Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

A working mother struggles to devote enough time to her family and career. “Work-life balance” has become a catch phrase that sells millions of dollars worth of books, seminars and even therapy. We are trying to figure out how to get it all done. I’m taking six months of maternity leave with my son when … Continue reading Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

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It’s Another Boy!: Ashburn Patch Article

Will boys eventually dominate the Ashburn area? It's no secret that I wanted a girl when I was first pregnant with my son. Call me self-absorbed, but I couldn't wait to gaze into the eyes of a miniature me. I had dreams of teaching her to be a strong, sensitive, smart young woman, a feminist. … Continue reading It’s Another Boy!: Ashburn Patch Article

Where’s Your Busy Prize?: Ashburn Patch Article

Using outside resources can help lessen the burden of over-worked individuals. I'm pregnant, raising a two-year-old, running a business, trying to get a book published, buying a new house and moving. I'm so busy, definitely busier than you. Do I win the busy prize for which we all seem to be striving? No, because in … Continue reading Where’s Your Busy Prize?: Ashburn Patch Article

Living in Loudoun’s Bubble: Ashburn Patch Article

Do kids need to live in urban areas to understand “real” life? I recently went on a girls’ weekend with friends from college. One is now a single lawyer living near the U-Street corridor in Washington, DC. Though her neighborhood is one of those deemed “hip” and “up-and-coming” by real estate agents and yuppies, last … Continue reading Living in Loudoun’s Bubble: Ashburn Patch Article

Six Reasons Carrying My Second Baby Rocks: Ashburn Patch Article

Confidence and local resources give a pregnant mother peace of mind. Pregnancy is a difficult, glorious time of life. I'm pregnant with my second child and thought I knew what I was in for this time around. But, there are unexpected joys that come with doing it again. You don't have to listen to anyone's … Continue reading Six Reasons Carrying My Second Baby Rocks: Ashburn Patch Article

Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article

The serious artist remembers life should be fun. My cousin, Sirena Riley, is a jazz artist. She sings in smoky jazz clubs in London and has a CD circulating the jazz circles of Europe. Critics have lauded her as an up and coming singer with a sunburnt voice and poetic, often confrontational, lyrics. She's a … Continue reading Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article

Pants on Fire: Ashburn Patch Article

At what point in life do lying and omitting facts become acceptable? “Ow! My arm hurts!” My son shouts from the stroller. Before I can bend down to check his problem he screams, “My back is itchy!” Across the aisle of the children’s clothing section, a different child tells her mother she has to pee. … Continue reading Pants on Fire: Ashburn Patch Article

Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas: Ashburn Patch Article

Here are a few tips for celebrating the moms holiday weekend in bliss. Mother’s Day - that pressure-filled, Hallmark-created annual event - is Sunday. I’ve decided to make it easy on husbands this year and provide a partial list of acceptable gifts and celebrations. Flowers are always nice, as are pretty electronic toys. Here are … Continue reading Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas: Ashburn Patch Article

Ah, Spring … Achoo! – Ashburn Patch Article

A mother with allergies tries to love the most painful season of the year. Ah, spring. The weather app on my iPod Touch says spring has finally arrived. It’s 71 degrees outside. The sun is shining. The rain has paused for the moment. Flowers are blooming. I carry my laptop outside to work on the … Continue reading Ah, Spring … Achoo! – Ashburn Patch Article