EQT Children's Theater Festival: Enter to WIN Family 4-Pack of Tickets!

EQT Children's Theater Festival: Enter to WIN Family 4-Pack of Tickets!

Bursting with splendor and innovation, this festival is one of our favorite family events to attend. That's why I am so excited to giveaway a family 4-pack of tickets to one of the following shows of YOUR choice...

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From Stay at Home Mom to Working Mom: 5 Steps for a Smooth Transition

From Stay at Home Mom to Working Mom: 5 Steps for a Smooth Transition

I would have to find a rhythm in life that would afford me the opportunity to experience all of my passions in an effective way. Easier said than done, right?! RIGHT!

Here are 5 steps I took to make this journey a smooth transition for my family and me...

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Naturally ME: How my daughters' hair journey inspired me to go NATURAL!

Naturally ME: How my daughters' hair journey inspired me to go NATURAL!

Whenever I wrote Leave My Daughter's Hair Alone, I was raising an 18 month-old girl and pregnant with another girl. Internet trolls were talking trash about Beyoncé's daughter, Blue Ivy, and her natural locks. Fast forward to 2017 and my now 2 and 4 year old girls are discovering their natural beauty, but not without some struggles...

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: 2 GIVEAWAYS!!!

DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: 2 GIVEAWAYS!!!

DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE is coming to Pittsburgh, PA at the Byham Theater and my family wants you to join us! I'm giving away a FAMILY 4-PACK of tickets to the showtime of your choice! Just enter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win tickets to the April 4th 7pm show! Just enter at the bottom of this post for a chance to win! BONUS: 7 FREE DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD coloring pages included in this post!!!

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No more bedtime drama!

No more bedtime drama!

Bedtime is supposed to be a peaceful time to unwind and prepare for a good night's rest. However, parents of young children are all too familiar with bedtime drama. From whining for more water to shadow freak-outs, bedtime can be anything but peaceful. 

With my husband's crazy work schedule, I often find myself having to hold it down at bedtime. Perhaps one of the MOST stressful times in our daily routine has been bedtime. Enough was enough, so I started searching for practical solutions. As always, whenever I discover something that works for my household, I love to share it with you...

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The grass that never grew

The grass that never grew

Sometimes things have to die in order for you to live your best life... Old, negative, self-defeating thoughts about yourself must die in order for you to be the best woman, the best mother you can be. And guess what... YOUR BEST IS ENOUGH! Your best today may look a lot different than your best yesterday, BUT as long as you know and feel that you are committed, dedicated and determined to give it your all, there is a peace that comes over you and sustains you through those times that you think you are anything but stellar. It's not about being THE best; it's about being YOUR best. 

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The PERFECT gift: A PEACEFUL & HAPPY home!

The PERFECT gift: A PEACEFUL & HAPPY home!

Peace Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, by Dr. Laura Markham, is the next Mom Talk Book Club selection. I think you're going to absolutely love it! I am so excited about this book that I thought I'd share the 3 BIG IDEAS in parenting with you now before we official begin the book club discussions.

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Dog Loves Books ---> Theater Tickets GIVEAWAY!

Dog Loves Books ---> Theater Tickets GIVEAWAY!

Dog Loves Books is a favorite in my house, and I recently read the book to my 2nd grade class. Mary Schmich once said "Reading is a discount ticket to anywhere." Dog Loves Books embodies this sentiment in such a special way. 

I would love for you to join my family at the musical! That is why I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to the performance of your choice (See performance dates/times below.)! Enter to win below. Good luck!

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Your Child's Guide to a Healthy Self-Esteem: Book & Poster GIVEAWAY!

Your Child's Guide to a Healthy Self-Esteem: Book & Poster GIVEAWAY!

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-esteem as "a confidence and satisfaction in oneself." KidsHealth.org says it best. A healthy self-esteem is like a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Kids who know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures.

We parents must guide our children into feeling capable while also feeling loved. Helping our children learn how to embrace who they are is a key element towards a child obtaining and maintaining a healthy self-esteem.

So what is our role as parents? What can we do?

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What are you doing this summer? #PghSummer16 to the rescue!

What are you doing this summer? #PghSummer16 to the rescue!

Maria Montessori famously said, “What the hand does, the mind remembers.” As an educator myself, I also agree that hands-on learning experiences are treasures that open the door to academic and social growth. With the much-welcomed warm weather comes a break from those everyday routines that makes us feel like robots.

Read on to learn about an invaluable summer resource for Pittsburgh families...

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Room on the Broom: Win 2 FREE tickets!

Room on the Broom: Win 2 FREE tickets!

I absolutely love giving my girls the theater experience! We are so excited to see Tall Stories’ Room on the Broom, part of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series (a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)! We want YOU and your family to join us! Enter to WIN 2 FREE tickets here...

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Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!" FAMILY 4 PACK Giveaway!

Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!" FAMILY 4 PACK Giveaway!

I am so excited to announce that I am giving away a FAMILY 4 PACK of tickets for one lucky family to see Sesame Street LIVE: Let’s Dance! Deadline is 1/6/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Enter by clicking on this post! 

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Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School: Win tickets HERE!

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School: Win tickets HERE!

I am beyond excited to be taking my oldest daughter to see Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, and we want you to join us!

YOU can see this spectacular theater performance for FREE by entering my contest to win two FREE tickets to the performance date and location of your choice. Enter HERE to win! 

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My Montessori Journey Part 3

My Montessori Journey Part 3

Are our children "actively disciplined" or "artificially silent?" WOW! This quote really stirred up something deep in my spirit. While the language comes across a bit harsh due to the era in which it was written, Dr. Montessori really touched on something powerful and profound! 

What I am quickly discovering along my Montessori journey is that uncovering the Montessori method is not just transforming me as an educator. More importantly, it's transforming me as a parent. I can't wait to see where this journey takes me and my children....

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My Montessori Journey Part 2

My Montessori Journey Part 2

The second parent orientation broke down the Montessori curriculum, and this is where my passion for education was revived! I was so mesmerized by not only the unique learning materials, but equally intriguing was the methods by which the teachers guided the students to mastery of a given subject area. With each new "work" that the director explained and modeled for parents, my heart skipped a beat, the hairs on my arms stood at attention and that smile (a smile that I often broke into whenever teaching my "babies") graced my face for the first time in years!

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My Montessori Journey Part 1

My Montessori Journey Part 1

While I am an educator and have been a stay at home/work from home mom for the past 2 years, I knew it was time for my oldest daughter to be in a classroom environment among her peers where she could continue to flourish academically and socially. Deep down in my heart, I knew I had given her a great start. Now was the time for her to spread her wings and grow in a safe, high-quality learning environment. 

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Caps for Sale: A Children's Theater Series Delight!

Caps for Sale: A Children's Theater Series Delight!

I am SO excited to be taking my oldest daughter to see the children's theater performance, Caps for Sale! Come join us! Enter HERE to win the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Children's Theater Series Caps for Sale performance of your choice! 

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