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Angela Borchert

I’m no good at juggling, so I’m quitting

My column is called Balancing Act for a reason. That’s what moms’ lives are all about – a balancing act. Work, kids, activities, social lives (what’s that?), marriage. For the past 2½ years, I’ve balanced all of that with writing this column. I’ve enjoyed every moment of writing this column, but my balancing act has become […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Whiff of public school swept her away

Imagine that for years and years, your friends go off and visit far-off places and tell great stories upon their return. Meanwhile, you sit at home and dream that someday you are able to have these same adventures. For whatever the reason, you are unable to have all this fun that your friends are having. […]

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Small-town heroism on display in Napa

I was awoken with quite a jolt Sunday morning. But it was nothing compared to what the folks in Napa County felt. I haven’t typically woken up when small earthquakes have rocked the Bay Area in the past 25 years, but this was no small earthquake. When my husband checked his phone at 3:30 a.m. […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Closing the day care chapter of our story

When my husband and I were faced with the decision to put our kids in day care, my biggest reservation was that I didn’t want someone else raising my kids. I wanted to teach them their ABCs. I wanted to teach them how to count to 50. I wanted to teach them how to read […]

August 14, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Rejection makes us each stronger

We have all dealt with some form of rejection in our lives. The first time I faced rejection as an adult came after college, when I was applying for jobs. Because I had nothing keeping me in California, I applied for positions all over the country. Because I applied for nearly every job that I felt […]

July 31, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Take a different approach to gifts

The art of shopping is not lost on any member of my family. I love to shop and have been given the “gift of shopping,” as I call it, many times for Christmas and birthdays (i.e. gift cards). My husband may be the only man in America who enjoys shopping with his wife. He frequently […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

A summer filled with learning and fun

Summertime provides a new opportunity for adventure and learning for children. Several years ago, I didn’t see it this way. When looking for summer camps for my oldest daughter after she finished first grade, I kept it pretty simple, kept her close to home and tried to keep costs down. But when I wasn’t pleased […]

July 03, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

‘Great’ physical shouldn’t stop me

Before I even had a chance to realize it, I became that woman. I turned a certain age and it became almost required of me to have regular doctor’s office visits. I feel fine. I don’t feel like I need to go visit the doctor’s office. I know that I should, but I don’t put […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Vacation memories may not last a lifetime

My childhood was filled with wonderful memories. They mostly revolved around my family traveling across the United States, visiting historic sites (and some not-so-historic sites, such as Disney World). We traveled up and down the East Coast, visiting famous ballparks. We went to Hawaii several times. We ventured into Canada and the Pacific Northwest and […]

June 05, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

I’ll fight for equality for all moms

A friend of mine retired last year from her job of 20 years to become a stay-at-home at the ripe old age of 45. Not so many of us are that lucky, but she’s living the dream now. Young, all the time in the world and kids who still appreciate her being around. She spends […]

May 22, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

I’m in a very sticky situation

On my own, I can not heal wounds – neither the physical or emotional kind. I can not convince my kid that, on its own, the doctor and dentist’s offices are a fun place to be. But with Band-Aids and stickers, all is right in the world. With Band-Aids, every scrape, cut or bruise is […]

May 08, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Appreciate how good we have it now

Nothing makes a parent appreciate the finer things in life than seeing a family member have a baby. In the past four months, my husband and I have been reminded of how good we have it since our kids have “grown up.” My sister-in-law had a baby on Christmas Day and my sister had a […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Small investment goes a long way

The odds of my kids earning athletic scholarships to college are slim. It’s not that they don’t have talent (honestly, it’s too early to tell, anyway), it’s that athletic scholarships are hard to come by. I am not one of those parents who is banking on an athletic scholarship to fund their college educations. So for […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Just like a cat, kids can be gone in a flash

There are stray cats in my neighborhood. They eat other cats’ food and roam in our neighborhood, but I am pretty sure they are not part of the neighborhood watch program. They use everyone’s grass as a dumping ground. It’s a big concern and my neighbor has thought about calling the humane society or SPCA […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Mom and Dad conversation just isn’t happening

