Erika is a professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and mom to two kids (2010 and 2013) plus two cats (2005 and 2019). A Midwestern transplant who has lived in 32 places, she has happily called Fairfield her home for the past 12 years. At work, she directs a program to support first-generation and underrepresented student success in science. In town, she can often be found driving her kids back and forth to their respective sporting events and teams or sitting in a coffee shop using the wifi to get a little work done before pick up. Erika loves spending time enjoying the water, cooking, theater, reading, and hanging out with her husband.
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Celebrate the Wins of Surviving Another Week

As I progress in my second decade of parenting, I want to tell everyone trailing behind me that you are doing a fantastic job! Please know that you do not need to be perfect,...
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Traveling Tips and Tricks From an Adventure Junkie

I just returned from a work trip to India, where I sampled amazing food, culture, and work opportunities. And whenever I return home from a trip, I start thinking about planning my next adventure. The...
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Must-Try CT Restaurants for Vegans and Vegetarians

Since I stopped eating dairy, I have been collecting a list of restaurants that are crowd-pleasers for both my family (who can eat anything) and me. Below is a review of some of my favorite...
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Dialing Back my Extroversion and Having Better Discussions

So, I am a very extroverted person. In college, I wanted to meet everyone in my class year, and I attended a large state school. Personality tests place me at 98% extroverted. So unsurprisingly,...
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Tips to Manage Stress from a Stressed-Out Mom

November 2nd is Stress Awareness Day. Stress is something that we all experience and struggle to manage each day. Whether it is a child’s upcoming test, a sports tournament, or a deadline at work, every...
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We Let Our Daughter Get a Cell Phone

I am one of those moms that when my kids were toddlers, I promised myself I’d wait as long as possible before getting our kids their own phones. And when we saw that our...
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Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day

I have to say that National Teddy Bear Day is one of my favorite random holidays. I know my life is better in many ways because of my faithful teddy bears who supported me...
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Wishes for the New School Year

Whenever a new school year starts, I find myself filled with hope. Hopes for myself. Hopes for my students. Hopes for the parents of my class. As a university professor, I am entrusted with caring...
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Our First Family Cruise Won’t Be Our Last

My family of four took our first cruise together earlier this summer, and we had a blast. I didn’t grow up cruising; this was only my second cruise, but as we were leaving the...
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Moms Have Feelings Too

As moms, we focus so much on our children, but moms have feelings too. Sometimes those feelings are big and we try to hide them. There are millions of mom stories about crying in the...