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Meghan Cooley

Meghan Cooley
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A committed member of the boymom club, Meghan has five active, adventurous, crazy sweet men in her life she often calls her “favorite boys”. Charles is 10, Oliver is 8, Bennett is 5, Simon is 3 and her husband, Luke is a fun, patient, loving father to all these crazy characters. For 18 years, Meghan worked in higher education at a private college in recruitment, marketing, and social media. Now, working from home, she balances four boys, a great husband, freelance writing and social media consulting. Meghan grew up in St. Charles, IL (a western Chicago suburb), attended Augustana College, and is a true Quad City transplant - she loves living in this area! She likes to read, sing, plan adventures, travel and just be with her favorite boys.
family of 5 eating hamburger helper around the table

MAKE DINNER TIME EASY: STOP TRYING SO HARD

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After a crazy day of working and balancing all the things, I rushed around to get dinner on the table before our evening plans. I shouted 2-3 times for everyone to come to dinner,...
Four cleaning supplies: Dawn dish soap, Vinegar, Magic Erasure, OxiClean

FOUR MUST HAVE CLEANING SUPPLIES FOR EVERY MOM

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I’ve been a mom now for 11 years and there are four cleaning/household supplies I can’t live without: Dawn dish soap (blue), OxiClean, Magic Eraser, and Vinegar. I didn’t know about all of these...
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HOW TO HOST A FOOD FIGHT: TIPS AND TRICKS

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For two years my kids asked me if we could have a food fight. I kept telling them we had to do it in the summer. One year we even put it on our...
picture of boy with words Summer Fun

THREE FUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME

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I'm always looking for something unique to do with my kids especially this year and especially outside. These three fun summer activities have been HUGE WINNERS!  Toy Vehicle Car Wash Each kid gathered up 10 cars...

HUG YOUR KIDS: THEY NEED IT AND SO DO YOU.

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I'm a hugger. I have four kids and I love to snuggle and be close to them, but I've realized in the past few months, I've been hugging less. So, I'm making a concentrated...

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PART-TIME MARKETING CONSULTANT AND A FULL-TIME MOM.

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For 19 years of my career I worked in Higher Education in the Admissions and Recruitment fields. The last six years before I worked for myself, my role focused on marketing and I found...
Family of 6 hugging on the couch

NINE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM SHELTERING IN PLACE

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To say I've learned a lot in the past few weeks of sheltering in place is an understatement, but here are a few of my favorites. Our family of 6 cannot shower all in a...
Family of 6 - parents and 4 boys looking at the horizon

THE HARDEST PARTS OF PARENTING JUST GOT HARDER: WE CAN DO THIS.

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The Coronavirus protocol and social distancing magnifies my parenting insecurities and frankly, I’m not doing well.  Instead of small challenges I balance each day, these feelings of failure and questions are blown up and boldly...

TRAVELING WITH KIDS: WHAT TO TAKE IN THEIR CARRY-ON

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We recently traveled by plane to Arizona with four kids ages 10 to 3. This is not my first rodeo and I've learned that packing the right go-to items to make all the difference. Each...
woman reading with 6 kids gathered around

TOP PARENTING GOAL: KIDS THAT LOVE TO READ

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I often get asked: what are your hobbies? As a mom, I don't love this question. I have four kids ages 3 to 10. My hobbies are making dinner, cleaning up toothpaste smears, and...

WE LOVE OUR FAMILY OF SIX: 4 TIPS FOR KEEPING TRACK OF 4 BOYS

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We have 4 boys and we love it. Keeping track of #allthethings is crazy and frustrating and just part of the fun, but we’ve found our own way to manage things over the years....
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TEACHING KIDS THE FINE ART OF GIFT GIVING

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Each year at Christmas we help our kids practice giving gifts. Learning how to think of something that fits another person is hard. It takes practice and is a skill we want our boys...