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Well Behaved Mothers Seldom Make History

Posted in Motherhood with tags , , , on February 17, 2015 by Corinna Allen Cook
Mis-behaving mommies

Mis-behaving mommies

I admit it. I am not always a well-behaved mother.

With two daughters under the age of three, I persist in taking them on airplanes and out to restaurants and generally putting them in situations not ideally suited to the diaper and spit-up set.

“A Well Behaved mommy would hire a sitter.”

And I agree! But there’s not much I can do about the air travel, and my six month old likes to be attached to me. All the time.

So when it came time to celebrate my birthday, I decided to be a Sassy Mommy and bring my baby with me.

To lunch.

At the historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

My resolve was borne up by strength in numbers.

A fellow Sassy Mommy of two agreed to join me, with her four month old in tow.

To our surprise and delight, the wonderful staff in the lobby bar could not have been more kind and supportive.

Our server, Valerie, even brought me a special birthday dessert and snapped this photo of my birthday toast.

Sassy Mommies at the Pfister Hotel

Sassy Mommies at the Pfister Hotel

I was so impressed, that I sent Val a note, and included a copy of her photographic handiwork.

And guess what? I got a response!

Apparently, the Pfister has it’s own narrator. (How do I sign up for that job?!)

Anja Notanja Sieger wrote back asking if she could include our story on the hotel blog.

And she included an original poem!

An original poem, written after my birthday lunch at the Pfister.

An original poem, written after my birthday lunch at the Pfister.

Of course I jumped at the chance to be part of the history of such a landmark hotel.

Which got me thinking…

Well behaved mothers seldom make history.

Sassy mommies, unite!

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Raising a Rock Star

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots, Motherhood, The Morning Blend, Uncategorized, Where's Corinna?, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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Experienced parents roll their eyes at my naiveté when I say this, but I am determined to raise a musical child.

I had a girlfriend in college who impressed all of us one night when she started making beautiful music on a piano that, until she arrived, none of us had even noticed in the common area of our dorm. She said yes, of course her parents had made her take lessons, and forced her to practice. But then, when she got to high school, they said, ‘enough, if you don’t want to play, that’s up to you’. From that point on, she couldn’t stop.

The lesson I took away from the experience is that, as a parent, it’s my job to lay the foundation. What my daughter does with it from there is up to her.

So, the last time I filled in on The Morning Blend, I was thrilled to interview singer/song writer Inda Eaton.

“Let’s be honest,” says Eaton. “We all want our kids to be part of the arts, but we don’t want them to starve.”

One might argue that she’s living proof of the challenges of earning a living in music. She and her band are traveling the country in a 31 foot RV.

But on the other hand, you could say she’s living the dream.

Each city on their tour represents the home town of one of her band members, and at every stop they make an effort to experience local culture.

In Wisconsin that meant sampling local cheese, and tail gating at a Packer Game.

She says the experience has brought her band together, but she also hopes they’ve brought something to the communities they’ve visited, showing first hand that a career in the arts is attainable.

And that’s what I want to share with my daughter. What she does with the information is up to her.

The tour is called “Go West” and promotes the album of the same name.

Click here to see our interview with Inda Eaton on The Morning Blend.

Enjoy.

Personalized thank you cards, instantly!

Posted in Motherhood, The Morning Blend, Uncategorized, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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Filling in on The Morning Blend is always a blast!

So the last time I was there, I wanted to send a thank you card to my co-host, Tiffany Ogle.

It was the perfect opportunity to try out Red Stamp, my latest iPhone App.

Red Stamp App

This magical service allows you to create a virtual thank you card, using your own photo, and one of their dozens of templates.

You can then send the “card” as a text or email, or, in my case, as an real honest to goodness post card!

It even syncs with your contacts, so you can send then card right away.

Perfect for a new mom like me who has good intentions, but often lacks on follow through.

I was a little nervous, because I wouldn’t get to see the card before it arrived.

But the results were beautiful, a high quality, glossy card stock that arrived on time and in one piece!

Click here to see the video of me chatting about it with Tiffany.

The whole thing cost just two bucks, and that includes postage!

I will definitely be using it again!

One handed photography

Posted in Motherhood, Uncategorized, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , on September 20, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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This is a photo of me and my daughter Ava dressed up to cheer for the Green Bay Packers.

I took the photo last week, to send to my husband at work and let him know that we were gearing up for Game Day.

But, as many of you know, doing anything one handed, (ie while holding a small child), can be a challenge.

Just take a look at the photos below.

If anyone suggest a gadget or app to make photographing myself, (while holding my daughter), any easier, I’d appreciate it!

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Maternity Pilates!

Posted in Beauty Obsessions, Motherhood, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

No, that’s not a house! That’s me at eight months pregnant. Can you believe it?

Through out my pregnancy, I’ve focused on doing as much work as possible to prepare my body for a smooth, natural, child birth.

So I was thrilled to find a pilates class, designed just for me, located right on Pewaukee Lake!

Our instructor, Julie Smith, is a certified pre and post-natal pilates specialist.

Here’s how she describes the class:

This specially designed prenatal class is safe
and gentle for the expecting mother. When a woman becomes
pregnant her body begins to produce various hormones respon-
sible for causing her joints to soften. Thus a pregnant woman can
be very prone to injury of the weight-bearing joints of the back,
pelvis and lower extremities. Using special techniques for the
pregnant woman, Pilates will help stabilize areas as well as help
strengthen, tone and maintain flexibility. Pilates will also help you
strengthen and gain control of muscles used in delivery. After
pregnancy, Pilates helps the body quickly get back into shape and
helps re-strengthen the areas affected by pregnancy and delivery.

Come join us Fridays at 9 am!

Movement Center Pewaukee

161 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Pewaukee, WI 53072