Motherhood- It’s Not A Competition or a Hustle

When you look at the bottom line of it all, there is no competition between single mothers and married mothers. Good mothers, no matter what their marital status, want to raise children who are happy, productive adults.

Caring for My Family Is Not A Hustle

A few days ago while on Facebook,  I saw a photo of a woman with a caption that read, “No one hustles harder than a single mother.” As a married mother, the photo caught my attention, so I scanned the comments. In sum, the opinion of a majority of the commenters seemed to be that single are better mothers because they have to do so much without spouses to help. The comments made me chuckle.

The idea that single mothers are better mothers simply because they are doing two jobs is not a new concept to me. It is one I hear often from single mothers. By way of comparison,  in my circle of married mothers, I never hear about comparisons to or competition with single mothers. The first thing I did after chuckling over the caption was look up the definition of the word hustle. I looked at both traditional and modern definitions. Merriam Webster defined hustle as:

a :to obtain by energetic activity

b :to sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

c :to sell or promote energetically and aggressively

According to Urban Dictionary to hustle is to do “Anythin you need to do to make money… be it sellin cars, drugs, ya body. If you makin money, you hustlin.” I found both definitions interesting, but not applicable  to what I do as a mother.

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The Merriam Webster definition did not appeal to me for several reasons. First,  while it requires energy and stamina to do what I do as a mother,  I would not describe raising my children in a loving, caring home as something to be obtained simply  by energetic activity. Secondly,  motherhood is not something I sell. Thirdly,  mothering is not some underhanded activity in which I engage. I also found the Urban Dictionary definition distasteful. It made hustling seem like something unseemly risqué or shameful. Of course, like most people, I work for a living. I must make money to contribute to the financial well-being of my family. However, I do not provide that  financial support in an unsavory or illegal manner.

Grilled Pork is Good Everyday – Don’t Wait for a Holiday

pork is good everday

This post has been sponsored by the National Pork Board, and all opinions found here are my own.

After you read this article, share your favorite ways to make pork for your family in the comments below for a chance to win a great grill set and a $100 Walmart gift card! I truly believe that every working mom can succeed and be happy with the right encouragement, inspiration and motivation. One thing that can help working moms feel encouraged, inspired and motivated is the ability to create good tasting meals for the family. The National Pork Board teams with Walmart each year to share ideas for cooking with delicious and nutritious pork products that can help everyone make a delicious meal. I am not a good cook. My Thanksgiving dinners are always amazing and delicious. My struggle is making everyday meals something my family will not mind eating.  Pork works for me, so I know it will work for those of you reading this article.

#grillporksweeps prize pack

This is the amazing prize pack! What’s not to love about all this stuff and the $100 Walmart Gift Card to buy pork products!

When I found out about the National Pork Board’s #grillporksweeps I admit I was excited. By working with the National Pork Board, I am able to offer some really fortunate readers a chance to win one of the amazing grill sets pictured below. These grill kits work amazingly well on your outdoor grill. I will admit I used the scrub brush on my indoor grill after someone at my house grilled something for 30 minutes “by accident!” The great grill kit comes with a $100 Walmart gift card. That means you will be able to buy pork chops, pork roast and pork sausage. You will be able to grill all your heart desires! With the grill kit and the gift card, you know the National Pork Board really means it when they say – “National Pork Board – Pork’s Got Your Grill Covered!”

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A simple grilled pork dinner with quick cook mac and cheese and broccoli.

During the summer months when the weather is warm, thoughts naturally turn to cooking outside and throwing something on the grill. Some of us are not blessed with the skills and talents to make delicious meals with next to nothing. Those of us need a little help. Pork is a great meal choice if even if cooking is not your strong suit.  One of my favorite and dare I say easiest  ways to kick up grilled pork is to marinate it in Italian salad dressing. After day camp, summer school or work, grab any pork chops – center cut or bone in. Throw the chops in a big bowl and cover them with Italian dressing. Let the chops sit in the bowl soaking up the dressing while you cook the other items for your meal.  Grill the chops for 3 to  minutes on each side and then enjoy the delicious! if the weather is rainy, pull out your electric grill and the deliciousness will be ready in 5 minutes flat.

grilled pork with bbq sauce

Add a little BBQ sauce to your grilled pork chop to kick things up a few notches.


If you don’t have pork chops, but have a pork roast that has been sitting in the refrigerator waiting for Sunday dinner, set that roast free give it the Italian dressing treatment and put it on the grill. You will be amazed at how quickly you have a delicious, moist, easily made main dish. One of the things I like about pork is that it is easy to find lots of lean no fat or low-fat choices which make it a healthy choice. Pork chops are my favorite to make for dinner because they are ready portioned, easy to handle and it is easy to make enough for one or six! Keep in mind, no matter what you celebrate this grilling season, Pork’s Got Your Grill Covered!” From ribs and chops to loins and brats. Find everything you need for your grilling holiday with Pork! Win free groceries for a year and other great prizes! Visit for details and to share your grilling holiday and find great recipes and grilling tips.


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When you cook grilled pork for dinner, expect a lot of plates that look like this!


If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, heat up your grill, throw on some pork chops and share some photos of the good food on Instagram using the hashtag #grillporksweeps.  Before you go to pick up some pork to grill this weekend, comment below for a chance to win one of the amazing grill kits and the $100 Walmart gift card!

Enough Internet for Everyone #FIOSPhilly with Verizon

This post was sponsored by Verizon FIOS as part of the #FIOSPhilly Campaign. All opinions found here are strictly my own.


Verizon FIOS is wonderful for people like me who really like technology! I mean I really like technology. It is not uncommon for me to be watching a movie on my tablet, writing a book on my laptop, using social media on my smart phone and doing research on my e-reader.  I really like my gadgets. When you like technology and gadgets the way I do, a good internet connection is a must. If you are sometimes forced to work while your children are home and need to be entertained, it is important to have a good selection of television networks suitable for children with the ability to block things young eyes should not see. that is where FIOS by Verizon comes in.

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Just a few weeks ago, I received notice that my current internet service provider is going out of business effective November 2015. Of course, that prompted me to start looking for a new provider. Naturally during my research period, FIOS from Verizon came to my attention.  Verizon FIOS is different from other ways of transferring information. Verizon FiOS uses lasers to send information through optical fibers directly to your home. Fiber literally travels at the speed of light. It’s a national fiber infrastructure that feeds directly into customers’ homes. Fiber optics aren’t influenced by weather conditions. Fiber optical cables carry light instead of electricity, they are not disturbed by changes in the temperature, rain, cold, or virtually any other environmental condition. If you have ever lost the signal to your satellite dish during a storm, you know how frustrating this can be.

children trying to get tablet

Verizon FIOS is particularly good for busy homes like mine because it does not subject users to the “internet rush hour.” At many homes, traffic jams start around 7:00 pm when kids are doing homework, and parents are connecting through social media and streaming movies. You get more rush out of ‘rush hour’ because of a FiOS dedicated connection, no sharing bandwidth with your neighbors. No more buffering or error messages waiting for On Demand programming. It’s also future-proof. FIOS can keep up with ever-changing TV/HD and Internet technology. You won’t have to switch again.It is built to allow you to have the same internet speed for both uploading and downloading – something we need more and more off these days as we share videos and photos, store in the cloud. It’s also something cable cannot provide.