Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

3 Tips for Working Moms to Nurture Friendships

Categories: relationships, working mom

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bffConfession: maintaining friendships is not my strong suit. Left to my own devices, I will get wrapped up in the busyness of my life until months have gone by without my closest friends hearing from me. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of learning about friendship from some amazing women who are great at keeping in touch and nurturing relationships. I’ve taken some of these lessons and figured out how to maintain friendships no matter how busy (or self absorbed) I get.
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How to Get Into A “Flow”

Categories: the new office

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Go with the Flow Have you ever been working on a project and completely lost track of time? Have you ever forgotten to eat because you’re engrossed in your work? You may have been experiencing what Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls flow, a state of “heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work” that is essential for happiness.
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5 Tips To Simplify Gift Giving

Categories: holidays

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Gift It is said that it’s better to give than to receive, and I find that to be doubly true during the winter holiday season. However, a long list of loved ones worthy of presents, limited funds, and a time crunch can turn a joyous activity into a source of stress. Don’t get overwhelmed by gift giving this year. These tips can help you hold onto your holiday spirit!
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Are You Recharging Or Checking Out?

Categories: break from reality, working mom

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026/365 - addicted You already know that down time is valuable. Taking care of yourself by making relaxation a priority can actually make you more productive and help prevent burnout . But should we set standards for our down time? Is, for example, a soak in the tub more restorative than a Netflix binge session?

Full disclosure: I love Netflix. And Hulu.

I have been known to watching 10 years worth of TV in 10 days. I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong with letting yourself check out from time to time.


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Traditions: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Categories: break from reality, holidays

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Mmm...Happy Thanksgiving!I am never more aware of the power of traditions than during November and December. Whether they date back several generations or have been created in recent years, customs that dictate “how things are done” have the power to both comfort and crush me emotionally.

I’m a pretty sentimental person. I suppose that’s why I’m naturally drawn to traditions. Or maybe it’s because I grew up surrounded by a lot of chaos, and traditions provided a rare sense of stability and safety. Whatever the reason, I went into marriage and motherhood with set ideas about how my family would celebrate various holidays.
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How Expressing Gratitude Can Improve Your Career

Categories: balance, career advice, the juggle, working mom

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Gratitude is this month’s buzz word. You’ve probably seen it all over your Facebook timeline, and it will surely start popping up in TV commercials any second now. I’m a fan of gratitude myself and encourage people to practice it all year round because of how it can boost one’s personal happiness. But, did you also know that gratitude can help you get ahead at work?

Feeling grateful can make you more productive.

When you’re loving your job and appreciating the paycheck and perks, it’s easier to do your best work. If you’re feeling resentful, you might be tempted to hold back or do the bare minimum.
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How To Build Your Own Mastermind Group

Categories: office life, working mom

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I joined a mastermind group this summer, and it has been one of the best business and personal decisions I’ve ever made for myself. If you’re local to Pittsburgh, I highly recommend you checkout the group I’m a part of. But what about everyone else?

If there isn’t a mastermind group that you can plug into, the next best option is to create your very own.
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Give Yourself Permission To Slack Off This Holiday Season

Categories: balance, holidays, mommy guilt

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el que senties per nadalWe’re only a few days from Halloween. Thanksgiving is less than one month away. According to my math, that leaves 56 shopping days until Christmas.

Does that fill you with glee or dread?

If you’re already practicing the perfect turkey brine and your homemade centerpieces are drying in your craft room, then this article may be completely worthless to you. If, however, if you have more ideas pins than projects started and you’re suddenly wishing you would have started budgeting for gifts a few months ago… I understand.

And I’d like to tell you that you can still enjoy the next couple months of holiday mania.
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Would You Let Your Kids Skip School?

Categories: balance, kids

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the school bus routineLast week we taught about the importance of personal days for adults. What about your kids? Do you - or would you - ever let them take a break from the daily grind of school (even if they don’t have a fever)?

My mom worked and went to school full time for much of my childhood. No one took days off. I don’t even remember staying home from school sick, although surely it had to have happened at least once in thirteen years of public education. The expectation was clear: kids go to school.
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3 Signs You Need a Personal Day

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One of my favorite things about working from home and being mostly self employed is the ability to take a personal day when I need it. I don’t generally have to ask permission; it’s up to me to move around appointments and assignments if I want to clear up an afternoon or an entire day smack in the middle of a work week. Even if you have a boss, chances are you can call in sick or schedule a personal day once in a while. But should you?
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