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

Why riding my bike has me worried

I’m not sure why, but it’s feeling a lot more dangerous to ride my bicycle. As you may know from my past cycling-related posts, riding my bike on the road with my friends, husband or to work is one of my primary ways to keep in shape. And, for the most part, my rides have been uneventful and incident free. […]

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Can a scanner help me get organized?

I am drowning in paper. The stream of incoming paper has been increasing gradually over the years, but recently I’ve really started to feel like the number of paper documents has reached ridiculous proportions. There are the papers for the kids – report cards, Individualized Education Programs (IEP) reports and updates, permission slips, disclaimers, and notices. Then don’t forget the […]

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How I’m learning to run happy

It’s been almost two months since I started my triathlon training and something funny has happened along the way – I’m learning how to love training. I find myself getting upset when I am forced to miss a planned workout, and even took to the pool after a particularly stressful day at work. But the biggest surprise may be that […]

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Does hair length define gender?

This is my new haircut. As you can see, I had most of the hair chopped off, making it the perfect cut for summer and my new exercise regimen. And this is my daughter’s new haircut. As you can see, she also had most of her hair chopped off, a decision she made on her own while visiting my mother. […]

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How I found my new sneakers

As you may remember, I recently began triathlon training, which really meant I  started buying accessories for my new athletic endeavors. After a few walks/runs in anything I could find around the house, I made finding a new pair of sneakers my number one priority. And here is what I learned . . . Not all sneakers are alike. In […]

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What is your number one marital pet peeve?

Whenever my husband is making me particularly crazy with one of those “things” that drives me insane, I think back to something Jenna McCarthy, author of If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married, told me her husband said to her. . . “Honey, you have […]

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How I’m starting to train for my triathlon

Last week I received amazing responses from readers when I posted to Manic Mommies that I had decided to try completing my first triathlon, and was thinking of signing up for a second. With the weather warming, and the thought of crashing and burning in front of my fellow triathletes (when can I call myself a triathlete? Is training enough, […]

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What do you have planned for April vacation?

Do you hear that? It’s the growing excitement of my children and countless others in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts preparing for next week’s April holiday. Or maybe it’s the groans of their parents who are trying to figure out how to balance work and time off with their kids. If you were smart enough to take the week off and […]

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When is it okay to leave the kids home alone?

Even as I write the headline for this blog post, I feel a bit of trepidation about opening what could be a controversial can of worms. But I ask the question not in an attempt to inflame or infuriate, but because I am truly curious about what choices other families are making when it comes to leaving their children home […]

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How I made my own camera bag

Recently, because I had so much “spare” time on my hands (forgive me while I take a moment to recover from the giggling fit) I decided to take up a new hobby – photography. I’ve always loved taking pictures, but last November I got serious and made the leap from a point-and-shoot to a digital SLR (specifically, a Nikon D40 […]

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