That Time I Met The President Of The United States

There are moments in life that you know you will never forget.

As they are happening, you find yourself really aware that you are living something that will (most likely) never happen again.

The once in a lifetime opportunities.

On Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, I found myself experiencing one of those “please don’t wake up and have this all have been a dream” moments thanks to Blog Her and She Knows Media.

This is the story of that time I met The President of the United States.

The day itself started off like any other, in that I rose before the sun and got ready for work. I will admit to spending a bit more time than usual on my hair, as I hoped that with enough mousse and curling iron action I would be able to distract The President from my multiplying by the second gray roots. There was, however, no hope of hiding my Bert from Sesame Street eyebrows, so I took that as a reminder from the universe that I should stop ignoring eyebrow care from here on out.

After spending the morning at my office, where I took a brief break from working to be interviewed for the news…yep, it was every bit as crazy as you would imagine, I headed off to the Obama Town Hall.


My ticket

We all gathered in the library where the event was being held for about an hour and a half before President Obama arrived. It was the perfect amount of time to enjoy all of the music playing that instantly took me back to the campaign days of 2008. Think Signed, Sealed, Delivered and City of Blinding Lights, and you get the idea. I visited with other bloggers around me (Hi Jen, Towanda and Nichole!) and tried really hard not to cry.

See, I knew as I sat there in that space that there was no one, NO ONE, who would have loved this experience for me more than my mom. It is because of my mother that I am passionate about politics, as I accompanied her to vote for the first time when I was just 2 months old and never missed an election day with her until I went to college (and even then we would stay up late talking on the phone as we watched the election results come in). My mother absolutely loved political discussions, and she loved Barack Obama. I could pratically hear her as I sat there waiting telling me that when it was all over I better remember every minute because she would want to know every single detail, and she would absolutely mean EVERY.SINGLE.DETAIL.

And then I kind of had a peaceful calm come over me as the straining notes of another round of City of Blinding Lights began where I could almost just feel her there, reminding me that I had this. That imaginary tap on the shoulder to say “enjoy every second and use this opportunity to make your daughters proud of you”.

Soon after, there was an announcement that we needed to silence our cell phones and prepare for the program to begin.

And just like that, The President of the United States walked in, inches away from me.


 Well, hello, there Mr. President!

The President spoke to all of us, completely candidly, without notes or a teleprompter for a little over an hour. It was quite obvious sitting there listening to him that he, like those of us in the room, feels passionately about women being paid the same as men for equal work. He has a personal stake in this cause, as he himself has daughters. I was extremely impressed both with his knowledge base and his ability to connect with our audience.

And the issues being discussed, especially those related to equal pay for equal work? Those issues aren’t political. They have nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat. They are about being just and being fair.

At the end of the event, there was time for one more question, and y’all, that question went to me.

I got a chance to ask The President of the United States the question I had prepared:

As the mother of two daughters, how do you suggest I best empower them if they will be paid less than a male counterpart with the same skill set and the same background?

This is what The President said to me:

“You’ve got to remind your daughters that things are not perfectly fair, but people who work hard can make it fair…The way things get better is by that next generation taking ownership and being inspired…We want them to feel like the world is wide open to you, you can remake this thing, ultimately at some point you guys are going to be in charge. And so we want to not send a message to them that somehow they’re limited. We want to tell them what I tell Melia and Sasha, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

And with that, the event was over. The President headed over to me first (probably because he had just finished answering my question) and shook my hand. I thanked him for coming and for the honor of getting a chance to speak with him. He told me to keep working hard as a nurse and that The White House loves nurses.

I stayed after it was over for a little while doing a few interviews, chatting with bloggers and thanking Lisa Stone for being an amazing moderator.

My only regret of the day (besides the lack of eyebrow waxing) was not somehow managing to tell The President that for the first 5 years of her life Abby called him “Barack Omama”, as I think he would have enjoyed that little anecdote.

It is honestly hard still as I sit here writing this to put into words what this experience meant to me, as a mom, as a woman and as an American.

I will say simply that I am forever grateful and beyond humbled to have been given this truly once in a lifetime opportunity.

Clt Blogger Ashley Taylor discusses Equal Pay for Women w/ ObamaAshley, you are amazing! What a great story. Proud to be represented by a woman like you!

Posted by Vicki Vogt-Smith on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Dose Girls Interrupt This Broadcast…


It is us, for real, on your screens!

Gosh, we miss y’all! Seriously, guys, we really, really do.

It is definitely not you. It is us. Since we last posted to say we weren’t really posting, we have been trying each and every day to get back here to say hi, but stupid life keeps getting in our way!

This week brought that opportunity in a MAJOR way, and we had to share it with our favorite people…we tried our kids, but they were all, blah, blah, blah, dinner, where are my shoes, help me with my homework. We knew that the only people who would really appreciate it would be you guys!


So, okay, here is the deal. As women and mothers of daughters, we take very seriously the fact that there is pay inequality in this country. Knowing that Ashley recently returned to the health care workforce and quickly found out that even in that female dominated industry, male nurses are still paid more brings the issue extra close to home. Something has to change, right?

