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ThriveMomma Weekly Round-Up (005)

November 18th, 2018 | no comments

A five-minute weekly newsletter that should be in every  women’s inbox

For community:

This week, I was sitting in coffee shop and overheard some kids talking.   (By “kids”, I mean young adults that were old enough to sit in a coffee shop without supervision but PROBABLY not old enough to drink.)  So Kid 1 says something about the Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Kid 2 says she’s never heard of said song (fair enough, not shocked at this point).  Kid 1 then goes on to say “Oh, it’s by this band called Nirvana. It’s classic rock.” And this is when the shock factor set in — Classic rock! Classic. Rock. Is Nirvana classic rock??

To me, classic rock is a genre of music from the 70’s MAYBE the early 80’s.  It is most certainly NOT the early 90’s. Anything that was released subsequent to my birth can certainly not be referred to as “classic” in any way.  Right?

ThriveSister agreed with my sentiment straight away, I calmed down and turned “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on as soon as I got into my car.  I loved all 4 minutes and 30 something seconds of it. It got me thinking of music from my past and I went on a trip down memory lane.

Isn’t it music great that way?  

No pictures necessary; just a couple of cords from a familiar song and you’re transported to a completely different time in your life. Some case and point from my life:

Any 2pac song:  ThriveSister and I road to elementary and middle school every morning for what had to be a year listening to 2pac’s Greatest Hits album (1998) — tracks like “Brenda’s Got a Baby”, “Hail Mary” and “Dear Mama”.   (Yes, this is as weird as it sounds.) My parents let us buy the Walmart censored version of the CD and we would listen to it adored in our Catholic school jumpers and cramped into the little red Toyota truck that my Dad had at the time.  I got to sit by the window because I was older and ThriveSister sat squished between the clutch and me. The three of us chuckle about this from time to time and it reminds me of the people I knew, the things I was learning and the growing up that I was doing.  

There are albums that take me back to high school when I first started to drive.  I would burn a mixed CD (18 songs downloaded in questionable manners) and listen to the CD hundreds of times until it scratched or got lost or I finally downloaded another 18 songs (not an easy feat because it took 45 minutes to download a song).  Songs from my wedding can make me smile or make me cry depending on the way the pregnancy hormones swing that day.  

There are a whole host of other long forgotten artist and songs that can take me back to a precise time and place in my life.  Some make me laugh (often because some of the music I thought was Grammy worthy was REALLY bad, like REALLY bad); Some make me cry; Some just make me tune out the world and be for a few minutes.  

OK so where am I going with this?  

I realized, listening to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that,  for me, music can provide an easy and quick mental reset. It’s the easiest form of self care I have.  It doesn’t require a babysitter. It’s not expensive. I don’t have to implement a new habit and it doesn’t require me to carve out any time from my day.  My self care tip? Create an easy to access playlist with songs that help you reset like this. Press the shuffle button now and again and enjoy yourself.

For happiness:

Happiness in a 30 second video clip:

For reading:


I hopped on the Becoming (Michelle Obama’s memoir) bandwagon this week and started the audio book.  Since starting it, I’ve spent more or less every available minute “reading” it and so far so good.  I’m not finished yet but I’ve found Becoming to be extremely well written and relatable from the viewpoint of a fellow working mother.  Regardless of your political standing, it’s hard to argue Michelle Obama’s influence on American culture over the last decade especially as an advocate for women and girls.  I’ve always found her to be intelligent, down to earth and aspirational as both a mother and a working woman.

This book is a candid look into Mrs. Obama’s childhood on the South Side of Chicago, her years as a working mother (trying to balance the SAME stuff we normal moms do) and, of course, her years living at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.  

Like I said, I haven’t finished the book yet but so far I’m putting it in the “must read” category.  

For gratitude:

The easy affordable way to brighten someone’s day through happy mail!

brightbox logo

Can’t even remember how I stumbled upon Brightbox but I’m so happy that I did.  Brightbox is a super super easy and affordable way to brighten someone’s day. There are three price points:  $5, $10 and $15 (shipping included!). You pick your envelope or box depending on your price point, fill out a little note to the recipient and Brightbox does the rest.  

Take the $10 price point for example:

There are 20+ goodies to choose from including a Sweet Tooth Box, Sugar Lip Scrub, Facial Steam and a Mystery Box!  There are some choices for the men in your life too!

I found this and just thought “gosh, what a simple way to spread a little bit of joy”; it sort of reminded me that I have a huge village of people that lift me up and fill my cup VERY regularly.  

