Everyone’s situation was unique in 2020, and whether you found yourself becoming a teaching assistant for your children, becoming a tech guru as you navigated remote work, seeking career advancement, or just trying to survive the chaos, I hope you will find the following books as helpful as I did!
From harnessing your emotional intelligence and fostering collective wisdom, to building your professional network and diving into professional development opportunities; the possibilities for your successful route to professional success are as dynamic as you are.
While I enjoy taking the kids for lots of walks and swimming, there are plenty of fun warm-weather activities you can do with young children without leaving home.
Whether you are planting in a windowsill, flowerpots, raised beds, or a large garden, there are infinite ways to get kids involved in planning, planting, and maintaining a garden.
Some children have food allergies, dietary sensitivities, or picky taste, and others simply aren't fond of sweets. This can make Halloween tricky. The following is a list of the miscellaneous items I have made, grown in the garden, or accumulated at sales that can be offered to trick-or-treaters.
There was always an assortment of candy in my Easter basket growing up, but what I remember even more fondly are the non-edible, experience-based gifts they contained. The following are some examples of non-candy items I have included in my own children's Easter baskets.
While we might think of salad as a side dish, it can actually be a full meal on its own. After all, it's packed with veggies and protein, and some feature fruit, as well. Below are some of our favorite salad recipes, with the approval of even my three-year-old son!
These are some of our family's favorite pizza variations, as well as my favorite pizza dough recipe (no yeast, quick and easy for cooking with kids!).
Cooking with kids is a great way to help boost their reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, environmental awareness, patience, sense of self-esteem, and willingness to try new foods!
Coming from a family with two girls, I’m not sure why I had assumed I’d someday have one of each, until I learned I was pregnant with my second child, and learned it was boy #2. I was elated, relieved, ecstatic. At the same time, I was sad, disappointed, and confused.
As a full-time working mom with a toddler and an infant, I have found some methods of coping with PTSD that I share in the hopes of helping you through similar circumstances.
As a working mom of a toddler and infant with a full-time job outside of the home, I have learned a few things about the return to work after maternity leave. I wanted to share what I have found with other moms who face similar dilemmas.
As a full-time working mom with two young children, minimalism is what helps my world run smoothly (as smoothly as life with a baby and toddler can run, that is!). There is less to clean and organize; instead, I can spend valuable time with my family and enjoy the belongings that we have.
Every child is different. Every child–parent/caregiver relationship is unique. However, all toddlers are learning, absorbing their surroundings, and looking to you for cues as to how to behave/respond. Here are some of the things I have learned from my children, in case you should find it helpful!
As a mom who has had both a vaginal delivery and a C-section, here are the things I learned that make C-section recovery easier, as well as some of the things that surprised me about how different C-section recovery was!
Whether it's your first baby or your 8th baby, parenting comes with many thrills, and many frustrations. While it is easy to share in the thrills, it can be difficult to express and articulate some of the frustrations.
A parent's wish list for simple ways the world could make life easier for parents of young children.
We all find ourselves looking for routines, tips, or parenting hacks to make the transition from one to two children easier. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of how to live with a toddler and a newborn, it will hopefully help you in those first few weeks as you find your groove!
A letter to women who are adjusting to life with children, after years of uncertainty of whether you might ever have children, from a woman who has experienced both. It can be difficult to adjust from the mindset of wanting another baby, to being satisfied with the amount of children you have.
A positive pregnancy test can feel like an exciting new beginning, especially if you have struggled with infertility and gone to great lengths to make it happen. If you have had a previous miscarriage/baby loss however, that extra pink line on a test strip can open a Pandora’s Box of anxieties.
I've made a lot of baby food in the past year. I prefer to make it at home because I know exactly what goes into it. I'd love to share my experiences with you.
An overview of the cranberry recipes that I have found the most success with after much experimentation and recipe alteration.
A compilation of my favorite Sweet Potato recipes, perfected after much experimentation and taste testing!
An overview of some of my favorite apple recipes for autumn and throughout the year, with which I’ve had the most success.
An overview of some of my favorite recipes using corn as a primary ingredient!
An overview of some recipes with which I've had success cooking with Bell Peppers
An overview of the recipes I've had success with, using cabbage as a primary ingredient.
