Sterling Mom Moment: This morning, I asked the boys if they wanted doughnuts for breakfast (a VERY rare treat) because their Dad had to run to Sheetz for coffee. Sidenote: It is never pleasant when we run out of coffee in our house. My seven year old said, “What’s a doughnut?” and the two year old echoed his question. (!!!) Neither he nor my two year old had a clue what doughnuts were! In hindsight, I suppose they haven’t had them too often at all. I’ve...

The below photos are from my garden, mid-May. I’ve got everything planted (for now), but am not quite where I’d like to be in terms of weeding, mulching, and pebbling the paths. That’s coming though and I’m hoping we get it done before our June 13 Birthday Party for the boys! For now… I made these super easy plant markers. Being a full-time working Mom, I need QUICK fixes. Wine corks + Sharpie + bamboo skewers = easiest plant markers I could think...

It was the day of my best friends’ wedding shower and bachelorette party and I had out of town guests and LOTS to do as one of the organizers of the party. With guests visiting and the time coming to get ready to head out and set up for the party, my husband surreptitiously pulls me aside and lets me know that there is sewer water pumping through our basement (both up through the floor and down through the ceiling) and it has started coming out of the floor of our first...

Things I uttered today during our annual Mother’s Day celebration and trip to the nursery: “Don’t punch your brother.” “That was the strangest mixture of mud and poop I’ve ever seen!” “You ruined your shoes!” “It’s my day, no toys and no cartoons and no fighting!” “No, we can’t go...

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share my motherhood journey, aka my Mommy story. I am certain that everything in life is meant to happen and I believe that everything that has ever happened in my life led me to my purpose – to be Mommy to my sweet, handsome, wonderful little boys. It doesn’t matter how we become a Mom, it’s how we love our kids that matters. Here is the Sterling family story, which is full of love, struggle, and a few wonderful...

I wasn’t sure if our late April frosts would kill my May flowers. My daffodils got pretty wiped out, but those tulips hung in there and most did come in. Here are a few photos I took with my camera to celebrate the (final) arrival of spring! ...

This Morning Stunk I woke up to a THUMP and a choking sound – and I ran like hell to my 7 year old’s room, because I knew exactly what that sound meant. He had fallen out of bed and was having a seizure. It looked to be a really bad one (but, of course, they all look that way to his Mom). The Dude and Epilepsy Over three years ago, when he was 4, the Dude started seizing at night. At first, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. Plus, his seizures only...

I’m a little late on planting my “cold season” crops this year, although, in Pittsburgh, it’s still kind of the cold season. I’m going to chalk up the delay to having 3 kids, one being a baby, 3 dogs, a recent plumbing/sewage emergency that flooded two floors of our house, the resulting cleaning and remodeling to fix the issues – oh, and the fact that I work a typical 60-70 hour (+) work week. Yeah, it’s been rough and I’ve been...

We signed on with a new partner at work and they instantly needed photos of lots of our product – photos that we didn’t yet have. I tried to engage with a number of professional photographers, but our request and timeline was just not doable for any of them. I was coming up on a quick deadline, the product was in North Carolina, I was in Pittsburgh, PA, with no studio available, and there were no photographers available anywhere. Since I have a professional DSLR camera...

Recently, a group of researchers ran a field experiment. They sent the same, well-written letter to top professors across top universities in the US. The letters praised the professors and requested a meeting to learn more about them and their work. “They emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools pretending to be the students. And they wrote letters saying, I really admire your work. Would you have some time to meet? The letters to the faculty were all identical, but the names of the students were all different....

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