If you sign up to get their newsletter your first Brightbox is 10% off!

For new mommas:

ThriveMomma had an awesome guest blog from Erin McInerney this week about The Fourth Trimester, that 90 day period after we give birth that we don’t spend nearly enough time focused on:

The fourth trimester is said to be the period of 90 days after you give birth. This is a transitional time for both mom and baby; baby is getting used to life outside it’s protected womb and mom is adjusting to a whole new life with a new baby. It should be a time for healing, rest and concentration on you and your baby. It is encouraged to stay home, bond with your baby and bring new mom’s back to health.

No matter how smooth or easy your pregnancy and labor and delivery were, you still spent almost 10 months growing a human then pushing one out; it is traumatic on your body even if you don’t feel it. It is so crucial to be taking proper care of yourself during this period. The following are some tips and practices for mom to do during the fourth trimester to help the body restore itself to its fullest potential.

Read more here and be sure to follow Erin on Insta and Facebook!

For shopping smart:

shopping bags

Check out my recommendations for Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals that you don’t want to miss.  These deals are geared to new moms, old moms and non-moms alike!

For health:  

This is a recipe I’ve stolen from Erin M. and it is delicious!

If you haven’t tried golden milk or a turmeric latte you. are. missing. OUT! This beverage isn’t just warm + comforting; it is so powerful for your body, with over 150 natural medicinal effects including: detoxifying liver, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, pain killing, strengthens the immune system, regulates blood pressure + a major cancer fighter to name a few. It is so easy to whip up too! Combine the following ingredients:⁣⁣

  • 2.5 tablespoons of turmeric⁣⁣ (this one is my favorite)
  • A pinch of black pepper (needed to activate the turmeric for absorption)⁣⁣
  • Cinnamon⁣⁣
  • A spoonful of coconut oil (all fat source for absorption)⁣⁣
  • Sweetener of your choice
  • Nut milk of your choice (the Silk brand is great but also see homemade recipe here)
  • Boiling water

Stir these up together in your favorite mug and sip on some for your mind, body + soul. ⁣⁣

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

Working Moms:  I See You – I’ve been thinking a lot about the ups and downs of parenthood when it comes to being a working mom and a stay-at-home mom — Both difficult, both rewarding, and both impossible to describe to someone who hasn’t been there.

This Spa Offers Childcare and Naps Because Dreams DO Come True – Can we start a petition to get this to San Diego please?

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Outsource your way to more family time



Thrive Momma Weekly Round Up (004)

November 11th, 2018 | no comments

A five-minute weekly newsletter that should be in every  women’s inbox

For community:

Continuing with the theme of connecting with ThriveCommunity a little bit each week:

ThriveFamily made it through the week with no visits to urgent care!  Crushing it!

I’m nearing the end of a big deadline at work and the work life balance thing is a little rough.  As a result, mom guilt/wife guilt is on overdrive. The mornings have been early and the nights have been late.  I haven’t had the quality time I’d like with ThriveToddler and ThriveDaddy has taken on most of the domestic load this week.  (Thank heavens for Freshly Folded! See For family time section below).

It’s easy to talk the talk when it comes to avoiding Mom Guilt but super hard to walk the walk.  ThriveMomma is open to any and all tips/encouragement! Leave a comment! It’s week’s like this that ThriveDaddy has to remind me of what my career provides for our family and I have to remind myself that the benefits of hard work are best taught to children via example.  

Since we’re talking about Mom Guilt – Check out this great post from guest blogger Kallie Culver, “Three ways you let mom guilt win

“A dear friend and mentor shared some wisdom with me just after I had my son. She told me that the temptation would be great as a mother to constantly look ahead or look back and lament about where all the time had gone. She instead told me to do my best to focus on the present and enjoy each stage my son experienced. In short she concluded, “Be a mom that knows where the time went.”

