Photo provided by Kristin Cavallari Business Advice / Entrepreneur Profiles / Lifestyle / Motivation

We’ll come right out with it…we think Kristin Cavallari is a pretty badass mama. Not only is she raising her three adorable kiddos, but she’s a serial entrepreneur, married to professional football player, Jay Cutler (go Bears!) and top-selling author. Her latest company and project is the launch of her new jewelry line and company, Emerald Duv. We had the pleasure of interviewing her to better...

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Playroom Prep Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Featured Biz Mama: Rosalyn Kemp of Playroom Prep Playroom Prep answers the question how to start early learning at home. This fun, easy to use dry-erase book was created by a lifelong teacher to give parents the tools to help prepare their little ones for school. Activities are presented one letter...

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Lifestyle

With each post, article, letter regarding Brock Turner and his victim, my stomach churns. That poor woman. That poor, poor woman. What she went through, on so many levels. And the strength and poise she demonstrated to read her letter to her assaulter. It made me cry for her. For so many other victims. And I’ll be honest, it made me feel sad for another...

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You’re Selling Yourself Short.  Please Stop. Business Advice / Motivation

Yesterday I was chatting with a work friend who is unhappy in her current job and looking for new work at another company.  And lamenting her prospects. As anyone who has ever looked at job postings can affirm, it is often a demoralizing process. “I don’t have 7 years of experience at that.” “I’m not sure I would define my communication skills as ‘excellent.'” “I’m...

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The Motherhood Roller Coaster Lifestyle / Tips

By Jennifer Foos I remember when my first daughter was born in August 2012, the first couple of weeks seemed like an eternity, moving so slow, filled with excitement, tears, pure joy, worry, happiness, and sadness. It was a roller-coaster of emotions but I got through it with time, patience, and many sleepless nights. WhatI have learned since that time is that motherhood has its...

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Biz Mama Feature: Jenny Jeep Johnson of Mother’s Little Helpers Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Featured Biz Mama: Jenny Jeep Johnson of Mother’s Little Helpers Mother’s Little Helpers is dedicated to helping mothers struggling with their self identities (or lack thereof) since becoming moms. I’ve been told that my blog is like the Jerry Seinfeld of mom blogs…”what’s the deal with that” kind of stuff. Soon,...

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Letter to a Postpartum Mom Lifestyle / Motivation / Tips

by Ashley La Gesse   Dear Beautiful Momma,   I want to start by saying that I promise this will end, and your previous self will return. I want to tell you that you do love your baby even though you may not think you do. I want you to know that you are not a horrible mother just because this is not what you...

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Biz Mama Feature: Marylynne Schwartz of ClassCrasher Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Featured Biz Mama: Marylynne Schwartz of ClassCrasher Marylynne is a mom, wife, newly minted entrepreneur, recovering attorney and community enthusiast. She has just launched a new website,www.classcrasher.com, to help Chicago parents find full semesters of classes, camps, or drop-ins for their babies, toddlers, and children to attend. On top of all...

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Preparing for Take Off Lifestyle / Tips

By Kate Uniowski If the idea of traveling with your kids has you on a permanent staycation, fear not.  These tips will have you taking off before you can say ‘fasten your seatbelts.’   Before you leave home: The more organized you are before you get the airport, the better.  Have carry-on bags divided with snacks in one compartment, entertainment in another and diapers / extra...

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Biz Mama Feature: Deb Dulin of Dulin Design Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Featured Biz Mama: Deb Dulin of Dulin Design Deb Dulin has 15 years experience creating customized design solutions that help companies grow and thrive. Dulin Design is an award-winning, full service design & branding studio that values collaboration with clients, as well as becoming an integral part of a client’s team....

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Dear Moms, You’re Awesome… Motivation

Dear Moms, Do you know how amazing you are? Do you ever spend a minute to take in all you do? Do you ever take time realizing how much you accomplish in a day, more than most do in a week? Probably not because you’re too busy doing what you do. But please read this and realize this is to  you, about you, for you....

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Can a Talking Pig Teach Your Kid Better Manners? Lisa Burns Thinks So. Business Advice / Entrepreneur Profiles / Products

We’re happy to introduce you to another mom building her own business,  Lisa Benson Burns. Lisa has 2 boys (Ryan age 22 and Reed age 19), and lives in Lake Forest. In addition to working full-time and launching this business she like to read and snow ski. Her business is called Manners Made Easy, and she makes a product line called Polite PigPals, intended to help...

