Posts Tagged“Maryland”

Fall Bucket List

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Pumpkin spiced coffee, Halloween, beautiful running weather, piles of raked leaves… there is just nothing better. In the Gerlock household, fall also ushers in the Halloween season during which we go all out. A video of our house can be found here. (And that was years ago, the hubby has upped his game since then. But I digress.) Each year I make a bucket list of things we simply MUST DO in order to max out the season. The 2014 list: Mud Dog Zombie Run– Last year was the first year that…

One of the reasons I love my hometown so much is the hidden treasures it contains. I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite discoveries for some time now. Bear with me, I am in no way, shape, or form a photographer. But I do have an iPhone and I am not afraid to use it. On the North End of Market Street in Frederick, MD you will find this stunning mosaic created by Jack Pabis, and Anthony and Evan Owens. It is spectacular. Obviously. If you take a closer look, you will see that the “man on a…

Beth Schillaci is founder of VillageWorks, author of Your Social Media Roadmap, a blogger, mom and wife. Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?  I have learned to let the idea of perfection go. I use to drive myself crazy trying to live up to this image I had created in my mind of what it meant to be the perfect mom and perfect business owner. Once I decided to define what I was going to consider successful, I felt a lot less stress. I’ve also learned that it is paramount to be flexible when…

When I opened up my reader this morning I was hit with the following story: Trying to Be ‘Supermom’ Can Raise Risk for Depression “A new study has found that working mothers who try to perfectly combine a high-powered job with an active family life are unhappier than those who simply accept they cannot have everything.” Talk about relating to a story… I could almost be the poster child. Been there. Done that. I have always had to work. Staying at home with the kids was never an option. Financially we just can not swing it. Being the personality type…

The last time I crimped my hair I was 14 years old pining away for Simon LeBon of Duran Duran. (Why, oh why, wouldn’t he love me? Sniff…) The last time I used AquaNet I was 16 getting ready for a show choir competition. (Jazz hands and big hair that never moved, by God!) That is, until this past Saturday night’s Momz Share event. Pac Man, wax lips, Michael Jackson, big hair, movie posters, leg warmers… we had them all! It was so great to connect with all of the bloggers and social media mavens that attended! Special thanks to…

Times are a changin’ here on this blog. My kids are growing up. Sigh. I just have to face it. My kids are growing up and so is my blog. The issues the boys are facing in their lives at this juncture are, shall we say, of a more sensitive nature. Puberty, my friends. Puberty and all of the joys that come with it. And by joys I mean attitude. And by attitude I mean full out tears and trauma. Go ahead and laugh if you want. I understand. It is only the beginning. As for this blog, I see…

REJOICING! A REALITY SHOW THAT I CAN FINALLY GET BEHIND. Last night my family and I watched the season premier of Secret Millionaire on ABC. Wow. The show is about  American millionaires who gain a new perspective as they go incognito and work at minimum wage jobs in some of the country’s most poverty-stricken neighborhoods. After they work side by side with needy-and-deserving people, the “secret millionaires” meet up with those they want to help, reveal their true identity and give away at least $100,000 to the lucky recipients. I was so moved by the show and it’s premise that…

On Saturday night I found myself completely out of my element. Instead of spending the evening with my family in some sort of testosterone-fueled activity, I was childless and wearing heels (!) and attending a local ADDY Awards Gala. (What in the world is an ADDY Awards Gala, you ask? “The ADDY Awards honor excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards in the industry.” Got all that? Ahem. Moving on…) As I was saying, I was all childless and dressed up and surrounded by brilliant, beautiful and creative people who were being, well,  brilliant, beautiful and creative. Intimidated?…

Today is my 39th birthday. I mean, my 29th birthday. Oh hell. Whatever. Fine. I’m staring down 40. What of it? I am in a bit of a reflecting mood right now. It has been a big year of accomplishments for me. Let me clarify a bit… I don’t say “accomplishments” in order to elicit a ton of “woo hoo” compliments, just in reflection. Obviously with big accomplishments come big sacrifices and many a sleepless night. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean… But I have to admit, even for me, this has been a blessed year, albeit at…