• SAM'S BLOG

  • 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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    I've been putting off this post for a while.  I prefer to come from a place of empowering other women to give no effs about the opinions of others, and being confident no matter what, but as I planned my post on shopping for swimwear for you all, I realized I needed to come clean about some [...]

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    I'm Retiring!!!

    June 25, 2018
    I'm Retiring!!!

    From the mid 1990's until the birth of my second child, I had a fun and lucrative career in sales.  As a non-mom and even as a mom with one child, Hallmark Cards was a fabulous company that offered a competitive salary and super flexible schedule (and I worked from a home office). At the end of [...]

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    13 Reasons Why NOT (Includes spoilers)

    Mom to Mom, let's have a conversation about the second season of Netflix original, "13 Reasons Why."   13 Reasons Why Season 2 Official photo I read the book several years ago.  While I felt it was raw and brutal, I took it as well-written and thought provoking.  I also read it when [...]

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    At Your Leisure

    May 17, 2018
    At Your Leisure

    In the 1970's, the fashion world tried to provide a quasi-casual solution to work attire.  The "leisure suit" was a delightful polyester blend, typically with a mega-wide collar, ginormous bell-bottom pants, and it was HIDEOUS.       So a couple years ago, when [...]

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    The (Sweaty, Insomniac) Princess and the Pea

    I just want a decent night's sleep.  For more than a night or two in a row.  Am I right, people?  I treasure my rest and need it to keep my EVER RUNNING mind going during the day.  People laugh at my bed because it's elevated beyond normal height and does, in fact, look like "A Princess and the [...]

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    Higher Ground

    April 26, 2018
    Higher Ground

    Have you heard about grounding? I noticed buzz about it on my social platforms a couple months ago and was curious.  Grounding mats, a barefoot movement, lots of discussion about reconnecting to the earth piqued my interest. What is Grounding? Essentially, the Earth gives off an electric [...]

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    Creating your own Damsel Den

    For those who've been following along on my socials, you've likely seen that I recently re-did a room in my house.  A mere EIGHTEEN YEARS after I painted our fourth bedroom the first time, I took on this project as a labor of love. Sam I Am, 2000 When Himself and I were expecting our first [...]

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    My New Favorite Floral

    If you've been hanging here for a bit, you know I have a serious love/hate relationship with florals.  They tend to look a wee bit too juvenile on my frame and I struggle to wear them with confidence.  In fact, I even wrote a whole post about it HERE The issue, I've determined a year later, is [...]

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