Where are you from and how long have you lived in town? What brought you to the area?
I grew up outside of Boston, but my husband and I lived in New Hampshire when we first were married. Seven years ago, for careers and family, we traded our rural life for the city of Chicago. We really searched for the right place to call home, and we put down roots in Libertyville three years ago. We love that Libertyville has such a strong sense of community, a vibrant Main Street, access to lots of outdoor activities, and wonderful schools.
Do you have child(ren)? Age(s)
I have two daughters, ages 5 and 8 who are proud Oak Grove Eagles!
What are your favorite things to do in the area with and without your kids? Family friendly restaurant? Date night?
As a family, we love biking, hanging out in Independence Grove, and going to dinner downtown. Shakou, Main Street Social, and Milwalky Taco are some of our favorite spots to take the kids. Our tips – ask for kids chopsticks at Shakou and make sure you have spoons for sharing the build your own sundae at Main Street Social!
You’re likely to bump into me on the running trails or at Trader Joe’s. I love a fitness or yoga class as well. Black Cat Yoga and 847 Running Company are two of my best-loved spots.
For date nights, we usually land at the lounge at the Tavern for drinks and dessert. The ambiance in there makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
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Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor or in the corporate world? Please share!
In addition to being a teacher in Northbrook, I am also a Health Coach at Simply Bee. Using a holistic wellness and nutrition approach, and individualized planning, I help clients on their personal journey to greater vitality. I specialize in using a mindset that focuses on nourishment as opposed to restriction.
As part of the Simply Bee Classroom, I have the privilege of supporting the wellness needs of students, teachers, and parents in local communities. We offer education and programs to support mental and physical health – things like anxiety management, conflict resolution, self-care, nutrition, yoga, and developing resilience in teens.
Personally, I love to cook and develop and try new recipes. I think that healthful food can be quick and delicious. You can find me sharing tips, recipes, and motivation @eduhealthy on Instagram.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
When you love where you live, good things happen! I’ve met so many smart and inspiring moms through my children, my work, and just out in the community. Finding my tribe at Simply Bee has been everything. The work they have been doing to help students reduce anxiety, build resilience, solve conflicts, and destigmatize mental health is incredibly important. The fact that they see the connection between mental, physical, and emotional health, and treat people with that in mind, resonated with me as an educator. I’m grateful to be a part of their team.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I ran a trail half marathon in the dark!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another Mom?
You have to put on your oxygen mask first! In other words, take care of yourself and don’t feel guilty about it, so you can be present to care for your children.
What is next for you?
I’m looking forward to connecting with more clients and schools through Simply Bee. I’m excited to keep creating and sharing in the kitchen. I’m also happy to keep watching all the amazing kids in my life (my students and my own) learn and grow.
*This is a sponsored post by Simply Bee Counseling