Who works from The B’office?

Working from home has its challenges. Some people are lucky enough to have an office space purely dedicated to working where they have their work documents, computer, desk, and they may even get modern office art at Bumblejax to make sure the home office doesn’t look too drab or boring. However, some people don’t have a spare room to do this in and I’m one of them! I work out of my Boffice aka, the bedroom and office. There are many pros and also cons to this. Everyone’s situation is different. For me, it allows me to be more present with my children every day. It allows me to be there when they get home from school, it allows me to run to school pick up my little one so it’s no wonder that the amount of people working from home is increasing (as these working from home statistics suggest). I love the flexibility and I even find that I’m more productive whilst working at home too!

Plus, our company makes use of a virtual office set up so working from home suits most of our employees pretty well. In case you were not already aware, a virtual office is a service that enables employees and business owners to work remotely by providing a range of business functions accessible through the internet. Virtual offices also enable organizations to create and maintain a presence in a desirable location without the need to pay rent for an actual space. You can learn about the benefits of setting up a virtual office by heading to the website for Your Virtual Office London.

However, that being said, working from home does have a few downsides. I hate when the family is at home and I am stuck on calls in another room and I hate when I have to shove them aside while focused on work. I guess I don’t like that they have to see that. I want to give them all my attention when they want it. On the other hand, I love that they see a hard working mom, who is trying to do it all.

Today I have found the balance while working from home. It could possibly be because my children are older now and more independent. It could be that they are more self sufficient. It could be that I am out at meetings most of the day, so not constantly at home. It could be that I own a company called The MOMS, and people are more undestanding given the nature of our business.

There have been those moments, where you go on mute during a call and tell your kids to shut up nicely or where you go on mute while cooking dinner and cleaning dishes so your clients dont hear the pots and pans and water. It is almost quite comical sometimes all the chaos, but that is also parenting.

I think the bottom line is that we are just trying to do the best that we can as working parents, and we are now blessed and cursed with devices that allow to us work from really anywhere. Just remember to Set aside a separate space for work, you need that disconnect, otherwise, you’ll become consumed with what is around you and get in a tizzy which is what you don’t need!

So, on that note, this video just made our day over here at The MOMS.

Take a look…..

BIG NEWS For Denise! Susan G. Komen NYC’s Impact Award Recipient 2017

Thank YOU! I wouldn’t wish Cancer on anyone. But since I didn’t have a choice, I wanted to make a difference. When I attended this event last year when Sandra Lee received this award, I was nervous, in the midst of chemo, and honored to have been invited. Now, apparently, Susan G. Komen Greater NYC thinks I’m making an impact. I’m incredibly honored and humbled to be the recipient of their Surviving With Impact Award on May 23rd, 2017. I have so many people to thank including each and every one of YOU for your love, support, likes, and shares to allow me to try to make an impact. Thanks to my #workwife Melissa Musen Gerstein for her partnership with me in The Moms which allowed me to have this voice, my parents Benita Caress Albert Oberlander and social-media shy Marv, my boys, family and friends for everything. I’m one lucky Surviving (#FutureCancerSurvivor) Mom. If you can join us, please do. If not, please continue to share so we can do our best to fight breast cancer! CLICK HERE www.komennyc.org/impactawards for tickets and donations!

 

The MOMS: Danica McKellar Mamarazzi®

The MOMS hosted a Mamarazzi event with Danica McKellar for her new book, Goodnight Numbers with Mathnasium at The National Museum of Mathematics.

She may be best known as Winnie Cooper but Danica as a mom is best known as a math whiz and she wants to teach your kids. Is her son good at math? How does she discipline?
https://themoms.com/minute-moms-danica-mckellar/

Photo Credit Photos by Jon B


  

 

HOW NEW YORK RIDER DENISE ALBERT FINDS JOY

Every Monday, instructor Emily Burkhardt sets out to interview members of the FLY community–from instructors, to staff members, to riders. What does Flywheel mean to them? And how do they find joy in their day-to-day? This week, meet New York rider, Denise Albert.

By: EMILY BURKHARDT

Hey FlyFAM!

This week’s Monday Motivation is very special to me. Denise Albert is a rider that always stays on the brighter side of life, no matter what is going on around her. She is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, and I am extremely lucky to know her.

Here is what Denise had to say….

 

Do Your Kids Share a Room?