For parenting:

ICYMI – Tuesday concluded the midterm elections.  Whether you’re stoked about the results, down about the results or indifferent about the results, one things is certain – the midterms were groundbreaking for women.  Before I get to that, here are some highlights:

  1. The D’s took control of the House and the R’s maintained control of the Senate playing out pretty much how everyone anticipated.
  2. Ted Cruz (R) beat Beto O’Rourke (D) in the Texas Senate race – many pundits are still calling this a win for Beto and the D’s though.  Keep an eye on Beto and the momentum he has. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him.
  3. Florida – The chads are hanging again in FL.  Ok so not exactly; that system got nixed after the debacle of 2000 but the State has ordered recounts for three races:  the Governor’s race, the Senate race and the Agriculture Commissioner race. It’s pretty embarrassing for the State and I’m allowed to say that because I lived there for awhile (and by “awhile” I mean approx. the first 26 years of my life).  
  4. This exchange between our Tweeting Prez and Andrew Gillum (D running for Governor):  

twitter convo trump and gillum


Now, the good stuff:  Women and minorities were major winners in the midterms.

  1. A record number of women (more than 100) were elected to House
  2. First Times:  
    • Two Native American women, Charice Davids and Deb Haaland, were elected to Congress
    • Two Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were elected to Congress
    • Tennessee elected its first woman to the Senate
  3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress (29)

A picture is worth a thousand words:

women of congress

For fixing:

deadliest shooting in america in the last 11 days

Shooting in Thousand Oaks.  Is there anything left to say?  I felt like it couldn’t go unmentioned but I’m also speechless at this point.  

My perspective:

The frequency for which these shootings take place tells me the system is broken – this is just me, as a moderately informed citizen, applying some rational thought to a situation.  (DO NOT say “mental health”.  We are NOT the only country with mental health problems).  I am not so naive as to think that there is a single piece of legislation that will fix this problem. There are too many people with too many differing perspectives and the “go big or go home” mantra has left us “going home” for far too long.  

What do we need?  Band-aids. A series of band-aids to plug the holes in a broken system.  Take Parkland for example – three weeks after the shooting, Florida signed into law the Majority Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.  Did it fix Florida’s gun issues? Probably not.  However, it did raise the age to purchase a gun, ban bump stocks and allow law enforcement, with the approval of a judge, to bar a person deemed dangerous due to mental illness from owning guns for up to a year.  

This isn’t Mom related or working woman related; its people related and about creating a safe future for our children.

On a lighter note —

For family time:

Can I get an “AMEN!” for outsourcing those time consuming tasks that detract from that precious hard to find family time?  Check out this tip on outsourcing your way to more family time! 

P.S. Includes a major discount code!!

For wellness:  

This immunity roll on mixture was recommended to me by Erin McInerney, a mom of two boys under two and essential oil guru!  

  1. Lemon
  2. Thieves
  3. Frankincense
  4. Oregano
  5. Thyme

“It’s that time of year . . . everyone is getting sick.  While I believe volatile weather + people who have to commute and come in contact with 8 million other people a day are definitely more susceptible to picking up germs – I have a very simple, preventative trick you can use to ensure your immunity.  In a 10 ml roller combine 10 drops of Young Living Essential Oils lemon, thieves + frank (all 3 found in the Premium Starter Kit) and for a boost add in 10 drops of oregano + thyme, fill the rest with carrier oil. Roll down spine and on bottoms of the feet twice daily to prevent illness. We use this immunity roller in our house daily, especially on Bryson (diluted for kids) and it’s just part of our everyday routine. Save yourself a trip to the doctor.  DM me to start using this little oily magic to reduce your sickness this cold + flu season.”

Message Erin here to essential oil your way to doctor’s office avoidance.  

Also, Erin has an AWESOME guest blog for us next week so stay tuned!

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

Airman mom of 2 pumps breast milk while completing Ironman 70.3 – Will stop complaining about all things pumping approximately right now.

Science says your happy marriage is making you fat – Fat and happy is, according to science, a real phenomenon.

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Five Newsletters That Should Be in Your Inbox

Thrive Momma Weekly Round Up (003)

November 4th, 2018 | no comments

A five-minute weekly newsletter that should be in every  women’s inbox

For community:

At some point this week I realized that, while I was happy with the content that I was putting out, I didn’t quite feel connected with readers yet.  I thought I’d start fostering a sense of connection by providing a bit of insight into who ThriveMomma is.  Yes, there is the About  section of the blog but, let’s face it, that’s the sort of Instagram filtered version; not the real version.  While I love Insta as much as the next person and follow (and love) content creators that put forth this beautiful social media life, I think it is important that we remind ourselves that it’s just not real.  I did NOT make my child’s birthday decorations from the Pinterest post I saw last month.  My living room is NOT in the running to be featured on any home interior mags anytime soon (like in the next 20+ years).  And no, I did NOT wake up looking like this.

