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Kara Vanderpool Ward
Virginia
Telling it like it is one & at a time.
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I am raising two teenagers while being the primary caregiver to my 88 year old grandmother, I am married with a mortgage and I founded and run a successful business. I have published work, and I rarely miss a Sunday at church. I volunteer at the local Ronald McDonald House,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
In case you are wondering, I did the math, and it’s nearing 17,000 and that does not include all the snacks, holidays fests, road trips, sporting events, or school functions, nor does it cover the 12 months of breastfeeding every four hours for which I also had to produce your food WITHIN MY OWN BODY, nor did it include the additional time and food needed to feed two teenagers (because when you reached double digits, snacks became meals and meals became all you can eat buffets.) Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
Well that’s just great. I’m totally screwed. This weeks top parenting headlines have indicated I am in grave danger of having free range maybe non-free range narcissistic vaccinated children who may on occasion (GASP) eat non grass fed beef and quite possible off a plastic plate that may or may not contain PBA! According to these studies you might as well from this point forward refer to me as Victor Frankenstein, as I have apparently used my home (if the experts can even call it that at this point) as a lab for creating such horrendous excuses for human beings! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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Have you heard of the latest career trend for moms? It’s pretty shocking. Many women are leaving their jobs to become sole proprietors of a full service Bed and Breakfast, otherwise known as never ending snow days, and I am no exception. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
Telling a mother to “skip the mommy guilt trip.” is like telling the sun not rise in the morning and set in the evening. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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In a world full of magnetic strips and online bill pay, it’s rare for people to write checks. That is unless you are a care giver. You see every month I have at least one moment requiring me to put pen to paper. Let me see if my fellow family care givers can relate to my check register: Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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In essence care-giving sucks is the unofficial tagline of the job. One that is recited only in the silence of one’s mind. When a caregiver is asked how they are doing, it’s likely you will hear something like “fine, we have good days and bad, but we are managing.” Translation? Yep you guessed it, care-giving sucks. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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I found a new snack which is only 37 calories a cup, Hooray I’m healthy! I found said snack in bulk, Hooray I’m thrifty!, I packed the snack in my car with water to help me on my longer than usual commute, Hooray I’m organized! I even pulled off not one, not two, but three major meetings in three different areas of the state! At the end of the day (wait, days don’t end when you’re a business owner), I mean at the end of the last meeting, I got on the road thinking “Yes, I am the uber chic, wickedly smart, working mom on the go that only healthy, thrifty, organized women are…and I pulled it off flawlessly!” Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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It’s hard enough to open the conversation with aging parents and grandparents about care giving, but even harder to to open the conversation on who will take care of the caregiver. For the aging population there is at least some formula to follow – how much money one may need, multiple types of short and long term care insurance policies, medical directives and other legal documents to obtain. For the caregiver there is no formula, and often no planning. Many are thrust into the role with little to no warning and certainly no plan. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Suit, The Hoodie & The Skirt
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Mar 3, 2015