Working Mom Style: 3 Simple Ways to Dress up your Hair Right Now

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

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1. Dress it up with a headband:

I have long, thick hair. Without time or patience for a complicated hairstyle, I usually pull it back in a ponytail.

To dress things up and make my look more interesting, I added an embellished headband.

Did I mention it was very inexpensive?

2. Secure hair with a braid:

Bobby pins are effective, but in my opinion, not something that should be seen unless they are decorative.

To keep my long bangs away from my face, I pulled them to the side and added a small braid that I tucked behind my ear. Secured with a bobby pin, of course.

3. You CAN cut your own hair, just do it carefully:

I haven’t had a hair cut for more than a year, so I cut long bangs myself which can be styled and worn in a variety of different ways.

Before you snip, cut your hair long. It can be cut shorter but once it’s gone, you can’t put it back.

Top 10 Baby Myths

I was the first of my family and friends to have a baby last year during the baby boom. Cousins were pregnant, co-workers were pregnant, friends were pregnant, even famous people who are significantly older than me were pregnant. I began to suspect babies aren’t really made the way my mother told me. I think sometimes you can get pregnant from drinking water.

Mother & Baby

Facebook status updates were dominated by pregnancy announcements, OB-GYN appointment updates (3cm, holla!), it’s a girl/boy, and eventually something like OMG GET THIS BABY OUT! But there was nothing better than the ‘Our baby arrived yesterday weighing in at so many pounds so many ounces. Mother and baby are doing well.’

In my first post, I described the importance of talking to other moms as I prepared for baby. But as the first to deliver last year, I had other pregnancy newcomers asking me for advice, guidance, and honesty about what really happens.

One mom shared a motherhood secret that I always share with other moms: People will always tell you how to parent, but just parent the way YOU want to!

Is your mind blown?

But along with the good advice, there were a lot of myths.

Top 10 Baby Myths

(In no particular order)

1. Drink raspberry herbal tea to induce labor: Didn’t work for me and my frequent urination became more frequent (and urgent) urination. On a happy note, this was a delicious myth.

2. Breastfeeding is natural and your body will know what to do: Sort of true. I was misled with this one. My body and baby knew what to do but I certainly didn’t. I expected to wake up one morning and be a breastfeeding expert but it just doesn’t happen that way.

3. When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two: Technically yes, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat double the portions. It’s nothing more than increasing your calorie intake. Have to admit, I still used it as an excuse when I wanted second helpings.

4. Weather and lunar phases cause women to go into labor: Every time someone mentioned a full moon or snowstorm approaching last winter, I had my hospital bag ready. But no amount of gravitational pull or barometric pressure started my labor.

5. Don’t cut the baby’s hair until they are 1 year old: I’m calling my mom out on this one. She mentioned it casually last year and I have been afraid to cut his hair ever since. (Note: Baby is now 1 year old and I have myself to blame for not cutting his hair yet)

6. Pregnant women are clumsier: No, I’m mostly just clumsy all the time.

7. Treat for stretch marks BEFORE you get them: I always intended to prevent stretch marks, but never really did anything about it. But no stretch marks on me! Only thing on my belly is a pretty little scar where I had my c-section.

8. Have sex to induce labor: If you can mange with a large belly and aching back, give it a try. Once baby arrives, your sleep deprivation and hormones could make it difficult.

9. Walk to induce labor: I would call this one mostly true. My strongest contractions were always after or during my daily walks.

10. Heartburn during pregnancy means your baby will born with lots of hair: So not true. I have been treated for severe heartburn since my early 20’s and my baby was born with nothing more than a little fuzz.

I am no medical expert, just a first-time mom sharing what didn’t work for me personally. It is important to remember that no two pregnancies, babies, or moms are alike. Keep that in mind when cross your cousin of the Christmas card list because the herbal tea didn’t work for you.

What myths and superstitions did or didn’t work for you?

