This week’s featured mama of the week is Teresa H. Berger, author of the book Mom’s Recipe and Activity Guide and mother to one awesome five year old girl. She also blogs at Life. Suburban. Simple. where she shares tips regarding being green and more earth friendly.
Teresa is currently a SAHM and has always worked in some capacity since becoming a mother. She has worked as a part-time freelance marketing consultant, full-time marketing director, and most recently full-time SAHM. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and has taught pre/post natal fitness classes for women for about four years. Teresa said, “I am a firm believer in maintaining a sense of self-worth when becoming a mother. I have struggled with that the last couple of years because I’ve worked less and less. I do enjoy being with my daughter and creating memories I could never have had the opportunity to had I been consistently working full-time. But at the same time, I’ve learned I need to allow myself “me” time to develop my skills, interests and passions. That is one reason I got certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, and why I’m currently training to run a 1/2 marathon in September.”
Parenting presents challenges, and Teresa shared some of the things that she deals with, including time management, which is an issue for her. She said, “even with one child, I’m still learning how to adjust and build in buffer time to account for her wardrobe changes or the random morning tantrum. As kids go from baby to toddler to elementary age and beyond, they still need you, their needs just change.” She also mentioned that she has a hard time dealing with when she sees her daughter’s feelings get hurt at school or on the play ground. Teresa mentioned that she is “learning that it is just a part of life but it gets me in the gut to see her hurting (or any child hurting because they’ve been called a name or treated poorly.)”
This Montgomery County mom & author helps fund raise for The National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation
Teresa’s book, Mom’s Recipe and Activity Guide was written to celebrate her mother’s life, which was loss at the young age of 53 to LeioMyoSarcoma*, a rare form of cancer. The book honors her memory of her mother and includes many family activities and recipes that kids can help make. A portion of the proceeds for the book goes to The National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation. The book can be purchased through CreateSpace or via Amazon. Teresa is also involved in fundraising efforts for LeioMyoSarcoma through a local walk. She said, “the first Sunset Stroll for LMS was held in October 2010 in conjunction with the books efforts to raise awareness and funding for the NLMSF. We are planning a second Sunset Stroll for LMS in October 2012 (hoping to eventually make it an annual event.)”
*Leiomyosarcoma is a rare form of cancer, which affects about four people in every million. It spreads through the blood stream and can affect the lungs, liver, blood vessels or any other soft tissue in the body. Presently there is no cure, only remission if it can be attained, and this rare cancer can reappear anywhere and at any time. Because of its rarity, few doctors know how to treat it and it attracts little research. From http://www.nlmsf.org/
A great recipe from Mom’s Recipe and Activity Guide:
Teresa shared one of her favorite cookie recipes from her book, Rainy Day Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. They are an easy recipe kids can absolutely help with making.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
• 1 cup butter
• ¾ cup packed brown sugar
• ¾ cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2-3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (optional—omit if anyone at home has a peanut allergy or if you are sharing with friends/classmates)
• ½ cup flaxseed (good source of vitamin B, protein, and zinc)
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add eggs and mix thoroughly. Combine the baking soda, salt, flour, peanut butter and flax seed and stir into creamed mixture. Add oats and chocolate chips and stir until well blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Makes about 24.
Teresa uses social media to build and maintain relationships and to stay in touch with family from afar. She said, “I try not to spend too much time on it, because I don’t want to get carried away from my first priority – family. Social media has helped me grow professional relationships and friendships. It’s also afforded me the opportunity to stay on top of what’s going on in the world.” You can find Teresa on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with her book and her latest project, her second book! She is also pursuing options to make her current book into an e-reader format!
Teresa takes advantage of living in a great part of Montgomery County that has a wonderful park, Alverthorpe Park. She said, “it’s got something for families with kids of all ages and because it’s a township park it has summer camps for kids throughout the season. My daughter just took a week-long golf basics camp there and it was so fun.”
Thanks Teresa, for sharing a bit about your life with Mama’s Little Helper’s readers!