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I love October

I LOVE October! The month of October is one of the coolest months if not the best month of the year. For starters my daughter was born in October… Do I need anymore reasons why? Probably not, but there are so many reasons why October is such an awesome month.  Here are a few reasons […] The post I love October appeared first on Working Mommy...

I love the month of October

I LOVE October!
The month of October is one of the coolest months if not the best month of the year.

For starters my daughter was born in October… Do I need anymore reasons why? Probably not, but there are so many reasons why October is such an awesome month.  Here are a few reasons why…

  1. Weather in South FL is not as hot. Weather everywhere else is just amazing – Crisp air, leaves changing color…
  2. My favorite and BEST TV shows start in October – Oh so many cool shows! TV overload… 
  3. Pumpkin spice flavor everything – lattes, pies, beers, yogurt, cereal etc etc etc.
  4. Best fashion Season – Boots, light and lose long sleeves shirts, fashionable scarfs, dark nails and lipsticks
  5. Playing dress up – You get to dress up as your alter ego… what do you want to be this month?
  6. Halloween Parties – For kids and grownups!
  7. My work anniversary – Accomplishment and reward
  8. Scary 80’s movies marathon – Because even though you have seen them a million times, you still watch them every October.
  9. October sets the tone for the holiday seasons – Because after Halloween the holiday season fun begins!

Do you have a favorite month? If so please share what your favorite month is on the comment section below or on my facebook page.

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Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice LatteWhat better way to celebrate the first day of fall than with an awesome pumpkin spice latte? If you know me well, you know I love pumpkin spice lattes… or P-spice lattes as we like to call it in our house. Every year I look forward to September for Starbucks to bring […] The post Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte appeared first on Working Mommy...

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice LatteLow Carb Pumpkin Spice LatteWhat better way to celebrate the first day of fall than with an awesome pumpkin spice latte?

If you know me well, you know I love pumpkin spice lattes… or P-spice lattes as we like to call it in our house. Every year I look forward to September for Starbucks to bring it back (yes these pumpkin spice lattes have a following). I have been craving one all week long… however this fall I’m on a low carb diet and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes are loaded with sugar. 36g of sugar for the Tall size, 50g for a Grande, and 66g for a Venti to be exact.

Last night I was telling my husband how badly I wanted one… So this morning I had to improvise. I woke up early and went straight to the kitchen, as if I had dreamed about it all night or something… Lucky I had everything I needed available! It turned out so good I had to write this post and share with you.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin pure (optional if you really want to make it 1 net carb, but it really makes it taste like the Starbucks’ latte)
  • 3/4 cup brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoons Splenda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (optional, but I definitely recommend for the whole effect)

Directions

  1. Combine heavy cream and pumpkin in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly. Stir in Splenda and spices. Heat just until boiling.
  2. Pour mixture into blender and process on high for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour into a large cup and add coffee
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte 3  Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte

Enjoy!
If you have any other neat recipes please share in the comment section below on on my facebook page

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What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review

What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review Next month will mark my 10 year anniversary with my current employer. That means review time… in my case a self review. As I think about my tenure with the company, my achievements, missed goals, lessons learned and so on… I can’t help but think back on […] The post What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review appeared first on Working Mommy...

What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review

What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review

Next month will mark my 10 year anniversary with my current employer. That means review time… in my case a self review. As I think about my tenure with the company, my achievements, missed goals, lessons learned and so on… I can’t help but think back on all the performance reviews I have conducted and reviewed with my subordinates and managers through the past 10 years.

Annual performance reviews can be terrifying, intimidating, motivating, and all of the above., and not just for the employee, but for their manager as well. Depending on your company and manager, your performance review meeting can be an opportunity to evaluate your year, set goals for the upcoming year, and understand the company’s direction, your current role and its growth potential.

Take advantage of this opportunity! Don’t let your superior run this meeting and do all the talking. The annual review is probably one of the best opportunities for growth within the organization. My experience has been that the top performers will ask key questions that allow them to get to the bottom of the company’s vision, my vision as their manager, and ultimately allow them to successfully position themselves for a successful year. Practically, the questions asked by some memorable employees have both impressed me and led to a more productive conversation for the employee.

