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I’ll admit it: my fitness waned a bit during the pandemic. Okay, a lot. At home, 24/7, trying to run my business while simultaneously helping my two daughters with virtual classes, drained both my physical and mental health. A former college athlete, I used to always make fitness a priority. Heck, I was FINALLY able […]

Cubii Jr. elliptical

LIFE

Holiday Gift Guide for Moms Into Fitness

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NAME: Andrea Delbanco AGE: 43 JOB TITLE: Editor in Chief, TIME for Kids YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 22 CHILDREN: 2 (11, 14)   PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I started working at the New York Times one week after graduating from Brown University. I had the most amazing mentors there, and I learned so much about journalism, including […]

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October 2021 #CommsMom: Andrea Delbanco

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Though the pandemic was difficult for many of us humans, our pets couldn’t have been happier.     But now that most of the world is back to in-person work and school, our furry creatures can’t spend every waking hour with us. This is okay for some pets; my cat has been plotting to get […]

Dog photo by Simon Hurry for Unsplash

FAMILY

How to Help Your Family Pet With Separation Anxiety When You Go Back to Work and the Kids Go Back to School

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I used to love hiking. In fact, I studied abroad in New Zealand as a high school student and spent a month at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre while there. But, I got away from it after the first of my four knee surgeries more than 15 years ago. However, the pandemic–and a […]

FAMILY

Top 12 Products for a Family Hike

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“Friends and colleagues started coming to me asking for advice in media coverage, so I started to teach business owners how to gain media success.” NAME: Eva Shortt AGE: 38 JOB TITLE: Zahav PR agency owner YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 6+ CHILDREN: 2 (ages 7 and 4)   PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: After I graduated with a […]

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September 2021 #CommsMom: Eva Shortt

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This weekend, it’s my dad’s birthday. His health has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic and my heart breaks every single day that I can’t be there to help my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law.   Why can’t I be there? Well, I am a dual citizen–a Canadian living in the U.S.–and the […]

TRAVEL

What It’s Like as a Canadian-American During the COVID Border Closure

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“Being in communications has helped me be a better mom. The skills we learn in this industry carry over in dealing with our kids: the way we listen to them, speak to them, have hard conversations with them. It’s taught me a lot,” Audra Mincey says.    Audra Mincey, Founder of Moov PR   NAME: […]

Mincey, Founder of Moov PR

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August 2021 #CommsMom: Audra Mincey

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I’ve been using email marketing software since 2003 when I was one of the first beta testers for Constant Contact. Yep, you read that correctly: 2003! So, suffice it to say, I’ve used just about every software out there: Constant Contact, Mailchimp, SendFox, Finalsite e-Notify, HubSpot, and, of course, e-newsletters through Outlook and Gmail. I […]

Email newsletter software comparison between Flodesk and Mailchimp

WORK

From Mailchimp to SendFox to Flodesk: Why I Switched

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WORK

Level-Up Your Skills With Free Courses From The Comms Mom

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NAME: Shaqueria Howard or “Tudy”   AGE: 25 JOB TITLE: Publicist/CEO  YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 5+ CHILDREN: Indigo, 1   Shaqueria when 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC launched   TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Since graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University, I have been working in PR for […]

Shaqueria Howard at work

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July 2021 #CommsMom: Shaqueria Howard

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