Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Date Wed, March 1 2017

Work Pause Thrive by Lisen Stromberg is a book that delves into what it means to be a professional who is also a woman, how the current paradigm makes it difficult advance when you’re a woman with children, how only allows for one-half of a couple can focus on work when they have children and how changing the entire views and, thus, programs at both a company-wide and countrywide level will benefit not only mothers but also fathers, children and the company’s bottom line.

This book is not a light read, but it is worth it if you are currently or if you will be both a professional and mother or if you’ve already had to pause from your career after you became a mother and you’re not sure whether you can get back into the game (you can!), if it’s worth trying (it is!) — and then how — if you somehow are less than your working counterparts (you’re not)

Work Pause Thrive does this based on interviews that Lisen Stromberg with hundreds of women as well as 1500 responses from real moms who responded to the Women on the Rise survey. She talks to the very women who would have benefited from her book, had it existed prior to her writing it. Their experiences show how mothers are often treated and devalued in the workplace and how professional settings make it difficult to be both a mother and a career woman.

In this book, Ms. Stromberg discusses specific and actionable ways to deal with your work pause, starting with planning and figuring out the financial cost. She advises the reader on how to negotiate a pull-back from her job, how to stay relevant even when she’s focusing on her family, and how to create the on-ramp to get back to work.

The author reiterates the importance of parental leave in Work Pause Thrive, not just for moms but for dads as well. She points out how providing full, paid leave to any parents isn’t just fair, but it’s crucial to for families. And by providing on-site childcare, flexible schedules and other related benefits, companies don’t just improve morale, but they save money when it comes to employee retention.

Work PAUSE Thrive How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Work PAUSE Thrive How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Ms. Stromberg also does an excellent job at highlighting companies who value their employees, including those who are parents, and offers assistance or programs that allow employees to reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives.

Lisen treats professional mothers as valuable in a way that their employers and the world sometimes do not. I think that this enables women who read Work Pause Thrive to feel more confident when it comes to determining their roles at home and at work, and Lisen points out how crucial that confidence can be to finding the right life-work balance. After all, these are college-educated women who are good at their jobs. Why shouldn’t they be confident?

And while not the main focus of the book, the comparison between the United States and other countries regarding parental leave and universal childcare are not just interesting: the difference is sometimes astounding and even embarrassing for me to read as an American.

I’m not the demographic that Work Pause Thrive is aimed to. I’m almost fully positive that I don’t want kids myself. However, some of the women Stromberg quotes and discusses are similar to me as a freelancer. And all of them could have benefited from this book.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Work Pause Thrive to child-free folks, but it is eye-opening if you’re at all interested in mothers in the workplace, feminism, the shortcomings of the American dream or modern marriages, just to touch on a few things. And if you are the college-educate woman who is trying to have it all, you’re going to realize that not only can you find balance, but you’re certainly not alone in your feelings and experiences while you’re trying to not just survive but to work, pause and thrive.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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$10 Starbucks Giveaway

Date Fri, February 24 2017

It might be the middle of the night but my Facebook fans answered: they want a Starbucks giveaway! Fortunately for them, and you, I’ve got a spare code and can’t really stand coffee! LOL

Ask and you shall receive, right?

All you need to do to enter is to enter via the Gleam form below. First entry is always free! A few clicks and shares, and you’ve got more entries.

Don’t forget to come back daily to increase your chances of winning!

Good luck.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ends 3/7 [Dropprice]

Date Wed, February 22 2017

Welcome to the $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Amazon Gift Card Dropprice

In today’s promotion for the GUND Sound & Lights Whale, it started out at $40.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Amazon Gift Card Dropprice

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Whale and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 3/7/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER TWO OTHER GIVEAWAYS: $100 TARGET GIFT CARD & $100 WALMART GIFT CARD

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CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara

Date Tue, February 21 2017

If you do a search for “drug store tubing mascaras” because the only mascara you’ve ever tried that doesn’t leave you with raccoon eyes is a drug store mascara, you’re going to come up with a very short list. One of the products on that list? L’oreals Beauty Tube Mascara. And, yes, it’s the one.

The other item on that list? CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara. Which I’ve owned for the greater part of a year but had only managed to use a couple of times.

CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara

Can this simple purple tube turn heads and change minds?

You see, I’ve read a handful of posts that laud this mascara for not giving the dreaded raccoon eyes, and knowing how tubing mascara works (polymers shrink wrap around each lash rather than just painting on), I expected the same. So I was not-so-pleasantly surprised to discover that it did smear.. after wearing it for several hours on the first day.