Living in Manhattan, most of us live in smaller spaces. You learn to adapt and make it work for the love of New York.

When you have children, you find yourself getting extra creative with your living conditions. This is also the time where you find yourself questioning New York City living. We made the decision not to move out of the city years ago, so it was time to build a wall; a wall of peace.

I have seen closets become nurseries, living rooms transitioned into bedrooms and even hallways turned into playrooms. This is Manhattan living. But for someone like me who grew up in the suburbs and not in an apartment, I have my moments where I feel completely “space frustrated.”

I have 3 children in NYC, and when you don’t have a basement or a backyard, you crave any corner you can get your hands on. You long for your own space, even if it is just enough room for your own bed and that is exactly what we created, a new space for each of our daughters who shared a room. I have a friend who is really into DIY projects so I asked for her opinion on the idea. She told me that it was a great idea and that I could find the building supplies needed, on a website like https://tradefixdirect.com/. To be honest, I thought it was going to be one of those ideas that sounded great but never actually materialized. I was so wrong!

This did not happen overnight. I contemplated for a long time over this. To build a wall or not to, that was the question. My husband thought I was building two prison cells. Our two daughters have shared a room for years. It’s a nice sized room, but they both really needed their own space: a space to study, a space to be creative and a space for peace and quiet.

I was connected with Annette Jaffe Interiors who does really big design projects. I feared she would not want to bother with something so small. We met at my apartment and in one second, she knew just how to create the space. She has vision and perspective and showed me how to take one room and turn it into two. We were able to create two bedrooms using a pressurized wall. It is basically a temporary wall that can be put up and taken down, which also made me feel more comfortable knowing that it wasn’t permanent.

The next step was to purge. I don’t have one organizational gene in my body. Lauire Palau from Simply B Organized was my next call. She holds your hand and preaches the “ESP”method, which is empty, sort and purge. This was extremely helpful for the preparation of the new bedrooms.

In one day, we had a wall built, two new bedrooms, a fresh coat of paint, new floors and smart and affordable furniture from IKEA. My girls got to be involved too by selecting their new furniture and accent pieces. I really wanted them to get something like these framed movie posters Australia, but then I realized it was their room, so their choice. Either way, being able to pick their furniture gave them a sense of pride by allowing them to be creative while moving out of their “babyish” bedroom. We were also thinking about putting some chairs in the room, maybe on the side. We wanted to find out if the tolix chairs comfortable as they were the right size for the room. I know that I need to make the rooms as cosy as they can be, and decorate them in a way that they will enjoy spending time in there! I recently had my own bedroom renovated, and purchase some new accessories like lights and a new luxury rug (from Bazaar Velvet) so I might go down a similar route and get them a children’s rug, a lamp, some pictures on the wall! What do you think? …

Sometimes, you need someone to hold your hand. Sometimes you need someone to help push you to make a decision. Not everyone has a Feng shui mind set, or an organizational make up, I certainly don’t.

Hopefully many more creative ideas, peaceful studying and memories will happen for my daughters in their new rooms. They now have room to think and a room for some peace, even if we built a wall between them. At least this is the type of wall that won’t create any extra tension in their world.

Meet Coralee! She’s our #WCW

Meet Coralee! She’s our #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday), she’s not only got incredible advice for mom entrepreneurs but a product that is helpful for every mom.
Don’t make “help” a four-letter word. Ask for help. Accept offers of help. Every amazing mom needs her support system.

Coralee Dixon was consumed with guilt over not preserving her kids memories and milestones. She couldn’t find the time like most of us. She was posting photos and captions on social media ( like most of us) that had the dates and milestones, but that was all. She was upset that she wasn’t making a baby book like the one her mom made for her when she was little. She pondered over this and looked for solutions to help capture her own baby’s memories. She couldn’t find anything that could work or that seemed helpful. Then she had her “Big Idea” and here is how she did it. Please meet Coralee and Shortcake Inc. our Mom of the Week!

Why did you start your business?
I started Shortcake because I wanted to help modern families preserve and share their memories in a way that was both beautiful and easy. The inspiration came when, a little before my daughter’s first birthday, I started feeling guilty because I hadn’t been writing down her milestones and special moments in the baby book I bought for her. Both my mom and my mother-in-law had kept lovely baby books for my husband and I, so I felt awful that I hadn’t done the same. Then I thought about how I had shared most of my daughter’s most important moments with family and friends on social media, which included written descriptions, captured the date, and received some fun comments that I liked looking back on. “Somebody must have a business that will help me turn that into a nice album, right?” I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to create it myself.

2. Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Today Shortcake is a custom album and photo book design service for modern families. We turn your social content and family photos into premium keepsake albums. In 5 years, I see us expanding our market beyond moms and dads to grandparents, weddings, pets, vacations, and school events. We may consider implementing some tech and intelligent automation into our process to help our designers work more quickly while maintaining our hallmark personal touch and unrivaled customization options. And we will continue expanding our services beyond albums to new areas, such as greeting cards and invitations (where we’ve already begun experimenting). This business has taught me so many new things, and it’s a continuous learning process.

So much of the tech-based stuff that I didn’t know about; I just learnt what is a DDoS attack because we had to look at the cybersecurity aspects of our service since we make use of a lot of tools that could be vulnerable to attacks. Customer information and transaction security is a key point to consider for any business, as anyone can tell you. Anyway, I’m sure there’s a lot of growth on the horizon and much more to do. Of course, in order to do all of that, we need to be growing our business and increasing our sales. This can be difficult, but most businesses these days seem to find success on social media, particularly Instagram. Perhaps we should look into improving our Instagram marketing strategy by incorporating hashtags onto our posts. This could increase visibility, especially if we used https://taskant.com to help us find the best hashtags for our business.

3. If there was one tip you could give a working mom what would it be?
Don’t make “help” a four-letter word. Ask for help. Accept offers of help. Every amazing mom needs her support system.

4. If you could do one thing over as a mom what would it be?
Potty training. Not because I enjoyed it – exactly the opposite. I felt so helpless the first time – I had no idea what I was doing and felt like a complete failure. Now that I’ve been through it once I realize how foolish it was to put so much pressure on myself. I feel bad because I made the experience more stressful for everyone than it needed to be. It also would have helped if I had not been pregnant with our second at the time (wine would have been really helpful – I’ve realized a laid-back attitude is a must!).

5. Whats your Mom Motto?
Do the best you can and give lots of hugs.

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How Good Can Come from Humiliating TSA Experience…

By Denise Albert

I never imagined how my horrific and humiliating experience with the TSA could turn into something so positive. I’m honored to be included in the TSA’s piece on Sprinklr.com. I’ve never been more proud to show my kids how good things can come from bad.

Meet the Team Transforming the Reputation of the TSA

At 440 federalized airports across the United States, 44,000 TSA security officers will screen 2 million passengers. They will do that again tomorrow. That’s 730 million passenger screenings annually, and all it takes is one missed needle in the haystack for the consequences to be catastrophic. To read the full story visit Sprinklr.com

When Women and Moms Support Each Other it Looks Like This…

We can all learn from each other. When women and moms support each other,incredible things happen. Meet Amber….

When Amber Michels created Your Milk Shoppe, which supports and empowers moms through maternity services. They offer services such as errand running, childproofing, meal delivery and in home consultations. We wish we knew about a service like this when we were new moms. You can feel so isolated and alone and to know other mothers are there for you like Amber and Kimmie from Your Milk Shoppe…well they just had to be on our Women Crush Wednesday.

Why did you start your business?

When I was a new mom I struggled so much during the first few months. I thought that I was so prepared because I read all of the books, took every parenting class under the sky, and bought the best baby gear. But, all of the sudden my world was turned upside when my daughter was born. As a new mom I could not believe the love I felt for her, it was amazing. Unfortunately, I struggled with extreme post-partum anxiety and it hindered my ability to fully enjoy being a mom. I heard many mums in similar situations getting family support or trying anti-anxiety CBD remedies from places like Pure Hemp Farms, though my problem wasn’t exactly that I didn’t have support. It was like nobody really understood my struggle; it was so isolating. I began to take steps to get help, I made a point to journal about all of my struggles, and before I knew it a business plan was writing itself (I just didn’t know it at the time). It was solely based on supporting and empowering moms through services, research and education. Initially, I had voiced my opinions through my personal social media accounts and I was recommended to use services to help grow my following to gain more attention on my posts – you can read review here. At this point I wasn’t particularly business-minded in terms of growing my own company, I just wanted fellow women to know what I was experiencing. I then went on to become a certified Maternity Consultant and learned the ins and outs of an industry I didn’t even know existed. I toyed around with different business names and concepts, but kept coming back to the same thing: I wanted to be the “milk” for other new moms… because moms need milk, too. From there, my business, Your Milk Shoppe, was born. It’s worth noting here that when creating a name for your company, it can be a good idea to seek advice from a us trademark lawyer, as later down the line you don’t want to be battling someone who has copied it to use for their own purposes.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

