What to Binge-Watch During “Safer at Home”

So, we are all stuck at home for an undetermined amount of time. Governor Evers says until April 24th, but we all know that the “Safer at Home” order in Wisconsin might last longer that that, along with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m sure, like me, you’ve seen a million recommendations on what to do during self-quarantine or while social-distancing. And like me, you are probably sick of seeing them, while still finding some of the ideas and resources shared to be useful.

Since I am currently working from home 40 hours a week, along with going to graduate school online, I don’t have a ton of “down time” anymore. However, when I do allow myself a night off (or two) to relax, I turn to Netflix and Hulu to binge-watch my favorite shows, just like many of you.

Here are several of my recent “binge-worthy” favorites to help get you through the next month or so. Almost all of them feature female protagonists in honor of Women’s History Month as well. 

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SHOP LOCAL: Meet the Mom(s) Behind Booth 121

It’s hard not to smile when you peruse the many unique, locally-sourced and handmade gifts at Booth 121, a specialty retail store on Monona Drive on Madison’s east side. From clothing and accessories to candles and other home decor, Booth 121 truly has something for everyone. Including the kids!

What makes this store so much fun is not just the one-of-a-kind items they sell, but the fact that so many come with a side of snark and sass – just like the store’s two owners, Leah Robertson and Rebecca Robertson Aide.

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SHOP LOCAL: Meet the Mom Behind The Purple Goose

As an avid shopper, I particularly love shopping local boutiques in Dane County for unique and on-trend clothing and accessories. In addition to great pieces and prices, one of the benefits of “shopping small” is developing personal connections with store owners and managers.

One such store owner is Halley Jones of The Purple Goose in Verona, WI, which has been in business since October 2005.

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SHOP LOCAL: Meet the Mom Behind Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe

SHOP LOCAL: Meet the Mom Behind…is a new series designed to introduce you to local businesses in the Madison area that you may or may not be familiar with, along with the moms who run them!

When you shop local, you not only stimulate the local economy, but you are also directly supporting people who are our friends and neighbors. Not to mention, small businesses diversify our options as consumers, in addition to the big box stores you find in many communities.

As a full-time working mom, it never ceases to amaze me when I meet other moms who run their own businesses. I often wonder what day-to-day life is like as a female entrepreneur, particularly when most moms are also the ones running their household, to a certain extent as well.

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Why I Love Z Boutique: The Only Plus-Size Shop in Madison

Last month, I had the distinct honor of walking in the Fashion Forward: A Catwalk for Charity event at The Sylvee, on behalf of Z Boutique. Z Boutique is a locally-owned plus-size boutique, specializing in women’s sizes 14-24.

As someone who has ranged in size from 8-18 over the years, I have had a wide variety of experiences shopping in the Madison area, with varied levels of customer service, from downright shameful, to absolutely exceptional.

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I’ll Say It: Halloween is Just So EXTRA

I haven’t written a post for Madison Mom (formerly Madison Moms Blog) in several months. It was great to finally get something out. And get this off my chest.

I am not a big fan of Halloween, as I’ve already mentioned in this post. Every year this holiday comes around and these same feelings about it resurface.

How do you feel about Halloween? I’ve already had one Mom comment that I’m “no fun”. As I mention in the post, this is clearly the “unpopular opinion”.

Tell me what you think! I’d love to hear if you are a Halloween lover or a hater!

The Best Birthday Freebies in Madison

I celebrated a birthday earlier this month, and as someone who LOVES free stuff, you best believe I took advantage of the many birthday offers available in our area.

I’m all for a good deal and many of my favorite businesses in Madison offer birthday coupons and freebies. You usually have to register for their rewards program or sign up for an e-newsletter in order to receive them.

Here is a list of some of the best birthday deals around. You’re welcome. 😉

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The Daycare Dilemma: How We Wound Up In 4 Different Care Centers in 4 Years

My child turned 4 years old just a few short months ago, yet we’ve already gone through 4 daycare transitions. And no, we haven’t moved. I’ve lived at the same residence with my husband for the past 13 years.

Searching for affordable and reliable childcare in the area is a challenge many of us face as new parents. I mean, how do you find someone you can trust with your most precious child? A stranger at that.

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Why You Should Take the Family to Bay Beach

A few weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We dropped the kiddo off with his grandparents up north and then hit the road to Door County. The two of us spent Saturday and Sunday in Door County and went back to his folks house Sunday night.

Both my husband and I took the day off on Monday, our official anniversary. We planned to spend that day with our son. Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to hit Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay on our way home.

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