Ryan Mahoney

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Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh. She was born and raised, and still lives in Beechview with her husband, son, and dog. She's a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School System and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. For the last 13 years she's worked as a Technical Communication Specialist focusing on interface instruction, user experience, and user guidance for several software products. When she's not fulfilling the responsibilities of her day job, Ryan can be found listening to and obsessing over David Bowie - and passing that obsession on to her son. Ryan enjoys reading, picking through thrift stores and flea markets, movies, music, and exploring all of the great places Pittsburgh has to offer families.

My Meat-Free Mondays :: Black Bean Salsa Burgers

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    Photo by Deryn Macey on Unsplash One of the things I still find myself missing after switching to a primarily vegetarian diet is cheese burgers. I LOVE cheese burgers. I've tried a lot of meatless/plant-based alternatives like the...

My Meat-free Mondays: Broccoli Chickpea Burritos

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Is there a food that you need to remind yourself you like? That's my relationship with chickpeas. For some reason, I always avoid them. I'll stare at hummus with disgust, then take a bite...

My Meat-free Mondays: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

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My husband and I recently watched a great documentary that discussed the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. It gave us a lot to think about. I’m not labeling myself, nor my family, vegetarian,...
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You are Not a Mama Bear. You are a Human Adult Making Excuses for...

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For the last few years I’ve been getting Facebook advertisements for novelty t-shirts that say things like “Mommy Needs a Glass of Wine” and “Mama Bear.” I hate them both. At first, I thought...

The Death of Luke Perry and Our Collective Mortality

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On Monday, March 4, 2019 the news of Luke Perry’s death spread across the internet like wildfire. My Facebook news feed was filled with people, mostly women my age, expressing heartbreak and disbelief. I...

Ugly Shoes and Independence

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I took my son to an athletic shoe store to pick sneakers for this coming school year. This is the first time that my husband and I took him to the store and let...

Snow Day Reality Check: Not Everyone Has Access to the Same Resources as You

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This winter has been rough for Southwestern Pennsylvania. After quite a few mild winters we’ve seen a lot of frigid temperatures, snow, and frozen conditions. My son is now school-aged, so I understand how...

You, All Over Again

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We’re a family of three and most likely will remain that way. I desperately want to relive all of those magical first moments in a baby’s life. I’m filled with gratitude that I was...

Girls’ Work

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I fancy myself a feminist and have since sometime in junior high when I learned what the word means. The work of my household is not divided up by gender roles; we are of...

Oh my goodness, people on social media are so annoying! AM I RIGHT?

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Oh my goodness, people on social media are so annoying! AM I RIGHT? Has your news feed been full of 30 Days of Thankfulness posts? How about solicitations for Elf on the Shelf Ideas? Children...