Erin Kane

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Making Time For Summer Fun

My kids had their first day of summer camp on Monday. As an employed parent, I always find it hard to greet the summer schedule with the same enthusiasm as my kids. I’d like to think of summer as a more relaxed time, but truthfully it feels just as hectic. I don’t know if the morning application of sunscreen and […]

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Cooking With Your CSA Share

The calendar may not yet agree, and my boys are still in school for an additional few days, but in my view summer has officially begun. That’s because Farmer Andy has started driving his pickup and trailer to the back of our church on Fridays to unload our CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. I’ve written about my love for my […]

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Handwriting in the Digital Age

What to do when you are the mother of a nine-year-old boy with atrocious handwriting? Since my son first learned to hold a pencil, he has produced letters that are borderline illegible. Starting in kindergarten, his teachers would point out his lack of skill in this area. As a result, we’ve tried a number of interventions including occupational therapy consults. […]

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Creating My Vision Board

Poster board, old magazines, ribbon, fabric, glue, markers. This reads like the supply list for one of my son’s class projects, but it’s actually what I’ve been collecting around the house for a craft project of my own. Today I’m creating a vision board.

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Getting LinkedIn

Whether you call yourself a small business owner, a freelancer, or an entrepreneur, chances are you are always thinking about your business and where to get more of it. One place to look: LinkedIn.
I’ve been on LinkedIn for a while now, and I have hundreds of contacts. And yet I’m not using this valuable tool as much as I should. If you’re job hunting or looking to make new business contacts, there’s no better place to start than with the contacts you already have. Here are a few simple tips to enhance your LinkedIn experience:

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Looking for Work? Secrets From a Corporate HR Director

If you’re on the hunt for a new position in the corporate world, you’ve likely been lured by what appears to be a simple and straightforward application process. You see a job you’re interested in on a corporate website or job search site, you click the “apply here” button, start to upload your resume and figure you can get back to that dreary job you’re dying to leave within a matter of seconds. Except it doesn’t really work that way.

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To Get a Dog or Not? That’s the Question.

I should start off by saying that my family had many pets when I was growing up. We had dogs from the K9 unit that rode with my dad in his police car. We had several cats including two kittens my dad rescued from an abandoned building that we named Starsky and Hutch. Later there was Boo-Boo Kitty. And I […]

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Can You Truly Multitask?

Last week I attended a conference with my 8-year-old son’s teacher. The meeting was everything I expected it to be: A rehash of my son’s academic potential combined with analysis of his inability to work to his full potential. His teacher told me point blank, “If he’s interested in the topic, he’ll apply himself. If not, he rushes through his work to get on to the next thing.” Well, I thought, isn’t that what we all do?

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In Search of the Elusive Work-Life Balance

If there’s a book on the subject of work-life balance, or working motherhood, I’ve probably read it. The shelves in my home office are bursting with titles like Balance is a Crock, I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids, Good Enough Mother, and When Did I Get Like This? Yes, I read them primarily because I blog on the topic, but I’m forever on the lookout for women who feel they’ve unlocked the secret to achieving true work-life balance. (If you fit the bill, I want to interview you)!

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Tax Time: Start Now

For some reason, I always equate President’s Day with taxes. I like to have all of my tax documents together and sent off to my tax preparer before we take our February vacation so I can relax knowing the tedious work is behind me. Whether you use a professional to help prepare your tax return, online software, or go it […]

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