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3 Products that Make Breastfeeding while Working Easier Lifestyle / Products / Tips

By Amanda Glenn Working when you’re a breastfeeding mother usually means that you’ll be doing a lot of pumping. Pumping can be time consuming and stressful; however, by investing in a few products before you go back to work, you can make things much easier on yourself. Here are the top three things you can buy to make working and breastfeeding less taxing. Hands-Free Bra...

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Biz Mama Feature: Julia Rohan of Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more!   Featured Biz Mama: Julia Rohan of Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting I founded Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting in 2012. I was fueled with an entrepreneurial spirit, a genuine passion for dogs, and a desire to find my path. After several years working in non-profit administration, I refocused...

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Keeping Momma Lookin’ Good Lifestyle / Tips

By Thilani Page Just because you’re a mom, it doesn’t mean that your beauty routine has to go out the window.   As a full time mother who works outside of the home, I have to look fairly presentable, even on days where I have only had a few hours of sleep. There have been many days where I’ve woken up and just want to have a...

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Working Mom Survival Guide Lifestyle / Tips

By Kasey Bernard When I was asked to write an article about how to survive as a working mom, my first thought was “This is going to be a short blog – wine and chocolate. Done.”   While wine and chocolate do get me through some of the tough days, there are a couple of guideposts I have found that help me through the long...

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Made for Moms by Moms Products

By Pem Hessing Moms know moms. Every mother knows what it is like to be in the trenches as well as the absolute joy that comes along with this thing called motherhood. There is a certain amount of trust to be had when a product is created by a momprenuer because these women have been there. These moms have had an experience, developed solutions, and...

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Biz Mama Feature: Bonnie Cortez, Life-Cycle Celebrant (Wedding Officiant) Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Bonnie Cortez of Chosen – Bonnie Cortez, Life-Cycle Celebrant As a Life-Cycle Celebrant (Wedding Officiant), I create and officiate tailor-made ceremonies for any occasion. This was the natural course for me after devoting my professional life to service as a massage therapist for 20 years, a labor doula for 15 years...

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When You Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Invent Your Brilliant Idea Business Advice / Entrepreneur Profiles

You may have heard of the tremendously successfully crowdfunding campaign that aims to redesign breast pumps so they don’t, you know, suck.  It caught the attention of media outlets like The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy. Welcome to the modern era of breastpumps, brought to you by Babyation. It was the brainchild of visionary mom Sam Rudolph. Despite juggling 48 other things, she graciously agreed...

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3 Products for Easier Mom World Domination Products / Tips

By Kati Wax As a working mom and mompreneur and mom-of-the-year and “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom” (to my 3 year-old) I am on a continual search for things to make my life easier and more efficient (but let’s face it, this is really only to avoid wrinkles and grey hair – it’s really all about me). In this quest for survival, I have found a...

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BB Blocks Make Milestone Moments Easy Entrepreneur Profiles / Products

By Mary Mesch We live in the age of social media where friends and family look to Facebook and Instagram to see photographs of loved ones living near and far. The most popular posts in my feed are the ones of babies, tots and kids reaching important milestnes. From the first weeks of life to the first birthday and even the first day of each...

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Biz Mama Feature: Angel Li of Little Linguists Academy Entrepreneur Profiles

Welcome to our regular feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! Little Linguists Academy, established in 2005, is Chicago’s premier Language School. In addition to classes at our Academy, we currently provide instruction at more than 50 public and private schools throughout the Chicago-land area. We offer ‘in school’ full and partial day programs for children as well as before and/or after...

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Mompreneur Profile – Amrita McIntyre of Mila James Clothing Entrepreneur Profiles

If you’ve gone from having a career to being a stay at home mom, you’ll likely understand the surprisingly difficult transition of no longer having a mentally stimulating, personally challenging endeavor in your life.  Sure, the life of endless yoga pants and the mental image of yourself lounging on the couch watching Oprah and eating bonbons while your beautiful babe sleeps blissfully seems like a...

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Artificially Natural – Adventures in Bottle Feeding Tips

By Cristina Martin Once maternity leave ends, the battle between breast and bottle begins. By the time my son turned 3 months and I returned to work, he was a champion bottle­feeder. I was relieved to not have to worry about my son not eating enough while I was working, but breast slowly started losing the battle against bottle. My milk supply took a skydive,...

