What I’ve Learned: Heather Armstrong

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We had the privilege of chatting with Heather Armstrong – the blogger behind the amazingly popular Dooce.com. Years ago she was one of the first bloggers on the scene – but she’s not your average mommy blogger. With her signature mix of sarcasm, wit, and charm she spoke to us about blogger burnout, her relationship with her mom, and dry summers in Utah.  Continue reading

What I’ve Learned: Krizia Liquido, Lifestyle Editor at Verily Magazine

Read what fellow SmartMom Krizia Liquido has learned from being a cosmopolitan mother.

After having two beautiful baby girls abroad in Barcelona, Krizia Liquido moved her family to New Your City to become the Lifestyle Editor at Verily Magazine. While offering advice about parenting, healthy living and fine dining is her part time job, Krizia teaches us how to accept advice from other moms and gives us a behind-the-scenes look into to her full time job as a cosmopolitan mother.

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What I’ve Learned: Liz McGrory, Working Mom Coach

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After her second child, Liz McGrory found it hard to balance home and work life. That’s when she discovered the benefit of working mom coaching. While pregnant with her third child, Liz decided to quit her corporate job and work full time on her own company, in which she coaches other working moms and focuses on channeling Mommy Energy – a force, she says, that is almost like a superpower.

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What I’ve Learned: Amanda Jane Jones, Designer & Co-Creater of Kinfolk Magazine

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Amanda Jane Jones is a Freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer living in Chicago with her husband, Cree, and her 16 month old daughter Jane. She’s also the co-creater of Kinfolk Magazine. If you’re not already following her on Instagram, her feed is pretty great- check it out!

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What I’ve Learned: Chelsea Campbell, @campbell_worn

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 Chelsea Campbell lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and two kids.  She runs an awesome instagram store where she sells high quality, stylish secondhand clothing.  You can find the Chelsea Campbell instagram store here or follow her personal account here.  

“I have two kids. My oldest, Kingston Ryle, is two years old. The day I had him my life changed for the better. I had no idea how the impact of being a momma to this little boy would change my life. He is one of the sweetest, happiest little boys I have ever met.   Continue reading

What I’ve Learned: Kati Dimoff, Photographer

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Kati Dimoff is a Portland-based photographer.  She contributes to You Are My Wild , a weekly portrait project that brings together 14 photographers to document how they see their children.  Check out her personal site here.

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What I’ve Learned: Eirene Heidelberger, Founder of GIT Mom

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Eirene Heidelberger is the founder of GIT Mom (or Get It Together, Mom) a site that teaches healthy methods of guilt-free parenting. She is also a mother of 3 young boys and enjoys working out, traveling, and Pinot Noir. 

My son Cole just turned 10, he is a natural born leader and is very calm. He sets the tone with the other 2 boys and takes pride in showing them how to do things.  Grey is 6. He is the cutest, sweetest, most loving boy. He is a quiet character and always wants to please others.  Wells is 25 months. Grey calls him Mr. W. Wells is a traditional “boy.” He is extremely curious, fast, smart, and inquisitive – I can barely keep up with him! He started walking at 9 months and the rest has been history. I have a feeling he will be running the world before he can drive.

As a first-time mom I was a bundle of nerves, worry, and anxiety. Cole (now 10) was not an easy baby. He pretty much cried all of the time, and it completely stressed me out. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing or how to be a mom and I missed my pre-baby life.  Continue reading

What I’ve Learned: Lupine Swanson, Co-Founder, Modern Domestic

Lupine is co-founder and owner of Modern Domestic, a sewing studio and fabric store in Northeast Portland’s thriving DIY community. She is also a mother of 2.  Follow Modern Domestic on Twitter and Facebook for more info. 

My business is called Modern Domestic.  We are a sewing machine dealer, fabric store and studio and we also offer sewing classes and modern styling, which is unusual in this industry.  There aren’t a lot of shops that sell modern fabric and machines.  I actually didn’t start sewing until after college.  I sewed a bit when I was a kid but always got frustrated with it.  After college I moved to Eugene, OR and had always wanted to try it so I borrowed a friend’s machine.  After a while I bought a Bernina – which is a really good machine – and started taking classes.  I loved it. Continue reading

What I’ve Learned: Desiree Vargas Wrigley, CEO & Founder of GiveForward

Desiree Vargas is the Founder and CEO of GiveForward, a Chicago-based start-up that specializes in online medical fundraising.  She has an 8 year old step-daughter, 2-year old son, and is expecting another baby boy next summer.

“I was originally inspired to start my company, GiveForward, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina back in 2006.  At that time there was no easy way to give directly to people who were trying to re-build.  There was no way to raise money online unless you were a registered non-profit.  It took me a year to build up the courage to get started with this idea.  In 2007, I celebrated my 25th birthday and in 2008 we launched.  We pivoted to specialize in medical fundraising.  I met my husband about a month before we launched and we were married in the summer of 2010.  That year we were also going through a tech incubator and I was planning a wedding – it was pretty crazy. Continue reading

What I’ve Learned: Isabel Furie, Photographer

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Isabel Furie is a Boston-based lifestyle photographer and mother of 2 boys.  You can check out her website, blog, or follow her on instagram

“We have two boys. Jack is 8 and Leo is about to be 5.  Jack is my scholar: an old soul who devours books and loves our record player. Leo, on the other hand, is completely wild.  He will most definitely be either a rock star or a stunt man.  They both share my love of fashion, art, and thrifting. Continue reading