(and yes woman culture)

Work culture
Work culture
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Let me start by saying I’m all for being positive, helpful, and optimistic. Still, there’s a huge difference between being a can-do employee and being punished for having an opinion, needs, or merely lacking time. From very early on, we’re taught that saying no to your boss is simply something you don’t do.

That being said, one of the things that we don’t often discuss is the price of a “yes” culture at work. …


Memories help you deal with grief, an image of my young grandparents
Memories help you deal with grief, an image of my young grandparents

The words car “accident” barely pass as a description of what car crashes often are. Negligence, intoxication, and carelessness don’t amount to an “accident.” So often in life, our terminology shifts blame and minimizes the true nature of how terrible tragedies really occur. It doesn’t adequately convey the anguish and destruction it leaves behind.

How It All Happened

The 18th anniversary of my grandparents’ death just passed, and I’m as angry as the day it happened. I know anger isn’t the best way to handle a loss in your life, but sometimes it’s hard to get past it. …


I’ve been in “stay home, stay safe,” quarantine, lockdown, self-isolation, social distancing, (or whatever term you feel like using) since about March 17 when my children’s schools closed. Being mostly cut off from social contact doesn’t bother me. I work at home, and quite frankly, I only enjoy social contact on my terms anyway.

bored kids generated by COVID-19 lockdown
bored kids generated by COVID-19 lockdown
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That’s not what frightens me, though. What keeps me up at night is a case of the “what ifs.” What if life never goes back to “normal?” What if our world is forever changed? What if everything I had gotten used to throughout my life…


family and the changing role of women
family and the changing role of women

Our story starts nearly fourteen years ago with humble beginnings and a marriage like any other. We had a baby, bought a house, all of the normal things you’d expect from a couple just like us. Don’t let our ordinary start fool you, though.

We continued on the culturally expected trajectory until we moved from Oklahoma, back to Connecticut, my home state. I’ve always been ambitious but having been newly introduced to marketing after spending time in the medical field, I was determined to eke out a successful career for myself.

I had not yet considered what that might…


Time saver quick dinners
Time saver quick dinners

Getting dinner on the table can be a tremendous task. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single parent, working, or stay at home parent, we all have plenty of responsibilities to keep up with. Prepping a healthy dinner can be overwhelming with after-school activities and the many commitments we discover ourselves being responsible for. And yet… people have to eat, and nightly take-out isn’t a healthy or cost-effective option for most of us.

Striving for Healthy, Home-cooked Meals?

If you’re like me, healthy, home-cooked meals a priority for you despite all of the demands of life. If it’s your goal to feed your family…


Free is always better, isn’t it? That’s especially true when you have a family! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best free things to do with kids (or without) in Connecticut!

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Things to do, visit a museum

With its wide range of exhibits for all ages, Stepping Stones is a fabulous choice for the whole family. They offer hands-on activities in a variety of subject areas including science. There’s a multimedia gallery, light gallery and community garden too! Through its Open Arms program, the museum holds Get Into It! free evenings the first Thursday of every month. From 5 to 8 p.m., …


If you love art — or if you’re interested in history about the former fortress, then you’ll want to visit the Louvre virtually. This famous art museum offers 360 tours of the Egyptian antiquities housed there and what’s left of the moat. You can also take a peek at the Galerie d’Apollon, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1661. There are also scores of videos to watch on a variety of art-related topics. While it’s nothing like visiting the museum in person, you’ll still get to see some of the world-famous exhibits you long to see.

The National Museum of Ireland

Not ready to…


Savings is part of a household budget
Savings is part of a household budget
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The deadline for filing income taxes is fast approaching. Tax Day reminds us that we work hard to earn a living. I don’t know about you, but since I work so hard, I want to make sure I’m spending every penny wisely. That’s where a household budget comes in. Budgets are a fantastic at a glance tool to visualize what we have coming in, what’s going out (and what that money is paying for), and if there’s anything left at the end of the month to put into savings.

Expense Tracking — Why is it Important?

The first part of budgeting is expense tracking. It may sound…


School lunch ideas assorted fruits
School lunch ideas assorted fruits

If your kids are anything like mine, they complain that there’s “nothing good” to have for lunch. Change their tune with these awesome lunch ideas!

Banana Burrito Ideas

PB & J

  • Whole-Wheat Tortilla
  • 2 Tbsps. Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • 1 Tbsp. Jelly

Nutella and PB

  • Tortilla
  • 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Nutella

Fluffer Nutter Roll-Up

  • Tortilla
  • 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Marshmallow Fluff​

Directions


We could tell you all of the reasons why you should be more to be eco-friendly, but you’re here, so you already know why it’s so important. Why don’t we just skip to some of the things that you can easily replace and make a significant impact?

Have you ever thought about what you’re really doing? According to Toilet Paper Fun Facts, the average person uses 57 sheets in a day and about 100 rolls in a year. Think about all of those trees you’re literally flushing away!

You may be thinking, “well, I have to use something,” which is…

Shire Lyon

I’m a Mom, a blogger & marketer. Spending quality time with my family is imperative to me. Sustainability, the environment & healthy living are my passion.

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