Adventures in Grandparenting

Grandparents are special people;

  • There are lots of t-shirts complimenting their generosity (If daddy says no, grandpa says yes).
  • We have special days to honor them with house plants & neck ties.
  • They are presented with global awards for their outstanding service (World’s Best Grandparent).
  • They are the most cost-effective child care option and provide a low grandparent-grandchild ratio to provide special attention the needs of the children.

I compare my parenting with my parents, and yes, I am becoming them. Obviously, I have always looked like them, but now I sound and act like them too. Like me, my parents have changed too. But they aren’t just parents anymore; they are grandparents.

I remember the freedom my sister and I experienced when visiting our grandmothers. There were never any chores for us to do, their kitchen’s were always stocked with special treats, the answer was always yes, and discipline was nothing more than a brief threat with a wooden spoon. Freedom always seemed like a special secret between us and our grandmothers.

My grandmothers were and are (respectively) awesome! One grandmother routinely faked chest pains to quickly get a seat in a popular restaurant, the other uses Facebook. If your image of wrinkly, gray women in rocking chairs has been shattered, it should be.

Now my own parents have carried on the honored tradition of grandparenting. I suspect with time I will learn how to turn a blind eye to the spoiling and mischief that will ensue between said grandparents and grandchild.

When asked about being a grandparent, my mother had this to say:

Having a grandson has re-energized my outlook on everything and made me want to be a better, healthier grandmother. He is my special little fellow. He makes me proud and gives me a chance to shine when I talk about him.
Perhaps what I overlooked was that it is the grandchildren that make the grandparents so special.

Working Mom’s Guide to Social Media

I talk about myself a lot. But then again, this is the place to do so. This is MY blog.

On Twitter I am known as DCWorkingMommy. Why? Because I am a mommy who works in Washington, D.C.  Clever, no?

I don’t talk about the specifics of what I do, however I share some of the drama that I sometimes encounter.

  • Driving in DC makes me CRAZY! Trying to avoid all social media until my chill pill kicks in. #yeah #no
  • What kind of working professional never wears shoes at her desk and gives her toes wiggle-room? #thisgirl

There is a particular situation that I encounter on a daily basis in the office that I find too awkward to limit to only 140 characters: Co-worker A visits co-worker B’s cubicle to discuss something. Co-worker A notices co-worker B is on Pinterest.

If you work or have worked in an office setting, you know it is inevitable and almost totally impossible to restrict your use of the internet for work-related purposes ONLY. If the internet was intended to be a tool used for productivity they would have called it something different… like ‘a book.’

Browsing the internet during office hours; you know everybody does it, but it’s awkward getting caught.

Co-worker A pretends not to have noticed the great recipe co-worker B just pinned and pauses a moment to remember what it was that they wanted to talk about. Now all they can think about is Pinterest.

The future of social media looks good!

I imagine our heads are like tiny control centers. There is a large monitor at the front surrounded by computers, filing cabinets at the back, and tiny people running around with the all the information we have in our brains. Should I touch that hot flame? Nope, we have a file on that. Should I eat a piece of cheesecake? The stomach center reports yes.

Our little control center has priorities too that prevent us from doing tasks in an incorrect order; work operations come after Pinterest operations but before Facebook operations.

If you think I have put too much thought into this, you’re probably right.

If you fully agree with me, you are absolutely right!

Function for Production: Moving and Storing Furniture

By guest blogger, Erin Houg:

Moving or storing furniture?  Here are a few tips that might make this process a bit easier, less stressful and more organized.

Furniture Markers:

I have all black furniture.  One reason I love black furniture is because I think it just makes a space look clean.  But black furniture does get nicked.  If that happens all I have to do is grab a Sharpe and color over it.  If you don’t share my same love for black furniture, check out this set of furniture markers that Amazon sells!  Life happens, just color over it!

