq and Whitewash. Attending the festival is always a treat, even if the films we see aren't always winners. (Whitewash for example... Not so great.) Not only do viewers get to see films before they're released on a large-scale, there is typically a question and answer session with the filmmakers and actors after each screening. For especially big premieres, there may even be a red carpet and plenty of celebs in attendance. 

This year we saw Live From New York! and Franny. Fortunately, we were two for two regarding our picks this go around. Live from New York! was the festival opener and it was well-attended. Fellow audience members at the Beacon's showing included Robert De Niro, Tom Brokaw, Rudy Giuliani and Grace Gummer. The movie itself was awesome. Live from New York! is a documentary about "New York institution and comedy powerhouse" Saturday Night Live. It shows a behind the scenes look of what makes Saturday Night Live so special and it features interviews with tons of SNL actors.

Franny is a drama starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James. Gere plays an aging and hedonistic philanthropist who ingratiates himself into the lives of newlyweds played by Fanning and James. The filmmaker, Andrew Renzi, has described Franny as "part Scent of a Woman, part Leaving Las Vegas, part Cable Guy. Whatever the components, it's a good movie, and the acting is excellent. And hearing the actors discuss their inspirations and experiences post-viewing was a highlight.

Franny Q & A

Top image via Variety

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