Growing! It wasn’t long after I started Your Milk Shoppe that I realized I couldn’t do this all on my own… nor did I want to! My sister-in-law was a huge believer and lover of Your Milk Shoppe from the very beginning, so when it came time to ask someone to join me, she was a given. We were both raising our little ones in big cities, away from family, and we knew this was something that was so desperately needed in both of our respective parts of the country. There truly is strength in numbers, and together we are Moms on a Mission. (Plus, I’m convinced every woman needs a workwife, and I’m so glad she’s mine!)

I launched Your Milk Shoppe in Greenville, SC, and Kimmie is in Chicago, IL. We are excited to share that we are currently expanding into other cities throughout the United States, starting this spring in Atlanta, GA! Aside from the Shoppe’s in Greenville, Chicago, and Atlanta, we also offer virtual one-on-one consulting services so we can help mamas, regardless of where they are located. We will also begin to host classes that will help moms (and dads and siblings, too!) prepare for baby and so much more! There is a lot on our docket right now, and I couldn’t more excited for this growth and the opportunity to support and uplift moms all over the country.

In 5 years I hope for Your Milk Shoppe to be a household name, a universal support system that will allow moms all over the country to access the necessary information they need in order to fully enjoy their parenting journey! I think that goal is achievable, especially if we work hard and try to raise awareness for the brand. One way of doing this is by upping our social media game. That’s one of the best ways to grow a business these days, so maybe we should focus on Instagram to try and build our brand. Another business owner was telling us that people can buy likes on their Instagram posts to help their accounts grow. They suggested that we learn more at https://venturebeat.com/2021/01/22/how-to-buy-instagram-likes-that-are-real-and-automatic/. Maybe that’s worth doing. We’ll probably look into that!

If there was one tip you could give a working mom what would it be?

When you are at work, be at work completely. Stop feeling guilty about not being home more. When you are at home, be at home completely. Stop feeling guilty about not working more. You owe yourself some peace of mind!

If you could do one thing over as a mom what would it be?

I would have asked for help more as a new mom instead of trying so hard to appear that I had it all together. No new mom has it together. Period. We’re all trying, but the struggle is SO real. And you know what? That’s OK! That’s all part of it. The more honest we are with ourselves and each other about this beautiful, stressful, funny, terrifying, one-of-a-kind time in life, the better off we’ll all be.

Whats your Mom Motto?

Community over Competition. Hands down. Whether it’s with other mamas or other business owners, one thing is true: there is nothing more powerful than women who genuinely and fiercely support and love one another.

For more on Your Milk Shoppe please visit them on Facebook, and Instagram.

Do You Eat Your Kids Leftovers?

Today our lives are busier than ever. Today more than ever we are rushing from work to the kids to making and shopping for meals. We are constantly taking care of our families. We are constantly juggling all day long, with no time to sit down and relax together. The home is now simply a place to wash and sleep, with no time to use it for quality family interaction.

The family mealtime in particular is something of the past. Despite the advice that we should Cook as a Family, many of us simply don’t have time. We are actually scheduling family time in our calendars now. We are eating on the go. We are eating our kid’s leftovers. We are eating standing up. Many new homes are built with no dining room, and there is simply no space for a dinner table or chairs in the kitchen because the room is often too small. This has led to the demise of the family dinner.

When we were approached by a new food company that offers parents the opportunity to cook a well-balanced meal in minutes; we were enticed. Personal Trainer Food gives you everything you need to put together a delicious, healthy dish that the whole family will enjoy, without having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. We asked several moms and dads across the country to try this new program. So many jumped on board and are thrilled with the results.

The food arrives at your doorstep, already pre-packaged and fresh. For us, it was about the food organization, not just the weight loss around this program. We of course researched the nutritional elements of this program and how good the food really is for us! By using websites such as Thenutritioninsider.com, we learnt all we needed to about the most recent nutrition tips and reviews before deciding this was right for us.

