If you have kids, you need Macaroni!
Sara Youngblood-Ochoa is the queen of kid-friendly Chicago events -- she knows the community, and the community knows her! MacKids publishes a newsletter every week sharing upcoming kid-friendly events in the Chicago area. The newsletter and website is everything parents need for family-fun events any time of the day, week, or year!
"Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop is not just a list of activities though, it is a newsletter and a blog featuring crafts, recipes, reviews, giveaways, articles for parents, date night ideas and musings on life and parenthood...all from the perspective of a Chicago mom!" - MacKids About Us
How did you get into your field?
I was an actor/director before becoming a mom, but I knew those hours wouldn't be conducive to the kind of mom I wanted to be. We were fairly new to Chicago when our son was born, so in looking for family-friendly things to do with him, I stumbled upon a Macaroni Kid in another city. I went hunting for the Chicago edition, there wasn't one, so I decided I'd give it a whirl. 6.5 years later, it was one of the best spur-of-the-moment decisions I've ever made!
What are some of your favorite Chicago hot spots?
Because my job is focused on family-friendly, my favorite "hot" spots tend to be for the younger set or places that don't mind you bringing your kids. My family and I love Chicago Q - great food, not a kiddy restaurant, but they are comfortable and welcoming to our son. The ninja course at the newest Little Beans in Evanston is a "hot" spot for our son! He could run and climb around there for hours! The wifi and cafe are great for me too as I can get some work done while he runs around.
Take us through your daily beauty routine.
I tend to go for fast and easy these days. I have very sensitive skin so I only wear make-up if I have a meeting or a special event. Otherwise, I use all natural products on my super-sensitive face - Castile soap for cleansing and coconut oil for moisturizing.
Do you have a go-to hairstyle?
I'm all about a messy bun or letting my naturally wavy hair just do it's own thing.
How do you take care of yourself when you’re completely mommed out? What’s most important to you (i.e. skin, hair, body, etc.)?
As I mentioned above, I have sensitive skin and it will immediately let me know when I'm "mommed" out. It gets red and splotchy and I feel like everyone can tell I'm tired and not taking care of myself. I try to remedy by drinking more water and adding lots more coconut oil to my sad, dry skin.
Do you vary your look season to season? How does your routine change in the summer vs. winter?
I used to be a natural redhead but time and motherhood have faded and greyed my hair a little, so I color my hair to stay red. In the summer I tend to go a little more blonde/strawberry-ish and in the fall/winter I go for a deeper red.
What are a few of the season’s best hair trends?
As I'm always in a hurry, I appreciate any easy, cute up-do.
Biggest beauty splurges?
Facials specifically created for sensitive skin.
What does a bad hair day look like for you?
I have naturally wavy hair and as other curly girls know, from day to day my hair can be a crap-shoot. One day the curls do exactly what I want. The next day they could be a frizzy mess.
Would you rather -- hair up or hair down?
I love the way my hair looks down, but some days I don't have the time. So usually I wear my hair up.
Whose hair do you envy?
Julianne Moore (another redhead!) always has great hair.
What’s a style you’d love to try at Blowtique that would be too hard to try at home?
I love the semi-wavy looks people create with flat irons. I've never been able to accomplish that look on my own. I can do curly or straight, but can't seem to manage in-between.