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Stay At Work Mom’s Apps to Keep You Sane During the Holidays

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Work. Travel. Shopping. Baking. Juggling Schedules: These are all things the Stay At Work Mom experiences during the holidays.

The struggle is real. But these apps will keep your life a little more sane and a little more organized so you can spend time on the things you really want.

Food Mom

1. Allrecipes

This app has saved my life on more than one occasion – my mother-in-law asks me to bring XX to the family get together… I need a quick dessert for a neighbors holiday party. The ratings are usually pretty accurate. Plus, it makes deciding on dinner simple when you’re on the way home from the office.

2. Pepperplate

Everyone has family recipes that they want to keep handy. Pepperplate helps you organize all your recipes that aren’t online, and save the rest of your favorites from online sources. I’ve even added my entertaining recipe lineup from my favorite cookbook, Baked. Hint: It’s not an app, but they have awesome recipes for entertaining.

 

Travel Mom

3. TripCase

All your travel plans in one app. Every avid traveler knows to use this app. And if you’re juggling kids, luggage, snacks, etc., it’ll keep you sane. There’s also a version for your Apple Watch that lets you get your updates without ever picking up your phone.

4. Routehappy

Do you need to stay connected on the road? Routehappy can do just that. Instead of listing flights just by price, they are listed by Wi-Fi quality, device charging options and roomy seats – all the amenities a Stay At Work Mom needs.

 

Work Mom

5. CubeFree

If your family holiday is a little like Christmas Vacation, and you need to get away to get some work done, check out CubeFree. It’ll show you quiet and connected places in your area, including cafes and co-working spaces. The ratings are great too.

6. Trello

This one is for the Type A Stay At Work Moms out there. Trello will keep all your projects – work or home – organized. You can also include your colleagues or spouse on projects and assign tasks.

7. Wunderlist

Do you get a thousand texts from your spouse or kids asking you to pick up something from the store? Add them to your Wunderlist, and you’ll never get those texts again. You can share lists and tasks with your family to make sure you never forget anything again.

Stay At Work Mom’s 2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide!!!

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I have the luck of having my birthday in November, followed by M’s birthday a few weeks before Christmas, then Christmas. So our birthday/Christmas wish-listing and shopping starts early.

Like many parents, we try to follow The Four Gift Rule with the kids.

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Along with this, we spend the holidays (and throughout the year), finding creative ways to give back… but that’s for another blog post.

Take a peak at my holiday gift giving guide below.

FOR THE FOOD MOM

Chef Inspired Spiceologist Block – $159.95

I have an obsession with test tube spices, and this one is beautiful!

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FOR THE TECH MOM

Apple Watch with the Antique White Sport Band – $349.00

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I realize I’m Captain Obvious here, but this watch is legit. With the latest upgrades, it keeps track of how much you move – and hopefully gets you moving more too.

 

FOR THE TIRED MOM (OR DAD)

A Deep Tissue Massage – $60-$200

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Let’s be honest. A massage is a great gift for anyone, at any time. Find a great massage therapist in your area and go for it.

 

FOR THE TRAVEL MOM

Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flat – $225.00

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These travel flats fold up nicely in your purse or bag, and will keep your feet happy when heading from the airport to meetings or around town. The come in a variety of colors too.

 

FOR THE KIDS

Joyfolie Emerson Boots – $59.99

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Joyfolie has a great selection for beautiful clothes, boots, shoes and accessories for little girls. It’s sugar and spice and everything nice.

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Goodnight Books – $9.95

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I tend to pick these up in the airport when I’m traveling, but they are available at any bookstore. The kids love Goodnight Books. They have them for states, major cities, mom and dad, etc. They are perfect for your toddler or preschooler.

The second best meal I’ve ever eaten

I love food – all kinds. I’ll try just about anything at least once. And I’ve been lucky to eat some amazing food from various corners of the world.

Some time, I’ll tell you about the best meal my husband and I ever had. It was in Italy. And it changed our lives. (If you want to cheat, it’s Locanda Cipriani).

The bar was set almost a decade ago. And it was set so high, that no where came close until this summer.

My husband and I typically vacation in Aruba.

We leave the kids with the grandparents. They need a break as much as we do. Plus, they come back fully-sugared and completely played out. We’ll take them to Aruba when they are older. But for now – their vacation itch is easier to satisfy.

Any way, we tried 2 Fools and a Bull this year. And it’s official – it’s the second best meal we’ve ever had. Although part of me wonders if my memory of Locanda Cipriani has grown over the years. But I’m a sucker for risotto, so probably not.

Since I don’t want to plagiarize myself, you can find my original Trip Advisor review here or below.

You know that place that you compare all other restaurants to? Every time you have a good meal, you think, “It’s good, but it’s not XXXX.”

This is that place, and the bar is set high.

We had the privilege of dining here last week. (Granted, we got reservations about four months in advance). Our foodie lives are forever changed.

Some of the courses were things we would never think would be good together – like the avocado and cornish hen appetizer – but together, it made for a delicious and refreshing course to start the meal.

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And the veal ravioli with truffle sauce… when you make your reservations, ask for that. Trust me.

Each course is plated in front of you, and the kitchen is open for browsing, photos or watching in awe as Fred turns out beautiful and equally delicious courses.

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But that’s just the food…

When we arrived, the fools welcomed us into what felt like their home (actually the location used to be a home). Paul kept us laughing through the entire night, and kept the wine flowing like any good host. We felt like good friends over for a dinner party with a comedian as your host.

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They even nailed the details – from the decor on the walls to the chalkboard nameplates.

We loved every minute. We’ll definitely be back.

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I want to hear from you. Tell me about the best meal you’ve ever had.

The one that comes first

Eeeks! My first blog post. This is one of those moments that I may regret when Timehop comes around every year… but for now, I’m so stinkin’ excited to meet you!

Here’s the deal:

Let’s get this out of the way now. I’m one of those moms who popped out two beautiful kids and kept working any way. They call me a “Stay-at-work mom.” It’s perfect for our family – just like other families where mom or dad decide to stay home. Don’t give me the side-eye.

I should be featured on Pinterest fails. Luckily, they haven’t found my mishaps… yet. If you don’t tell, I’ll share them with you.

I have the wonderful privilege of working in tech for a nonprofit and meeting people every single day who inspire me. I cry regularly at work because of it. Our brand team uses it as a litmus test for good content.

I also get to travel for work and/or leisure. I’ll take both. When I was breastfeeding, I pumped in dozens of airport bathrooms and on planes. Mom problems. Anyway, I’ve always had a case of wanderlust.

And with that comes a craving for culture, food and wine. I’ve even hit up a couple Plum packets with a glass of wine for dinner in the past. Like I said, no side-eye. You know you’ve done it too.

My good sense of fashion usually comes from my husband who worked in high-end retail for a number of years and is my personal stylist. I’ll take a Gucci bag and pair of Jimmy Choos any day! Of course, good finds can be found at Target too.

I have a group of mom friends who are just as crazy as I am, and one of the only reasons I’m not in therapy. My husband – or as he prefers to be called, Super Dad – is the other reason.

Many of my conversations start out with, “So I have a funny story.” This one is the same.

So, here we are. Let’s be friends. I’ll toast you wherever you are.

Cheers!

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