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Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

February 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

When I saw the news reports outlining the ongoing Flint water crisis, I wondered if the Crestwood families who went through their own deadly water poisoning are having flashbacks. If you don’t remember the story, Crestwood is a small, Southwest suburb near Crestwood and Route 83.  For years the Chicago suburb was known for giving […]

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Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

January 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There are mixed opinions about whether or not children should be off school on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some people believe children should be in school learning about his important work, while others think it’s important to mark the holiday with a day off to do good works. In the Chicago area most schools […]

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It's time to make your family-friendly New Year's Eve plans

It’s time to make your family-friendly New Year’s Eve plans

December 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Across the Chicagoland area there are family-friendly events to help your family mark the end of 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016. Here are some to consider when planning your family’s celebration. Brookfield Zoo ends its annual Holiday Magic event with a Zoo Year’s celebration. As if more than 1 million LED twinkling lights, […]

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Shari's Corner

Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

January 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just when we’re in the dull, dark winter doldrums, the Drury Lane Theatre brings a bright, colorful, joyful story to stage. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of an Elvis-like performer, with bad-boy tendencies, who is drafted into the Army. Before Conrad Birdie leaves for his two-year enlistment, his management team cooks up one final […]

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The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

January 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

The item showed up on Facebook feeds before we saw it on the news. It said that Illinois driver’s licenses and state IDs were no longer federally compliant for airline travel. This meant that TSA could require additional security measures before allowing Illinois residents to board an airplane. The measures could range from additional identification to a […]

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Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

December 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some holiday events are so beloved that they start as an idea and stay long enough to become a multi-generational tradition. Such is the legacy of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. This year the Joffrey Ballet ends its 28 year run of Robert Joffrey’s original choreography. What made Robert Joffrey’s version of The Nutcracker so unique […]

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Healthy Living

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

October 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

One of my best friends always says our single days were just like “Sex & the City,” except we didn’t take home guys from every party; we didn’t have the fabulous wardrobe; and we didn’t discuss every personal issue over wine all the time. In other words, real like isn’t a television sitcom, no matter […]

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Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

October 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cooking for your family can be fun. Children between the ages of 5 to 15 are really wonderful cooking companions and having them learn the most important tools to healthy living is really a plus. Conversing while you add ingredients just might influence what they feed themselves for years to come. My sons were exposed […]

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Garden of Life - RawFit

Garden of Life – RawFit

September 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

The fabulous healthy alternatives keep pouring in! The journey from Fat & 40 for me has continued to Healthy 48. The struggle has been long and hard. Like most mothers, we put every one else first. We eat last, take care of every one else’s needs and dietary interests first and consider ourselves once we […]

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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

Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest

Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest

| December 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

Are you excited for the most celebrated, enjoyable time of the year at Navy Pier Winter WonderFest? Celebrating 15 years, and this year sponsored by the PNC Bank, Winter WonderFest returned December 4th and it is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event! Navy Pier is all dolled up and sparkly. This year is the biggest and best Winter […]

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Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

| December 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

I recently started wearing a sleek black watch, which catches people’s attention regularly. They always ask about it as it’s not like anything I normally wear. I explain that it’s part of a health research study I’m participating in through the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. The next question is always, “Why would […]

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A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

| December 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

A Christmas Story –– The Musical was planned with families in mind is the start times. The Wednesday and Thursday shows start at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday shows start at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It seems like a small detail, but start times are important. An 8:00 p.m. start time is too late for […]

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Gift Time!

Gift Time!

| December 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Next week marks the beginning of the holiday season with Hanukkah! With 18 days left until Christmas Day, are you all done with your holiday shopping? How do you celebrate the holiday season? Are there charitable intentions with the fun and opening gifts? This season, The Chicago Moms has a few ideas that can give […]

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A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

| December 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

We have friends who take their nephews to the Goodman Theatre every year to see A Christmas Carol. Each year when they see the show, they see how much their nephews have changed from the previous year. They said they could see the boys mature as their interpretations of the show matured. It makes sense to me, […]

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Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

| December 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we walked into Key Lime Cove’s water park, we saw lots of families hanging out, playing in the water and waiting for a water slide. What we didn’t smell was that overwhelming chemical smell so common with indoor pools. I didn’t think about this until we took a behind the scenes tour with Chief […]

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Chicago theaters are ready to ring in the holidays

Chicago theaters are ready to ring in the holidays

| November 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

The morning after our girls overindulged in Halloween candy, we woke to find Sunday newspapers filled with holiday shopping inserts. It’s a sign that the holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your holiday entertainment. While the big shows receive the most attention, there many wonderful — and often unique […]

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Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

| November 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls just started middle school, which means there is a lot of angst in our house. They fret about fitting in as two elementary schools merge into our middle school. They wonder which clubs/teams they should join. They worry about whether the other girls will make fun of their favorite outfits. It’s a struggle […]

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The Benefit of Performing Arts for Children at British International School of Chicago

The Benefit of Performing Arts for Children at British International School of Chicago

| October 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

Study after study has shown that exposure to music improves test scores, reading proficiency and overall academic achievement. Improving literacy, cognitive development and math skills is paramount to successful humans. The modern workplace is an ever-changing environment, as is our world. Today’s early ed and middle school curriculum are taking all sorts of new approaches, […]

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Finess prevents leaks and blocks worries

Finess prevents leaks and blocks worries

| October 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

When I started talking to female friends about the Finess blogger outreach I heard a lot of stories about times when those women wished they had a product that would have blocked urine flow. I didn’t know a lot about stress urinary incontinence until I started researching Finess. Most of what I knew came from […]

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It's not too late to plan a memorable Sweetest Day

It’s not too late to plan a memorable Sweetest Day

| October 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

It just creeps up on you doesn’t it? Sweetest Day is one of those “holidays” that doesn’t really mean anything unless you’re in a newish relationship and want to show off your romantic side. Here are fun ways to show that you’re thinking about him/her that will create memories and give you major brownie points in […]

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Destiny Watson #Halloween #October #Chicago

Destiny Watson #Halloween #October #Chicago

| October 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

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