Sheryl Sandberg

May 27, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg: The 3 Biggest Mistakes Working Women Make

Oprah calls Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, the “new manifesto for women in the workplace.” Watch as Sheryl shares three lessons for every working woman: believe in yourself, make your partner a real partner, and don’t leave before you leave. Plus, Sheryl tells Oprah how her personal mantra—”What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”—inspires her, personally and professionally.

Shortcuts to Happiness

May 26, 2013
Shortcut to Happiness
American goldfinch
Confession:  I’m a bird dork.    I love wild birds.  I watch them.  I feed them.  I read books about them.  Some of my favorite pieces of art in my home are of what else – birds.
In childhood and my younger years I  barely noticed wild birds.  My mother is a “Birdie” and when she talked about them when I was a kid my eyes would glaze over.  But something happened around mid-life for me.   I looked up in the sky and discovered these miraculous little creatures and I’ve been smitten every since.
 A few weeks ago I visited my parents in Michigan  and made a visit to a favorite local garden store.  Its the same garden store my grandmother also frequented for 40 years.     Anyway,  the store has this vast selection of  bird feeders, bird baths, and bird food (two whole aisles of feed).    As I headed out that morning with my daughters in tow I was so excited to purchase the Spring Blend of feed.    I imagine this is how some women feel when their favorite designer  Spring Fashion collection hits the stores.   Oooh! Aaaah!
I was giddy with anticipation…. so many blends to choose from.  Of course there is the tried and true black-oil sunflower, safflower, thistle seed,  cracked corn, millet, suet, peanuts, berries, mealworms, mixed blends.  Perhaps I should purchase them already hulled.  It’s more expensive to purchase hulled seeds but Bubbie is older now and it’s hard work sweeping up the shells…
All of a sudden I feel a tug on my shirt.
My youngest daughter says.  “Why do you and Bubbie  love birds so much.  (Bubbie is the nickname for my Mom.)
 “I don’t know.   I can’t speak for Bubbie but they bring me joy in a way I can’t quite describe”, I said.
” This is super boring. So so so soooooo boring”, she replies.
  I was little like you once and understand.   Give me 5 minutes to decide on a bag and we’ll be heading out”, I replied.
So we headed out to the car and I couldn’t help but thing maybe, just maybe, even 30+  years from now that my daughters will also enjoy the dorking world of birds,  or any other simple pleasure for that matter.  Because its truly the little things that provide shortcuts to happiness.
Here are some bird’s we’ll be looking for this Spring and Summer.
Every Blessing,
Ingrid Kellaghan

Broad-winged Hawk
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Purple Martin
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Louisiana Waterthrush
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Apr 1 – May 15

Barn Swallow
Apr 1 – Apr 30

Eastern Kingbird
Apr 1 – May 30

Red-eyed Vireo
Apr 1 – May 30

Apr 1 – May 30

Black-and-white Warbler
Apr 1 – Apr 30

Northern Parula
Apr 1 – May 15

Hooded Warbler
Apr 1 – May 15

Cliff Swallow
Apr 16 – May 15

Wood Thrush
Apr 16 – May 30

Least Flycatcher
Apr 16 – May 30

Western Kingbird
Apr 16 – May 30

Baltimore Oriole
Apr 16 – May 30

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Apr 16 – May 15

Scarlet Tanager
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow Warbler
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow-breasted Chat
Apr 16 – May 30

Kentucky Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Apr 16 – May 30

Blue-winged Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Cerulean Warbler
Apr 16 – May 30

Worm-eating Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Orchard Oriole
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
May 1 – May 30

Common Nighthawk
May 1 – Jun 15

Swainson’s Thrush
May 1 – Jun 15

Olive-sided Flycatcher
May 1 – May 30

Eastern Wood-Pewee
May 1 – May 30

Warbling Vireo
May 1 – May 30

Blue Grosbeak
May 1 – May 15

Indigo Bunting
May 1 – May 30

American Redstart
May 1 – May 30

Canada Warbler
May 1 – May 30

Wilson’s Warbler
May 1 – May 30

Willow Flycatcher
May 1 – May 30

Western Tanager
May 16 – May 30

A Special Invitation

May 24, 2013

Cambridge Nanny Group

Cambridge Nanny Group - Parenting with Presence




I’ve been drawn to mentors and teachers  who explore the overlap of spiritual principals with parenting . I believe the decision to be a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. To create an environment that’s comforting,  stimulating and nurturing, to pass on a sense of responsibility to another human being, to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything – there are few callings that are more honorable.