I used it for a weekend while I was out of town, then gratefully returned to my go-to mascara once I got back home. Thus, my tube of CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara has sat, unused, for over half a year.

I recently decided to begin my search anew for a few more mascara options, and again this product popped up. One blogger swore by the lack of smudging, and she also liked how fluffy it made her lashes. So I decided to give it another go.

I wore it once, and the raccoon eyes returned, albeit not as noticeably as any other mascara. It’s doable but not preferable if you follow.

The next day I opted to use it with the lash primer that comes with the L’oreal mascara, which you can now buy separately, to see how it faired. I’ve been using it this way since then because it gives me minimal smudging. It’s good enough for a day look.

And as for lashes? They definitely are fluffier and more defined. My set of eyelashes seems more voluminous whereas L’Oreal Beauty Tubes tends to lengthen and might be slightly more clumpy. CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara creates a softer look. It does become stiffer if I wear a primer, however.

CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara

Brown black in natural-ish lighting

Be warned that it’s not at all waterproof, and I don’t know why they would claim that! Tube mascaras come off specifically with water, so enough moisture is going to wash it away — crying, swimming, even humidity in the air.

One reviewer on Covergirl’s site also points out how heat can make your eyelashes wilt when you wear this mascara. That makes sense to me, since you’re practically applying a thin layer of plastic over them.

CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara review

You could apply a lash topcoat — I own one by Bare Minerals, but it actually makes smudging worse around my oily lids — if it doesn’t affect the texture too much.

Without a topcoat, all you need it soap and water to wash this off. In fact, it doesn’t come off in clumps like the L’oreal Beauty Tubes mascara, which some people might prefer.

I’ve found a way to make CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Washable Mascara workable, and there are things that I enjoy about this mascara, but I can’t rave about it like some others can. Furthermore, I am perplexed as to why it’s so different from the tube mascara I’ve already tried. Which one is more similar to other tube mascaras? I don’t know.. yet.

However, you can buy it for under $5 on Jet (or under $6 with free shipping from Amazon if you prefer), so it’s affordable and a real steal if it does work for you!

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$100 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 2/21 [Dropprice]

Date Thu, February 9 2017

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Welcome to the Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 2/21

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the Comotomo Baby Bottle & Teether, it started out at $37.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Baby Bottle & Teether and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 2/21/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: $100 TARGET GIFT CARDS

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Did You Know ModCloth Has An App??

Date Wed, February 8 2017

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

ModCloth is having another Stylish Surprise event, starting 2/13 at 8am EST, and it’s set to be their biggest one EVER! Stock up on marvelous mystery items for $20 or less while supplies last — dresses, shoes, decor, and more. Which awesome pieces will you score? No coupon code necessary, simply add a Stylish Surprise item to your order and wait till untold treasures arrive! If that’s not enough thrill for you this Valentine’s Day, ModCloth is also offering an additional surprise deal, exclusively on their app. Download the ModCloth app by February 13th to be in on the fun!

Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss [Lip Week]

Date Fri, February 3 2017

I love science and lip products, so there’s little about Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss that didn’t attract me.

According to the description on the website, this lip gloss comes

  • with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
  • Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect lip color.
  • Photochronic Powders-light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.

Well, that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss

Pink and glossy!

It’s also confusing because the lip gloss comes in three different shades: light pink, natural and pink. I picked mine up in light pink but, to be honest, it’s nearly clear when applied to my skin as a swatch. This makes it exceptional as a top coat if you’d like to add some shine to your matte lipstick or stain. I expect that the pink shade would be more vibrant if you were looking for that, however.

While I like the glossy effect, it’s not something I’d want all the time. It obviously enhances my natural pink with just a bit of shimmer, but sometimes I want a more velvety look or something that’s more of a red hue.

The light pigment means there’s not much color to transfer while you’re drinking or kissing.

Because it’s a gloss, it is sticky, but it feels nice on my lips. It’s not drying.

There are also a few elements about this product that might be selling points; although, you might also find them to be gimmicky. The wand actually has a button at the end, which activates a light that shines down the length of the wand. A small mirror on the side of the tube itself reflects that light, enabling you to (re)apply your color even in the dark. I haven’t had a need to do so, but I can see where it would come in handy.

However, not everything is perfect. The brush itself, which has bristles rather than a wand, is quite short. I would like for it to be just a bit longer for easier application.

If you’re okay with the fact that this Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss might just look like clear gloss, then it’s not much of a risk to try this product. The light and mirror are also useful. However, your shade selection is certainly limited.

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