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Dear Diary,


This week, I’m cruising the Caribbean with my daughter for her first vacation overseas.  I’ve extended the entry deadline for the What to Expect Week giveaways, so please enter to win lots of prizes while we’re away.  I’m also adjusting to being a full-time working, single mom.  Balancing a baby, budget and big office expectations isn’t as easy as many moms make it seem.  That’s why we’re moms I guess.  In addition, I am in my best friend’s–since the second grade–wedding.  I’m not only in the bridal party, but I’m an out-of-state maide-of-honor.  So, as you can imagine, this is a much needed, long overdue vacation to say the least.  While away, I’ll be thinking of exciting and engaging blog posts, including one on how to multi-task.


Hey DFTM members, how do you balance work, play and family?  What tips would you give first time moms struggling with time management?


About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

    • newmom0608

      We did! So much so I am just now seeing this comment…lol. I lived in the Cayman Islands for seven years, so it was such a joy to take my daughter to the Caribbean.


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