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Babies and Bikinis: The Great Debate

Christy Stansell and Teenaged DaughterWhat’s the thing you dread the most when summer comes around?  The heat and humidity?  The jacked-up A/C bill?  The kids’ boredom complaints?  How about shopping for a swimsuit – for a teenager?!

The debate isn’t just an external argument about whether or not she (the teenager) can/should have a bikini, but also the internal conflict of:  Dang!  I used to have that slim, beautifully curvy, soft, delicate (sexy?!) body.  I’m her mother, for crying out loud!

Why am I admiring my 13 year old daughter’s physique with woeful envy?!  That’s ridiculous.  Or is it?  Weren’t I just wearing a bikini? Wasn’t she just a baby? [Read More…]

The View From Scott’s Corner – SO Ready For Vacation!

SO READY

Mothering contributor DeAnna Scott, 48, is the mother of twins, Robert and Phoebe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013). DeAnna is a p/t photographer and full-time mom. Her work is featured on a monthly basis. Copyright Scott Photography.

By |August 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Happy 4th of July To All! The View From Scott’s Corner

 

Deanna Scott's 4th of July

Mothering contributor DeAnna Scott, 48, is the mother of twins, Robert and Phoebe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013). DeAnna is a p/t photographer and full-time mom. Her work is featured on a monthly basis. Copyright Scott Photography.

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The View from Scott’s Corner – Happy Father’s Day!

DeAnna Scott's husband and children

Mothering contributor DeAnna Scott, 48, is the mother of twins, Robert and Phoebe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013). DeAnna is a p/t photographer and full-time mom. We will feature her work on a monthly basis.

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Spring Haiku Greetings!

Lori Strobel's Spring haiku

Lori Pelikan Strobel, forever 49, loves her two adult daughters, husband of over 29 years, her dog, Louie, dark chocolate, and red wine. Lori’s work and life experience has ranged from pharmaceutical sales representative, Pilates instructor, community college teacher, to a registered animal assisted therapy team. Lori can be found at: www.bookbodysoul.com
By |May 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

12 Days to Mother’s Day (A Carol Sung to “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

Happy Mother's Day

 

 

 

 

 

On the 29th day of April, my mother said to me, “Why don’t you ever call home?”

On the 30th day of April, my mother said to me, “Look at me when I talk with you.”

On the first day of May, my mother said to me, “You need a bigger diamond.”

On the second day of May, my mother said to me, “Thanks for that tchatchke.”

On the third day of May, my Mother said to me, “Would you jump off the bridge if someone told you to?”

On the fourth day of May, my Mother said to me, “I wasn’t born yesterday.”

On the fifth day of May, my Mother said to me, “Wait until you have kids.”

On the sixth day of May, my Mother said to me, “When will you marry?”

On the seventh day of May, my Mother said to me, “When will I become a Grandma?”

On the eighth day of May, my Mother said to me, “Come sit on my lap.”

On the ninth day of May, my Mother said to me, “You’ll thank me when you get older.”

On the tenth day of May, My Mother said to me, “If only you knew what I know.”  

By |April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The View From Scott’s Corner

DeAnna Scott's Spring

Happy Spring!

Mothering contributor DeAnna Scott, 48, is the mother of twins, Robert and Phoebe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013). DeAnna is a p/t photographer and full-time mom. We will feature her work on a monthly basis.

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The View From Scott’s Corner

DeAnna's March photo

Mothering contributor DeAnna Scott, 48, is the mother of twins, Robert and Phoebe (born via a traditional surrogacy in June 2013). DeAnna is a p/t photographer and full-time mom. We will feature her work on a monthly basis.

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||4 Comments

Mindful Return: Returning to Work After Becoming a Mom

mindfulreturnMindful Mama Lori Mihalich Levin is the mother of 2 children and a regulatory lawyer in Washington, DC.  She is also guiding dozens of women as they navigate their way out of and back to work when their lives are transformed by motherhood.  We sat down recently to talk about the origins of her 4-week online course Mindful Return.

After her own maternity leave, Lori noticed how other new moms at work rarely spoke about the changes in their lives, the intensity of their feelings towards their children, and how they coped.  On one hand, her colleagues were undergoing a major transformation, but there was little outward acknowledgement at work that anything was happening.  On the other, fearful of criticism or loss of professional status, the returning mothers dodged necessary conversations about pumping at work, child care hours, or poor sleep. [Read More…]

Valentine’s Day History: The Mother of the American Valentine

esther howlandArtist Esther Howland (1828–1904) was the first to publish and sell Valentine cards in the United States. Before Esther, many Valentine cards were hand made with paper, lace, and ribbons and handwritten poetry. By the end of the 19th century, most Valentines were mass-produced by machine, many based on Esther’s designs.

The Howland Family operated the largest book and stationery store in Worcester, Massachusetts.  As a young student at The Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, Class of 1847, and a contemporary of the poet Emily Dickinson, Esther had been exposed to the annual Valentine celebrations. After graduating at the age of nineteen, she received an intricate English Valentine from one of her fathers’ business acquaintances. She was sure that she was capable of making similar or even better ones.

Persuading her father to order lace paper and other supplies from England and NYC and, with determination, she made a dozen valentine’s samples, which her brother added to his catalog for his next sales trip. Hoping for as much as $200 in orders, they were shocked when her brother returned with more than $5,000 in advance sales, more than she could make herself.  Faced with the huge order, she asked her three best friends to help her. A Valentine assembly line was born at the Howland home.  In 1879, The New England Valentine Company was born.

Esther is credited with several innovations in valentine design: the small brightly colored wafer of paper placed to give contrast under the white paper lace; and the built-up shadow box that became popular in the latter part of her career. While not the only Valentine’s Day card shop, Howland’s became [Read More…]

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