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Real talk…. I wrote this on my birthday, but spent a little too much time enjoying it to post this. After catching up from work and the festivities, I wanted to still share my thoughts on my 30th this year.¬†And, the one thing I will say about celebrating my 30th at night with friends is that I definitely went out like I was in my twenties, but woke up feeling 30. WOO WEE. ūüėČ Here’s what I have to say… It is my 30th birthday today!¬†Ok, that’s the last...

It was perfect timing when I saw, read, and laughed at my friend’s Facebook status today. We have all seen those Buzzfeed articles and Facebook messages talking about how great it is to be 30. I’m with Kelly, it’s all a crock of crap. In honor of my second annual 29th this Monday, I wanted¬†to keep it real and share my friend’s list of why 30 isn’t so great. Top 15 Reasons 30 Isn’t So Great via Kelly Lauren, slightly edited for the Sterling Mom blog. Having your first root canal/surgery/medical crisis/baby...

I recently hosted a bachelorette party for my BFF and included a champagne bar, with suggested drink recipes. If I told you what happened that night, I would¬†have to kill you. But, I can tell you the champagne bar was a big hit! My first learning from that night is that I will have a champagne bar at every party I ever throw. Here’s the amazing transformation from hotel room desk to champagne bar: Before: After: My second learning? Blackberry champagne margaritas are the...

There is nothing more fun or loved in the Sterling house than a cardboard box!! This is also a helpful parenting tip for those of you with the dreaded toddler colorer. My 2 year old Ding Dong has taken to hunting down stray crayons and coloring on things. Recently, the baby gate, the toy box and Baby Bean’s Bumbo seats were victims. That child is sneaky. So, I give him crayons and a box and he’s good for at least a few days. br /> But, this is just why I don’t have nice stuff. I learned with the first one. He liked...

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and Baby Bean was down for an (out of character) long nap when I decided I wanted to make something with the boys for their Grammy and Grandmom for Mother’s Day. I consulted my trusty Pinterest boards for some Mother’s Day crafts I could do with the currently pitiful amount of arts and crafts stuff I have in my house. I was pleasantly surprised to find two fun, easy crafts that I could make work and that both the two year old and seven...

Guess who ran the Pittsburgh Kid’s Marathon today?! My little Dude!! I’m super proud of him!! He ran faster than ever – definitely faster than any of the neighborhood practice runs! I love the Lincoln Logger program that his school did around the marathon. We tracked 25 miles run over a 3 month period (included an extra school workout running session every Friday at recess) and then the kids completed the marathon’a final 1.2 miles in a race through downtown...

My boss told me “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now, I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.   (OK, maybe Wonder Woman). ...

AKA How I Became Sterling Mom On April 30, 2005, the day after my junior year finals at Pitt ended, I went to a¬†music festival in Indiana, PA (about an hour and a half away from Pittsburgh, PA) called Waterfall Jam. My girlfriends and I really just wanted to GET AWAY from the city and get back to nature for one weekend after a long, rough semester. It was my BFF’s birthday weekend. And, we were just ready to go camping, enjoy some live music, and, of course, celebrate....

The Dude¬†got a very rare yellow in school today, which means he misbehaved in school enough to get ‘marked down’ for it. Luckily, he gets green almost every day, but we do appreciate when he’s honest with us about the days he does not get green, like today. So, we asked him what happened…Dude: [Kid from class]¬†made me throw blocks at him. Sterling Mom: He made you, huh? Dude: Yeah, he told me to. Sterling Dad: So, if someone tells you to jump off a very tall bridge, would you do it? Dude: Um, yes.¬†That didn’t...

Clarification: Every venue that PAYS performers for providing entertainment and increasing business should do this as an added way to properly reimburse live entertainment – NOT as a way to pass the costs on to patrons!     ...

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