The Working Mom Chronicles

Taking a spin on work-life balance.

Crafting Made Easy: DIY Halloween Wreath

As a busy working mom, I sometimes (always) slack off in the holiday decor department. This year is different, though. Aidan is 5, Avery is almost 2. They are at the age where the development of traditions is important. As we kick off the holiday season with Halloween, I have been looking for ways to jazz up my home and make it a tad more festive. I have always wanted to try my hand at a DIY Halloween wreath, but I have never been able to find the time or energy. Well, enough is enough. I put on my determined face and took a trip to Hobby Lobby. Now, I will show you how I made this easy DIY Halloween wreath!
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Empowering Children Through Education #SimplySaid

I am a mom first, a teacher second. With that being said, I absolutely know the importance that an education has on the future of our youth. With the school year in full swing and Aidan in Kindergarten, we are finally settling into a routine. Our nightly routine includes dinner, baths, and homework. Every night. While this routine is absolutely exhausting, Aidan is showing true gains in school, even climbing over 100 points on his baseline assessment test since the beginning of the school year. By empowering children through education, we are helping them pave the path for success. Continue reading

How to Show Off Soft Skills in an Interview

So we went over soft skills in one of my last posts, On the Hunt? Here’s Why Soft Skills Matter.  If you didn’t read it, take a few minutes to skim it. As a recap, soft skills are basically those skills that employers are looking for that don’t necessarily have to do with the direct skills required to perform a job. Basically, are you the kind of person they want to work with? Continue reading

5 Healthy Snacks for Toddlers + Ibotta Offer!

I am embarrassed to say that healthy eating isn’t something that is at the top of our priority list these days. With the new school year started for me, the kids starting their respective schools, and Chris’ busy days on patrol, it’s almost impossible to find the energy to eat properly. We are definitely trying, but we fall short over and over again. We have got to try to do better, especially with our children. Today, I took a trip to our local Publix Supermarket and loaded up on some healthy snacks for the kiddos.
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Saving Money on Diapers + Coupon Alert!

I learned early on with both of my children, if we were going to survive the diapering years, we were going to need to make some changes. We needed to not only be cutting costs around the house, we needed to be saving money on diapers. We switched to Luvs diapers in the winter of 2011. I remember the day, actually. It was Christmastime and I was pretty bent out of shape about having to buy diapers…again. I thought premium diapers were the only way to go with our son, Aidan. He was born 2 months premature and we tiptoed around his needs. I even became a stay at home mom. There was no way we were sending our 4lb. 9oz. son to daycare. Anyway,  that day I stood in the baby section of Target and did some math.  I realized pretty quickly that I could be saving money on diapers.
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4 Potty Training Essentials + Giveaway!

Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The tunnel I am referring to is the “spending $60 per month on diapers” tunnel. It seems as though Avery is showing off all of the signs that she is just about ready to rock and roll with potty training. She can finally take off her own pants, she tells me when she has gone potty in her diaper, and she is interested in sitting on the potty. It is helpful that she gets to watch my older son, using him as an example. It also helps that I have been there, done that. Speaking from experience, I know it is about that time to pull out the stops with my potty training essentials that I have learned over the years.
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Amusement Park Trip Must-Have List

As a Central Florida veteran, I have been going to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for as long as I can remember.  I used to take an amusement park trip ever other week. Now that I live in Southwest Florida, I don’t go as often as I like. Still, we have yearly family passes and try to go at least once a month. So far, my kids are huge fans of amusement parks. It is truly the one public place where they both behave! Who would have thought? We were able to go to Busch Gardens two weekends ago as a last hurrah before school starts. Aidan and Chris got to go on the brand new Cobra’s Curse coaster while Avery and I waited. Avery’s face describes how I felt about not being able to try out the new coaster myself!
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Hitting the Links at Streamsong Resort

When someone mentions Bowling Green, Florida, what comes to mind?  After my opportunity to hit the links at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida, the location has now become synonymous with world-class golf.  It is a course like Streamsong Blue that will truly rekindle one’s love for the game with it’s sheer beauty, flawless layout, and superlative staff.
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Making Family Memories at Old McMicky’s Farm in Odessa, Florida

Every once in a while an opportunity pops up; one that you can’t resist. My mother has been dying to take Aidan to this little farm called Old McMicky’s Farm  in Odessa, Florida. In case you don’t know where Odessa, Florida is, that is ok; I had ZERO clue that it even existed! Odessa is a little town located just north of Tampa, Florida. It’s a drive through town, as far as I have ever been concerned. That was until we visited Old McMicky’s Farm.
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10 Resume Red Flags to Avoid

I have been told that I have an eye for resumes. And they have an eye for me. There are few things I love more than a good resume review. I take out my red pen and get to work. Many times more often than not, the resume draft looks like a badly marked up 6th grade essay by the time I am done with it. Typically, the resumes that I review are filled with tons of resume red flags that could be avoided, and will probably disqualify the person from the job they want so badly. Continue reading

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