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8 Fun Music Activities for Kids of All Ages from Music Teacher Lisa Carmody

Keep hearing about how great music is for kids’ development but need a little help thinking up fun musical activities to do with them? Music…

5 Resume Tips to Turn Your Outdated Resume Into A Modern Marketing Tool

Join Annette Richmond for a FREE online resume workshop Thursday, March 12th, 1 pm to 2 pm EST! Writing a compelling resume, one that sets you apart…

9 Ways This Pinterest-Phobic Mom Gets Her Creativity On

by Susan Maccarelli This is not a post bashing moms who embrace Pinterest. In fact, I love those moms.  I have a feeling that if…

Visual Inspiration: “Mechanical Brides” and Graphic Design as Narrative

Ah, the bookshelf. One of things I’ll  going to miss most as digital books take over from print is the gentle art of browsing a…

Twelve Easy Steps to Doing Creative Work while Parenting

We’re excited to introduce Janelle Hanchett, whose writing brilliantly balances both the hilarious and the poignant in her funny and honest parenting blog, renegademothering.com. We…

Watching Water Boil May Help Your Creativity

Since the birth of the smartphone, we’re rarely bored.  If I’m waiting in the school parking lot to pick up my son, I’m mindless scrolling…

My Journey from Magazines to Blogging

By Estelle Erasmus I have a confession to make. Even though I have blogged just about once a week (or once every two weeks) since…

Creativity Ever After? What it’s Like to Be Married to Your Creative Partner

Although our wedding was in 2008, my husband and I have been married for 36 years. I know it sounds impossible, but it all comes…

How To Make A Vision Board For Your Relationship Life

By Molly Ann Quigley You have probably heard of the idea of a vision board.  I define a vision board as a collection of images…

How examining your various social roles may help to boost your creativity

According to a recent study published by Sarah Gaither in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that spending a few minutes thinking about…

How to Not Become a Better Writer in 3 Easy Days

(Alternative Title: My Virtual Writer’s Retreat) Nowadays most of my writing revolves around “When’s this due?” work emails and commenting on the adorableness of friends’…

The Roles We Play

By Leslie Kendall Dye Three years ago, I got a voicemail congratulating me on winning a role in a play. The director told me when…

How to Take Charge of Your Parental Leave Transition

This month we are exploring transitions, from changing careers to plotting out your career path. This week, Amy Beacom, Ed.D, Founder and CEO Center for…

Happy Is Not Just About Doing What You Love: Creating a Career Path

“Do what you love” has become such a commonly repeated ideal, we rarely question it. Do you find yourself chasing the perfect job or client…

What Should A Creative Wear to an Interview or Business Meeting?

As a creative, do you dread figuring out what to wear to an interview or client meeting? It’s agonizing — I want to look unique…

How to Get Your Kids to Love Drawing: Tips from an Art Teacher

“My favorite thing about being a teacher was seeing kids start the semester feeling frustrated and unexcited about drawing; however, by the end of the…

5 First Steps to Finding A Career You Love

Looking to make some big career changes? The theme for this month’s Mommikin at Work series is Transitions. Many moms want to change careers — whether…

5 favorite things I’ve learned about creative moms

Maybe it’s the mulled wine or being stuck inside with bored kids climbing on me, but this time of year always makes me a tad…

Career Q & A: How to Craft a Dynamic “Elevator Pitch” to Get Other People as Passionate About What You Do as You Are

I dread the question “And what do you do?” I’m a freelance UX designer and would love to be able to communicate what my work…

Explore Shapes, Pattern, and Composition with Industrial Designer Sonjie Solomon

Industrial Designer Sonjie Solomon shares an activity inspired by a class she taught at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In her class, her students…

Career Q & A: Ready to Start Your Own Business? 4 Tips from Hatch Things Founder, Sonjie Solomon

I’ve been considering starting my own product business and would love to hear from another mom who has made it work! — Tessa M. 1.While…

Career Q & A: 5 Ways to Figure Out What Makes You Unique (And Why That Matters for Your Creative Career!)