Navigating through the waters of parenthood is never easy, particularly if you are committed to do it well—and it’s rarely done without support.  This past year I discovered the work of Susan Stiffelman, the author of Parenting Without Power Struggles.   After I read the last page and closed the book I  had to contact Susan.    I was blown away by her wisdom and compassion and “rubber meets the road” advice to parents.  My question:  How can I help champion your work?      Turns out she was coming to Chicago to speak at the Union League Club.  Perfect!  We bounced around ideas on scheduling a speaking event  that was free or affordable for parents but as they say, timing is every thing.   We had a short window of time to plan (she’s one busy lady) and unfortunately my work/life schedule couldn’t make it happen during her visit….this time.   (Stay tuned.)

In the meantime I was soaking up her wisdom on her website and her Facebook page and her Huffinton Post Blog and growing, growing, growing.   Thank you Susan.

Turns out something bigger happened.  Little did I know Susan had imagined  this “big thing” for years, and worked on for hundreds hours to make her vision a reality.  Drum roll please….

I’d like to invite you to  register for an amazing, FREE online event with Suaan Stiffelman and some of the world’s leading experts on parenting!

Have you ever wished you could learn to remain cool, calm and connected throughout your parenting day, even in the midst of those difficult moments when your children are melting down or refusing to cooperate? What if you knew how to turn things around and restore a sense of peace and enjoyment-instead of sailing into a parenting “storm” filled with negotiations, power struggles, bribes and threats?

Join host Susan Stiffelman, MFT – parenting expert, educator, therapist and author – for these inspiring and engaging dialogues with world-renowned thought-leaders including  Marianne Williamson, Harville Hendrix, don Miguel Ruiz, Congressman Tim Ryan, Marci Shimoff, Alison Armstrong, John Gray, Trudy Goodman, Kathy Eldon, Gabriel Nossovitch, Gary Zukav, Michael Beckwith, Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Lisa Garr, Shelly Lefkoe, Christine Carter, and Katherine Woodward Thomas–with a few more on their way. They will share practical insights, tools and techniques to help you raise happy, cooperative children without power struggles, tantrums, and negotiations.

Get all the details  and sign up here before this offer expires: or .

I’ll be listening, and I hope you’ll join me for this important event.

Every Blessing,

Ingrid Kellaghan
Founder, Cambridge Nanny Group

We love Mam!

May 17, 2013

Meet Our New Product Partner – MAM!

MAM pacifiers give babies the best start in life because they are designed and developed by pediatric dentists and orthodontists.  MAM’s attention to detail and work with developmental psychologists have resulted in a wide variety of pacifier sizes that suits baby’s various developmental stages.  Theanatomically correct pacifiers allows for healthy jaw and teeth development and ensure a maximum level of comfort for babies of all ages.

MAM offers pacifiers with either a silicone or latex nipple.  The patented ultra soft silicone is silicone with a difference!   It’s silky soft and no other silicone feels softer. Thanks to the anti-slip surface, the pacifer stays in baby’s mouth easily.

MAM’s natural latex comes from our very own sustainable rubber tree crops in Thailand. MAM only uses the latex from the ThaiMed facility to ensure high quality latex for a naturally soft, soothing feel.

Safe with MAM – Alternatives to BPA

° BPA free: All MAM products are made of BPA free materials. All MAM bottles are BPA free according to Regulation (EU) No. 321/2011.

Bisphenol A (BPA), a component of plastic, has been under international criticism for some time. A European Commission directive goes into effect at the beginning of March which bans the use of BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles. MAM, Austria’s leading manufacturer of baby products, has long been using safe alternatives.

Why BPA-free?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important component for the manufacturing of polycarbonate (PC). Among other items, food packaging, plastic utensils and baby bottles are just a few examples of products made with PC. The problem: Trace amounts of BPA gradually leach out of the plastic into the food and eventually into the body. This can affect small children and infants in particular.

As a result of exposure to BPA experts and studies have seen disruptions to the hormone system and brain, diabetes and heart damage as well as an increased risk of cancer.