So this was Thrive Momma’s Thursday morning:
  • 4:30am: Wake up.  Boot up the computer and get in an hour of work prior to ThriveBaby waking up.  Super productive hour.  Feeling great.  I’m gong to crush today.
  • 6am:  Shower and get ThriveBaby from bed.  At this point he’s been saying “mammma”, “daddddy” and “out” on repeat since I jumped in for my 5 minute shower.  The morning continues to proceed like any other morning.  We read a book.  We change a very full diaper amidst intense protest from ThriveBaby.  We drink some milk.  ThriveMomma denies ThriveBaby cartoons approximately 47 times in an hour span.
  • 7:30am:  ThriveBaby topples off of a futon and hits his head on the metal corner of a footstool.  There is blood and ThriveMomma proceeds to (very calmly and collectedly) dial ThriveDaddy three times in row while taking a cloth to ThriveBaby’s head to stop the bleeding, muttering explicates along the way and getting a look what we’re working within here.
  • 7:34am:  ThriveDaddy has not answered so ThriveMomma calls the local coffee shop that he works at a lot and that we frequent very regularly.  See, very calm and collected still.  (The coffee shop did not answer; in hindsight, this was a blessing because I would have been mortified to go in ever again and I really like it there).

To make a long story short, ThriveBaby is fine.  I found ThriveDaddy after approx. 8 minutes.  If not clear, I was neither calm nor collected.  We spent the morning in urgent care and managed to avoid stitches (nothing a little steri-strip and glue won’t fix!).  This, my friends, is real life.

For parenting:

The American of Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until after 18 months and then limited screen time until after 2.  Yes, I know, this is not new information to any parent who has not been living under a rock.  What isn’t necessarily as clear is what comes after 2.  How much screen time is too much?  Perhaps just as importantly, how much screen time is too little?  If we restrict our children completely do we risk them being behind the curve later in life?  After all, technology is behind EVERYTHING we do and there are no signs of a slow down.

Who better to look to for advice than Silicon Valley parents?  After all, not only are they parents, they also live and breathe technology in their 9-5.  Enter this article from Business Insider:

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

I recommend this read to parents and non-parents for some pretty valuable insight into the parenting habits of Silicon Valley execs as it relates to technology usage.  While you’re add it, take a read of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us.  iGen takes a deep dive into the lives of kiddos born in the mid-1990s to early the mid-2000s and later — i.e. the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with a smart phone.  It’s a fascinating look into the vast differences between iGen and preceding generations from more than a technological standpoint.

Side bar:  

I was first directed to this article by Moms on Maternity founder and all around bad-A woman, Aimee Cruz.  The Moms on Maternity group is one of my favorite favorite organizations and its grown to be so much more than a group for women who are on maternity leave.  The community Aimee has built is one of my most trusted resources for information on everything:  mom related, career related, you name it. 

Follow Moms on Maternity here:



For laughs:

#CookingInstructionsForMen – Can’t even remember how I discovered this hashtag over the week but i’m so happy I did.  Rounded up a few tips that made me laugh:

  1. Jalbeardzi, The Typo Pirate:  Whatever it is you failed at just add some tomatoes, let it simmer and call it gumbo
  2. xOxStacyxOx:  One cup is a measurement, not any cup from cupboard…
  3. Stefan Certic:  Salt and sugar are the same colour.  Try it, before use.
  4. Regular Guy630:  Don’t leave things in the oven if it’s a close game
  5. Jimstagram:  Don’t butter all sides of the bread.  Make sure the dry sides are facing out.  This will allow you to hold the sandwich.

In an effort to be completely fair, ThriveDaddy is actually quite proficient in the kitchen.  Post the five-stitches-to-the-finger-because-avocado incident of 2015 ThriveMomma isn’t even aloud to play with sharp knives.

For smarts:

In case you missed it, earlier this week I summarized five ways to get smart in 5 minutes!  Check it out here.

For learning:  

‘The New Avocado Toast’ — Let’s talk about CBD oil.  ThriveGrandma swore by CBD oil when she was battling cancer.  Montel Williams has used CBD oil to help as he fights MS for years.  Jennifer Aniston swears by CBD oil for pain, stress and anxiety (luckily as working women we live stress and anxiety free lives…).  Everyone is talking about it and some big (legitimate) outlets put out informative articles on it this week:

  1. Why is CBD Everywhere?  By Alex Williams,
    • “It’s hard to measure the speed at which CBD has moved from the Burning Man margins to the cultural center.”
  2. CBD is Everywhere.  But is it a scam? By Dan Nosowiitz,
    • “Anyone who tells you anything definitive about what CBD – or THC, for that matter – does to your body is lying.”  

