Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth, love, happiness and letting our children be our greatest teachers – EDEM ep. 20 with Natalie Sager

Health, wealth (abundance), love, and happiness. We want and deserve all of these things. We actually are all of these things at our core. We just have to dig down inside to heal ourself and let it emerge. It starts with our own health and well-being. We have to first feel healthy within our self to feel and appreciate all the abundance around us. It's an inside-out job. Meet Natalie Sager, a mother of two boys, and holistic health coach whose mission is helping mothers get control of their health and feel abundance in…continue reading →
Be real, be silly, and be open to the relationships and opportunities that can make you grow – EDEM ep. 19 with Patti Cella

Be real, be silly, and be open to the relationships and opportunities that can make you grow – EDEM ep. 19 with Patti Cella

What if we focused more on being real, being silly, and putting ourself out there so we keep growing and experiencing life as it is—instead of worrying what our life looks like to others and trying to achieve an image of perfect that isn't even realistic? Meet Patti Cella, a hysterical mom of three young boys, who embodies all of these things. You’ll laugh a lot and be completely touched by the slightly unconventional yet wholehearted and genuine way she parents and lives her life. You would never know she lost her mother less…continue reading →
Working on your summer bucket list? Here are some fun local summer outings

Working on your summer bucket list? Here are some fun local summer outings

Summer outing anyone? Here are some great spots in Chicago and western suburbs, many of them free, to go explore and have fun with your children this summer. And check out the life recipe for making your summer outing a success. "Experience is the teacher of all things." - Julius Caesar Summer Outings Little Red School House. A cross between nature and history at this little red schoolhouse in beautiful Palos Hills. Wooded, hilly hiking with wildlife galore including frogs, snakes, birds, turtles and more.  Small natural history museum with live animals and interactive play for children.…continue reading →
Juggling home + life + work and doing what’s right for you and your family  – EDEM 6 with Jaclyn Mellone

Juggling home + life + work and doing what’s right for you and your family – EDEM 6 with Jaclyn Mellone

Hear how the mama behind the chasing dreams and littles incubator is serving herself, her family, and her business in a way that is true for her. Have you felt the stress of life pulling you in different directions? Are you feeling guilt and stress over the juggle of it all? Meet Jaclyn Mellone.  Jaclyn experienced the overwhelm of being pulled in different directions and feeling like she was failing at everything when she returned to work after having her daughter. She soon realized she wanted to be in a situation where she could have more time with her daughter…continue reading →
Feeling more joy and less stress everyday as a parent

Feeling more joy and less stress everyday as a parent

This is an EveryDayReflection on getting through stressful moments of parenting. When we are feeling less stress, we can appreciate and enjoy more moments with our children. Whenever my children are feeling big emotions and melting down,  one of the first things I try to say is, “calm down and take a deep breath.” And now when I'm starting to feel stressed and overwhelmed, “take a deep breath, Mommy” is the first thing my daughter says to me.  Hearing her say this may  to me really helps. Even though it may not be the thing I want to…continue reading →
Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

Life Recipe 05: Getting out the door in winter

We hope to use the force to get our children dressed and out the door. "This is your jacket. Put on your shoes. And now let's leave." But we're not jedi knights and its rarely that easy. It's more like this: Calvin gets one boot on and suddenly his other boot transforms into a lightsaber. He's a star wars knight fighting off his coat. I'm getting the baby into her tauntaun like full-body bunting. She starts starts wailing because she can't move with it on. I dream of putting my older children in gear…continue reading →
Sharing life recipes for making EveryDay moments more meaningful for the EveryMom.

Sharing life recipes for making EveryDay moments more meaningful for the EveryMom.

Life as a mom is full. We aren't just moms, we're much more like homemakers, nurturers, organizers, wives, colleagues, sisters, and daughters. At the root of all of these roles is who we are as people. We can only be as good for others as we are to ourselves. I want my life as a mom to be fulfilling, not just full. In my first week as a mom, I reflected that being a mom is absolutely the most challenging yet joyful thing I've ever done. That still holds true today, four years…continue reading →
Life Recipe 03: Use your 5 senses to bring you back into the moment

Life Recipe 03: Use your 5 senses to bring you back into the moment

As we approach Christmas, I'm challenging myself to really be present for it. I don't want it to pass in a blur. When I'm worrying, fretting, judging, or rushing—instead of just experiencing—I'm not really present. Experiencing with all five of my senses is a way to get me out of my head and really feeling the moments in front of me. Here are five tips to use your senses to bring you back to the present moment so you can enjoy this season in an engaged, conscious way, without having it come and…continue reading →
Life Recipe 02: Find more energy in the evenings

Life Recipe 02: Find more energy in the evenings

The evenings are such precious, uninterrupted time. Too often I am too tired from the dinner, bath, story, and bedtime routine with my children to really enjoy them. How can I get more energy in the evenings to do the things I enjoy? Some nights I need to crash but most nights I just need something to keep me busy and divert my mind away from feeling tired. One evening, I was lying in bed thinking about the list of things I could be doing and feeling guilty for not doing any of…continue reading →
Children do learn from shows—but reading, playing, and imagining is definitely better

Children do learn from shows—but reading, playing, and imagining is definitely better

My children have been really into Dr. Seuss lately. It's fun reading longer books to them with real stories and lessons. They love The Grinch who Stole Christmas. And Grinch’s lesson that  “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” is especially timely. We were looking for special show for after Thanksgiving dinner—I was trying to decide on one of the classic Christmas shows from when we were younger. I know they would have enjoyed the Daniel Tiger or Curious George holiday specials but nostalgia kicked in…continue reading →
Life Recipes – Simple formulas for finding more meaning everyday

Life Recipes – Simple formulas for finding more meaning everyday

We want to make the big and little moments of everyday more meaningful. We can do that by taking simple steps everyday. Tiny steps lead to big change. Life recipes are the easy-to-follow simple formulas for making big positive changes. Life recipes come in many categories from health to relationships to spirit to character. The outcome of following the life recipes are more presence, love, and joy each day. And this makes the moments of everyday more meaningful. Join the Community If you're looking for a place to connect other moms and share…continue reading →
Life recipe 04: Devote energy to my marriage

Life recipe 04: Devote energy to my marriage

You hear a lot about how hard it is to be a mom. But nobody ever tells you how hard it is to be a wife after you become a mom. So much of your attention, time, naturally goes to your children. Sometimes it's a challenge to give your partner the energy they need. I have to be the person I want to connect with and that requires action everyday. I have to put positive energy into the things that are most important and that includes the relationship with my husband. When we…continue reading →
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