Portia M.'s Blog (38)

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 M. on August 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 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 M. on July 25, 2011 at 7:50pm — 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 M. on July 22, 2011 at 6:51am — 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 M. on July 18, 2011 at 7:35pm — 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 M. on July 15, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments

Lessons in Cross-Country Travel with a Toddler

Dear readers, I'm back! I've just returned from a fantastic vacation to California to visit my family.  It was quite the adventure getting there because it was D2's first plane ride. To say I was nervous about travelling across the country on my own with a toddler is an understatement. At almost 20 months, D2 is very active and loathes sitting in his car seat for more than a…

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Added by Portia M. on July 10, 2011 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Rediscover Your Inner Bombshell

Josephine Baker

“I feel like crap. What I need is really hot guy to lust after me. I’m not interested in cheating. I just want to know that some seriously good looking guy has the hots for me.”  I’m talking to a good friend of mine catching up on life, career and the kids. Are you kidding? I…

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Added by Portia M. on June 22, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Reflections of a Recovering Good Girl

Get More Out of Life by Ditching Your Inner Good Girl

Hi, my name is Portia and I am a recovering good girl. I think as the oldest of three children I came to my good girl tendencies naturally. At school I studied hard, tried really hard, got good grades and helped my teachers after school. I was such a good girl that during the planning of my high school’s (unsanctioned) senior skip day I was asked to collect my classmate’s money…

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Added by Portia M. on June 14, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Breast Feeding and Business Travel

I’m on a business trip in Colorado all this week. I can tell you that this trip is a heck of lot easier than it was just six months ago. Back then, I was still nursing D2 and the thought of how I was going to continue my milk supply while on a week long business trip turned my stomach into knots. Unless you can travel with your LO, business travel and breastfeeding…

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Added by Portia M. on June 7, 2011 at 8:07pm — No Comments

My Summer Reading List

What to read this summer

This past Memorial Day weekend was my official kick off to the summer reading season. The only thing I love more than an afternoon on the beach is an afternoon reading a really good book. With an active toddler though I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. Still, I’ve got a few books that are on my must read list for the summer; it’s a short list tailored to my…

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Added by Portia M. on June 6, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Resources for Giving a Great Presentation



If bad presentations were a crime, there would be a lot more people in prison. You’ve been there before, I know because I have too. You’re asked to make a presentation – maybe you only have a few days turn around – and what do you do? If you are like most people, you rifle through your files looking at old presentations for usable content. A few slides from this…

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Added by Portia M. on June 1, 2011 at 4:43am — No Comments

Are High-Achieving Parents Pushing Kids too Hard?

Should a three year-old be getting tutored in math and reading? And can this tutoring really help give them an edge in school? Apparently the parents who have signed their tots up for Junior Kumon think so. This question is at the heart of a social media firestorm that continues to rage after a recent New York Times…

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Added by Portia M. on May 26, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Listen to Your Heart: Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

Would you recognize the signs of a heart attack in yourself or a loved one? I thought I knew all of the signs and found out I was wrong. Earlier this year Dr. D's mother died very unexpectedly of a heart attack. I became motivated to educate myself as much as possible about heart disease which is the number one killer of women in the United States.  I'm very passionate now…

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Added by Portia M. on May 24, 2011 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Tips for Returning to the Workforce

I frequently interview candidates for open positions in my organization and am often asked what advice I have for women returning to the workforce. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to not apologize for leaving your career to raise your children. Be confident in presenting your skills and be assertive about what you have to offer a prospective employer. Finding a…

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Added by Portia M. on May 19, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Great Household Help Debate

The Great Household Help Debate

Last week my friend blogger Blessing over at WorkingMomJournal, made an impassioned pitch for why she thought working mothers needed to embrace nannies, housekeepers and other household help. She referenced a …

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Added by Portia M. on May 17, 2011 at 7:48pm — No Comments

This weekend why don't you...

 

...make Ina Garten'sfabulous Real Spaghetti and Meatballs for Sunday dinner?

...order these hearty, fragrant roses from …

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Added by Portia M. on May 12, 2011 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Get Your Body Swimsuit Ready in Just 57 Minutes

It's that time of year when every women's magazine cover trumpets its own formula for the perfect beach body. If you are still feeling a wee bit zaftig from all of those wonderful winter comfort foods you consumed, have no fear help is around the corner. While there is no silver bullet to losing those extra lbs, …

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Added by Portia M. on May 10, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

Ten Steps to Finding the Perfect Nanny: Part 2

Nanny Jo

This is part two of my thoughts on searching for a nanny. Even if you are used to hiring and firing people on the job, finding someone to care for your little one can be an agonizing process. After all, you are choosing someone who will become a member of your family. …

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Added by Portia M. on May 3, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

Ten Steps to Finding the Perfect Nanny: Part 1

Finding a nanny is a little like finding a husband. It's all about chemistry and you have to be patient and willing to wait for the right person to come along. It's also one of the most nerve-wracking things you will do as a parent. Many of you contacted me to say how helpful my post on the …

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Added by Portia M. on May 2, 2011 at 6:46am — No Comments

This weekend why don't you....

Celebrate Earth Day this Weekend

... switch out at least half of your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs.

... recycle all of those cans, bottles, boxes and magazines piling up in your garage.

...…

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Added by Portia M. on April 22, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

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