Wrap cabinets and drawers:

Does the thought of packing your whole home leave you tired and unmotivated?  And then you remember that you have drawers and cabinets too?  Home Depot sells heavy-duty plastic wrap that you can use to wrap those doors and drawers closed.  Leaving them closed and no need to pack them.  Click here to check out Home Depot’s wrap.

Taking apart furniture:

Make sure that all the small pieces that you took off the furniture STAYS with the furniture.  Grab a Ziploc bag and zip up all those screws, nuts and bolts together.  Find an inconspicuous spot and tape your Ziploc to the furniture.  When you are ready to reassemble you know that all your pieces are right there.

Mirrors and Artwork:

Try not to store mirrors and artwork on a flat surface; because of their weight they have the tendency to collapse under their own weight.  Store them upright on their sides when at all possible.

Dryer Sheets:

Boxing up clothes and storing them for any period of time, and in any location, can cause your clothes to pick up the smells around it.  One way to prevent that smell from being a bad one is to add dryer sheets to your clothes boxes.  This will keep your clothes from getting a weird storage smell and keep them smelling fresh.

Function for production!

Dream a Little Dream of Bad Parenting

I’m aware of the fact that I dream every night, although I usually (and thankfully) forget the specifics. The subject matter has not improved with age. When I used to suffer nightmares about showing up at school naked, I now suffer nightmares about showing up at work naked. Must say, my post-breastfeeding boobs look pretty good. I still dream about running and not getting anywhere, falling out of the sky, and being trapped in a car underwater. This might be a cry for help, but mostly I think I’m mentally and emotionally o-k. Yeah.

Last night I had a dream that I have had before in different variations.

I’m running from the law.

I think I was in college when I first started experiencing this dream scenario. Usually, I’ve broken into an ATM machine. Nothing to really worry about here folks, I’m lucky I can even remember my pin number to get my own money out of an ATM.

My dream always starts to resemble ‘normal’ (like walking around the grocery store naked) when suddenly the chase begins again. I jump in my convertible, adjust my head scarf, and off I go running again.

But just like those naked dreams, this dream too has not improved with age. Long ago when this dream first started, my backseat was filled with cash! Let’s pause a moment and think about how many nice pairs of boots we could buy with a backseat full of cash.

Now, my backseat is filled with cash… and a car seat. Yes folks, my son is along for the ride.

I’m not sure what this dream says about me and I don’t think I want to know.

Do me a favor and don’t judge, just send appropriate medications.

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Just so you know, my son actually has a BADGE!

 

Snow: Everybody Panic!

Snow; a word that incites panic and excitement. Panic for the adults and excitement for the young and young at heart.

On Friday afternoon, there was nervous office chatter about the snow and wintry weather headed our way.  If you don’t know what that means in Washington, D.C., let me illustrate a picture for you. Although it is not necessary to stock up on toilet paper and water, it is necessary to conform with all the other panic-stricken zombies who are. Go to the grocery store immediately and purchase enough supplies to last for 3 weeks. Also note that in the event of inclement weather, people loose the ability to safely and properly operate large machinery… like cars. Agonizing traffic and Metro delays ensue.

All this, BEFORE it snows.

Saturday morning my husband and I jump out of bed to see how much snow we got. It looked like this:

Thank goodness everyone panicked! It could take minutes to clear off that sidewalk! We might have run out of toilet paper or water!

If you can’t tell, I’m being absolutely and totally sarcastic. Something I’m not being sarcastic about? The Federal government had a two hour delay this morning. Like, for real. I guess they were still digging their sidewalks out. I do hope they panicked and had enough tax-payer funded toilet paper.

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My mother presented me with a special gift last winter just after the birth of our son. Although he was too small to utilize it last year and likely too big to use it this year, her gift is a sentimental one.

She gave me my first snow suit.

I was too small to remember wearing it, but I have memories from pictures and the stories other people tell me. What I do remember is that this snow suit was a hand-me-down to my sister.

Now, it is a hand-me-down for my son.

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