Traveling in Style to see The Beach Boys with Andrus Limo

  We recently had friends + family in from out of town for the holidays. We were brainstorming ideas on how to show them a good time. We decided to see The Beach Boys in concert in downtown Milwaukee at The Riverside. Sounded like a merry time! But, we got […]

Meet Lake Country Newborns!

 A baby. A new baby. A newborn. Whether the baby is for your first, your 5th or your last. A new baby is life changing. Mamas are strong, courageous, fierce and have instincts. Moms also need support, assurance and guidance and words of affirmation. We were so excited to learn […]

12 Tips On How To Keep Your House Clean Without Really Trying

I, by no means, am an expert or consider my own home to be the super tidy model home that we were referring to above, but my sister does jokingly call my house “the museum” and I do take pride in keeping a mostly clean, tidy, and organized home. Now that I am a mom of an 18-month-old, a furry dog baby named Henry Ford and pregnant with number two, I have learned some tricks to help me stay on top of housekeeping without a huge, concerted effort. I also consulted with other moms whose homes I revere as spotless to see what hacks they leverage to share with you (and to steal personally). 

The day I stepped out of my comfort zone: paddleboarding

But then the next thing I knew, I was off-balance, stepping backward, and then water was over my head. I had a quick freakout moment that I was in the water and “was I going to be ok?” I truly don’t know exactly what happened when I fell, but now I had the task of trying to collect myself and get back on. I grabbed the paddle, plopped it on the board, and tried to conjure up a plan to get back on.

Local mom shares her love of cooking on YouTube

Making things from scratch, or semi-homemade, teaches a lot of different skills to children as well. You need to read a recipe thoroughly and correctly or take the risk of your hard work not turning out. Measurements need to be pretty precise for baking, and knowing the difference between a teaspoon and tablespoon can make a big difference to your end result. And, of course, getting to spend time together laughing and working is the best part.

Creating Work-Life Balance

Believing you can get there is the first step. If you’re already thinking that’s not something attainable for you, you’re already blocking your brain from figuring out ways to make it a success for you. I have two little kids with another on the way. I want to be able to spend as much time with them as possible. I want to take a maternity leave that I want, not what a job tells me I can do.

We are not a scary place

Nursing homes. Skilled Nursing facilities. Sub-acute rehab facilities. Have you heard of them?  We take your loved ones here for a few reasons:  1. There’s not enough help at home. Stairs, incontinence issues, maybe cannot get them dressed, they cannot walk, they need special treatments.  2. The layout of the […]

Finding Joy

I sometimes get lost in my own self pity, but, I look at my husband, he misses his Father, together we mourn the man who’s body moved on this year, but the life inside of it, the soul, had vacated it years before. My husbands pain very deep and raw, something I would bear for him, if I could. But since it’s not something that can be done it is easy to say. I think of those that I have lost, the high school suicide, the late 20’s death by his own hand, the car accident that snuffed out more than 1 life, the best friend who’s demons could not be drowned until he finally succumbed.
And I remind myself how precious life is.

A Somewhere In Between Mom

Whether you’re a work-at-home mom, a work out of the home mom, a work at an office mom, a uniformed mom or a somewhere in between mom, you are still Mom first and foremost. Whatever way you choose to support your family, your first job is Mom. We are all bonded in a special way, this motherhood tribe. We need to remember this. Instead of tearing each other down, we need to be lifting each other up. Rejoicing in each other’s triumphs and lending a shoulder when the tears start falling.

What Will She See?

Sweet, round cheeks. Beautiful skin. Precious red curls. Piercing green eyes. I look at my 10-month old daughter and can’t help, though I am extremely biased, but admire what a beautiful little creature she is. I see glimpses of her dad in her eyes and her smile, and of my […]

Be the Friend That Shows Up

I was in the middle of a Christmas party last year when I started having contractions. I was only 30 weeks along and I was terrified. Per the on-call doctor’s directions, my husband and I left my two older children with their grandparents and headed over to the Emergency Department. […]