New ventures and leaving the grey space

Forgive the grainy late-night phone selfie. Loving this new journal from a fantastic group of women entrepreneurs.

I started the summer feeling “in between.” The kids are at camp three days each week and home with me two, so parent mode has ramped up. I left my job and started my own marketing consulting firm, so I have been juggling “launch mode” and doing work that will pay the bills. I am networking…

Summer Books for Mom: 5 Fast Reads

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I love to read, and the book nerd in me misses diving into books and not coming up for days. These days, though, I’m lucky if I get through ten pages before I am nodding off. Because of that, I have been reading more anthologies and essay collections. If you’ve been looking for some summer…

The lasting impact of a teacher’s kindness

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Summer is off to a crazy start, which I will fill you guys in on later this week. In the meantime, I managed to sneak in a little writing time and I am excited to be featured at Mamalode today. The kids and I are in a good place right now, and it took us…

10 ways for your kids to give back this summer

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It has always been important to me that my kids build giving back to our community into their lifestyle from an early age. Like eating well, exercising and working hard, I want this to be a part of their lives that they don’t question – they just do. There are plenty of ways to have…

Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books!

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It’s National Water Safety Month and summer is on its way… which means more time around pools, lakes, and water parks. If you are trying to launch your little ones into lessons but they have other ideas, there are great some great children’s books out there to remove the fear factor. I’m over at EverydayFamily…

What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer

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I love finding ways to tame my household chaos, especially when those hacks keep me away from the often overpriced children’s lines of products. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 5 unexpected items that have rocked my parenting world, plus a summer tip for your kiddos in car seats this summer! I hope you will check…

Summer is coming! Bring the fun to your mailbox!

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Given that I had my winter coat on four days ago here in Chicago, uttering the word “summer” seems a bit absurd. But it’s coming. And that means that this not-so-crafty mama needs to come up with ideas to keep my little busy bodies engaged. This past Christmas, I decided to forego the big gifts at…

Motivation, lizards, and the “spinny” place

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I can’t tell today if I want to have a dance party under my kids’ disco light or climb under the covers. I am in the process of making my freelance and consulting world more of a big-kid venture, and I have a distinct window of time to determine if my own gig is financially…