Kristin Brandt
I'm working mom, full-time marketing professional (Sundin Associates), part-time podcaster (Manic Mommies), and Family Life blogger (Real Simple). You can find everything at kristin-sundin-brandt.com

Recent Posts By Kristin Brandt

Do you have potty mouth?

As I get older, I’ve noticed that my language has been getting worse. I’m not sure if I’ve been listening to too many Jack Palms audiobooks by Seth Harwood, or if I’m just getting too lazy in my “old age” to find something more creative or descriptive. I’m also not afraid to admit that there is something very satisfying about […]

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Are you a list maker?

With all of the “to dos” in my life – work, other work, personal, kids – I’m always looking for a better way to keep track of all the things that need to get done. Over the years I have tried various solutions – creating lists in Word or Excel; storing lists in Google docs so I can access them […]

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My simple tip for remembering my camera battery

I cannot tell you the number of times I have prepared to take a photo only to discover that I have forgotten my battery, because it is still in the charger. To avoid battery-induced frustrations, I now keep the camera in close proximity to the charger, often with the camera strap draped over the top. Like this: Based on the […]

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How do you organize the many, many, many Legos®?

It’s a common complaint amongst the community of moms and dads with children obsessed with Legos – what do you “do” with all the little bricks and how do you keep them from appearing underfoot in every room in your house? With a husband who brought thousands of Legos into our marriage, and a family who received many thousands of […]

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How we made “me and my troop” necklaces for Brownies

As readers of this blog may remember, last year I took on the challenge of running/organizing my daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout troop. As any volunteer knows, once one has taken on a task, the chances are one is going to be “stuck” with the job for the foreseeable future. And while there are certainly challenges to taking on a volunteer […]

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Costumes for your kids – Homemade or store bought?

As of October 1st, the pressure from my children to purchase their Halloween costumes was on. Whenever this time of year rolls around, I read with interest and respect articles and posts instructing parents on how to make your own costumes. Once, many years ago, when I had more time and less children, I actually made a Dash costume for […]

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Does Arnold Schwarzenegger deserve the attention?

For the fourth time in as many days, I’ve heard about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his affair. While it seems like content better suited to gossip magazines and entertainment shows, the place I heard about it most frequently was on CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning. This morning, as I listened AGAIN to Lesley Stahl ask Arnold about his affairs and […]

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Do you want to be tagged on Facebook?

There is a moment when a friend or family member decides to “tag” you on Facebook, and you have to decide if you are okay with it. There are several ways you can be tagged. You can be: Mentioned in a status update. Included when a friend “checks in” to a location Identified in a particularly embarrassing photo from your awkward […]

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Participation medals – Yea or nay?

As a friend of mine and I carbo-loaded before the SheRox triathlon a few weeks ago (beer is a carb, right?), we ended up on the topic of graduations, trophies and children. We agreed that it felt like there were too many graduations – when graduating from high school, will our children know the shiver of excitement and anticipation at […]

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How do you “rock your run?”

When I started running I was so smug. Not about the running. That was hard and my body hurt, a lot. No, my smugness had to do with the use of music. Given that the use of headphones was either impractical (it’s hard to keep headphones and music player dry during a triathlon) or against race rules, I figured it […]

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