So… What to Ask During Your Next Performance Review?

Here is a list of straightforward questions that will allow for a  more candid and honest conversation between you and your manager on your next performance review meeting. These questions will not only allow the conversation to be 50/50 but will let your manager know that you are really interested in improving yourself and growing with the company.

Here are some questions I have been asked by employees during performance reviews, and some questions I wish employees would ask during their performance review…

– What specifically can I do to improve my rating next year?

– What would you recommend I do to be more helpful to the people on my team?

– What are your most important goals for next year?

– What knowledge or skills do you think I may need to develop in order to meet my goals and improve next year?

– I’ve been in this role for X years and am looking ahead. What kind of advancement do you imagine for my position? What is your estimated timeline?

– What are some of the company’s goals and its vision for the next year? Five years?

– What can I do to make your job easier?

– What should I continue to do?

– What should I stop doing?

– What should I start doing?

Have a performance review coming up too? Bring these questions to your meeting—your manager will be impressed with your dedication and preparation. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

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4 Inspirational Working Mom Movies you Must See

You are one busy mommy!  Long hours at work, long nights up when your child is sick. Long commutes, last minute stops at the supermarket to get milk.  Soccer practice, ballet recitals.  Parent/teacher conference, business conference calls, angry bosses, and you find find yourself spread thin. Let’s not forget your hubby begging for your attention too. […] The post 4 Inspirational Working Mom Movies you Must See appeared first on Working Mommy...

Working mom movies

You are one busy mommy!  Long hours at work, long nights up when your child is sick. Long commutes, last minute stops at the supermarket to get milk.  Soccer practice, ballet recitals.  Parent/teacher conference, business conference calls, angry bosses, and you find find yourself spread thin. Let’s not forget your hubby begging for your attention too. You can’t seem to catch a break.  Ah if life was like in the movies… you could just yell CUT!

If you are a working mom, here are 4 Inspirational Working Mom Movies you Must See.  These 4 women are smart, determined, strong, and loving mothers that figure out how to make it happen… and they do it all while looking darn cute too.  So this weekend, if you get a chance… rent one of these inspiring movies. I promise that in between laughs and tears will relate in more than one way.

1. I Don’t Know How She Does It
Release date: September 16, 2011


As an employee at a Boston-based financial firm, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) struggles daily to balance the demands of her high-powered career with the needs of her husband (Greg Kinnear) and children. She gets an account that requires frequent trips to New York and her husband gets a new job. Complicating Kate’s life even more is new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), who throws temptation into the mix.

2. It’s Complicated
Release date: December 25, 2009


Jane (Meryl Streep), a successful restaurateur, has been divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin) for many years, although they remain friends. When an innocent meal together turns into an affair, Jane finds that she is the other woman in the now-remarried Jake’s life. Meanwhile, Adam (Steve Martin), an architect hired to remodel her kitchen, is still stinging from his own divorce. He finds himself falling in love with Jane but soon realizes that he has become part of a triangle.

3. Baby Boom
Release date: October 7, 1987


J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a New York City businesswoman who is married to her job and has a relationship with Steven (Harold Ramis), a successful investment broker. J.C.’s life takes an unexpected turn when a relative suddenly dies and makes her the caretaker of a baby girl. Soon, the baby’s arrival causes J.C. to lose first Steven, and then her job. She moves to Vermont and embarks on a series of life-changing events. But when offered the opportunity, will she return to her corporate ways?

4. Erin Brockovich
Release date: March 14, 2000

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.

What are some of your favorite working mom movies? I’ll go get some popcorn and a glass of wine… 😉

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Getting Your Child to Love Reading

Helping your children enjoy reading is worth the investment of your time and energy. Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire—the curiosity and interest—that is the cornerstone to using reading […] The post Getting Your Child to Love Reading appeared first on Working Mommy...

