Mommas...Lean in, I'm CHIME'ing in about date night!
You may recall my New Year's resolutions but if not...check 'em out here. I'll hit fast forward...one of them was to incorporate date night into our monthly routine more regularly. Which is not entirely hard to do when your starting from 0.
Luckily, there's a new kid on the block, or should I say "babysitter", that's changing the way us parents procure safe, reliable childcare so that we can get a little adult time. I'm talking about Chime! You probably remember Sittercity, right? Well they created a new site that over 3M+ parents use for reasons like mine! We all like to dress up every once in awhile, right?!
Chime sitters are hand-picked and undergo a strict vetting process, which includes an application, in-person evaluation, enhanced background check, identity verification and social media screening. Only about 1 in 5 make the cut! Parents can view each sitters experience, review ratings from other parents, along with video interviews before they book.
The best part? There are no subscription fees and Chime is completely commitment-free. That's a breath of fresh air, eh? Booking and payment are completed through Chime's website or app. Could they make it any more convienent for us? Finally - no ATMs on the cab ride home - rejoice! And here's the best part...favorite sitter's information can be saved, so you can book again. "Easy peasy, lemon squeezy" as Olivia would say!
What are you waiting for? Use my code and try it for yourself: 101THINGS. It's worth a $100 credit! The code is good for first-time Chime users only.
Summers in Chicago cannot beat. I don't care where you live, there's a tremendous energy this city gives off just three months a year. And today, I want to share some of the really cool things you can do to live your best Chicago Summer.
...great news, there is still SO much left to go! Ready? Let's do this!
I have a story for you. I've been trying to decide whether or not to share it but I think there is a good message and furthermore, I know my children know they are loved. So, here it goes...
Before school got out, I volunteered one morning to assist with Field Day.
What's the biggest challenge you face when it comes to family night? For me, it's undoubtedly finding a place that will make the entire family happy. Somewhere that will keep the kids occupied while feeding the hubby something with substance. Tough, right?
If you keep up with me on Instagram, you probably know that we have a new addition in the family and her name is Eloise! She's 13 lbs. of pure adoring affection.
The commentary I received ranged from "Oh my god, congrats - she is adorable.
What’s your typical state of mind? Is it stress? Is it calm? Is it busy? Is it bliss? Or, if you are like me, it could be a combination of all of the above taking place in a span of 24 hours. That’s more like motherhood, right?
For me, a good scent evokes calm at the end of a stressful day. Calm is so often associated with nature, too. Think citrus, bamboo or orchid. In fact, I’ll do you one better. Think Febreze ONE.
I have had my fair share of struggles with confidence. I can't blame it on a singular incident or my upbringing because I had an amazing childhood. It's just who I am. I think a lot of us struggle with being confident whether it's at work, with friends, our body image, parenting or even meeting new people. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it's in our female DNA. Never mind celebrities and postpartum mommas who are back down to their fighting weight in a matter of seconds. It's no wonder!
I come from two big families of White Sox fans. It's simply not an option to root for anyone else. With that said, it's only fitting that we raise our girls to love summer baseball games and the Chicago White Sox as much as we do.
When I look at a 60-minute increment, a 30-minute increment, hand to God, I often think how many things can I accomplish in that time frame? It sounds a little insane but as a busy, working mom - efficiency is everything. But efficiency does not mean you have to sacrifice fun. Making the ordinary tasks in life a fun activity is my role as a mother. Enter bath time!
I've always known my roots were Polish but I never knew much beyond that. And that worked for many, many years. When all of these DNA kits launched, I'll admit. I wasn't that interested. My fair skin and blonde hair pointed me in the direction of Eastern European and Scandinavian. Done. Enough said.