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Pittsburgh Mom Blog Posts

Jan 21, 2015 3:17 AM Heather Starr Fiedler
operation-organizationLast night I had a nightmare. It was about my junk drawer. Or should I saw junk drawers, plural. I think it's time to admit my unorganized house is stressing me out.  I used to be a neat person. I used to be organized. I...
Jan 14, 2015 11:54 AM Heather Starr Fiedler
pittsburgh-s-best-indoor-family-activitiesI like winter as much as the next person (which is not all that much), but all of the things I love about winter like snow tubing, sledding and building snowmen, have been taken away from us by these frigid temperatures. We're...
Dec 31, 2014 2:09 PM Heather Starr Fiedler
saying-goodbye-to-a-beloved-petWe lost our cat Parker yesterday.  He was a much-loved part of our family and saying goodbye was hard on all of us.   Mike and I got Parker when he was just a tiny little kitten, over 15 years ago, right around this time of...
Dec 23, 2014 6:34 PM Heather Starr Fiedler
gifts-for-everyone I'm curious to know how holidays work in your house. Does everyone get gifts? Or just the kids?  In our house, everyone gets gifts.  My husband buys me gifts and my children each buy me a gift. Same for my husband and each...
Dec 16, 2014 2:43 PM Heather Starr Fiedler
christmas-idea-15-kids-gift-subscriptionsA couple of months ago I blogged about "75 things to buy your children for Christmas that aren't toys".  I've taken that to heart and decided that my kids are not getting toys for Christmas. With the exception of one $10...
Dec 1, 2014 12:52 PM Heather Starr Fiedler
2014-pittsburgh-area-christmas-tree-farmsAs the holidays rapidly approach you may be scouring the Internet (like us this weekend) trying to find a place to get your Christmas tree.  We have decided to make it a family tradition to go pick out (and cut down) our own...
Nov 24, 2014 1:52 PM Heather Starr Fiedler
pittsburgh-holiday-train-displays We've had several readers ask recently ask where the best holiday train displays are in the region. As a mom of boys myself, I'm no stranger to train displays. Pittsburgh is home to several impressive train displays, and the...

Guest Blog Posts

Jan 22, 2015 11:54 PM Joline Atkins
birthday-reflectionMy 13 year old is now 14. I woke this morning and began combing through pictures from her first year of life. I wasn't pining. Just reflecting. Indulge me for a bit. When I got married, I wasn't sure I wanted children. My...
Jan 16, 2015 3:16 PM Erin Hill
good-mother-bad-wifeI recently saw an article/blog post that referred to the thought that being a good mother might make you a bad wife. At least that’s what I took from the title…I did not read the article. Why? Well, first, I’ve had the idea...
Jan 8, 2015 12:00 AM Joline Atkins
our-new-job-board-for-the-kidsI've mentioned in the past that we don't pay for chores. And, we still don't. Only, my kids are now 14 and 10. They like to have money to use in town at the candy store and local coffee shop. There are games and music they...
Jan 2, 2015 6:09 AM Erin Hill
i-ve-done-more-than-i-thought-a-mother-s-small-victory-against-guiltI often give myself a hard time because I think I don’t do enough with my kids. I worry I miss opportunities to fill their childhoods with memories and fun…or something like that. You know what I’m talking about. You probably...
Dec 26, 2014 12:00 AM Joline Atkins
loosening-up-social-media-rulesShe had a strong pitch. It appealed to my softer side. "Mom, have you heard of google+?" "Yes, but I don't understand how it works." "A few of the kids in my class and on my basketball team chat on it." "Oh. That's cool." ...