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.
The best part about any staycation is the ability to discover unknown gems in your very own backyard. That and a plush hotel bed make all the difference. It’s really not the extravagant, action packed weekends or events that my girls remember most but rather the low key moments when we are all together and unplugged.
The performing arts are such an important part of my youth and our family culture. Too often they are ignored but slowly, we can all use social media to bring attention to the amazing talent in and around Chicagoland. Everywhere, really. If you feel the same and this is a priority for your kids, then I’d love for you to join me this Sunday, 6/9/18 at Drury Lane Theater for a special run of “Matilda.” You’ve all seen the movie…now we have the theater production and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a dark story with a true happy ending.
How was your Mother’s Day? Admittedly, mine was perfect and I am not saying that in a braggadocios manner at all. I asked for two things this year: an excellent, champagne-filled brunch and a nice, long nap. I got both so color this momma happy.
Previous years didn’t affect me as much as this birthday. Not sure why. Eight might as well be ten as far as I’m concerned. She just doesn’t feel like a little girl anymore and while it’s wonderful to see her grow and I couldn’t be more proud…gosh, I am not ready to let go of that little baby. This is a sentimental birthday for me. Missing teeth and all.
Okay, I am going to try and sum up the questions I’ve received as best as I can when it comes to our European Family Adventure. Since I’ve returned, I cannot tell you how lovely it is to see people in person, receive texts, DMs and emails regarding how you all followed along and loved my posts and stories. That just warms a girl’s heart and I am not kidding in the least bit. It is so much work to edit and create story content worth posting that is not only visually appealing but actually unique and interesting. I could have stopped at every corner to snap photos but that is clearly not an option.
I’ve spent many many years of my life feeling guilty for taking time off. 2019 is not exempt but I am a work in progress. Rewinding the clock, it’s safe to say that for the last 20 years of my career, I’ve felt bad asking for time off and even worse when I returned. Now, as a co-founder of a bustling social media agency, I still feel guilty which is weird because it’s my company! Is there something off with my mental health, the American way or do we just have it all wrong?
I had to think long and hard about what to pack for this trip. And by this trip I am referring to London and Paris. This wasn’t going to be a Fashion Week trip although I did want to maintain some level of style. This was a family trip with much warmer temps than our Chicago. With that said, it’s been awhile since I’ve had to travel international which begs the question…what are my carry-on travel essentials?
I am on the tail end of a holiday weekend trip to Aspen with my girls. Why not? Conferences + President’s Day seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to embrace one of my New Year’s intentions: travel more + disconnect.
We set out on Valentine’s Day to visit our Chicago-turned-Aspen friends. After moving nearly six months ago and an open invite; I pounced on great airfare and what would be an awesome mom/daughter adventure.
It’s been a full circle week. What looked like a normal week of kids, work and typical weekly balance challenges took a complete nose dive as of Sunday night. The universe is mysterious but like any hard life event, I learned a little about myself and a lot about my tribe. It was the catalyst for this post as I was so moved by the kind actions and notes people shared with me.
I am pretty sure I’ve discovered family gold when it comes to weekend activities. You can thank me later. I first started sharing about CMX Cinemas on my IG and my DMs blew up so I wanted to share in a full blog post as well.
Visiting this luxurious movie theater parents might just award you Mom of the Year OR Wife of the Year so listen up because “going to the movies” just got a whole lot cooler.