Hi everyone! Lindsay here! I'm so thrilled to be part of this
amazing community of Chicago parents both in the real world and
this little fun-fangled place on the internet brought to us by the
folks at Chicago Parent.
I've spent the vast majority of my
life in and around Chicago. I grew up in Wheeling/North Arlington
Heights where I was a nerdy kid and wannabe bad-ass teenager
wearing weird clothes and dyeing my hair purple all while I played
the oboe and rocked the captain spot of the debate team. But that
was eons ago, and now I'm a cool mom to 1 little boy who is my
personal super nova lighting my universe. Between the purple hair
phased and my current rockin' mom phase I graduated from
Northwestern (another leg of my suburban Chicago tour), lived
"abroad" in NYC for a year (2001, bad timing), came back to our
wonderful city in 2002 (living in the CITY) where I got "set up"
with my dreamboat husband, and have held a wide variety of cubicle
jobs steadily climbing that corporate ladder.
In 2008 I earned an MBA at night
from the U of C while working during the day. It was great prep for
the whirlwind that has accompanied the earning of my M.O.M. degree
which I was fortunate enough to obtain in 2009 with the birth of
Eli, my aforementioned super nova. Shockingly Eli changed my
perspective on how I wanted to spend my days, so I partnered up
with a former colleague, Bo Johnson, and together we started
mamaloot.com, Chicago's first daily deals site for moms. That was
in August 2010. We were acquired in January 2011 by
FamilyFinds.com, a daily deals site for parents based out of LA. I
now work from my home office in our 2-bedroom condo in the almost
Ukrainian Village while other people get the pleasure of taking
care of my little one. Sense any guilt there? Yeah, there is some.
Not going to lie. Especially when I hear a nearly 2-year-old saying
"Mommy HUG, MOMMY hug" to my parents, or my in-laws, or our
This whole experience has made me give up on the
notion of achieving a balance, and I just work hard each day to do
what I want to do for our family and for myself. I plan on writing
about how I make that happen. Like breakfast dates with Mr. E, or
waking up at 5 am to get some work done, or a business meeting
where I get to bring the kiddo along. Can't wait to share this wild
ride with you!
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