Meet Belinda Garza, Matt Hartwig & Graciela, Petworth, Washington, DC

By Christina Bruce The last “first” time that Belinda Garza and Matt Hartwig met, they were at an engagement party, seated at opposite ends of a large table. Noticing a tall and handsome stranger, Belinda elbowed her friend and whispered, “Who’s that?” She also noticed how much fun the guests on his side of the […]

Lynn Johnson is Empowering Girls Through Go Girl! Theater Camps

By Dawn Van Osdell This summer across the Bay Area, Lynn Johnson will be spreading a compassion revolution. You won’t find her holding up protest signs or rallying for her cause. Instead, you’ll see her on- and backstage with the more than 600 young girls aged 6 to 14 who are enrolled in her two-week […]

How to Prevent Summer Brain Drain? Let Kids Play!

By Dawn Van Osdell The practice of giving kids a break from school during the summer started in the early 1900s. Doctors thought kids needed a reprieve from sitting still for long hours in a classroom, which they believed made them physically weak. Summer was the perfect time to set them free because classrooms became […]

To the Parks & Beyond with Randi Zinn, Marquise Stillwell, & Micah, Chelsea, New York City

by Lela Nargi “Let’s go, CaMise!” Micah Stillwell-Zinn yells to his father, founder of a design firm Marquise Stillwell, as he speeds his scooter down a crowded stretch of 8th Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. “He’s calling us by our first names these days,” laughs Micah’s mom, Randi Zinn, founder of mom networking community Beyond Mom, as pedestrians hurl […]

3 Misconceptions About Twins, Busted!


By Dawn Van Osdell There’s a lot of contradictory and downright erroneous parenting info floating around out there. We’re not afraid to tackle it head-on! Societally, we have a fascination for twins, likely because they used to be a pretty rare thing—only about 2 percent of births resulted in twins just a couple of decades ago. […]

Ice Cream Jubilee’s Victoria Lai on Retooling the Five-Year Plan and the Importance of Pink Desserts

By Christina Bruce Five years ago, Victoria Lai accepted what she thought was her dream job. She left a law career in New York City to work at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a presidential appointee working on immigration issues. Even as a teenager in Houston, Lai, the daughter of first-generation Chinese parents, […]

Last Minute Family Day Trips For the Dog Days of Summer

By Ilene Miller My two boys, age 10 and 13, love to spend summer “chillaxing” and getting away from the grind of the school year. But typically, by the end of July, we are all burned out on the pool and looking for some family fun in the sun that doesn’t involve a three hour car ride […]

A Night Off With Kim & Jeff Bosse of Birch Road Cellar, Lincoln Park, Chicago

By Lela Nargi Just over a year ago, Kim Bosse, a social media consultant, and her friend Sharon Provins, hit on a brilliant idea: a top-secret, members-only club that would appeal to grownups—if not exclusively parents, like them—who were looking for a low-key, no-kid night out that didn’t have to end right after dinner was […]