The Journal

To A New Mama From A Mama Who Had Been There: Magda Lasota

In the first #MamaNextDoor post of 2021, I'm sharing my answers to a different set of questions, from the time when my boys were younger, and being a mother 24/7 felt like a struggle. So much has changed,...

What's In Store for MLM in 2021 + Business Changes

2020 has been our first full year in business. When the world shut down in March of 2020 I worried whether this early stage bootstrapped start-up of mine would survive the pandemic. People were staying home wearing lounge...

What I'm Taking With Me Into 2021 and My Biggest Hope for the New Year

My biggest hope for 2021 is that gathering with people is allowed and safe again. I've missed being with others in the same room. I've missed wine nights, dinner parties, meet-ups, conferences. I've missed the...

Mama Next Door: Mary Beth Mulholland

I loved my life before becoming a mother, and I love my life now as a mom. As I've gotten older, I've realized I can honor each version of myself — and they can co-exist....

Mama Next Door: Ericka Webb

This week's #MamaNextDoor is Ericka Webb of Sinking Heels of Motherhood. She's a doctoral candidate, motherhood journalist, coach and a mama of five, with baby number six on the way! Ericka says about her work, "I am...

Mama Next Door: Briana Beazley

Happy new week, mamas! I'm so excited to introduce this week's #MamaNextDoor—Briana Beazley. Bri and I met a few months ago during our last in person event celebrating International Women's Day in Chicago. She's a mom to...

The Silver Linings Journal

Turning my face toward the sun and closing my eyes for a few seconds feels like heaven.  On the blog today, I’m sharing one-sentence silver-linings I've been jotting down in my daily journaling practice. Short,...

Mama Next Door: Lauren Girardin

Happy Monday, mamas! This week's #MamaNextDoor is Lauren Girardin. Lauren and I met a few year ago in Chicago when I was still an aspiring "influencer" and she owned the South Loop branch of Fit4Mom....

Mama Next Door: Rebecca Stib

This week's #MamaNextDoor is Rebecca Stib. Rebecca is a new mom (hello, baby Ethan!) and founder of Nutritious Gifts where she curates thoughtful and healthy gift packages to send loved ones with particular health conditions such as heart...