Megan Cottrell Liz Joynt Sandberg
Megan Cottrell Liz Joynt Sandberg

Welcome to Pluck. We think you’ve got what it takes.
We're Liz and Megan, best-friends to each other and mothers to Ida, age 2, and Teddy, 6 months, respectively. We're all about raising our kids without losing ourselves, with wine as a totally acceptable coping strategy. Nothing Fancy. Sometimes Funny. Always straight-up and open-minded dispatches from the motherland.

The one thing I'm not doing

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I realized that it was one – ONE measly thing, and suddenly I felt so much better. In another installment of “things I know but somehow hadn’t yet articulated for my own benefit”, I just pulled myself out of a months-long funk. Well, not me alone. My epiphany happened over a playground bench-coffee session with Megan. I was describing that thing where,   Read more 

Don't breastfeed in public! There's an app for that.

Megan Cottrell
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Moms in Chicago are furious after a local TV anchor compared breastfeeding in public to nose picking. ( FOX Chicago anchors discussed a viral video on Thursday's   Read more 

My 10-item wardrobe: a fuss-free, liberating choice to downsize my closet

Megan Cottrell
Friday, July 26, 2013
A couple of months, I wrote about myquest to create a 10-item wardrobe (, a “mom-drobe,” if you will that would help me feel chic, polished and presentable without constantly wondering what to wear. I took my guidance from the wonderful Jennifer Scott, blogger and  Read more 

What's the surprise today?

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
My daughter has been attending AM summer day camp at her preschool for the past several weeks. I guess at some point early in her camp days, I set a precedent for there being a surprise upon my picking her up from camp. Like so many precedents, this one happened by accident and has now become one of those mandatory facets of living with someone who is relentlessly logical with little regard fo  Read more 

You'll never believe what I saw at Target

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Thursday, July 11, 2013
While driving in my car this morning, I heard a snippet of a call-in show on Chicago Public Radio. The details escape me at the moment (I just underwent the semi-harrowing process of getting Ida to see that a nap is in everyone’s best interest so my brain is a little fuzzy) but the topic was related to violence in the city. The host was taking calls from folks with theories as to what s  Read more 

Mama bear vs. grace

Megan Cottrell
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I perfected my angry phone voice as a manager of a dance studio. Liz and I used to run a dance studio together, and she put me in charge of recital costumes. If you've never ordered dance costumes (and for your sake, I sincerely hope you haven't), you have to put in the orders three to six months in advance to get them on time, and often, the order still doesn't come when they said it wo  Read more 

The grass is greener on the ... wait, was that a firework or a gunshot?

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
June was a rough month. Nothing specific, really. Just the grating reality of seemingly every little thing being rougher than necessary. We got achingly close to buying a house, and it fell through. My husband had to travel unexpectedly quite a bit for work. I had a ton of shows and rehearsals while trying to fake my way though feeling mega-nauseous, sore, and exhausted because of this fetus I  Read more 

What if I don't want to "Lean In"?

Megan Cottrell
Monday, July 01, 2013
Okay, I haven't read Lean In ( Maybe I will. Quite honestly, it depends on whether or not one of my friends puts it in my hands and says "Read this." I don't seek out many books these days. The toddler keeps me running. I don't have any problem with the book. Unlike the many folks who attacked Sandberg when the book came out, I   Read more 

Dear parent of a 3-and-a-half year old

Liz Joynt Sandberg
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Dear Parent of a 3 and a half year old, I know. I KNOW. Let me start by saying that it really is as terrible as you think it is. You’re not wrong. And crying in the bathroom is the only reasonable response to the day you’ve had. That kid is being insane. Just insane. And I’m sure there is another beautiful and wise missive where we can find out all about why and come away  Read more 

Why the CTA's stroller policy irritates me

Megan Cottrell
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I avoid taking the CTA these days. For one, it's a big of a hassle with Teddy. How exactly am I supposed to hold down the button for the disabled entrance, push open the heavy door and drag the stroller through at once? Unclear. Then there's the CTA's stroller policy, complete with these signs. I have no problem with being courteous, but these rules just don't make sense:   Read more 

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