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Turkey Help!

Started Nov 14, 2009 0 Replies

I have the "honor" of hosting Thanksgiving at my house... Of course this means cooking a turkey (or two since we have 20 adults plus 11 kids).I would love it if anyone has any "sure success" tips for…Continue

Tags: turkey, thanksgiving

Back to the (potty training) drawing board...

Started Oct 18, 2009 0 Replies

Anyone here have a child who reverts back to having "accidents" after being completely potty trained for a significant time?My four year old is torturing me - LOL! My last post tries to make the best…Continue

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Who designed your blog?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tree Lindsay Jun 1, 2010. 47 Replies

I'm currently using a template from but would really like to create something custom. One of my main goals is to create a blog design around a custom header which really depicts the…Continue

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Latest Activity

Charlene replied to Kathleen's discussion 'Looking for new blogs to follow and looking for new followers'
"Looking forward to checking out new blogs as well!   Here's mine and would love a follow if you like it.  (No pressure though - LOL!)   The Balance Beam - Life Balance, Humor & Random…"
May 15, 2011
Charlene replied to Ashley Hudson's discussion 'How do we find the time to follow each other to get followed?? It's madness!!!!'
"I make it a point to visit everyone who visits me but I follow those who I actually want to visit again.  Good writing is always a good thing.  I tend not to follow those who are ONLY product reviews and/or giveaways.   That said,…"
Feb 19, 2011
Charlene replied to Mom Weighs In's discussion 'I hate bathingsuit shopping!!!'
"I hear ya - I have a cruise in April.  Crazy!"
Feb 19, 2011
Charlene replied to Angie Winters's discussion 'Weight Loss Blog'
"I love it!  I just posted today about a resolution to eat less sugar (and some easy tips about how I'll do it.)   Will definitely be by!!   Charlene"
Feb 19, 2011
Charlene and Paradise are now friends
Jan 18, 2011
Charlene joined robyn long's group

Moms of preschoolers

I am a mom of a preschooler and would love to meet and learn from other preschooler moms!! This group is for all moms ~ so everyone feel free to join and have fun :)
Jan 18, 2011
Charlene replied to Marzana B. Quayoum's discussion 'blog topics'
"I've definitely had slumps before. What helps me is to carry a little notebook and write down various ideas as they come to me during the course of the day... or, sometimes I record a voice note into my phone and email the message to myself."
Nov 28, 2010
Charlene replied to Carla's discussion 'Do you plan out your blog posts or are you a random blog poster?'
"I have a "theme" of sorts and generally plan writing time on the weekends. Beyond that, no real strategies I guess! Charlene Life Balance Strategy, Humor, Random Overshare"
Nov 28, 2010
Charlene replied to Kelly Hench's discussion 'Comments I Would Love Them:)'
"Just left you a comment and all seems to be working fine now. Good luck!"
Nov 28, 2010
Charlene replied to Kelly Hench's discussion 'Please, Please I Need Comments:)'
"Just left you a comment! :-) Charlene"
Nov 28, 2010
Charlene replied to Nora J's discussion 'looking for family friendly personal blogs to follow!'
"I think this is a great idea - thanks!! The Balance Beam:"
Oct 8, 2010
Charlene and Ember are now friends
Aug 14, 2010
Charlene replied to Amanda Leigh's discussion 'I want to read your blog!!'
"That's so sweet! Here's mine: Life Balance Strategy, Humor & Random Overshare"
Aug 14, 2010
Charlene replied to Mom Bloggers Club's discussion 'My Non-Blogging Friends and Family Think Blogging Is.....'
"I will echo the "they don't get it" sentiments. Though, my true friends are pretty supportive... family is less so. The worst is when people say things like, "Who wants to read the details of YOUR life??" No clue people.…"
Aug 14, 2010
Charlene replied to Jules's discussion 'Feeling Guilty!'
"I love the idea of sorting into colfers - thanks Carolina! Saturday is my blog reading day, but even then I have a hard time keeping up. Especially for those bloggers who post daily."
Aug 14, 2010
Tree Lindsay replied to Charlene's discussion 'Who designed your blog?'
"I also did all of the designs myself on all 3 of my blogs....Mother of Pearl It Is, Mommies Faves, and Button Connection by Tree. The last one is actually new and I've just started actually offering designs, buttons, banners, etc. Up until…"
Jun 1, 2010

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What is your blog name?
The Balance Beam
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Share a little something about yourself with other moms.
I am based in the Boston area where I live with my husband and two children, ages 4 and 9. Along with the job of mommy and corporate employee, I am a freelance writer and Life Balance Strategist.
What is your blogging philosophy?
Life balance strategy, humor and random overshare. Hopefully it is both helpful and entertaining!
I have been blogging since...
March 2008

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At 6:12pm on June 25, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)

Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help

At 12:36am on August 2, 2010, Cynthia Helwig-Putorti said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 2:13pm on May 1, 2010, Ember said…
Hi there!

Now following! Looking forward to reading more.

At 4:20pm on January 6, 2010, Kristin said…
Hi Charlene,

Hello and welcome to our commenters group. I've already made some great blogging friendships from our group members. Remember to comment back to all your new followers and blogging friends!

So fun to meet you!

At 1:41am on November 10, 2009, Lua Naquin said…
Hi :)
How's your week going?
At 1:01pm on October 18, 2009, Grissell Barros said…
Hello Charlene,

I am following your blog :)
At 11:09am on October 18, 2009, Stina said…
Hi Charlene,

I am already a follower of your blog:-) I love reading your posts, enjoying every minute of it...

Just wanted to leave you that little note. Following you from Goal: 200 followers!
At 5:54pm on October 10, 2009, Jenn DesAutels said…
Hi Charlene! Just wanted to stop by to tell you I really like your button, very clever:) I'm not following you and looking forward to reading your blogs.
At 12:46pm on October 4, 2009, Charlene said…
Thanks! I'm just figuring out everything on Mom Bloggers Club... glad you like my blog! :-)
At 9:11pm on October 3, 2009, Melyssa said…
Great Blog! Just signed up to follow along (-: Melyssa

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