Although scientific evidence is not yet conclusive, the European Commission has now put special emphasis on the health and safety of babies and small children.

A big step forward

Medical research, technical know-how and innovation make MAM the world’s leading brand in baby product design. Through close contact with science and research, MAM developers are able to move ahead: That’s why all MAM baby products are BPA-free – and have been for years.

Safe MAM Alternative

Instead of polycarbonates (PC) containing BPA, polypropylene (PP) is used for baby bottles. For years, this plastic has been internationally undisputed for meeting all necessary requirements.

Today, all other MAM products, such as pacifiers, cups and eating utensils are made only from completely safe alternative materials. Now, the complete MAM line provides a safe alternative to give babies the perfect start in life.


WIN Svan Signet Complete Chair!

May 13, 2013

Enter to win! Click here to link to contest.  $260 value.  Visit Svan website to learn more about the Signet Complete Chair.


Svan Facebook Contest


Svan is giving away a Signet Complete Chair featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s annual Mother’s Day show on May 10, 2013.  The Signet Complete High Chair makes mealtime easy and enjoyable for baby and parent alike. Signet seats children  up to the table for enjoyable interaction with the rest of the family, turning mealtime into family time!

As your child grows, so does your chair – converting every step of the way. The handle on the back makes it easy to move, and the adjustable seat depth, seat height and footrest provide proper ergonomic support for your child.

Signet’s solid bentwood quality construction and curves, blend with and home décor and the Signet Chair is durable enough to serve your family for years to come.

Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013

Reflecting on my  Daughters this  Mother’s Day……

My wish for my daughters is that they become women who are not just good – but great! There is a quote by Eve Ensler that I love,  “Good is towing the line, being behaved, being quiet, being passive, fitting in, (striving to) being liked, and great is being messy, having a belly, speaking your mind, standing up for what you believe in, fighting for another paradigm, not letting people talk you out of what you know to be true.”

My deepest desire is that my daughters  become great women.  it is up to me  to teach and show them through example.  It means not trying to change or correct then to fit some mold that is not their own.    It’s allowing them to be authentically gloriously  themselves.

Since my girls are young (ages 4 and 5) I often ask myself the question, “How will I know when I’ve done my job well?  It will not be benchmarked by their external accomplishments.  While I certainly wish they have academic success, pursue a rewarding career, have financial freedom, and build their own loving family –   I’ve come to realize that if I raise this my  daughters exemplify kindness, generosity, integrity,  if they have a spiritual purpose, a heart for service,  and compassion for the world in the people in it, only then, will I have done my job – well!

If I could wish for one things on Mother’s Day, it would be that my daughters know deep in their bones for the rest of their lives how much they are loved,  cherished and adored.    They are the source of  so much joy and inspiration and being their Mommy is the greatest gift and blessing of my life.

Happy Mothers Day!


Ingrid Kellaghan

Founder, Cambridge Nanny Group 

Heather Sanders

There seems to be a gazillion parenting blogs available online.   Discovering a really good blog feels  like finding a kids winter coat in January when stores have moved onto selling capri’s and  bathing suits.  “Aaaahhh….finally. High five!”  

I recently discovered a cool parenting blog at The Pioneer Woman.    Heather Sanders is a leading homeschooling journalist who inspires families across the nation. Heather lives with her husband in the East Texas Piney Woods and homeschools her three children, Emelie, Meredith and Kenny.   Her writing is smart and saucy and unexpectedly relatable to mere morals like me (aka non-home schoolers.)     If your looking for some engaging art projects this summer check out’s Heather’s picks.  You’ll also discover her other great suggestions, resources, and her unique take on full contact parenting.    I enjoy reading her blog and hope you will too.







Marvalous Babies Book

May 2, 2013
Cambridge Nanny Group is really excited for the release of , “Marvalous Babies”, a book by one of our favorite nannies to the stars,  Marva Soogrim.   Born in Trinidad, Marva came to the United States in 1980, at the age of 21. A mother of four, she still considers all the children she has cared for over the years her “Marvalous Babies” and has had the privilege of caring for theirchildren.  What makes Marva unique is that she can tap into that deep instinct that every parent possesses and guide them in a way that fits their individual families.  Specializing in multiple births Marva has helped families in finding their own ways of parenting that works best for reaching a level of maximum joy, by integrating their style with some of her proven methods.