Cathy Hale

About this author:

Friend. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Bestie. Raging nerd. Pure Barre fanatic. Autism advocate. Coffee fiend. Word wrangler.

My love affair with words has been my passion for as long as I can remember. When I was 12, I spent hours in my room writing short stories and illustrating them with some help from my awesome set of pink Fashion Plates. When I saw my first byline in my high school newspaper, I was hooked! I interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly and WRLH-TV (FOX Network affiliate) while I was a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Equipped with a B.A. in English and a German minor, I began working for a professional sports agent.  That’s when my journey in marketing and public relations began and I’ve been fully immersed in it ever since.

I began working in the world of high tech when I moved to Austin in 1999. Austin’s dynamic marketing industry expanded my traditional marketing expertise to include website copywriting, graphic design, social media marketing and blogging. In 2005, I became a mom for the first time and that’s when my love of writing and my love of motherhood magically came together. My mom blog, MommyQ was born! Navigating the wild world of motherhood as MommyQ opened doors to exciting writing opportunities for popular parenting and lifestyle-focused websites like Betty Confidential, iVillage, Babble and HSN, as well as national magazines like Parents, Parenting, Martha Stewart Living, Marie Claire and Self. A few months after my second son was born, my older son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was a life-changing moment that would forever change the landscape of our family’s journey. Today he is my hero and my inspiration. 

Living a healthy lifestyle has always been at the forefront of my mind, so naturally when I added the “mommy” moniker to my repertoire, I focused on smart choices for my boys. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of Little Remedies®, because they are committed to their motto, “Everything they need. Nothing they don’t.” Their brand offers more than effective relief for baby woes; they offer peace of mind for parents. And that’s a great thing.

Author archives:

Baby Essentials – Essentials for 1st 3 Months

Last update on Sept. 28, 2016.

Baby Essentials – Essentials for 1st 3 Months

The initial foray into motherhood was by far the most exciting experience in my life.  I felt like the first few months of my pregnancy moved at a glacial pace, then suddenly time was flying by way too fast. Before I knew it, my due date was 6 weeks away and my nesting instincts were ...

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5 Reasons Why Your Baby is Cranky

Last update on Sept. 27, 2016.

5 Reasons Why Your Baby is Cranky

The first few weeks with a newborn may be overwhelming since your life now includes understanding an adorable yet helpless little human. But during those initial weeks, newborns tend to cry for good reasons. They cry to let you know they’re hungry or they have a messy diaper. It makes sense. At some point ...

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Baby Sleep Safety: Crib Safety, Sleep Sacks & Co-Sleepers

Last update on Sept. 27, 2016.

Baby Sleep Safety: Crib Safety, Sleep Sacks & Co-Sleepers

There’s nothing more peaceful, sweet and innocent than a sleeping baby, especially a newborn. During quiet sleep, they look like little angels. Every mom agrees: sleeping babies are simply precious to watch, and I always thought the irony was how stressed out, disheveled and exhausted I looked in contrast.

Even when your newborn drifts ...

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Baby Development Series 6-9 Months

Last update on Aug. 18, 2016.

Baby Development Series 6-9 Months

The days of holding a tiny crying newborn are gone. Now you’re living in a baby-proofed world because your little munchkin is all over the place. If she isn’t sleeping, she’s probably on the go. It’s an exciting and fun time for everyone because she’s doing new things every day ...

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Bonding with Your Baby

Last update on Aug. 16, 2016.

Bonding with Your Baby

The term “bonding with your baby” is something you’ve probably become highly aware of as a mother.  Perhaps you felt an immediate connection with your baby as soon as you found out you were pregnant or maybe it was love at first sight after she arrived in the world. For many women, maternal instincts ...

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Baby Development Series: 3-6 Months

Last update on Aug. 17, 2016.

Baby Development Series: 3-6 Months

Smiling. Laughing. Squealing with delight. Your baby is a chatty social butterfly these days who loves “conversations” and likes “chatting” with people.  She is more aware of the world around her and she finds new ways to engage with it on a daily basis.  

During the next three months of life, your baby will continue ...

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Baby Development Series: 0-3 Months

Last update on Aug. 17, 2016.

Baby Development Series: 0-3 Months

Your sweet bundle of joy has finally arrived and she is the apple of your eye. She keeps everyone on their toes with her constant feedings, diaper changes, naps and the occasional crying fits that tend to jolt you out of your partial sleep at 2 a.m. What you might not realize is she ...

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Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave Part 2: Emotions, Organization & Wardrobe Ideas

Last update on Aug. 17, 2016.

Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave Part 2: Emotions, Organization & Wardrobe Ideas

Earlier this year, we shared Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave Part I: Your Pumping Plan.
Today, in Part 2 of the series, we’ll chat about other things to consider like emotions, organization and figuring out a work wardrobe for your post-baby body.

Back to Work is Bittersweet

That first day back ...

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The Best Ways to Ease a Fussy Baby

Last update on Aug. 17, 2016.

The Best Ways to Ease a Fussy Baby

When your baby isn’t eating, sleeping or being absolutely adorable, chances are she’s crying. If your newborn is already a few weeks old, you can probably decipher some of her cries and you’re in tune with what she needs. However, if you’re a brand new parent with a brand new baby ...

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Making Baby Food at Home: Safety Tips You Should Know

Last update on Aug. 17, 2016.

Making Baby Food at Home: Safety Tips You Should Know

Paving the path for a life of nutrition can start at home in your own kitchen with a food processor. If you’re interested in making homemade baby food your hungry little tot, you’re not alone. Today lots of moms and dads are preparing their own baby food at home, which is wonderful. But ...

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