Which Kind of Fish Would You Rather Be?

I did a phone interview for a new job a couple of weeks ago. (Shh!) If my boss happens to be reading this, I didn't get advanced to the second round of interviews, which is actually alright with me. The job was with a national nonprofit, which I feel may be the next step in my career trajectory, so I thought I might as well interview for the position for the experience, if nothing else....more

Advantages of Being a Working Mom

(Disclaimer: I am a working Mom and it’s VERY, VERY hard! I am no means perfect, but I try to manage as best as I can with what I have!)I’m Shannon.  A Working (Teacher Mommy) to 2 kids ages 7 and 2.  The best thing about being a Teacher? The summer, of course!!...more

Leaving the PTA off your resume

In my job, I get to interview a fair number of applicants. I like that part of my role - meeting new people, hearing about their career journeys and goals, and asking why they want to join my team. I have HR-approved questions to ensure that I never ask an "illegal" question, but I am always surprised at how many people just offer up additional details around their life - especially when it comes to parenthood....more

Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition

I've got another confession to make: I'm a lazy mom. Ok, maybe lazy isn't the correct word...uninspired, non-creative, Left Brained....whatever it is, I'm TERRIBLE at Elf on the Shelf. I'm not the mom who spends all day coming up with delightfully creative schemes for the family elves to perform at night; I'm the mom who sets an alarm so she doesn't forget to move the dang thing at all. To help myself, and others like me, I created an Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition....more

Advice from your parents

When I left the family nest to get settled into my first job, my Mom gave me some advice. She told me some things about my paycheck and finances, she gave me a few words of wisdom when dealing with my coworkers and when I got frustrated with that job, she told me to stick with it until I found something new....more
My husband and I sometimes actively solicit advice from my father-in-law. He is in the same ...more

NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt - Childhood Fears

I went to Blog Her for a writing prompt for today's NaBloPoMo post. Today's prompt was about childhood fears. I think my biggest childhood fears were: the dark, bad guys and being left alone. Not much has changed; I still fear these things. Except now I CRAVE being alone, at least for a little while. These writing prompts remind me so much of my former job's weekly staff meetings....more

Attempts at Being a Domestic Engineer

Whether you're a working mom or a stay at home mom, you've likely daydreamed how awesome it would be to experience the other, more desirable avenue. The grass always seems greener. I have been adjusting to my new unemployed status and have had aspirations to live in a tidy, organized home, serving well balanced meals and being fully engaged with the children. So far, it's been better, but not perfect. To be honest, a lot of the domestic things I did I would do normally while working anyway, just in more efficient/hurried/agitated manner....more
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A Comparison: Single Life vs Married with Children Life

It goes without saying that life as a married mother of two varies significantly from my former life as a single and free city girl, but I’ll say it anyway: MAN, has life changed. There are some MAJOR changes, like the fact that two little terrorists cherubs depend on me totally and completely for everything that they want and need....more

The greatest gift you can give your children

I have to admit, I have a crazy mind. She’s on all the time, darting from one idea to the next. I’m also an over-doer. In other words, I’m constantly thinking about what I need to do next (and the list is usually pretty darn long). These traits are great when you want to get stuff done. But that’s not my top priority, my family is....more