A resident of Wisconsin since 2012, Gina grew up in California but has always felt at home in the Midwest, having spent many childhood holidays goofing off with cousins and extended family in the Chicago area. Gina met her husband Kevin at the University of Notre Dame, where she studied marketing and German and played trumpet in the marching band. They have two daughters, Julia (7 years) and Lily (6 years). Gina has a background in fundraising and enjoys collaborating on community projects, training for sprint triathlons, and fueling her writing pursuits with large amounts of coffee and chocolate. You can find some of her caffeinated ramblings at Love Hope and Coffee.

A Love Letter to Teachers Everywhere

My kindergarten teacher's name was Miss Johnson. Tall and slender, with short brown hair and a gentle voice, she was the person who led us in songs at circle time and came to my rescue when...

When Your Kids Won’t Eat Anything at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only does it occur during the same month as my birthday, but a holiday devoted entirely to relaxing with family while enjoying delicious carb-laden...

Milwaukee Area Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

When the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, my family loves to welcome the fall season by visiting local pumpkin patches and orchards. Below are some of our favorite places to find the perfect...

Being a Mom is Gross

I must have missed the chapter in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" entitled Being a Mom is Gross. I mean, it must have been there. From literally my first day of being a mother,...

I’m the Mom, Not the Referee

My kids fight. A lot.  While I know sibling rivalry is normal, lately the bickering seems to have increased dramatically, and in turn, so has my stress as a parent. Last week, as I sat with...

8 Things I’m Pretty Sure Will Happen in my Car this Summer

Ah, summer. It's the season for mosquito bites, cold drinks on the patio, and the laughter of carefree kids splashing around at the pool. It's also the time of year when parents spend countless hours chauffeuring young...

Parenting by Checklist

Summer will soon be upon us, and while I'm looking forward to spending more time with my kids, I'm also a little nervous about how we'll all adjust to the new routine. If not for...

Berry Picking in the Milwaukee Area

As I look out my window on a drizzly Wisconsin spring day, I'm dreaming of fresh strawberries and blueberry crumble to go with my morning coffee. Berry picking season is almost here! Below are some of...

How My Kids Will Know the Grandmother They’ll Never Meet

"Mama, it's not fair that I won't ever get to meet Grandma Kate." This comment from my second grader punctures me right in the heart. My mother passed away several years before my children were...

When You’re An Anxious Mom

No one would dispute the fact that moms worry. But some of us don’t simply experience worry and anxiety—instead, we’re often consumed by them. Compared with our peers, we are the outliers, pushing the boundary of...