Local mom Mimi Jung not only anchors the top-rated KING 5 News at Noon, she’s also an accomplished children’s photographer and mom to 2-year old Sophia. She and her husband Greg are expecting another baby girl in August. The Western Washington native grew up in Puyallup and now lives with her family in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. Jung, a Red Tricycle reader, recently took the time to share with us a little bit about her life as a mom in Seattle.
What are a few of your favorite parks & places to visit with Sophia both in Magnolia and around town?
Ella Bailey Park in Magnolia is our favorite park in Magnolia.  You can’t beat the view of the skyline and Elliott Bay!  We also spend a lot of time at Greenlake Park people-watching, strolling and checking out the ducks.
In Magnolia & Seattle, where do you like to catch a bite with the little one in tow?
Tutta Bella in Wallingford is one of our fave kid-friendly spots.  Yummy pizza, salad and gelato and the servers always cater to the kids with a smile.
When you have some “me time”, where do you catch up with a girlfriend?
Tea Time on Queen Anne.  They have a vast selection of tea and a cozy fireplace to sit next to and catch up with friends.
Favorite date night location?
Honestly, we’re happy dining anywhere that doesn’t involve high chairs or sippy cups!  When we do get a night to ourselves, we usually try a new restaurant.  Some of the fun spots we enjoy are Purple Café & Wine Bar, Matador, and Crush.

With summer coming up, are you looking forward to any particular day trips or local weekend getaways that you like to take as a family?
Sophia loves to swim, so we think she’ll have a good time at Great Wolf Lodge this summer.  We’re also looking into taking a trip to Seabrook to enjoy a little cottage on the Washington Coast as a family.

What local Seattle businesses are a “must” for you as a busy parent?
Urban Kids Play on Queen Anne and Izilla Toys on Capitol Hill are two stores I depend on when I’m short on time, but need a unique and fun child’s birthday gift.

You’re expecting your second child right now…where do you find your stylish maternity clothes?
One of my favorite local stores is “Bump” in Bellevue Square.  They have a great selection of designer jeans, casual, yet tailored and stylish shirts and fun pieces you won’t find anywhere else.  I also shop at Pea in the Pod and love some pieces by Liz Lange at Target!

How about when you’re not pregnant?
I’m a J. Crew and Banana Republic kinda gal.  But I also love to find unique pieces at boutiques in Fremont.

Any strange cravings?
No cravings of pickles and ice cream, but I’ve had ridiculously strong cravings for hashbrowns this pregnancy.  I know it’s not a healthy thing to do, but you’ll often find me pulling through the McDonald’s drive-through for breakfast just to get my fix!

Do you have a name picked out?
We do, but we’re keeping it a secret!

How do you stay healthy and fit (both pregnant and not pregnant)?
I chase around a toddler to stay in shape!  In addition, when I’m not pregnant, I run three days a week and get my butt kicked by Jillian Michael’s 30-day shred workout video.  These days, as I’m approaching my third trimester, if I can sustain 30 minutes on the Elliptical, I consider that a good day.

You’ve been photographing children and families recently…any tips for parents to make a photo shoot go smoothly?
The best tip I give parents is for them to relax and have fun!  Preparing for a photo session can be nerve-wracking for parents as they stress about what to wear and whether their kids will cooperate and smile.  But kids are very intuitive and they pick up on the tension parents are feeling and can often carry that to the photo session.

—Angie Ballas