Helping your children enjoy reading is worth the investment of your time and energy.

Getting your child to love to read

Kids will learn reading skills in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. As a result, they lose their desire to read. And it is that desire—the curiosity and interest—that is the cornerstone to using reading and related skills successfully. I’m one of those kids. When I was little my parents were readers and as such they wanted me to be a reader too. Unfortunately… reading became a shore, a task, something I kind of had to do and was expected to do and like most kids would, I lost interest. As a teen, then reading became a need… I would read books just to learn and practice my English.  One time, my dad gave me “The millionaire Mind” and said… “As homework, practice translating the first chapter”. He had the best of intentions… but the method was not very enticing when teens just want to hang out with friends or maybe just read for fun. Then came college and reading again was for knowledge and projects, not for recreation. Now as an adult my desire to read lit up again. And as a mother my desire for my child to to love reading. As a result I bought a Kindle a few years ago and it has become one of my favorite gadgets ever!

By far the most effective way to encourage your children to love books and reading is to read aloud to them, and the earlier you start, the better. Even a baby of a few months can see pictures, listen to your voice, and turn cardboard pages.  Reading should be fun!  As parents if we want our kids to love reading, we have to entice them to it.

 Here are a few tips on Getting your Child to Love Reading

  • Identify your child’s interest and buy books based on that.  Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited.  Ask genuine questions, ones to which you do not already know the answer.  Ask questions that help children think about why and how and not just what.  Be sure to listen to their response carefully and build upon what they have to say. Build their book collection based on their interest. Then you can other types of books add here and there to continue to expand their curiosity.
  • Organize a bookshelf for your child’s book collection.  A sturdy bookshelf or cubby located in an area accessible to your child is ideal.  This way, they can reach their books and use them without having to ask you every time.  Having a special place for their books will also demonstrate to your child that books are valuable.

  • Create and continue a frequent read-aloud routine. Whether it is daily, or weekly before bed time, Wednesdays after dinner, or every Saturday at 2:00pm… Create a reading routine that works for you and your family.  This will help you stick to it. Reading at the same time each time and in the same comfortable place, such as in bed or on the couch, make read-aloud a time to anticipate.  I like to read to my daughter before she goes to bed and she looks forward to it.
  • Point to the words when you read aloud.  You need not do this for every page but pointing to the words in the book’s title, or to the words of a repeated phrase in the book, is a good idea.  When you point to the words, you show your child that there is a correspondence between spoken and written words and that print goes from left to right.
  • The best role models are in the home.  Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents etc. I love my kindle, however I find myself having to explain to my little one that I’m not on an iPad, and I’m actually reading a book.  One of the most effective ways to help children become readers is to show them through your own example that you value literacy and that reading has useful purposes.  Make sure that you have a variety of printed books in your house and you use them on a regular basis, and that you talk to your child about what you are doing when you read.  Remember… monkey see, monkey do.

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How to get your child to sleep in their own bed

How to get your child to sleep in their own bed BED TIME! Lately I probably say that about 3 times each night,  and I only have one child.  Getting kids to sleep can be a battle.  And getting them to sleep in their  own bed?  Well, that can be war! As a baby my […] The post How to get your child to sleep in their own bed appeared first on Working Mommy...

How to get your child to sleep in their own bed

How to get your child to sleep in their own bed

BED TIME! Lately I probably say that about 3 times each night,  and I only have one child.  Getting kids to sleep can be a battle.  And getting them to sleep in their  own bed?  Well, that can be war!

