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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.

Do You Celebrate Yourself Enough?

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I turned 34 this month, and I’m happy to say that my birthday was a wonderful day. I received gifts from my husband and mom, and cards and texts from friends and family. But perhaps my favorite thing I received that day was something I gave myself: permission to celebrate.

It seems like the older we get, the more we’re supposed to insist that our birthdays aren’t worth recognizing. We’re not supposed to request gifts or expect singing. I don’t know if this is because turning a year older can be a little scary, or because with age comes the expectation that we aren’t worthy of a fuss.

Well, I am worthy.

And with age has come the realization that I don’t need to wait for someone else to throw me a party.
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3 Resolutions to Have a Happier 2014

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New Year's Baby with Top HatAs the calendar turns from one year to the next, many of us feel drawn to evaluate our lives and make changes. Why? Because we all want to be happy. That’s the root of all New Years Resolutions, really; we are hardwired to want happiness.

But what will really make you happy in 2014? Psychologist Dan Gilbert tells us that humans are horrible at predicting what will make them happy. Perhaps that’s why so few of us actually follow through with our resolutions for a full year: we quit when what we thought would make us happy doesn’t.

So what resolutions can you make this year that could actually make you happier in 2014?
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What To Do With Unwanted Gifts

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Santa Claus Let’s assume that we are all very grateful and polite people. We know to smile and say thank you when given a gift, and more often than not we appreciate the generosity that’s been shown to us.

But… still…

Sometimes even the most grateful among us ends up with a box or two of “what the heck were they thinking?” from a well-meaning loved one. Or, perhaps you’re trying to downsize your life and have simply been overwhelmed by too much stuff.

What’s a kind person to do with unwanted gifts?
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5 Tips To Simplify Gift Giving

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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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Traditions: Love Them Or Hate Them?

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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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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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