Self-acceptance, self-care, and creating the unique life balance that’s right for you – EDEM no. 23 with Lindsey Monroe

Self-acceptance, self-care, and creating the unique life balance that’s right for you – EDEM no. 23 with Lindsey Monroe

You are enough, right now. How would our days be different if this was the core message moms heard? We accept our whole self, knowing we are doing the best can in this moment. We realize our best is different from every other person's best so we celebrate everyone's uniqueness and no longer give in to thoughts of judgement and comparison of ourselves and others. Meet Lindsey Monroe, mother of two boys, birth doula and photographer, who is feeling fulfilled because she found a balance that works for her. She's learned to lean into the chaos of her life right…continue reading →
Decluttering and Organizing your home, Discovering more balance in your life- EDEM ep. 22 with Gillian Perkins

Decluttering and Organizing your home, Discovering more balance in your life- EDEM ep. 22 with Gillian Perkins

Do you want to simplify and organize your life you so have more freedom and experience more relaxation? Do you want the recipe for a constantly clean house? Meet Gillian Perkins, a mother, author, and business owner who shared the struggle many moms face of how to keep our home in order and  our work + life in balance. She and her husband had to temporarily live with most of their stuff in storage before they could move into their new home. It was then she discovered how much easier and calmer her life was when she had less stuff. She developed…continue reading →
Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Miracle Morning for Parents and Families, Morning routine, and Positive home environment – EDEM ep. 21 with Lindsay McCarthy

Imagine a new routine with your family each morning. It’s not rushed or chaotic. You wake up a little earlier than you have to and do some simple, proven practices to improve everyone’s mindset A shift takes place when we devote time for ourself at the start of the day—we start to feel more confidence, compassion, and gratitude. This is a glimpse into Miracle Morning for Parents & Families, a new book coming out September 12. Meet Lindsay McCarthy, mother of two and co-author of the book, with her husband Mike McCarthy and…continue reading →
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 →
In Parenting and in Life: Be Present. Be Positive. Be me.

In Parenting and in Life: Be Present. Be Positive. Be me.

Parenting is rarely about what happens, and more about how we choose to feel and think about what happens. With this in mind, I realized there are three things more important that anything else in parenting and in life – being present, being positive, and being me. Parenting, with its highs and lows and great challenges and triumphs, provides an opportunity for choosing to live this way. This article first appeared on parent.co. Growing through parenting We are evolving through the choices we make every day. The more we choose to experience, the more…continue reading →
Sharing parenting responsibilities, Making time for the right things – EDEM ep. 17 with Heather Rosales

Sharing parenting responsibilities, Making time for the right things – EDEM ep. 17 with Heather Rosales

One thing they don’t really teach us when we become parents is how is how to share all of the parenting responsibilities and make time for the right things. When one thing is off-kilter—whether its time for ourself, our spouse, or our children—it takes away from our enjoyment of all the other things and prevents us from achieving that life balance we desire. Meet Heather Rosales, a full-time working mother of two boys, who has found that healthy balance through creating routines, consistently following them, and learning to communicate well with her spouse. Heather blocks…continue reading →
Gaining confidence, feeding your mind and body right, and believing you deserve it all – EDEM ep. 16 with Tatiana Amico

Gaining confidence, feeding your mind and body right, and believing you deserve it all – EDEM ep. 16 with Tatiana Amico

Why is it hard to put ourself first? How do we let go of the limiting beliefs and negative self talk and gain back our confidence? How do we have it all? Meet Tatiana Amico, mom of two who has built a life and business around empowering women to go after their dreams and have it all. She says it starts with putting yourself first, especially when you are a busy mama. She overcame her own negative body image, food and exercise addiction by believing she deserved more. She took control of her…continue reading →
Making the choice to be happy, creative storytelling and singing, feeling grateful for right now

Making the choice to be happy, creative storytelling and singing, feeling grateful for right now

How do we trust that where we are now is exactly where we need to be? How do we stay positive when we feel overwhelm from big changes in our life, like moving our family to a new place? Meet Katy Lineberry, mother of two, who realized when she takes time to appreciate the things in her life now, she can feel happy about where she is and trust the journey ahead. Katy realized happiness is a choice. A choice she needs to make whether she’s at home with her two young children or at…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 →
Getting the family together around the table, bridging what you love and what you do everyday, and overcoming postpartum depression – EDEM story with Rebecca Andexler

Getting the family together around the table, bridging what you love and what you do everyday, and overcoming postpartum depression – EDEM story with Rebecca Andexler

We want to follow our passion. To make what we love what we do everyday. But how do we do it? Meet Rebecca Andexler. Rebecca had a successful career in PR but felt like something was missing. She followed that voice and went back to school to become a chef. Today, her career is a blend of the things she loves most—her family, food, and journalism—she calls it homemakers habitat. We may not be able to start a new career right now, but we can make a little time everyday for what we love.…continue reading →
Rushing less and relaxing more through mealtimes, potty training, and life—EDEM Story with Jess Bedsole

Rushing less and relaxing more through mealtimes, potty training, and life—EDEM Story with Jess Bedsole

She changed her tone, her language, and her expectations with her son and now he listens and responds better. The shift came from reading oh crap! potty training. She did potty train but more importantly—she uncovered a simple way to relax and it positively changed their relationship. She still faces challenges—especially with balancing her time and energy evenly among her toddler and new baby. She’s beginning to let go of that feeling that success with one means failure with the other. This comes from a shift in perspective. She starts every morning and ends every night with…continue reading →
Writing a family mission statement, defining your core values, and breaking the parenting rules – EDEM no. 12 NJ Rongner

Writing a family mission statement, defining your core values, and breaking the parenting rules – EDEM no. 12 NJ Rongner

What is a family mission statement? Is it as simple as a vision of what you want for your family life and the values to live by to realize your vision? Is having one important? Meet NJ Rongner, a mom-of-two, who sat down with her husband to write their family mission statement. Hear why she did it, what her core values are, and how she's breaking some of the parenting rules. One thing she does is say no before saying yes and she does so without guilt. For her saying no is a good thing, because it means saying yes to…continue reading →
Starting a fulfilling side gig, creating a plan and sticking to it, and reflecting on the good things  – EDEM podcast with Susan Maccarelli

Starting a fulfilling side gig, creating a plan and sticking to it, and reflecting on the good things – EDEM podcast with Susan Maccarelli

Do you dream of starting your own side gig but don’t know where to begin? Meet Susan Maccarelli, a stay-at-home mom of two who did just that. She had an idea, created a plan, stuck with it, and it’s evolved into a fulfilling side business. Hear how she did it, what she's learned along the way, and a life recipe with four simple ingredients for how you can do it too. One thing she's learned is that when you're trying to do too many things, its hard  to enjoy any one of them. That’s why she doesn’t check email while…continue reading →
Expecting your second child? 18 tips for staying present and positive so you can appreciate more

Expecting your second child? 18 tips for staying present and positive so you can appreciate more

One nice thing about having your second child is that you trust yourself more.  You did it once, you can do it again. You still worry about whether or not you can handle it all. But if you are worrying, then you can't be calm and positive and trust yourself. Knowing that our capacity to love and give only grows when we have another child helps with this worry. The more we give, the more we get back. And we do get so much back from our children. The love and joy we get back from our…continue reading →