Want to try CBD oil on for size?  Check this article out before buying:  Before You Buy CBD Oil Online, Ask These Questions

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

Google Walkout:  Employees Stage Protest of Handling of Sexual Harrassment: O.K. Google, really

I Lived Like My Younger Self Would Have Dreamed for a Month:  “If there is one thing this near-month of acting like “childhood me would have dreamed” taught me, or reminded me, it’s that things don’t actually fall apart when you let yourself live a little.”

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Thrive Momma Must Read

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October 28th, 2018 | no comments

A five-minute weekly newsletter that should be in every  women’s inbox

For thinking:

This is an excerpt from one of my favorite daily inbox goodies, The Hustle.  If you haven’t heard of it you’re missing out; it’s a great way to get smarter in approx. 5 minutes a day which is just about the amount of time I have in a day to dedicate to getting smarter.  This is how The Hustle Team defines themselves:

Your smart, good looking friend that sends you an email each morning with all the tech and business news you need to know for the day.

Why ‘don’t let ’em see you sweat’ is bullsh*t

Here’s a hot take in the world of “fake it till you make it”: It’s OK to try.

And it’s OK to let people know that actually, you’re trying really, really hard.

A few weeks ago in San Francisco, I went to a show for a band called Smut. They’re a DIY noise pop band from Cincinnati (and if that’s not the hippest sentence I’ve ever typed I’ll eat my vintage jean jacket).

After the show, I complimented the band on their set and — instead of responding with “cool” or “awesome” or “wanna buy a T-shirt?” — all the guitarist said was, “Thanks, we’re trying really hard.”

It wasn’t sad or apologetic; it wasn’t a complaint; it was just honest. And it was maybe the coolest thing he could’ve said.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

I’m not saying we should all be whining about how hard our lives are to anyone who’ll listen.

I’m just saying that “effort” doesn’t have to be a dirty word; that we shouldn’t have to pretend that we were born charming and successful and knowledgeable for others to respect us; and that showing a human amount of perspiration during the race doesn’t lessen the victory.

This is just to say, we didn’t just walk out of the womb writing business news, we actually tried pretty hard — and we’re putting our backs into it again this week, just like all the others before it.

It might only be Monday, but between you and me, I’m already sweaty.

— Lindsey Quinn, Managing Editor of The Hustle

My perspective:

I was thinking about this all day on Monday.  I can’t remember the last time I was honest about the amount of work I was putting into the things that matter to me:  being a wife, being a mother, being an employee, being fit and healthy — each one singularly take A LOT of effort never mind when they’re combined!  Does anyone else find themselves minimizing the amount of effort they put into their successes?

Here’s my truth:  My day starts at 4:30am (yes, 7 days a week).   It’s jammed with high effort activities related to a combination of the following:  fitness-ing, wife-ing, momm-ing and working until 7:30pm (if math isn’t your jam – that’s 15 hours)  at which point I drop the momm-ing bit (kid fed, bathed and in bed) and dedicate my remaining energy (what is left of it) into wife-ing and working (P.S.  these two activities rarely harmonize but luckily ThriveDaddy is both supportive of my career and busy with his own career).

In summary — it takes a lot of effort and it’s hard work.

Much respect to Ms. Quinn and point taken.  Also, sign up for the Hustle.  You won’t regret it.

For Christmas:

Yep, Christmas.  If you aren’t ready, bookmark this page and come back to it when you’re on board.

Did you know that Amazon has an entire section of their website dedicated to products handmade by artisans?  Cause I didn’t. They actually have a stringent application process that ensures that products are genuinely handmade.  There’s something wonderful about supporting a artisan that just makes me feel good inside but getting to the local market doesn’t always fit into nap schedules, work schedules, playdate schedules, etc.

If I never saw another ugly plastic toy it would be too soon, and, yes, my living room is littered with them and, yes, my kid loves them so no judgement coming from this direction.  I’ve scoured the site (maybe bought a few things) and compile a list of some of the coolest artisans that are making the most beautiful toys:

Banner Toys, LLC:

“We create handcrafted wooden toys for babies and children from our workshop in the heart of Iowa.  Each wooden toy is created with the intention of letting imagination thrive in children. Playing with modern wooden toys can inspire children to use their imagination and to develop their mind in a way that toys with manual’s will not.”

