Real Wives of SW Lake

Laura Lambertsen

Who lives in the house: Erik, Dean (son, 15), Grace (daughter, 13), Oreo (Havanese dog).

Best part of living in Lake County:  Lake County has wonderful schools, shopping, and forest preserves.  Also, it is not too far from Chicago, one of the best cities in the world!

Education: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and Sociology from Cornell College, and my Master’s Degree in Business Management from North Park University.

Work or at home:  Before the kids were born, I worked in the Admissions, and Communications departments at a local University.  After the kids were born, I chose to stay at home, while volunteering and working a few hours per week for a local corporation.

Hobbies/activities:  My favorite hobbies/activities include: yoga, trail running, hiking, and kayaking.  I love being outdoors and experiencing nature.  It is important for me to get outdoors almost every day – even during inclement weather; it is energizing, yet calming at the same time.

Important advice for kids today: “Never underestimate the power and value of receiving an education – your education is something that no one can ever take away from you.”  Also, “Get outdoors!”

Most played artist on your music playlist:  The Who.

Favorite splurge:  A bottle of Rombauer Chardonnay.

Favorite type of vacation:  The best vacations are those that focus around outdoor activity.  For the past several years, we have been taking vacations to the national parks of North America.  It is important that the kids grow up with an appreciation for the beauty and history of the national parks.  So far, some of our favorite parks have been: Acadia National Park in Maine, Glacier National Park in Montana, Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, and Jasper National Park (especially the Columbia Icefield) in Alberta, Canada.  This summer we are planning to visit some of the Arizona/Utah parks.

Recommended reads –  King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman.   Also, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv.

Fun fact that people don’t know about you:  Over the years, I worked as a paid background “extra” on several movies and television shows that have been filmed around Chicago.

Guiltiest food pleasure:  Lou Malnati’s Pizza and Garrett’s cheddar cheese popcorn.