Some moms go back to work after having kids because they desire adult conversation. They say they can’t imagine spending an entire day talking about “Dora the Explorer,” “Sesame Street” and debating what’s a better lunch – grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. Being around adults in an office allows moms to interact with […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Extreme measures are necessary sometimes

One of my least favorite things to do as a parent is to discipline my kids. I want us to get along all the time. I don’t want any screaming in my house, no crying, no talking back. I just want them to do what we ask them to do and have peace every day. […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Impulsive shopping did me in

As much as I love to stroll shops and be selective about my purchases, I am also an impulsive shopper. After spending an hour or so in a shop, trying on clothes or shoes, something catches my eye while standing in the checkout line. I must have it. A pack of gum at the grocery […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Don’t be so cold, Mom: Take us out!

Movies have always been a big part of our lives. Date nights always consisted of dinner and a movie. As the Academy Awards neared, my husband and I always made sure to see as many movies nominated for Best Picture as we could. One of the first date night movies we went to see was […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

I took the pledge, will you?

A shoe breezes by my ear and nearly knocks me off course. A sock follows shortly after. Oh, you need a tissue? OK, here. Can you reach? In addition to objects making their way into the front seat of my car, sibling battles are also common. Not to mention the many times I have to avoid […]

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

2014’s goals have set themselves

New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I couldn’t care less about New Year’s Day, actually (except for the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl). I am more of a New Year’s Eve kind of girl. It’s something about the start of a new year that excites me. I am not one for New […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

It’s not in our nature to be sneaky

We were so careful. Different wrapping paper, carefully labeled presents handwritten with our opposite writing hand, so as to disguise the real giver of the gifts. Six years of being cautious because you never know what little trick will give away Santa Claus’ real identity. There’s a separate stash of Christmas wrapping paper in the […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Parent-teacher conferences a real thrill

Parent-teacher conferences remain a vivid memory from my childhood. I tagged along with my parents to Cleo Gordon Elementary School in Fairfield, showed my dad around the classroom while my mom talked to the teacher about my grades, behavior and attitude. I kept one ear on the conversation, though, and every year it was exactly […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

A lot of responsibility to being a good neighbor

One egg. That’s all I needed. One egg to make my perfect banana bread. I reached for my cell-phone to text my neighbor and then remembered that her car wasn’t in the driveway when I got home earlier in the day. Call another neighbor, you say? Yeah, right! Which one? My parents taught me a […]

November 21, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

I’m not crazy, I’m a hard worker

Exercise is a big part of my life. People ask me all the time how I stay motivated to get up early and work out nearly every day. I like to think that I am self-motivated, but there are a lot of external factors that inspire me. Of course, I can download new music to my […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Blood donation an easy way to volunteer my time

My family never would’ve pegged me as someone who volunteers to donate blood. As a kid with epilepsy, I had to visit the blood-draw clinic a lot to get my levels checked. I was not an easy patient. I kicked and screamed at the top of my lungs and gave my parents headaches over just a […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

We are the Borcherts and we love cereal

Every family has a preferred meal of the day. Some families have big, elaborate dinners. Some (like ours) go all out at breakfast. I am not talking about brunch on Sunday. I am talking about weekday breakfasts, get-your-day-started-off-on-the-right-foot breakfasts. Every Sunday, sure, we go all out with pancakes and either bacon or sausage. My kids […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

A common debate to educational struggles

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards in California schools this year. I’ve read editorials, a lot of letters to the editor and several articles in many different publications about Common Core. I’ve read that kids are going to be asked to think more critically, […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

You gotta have thick skin in this house

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” As a young sportswriter, I quickly developed thick skin. It seemed like no one ever agreed with my opinion. No one ever liked what I wrote and I was constantly receiving emails and phone calls telling me how awful I was. I shed […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Paying it forward as best I can

Home economics was never going to be my major in college. I wasn’t cut out to be a chef or a seamstress. In middle school, I took home economics and it was a complete disaster. We had to make and eat a dish that involved a tomato – not my favorite food. I helped make […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Disneyland family vacation lives up to billing

Family vacations run few and far between in the Borchert household. There is one week during the year when we can pack up the kids, leave the house and enjoy some time away from Vacaville. If we go anywhere outside of that one-week window, we are probably obligated to do so by a family member […]

August 15, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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