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Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School a timely book for young children

Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School a timely book for young children

August 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

A delightful new book by Richard Torrey called Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School is a wonderful tool to help parents and young children transition back-to-school. Ally is a young girl with a fierce imagination. She’s worried about fitting in and making friends — two things all kids worry about no matter what their age. […]

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New books and productions keep summer reading fun

New books and productions keep summer reading fun

July 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Every time we drive by a school, there is a sign reminding students to do their summer reading. Every since our girls were very young, we always try to connect a book with an activity. This helps them stay interested in the stories and start to understand how different activities connect to become one, layered experience. Summer […]

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Chicago Dancing Festival tickets available beginning July 9

Chicago Dancing Festival tickets available beginning July 9

July 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

The Chicago Dancing Festival is one of my favorite summer programs. Chicago becomes the center of the dance universe when internationally-renown and local troupes converge on our stages to showcase ballet, modern and contemporary  dancers in the largest dance festival in the country. Best of all, tickets to attend these stellar performances are free. The […]

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Shari's Corner

It’s time to rethink Girl Scouts for your tween and teen daughters

It’s time to rethink Girl Scouts for your tween and teen daughters

August 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

When I tell people are girls are Cadette Girl Scouts, they seem surprised. For most families, Girl Scouts is something their elementary school girls do until they find other activities to keep them busy. Most people don’t realize that Girl Scouts was “originally for girls aged 10 to 18, but it was subsequently divided into […]

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All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

August 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

There’s a nervous energy in the audience before All Shook Up starts. Everyone has a favorite Elvis song, even the teenagers attending the show. A lot pre-show conversation centers on the music, which is clearly the draw. Immediately after the tremendous opening number, the audience settled in for an enjoyable ride. The multi-layered performances let […]

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Beaches a perfect GNO

Beaches a perfect GNO

July 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our daughters found themselves ending fifth grade in a fight with one of their best friends over something a classmate said. Her mom said the same thing I said, “Lots of things in life come and go, but your best girlfriends are so precious.” Even though our girls are young, it’s a sentiment we both […]

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Healthy Living

Bellissimo, Try Pasta Chips!

Bellissimo, Try Pasta Chips!

May 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

Welcome to a lighter and healthier snack that everyone in the family can enjoy. There are 5 flavors of Italy to taste: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil and my favorite, Mediterranean Sea Salt. The thing that I adore the most is that they are made with all natural ingredients: Semolina flour and […]

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Pure Food, Eat Clean with Seasonal, Plant-Based Recipes a perfect Farmer's Market companion

Pure Food, Eat Clean with Seasonal, Plant-Based Recipes a perfect Farmer’s Market companion

April 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

We’re long-time fans of our local farmer’s markets. We spend some time every Saturday talking to growers about their produce and finding new recipes. Still, there are always ingredients I buy and never use. Sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring out how to use them in a dish the family will enjoy. This year, […]

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A Boost To The Ego

A Boost To The Ego

January 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

It is a new year, and yes, I do consider myself a new me. If you have been following these ‘Lifestyle’ posts you’ll recall that I set a goal of losing 20 pounds with the RISE IOS app and Tory Johnson’s “The Shift” back in the late summer/fall. I satisfied my goal despite being inundated […]

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Chicago

The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

July 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s Museum Campus is always a great place to take the family for an afternoon or a full day. This summer, all three museums have new exhibits ready to keep your children and their friends busy throughout the summer. Adler Planetarium There are so many amazing things to see inside the Adler Planetarium, but this […]

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Family Fun at Floor And Decor's Grand Opening in Skokie

Family Fun at Floor And Decor’s Grand Opening in Skokie

September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and accessories will be opening a 4th store in the Chicago area. The new 62,000 square foot showroom and design center is located at 3300 Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois and will officially open on Friday, September 12, 2014 (they have three other Chicago […]

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Dr. Stork Prescribing Healthy Smiles with Crest Pro Health

Dr. Stork Prescribing Healthy Smiles with Crest Pro Health

May 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

“1 of 2 adults suffer from gum disease.” 1 of 2! I couldn’t possibly be the only one who thinks that that number is awfully high. But then again, gingivitis is deep inside your gums and so one can never know what truly is beneath those smiles. Here’s another one that Dr. Travis Stork threw […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

My Green Fills!

