Erin McKenna

When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she little baking experience and had never run a business. B…

  • Source: 7 Home Repairs You Can Do Yourself

    Before you reach for the phone to call an expert, take a minute to assess the situation. Perhaps the "problem" can be solved by learning how to do it yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. Here are some repairs you can do yourself:

    • Unclogging drain: You can usually unclog your own drains without the help of a plumber. Try this natural drain cleaner you can make yourself. And if that doesn't work, you can probably reach into the sink with your hands to try and pull that gunk out. If that still doesn't work, use the plunger, although you may have to use one that's specific to sinks and showers. If the blockage is still there, perhaps you need to clear the sink trap, which you can easily do by following these steps. If the trap is clear and it's still clogged, you might want to opt for using a drain snake, which is a long device that will go around the corners of the pipe as you push it down the drain. Use it to break up the debris.
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  • There's no secret to successfully balancing your career and motherhood. It's hard work! Five working moms share their thoughts on how to they manage parenthood along with their professional lives.

    Just keep it moving.

    An avid baker, Lisa Price, the founder of the beauty-products company, Carol's Daughter, remembers the first time she bought baked goods for a bake sale at her son's school. "I don't buy things. I bake from scratch," she explained. "I had to get comfortable with 'You know what, I'm buying the cupcakes. I'm not making the cupcakes.' You can't always be superwoman and ... do everything perfectly. You have to do the best that you can do and just keep it moving."

    Focus on quality over quantity.

    When you run a successful business and are a mom to young children, you may feel "mom guilt"-- regardless of how hard you try to strike a balance. "I kind of joke around that I'm kind of plagued with guilt no matter where I am," said Alli Webb, a mom and founder of Drybar. "If I'm

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  • Drowning in Career Options

    When it comes to choosing a career, more choice isn't always a good thing. We're constantly told that doing what we love is the secret to a thriving career-but what happens when love comes in multiples?

    RELATED: Help! I Have No Idea What My Passion Is

    If you have too many passions to count on two hands, you're preaching to the choir. Throughout my career, I've wanted to do everything from running a nonprofit to becoming a genetic counselor to teaching yoga. And now? I work to help other people figure out what it is they want to do with their lives.

    Along the way, I've learned a thing or two about dealing with too many career options. Consider the tips below to help if you're dealing with this career conundrum.

    1. Peek at the Job Market

    A great first step is to do some really practical research about the career paths you're considering. Speak to people who've made careers out of your passions, and ask how they did it. Find out what training is involved and how much that will cost you

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    Conventional wisdom says that women in the workplace don't always get the credit they deserve for the work they do. Recent scientific research backs up that theory and describes certain situations where women are even less likely to take credit and more likely to give unwarranted credit to male counterparts. Affirm the value and provide recognition to the women leaders you work with.

    Not getting the credit you deserve happens frequently, and not just to women. Anyone who tends to be laid back, shy, or just plain introverted is more likely to stay in the shadows and let more outgoing types bask in the spotlight.

    Here's what a recent study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (May, 2013) revealed. Study participants were told they were working with another participant on a "male sex-typed task." When they received positive feedback about their team's performance, women and men passed out the accolades very differently. Women gave male teammates more credit for team succes

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  • Less email

    Got a job? One that involves a computer, an internet connection, and a desk?

    Then you're probably going to write a novel's worth of email this year-while dealing with about 100 emails a day.

    I think we can all agree: Email overload is reaching a fever pitch. (And not a good fever, like disco or cowbell. A bad fever. Like typhoid.)

    RELATED: The Secret to Keeping Your Inbox Under Control

    Like most people, I've spent a considerable amount of time thinking about how to organize emails, prioritize emails, and respond to emails faster. But lately, I've been considering a more interesting question: How can I "train" people (gently and lovingly, of course) to send me fewer emails in the first place?

    Here are three of my favorite techniques.

    Are they revolutionary concepts? Not really. Are they sane, sensible reminders? I think so. And if you agree, I hope you email me and tell me all about it. (Just kidding. Completely.)

    1. Don't Answer Every Email Right Away (Or at All)

    This may sound count

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