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.

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Safe Baby Bath Temperature

Last update on Jan. 18, 2017.

Safe Baby Bath Temperature

Most babies love (I mean really love!) bath time. But even though bath time can be fun, there are serious safety tips to follow to avoid accidents. In this article, part of our National Bath Safety Month series, we’ll cover the importance of safe bath temperatures for your baby.

Since babies can be scalded ...

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National Bath Safety Month: Safe Bathing for Baby

Last update on Jan. 5, 2017.

National Bath Safety Month: Safe Bathing for Baby

  • January is National Bath Safety Month, and was established to help spread awareness about possible risks associated with bath time. While baths can be relaxing and fun for your little one, there are plenty of hazards in the bathroom which can make it one of the most dangerous rooms in your house. That’s why ...

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New Parenting Tips and Baby Advice

Last update on Dec. 21, 2016.

New Parenting Tips and Baby Advice

From the moment you find out you’re expecting, you embark on one of the most exciting journeys in your life – parenthood! And as soon as you announce your pregnancy, you’ll find that everyone has plenty of advice for new parents and they’re happy to share it. 

I remember hearing more than enough ...

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Surviving The Night with Baby

Last update on Dec. 8, 2016.

Surviving The Night with Baby

One of the toughest aspects of being a new parent is surviving long nights with a newborn. Sleep deprivation tends to be an overarching challenge that can cause tension, frustration and stress for any family. One of the best things you can do is adjust your nighttime mindset and set realistic expectations.

First of all ...

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6 Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

Last update on Nov. 30, 2016.

6 Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

Babies cry a lot. They’re notoriously famous for it. And despite our best efforts to handle a crying baby calmly and matter-of-factly, a crying baby can unnerve even the coolest, most experienced parents.

Studies have shown that we all react to a baby’s cry, even adults who aren’t parents. Researchers believe that ...

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Newborn Essentials for Mealtime

Last update on Nov. 10, 2016.

Newborn Essentials for Mealtime

Mealtime essentials for a newborn can be easy, especially if you breastfeed. You just need yourself and a hungry baby. Check! Check! And thank goodness for that.

 As a new mom recovering from a c-section with a tiny baby fresh out of the NICU, I was overwhelmed with all things motherhood.  My brain was in ...

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New Mom 101 – Behavioral Milestones

Last update on Oct. 26, 2016.

New Mom 101 – Behavioral Milestones

Behavioral Milestones: The Fun Stuff

As a new parent, lots of exciting milestones lie ahead: baby’s first smile, her first real laugh and that wobbly first step.  Your seemingly fragile newborn will be bouncing around like a chatty acrobat before you know it.  When can you expect all of these fun behavioral milestones to ...

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Soothing Your Baby with Sound

Last update on Oct. 13, 2016.

Soothing Your Baby with Sound

As a mom, you are equipped with all sorts of awesome instinctive tools for soothing a fussy baby.  Did you know your voice alone is extremely comforting for your baby? If you think about it, your little peanut has been listening to your voice long before she arrived. She started hearing your voice from the ...

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Baby Essentials – Essentials for 1st 3 Months

Last update on Sept. 29, 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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