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:

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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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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