As a baby my daughter was a great sleeper.  When she was 2 weeks old a good friend recommended a little book that guided me on how to get my baby to sleep 12 hours by 12 weeks.  It was great.  By the time she was 3 months she was sleeping from 7pm to 7am.  By the time she was 4 months old she was sleeping in her own room for 12 hours straight.  As a working mom this was great.  It allowed me to get things done around the house, cook dinner,  spend some quality time with the hubby and still get 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Fast forward to present,  she is now 4 going on 5 and going to bed is not as easy as it used to be.  She wants to spend more time playing, watching a cartoon or just spending more time with us.  My husband’s work schedule also changed and I didn’t want to put her to bed so early that she wouldn’t get to see him at all so bed time was extended 30 mins.  Those little 30  minutes really mean a lot to both of them.   My husband and I wanted to spend more time with her so we became a lot more flexible with bed time.  Sometimes this working mama has to travel for work and sometimes that includes overnights so we let her sleep in the bed with us when I would return from a work trip.  But what was an occasional treat became more like a routine this past year.  Now my almost 5 year old begs and constantly tries to negotiate or manipulate me to let her sleep in my bed.  It’s now time for me to go back to basics and apply my old yet effective tricks.  Whether you co-sleep or have a kid who just refuses to sleep in their bed, it may be time to intervene before they completely takeover your sanctuary.

Here are some easy tips I am applying to get my daughter to sleep in her own room again:

1. Use positive words:

Harsh words and reprimands do not work when it comes to kids and sleep.  Trust me, the last thing when you are trying to get them to sleep is to say something that will make then go into a meltdown.  Use positive words instead.  Say something like “Isn’t it amazing that you get to sleep in your beautiful BIG girl bed?   This works better than saying “you are too old to sleep with mommy”.

2. Teach her independence:

For your child, sleeping on their own is a big step.  Don’t rush it.  Take baby steps.  It may take weeks, but if you rush it, you are more likely to fail.  You will end up frustrated and giving in to let them sleep in your room because you are just too tired and frustrated and want to go to bed.

4. Stick to a routine:

No means no, even at 2 in the morning!  So, if your kid wanders into your room and demands to sleep with you, as hard as it is, say no.  Walk them back to their room and help them fall asleep again.

5. Use incentives:

My daughter asked me the other day… “Mommy if I sleep in my own room tonight can we go to get ice-cream tomorrow?”   Seriously, that’s what goes on in their mind! “Sure sweetie pie”  Why not!  So make the whole “sleep in your own bed” a big deal.  Offer incentives like stickers, small toys, a favorite treat – anything to tempt them into sleeping in their own room.  I never had to use this trick when she was smaller.  However I used it that night and it totally worked.

6. Your child’s fear is real:

For your child, being in their own room alone in the dark can be scary. When your child tells you about the monster in her room, hear her out. Don’t belittle her fears.  Instead offer a distraction like a blanket or a stuffed animal to protect her at night, read her a book, or offer her to turn on a night light.

7. Shower  your child with Love:

My daughter used to love going to bed last year just to do snuggle time and bed time story or song.  I restarted this routine and it is working like a charm. She looks forward to this now. So, cuddle your children, hug and shower them with kisses – do all that you can to make them feel loved and protected. Turn bed time into a positive time.

8. Start Early and Stick with it:

Yes, I should have kept at it. But well what can I say… I loved snuggling her…
It can be heartbreaking to put your crying baby or toddler in their bed. However, in the long run, it is the best you can do for your baby. So, don’t wait till your kid is in kindergarten. The sooner you start, the easier it will be. Work on a sleeping schedule and stick to it. Once your child is sleeping in on his own bed, don’t let him crawl back to yours. No matter how tempting it is… I know, I know. Starting early is  probably the best tip on how to get your children to sleep in their own bed.

9. Incorporate Essential Oils:

Use a diffuser in your kids room or add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil on a cotton ball and place it near their pillow at bedtime. Lavender has been cherished for its unmistakable aroma and its therapeutic properties for thousands of years. Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities. You can also use a drop of Roman Chamomile Oil which is considered a natural sedative. Another essential oil that possesses calming properties is Clary Sage. Essential Oils are very effective and provide a natural approach to support sleep. For more information click here.

With these simple tips, you can encourage your children to take their first steps towards independence. They will cry and throw a tantrum here and there, but in the years to come, you will be glad you did! You will be more rested and the hubby will be happy too.

How did you get your child to sleep alone? Share your tips on the comment section below or on Facebook.

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