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My First Year as a School Volunteer: Lessons from the Front Lines

 

About a year ago I wrote this post about how to make the most out of your school volunteer efforts. D2 wasn't enrolled in pre-school yet, so…

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Added by Portia Mount on May 30, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Leadership Lessons of Potty Training

Boss Mom, Potty Training, Portia Mount

We started potty training D2 over the holidays. I agonized about what method to use. Three-day bootcamp method? Gradual method? No method?  Ultimately, our pediatrician gave us the best advice, wait until he is ready and you’ll know. You can’t force a child to potty train before he is ready. He’s now at the point where he can wear undies during the day and diapers at…

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Added by Portia Mount on February 17, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast #Giveaway

If I could only eat one meal a day, it would be breakfast. I love, love breakfast. I love breakfast so much that when I am feeling too lazy to cook dinner, I'll whip up a poached egg and turkey bacon sandwich or (my very favorite) banana pancakes. When the Aunt…

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Added by Portia Mount on January 23, 2012 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Chicks,cows and honey bees, oh my!

Holiday Giving

Burned out from Black Friday? Sick of Cyber Monday? Hard to believe but just in the last few days consumers spent nearly $11 billion on electronics, clothing and other items in preparation for the holidays. Now, I love shopping just as much as…

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Added by Portia Mount on November 29, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

Eating Clean: Week 2

 

Crockpot Porridge from the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook

Earlier this month, I resolved to accept the realities of my slowing metabolism, clean up my diet and…

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Added by Portia Mount on October 28, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

My Bad Mommy Moment

I don't know what it is about October but it has been one hellacious month. My days have been packed full of meetings and nearly every project that's on my plate is in high gear.  I'm also traveling every weekend this month which means I spend Thurdays and Friday nights frantically packing as well as prepping Dr. D. to watch D2 over the weekend. To add to it all, D2 has been…

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Added by Portia Mount on October 19, 2011 at 9:27pm — No Comments

What's in a Name?

Does my son know I'm his mother?

About a week ago I was picking D2 up from the half-day toddler program at Montessori and just making chit chat with his teacher. I asked her how he was doing. "He's doing great" she tells me, "but he keeps asking for someone named Eva. Who takes care of him in the afternoon?" I tell her Eva is his…

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Added by Portia Mount on October 5, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments

What Your Jealousy is Telling You

Put Jealousy in Perspective

Last weekend I watched the hilarious comedy Bridesmaids.  Besides being a side-splittingly funny view of two best friends' (one the bride and the other the maid of honor) adventures in wedding planning, there was a serious message about jealousy.  The protagonist, who is…

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Added by Portia Mount on September 30, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Number Two on the Brain

I've got #2 on the brain. Not that number two. I'm talking baby number two. It's not a coincidence because lately it seems everyone is wondering if I'll have a second baby. I find this questioning only slightly less invasive than having  my belly felt up when I was pregnant. D2 turns two in November and whenever anyone asks me how old he is, it's always…

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Added by Portia Mount on September 26, 2011 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Soul-destroying Meetings, Chatty Cathys and Other Workplace Time Sucks

When I was a young singleton working for a large PR agency in New York, I was always jealous of my married colleagues who would leave the office "early" (that's 6pm in the PR agency world) to pick up children from daycare or relieve nannies. The rest of us worker bees would work until about 8 or 9 at night. We'd often slag on the offending managing director behind her…

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Added by Portia Mount on September 16, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments

How to Get Ready for Work in 15 Minutes Flat

Oh, how I fondly remember those days before having D2 when I could roll out of bed at the last minute, listen to the news while eating breakfast and then head off to work. Those days are long gone. I now pride myself in being able to get ready in the morning in less than 15 minutes. It's not something I set out to do but after I had D2 there was so much more that needed to…

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Added by Portia Mount on September 8, 2011 at 10:43pm — No Comments

How to Rebuild Your Local Economy One Job at a Time

You don't have to be an economist to know the economy sucks right now.  Unemployment has yet to drop below 9% and in some states like my adopted home state of North Carolina, that figure is way above 10%.  Fourteen million people out of work and those are just the ones still being counted. It's downright depressing. This week the media is abuzz about President Obama's job…

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Added by Portia Mount on September 6, 2011 at 7:11am — No Comments

How Much is TMI at Work?

A few weeks ago I coached a successful business woman who was struggling to understand why her staff didn't trust or confide in her. One of the key pieces of feedback she received was that she was too impersonal.  Her staff complained (anonymously) that they felt like they didn't really know her and that she didn't take time to understand their personal lives outside of…

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Added by Portia Mount on August 25, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments

Learning to Share Grown-Up Style

D2 is rapidly approaching two years old and is learning all about sharing. I know that I am not the only mother to notice that in the ego-centric toddler universe, sharing is anathema. While we were in California D2 and I went to a story time at the local library. After the program the tots dispersed to the play area. D2 saw a truck that he liked and went over to the…

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Added by Portia Mount on August 19, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Request a Flexible Work Schedule

I have a number of working mothers in my marketing department and several have arranged flexible work schedules to accommodate their changing work/life demands. Flexible work schedules are becoming much more common as employers recognize it as valuable tool for retaining their top talent and promoting work/life balance. In my department we have a number of different kinds of…

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Added by Portia Mount on August 9, 2011 at 8:56am — No Comments

Where's Your Easy Button?

This past Saturday I went grocery shopping with D2 in tow.  He was restless and trying to escape from the cart's child safety belt as the checkout clerk loaded our cart up with bags. Observing that I clearly had my hands full, the bag boy asked me if I needed any help out to my car. I told him, "No, thanks.  I got it."Just the other night, I was putting D2 down for bed with our…

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Added by Portia Mount on August 1, 2011 at 9:52pm — No Comments

The Taming of the Shrew?

My boss, a retired Navy admiral, likes to tell this joke about a conversation he had with his wife:

Her: You're the General and I'm the Major.

Him: That's great! Sounds good to me.

Her: Right. You make all of the general decisions and I make the major ones.

 

I love this joke. It got me thinking though. I was talking with a good friend the other night…

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Added by Portia Mount on July 25, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Working Mom Maintenance: High or Low?

I've just had my first hair appointment since returning from vacation a week and a half ago and I have to say I am feeling pretty great. My amazing stylist, Carl, decided to switch up my normally shoulder length bob to a shorter version for the summer. It's inspired by the classic Vidal Sassoon bob and I am loving it.

Over the years, my maintenance routine has varied with my job…

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Added by Portia Mount on July 22, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Liar. Liar.

Why Telling the Truth is Hard

We are hosting Dr. D.'s three nieces  (two aged 11 and a 7 year old) for the summer and it's certainly been an adventure to go from one toddler to four kids in the house. One of the things I've  observed in the time the girls have been with us is how much elementary school aged children lie. Over the past several days I've caught the girls in any number of lies ranging from big ("We…

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Added by Portia Mount on July 18, 2011 at 10:27pm — No Comments

End Weekend Insanity

Get More Out of Your Weekend

I used to be a madwoman on the weekends.  Dr. D. avoided me Saturday mornings as I rode around on my broom frantically trying to cram in as many tasks before noon as possible.  As a busy working mother, I found that my weekends were consumed with catching up on all of the stuff I couldn't  get done during the week -- laundry, cooking, errands, you name it.  Even before…

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Added by Portia Mount on July 15, 2011 at 11:16am — No Comments

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