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Angela Baker

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Angela Nelson Baker moved to the St Louis area for grad school 18 years ago and never looked back. Currently she lives in West St Louis County with her husband, two young daughters, a miniature schnauzer and two wily cats. Outside of working and #momlife, Angela enjoys politics, true crime podcasts, HIIT workouts, and drinking a cup of good coffee before it gets cold. Her passion is empowering working mothers and advocating for family-friendly policies in her workplace.

The Power of Intention (and Action)

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This past year, I (logical and eternally skeptical) took a detour into lite “woo.” My personal dictionary defines woo as anything that can’t be reliably demonstrated or falsified. Yet there is another side of...

Managing the Holidays When You Don’t Celebrate Christmas

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Managing the Holidays when You Don’t Celebrate Christmas originally ran in December, 2021.     My preschooler LOVES Christmas— Christmas trees, lights, stockings, Santa, the whole nine yards—which is ironic because we don’t technically celebrate Christmas. You...
An African-American mom sitting at a table in front of an open book as she reads along with her daughter

Becoming a Better Reading Buddy

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I’ve always loved reading to my daughters. It’s my absolute favorite part of our bedtime routine, second only to the sleep meditation when I inevitably fall asleep, too.      Then came reading with my child. Kindergarten...
a table for two set by a window overlooking a city for a special date night out

Mom’s Guide to Date Nights in St. Louis

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We know as moms that date nights can often be few and far between, but we still think they're important! So we've compiled a list of unique date night ideas in St. Louis to...
two outstretched hands cupped together as they hold the image of a brain as a symbol for mental health

Motherhood and Mental Health

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I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the toll of parenthood on mental health. Not that I’ve had much time to myself for deep thoughts. My daughter’s daycare classroom is closed for 10...
a shy girl hiding behind her teddy bear

No, I Won’t Make My Shy Kid Talk to You

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My two daughters couldn’t be more different. (Yay for thinking I had this parenting thing all figured out only to have a new personality teach me I know nothing). My oldest has never met...
skeins of yarn in many colors along with a set of knitting needles

How This Non-Crafter Found Her Creative Outlet: Knitting

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A mom and her knitting needles come together during the pandemic.   Hello, my name is Angela, and I’m an un-crafty mom. My version of creating beautiful things has always been with words and writing. Making...

Mom Confessional: I Don’t Eat Dinner with My Kids

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Before my first child was born, I envisioned having family dinners every night, perfectly balanced meals served family-style, where the children ate the same thing as the adults without complaining while we conversed about...

Fire Safety Week – What’s Your Safety Plan?

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Fire Safety Week is October 4 - October 10.  Confession: I’m a low-key “prepper.” I put together a basement stash for tornado season, pack my car for winter weather emergencies, and now post-COVID, have a...

Take a Page Out of My Book for National Read a Book Day

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As pandemic life ambles on, I’m rapidly running out of options for one of my favorite forms of me-time: binge-watching a really great series. The silver lining is that my search for alternate activities...