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The Chicago Dancing Festival puts the audience in the performance with Planet Chicago

The Chicago Dancing Festival puts the audience in the performance with Planet Chicago

August 24, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival continues its tradition of breaking new ground with Planet Chicago. This event features all Chicago dance ensembles in an iconic Chicago destination. Unlike a traditional dance performance where the dancers are on the stage and the audience is in the seats, Planet Chicago mixes the dancers and audience members in a […]

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Chicago Dancing Festival free tickets available starting July 19

Chicago Dancing Festival free tickets available starting July 19

July 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival — the nation’s largest dance festival — is truly a Chicago treasure. This year, for the Chicago Dancing Festival’s 10th Anniversary, renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, have put together an event that brings together Chicago favorites with original works. As always, Chicago Dancing Festival tickets […]

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Museums for All offers discounted admission for low income families

Museums for All offers discounted admission for low income families

July 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

This summer, The Field Museum, Museum of Contemporary of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago have joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services established to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. […]

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Shari's Corner

Star Passage is a good first book in a new teen series

Star Passage is a good first book in a new teen series

August 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

It seems like many families are trying to squeeze in one more summer trip before school starts. Whenever we spend more than a couple of hours in the car, we have our girls bring multiple things to keep them busy. Recently we were invited to review a new book entitled Star Passage:  The Relic.  Our […]

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Bri-Ko is a wonderful foundation for the Inoffensive Theatre Series

Bri-Ko is a wonderful foundation for the Inoffensive Theatre Series

July 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

When the invitation arrived to visit Stage 773 for the Inoffensive Theatre Series, I was intrigued. Our girls are too old for most children’s theater productions, but not really ready for grown-up shows yet. The Inoffensive Theatre Series is described as “smart, imaginative, G-rated shows.” Still, it was hard to describe Bri-Ko, the show we […]

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Raising a Reader offers tips to help your children make reading part of #summer break

Raising a Reader offers tips to help your children make reading part of #summer break

July 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

Every summer parents fret about how to keep their children reading.  Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and guidance for families to implement home-based literacy routines, sent several tips for parents to make reading a part of the summer break. “Summer reading should be all about the parent-child experience,” said Gabrielle […]

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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

#Chicago's diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

#Chicago’s diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

March 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings its Spring Series to the Harris Theatre March 17 – 20 with a world premiere by Lucas Crandall. This “e-scale ensemble work choreographed for the entire company takes cues from Crandall’s interest in the movement mechanics of stampede behavior.” The company brings I am Mister B, the company’s homage to George […]

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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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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

Expert Tips to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Expert Tips to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

| July 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

This summer everyone is talking about how to prevent mosquitoes from spreading the Zika virus. Just when Chicago Moms started researching ways to prevent mosquito borne illnesses, Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of earthkind®, sent a press release with all the information informed parents need to keep their families safer this summer. Here are […]

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#July4th Fun in 2016

#July4th Fun in 2016

| June 30, 2016 | Comments (1)

The 4th is in a few days! What are your plans? Does it include patriotism, fun outside and lots of cooking and eating? Be certain that everyone is properly protected from pesky mosquitos with a non-toxic product such as Bug Bandit from Fairy Tales Hair Care. Your families will love this non-sticky, pleasant product. This spray also […]

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#Summer memories are waiting to be made

#Summer memories are waiting to be made

| June 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

At some point every summer I wonder what our girls will say when their friends ask about their summer. What will be the one thing they talk about when they head back to school? There are so many fun activities happening in the city and suburbs that any one of these will give your kids […]

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Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

| June 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago White Sox have a fun filled weekend planned for your family and friends as part of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL WEEKEND.  This “league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate youth participation in baseball and softball. The new initiative, which will make kids a starring […]

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National #SocialMedia holidays

National #SocialMedia holidays

| June 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

National social media holidays are so fun because they allow you to unabashedly celebrate your favorite things to do! For instance, today, June 2nd, is “National Bubba Day“. I adore #NationalBubbaDay! It is more special to me than #NationalPieDay or #NationalCoffeeDay mainly because my son’s nickname is, none other than “BUBBA”! There is also that […]

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Dyson V6 Slim Cord-free

Dyson V6 Slim Cord-free

| May 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Dyson has once again simplified life. Dyson’s famous suction power now comes without the hassle of a cord. Sleek and lightweight, the V6 is exclusive to Dyson.com and Walmart. The price of $299 does not hurt the pocket and it comes with so many attachments and practicality that you will not regret your decision. The […]

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Bear Paddle Swim School

Bear Paddle Swim School

| May 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Yes, it is that time of year! If you have not crossed that finish line yet, the ‘end-of-school-year’ is on the horizon. Parents all over the nation are scrambling to locate that perfect activity or camp for their children. My two boys are grown now, but they had the most fun swimming during their summer […]

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Summer is a great time to focus on your child's soft skills

Summer is a great time to focus on your child’s soft skills

| May 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

A great new book showed up in my mailbox recently. Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College and Beyond by Cary J. Green, PhD is a easy-to-read book which helps students understand why some of their most important skills cannot be measured on a standardized test. The book is a […]

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The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

| May 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sir Frederick Aston used the original Brothers Grimm story to create a three-act ballet which is a masterpiece of humor, magic and surprising twists. The result is the Joffrey Ballet’s new production,”Cinderella,” a haunting and mature story that captivates the audience from the moment the curtain lifts. The humor started the minute the ugly step-sisters […]

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The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

| May 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

There was a moment during The King & I’s first act when the King’s children arrive on stage when I couldn’t stop staring at Prince Chulalongkorn. I knew I’d seen him before, but it took a few minutes before I realized it was Matthew Uzarraga. My first thought was “he looks so much older than […]

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MOTHER'S DAY!

MOTHER’S DAY!

| May 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

Mother’s Day is this weekend and there are so many things to consider. The market is full of ideas and suggestions for new moms and mothers of grown children, so all one must do is focus! Mom’s are more diverse these days! We are young, old, and from every demographic and pay scale. We shop, […]

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Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

| May 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

When marketing guru Peter Shankman’s “occasional, non-annoying” email arrived in my inbox promoting his ADHD as Your Superpower webinar, I immediately forwarded the email to several friends. What intrigued me about the webinar was Peter’s take on ADHD. He called it a secret superpower, not a disability. Unlike most people who talk about ADHD in […]

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