Although, it’s always nice to lose a bit of extra weight, especially when nothing else you’ve tried has made a difference. With that being said, many people have probably looked at supplements, that you can read more on at places like Favorece.net when you have nowhere else left to turn because they have been known to make a positive difference to your weight management.

But at the minute, many of us will probably benefit from this amazing food that is all ready for us when we want it. The only issue now is to find a space to eat together as a family. Many kids eat up in their rooms, leaving mom and dad on the sofa by themselves. Ideally, a table and chairs would suit much better, but many simply don’t have the space for it. Luckily, Furniture Shops Gateshead and similar furniture shops in your local area often have space-saving solutions for small homes, with folding tables and stackable chairs fitting perfectly into any small corner. With the time saved by your new meal program, it’ll be easier than ever before to lay the table and eat as a family, together.

If you want to learn more about Personal Trainer Food or work with The MOMS on programs like this, please don’t hesitate to reach out and use the contact form on our site.

When ordering Personal Trainer Food use promo code PTFMOMS125 that will take $125 off your purchase!

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Personal Trainer Food, all opinions expressed are our own.

News in MINUTES from The MOMS

Moms, here’s a cheat sheet.  We did your homework so you can understand what is going on in our country and the world.   You don’t have time to read every article or watch the news all day, so here are a few articles to to get you up to speed!

Every voice matters… by Denise Albert

Every voice matters. Every one who shares their story will help another.

Today I am proud, touched and inspired by Emma Heming Willis sharing her mammogram experience. We met once when she appeared on our radio show when she was launching her blog. But this mom of 2 has become a special friend via social media. She is one of YOU….One of YOU who have sent me notes, messages, and encouragement through my #FutureCancerSurvivor Journey.

She may be married to Bruce Willis but Emma is just a mom like all of you…working hard and starting something of own. PLEASE READ HER PIECE WITH MY TIPS AND SHARE!!

Fashion Friday, Fun Tops For Anytime, Anywhere!

I guess Jillian Michaels didn’t get the memo about Amanda Uprichard. We discovered her a few years back when we were looking for bright colored fashion for many of our TV appearances, and we fell in love with her!

You can pair an AU top with just about anything…pants, jeans, skirts, and she is all about fun and sexy. You can always pair her tops with a blazer for a meeting or jean jacket for a fun night out. When you’re a mom, everyone knows that just dressing up can feel so good. Throwing on heels can even lift the mood. You do not have to spend a lot of money to look and feel your best either. A friend of mine has a taste for designer accessories, but she is equally happy in a replica Gucci belt or a genuine piece. It is all about attitude! Anyway, to find a top with color or a fun print that is silky on the body is a keeper in our eyes.

We can’t wait for her Spring and Summer collection. She finds the most beautiful silk fabrics in the most spectacular bright colors. We often hide or shy away from color in the Winter, but if you think about it, we need color to get us through the cold, dark and sometimes depressing East Coast Wintery days. My great grandmother also once said that wearing color is a sign of confidence. Women who wear color look and feel confident.

Click here to see more of Amanda’s new collection. Oh and by the way Amanda is a Mom to a teenage daughter too and she has worked her butt off to get to where she is today. She once told us that her daughter still remembers the sound of her sewing machine going all night long down in her basement. Apparently, she used to buy lots of different embroidery designs and sew them onto skirts and dresses every night.

That’s how the sewing hobby began! So, it can start in a basement, it can start in a garage, given that both your basement and your garage are waterproofed. Otherwise, all your sewing tools and machinery can get damaged due to water. (Note: Those interested in finding a firm that provides basement waterproofing in Springfield and nearby locations can check out the website of Helitech and its likes.)

Anyway, jokes apart, and on a serious note, a hobby can become a full-time profession (and it does not matter from where you turn your hobby into reality–garage or basement) only if you have the determination and the courage to withstand the taste of time.

You just have to go for it like Amanda! There are so many Hobbies for women out there for people like you who have the determination to get it started, you just need to find the right spark. We might just have to giveaway an AU top in our next Fashion Friday post.

(PS Jillian Michaels is so great by the way. We talked about her new book, Yeah Baby!

Have a Fashionable Friday and Fun weekend Mamas!

We Need To Laugh Harder…More Than Ever

I have avoided the news since the election. I have really turned it all off, this is probably because I am so disgusted and turned off.

