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With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, I thought it would be a good time to post some useful information that I have found on how to recycle some odd items that most people don’t usually think about recycling and talk a little bit about the past, present and future of recycling. Most cities and towns in The United States now have regular routine household recycling pickup for the local residents, mine included. However, I often find myself with other unwanted items that my town does not recycle. I feel guilty about just throwing these items out, so I started doing a little research in my local area to find out where I might be able to recycle things like old, used sneakers, or the Styrofoam™ packaging that comes in electronics boxes. I discovered 1800recycling.com which is a very useful web site for finding out where to recycle all sorts…

Have you ever experienced the thrill of finding a super cute outfit or perfect toy at just the right price? Or have you enjoyed the extra closet space by letting go of items you no longer need? Mothers & More members have experienced the value of swaps and community resale events for years.  It’s a win for everyone: giving extra life to gently used children and maternity items, helping families save and earn money, raising money for chapters, being involved in the community and giving moms an opportunity to learn about how they can connect with local moms. For the Oswego Area, Illinois Chapter of Mothers & More, the Spring and Fall resale events are its most successful way of introducing moms to the benefits of joining its incredible community of mothers. Kimberly Allgaeuer, Chapter Leader and Resale Committee Member for Oswego knows this first-hand. Kimberly said. “I joined the…

“Did you turn on your listening ears” is a common phrase around my house. My husband started using it, no doubt after hearing it from his mom, a teacher by trade. These days it seems my boys seem to have their listening ears switched to off, as they are content to ignore my requests, pleas, yells and occasional screams. Every task I seem to repeat myself, over and over again. Wash your hands. Did you wash your hands? Why don’t you wash your hands so we can eat? For the love of all that is holy go to the sink and wash those filthy hands. And that is just for a snack break. I used to think I had a soft voice. I hear it on video and it seems so quiet, and girl like. But then pushed to the brink of near insanity on a daily basis it seems…

risy Golden reflects upon how her volunteer experiences have helped her to meet her closest friends including other moms, expand her professional skills and help others. A member of Delaware County Chapter of Mothers & More , Krisy volunteers both nationally and with her local chapter. Moving to a new city can be very hard, especially when you’re a mom and you don’t have a lot (or any) family around.  Some people would lean on their friends. However, I always found it hard to make friends as an adult. I’ve finally realized that many of the relationships I’ve developed were made through my volunteer experiences. Long ago when I moved away to college, I was lucky to meet a group of locals during move-in day that became fast friends. They were funny, smart, and a good resource to have as I learned about my new city.  (Little did I know…

Brenda Crawshaw, entrepreneur, Certified Professional and Whole Life Coach and member of Mothers & More for more than 17 years, shares her views on balancing the demands of motherhood while pursuing one’s own passions and goals. Brenda is the founder of With A Bird’s Eye View, a personal coaching business where she helps people to identify and achieve their goals. With A Bird’s Eye View is a Swag Bag sponsor for the Mothers & More Online Expo: Mothers’ Time Matters, January 25-31. The Expo offers moms a chance to take time for themselves and find inspiration and resources for their own personal journeys. At one time or another, all mothers face the challenge of taking care of themselves and working towards their own goals while also taking care of their families. What are your top three suggestions for helping mothers who face this challenge? You know how when you are…

Christa Melnyk Hines, keynote speaker at the Mothers & More Expo, shares about herself and her expertise in family communication and healthy connections during motherhood. Hines is a freelance journalist, speaker, author and alum member of Mothers & More. She is co-presenting at the Mothers & More Expo on January 26th with author Jen Mann about following one’s goals and passions throughout motherhood. On January 27th, Hines will discuss ways to prepare kids for social media based on her latest book, Happy, Healthy and Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World. (This presentation is especially for parents of four to 13-year-olds.) You may also chat with Mann and Hines at their Twitter Party January 27th, 8pm CST where attendees may win a copy of their books. #MMExpo What inspired you to write Happy, Healthy and Hyperconnected? I’m passionate about helping families build stronger communication skills. And as the…

Honey Dews Baby Expo is a partner with the Mothers & More Online Expo: Mothers’ Time Matters. For Kristal Ronnebaum, founder of Honey Dews Baby Expo, the Online Expo is a personal passion, inspired out of love for her son. Kristal has been the leading inspiration behind the Mothers & More Online Expo, taking great care to ensure that every participating speaker and vendor offers something that pampers, celebrates, educates, motivates, and inspires mothers. Her touch is also evident in designing a “venue” that is intimate and supportive. Kristal found close friends and mentors through Mothers & More, received support that was “life altering,” and is now passionate about helping other moms to find their communities. Interview with Kristal Ronnebaum, founder of Honey Dews Baby Expo: What inspired you to start Honey Dews Baby Expo? Standing in my son’s nursery and becoming a mom later in life I realized we need…

Chaos is everywhere. I type this with a two-year-old on my lap, playing disc jockey with my iPhone while his older brother grumbles about hearing “Happy” for the millionth time as he pretends to read a book while semi-patiently waiting for me to finish my “work” so I can honor his request to play a game or turn on some child movie/television show. They should be napping quietly in their messy little beds while I return a phone call or two, write a story that is due tomorrow, edit the story that I tried to write last night before succumbing to my own sleepiness. There are dishes in the sink. Wet laundry from this morning is still sitting in the washing machine just a few feet away from me. Dinner will probably be spaghetti with sauce from a jar because I forgot to defrost the chicken. I attempted to work…

Orange/Maplewood chapter dives into the mental, physical and emotional challenges moms face when it comes to summer and swimsuit season. How I learned to quit worrying and love the swim skirt. Two months after giving birth to her second child, supermodel Gisele Bundchen was photographed for the cover of Vogue Brazil wearing nothing but a microscopic bikini and a black leather vest. Two months after the birth of my first child, I was still wearing maternity pants and showering roughly once every other week. More than a year passed before I put on a bathing suit again. My son had been born in the spring, and that first summer we had neither the time nor the energy to make it to the beach or a pool. The following summer, my number was up: there would be a trip to southern California to visit family and a vacation in the Hamptons…

In this Mothers & More Blog we have Melissa Riske from DuPage Chap. No. 1 sharing her tale of how she was motivated to move on potty training due to the cost of diapers. She’s able to relate her personal story of diapers to the Mothers & More Diaper Drive where members are hosting diaper drives in communities across the country to collect diapers and distribute to organizations that help mothers in need.  On the subject of diapers By Melissa Riske I remember the end so clearly. I lugged two large boxes of diapers from the car to the house. There were diapers for my 5-month-old infant and diapers for my 2 ½ year old toddler. Even buying generic diapers, which by the way worked really well, the cost of diapers was eating up my weekly grocery budget for our single income household. Enough was enough. I turned to my…