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Linda McCarthy

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Brooklyn Bread
Frugality/Saving, Parenting/Family, Urban financial issues
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NYC, New York, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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OK, that may sound overly self-congratulatory, but the truth is, I did something most American workers do not do. In fact, American workers routinely leave vacation days on the table. Finding the nerve to check out for two whole *consecutive* weeks (assuming we even have that much paid time off)? Unlikely. This is simply not […] The post I’m an American Worker and I Took a Two Week Vacation appeared first ...
Posted: Jul 23 2019 @ 11:23 AM
I’ve been working on learning Italian for months, but I kicked it into high gear recently and it’s taking up most of the available oxygen in my brain, leaving little time or inspiration for writing. But I did want to visit the topic briefly because it’s germane to one of the things I talk about […] The post Sorry I’ve Been MIA – Learning Italian! appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Jun 03 2019 @ 2:47 PM
My boys have had a bad winter. I’ve gotten at least half a dozen calls from school to come get my older son because of tummy aches, vomiting, fevers etc. He’s missed 10 days of school and the year’s not over. My youngest had been the winner of the family health contest until last week […] The post I’m Done Apologizing When My Kids Get Sick appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Mar 27 2019 @ 5:53 PM
Every year I feel a deep relief after the eating and spending of Christmas is over. This sense of well-being lasts about two days. Then I realize that I will be spending the next two months solid celebrating my kids’ birthdays. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating my little miracles as much as the […] The post Kid Birthday Parties are a Nightmare appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Mar 06 2019 @ 1:02 PM
If there is one gospel that I always preach, it’s that reducing our trash footprint and the amount of waste and pollution we create, is an incremental process. We have to celebrate whatever progress we can – that’s how we push forward. Especially those of us who are responsible for the trash creating collective known […] The post 5 Small, but Real World, Zero Waste Wins appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Feb 08 2019 @ 5:06 PM
I think I might be serial dilettante. I realize “dilettante” doesn’t usually have positive connotations. The idea of going wide, rather than deep, is generally seen as a negative. When you think about the fact that kids are made to feel it is too late to take up a new sport at the age of 12, […] The post In Defense of Dabbling appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Jan 18 2019 @ 12:25 PM
2018 was a year of making true strides when it came to decreasing the amount of garbage emanating from my household. Meaningful progress was made in my effort to embrace some zero waste habits, as much as the term “zero waste” irks me. It is a dispiriting phrase that describes a near impossible goal for […] The post Alas, ‘Twas not a Zero Waste Christmas appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Dec 28 2018 @ 9:59 PM
Carrots are one of those vegetables that just about all kids eat. Most of my kids’ vegetable eating, in fact, consists of raw carrots, raw red pepper, and raw green beans cut up and served naked as a crunchy side. On bad work nights, my husband and I partake in the crudite-as-side-dish trick. I’m always […] The post I’m Kind of Done with Baby Carrot Bags appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Oct 27 2018 @ 9:49 AM
I was by no means riding my bike every day when I was a kid, as so many American children have grown up doing. But I did have a bike and I remember how much I loved riding it. Riding a bike is one of the earliest ways a kid can tap into that palpable, […] The post Biking is Such a Loaded Topic in this Town appeared first on Brooklyn ...
Posted: Oct 02 2018 @ 9:13 AM
I am super excited today because I have a story up on Audubon.org about birding apps that I tested with my son. I am a nature-loving city girl, so getting my children outdoors and away from their screens is one of the great battles of parenthood for me. I’m sure it is no different for […] The post Good Apps for Birding with Kids appeared first on Brooklyn Bread. ...
Posted: Sep 07 2018 @ 11:54 AM


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