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Joanne Wilson, image from www.bizjournals.com Business Advice / Entrepreneur Profiles / Motivation / Resources / Tips

If I’ve learned anything being a startup founder and CEO, it’s taught me to put myself out there and take risks. Who knows what will come of it, but you definitely know nothing will happen if you don’t try. Not only do I bring this mantra to life in running MUMZY, but also in connecting with folks, even those who seem way more important, iconic,...

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Tools for Mom Life on the Road Lifestyle / Tips

By Thilani Page   Before marriage and kids, I was an avid traveller. The one thing that I didn’t want to give up after getting married, was travelling. Luckily, my husband loves to go to new and exciting places as much as I do, so raising kids that travelled was a no brainer. I grew up in England and that means that my family lives there...

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Mompreneur Monday: Spotlight on Kerri Lee-Young Entrepreneur Profiles

By: Ashley La Gesse Meet Kerri Lee-Young. Mom to one Star Wars-loving three year old, wife, free-lance writer, and as if that were not enough, co-founder of her business Industrie. Industrie is a website/digital publication for salon professionals…and it is a destination for them to obtain information that can help them better their business, their lives, and their skill-set. Industrie’s tagline is ‘beauty + substance,’...

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The Best Mom Resources By Amanda Glenn Resources / Tips

By: Amanda Glenn We’ve all heard the joke about how babies don’t come with instruction books, right? The reason this joke resonates is that it’s so true – none of us come into this parenting thing knowing quite what we’re doing, and we have to figure out how to do it as we go. Below are the three best mom resources that can take the...

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Created by Moms for Moms Resources / Tips

By: Jennifer Foos When I first found out I was going to become a mom, I knew next to nothing about what I would need to help me care for a child. When my husband and I went to register I went off of the advice of friends and the items the store recommends when you sign up for a registry. Of course I did...

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Mompreneur Moment: Cassandra Hawkinson, Chicago-Based AMC Owner Entrepreneur Profiles / Lifestyle / Motivation

By Sarah Robertson Having a baby changes you. Your daily routine is turned upside down. In the early days your mind may clouded by a sleep-deprived fog, your emotions are in turmoil, and for a while it can feel like your body just isn’t your own. Some of us celebrate our stretch marks and new shape, others mourn breasts that used to pass the pencil...

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Where Is Your Next Big Idea Hiding? Business Advice / Entrepreneur Profiles / Motivation / Tips

By Cheryl Wilson, momtrepeneur and owner, Cheryl Wilson Marketing Inspiration comes at the strangest times: when you’re reading to your toddler, when you’re prepping dinner, when you’re watching Daniel Tiger for the 300th time. Most recently, I was picking up hard-as-rock cheerios off the floor of my car wishing there was a built-in vacuum that could turn on and off as easy as the A/C....

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Biz Mama Feature: Tess Kearns of All Natural Chicago Entrepreneur Profiles

Introducing our newest bi-weekly feature: Biz Mama entrepreneur profiles. Check out Biz Mama’s facebook page for more! I am a momtreprenuer. All Natural Chicago Catering is a slow food kitchen, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Our food is distinctly fresh, delightfully healthy and positively delicious. We source local ingredients, do only what is necessary to them to elevate them to greatness. We focus on corporate catering but...

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The Mom Community Lifestyle / Motivation / Resources / Tips

By: Megan Cunningham The day my son was born I warned my Mother that she should brace herself for an endless stream of phone calls and text messages asking for advice. I knew nothing about being a Mom, but felt confident that I had the best of the best at my disposal. As it turns out, my Mother was pretty far removed from the “Baby...

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Spotlight on Shirley @ Wolfbait & B Girls Entrepreneur Profiles

By: Nyssa Krull I remember the first time I walked past Wolfbait & B Girls clearly. I was pregnant with my son, waddling around Logan Square and in all honesty thought this shop was way too cool to carry my little magnets. After a lot of urging from my husband and a good month or so of self-esteem boosting, I got up the nerve to...

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Source: http://www.sheknows.com Lifestyle / Tips

By Leslee Curtain   I live in a household with a husband, a 3 year old, an 18 month old and 2 large dogs, which can make every day pretty crazy. Oh, and did I mention that I work too? I usually feel like I get nothing done. Anything I can find to simplify my life helps immensely. Using shortcuts always will help me to through...

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5 Keys to MUMZY Crowdfunding Success Resources / Tips

At MUMZY, we’re all for leaping in to a cool new project.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also do your research!  Here are a few helpful tips that we have discovered along the way that will give your project the best chance of succeeding: Build your audience ahead of time Think about the nature of your intended project and sketch out the various networks...

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