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  • The WHY of Moxie Mama

    The Invisible Woman I see absolutely stunning beauty in EACH woman I meet. I feel her power. I sense her soul. I bet if I asked if these sameladies if they see it in themselves, 80% would say no. Confidence is sadly lacking in so many women, and as we age, it can become harder to find our [...]

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    Moxie Mama is TWO!!

    Moxie Mama is headed into the "preschool" years. As I celebrate my anniversary, I share reflections...

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    49 and Feeling Fine

    February 7, 2019
    49 and Feeling Fine

    Tomorrow I turn 49. Yup. I'm ready. With just 366 days until I turn 50, I wanted to reflect on some things I've discovered in my forties, and what I plan to accomplish before my half century mark. I think many women struggle with this milestone, but I find it sort of freeing.  Each decade [...]

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    Kicking off SAMentine's Month!

    February is my birthday month and Valentine's, and GALentine's, so I like to do it up BIG!  There's nothing but snow and nastiness this time of year, so I may as well celebrate the ISH outta the month, right? I actually have some fun things planned, and a remembrance also as we will honor the [...]

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    Smart Technology for Your Hair

    For the past few years, I've struggled with my hair.  As a dyed redhead, color doesn't hold very well.  Hormones have totally changed the quality of my hair as well--from thinning to dryness and everything in between. Many women from their 30's on experience these sorts of changes and it's [...]

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    They Call Me Mellow Yellow (or, how to wear your NO colors that bring you JOY)

    It's a gloomy time of year for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  Many of us struggle with sunless days that lead to less-than-sunny moods. This makes it a great time of year to adopt color into your wardrobe, but how? Now complicate it--there's a color you LOVE, that MAKES YOU HAPPY but [...]

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    Floating to find true REST

    In search of REST In previous blog posts (like this one and this one), I've shared my endless quest for a good night's sleep.  Late this past summer, a doctor shared with me that our country has an actual sleep crisis going on.  Specific to me, he shared that high-achieving women in their 40's [...]

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    Suck it 2018, but also #blessed

    Yeah, a lot of 2018 was awful.  Many folks I know, including our family, suffered tremendous loss and challenge in 2018.  While I am glad to see the year end, it also fostered a ton of learning about myself and provided opportunities to meet some incredible new people. For that I am truly [...]

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    Yes, I'm still here!!!

    December 10, 2018
    Yes, I'm still here!!!

    Just a quick vlog to update you all on what's been up with Moxie Mama and what's coming for 2019. Honestly, this is me just staying real and keeping you in the loop.  I am so grateful to everyone who takes a moment out of his or her day to say HI, leave a comment, hit a like button, and share.  I [...]

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    So We Did a Thing...

    November 20, 2018
    So We Did a Thing...

    Luck be a Lady People often tell me I'm lucky. Maybe. But I think what I actually am is curious, and it pays off.  I have MOXIE. I try really hard to live fearlessly and try new things.  Ziplines, helicopter rides, singing in a band...you name it.  If I had a chance to ride a camel I would [...]

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    The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiSIQzwIPzQ Poor Linus.  His loyalty to the Great Pumpkin knows no end!  Sally thinks she was fooled, but I would suggest that Linus just didn't find the most sincere pumpkin patch.  How do I know?  Because it truly exists, right in my back yard. The family [...]

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    How Gen X Parents Can Teach Consent to Gen Z

    Since a big chunk of Moxie Mama is parenting, but specifically the BOY MOM arena, I felt I should speak about this really important, after-school special moment. The internet is currently filled with he said/she said, comments about ruining someone's life over an event from high school, and [...]

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    Fashion Week Recap

    September 22, 2018
    Fashion Week Recap

    A note from Sam: As I went to publish my recap and review of Pittsburgh Fashion week, an event that impacted me greatly and was so great for our community, it came to my attention that PDCDC chose to end their creative collaboration with Ms. Elysia Newman. I am confused and astounded at this [...]

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    AHOY, me Hearties!

    September 19, 2018
    AHOY, me Hearties!

    Ahoy, me hearties--It be International TALK Like A Pirate DAY, my favorite holiday of the year!!! To learn everything you need to know about this epic holiday, click the photo.... I have a tale to tell ye about my scurvy husband and our wee scallywags and how we came to [...]

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    Be your best health CHAMPION

    I referenced the struggle of midlife and sleep a couple times in the past few months.  Once HERE with all my crazy sleep rituals, and again HERE with my review of a grounding mat. Night sweats, hormones, and all the issues of midlife caught up with me for months. What I was NOT honest with you [...]

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    Introducing my NEW installment (and it's very cheeky name)

    Did you know I do a regular live chat on Facebook and Instagram?  Yup, I do.  And I do it whilst I drink wine. ANYHOO I am often asked, as a stylist, this one very important question.  Watch the video to see how it has developed into a regular new series on Moxie Mama! And because I can't do [...]

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    Monkeying Around

    August 30, 2018
    Monkeying Around

    Our Summer Bucket list suffered a little this year--with the sports and college visits, there wasn't a ton of time to dig in as we normally do here at Maison Moxie. While I'll have a super wrap-up coming soon of all our favorites, I want to feature a really special one, Go Ape. If you are [...]

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    The Lasts of My First

    I've known for a while I would write this post.  And I've found every excuse in the world to avoid writing it.  Putting into words the knot in my gut makes it real.  Committing the conflicting emotions of pride and melancholy of having a senior in high school to paper (or the internet, as it [...]

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    Nordstrom Anniversary Sale--Battle plan for YOU

    What is the #nsale Fueled up and READY FOR ACTION!!! Ok, so I was super excited for the #nsale this year.  I have Like to Know it now (a cool way to shop my instagram), the best sales associates to help me curate my purchases at our local Nordstrom (thank you Jen and Marcie!!), my experience [...]

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    A  Kinder, Gentler Swimsuit Shopping Experience

    I recently put out a survey on Instagram--how do you feel about swimsuit shopping?  The choices, though limiting, were 1) I go to the fetal position and cry and 2) I'd rather get a mammogram.  It is telling that my inbox filled with women sharing how anxiety-inducing  the process is, with someone[...]

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