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It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

During our recent parent orientation, our daughters’ teachers explained that they would not have math books this year. The fifth grade students would receive math worksheets as the school decided to test Eureka Math. Apparently Eureka Math doesn’t come with a textbook. Now we get to spend our evenings doing online research so we can […]

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Ernesto Quintero's 'A Sacred Journey'

Ernesto Quintero’s ‘A Sacred Journey’

September 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Clorox is the corporate sponsor of a deeply touching documentary by Ernesto Quintero, an LA based actor, performer and documentarian. In his own words, when he learned of his brother’s diagnosis while on tour with Jennifer Lopez, he determined to return to LA to develop this documentary, A Sacred Journey, for his niece and nephew […]

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Back to school tips for all families

Back to school tips for all families

August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school sales are everywhere, yet all parents know that getting your kids ready to go back to school is a process that doesn’t end when you have all required school supplies. WebMD offers these tips for getting your kids ready to go back to school. Even though you’ve heard these tips before, it’s always good […]

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Shari's Corner

Two new performances worth a family outing

Two new performances worth a family outing

September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Our girls are officially tweens now, so it’s harder and harder to keep them entertained. They are too old for children’s theater often, and they are too young for most adult fare. There are two different performances at local theaters right now that are worth a family outing. The Game’s Afoot is a new, award-winning […]

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Fall books for kids of all ages

Fall books for kids of all ages

September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine. Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan […]

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Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

July 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival has brought  free, world-class dance performances representing all dance genres to Chicago since 2007. This year the founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke continue the tradition with world premieres, special commissions and two outdoor simulcasts. The first simulcast brings the August 20 Opening Night performances to the Pritzker Pavilion and Great […]

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Healthy Living

Do you know what your body needs?

Do you know what your body needs?

January 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

I always lived by the “age is just a number” mantra until I was scheduled for surgery recently. Suddenly my age was a hot topic. The doctor said, “Oh, you’re almost 50. You’ll need these additional tests.” A nurse noted that I was nearly 50 so my recovery would be longer than a younger woman. […]

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Massages Are Just What the Dr. Ordered

Massages Are Just What the Dr. Ordered

December 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Being that my forage into the world of massages began with a pre-natal massage while I was whale months’ pregnant with my now three year old twins, I wasn’t fully aware of all the awesomeness that they held. Mind you, the massage was wonderful, but I wasn’t able to fully relax on my stomach or […]

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Being My Best Me!

Being My Best Me!

December 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

I’ve lived with HIV for 30 years and AIDS for 21. For sure this has been one long journey. At one point I was staring death right in the face. With a great doctor, and a will to live, I held on until the HIV medications got better and better. While we do have my […]

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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

Habitat For Humanity & Natasha Need YOU!

Habitat For Humanity & Natasha Need YOU!

| August 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Natasha, how did you become involved with Habitat For Humanity? I became involved with Habitat for Humanity when my husband and I decided that we wanted to start looking at options to buy new homes in the city of Chicago. When I spoke to a realtor friend of mine, and expressed concern over never being […]

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Kayem, Summer and You!

Kayem, Summer and You!

| July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kayem, New England’s oldest hot dog company and the maker of Fenway Franks, has a really nice new line of Artisan Sausage. Cleverly packaged, and well seasoned to match, these great links are the perfect food to throw on the grill or warm in a cast iron pan. Kayem’s all-natural Artisan Sausage puts a unique […]

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The Bouq's Co. has just what you need

The Bouq’s Co. has just what you need

| July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you have allergies, move on to the next post. This is all about the posies! The Bouq’s Company has just the bouquet for you. My father operated, and later owned, a floral shop in Chicago for 60 years before retiring so I should know a thing or two about arrangements. Well, I do only […]

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Tempel Lipizzan Farms a summer treat for families

Tempel Lipizzan Farms a summer treat for families

| July 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

There are many wonderful local attractions that make a Chicago summer special. A visit to the Tempel Lipizzan Farms should be on your list. Lipizzans are the beautiful white horses capable of seemingly gravity-defying leaps. These rare Lipizzan horses are bred, trained and perform in Chicago’s northern suburbs at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, […]

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Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

| July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicagoan’s view summer as a reward for surviving winter. Most people I talk to want to stay in town this year and enjoy our beautiful city. Recently the Shedd Aquarium sent a press release reminding me of a great way to enjoy Chicago at a discounted price. Two companies offer discounted multi-attraction packages that let […]

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Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

| July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

This might sound crazy, but every holiday we spend one day organizing some part of our house. It becomes a marathon of cleaning, tossing and restructuring. Usually there is a purpose to our madness. We try to look at the calendar and get ready for something. It could be back-to-school or cold weather or summer […]

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Djimon Hounsou Visits Chicago for the Premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2

Djimon Hounsou Visits Chicago for the Premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2

I was able to sit down with Djimon Hounsou when he was in Chicago promoting his latest movie HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. He voices the character of Drago Bludvist. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is the thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy and it does not […]

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Soccer options all around for Chicago families

Soccer options all around for Chicago families

| June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The World Cup has everyone talking soccer, so how do you capture that excitement once the champion is crowned? You can start right here with our own teams. Chicago is home to 2 professional soccer teams:  The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars. As the Chicago Fire website explains, “It all began with a […]

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Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo's Nose series

Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo’s Nose series

| June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mo Smells the Ballpark, A Mo’s Nose Book, written by Margaret Hyde and Nichelle Robinson, is a charming book about a pup’s first visit to a baseball park. What’s great about the book, designed for children from 3 – 6 years old, is that the story has empowering messages for both the person reading it […]

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Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

| June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

When your kids are small, animal books are everywhere. When they get a bit older, books tend to feature people rather than animals. Recently I received three books teaching kids about animals that will draw in children and keep them reading this summer. Bindi Wildlife Adventures, by Bindi Irwin with Jess Black, uses the celebrity […]

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Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

| May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

In our house we’re working on our Father’s Day plans. Our daughters are going in many, many different directions when it comes to the perfect gift for Daddy. Here are three that caught our attention for different reasons. We might even do all three of these for Father’s Day because while each is a fun […]

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Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

| May 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a federal program to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Most people think of Chicago’s Asian culture as being centered in either Chinatown, on Argyle Street, or at KoreaTown, depending upon which side […]

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