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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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Shari's Corner

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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Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

April 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are tweens now, which means we sit in a strange place when it comes to live theater. They enjoy going to shows, but don’t want to go to the shows for younger kids. Some of the shows that interest them are still a little to “old” for them. Recently a number of shows […]

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Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

What if a riddle could save your life? It’s the question asked on the Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle book cover. It’s also a great teaser for the story so enchanting that it captivated our tween daughters and several adults. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle brings together so many elements tweens and teens […]

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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

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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The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

January 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Interested in culinary demos, meet sled dogs, ride the mechanical bull and interact with some of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s “wild” friends? The Travel and Adventure Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, January 11-12, 2014. The show takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It opened Saturday, January 11, but runs […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

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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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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Luella's Southern Kitchen

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

| March 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some argue that Chicago is one of the culinary capitals of the world. It is an argument worth fighting for because every time I go to a new restaurant, it is rare that I am disappointed! Being a lover of Southern cuisine, it was a sure thing that I would take up the chance to […]

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Don't Worry, #RetireHappyNow Moms!

Don’t Worry, #RetireHappyNow Moms!

| March 22, 2015 | Comments (2)

Being a parent is the gift that just keeps on giving – forever. I really don’t think that I considered the impact of parenting 20 years ago. Weighing the options of parenting, at that time, seemed to focus on affording diapers, providing a home and eventually being able to put someone through college. The other […]

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Spring Break ideas for all ages

Spring Break ideas for all ages

| March 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Spring Break is coming soon. What are your plans to keep your kids busy? Here are some of our favorite ways to make sure your kids have stories to tell when they head back to the classroom. America’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium, describes itself as “the only place in the world where you can […]

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Family-friendly musical performances take center stage in March

Family-friendly musical performances take center stage in March

| February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Every month there are hundreds live performances in theaters across the Chicago area. This month my email is full of live music performance details. These are family-friendly performances that will keep everyone from the oldest family member to the kindergartner entertained. The information below comes from recent press releases, so be certain to check out the […]

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Andrea Mistretta's Mardi Gras Series at Jackson Junge Gallery

Andrea Mistretta’s Mardi Gras Series at Jackson Junge Gallery

| February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

Andrea Mistretta, the award-winning artist and graphic designer known for creating the iconic Mardi Gras poster series for over 30 years, celebrated this year’s Fat Tuesday event in Chicago at Jackson Junge Gallery located in the Wicker Park/ Bucktown community. The gallery had beads on hand, and classic foods like King Cake and jambalaya. Her […]

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Why is the ISBE forcing Illinois students to take the PARCC test?

Why is the ISBE forcing Illinois students to take the PARCC test?

| February 21, 2015 | Comments (5)

It is rare to find something parents, students, teachers and school administrators all agree on. This March children across Illinois will take the PARCC test and it appears that virtually no one is happy about it. The controversy about this test is so loud that the Illinois State Board of Education sent a letter to all […]

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