Meet A Mom
I am a Libertyville Area Mom, born and bred. I was born at Condell Hospital and lived in Libertyville, went to Copeland and Highland schools. At 13, my family moved to Buffalo Grove, and I went to Stevenson High School. After a brief detour out to the east coast, for college at University of Vermont, and a stint working in Boston, I returned back to Chicago, where I met the love of my life David, and eventually we settled back into Vernon Hills, the community we have fallen in love with. The community in the Vernon Hills/Libertyville area I have connected has made this area a place where I am happy to spend all my days raising my family.
Meet @simplybeecounseling Heath and Nutrition Coach, Stephanie Smith, a mom of two Oak Grove girls, originally from Boston who put down roots in Libertyville with her husband, Brian three years ago. She is a local teacher and former district administrator who has a passion for educating people to live their best life.
She’s on a mission with Simply Bee to help people live a happier and more vibrant life and believes that much of that begins with food, movement and mindset. Learn morea bout quick and healthy meal recipes; snack ideas dietary and allergy restrictions; pantry and fridge staples for good mood and energy; a simple and intuitive way to approach meal planning; and accountability and support to make real changes.
Stephanie takes the stress out of dieting, meal planning, and family dinners by giving you tangible tools to eat better and feel happier. Call 224-424-0432 or go to www.simplybeecounseling.net to sign up for your 90 minute consultation for only $75.For the past three year, she feels inspired by the strong and brilliant women in the Libertyville community and she is eager to join the @simplybeecounseling team to become a contributor as well.
I’m so proud to introduce you to this wife, mother of two – soon to be four girls!!! Ali has been a Libertyville resident for over 10 years when she began working for Advocate Aurora Condell Medical Center in an RN position. She is now the OB Assistant Clinical Manager in the New Life Center and is s proud of the accomplishments of the staff and hospital in the last decade. Most recently including the brand new special care nursery with private, individual rooms and the new outpatient lactation clinic. Read more to learn about Ali, her family, her career and local favorites like Independence Grove, Goldfish Swim School, Cook Library & MainStreet events like farmer’s market. This Meet A Mom is near and dear to my heart since I delivered my daughter at Condell and remember Ali caring for me. My daughter also spent time in the old special care nursery since she was born premature. I’m grateful to have given a “Grateful Patient Testimonial” at the 2017 Gala to benefit the New Life Center. I hope you enjoy learning more about Ali as much as I did!
I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Sarah who is a proud Mom of three boys and a Midwest girl at heart. They are grateful they have found family in their communities of Oak Grove School & Heather’s Gym! If you run into them around town, chances are they’ll be doing something active like sports, exercising, biking or running. Even when they are resting they are watching Sports – The Kansas City Chiefs! I love Sarah’s advice and intention for 2020. Read the full article to learn more about Sarah, and stop by Heather’s Gym on Mondays at 9:30am or HG Cycle Studio (see article for the many days and times options).
I am so happy to introduce you to Christen! She is a Vernon Hills native who graduated from Libertyville High School and so did her husband! They reside in Glenview with their two sons but still frequent Libertyville often. Christen works in advertising sales and recently began her expressing her love for entertaining, hosting, home decor and fashion on her Instagram handle @hostusmostus22. I hope you enjoy following her as much as I do! Christen has great advice and I can’t wait to follow along and see what is next for her! Read the article to learn more about her family and local favorites like Shakou!
I am thrilled to introduce you to this local Mom and Dad! They make a great pair complimenting each other with their strengths and interests in their personal and professional lives. They are very involved in the community in all aspects. As new business owners in Libertyville, they are proud to be a part of MainStreet and looking forward to helping their neighbors with tax preparation and consulting. They have two beautiful little girls who attend St. Joseph’s and Poko Loko Learning Center. Plus, they take full advantage of all of the amazing family activities and restaurants are community has to offer. Diana also works in Marketing for Hilton Hotels and brings that experience to help grow their new family business. I have enjoyed getting to know them and I hope you do too as you read their inspiring story! Diana’s experience as a child shaped her work ethic and love for community as she grew up watching her Dad run his dental practice just a stone’s throw away from where her and Andrew’s new business, Friess Financial, sits today.
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!).
This Wife and Mom of two has certainly come full circle! I’m thrilled to introduce you to Adrienne who is the Director or the preschool she attended as a child! Read all about this educator who truly values the educational system in Libertyville and has that hometown spirit! Join Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School for one of their monthly Parent Coffees that is open to the community and offers educational topics for parents. Read the article to learn more about her and her family, her connection to Libertyville schools and all of the great offerings at LCNS!
Let’s welcome Michaela and her growing family to our community! She moved here with her husband and two kids from Ohio less than two months ago… and she’s expecting their third child! This Mom is all about creating a genuine, supportive community of friends like she did with Fit4Mom Willoughby, Ohio. She is the new owner of Fit4Mom Vernon Hills – Highland Park, the Hustle & Muscle studio in Hawthorn Mall! Stop in to meet this friendly, driven Mom and become a part of her tribe! Read the full article to learn more about Micheala and her local favorites like Birdy’s Coffee House, Casa Bonita & Botanic Garden.
Meet Erin, whom I’m proud & happy to introduce to you! She is a wife, Mom of four, sister, and daughter of a former local dentist. This fun, fabulous, fierce female entrepreneur and small business owner founded The Beachwaver Co., globally distributed beauty company, and B.Bungalow, beloved local Libertyville boutique with her two sisters, Emily & Sarah (celebrity hair stylist). The sisters are filled with home town love for Libertyville. Sarah was the recipient of the 2019 annual The Big Idea Alumni Achievement Award. You’ll find them doing fundraisers for local schools, on the athletic fields, Cook Memorial Library, Dunn Museum, in downtown Libertyville for the tree lighting, parades, & farmers markets or dinner at Shakou, Tavern, Bottaio, Pizzerie DeVille, Burnsies Uptown, The Liberty, Lee’s Donuts and Deerpath Inn. Read more about Erin, her family and her thriving businesses – plus find links to shop and to their info in our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!