Bio: Emily

Emily with husband Dave and their children Julia, Henry, and Miles
  • Age: 38
  • Spouse: Dave
  • Kids: Julia (8), Henry (6), Miles (5 months)
  • Pets: Chipmunk & Willie Bee
  • Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Writing: co-author of two bestselling books, Nesting: It's a Chick Thing© and It's a Chick Thing: Celebrating the Wild Side of Women's Friendship©
  • Website: www.chickstyle.com
Greatest inspriration: I get great inspiration from family photos — new, old, formal, informal — we have them everywhere in our home. They remind me how important our time together is — and help me look forward to what we'll do in the future.

The song that best describes my family life: Right now it's "Superman" by Five for Fighting. Since we're very busy adjusting to the arrival of our new baby, Miles — it feels like I'm just hanging by my fingernails on most days — these lyrics, which are about Superman feeling sorry for himself, help me laugh at life. I especially like the lines — "I'm out to find the better part of me..." and "I'm not just a pretty face beside a train..."

Favorite time of day with my kids: Cuddling up and reading stories in the late afternoon or evening.

Most Proud "Mom" Moment: Our kids make me proud (*nearly) every day —- most recently Henry's first grade teacher called him a "model student" on his report card and at his parent conference. I'm still glowing.

Least Proud "Mom" Moment: I've had too many of these and I try not to obsess over them (forgetting is easy when you're a sleep-deprived parent), and just move forward.

Favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon: Reading stories in our hammock and eating hamburgers on our patio.

Funniest thing my kids have said or done lately: Henry, who is a terrible eater, stomping out of the kitchen muttering, "Stupid...PROTEIN!"

Favorite season or holiday: Fall and Halloween. I love the change of seasons especially summer into fall. Our kids love Halloween and start talking about it in June.

Favorite midnight snack (or afternoon snack with kids): Our daughter Julia's homemade chocolate chip cookies.

My Philosophy of Parenting: Make the most of each day and your time together as it's so fleeting.

Nagging insecurity: That I forgot to do something major.

Best decision I ever made: To have three children.

If money were no object... We'd have another baby.

Best advice I've ever given: Teach your baby to sleep — of course I can't seem to follow my own advice!

One true thing my mom taught me: Don't worry, be happy.

Best thing about my husband: Dave grounds me when I become an overly-neurotic worrying mother and he reassures me that everything will be ok.

Least favorite household chore: Cleaning out the fridge — in our house it can be a real horror show.

The most important thing I can teach my children: Unconditional love and forgiveness

The biggest lesson I've learned from my kids: Unconditional love and forgiveness
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