Sometimes it feels like there’s so many people out there, all doing something similar to me. How do I even begin to differentiate myself? —…

Career Q & A: How to Present Your Digital Portfolio: Tips from a Creative Recruiter

I’m a designer and presenting my portfolio is the biggest make-or-break factor in a hiring decision. However, I spend weeks preparing my portfolio and reading…

Be Creative While Watching Football! A Game for 2 Players

There are many reasons to watch your favorite team toss around the pigskin, to celebrate and admire amazing athletic ability, build camaraderie with fellow fans,…

Career Q & A: Why You Should Price Discriminate: Setting Your Freelance Rates, Part 2

I am starting my own freelance business but don’t know how to price my services. Can you help me? — Dianna F. For freelancers, we’ve…

4 Tips for Helping Kids Get Excited About Cooking from Cookbook Author Katie Workman

Here’s some tips from this week’s featured mom Katie Workman on getting kids excited in the kitchen. 1. Let them pick the seasoning and taste…

Career Q & A: 4 Tips on Making Unpaid Work Pay Off (from Moms Who Have Been There)

I’m easing back into work after a long (8 years!) time off being a SAHM. I was considering volunteering to get my skills up to…

Career Q & A: What Makes Amazing Children’s Illustrations?: An Editor’s Perspective

I’ve been struggling to make it as a children’s book illustrator and have gotten a few leads but no breakthroughs. What do editors look for…

Storytelling with Dinosaurs: How to Encourage Kids to Develop Their Own Stories from Abigail Samoun, Children’s Book Editor

We asked this week’s featured mom, Abigail Samoun, book editor extraordinaire and co-founder of Red Fox Literary, what creative activities she likes to do with…

5+ Great Bedtime Books for Little Sleepyheads from Abigail Samoun, Children’s Book Agent

We asked this week’s featured mom, book editor and agent Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary for some of her favorite books to read to…

Career Q & A: How to Set Your Freelance Rates in 6 Simple Steps

I am starting my own freelance business but don’t know how to price my services. Can you help me? — Dianna F. Freelancing is fantastic for moms…

Fun Drawing Game for Kids from Illustrator Stephanie Roth Sisson: What You DON’T See Is What You Get

Our featured mom and illustrator, Stephanie Roth Sisson, shared this delightful drawing game for kids that you can do with your little ones. Sure to…

Career Q & A: How Much Should You Be Getting Paid? Tips from a Creative Recruiter

I am re-entry the workplace after maternity leave and am nervous about salary negotiations. My last job definitely was underpaying me — can you help…

Career Q & A: 5 (Mostly) Painless Tips for Writing a Better Bio

I’m struggling with coming up with a bio that sounds confident but not braggy, approachable but also serious. Plus I’m a creative, so it should…

From Playwright Elana Gartner: How to Tell Your Child a Captivating Story

Has your child ever asked you to come up with a story off the top of your head? Or have you wanted to use a…

Career Q & A: 5 things I wish I knew before becoming a WAHM (work-at-home mom)

I’m quitting my job and am about to make the leap into being a WAHM! I’m excited and a bit anxious. What do you wish…

6 (Not-so-) Scary Halloween Reads for Little Witches and Vampires

I’ll admit it. I LOVE Halloween and start dreaming of costumes I’ll never make and decorating with cobwebs and eyeball bowls from the minute I…

6 Tips on Organizing Family Photos Every Mom Needs to Know

“Feeling liberated from the stress and guilt of ignoring my photos for years, I found the process so enjoyable that I began to create photo…

The Mommikin birth story and our mission

Larissa and I met in 2003 in graduate school at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. (Yes, the one from Project Runway, and…

Career Q & A: 5 Tips for Going from Work to the Playground in Style

Since I had kids, I seem to look constantly schlubby. My old outfits are too “dry-clean only” to handle the playground but even as a…

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