An overview of my experiences cooking different recipes with rice.
A look at some of the quick and easy recipes I've had the most success with, using the abundance of tomatoes from my garden.
An overview of my adventures in cooking with Zucchini
A study of slavery in the north through documentation of slave resistance
A study of Alexander Hamilton's political and economic ideologies
A historiography of Women and Department Stores in Gilded Age America
Study of Alice Rains Trulock’s "In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War"
The wedding of Ely Samuel Parker to Minnie Sackett has been the object of anthropological and historical interpretations since news of the 1867 wedding first spread from Washington DC across the US.
Study of Peter S. Carmichael’s The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion
Throughout Robert Paxton’s The Anatomy of Fascism, the author argues that fascism can be best defined through the actions of fascist movements, rather than through the words of fascist leaders.
A study of Modris Ekstein’s 1989 Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age
A study of David Blight's "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory"
A historiography of Public parks emerging during the early years of the Gilded Age for a variety of reasons, and continuing to spread throughout the progressive era.
Gilded Age saw the growth of an interest in different styles of music, increased women’s involvement in musical activities, and an increase in leisure time of the expanding middle class.
Review of Lincoln Steffens’s “The Shame of Minneapolis: The Rescue and Redemption of a City that was Sold Out"
With great emphasis on the economic implications of territorial expansion, imperialism of the late nineteenth century centered on justifications of the need for American paternalism and masculinity.
Peter Fritzsche’s chronological analysis of Nazi understanding and treatment of European Jews throughout the Third Reich, through examination of German understanding of Nazi treatment of Jews.
Ulrich presents an analysis of the societal values and ideologies of New England womanhood during the colonial period
Dower asserts that Japan embraced democracy on its own terms due to circumstances beyond American pressures after WWII.
A historiography of the Fur Trade, through an examination of Race and Religion in commerce
Noll explores the historical context of American Christianity through the lens of the national political ideology of the forming nation.
A study of the French Algerian War's infuence on the May 1968 Riots
Erskine Clarke details the parallel histories of blacks and whites at Liberty Hall to define the complexity of the relationship between masters and slaves.
A review of Charles B. Dew’s "Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War"
A primary source adventure to uncover an understanding of seventeenth and eighteenth century colonial American drinking culture and alcohol production.
In an analysis of the perspectives of Kremlin authorities and other Soviet elites through primary sources, Zubok presents a Soviet perspective on the Cold War.
Throughout the twentieth century, a series of paranoias among world leaders led to a sequence of policy decisions; resulting in such measures as political conflicts, economic disasters, and wars.
Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, philosopher, architect, historian, paleontologist, archaeologist, and political theorist; and fulfilled many other roles within the young American nation.
A study of the Impact of the American Indian Boarding School Movement on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Women’s Roles, Respective to the Reservation Movement
Non-insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDM) has become a growing epidemic among Native American populations in the years following World War II.
Samuel Adams, the “propagandist” of his age and a major figure of the American Revolution, has been considered by historians of the twentieth century to have been revolutionary without being radical.
Domesday presents questions in it's translation, but reflects the means of living of the English population in 1086C.E. and the approximately fifteen years prior necessary to complete the study.
Throughout the world people of different regions have used different stories with similar elements to explain the creation of the earth and the creatures that inhabit it.
Through an analysis of Columbus’ writings, and an analysis of the sources upon which he based his research, historians may better understand the influences of previous writings on Columbus’ travels.
While this is by no means a complete list of edible flowers (or even edible flowers local to me in upstate NY), this is the list of edible flowers I have cooked with and enjoyed (so far!)
Between my husband's dietary restrictions, and my own interest in culinary experimentation, here are some substitutes I've found to work well in baking.
Whether you have aversions to dairy, are watching your weight, or just don't have butter on hand, here are some substitutes I've tried and loved in my baking adventures!
I use my slow-cooker as a secret weapon to gain more time with my husband after work, to retain my sanity in busy work weeks or hectic weekends, try new recipes, & to make the most of my TINY kitchen!
As someone with chronic tomato-inspired heartburn and the wife of a picky eater, I found a solution to my desire to eat tomato sauce without the burn and how to sneak vegetables onto my husband's plate!