Today we have been invited to use our voices to help effect change for working women everywhere. Unfortunately, due to a bum ankle and the lack of availability of a Rascal electric scooter, Lisa has to miss out on the fun (and a total double whammy is that it is also her birthday!!), but Ashley will try her best to bring full Dose Girl enthusiasm!

Thanks to BlogHer, Ashley is attending the Town Hall Meeting with President Barack Obama in Charlotte, NC this afternoon!

It is okay if you need to take a minute to process this.

After all, the closest we have ever gotten to an important person with celebrity status is that time that Arie let us email him some interview questions.

But, here we are.

This is a link that will give you all the scoop on what is happening and also let you watch online if you choose. Ashley promises not to embarrass herself too much, although she does not rule out asking President Obama to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Lisa in her absence.

Here is the question we have for President Obama today: As mothers of daughters, how would he suggest we empower them to study and work hard if they know from the outset that they will be earning less than their male counterparts with the same education and skill set?






How To Be The Cool Back To School Mom

Summer is coming to an end here at The Dose of Reality, so we are now in full blown back-to-school mode. Between the two of us, we will have one freshman in high school, two brand new middle schoolers, and a first grader. Yikes! We are going to need to start off the school year super prepared!

We will find ourselves in three different carpool lines this year with multiple after school activities among the four kids. If you have ever picked up a kid from school, you know that starting the car ride off with an enthusiastic inquiry about the amount of homework awaiting that child is the quickest way to start the car ride off right!


That is actually the best way to ensure whining and complaining that will quickly lead to tears… from both you and your kids!

We have found that our car rides home and on the go are happiest when we have a snack and a drink waiting for our kids. And don’t try to pass off yesterday’s half-filled bottle of lukewarm water as the beverage of choice. Our kids want something cold, refreshing and sweet. We want them to have something nutritious, tasty, and reduced in sugar as compared to other juice drinks. This is why we always choose Capri Sun Juice Drinks* for our after school drinks!

Try doing multiplication facts or spelling lists with a child hopped up on a sugar even just one time, and you will quickly be reaching for the Capri Sun Juice Drink box the next time you are at the grocery store!

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With four different varieties of the clear bottom pouch beverage available, you will always have a yummy after school beverage for your kids! The clear bottoms make it easy for moms to see exactly what the juice looks like, plus gives them the chance to make sure the pouch has no leaks!

Moms everywhere are thanking their lucky stars for Capri Sun. Because they are made with no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, they are the perfect choice for moms. The fact that they taste good is what makes them the perfect choice for kids!

Capri Sun collage

Needless to say, we will be handing out the clear bottom pouches before the minivan doors even close. It will be our surefire way of making sure we are the cool moms in the carpool line… yes, even with our minivans!

*This product 16g sugars; leading regular juice drinks 22g sugars per 6 fl oz serving.


Comfortable Is The New Fashionable

We are all about comfort at The Dose of Reality.

We prefer tennis shoes to high heels. (We don’t even own anything higher than a kitten heel.) We are clad in yoga pants at every acceptable opportunity (and frankly, many times when it’s only semi-acceptable). We proudly wear granny panties instead of thongs. (Life is too short to go through life with a permanent wedgie, people.)

So when we got together for our most recent Very Important Blog Meeting, it was not surprising to find that we both arrived at my kitchen table wearing ensembles that were picked for function over form.

Lisa: Wait a minute. Are you wearing socks with your cute sandals?

Ashley: Of course I am.

YoloLisa: O…kay. Is there a reason or is this a new trend you’re starting?

Ashley: It’s my period and my feet get cold. I cannot concentrate on blog work if my feet are chilly. But still, I had to wear my sandals.

Lisa: Well there you go. Hey, it’s my period, too!

Ashley: Duh, you’re wearing your Alexander Skarsgård t-shirt. That’s a dead giveaway.

Lisa: Yep, it’s *so* cozy. I need to be surrounded by gentle fabrics (and enormous Swedes) when I am moody.

With the chit-chat out of the way, we got down to the first order of business on our meeting agenda–deciding what TV series we were going to binge watch together over the summer. (The only thing that makes us feel better than warm feet, elastic waisted pants, and ASkars is  watching hours and hours of TV.) This is totally legit blog business and not a matter to be taken lightly. We only get one summer a year to catch up on all the TV we normally miss. We have to make it count.

We came up with several options…

  • The Americans because Ashley has had a special affinity for Keri Russell ever since she tried to give herself a spiral perm in the late 1990s.
  • House of Cards because Kevin Spacey is a national treasure.
  • Orange Is the New Black because it’s edgy. We are nothing if not edgy, right?

It was a really hard decision. ALL television sounds like a good idea when you are wearing socks with sandals and enveloped in the 100% cotton likeness of a Viking. We debated as only two menstrual woman can…with great passion while eating M&Ms straight out of the bag.

Awesome MugIn the end we decided on Breaking Bad because it’s embarrassing to be the only two women in the continental US who haven’t seen it yet. We were *this* close to choosing Downton Abbey for the same reason, but Breaking Bad has more seasons available for streaming.

So if you try to reach us and you get our machines, you’ll know that we’re dressed for comfort and watching Emmy Award winning Bryan Cranston turning to a life of crime. Someone has to do the serious blog work this summer!

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