One day, while driving to work, my tire blew out. This happened before I became a mom and before I worried about what I should keep in my car in case an emergency were to strike. Fortunately, no one got hurt, and I was only inconvenienced when waiting for the tow truck to show up. At the time, my brother-in-law owned an auto body shop. So I didn’t need to be prepared – I had my big bro to send the rescue squad to my side. But then I grew up and gained independence. I became even more prepared when I became a mother and made sure that I not only think about by act on the what if scenarios. Here’s what I learned you should keep in your car:

Cell Phone: Make sure your battery life is full before taking long roads trips. If you suffer from mommy brain, no worries! Some cars are now installed with electrical and USB plugs. You also should check the cellular service.

Hard Copy of Directions: I depend on my GPS when I navigate across the county, but when I cross local lines, it’s a good idea to print out directions. Sometimes technology fails! I remember my aunt and uncle pulled up Ocean City, New Jersey instead of Ocean City, Maryland. Years later, my family is still laughing at that trip tale.

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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.

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