  • Wooden Baby Rattle:  In love with the custom and engraved baby rattle.  It comes in a variety of states.  This is a keep sake that will be stand the test of time.
  • Deluxe Alphabet Blocks:  I have a serious case of nostalgia when it comes to wooden blocks and these are perfect
  • Miniature Sight Word Matching Game:  Memory games are timeless and so are these wooden tiles.

Stay tuned next week when I’ll feature another awesome handmade artisan!

For the heart:

Rachel Platten’s new song and music video “You Belong” came across my inbox via The Bump.  I was forewarned to grab tissues.  I did not grab tissues.  I had to redo my makeup.  The song is beautiful, the lyrics are beautiful and the video is wow.  I watched the video and felt myself reliving all of those amazing magical moments of pregnancy.

Rachel is a must follow on Insta as she documents the good, the bad and the ugly of pregnancy.

For peace of mind:

Ever find yourself feeling guilty about hiring help around the house or ordering takeout?  If so, don’t.  A study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (which I read about in an article in Working Mother) says that working adults are happier when they dish out a little cash for services that free up their time, allowing them to have more time with their kids and have more time for themselves.

Want to try the theory on for size?  Try Handy.  One of my favorite apps for booking a variety of household services (Home cleaning, hiring a handyman, etc).  I use it for home cleaning and have for about a year.  I’ve established a relationship with a wonderful Pro and the app tells me when my next booking is (it allows you to automatically book on a schedule) and when the Pro is arriving and has finished.  It also handles all of the payment plus allows you to leave a tip.  Sign up now and get $40 off your first booking!

Speaking of help around the house!  I’ve been experimenting with a laundry service called Freshly Folded.  Stand by.  I’ll be reviewing this service next week.  Laundry services — are they worth it?  According to the above study, they might be!

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

Only 1 career in America pays women more than men:  We’ve made progress but we have a ways to go.

Serena Williams’ Post-Kid Living Room Realization is So Freaking Relatable:  I probably felt too much satisfaction after reading this.

Like what you saw here — try more ThriveMomma on for size:

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Say No to Mom Guilt

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October 21st, 2018 | no comments

A five-minute weekly newsletter that should be in every  women’s inbox.


For health:

 Flu season is upon us — yes, even in Southern California, we have a flu season.  We are a people driven soft by 359 days of sunshine and temperatures that hoover in the 72 degree range most of the year.  Most of the country can, deservedly, roll their eyes at us; but I digress. Flu season is upon us! Those flu like symptoms started to creep up on me last week — sore throat, head that feels like there is a brick in it, etc.  Twice a day this week I have replaced my soothing, delicious, hot herbal tea with a cayenne pepper tea; this tea is neither soothing nor delicious but when I drink I swear I can feel germs meeting their demise with every sip.  Cayenne is packed full of antioxidants including vitamin A and vitamin C and has been shown to reduce inflammation which has a direction impact on overall health.

    • See article that explains this in a much better way than I ever could.  This article also shares side effects and safety concerns.  I am NOT, nor do I claim to be, a medical professional of any sort.  I am an accountant and a person that using this recipe from time to time when she feels a cold coming on.  That is all.
    • My recipe
      • Hot water
      • Teaspoon of cayenne pepper (Cayenne is aggressive; you have been warned.  Work up to the full teaspoon or add extra honey to kill the burn of the spice a little)
      • Honey
      • Lemon juice
For inspiration:
Notorious RBG Book Cover

The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Head to the Thrive Momma Must Read post to see my thoughts on Ruth Bader Ginsburg in my book review of Notorious RBG:  The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg


For change:

Lit up sign - stand up

Photo by Louis Smit on Unsplash

Complaining does very little but turn us into curmudgeons.  I’m a firm believer that if you don’t like something, you should change it.  One of the ways we can evoke change is by voting. The Skimm, one of my favorite sources for daily news, in partner with No Excuses, a nonpartisan campaign aiming at getting 100,000 people to the polls this November, has built “Your Ballot Cheat Sheet”.  It’s super simple. Put in your address and, magic, your ballot is built. The site also has research tools to help you become an informed voted. Use this. Seriously.

For wealth:  

Instacart raised $600 million this week.  That’s a big number. Automation is here to stay and this is nothing new to the working mom.  Check out the full article here.   

P.S. Finimize is one of my go to’s for financial news!

How is automation helping your life?  Comment below!