Meet Amy Rodriguez, Adam Shilling, & Ryan, Orange County, California

By Lela Nargi With the Women’s World Cup of soccer kicking off in Canada this coming June, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez has been spending the winter getting in shape, in the hopes she’ll make it on to the final roster. That’s meant grueling weeks away at training camp with the […]

Meet the Silickis of Tenleytown, Washington, DC

By Dawn Van Osdell On a recent brisk, snowy day in Tenleytown, Pleasance Silicki was watching out her window as her 3-year-old son, Milo, played in the newly fallen snow.  Preschool had been called off due to the weather. And since Milo’s big sister, Saylor’s, first grade class at Janney Elementary School was enjoying no such […]

Meet Andrew Alford, Jeffrey Norberg, & Kate, Wicker Park, Chicago

by Lela Nargi When hotel designer Andrew Alford got an offer to pack up shop in hometown San Francisco and become chief creative officer for boutique chain Graduate Hotels, based in Chicago, he knew it would be a big transition (not least of all because of the weather). “It was definitely a change for our family,” says […]

Meet the Music-Loving Solares Family, Bucktown, Chicago

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By Lela Nargi Jessica Solares and her husband, Luis, don’t just teach music in Chicago’s creative epicenter; they live music, too. Parents to 3-1/2-year-old Lucia, who attends preschool at Bucktown Academy, near the Solares’ Bucktown Music studio, the two met at Elmhurst College, where they both studied Music Business —a major Jessica describes as “odd” and also uninspiring when […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet the Yanows of Los Feliz, California

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By Dawn Van Osdell From their whirlwind business beginnings nearly five years ago, Tony and Amy Yanow took inspiration from an unlikely but apt quote from George Orwell: “The Puritanical nonsense of excluding children and therefore to some extent women from pubs has turned these places into mere boozing shops instead of the family gathering […]

Meet the Hanlin-Coopers of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

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By Lela Nargi What do two architects want in a NYC apartment? “We were looking for a big loft in downtown Manhattan,” recalls Jennifer Hanlin of the move she and husband Chris Cooper made in the late ‘90s after graduating from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. “It turned out, that’s only for people on Friends.” What […]

7 Tips for Moving on After a Breakup…With Your Nanny Family

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Leaving a family—whether it be on good or bad terms—can be one of the most difficult relationships for a nanny to navigate. Sometimes, it can feel less like leaving a babysitting job, and more like a breakup. You can make the transition easier by acting professionally in all of your interactions, being straightforward in your […]