Meet Ali – Founder of Suburban Jungle

Meet Ali – Founder of Suburban Jungle

Suburban Jungle is one of our favorite resources for families moving to the ‘burbs. It’s a real estate business founded by mom and real estate veteran Alison Bernstein, totally focused on helping buyers learn about different towns before making the leap. We spoke to the Greenwich mom of four about her family life in Back Country, her growing brand and her favorite spots in the area.

Meet a Mom: Optometrist Vlada Nakhlis

Meet a Mom: Optometrist Vlada Nakhlis

I'm happy to introduce you to Dr. Vlada Nakhlis, owner and optometrist (Doctor of Optometry) of the bustling Optometry offices, EyeSee, located in the heart of Lincolnshire and Des Plaines! The super busy mama of three young children has worked very hard to be where...

Hawthorn Happenings

Hawthorn Happenings

Hawthorn Happenings SPOTLIGHT ON THE CENTER At Hawthorn Mall, we are re-imagining the use of our 15,190-square-foot center court space with a groundbreaking design that will revolutionize the way customers experience the mall. The new design will transform our...

Mundelein Fine Arts Festival

Mundelein Fine Arts Festival

Labor Day has come and gone and the kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that outdoor fun has to end. Join us for the 9th annual Mundelein Fine Arts Festival, held Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, from 10 am-5 pm in beautiful Kracklauer Park, (100 N....

Peace, Love & Retreat

Peace, Love & Retreat

Author: Dr. Jordan Leasure Over the course of my almost 25 year wellness career I’ve worked with patients individually, I’ve led workshops of fifty and I’ve lectured to hundreds in a corporate setting. I’ve discussed health with toddlers (thanks to Parker’s...

Meet A Dad: Jeff

Meet A Dad: Jeff

Jeff is a local Dad of two who is described by his wife as a father on a perpetual quest for fun! He loves to create happy memories for his family at local favorites like Great America, Warren Township Park, AMC for movie night, and Dave and Buster’s. Jeff is originally from LaGrange but moved to Grayslake over 10 years ago and recently moved his family to Gurnee. As the General Manager of Hawthorn Mall, he is proud to be a member of the Hawthorn Family and can’t wait for you to see what Centennial Real Estate has in store for the community!

Meet A Mom: Shannon

Meet A Mom: Shannon

You may recognize this local Mom from her fashion & lifestyle blog “This Lovely Life of Mine” or her children’s clothing company brands: Mustard Pie Clothing, Jak & Peppar & Little Prim. You may also recognize her from around town since she is a wife and mom of 3 who moved here 7 years ago with her family from Naperville. This St. Louis native is grateful to live in this community full of young friendly families where her children feel rooted. Read more to learn about their local favorites like Independence Grove, Lake Minear Beach, Ivanhoe Club, Dairy Dream, Main Street Social, Milwalky Taco and Mickey Finn’s!

Meet Two Moms: Brittany & Melissa

Meet Two Moms: Brittany & Melissa

Brittany Dobslaf & Melissa Ackerman Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area? Brittany & Melissa both grew up in Buffalo Grove.  After going off to college and some other post college ventures, life would find them...

Meet A Mom: Sara Hood

Meet A Mom: Sara Hood

This inspiring mom started life in a Sudan refugee camp—and that was only the first challenge she overcame on her path to health and happiness. Read on to learn about this Mom who is such a positive force in her two son’s lives. Her and her husband, Evander “Ziggy” Hood of the New Orleans Saints were college sweethearts. I hope you enjoy her powerful story and advice.

5 Things About Suburban Jungle

5 Things About Suburban Jungle

Suburban Jungle launched from a real need—having a resource to get the real insider scoop on a community. If you don’t have personal connections in a town, it can be hard to engage with “local”—even social media groups and boards don’t usually allow non-residents in. ...

Meet A Mom: Heather

Meet A Mom: Heather

Heather is a wife and Mom of two who has been working at Mundelein Park & Recreation District for the past 13 years. She’s been dancing since she was three years old and teaching it since she was 16 years old. She has a Master’s in Education which helps with her role as the Dance Coordinator. Her love for her job shines through in her interview! Read on to hear what she loves best about her job and how she balances her work and life.

Meet A Mom: Lara

Meet A Mom: Lara

  Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area? I’m originally from California and moved into the Vernon Hills area about 27 years ago because of my job. Do you have child(ren)? Age(s) Yes, a daughter who is 13. What are...

39th Annual Festival of the Arts in Cook Park

39th Annual Festival of the Arts in Cook Park

David Adler Music & Arts Center, GLMV Chamber present 39th Annual Festival of the Arts in Cook Park     The David Adler Music and Arts Center and GLMV Chamber present the 39th Annual Festival of the Arts in Cook Park, Libertyville the weekend of August 3 and...

Meet A Mom: Annie

Meet A Mom: Annie

    Lake Forest based Fill a Heart 4 Kids (FAH4K), began around a kitchen table with Annie McAveeney and her daughters Lilly and Ellorie.  Now FAH4K helps over 1,350 unaccompanied homeless youth and foster children in the Chicagoland area every year with...

4 Common Myths about CBD, Debunked

4 Common Myths about CBD, Debunked

                        Recently, The Local Moms Network introduced you to the dynamic mompreneurs behind Press Pause Project, a CBD line launched for women, by women. Founders Dawn Fable and Torrey Benson...

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