erikataylor

erikataylor
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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.
Winning the Vegetable Battle

Winning the Vegetable Battle

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Raise your hand if you struggle to get your kids to eat their vegetables. Yes, I see your hands, and I know that even kids that like some vegetables will fight like mad if they...
surviving winter

Surviving Winter

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I don’t know about you, but every winter, I find myself (and my kids) getting antsy by the end of January, wishing that spring was here already. While the Romans probably weren’t battling the...
black history month

A Different Way to Celebrate Black History Month

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Every February, our nation celebrates Black History Month. This commemoration usually focuses on recognizing and celebrating the amazing and important contribution that Black Americans have made to our nation and the world. Some amazing...
loss of grandparent

Upon the Loss of My Grandmother

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There are so many things that make getting older better. You have grown up, learned what is important in life, and are confident about living your values. You have had time to find a collection...
ninja

How Imaginary Ninja Battles Can Teach Me to Be More Adaptable and Gracious in...

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Today is International Ninja Day, and while some people will celebrate by learning about the history of ninjas (check out National Geographic’s Ninjas Secret History Of The Ninja Uncovered Full Documentary or watching Japanese...
dairy-free

How a Pandemic Helped Me Love Being Dairy-Free

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So one of my least favorite first-world problems of getting older has been how my metabolism has changed and how I have developed allergies over the years (sadly, I now have allergies to latex,...
covid test

Getting Our First COVID Test

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When my son walked over to me with that sad look in his eyes, without his usual pep and mischievous grin, I started to worry. He then came in for a snuggle and I...
that mom

Meet Erika: That Kind of Mom

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Hi Fairfield County Moms! My name is Erika, and I am super excited to be joining the team. I am an academic mama – a professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, and a mother...