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Meet Professional Organizer, Teresa Dinneen

Meet Professional Organizer, Teresa Dinneen

Teresa Dinneen is a mom of two who lives with her husband and kids in Redondo Beach, CA. She’s also a professional organizer and stylist who works with a team of five to simplify her clients’ homes, and lives, and along the way shares her secrets on her Lifestyled site. This time of year, we’re all about doing just that, so we asked Teresa for some of her best tips for getting organized, including her simple 6-part process and when to know you need help!

Meet Natalie Franke

Meet Natalie Franke

Natalie is a local Annapolis mom who is passionate about community. So passionate, in fact, that she’s created her own and written a book about it! We’re elated that she was able to share how becoming a mom impacted her business, how she reframes the mundane tasks, and even let us in on her favorite Annapolis spots. We can’t wait for you to learn a bit about her and how she’s taking on motherhood!

Small Business Spotlight: Made by Maya Jewelry

Small Business Spotlight: Made by Maya Jewelry

Meet Maya. When she’s not in school or playing, she’s creating! After watching her mother create her own business, Maya followed suit and began designing jewelry. Maya answered a few questions we have for all small businesses and her answers are sure to inspire even the most seasoned entrepreneur.

Our Favorite Halloween Movies for Every Age

Our Favorite Halloween Movies for Every Age

Whether you’re planning a family movie-night or just like to have a fitting seasonal film in the background, Halloween movies are sure to be on rotation right now. We’ve gathered our favorite flicks separated by the age groups we’d recommend them for so hopefully you’re not up checking under the bed all night. 

Fall Staples for Girls

Fall Staples for Girls

When our babies hit an age where they begin to have a real opinion about their style, shopping can get tricky! We’ve learned the hard way that giving free rein in a store or on a website can be overwhelming for both child and mom. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite staples that can work for all sorts of personalities!

Roast Chicken with Thyme and Honey

Roast Chicken with Thyme and Honey

This Roast Chicken with Thyme and Honey, from Leah Koenig’s The Jewish Cookbook, is one of those go-to meals that works as well for holiday dinners as it does for family meals all Fall long.

60 Things to Make Sure They Know Before They Leave

60 Things to Make Sure They Know Before They Leave

Some days, it feels like we’re just trying to get through the day until bedtime. And whether you have toddlers or teens, the last few weeks of summer and first few weeks of school can feel particularly busy, and overwhelming at times. That’s why we love this smart list from Palm Beach Moms, of things to teach your kids before they leave the nest.

Mental Health Checklist from YourMomCares

Mental Health Checklist from YourMomCares

We are thrilled to share the new Mental Health Checklist from our friends at YourMomCares. Just in time for the school year, this wonderful organization has provided ways to help our kids have a happier, healthier year.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

These Portobello Mushroom Pizzas are a kid-friendly choice for meatless Monday, and a great way to get kids to eat more veggies any day of the week. Experts say that putting new ingredients into familiar shapes or dishes (for instance, making mushrooms the base for “pizza”) can help even the pickiest eaters try something the first time. Worth a try, right?

What to Know About Maryland Tax Free Week 8/8-8/14

What to Know About Maryland Tax Free Week 8/8-8/14

Surprises are great, but usually not at checkout. There’s nothing worse than excitedly shopping a great deal just to get to the counter and realize you’ve been doing the math in your head all wrong. We’ve rounded up some items we’ll be snagging this week and also explain some commonly confusing bits. 

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Summer is officially underway, and we’re all about easy, kid-friendly meals that can be whipped up quickly after a day of camp or pool. These baked chicken nuggets take just about 20 minutes to come together, and can be made with food allergies in mind.

Nonni’s Peach Cobbler

Nonni’s Peach Cobbler

If you caught our love letter to fresh peaches, you may have been asking yourself “What do you even do with 25 pounds of peaches?” While there’s a ton of answers to that question, cobbler is our favorite! Click here to grab our very own Nonni’s Peach Cobbler recipe that everyone here fights over.

Summer Reading for Kids!

Summer Reading for Kids!

While summer is an ideal time for children to relax, explore the outdoors, visit new places, and spend extra time with family and friends, it is also a critical time for children to maintain and build upon literacy skills.

Motherhood in Motion: Christy Lepley

Motherhood in Motion: Christy Lepley

Often times, with the birth of babies, also comes the birth of new versions of ourselves. Sometimes we find new passions, new values, and new ideas. And sometimes what we find is the courage to bet on the dreams we already had. Christy Lepley was kind enough to share with us what delivering her second son in the midst of a pandemic was like, what working remotely looks like now, and how motherhood helped her find the confidence to create a business out of her passion for watching women succeed.

Cobb Salad Board

Cobb Salad Board

Two things we’re loving right now—food boards and salads. We’ve been sort of obsessed with the gorgeous boards created by The BakerMama for awhile now. And with warmer weather, it feels nice to be turning off the oven for dinner more often, and loading up on hearty salads. This Cobb Salad Board from Maegan, the talented mom behind The BakerMama, is a great way to introduce kids to veggies they might not normally try.

Motherhood in Motion: Aidanora Stea

Motherhood in Motion: Aidanora Stea

This year has required a lot of change in countless ways. Like many of us, Aidanora was faced with the jigsaw puzzle of bringing her full-time career home, the logistics of what that meant for three school-aged children, and creating a new rhythm for her family. She sat down with us and opened up about what this chapter of life has made her realize about her relationships, how she’s creating her own work-life balance, and what she did to keep her second grader thriving through his school year.

4th of July Popsicles

4th of July Popsicles

Celebrate the 4th of July with these festive red, white and blue popsicles! Not only are they adorable, but they’re made with protein-packed green yogurt and fiber rich blueberries and strawberries. Thank you to Sound Shore Moms for sharing!

Independence Day Parades

Independence Day Parades

After an entire year of canceled festivities, Independence Day is a go for 2021 in AACO! We’ve linked up all the best places to experience parades this year.

Motherhood in Motion: Danielle Powell

Motherhood in Motion: Danielle Powell

When she transitioned the last child to school, Danielle decided to dedicate her newfound free time to other mothers. She turned her passion for motherhood into serving women in our community, helping them fall in love with their own experiences. Danielle was gracious enough to chat with us about the way she mothers with intention, how she’s using her transparency about parenting to serve others, and what this past year has looked like from a care provider’s perspective.

Motherhood in Motion: Kaitlin O’Connor

Motherhood in Motion: Kaitlin O’Connor

The Motherhood in Motion series is a very special collaboration with ALN Images. Becoming a new mother comes with so many changes and growth. However, some amazing women made this transition in the midst of a global pandemic - something we're still wrapping our minds...

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