Our Journey

Our Journey
I’ve always found inspiration in the developing world where the pace is slow and the people have so little. Usually it’s the strength and resilience in the women that I admire the most. However
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Why I created HipMum

Why I created HipMum
I believe women in general are extraordinary, but mothers (not to blow my own trumpet) never cease to amaze me. As the proud mother of four incredible little people (ages 8,6,3, and 1) I
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Mi casa es su casa

February 7, 2014
Mi casa es su casa
15 months later and I’m still so touched and proud of the support of 90 generous people who changed this family’s life. It’s such a great reminder to me that anything is possible. It
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A letter to my children

January 18, 2013
A letter to my children
A letter to my children   Don’t be afraid to step off the path taken by most. Allow your curiosity and passions to lead the way and navigate you to places that are rich
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Happy New Year

January 7, 2013
Happy New Year
It’s January 7th and in true form I’m just getting around to saying Happy New Year. The last 6 weeks since leaving Nicaragua have been a blur with a fabulous trip to Australia to
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Nurture the Spirit of the Woman Behind the Mother
Where is that woman you were before motherhood descended upon you? Find her, unearth her and bring her to light. Here are 10 important must-dos for mothers to avoid getting lost in the day-to-day
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The  things I’m grateful for right now
Nicaragua Nicaragua has been an amazing teacher and has given us clarity on what’s really important in life. We thrive as a family living here where simplicity, nature, time together and helping others have
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Life is like Coffee!

August 15, 2012
Life is like Coffee!
  I found this clip this morning and loved it so much I had to post it in my blog. My girls are in their Spanish class right now but I have decided to
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Goodbye to Daniel

August 13, 2012
Goodbye to Daniel
This week I am so grateful for Daniel Blanco. We met Daniel 3 years ago at Alcuin Montessori in Chicago where he taught my daughter. He was, and still is one of my very
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Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer
Yesterday was one of my favorites. We drove to Rivas, a town 20 minutes north of San Juan del Sur to help cook and serve food to 70 children who would ordinarily spend their
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Does anybody actually do this?
This picture is so far from my reality that I can feel the cynic in me emerge. “As if”, I think, “anyone would be so damn organized as to have a bread-board inspired contraption
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HipMum fan, Rachel Macdonald sends laptop to Nicaragua
Dear Rachel Macdonald Just wanted to give you an update and let you know that your laptop was donated to Sylvia this week. Sylvia is 17 years old. We met her last year and
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Compassion, perspective… and some sanity.
I am receiving more and more emails asking about our decision to move our family to Nicaragua. It seems I’m not the only one out there who is feeling challenged with with the excess
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First time parents

February 15, 2012
First time parents
  I find it so amusing when I think of how precious we are as first time parents. The books, the magazines and the websites that we pour over to find the right answers
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The Power of Giving

December 19, 2011
The Power of Giving
One of the most common desires for many people in Nicaragua is to own a computer and have the ability to connect to the Internet. Ironically the prices for electronics are crazy expensive here
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Feliz Halloween

November 2, 2011
Feliz Halloween
I was shocked to hear how many billions of dollars Americans spend on Halloween each year. When I think about the picture perfect neighborhood we previously lived in and the amount of decorations and
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The best birthday ever – for us all
Two weeks after arriving in Nicaragua my daughter turned 9. Being at an age where her friends are just starting to become important to her I was a tad bit worried that her birthday
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Things I’ve discovered I can happily live without
The Hairdryer As I was packing our entire life into 5 suitcases I learned that American Airlines had a new policy about overweight luggage on international flights. No longer was it a price per
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Back to School

October 1, 2011
Back to School
One of our goals here was to immerse ourselves into the language, so my 2 girls and I attend a wonderful language school each day from 8am-12pm where we each have our own teacher.
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Camp out

September 20, 2011
Camp out
Last night was hot. Well actually most nights are hot but last night we decided to have a camp-out on our balcony. Instead of listening to the roar of the fans in our rooms
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Together again

September 18, 2011
Together again
Our reunion with the kids from NPH felt like a beautiful home-coming. As I watched my girls bolt towards the kids and greet them with hugs and excitement I was overcome with emotion. To
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The house on the hill

September 16, 2011
The house on the hill
We’ve been here a week and it feels like we’ve done so much – each day in Nicaragua brings a new adventure, a challenge overcome and a feeling of gratitude to be experiencing this
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Goodbye Stuff

September 6, 2011
Goodbye Stuff
Our life is in boxes and shelved in storage for an undefined period. Not exactly sure when we’ll see the contents of our Chicago life again. I leave for Nicaragua with the kids in
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Nicaragua Changes Our World

September 5, 2011
Nicaragua Changes Our World
I’ve always found inspiration in the developing world where the pace is slow and the people have so little. Usually it’s the strength and resilience in the women that I admire the most. However
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Nicaragua changes my world – literally….
I’ve always found inspiration in the developing world where the pace is slow and the people have so little. Usually it’s the strength and resilience  in the women that I admire the most. However
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