I’m happy to introduce you to this Mom who is so excited to welcome her first child next month! Vicky is a wife, elementary school music teacher, and best-selling children’s book author living in Gurnee.
Read our interview to learn about her community, teaching during the pandemic, and what makes her books unique. Spoiler alert: My kids sure loved how interactive they are!
Author, photographer and mom Brandy Stone shares details of her new book, filled with STEAM projects to do in the garden.
We hope you enjoy this glimpse into how the past 11 months have affected Heather and her family. She is honest and motivating as usual and the pandemic drove her and her family to connect and create through fitness, wellness and a even book. Plus, they jumped on the pandemic puppy bandwagon! You have to see the adorable picture of their pup! Heather pivoted her business to expand and open a new studio with outdoor green space and a focus on cycle and bootcamp. She also began Impact Coaching to put us in the right headspace and much more. Read the full interview to learn more about Heather, her family, business and mentor, Todd Durkin!
I hope you enjoy the books we are currently reading!
Charles and Jackie Tillman Interview with Sarah Paddack from Libertyville Area Moms to Inspire Change Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area? Jackie- Born in San Diego and moved around my whole life. My dad served...
We speak to the author of one of this summer’s funniest books—all about mom culture
I have always turned to book to help me teach tough topics to my children. Thankfully, Christa Lawrence, Marketing Manager at the Mundelein Park & Recreation District wrote and illustrated “My New Mask” to help kids tackle this topic and adapt to the changes caused by the pandemic. Speaking of adapting, like all businesses, the Mundelein Park & Recreation District has needed to pivot to help the community and fundraise. Historically done through events which had to be cancelled, Christa thought to donate proceeds to the Mundelein Parks Foundation. Christa is an asset to MPRD and the community. She combined her dream to create a children’s book into a reality that at the same time helps children and the foundation!
We've created a round-up our favorite books, podcasts and Ted Talk recommendations in a tidy list for you! Thank you to our friends, family, book clubs, and all of you who gave us these suggestions (listed in alpha order) by commenting on our posts! Everyone can enjoy...
Meet Marianne, a Nashville-based mom with an Illinois connection. Two months ago, Marianne was flying to Chicago for work and coincidentally sat next to my husband, Ryan who told her all about the Libertyville Area Moms network. Turns out Marianne is a longtime children’s book author and artist whose books I have known and loved for years — and maybe you have, too! Marianne’s Chicago connection is her publisher for more than a decade, Sourcebooks, Inc. in Naperville who distributes her books all over the world. (side note – Sourcebooks is the largest woman owned publisher in the US!).
These timeless classics will help your whole family feel more festive at bedtime.