Friday, July 10, 2015

Wonder Woman - The Working Mom

"Doing it all"

Don't you hate that? How and why did we, women, ever decide we wanted to do it all? How about this slogan...

"Do what we think is best" 

Since my last post a lot has changed in my life. I became a mother. I always knew my life would change when I became a parent. I just never really anticipated the gravity of the change. I never really knew just how big a change would occur within me chemically. 

Leaving my son to return to work has been the hardest thing I have ever done. It wasn't a choice. I did not choose to "do it all". I have to. I would sell my kidney on the black market to be able to stay home with him.  Unfortunately, I don't know how to contact these black market surgeons so I had to settle for returning to my position as the member of an executive team of a small corporation.

On my first day back in the office I was genuinely happy to see all of the great people I work with. It was nice to be able to talk about something other than the color of baby poop. But, my mind kept wandering back to the little bug to the left. What was he doing? Does he have enough milk? What if he just laughed for the very first time and I missed it?

Needless to say I left work in tears vowing to quit. I'd live in a cardboard box if I had to....

I live in Massachusetts. That cardboard box is one of the most expensive in the country. I am the primary earner and living on my husbands meager salary just wouldn't be an option. We would have no car, no home and have to move in with my parents in a cramped spare bedroom. But, is that the price to pay?

I am struggling deeply with what is more important. Is it more important for me be able to provide my son with a stable house and a comfortable life with a stressed out mommy? Or, would it be better to live in a spare bedroom and likely get a divorce?

Here's to praying that the United State of America institutes more realistic leave policies and catches up to the rest of the world. If I had a year with my son, it would make all the difference in the world.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Shop Pink All Year Long

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Every October retailers, brands and organizations launch pink campaigns to generate awareness, funding and support to find a cure for breast cancer in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Just because it isn't October, doesn't mean you can’t shop for a cure this summer! 
Here is a roundup of some of my absolute favorite products and brands that are doing some great things for breast cancer awareness. Spending some time shopping is great. Shopping for a cause is even better.
If you don't want to purchase apparel or goods, there are organizations all over the country that are in need of funding to deliver all forms of support to families that are fighting breast cancer. One organization that is doing amazing work in Massachusetts is Miss Pink Pageant

Miss Pink's goal is to provide emotional and financial support to women and their families struggling to fight breast cancer. Their signature event is an annual benefit that celebrates the life of breast cancer survivors and the true beauty, courage and hope that they each possess. It has grown to serve as a community for breast cancer survivors and their families to come together in support.  As an attendee of the event for the past two years, I can say the work that Miss Pink does for the entire community is exceptional. 
If you'd like to learn more about Miss Pink, click here
If you are interesting in attending their annual event being held on March 14th, 2015 at the Danversport Yacht Club, click here to purchase tickets. 
If you'd like a donation that will be used to support local women and their families, click here
xx M

Monday, June 30, 2014

A 70th Birthday Outing at Longfellow's Wayside Inn

Care for a Coow Woow anyone?

If you are so inclined, you can swing by Longfellow's Wayside Inn and try one. It's allegedly the first ever mixed drink! Think white rum and brandy - it packs a major punch.  

My mother chose Longfellow's Wayside Inn as the celebration spot for the big seven-zero. It is the country's oldest operating inn and the grounds have a chapel, barn, old school house and grist mill. It made for a pretty wonderful early summer day. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

4th of July Style Guide: BBQ and Fireworks

4th of July is just around the corner! 

Here's to a day full of sand, sun, booze, hot dogs, family, friends and love. And here's a sweet get up to enjoy the festivities in.

a. Modcloth backpack
b. Rayban Clubmaster's
c. J. Crew cropped tunic
d. H&M short shorts
e. Modcloth Birkenstocks
f. J. Crew printed scarf