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Maggie Welsh

After two years in New York City, Madison native Maggie Welsh returned here to launch her first line of designer handbags, Maggie Modena. Read more

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If you've been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you may have noticed that more and more sites are inviting you to follow them on the social media network Pinterest. Here users create "boards" and search through thousands of "pins" on subjects that interest them and save images to create their own series of digital bookmarks. Read more

Isthmus Parents

It's 5:30 p.m. Soon it will be time for us all to enjoy dinner as a family. A time to reflect on our day and appreciate each other and the the meal before us. Oh wait, that scenario is from a Lifetime television movie and does not accurately reflect what is happening at my house. Read more

Isthmus Parents

Like many parents, I look at the wide world around my kids and do my best to prepare them for life. We talk about working hard, being kind and responsible, Internet safety, stranger danger, and the (gulp) birds and the bees. But what about a topic such as race? Read more

Isthmus Parents

I spend a lot of time talking to my kids about how lucky we are to have what we have. Though our house is tiny and our van is unequipped with automatic doors, we have all we could ever need, and a lot of what we want. Read more

Isthmus Parents

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. Read more

Isthmus Parents

My family recently went through something that we have not experienced in over eight years. We have become a household that no longer harbors a crib or a changing table. Read more

Isthmus Parents

I've always been a supporter of companies that empower women and girls, and when the creator of such a company is a fellow Wisconsinite, I get even more excited. When Melissa Wardy of Janesville got fed up with stereotypes found in clothing for girls, she started her own company. Read more

Isthmus Parents

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I had two names picked out. Upon her arrival we had not yet come to a conclusion on what that name would be. Everyone told us that when we saw her we would just know. We didn't. Read more

Isthmus Parents

After sleep patterns, I think the next biggest parenting concern I have and hear about revolves around the topic of food. How can I make sure my kids are eating enough vegetables? Did I pack them a lunch that is healthy enough? What can I feed them after school that doesn't come from a box? How many gripes am I going to get about the dinner I'm about to prepare? Read more

Isthmus Parents

The recent shift in the weather is just another sign that autumn is fast approaching. That means one of my favorite activities is just around the corner -- apple picking. My husband and I have been picking apples every fall since before our kids were born. Read more

Isthmus Parents

Is it just me or does each summer seem to go by quicker than the last? The end of summer is upon us and for many families this means the start of a new school year. Read more

Isthmus Parents