My Green Fills!

| July 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

It is simple and it is smart to use non-toxic products and have them delivered when you need them. As parents, we are always seeking ways to be efficient, frugal and conscious about the impact we are having on the planet. MyGreenFills.com shares our desires and have created “the LAST LAUNDRY JUG YOU WILL EVER […]

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Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

| July 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

After a long, rainy softball season, our girls were ready to have some summer fun. Fortunately, we were invited to visit Key Lime Cove for two days of water park fun. What’s great about Key Lime Cove it that it’s close enough to make it easy to get there quickly. We jumped on I-294 and […]

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Tips to help our kids learn all summer long

Tips to help our kids learn all summer long

| June 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

This is a topic I hear being discussed among parents as soon as school lets out. In today’s highly-competitive educational world, everyone wants to find an edge to keep their children in top form. Planet Read! sent the information below recently. What I like about these ideas is that they are free. You can use some […]

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#Chicago #WhiteSox offer a #summer filled with family programs

#Chicago #WhiteSox offer a #summer filled with family programs

| June 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Chicago White Sox have always done a great job of creating family-friendly events. Whether you’re a life-long baseball fan or a just want to spend some time experiencing a summer tradition, here are some of my favorite family events at U. S. Cellular Field. Family Sundays Everyone wants to have fun and save money. […]

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Summer camps to keep your kids engaged this summer

Summer camps to keep your kids engaged this summer

| June 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

We always look at summer as a time to add depth to our daughters’ education. No matter how hard teachers try, there is always something parents wish their children would experience that just won’t fit into the lesson plans. Here are some ideas to jump start your summer plans. Community College Camps Our local community […]

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Illinois State Board of Education doesn't care what you think

Illinois State Board of Education doesn’t care what you think

| May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

The recent PARCC testing cycles elicited strong opinions from students, parents, teachers and others following the controversy, which played out in print, on the airwaves and via social media. An interesting thing happened on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) social media outlets. As the testing controversy grew, ISBE started blocking anti-PARCC comments. At […]

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Parenting with Presence brings a unique perspective to parenthood

Parenting with Presence brings a unique perspective to parenthood

| May 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

A new book by Huffington Post’s weekly “Parent Coach” advice columnist Susan Stiffelman offers a unique take on parenting. Stiffelman believes “that even though most parents subscribe to the belief that inner growth happens as a result of daily meditation, mindfulness retreats, and/or inspiration from wise luminaries, it is actually their children who can be […]

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Will your IL elected official support parental right to opt-out of standardized testing?

Will your IL elected official support parental right to opt-out of standardized testing?

| May 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Of all the PARCC testing complaints, the inability of parents to opt-out their children from the test was among the loudest. Parents were angry that their children had to go into the classroom and opt-out themselves. Before you decide that children should be able to make their own choices, remember that parents spend a lot […]

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Mason Jar Crafts for Kids will keep the kids busy this summer and beyond

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids will keep the kids busy this summer and beyond

| April 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we were kids, my aunt canned vegetables she grew in her garden. She always said her vegetables tasted better than anything you could buy at the grocery store. We’d go to her farm every summer and it always seemed to be canning season when we were there. She’d line up dozens of Mason jars […]

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Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

| April 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

There is a breathtaking new production of Carousel gracing the Civic Opera House stage through May 3. With a star-studded cast and timeless messages, Carousel crosses generations with thought-provoking themes. Waiting in the lobby for the press opening, we saw many families who took the opportunity to dress-up and spend an evening together. Their efforts were […]

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Memphis stays true to its roots

Memphis stays true to its roots

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we started planning our Spring Break trip to Memphis, we realized we could go in so many directions — music, civil rights, nature, sports. Everything was available to us, but with just a few days to explore we had to plan carefully to get everything on the schedule. The beauty of Memphis is that […]

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Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

| April 19, 2015 | Comments (1)

One of the great things about raising readers is you get to read all the books your children enjoy. Sometimes we read classic stories over and over again. Sometimes we have opportunities to read new works. Lately we’ve been arriving home to find newly issued stories in our mailbox. These stories are designed for children […]

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