I am a former breaking news producer who ate and breathed any and all news stories. I was on the front lines of every story and knew every up to the minute detail and all the players involved. So for me to be disengaged and disenchanted with the news is something I never thought would happen. I have been back and forth over how I’m going to deal with the next four years and the news that is coming out everyday. How are we all going to make it through 4 years, 48 months, 208 weeks and 1460 days? Then today it hit me. This is what we have to do.

More than ever, we have to laugh harder and love stronger. More than ever, right now, with what’s happening in America. I will do my best to stay positive but I might need to lean on others and on you. You might need to lean on me too. I can only pray that when my son votes in his first election 4 years from now that we are looking forward with progress and that we can see a light at the end of this tunnel.

When I find myself stuck, sad and frustrated, I will look to laugh. I will watch more TV comedies and go see every funny movie I can. I will look to laugh with friends, and laugh with my family. I will push myself to go out more. Then we have to dance.

We have to dance more. Dance with our kids, and dance with our spouses, and friends. We have to stop and say hello to strangers more and have conversations with more people in our community and take time with one another at our local shops; more than ever. We have to enjoy life, look for entertainment, go to concerts, travel and meet new people, and experience a new culture. We have to genuinely ask how they are and not just in passing. We have to sing. We have to sing in the car, and when we are out and sing with our children. The little things that make us smile and laugh.

We have to celebrate each other and lift each other up; more than ever. With laughter, and dance and song, maybe, just maybe, the four years will pass and we will soon be watching someone else dance the night away at an Inauguration. Hopefully that next time, and that someone, will be one to watch. Where you can sit with your children and feel proud to share in that historic moment. Here’s to the next four years, may we dance, sing and laugh more than ever before.

A Getaway With My Mom Is an Integral Part of Fighting My Cancer

I’ve always joked with my married friends that I did it right by getting divorced: I get time off when my kids go to their dad. While other parts of being a parent on your own might not always be easy, when my kids are with their dad, I can actually try to relax, do whatever I want and even travel. (This did take time getting used to, and the reality isn’t always easy.)

Then, when I was diagnosed with cancer, being a parent on my own – or an “independent” mom, as I like to say – became more complicated. Worried thoughts run through my head about what happens should treatment not be successful. Besides that, the added stress of going through treatment yet being “on” and “not sick” for my kids all the time was, and is, a lot.

Honestly, there are some days when I feel like I can’t go through with it anymore. The initial diagnosis was hard to handle and a lot of other cancer patients will tell you the same. But what the nurses and doctors don’t prepare you for is how it will truly affect you as a person. It’s not their fault, they don’t know the full extent. While I was preparing myself for the pain, and the potential need to use something like this breeze recreational cannabis delivery service because I wanted to use their products to unwind and forget about my problems for a time, I completely forgot about what it would to not only my mental state but to the thoughts and emotions of my kids too. It really was, and is a lot, for one individual to handle. I don’t know how others managed to do it. Is that why so many cancer patients tend to require therapy for mental preparedness? Some might even be prescribed cannabis products (find some here) from their doctors to help them with the pain. But I don’t think that is the route for me. Still, I have to keep moving forward, no matter how hard this may be for me to do.

Going through something like this changes you as a person, you see another side of yourself and you see another side of those around you as they adapt to what you are going through. Health is truly a precious thing. If you are able to live without any sort of illness, you are truly blessed. Following a proper diet, handling stress properly with supplements (for example, check rae destress review), exercise, and mindfulness are essential to be healthy in today’s fast-paced world. There isn’t really a day where you aren’t thinking about the future, whether that be near or far, you have always got something in your head that can set off your anxiety levels once again. People cope in different ways, some need peace and quiet and will use medicines from prescription-based to natural to help with getting through it, this could be herbal supplements or marijuana with websites like weedsmart which they have discussed with their doctor, others will want to be constantly doing something to keep their minds preoccupied so they are not thinking about what could happen every single day.

It is a road that nobody wants to go on or down, but the right support system will get you through it and help you when you feel like you don’t know which way to turn, you just have to believe in yourself.

GoodHousekeeping.com.

A Year Ago Today, I Was Diagnosed With Cancer — Here’s How I’m Doing Now

One year ago today was the day my life changed forever. I received the call that no one ever wants to get. I heard the words too many people hear, “I’m sorry your biopsy tested positive for cancer. It’s malignant.” In that instant, at age 41, I was a divorced, working mom with two young boys and I also became a #FutureCancerSurvivor. I immediately joined a club no one ever thinks they will be a part of.

