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Up Close & Personal with Rosecrance #InMyShoes Exhibit - National Drug Facts Week

Up Close & Personal with Rosecrance #InMyShoes Exhibit – National Drug Facts Week

January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

It’s National Drug Facts Week and Rosecrance is running an #InMyShoes exhibit at the Robert Crown Center until Feb. 6th. One of the hardest topic to broach with my teen is about drugs and alcohol abuse. I’m not talking about the usual “Just Say No!”, but beyond the “it’s bad for you” and the “it […]

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January family events will keep cabin fever away

January family events will keep cabin fever away

January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

This month Chicago families have exciting opportunities to avoid cabin fever and do something that they’ll talk about for the rest of the year. From live theater to meeting baseball stars, there truly is something for everyone. The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Writers Theatre’s The MLK Project:  The Fight for Civil Rights from January 24 – […]

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DonorsChoose teaches our daughters about giving

DonorsChoose teaches our daughters about giving

December 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

When our girls receive their allowances, we have them break the money into four categories:  spend, save, donate, invest.  Recently we’ve been discussing where to donate their money. They’ve been struggle with where to donate their small amount of hard-earned money. There are a lot of local, worthy causes. What’s missing for them is the idea […]

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Shari's Corner

Chicago productions heat up in December

Chicago productions heat up in December

November 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

December offers new works and seasonal favorites in Chicago’s theaters. Whether you need a night out, a special gift or a family outing, there’s something for every interest including these family-friendly events. The American Blues Theater brings It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live in Chicago! to stage at the Greenhouse There Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, […]

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Lexington a great family destination

Lexington a great family destination

October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were looking for a place close enough to visit for a three-day weekend that seemed a world away from our suburban Chicago home. After clicking through a few ideas, we stumbled upon the Kentucky Horse Park. As soon as we found it, our horse-crazy daughters were begging us to take them. Our research started […]

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Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we were children, Halloween was a one-night-only event which involved kids in costumes going door-to-door for candy. Now it’s a monthly-long celebration filled with activities for all ages. This October, the Adler Planetarium and Redmoon Theatre offer two very different ways to celebrate Halloween. The Adler Planetarium invites horror fans 12 years old and […]

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Healthy Living

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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Happy Shift Day!

Happy Shift Day!

October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

 What happens after Week 4 of Shift With Tory? It gets easier. How so? I don’t remember what I was eating over a month ago! Thank goodness for senility! The good news is that I am down 14 pounds! The bad thing is that I don’t even feel it yet, which is actually a good […]

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Shifting and Eating Light

Shifting and Eating Light

October 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

It is week 3 of “Shifting” with Tory Johnson! I have lost 11 pounds and have 14 more pounds to go. In ‘The Shift’ Tory speaks on “paralyzing fears” and “making time for what’s most important to you”. These concepts really spoke to me because I too have had paralyzing fears of acceptance and conformity […]

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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

Hurray for holistic dog food.

Hurray for holistic dog food.

| January 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Not many things make this shih tzu talk out loud about food before it is even in my hand, but Farmer’s Bounty products seem to do just that. For  many moms like me, we parent our two legged children and our four-legged children equally! In my home that means every one eating meat products are […]

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Mary Poppins arrives just in time for the holidays

Mary Poppins arrives just in time for the holidays

| December 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

There’s a new Mary Poppins production creating a lot of buzz this holiday season. It’s a wonderful, family-friendly show generating great reviews from the audience and the critics. Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) said the show was “a spectacle for the family, with heart.” Dean Richards (WGN-TV) called it the “must see” production of the season, noting […]

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Two new ways to track your important items

Two new ways to track your important items

| November 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

It’s the holiday season and everyone is talking about what might end up under the tree. Even as parents are talking about what they might buy, they are setting the odds about how long it will take their children to lose the gifts. As someone who has spent a lot of time during the past year […]

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The Chicago Defender's 2014 Newsmakers Gala "Carnevale"

The Chicago Defender’s 2014 Newsmakers Gala “Carnevale”

| November 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the legacy of The Chicago Defender lived on as Newsmakers of the Year Gala honored many influential Chicagoans.  The Carnevale theme was befitting this celebratory event. As a guest of Chevy/General Motors, one of the evening’s sponsors, The Chicago Moms […]

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#WEDay 2014

#WEDay 2014

| October 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

The following is by part-time The Chicago Moms contributor and Chicago Dad, Craig Johnson. Craig is a native Chicagoan, a father and is currently a Communications and Social Media Consultant who specializes in Community outreach. “We Day,” perhaps the world’s largest youth empowerment event, launched its expansion into the state of Illinois on October 14, 2014. The […]

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Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

| October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicago is known for its fabulous architecture, so when some of Chicago’s most magnificent buildings open their doors to the public for a free event, it’s time to start planning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is sponsoring Open House Chicago October 18 and 19. What’s great about Open House Chicago is that it’s a uniquely Chicago […]

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Sierra Mist & CHICAGO 2014

Sierra Mist & CHICAGO 2014

| October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sierra Mist cares about the arts. As proud sponsors of Chicago’s EXPO Chicago, this past September, Sierra Mist kicked off Act I which was a collaboration of visual artists on a Sierra Mist inspired billboard. The ‘Exquisite Collaboration Billboard Project’ was in ChiTown September 15-19 and then was off to Detroit for the 22-27th, 2014. […]

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Meet NEA's New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Meet NEA’s New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

| September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

National Education Association‘s new President, Lily Eskelsen Garcia is a jewel. Her tenure began September 1, 2014, and she hit the ground running. Very approachable, knowledgeable and open, her passion for the teachers she serves and the children impacted is inspiring. President Garcia shared that her predecessor, Dennis Van Roekel, was instrumental in her getting […]

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Happy Birthday Snuggle Bear!

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bear!

| September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Did you realize that Snuggle Bear turned 30 this month?! Born in the early ’80′s, Snuggle Bear became a familiar and celebrated fixture in so many homes. The Chicago Moms are honored to be participating in Snuggle’s “Septem-bear” Celebration, as he has been in our homes now for decades. Created by the Jim Hensen Company […]

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NATURALS by Gina B.

NATURALS by Gina B.

| September 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Now that we are knee deep in the school year, having survived Back-To-School, we moms are already thinking about that perfect get-away, or quick lunch with a friend to offset the grind. Those first two weeks after Summer Break are a doozy for so many of us! The gentle, lazy days of summer are gone, […]

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Tory Johnson's 'The Shift'

Tory Johnson’s ‘The Shift’

| September 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

I am over-weight. I have always struggled with my weight. There have only been two times in my life when I was thin. High School and College. Somehow I have always maintained the same size in clothes, probably because the weight distributes to my behind! Along with a girlfriend of mine, I have attempted every […]

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It's beginning to look a lot like...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

| September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

I’m someone who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas tree and start working on Christmas cards. Still, we’ve been chatting about holiday plans as we have relatives from all over who need to request vacation days, purchase airplane tickets, arrange for pet boarding, etc. Last week our plans shifted a bit […]

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