Read the entire article at GoodHousekeeping.com

Last Minute Holiday Deals

The Holiday Countdown is on! With only six days to go, we have great Holiday deals for all of the busy moms who don’t always have the time to get all the holiday shopping done. Below we have compiled a list for some last minute deals for your kids. (And who knows you may want to pick up a few items for yourself as well!). The ones we love the most…The gifts that give back…see below for more!

Plus…if you know any families in need this holiday season, please email moms@themoms.com. Within our community, we have a list of families who want to help those less fortunate!

Gifts under $20

Disney Moana Canoe Boat Set | Beados B Sweet Scoop ‘n Mix | H & M Sparkle wallets and purses | Littlest Pet Shop Shuttle Vehicle | Melty Bead Sea Animals DIY Kit | Play-Doh Doctor Drill and FillRetro Trouble Board Game | Shopkins | Yoobi Color Layers Markers | Yoobi Scratch Art Set | Yoobi Sketch Pad 

Gifts Under $50

Animal Planet Animal Alphabet Playpad | Baby Alive Baby Go Bye Bye Doll | Body Glove Mermaid Linden Hoodie Towel | Monopoly Ultimate Banking | My Little Pony Guardians of Harmony | Nabi Compete 2 Pack | The Brushies | Yoobi Duffle Bag

Under $100

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‘Tis the Season to Dine

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Marie Calender’s. All opinions expressed are my own.

When you are a mom, you never slow down. The holidays are where we vamp up even more. We are running around with those lists, and checking them twice and praying that no one get sick as there is too much to do always. From the holiday shopping to the school functions, to the holiday entertaining, it just never ends. Quite often while planning and entertaining, you can get lost in the stress and forget the most important reason why we do what we do, and that is to spend time with friends and our family. My friend was telling me how they freed up more money for fun with the family by changing their energy provider they got the best deal through a great energy comparison site like SimplySwitch.

There is absolutely nothing more important than spending the holidays with friends and family and relaxed. When you live in New York City, you often make many adjustments to how you entertain and how many people you can entertain. This is all due to the dining space and having limited room. If you are still yet to purchase something like a dining table for the festive period and know you have family coming round, you could look into a site like furniture in fashion to choose a high quality and modern product to fit your dining room. You may have decided that you want to switch things up a bit and go for an antique look, in which case, sites such as antiquesworld.co.uk may be worth checking out. No matter what look you’re going for, as long it is what you had in mind, that’s all that matters.

While the dining room is the center of American family traditions during the holiday season, not everyone has one. In fact, the average New York City apartment is nearly half the size of the US average. Whilst this seems like a problem, it isn’t. There are numerous other places that families can look to dine. For example, those who live in slightly warmer areas might be brave enough to take their dining outdoors. As long as there’s somewhere flat to sit, such as on a patio or some trex composite decking boards, it should be fine to spend some time relaxing outdoors with your family. However, if you live in a slightly colder area, there might be some restaurants around that could help you out. For example, we were thrilled when we learned about Marie Callender’s opening up, #TheDiningRoom.

Guests have the opportunity to reserve the room for up to 15 guests, and what a perfect place to throw our own intimate holiday celebration with some of our closest friends. There is nothing better than comfort food and good wine with your friends, so this holiday season we have decided to #SavorTheSeason with some of our favorite Moms, downtown in Soho.

There are 3 dining rooms to choose from and each of the rooms were designed and co-created by 3 different celebrities, Daphne Oz, Jennie Garth and Stacy London, so visually it is quite stunning. But for us, the most important reason to venture to The Marie Callendar’s dining room this holiday season, is that all proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity New York City. There is nothing more important than giving back during the holiday season, so to be able to dine with friends and savor the most delicious comfort foods like pot pies and desserts and to give back simultaneously is just perfection.

From December 12 to 17, people can reserve a dining room to host a party for their friends and family. We are so excited to head downtown to #TheDiningRoom by Marie Callender’s and slow down and try to unplug for a little and #SavorTheSeason with our friends.

Stay tuned for posts from #TheDiningRoom Party and check out, mariecallendersmeals.com for holiday recipes, tips and more and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @TheMomsNetwork and on Twitter @TheMOMS for some of our behind the scenes at The Dining Room. Cheers!