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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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Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

April 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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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 (4)

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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Mardi Gras & Lent

Mardi Gras & Lent

| February 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

This is my favorite time of year. Yes, I am no fan of the cold weather that we have here in Chicago, but my youngest was born in February. February is a short month and is right before Spring. February is Black History Month. February is MARDI GRAS! I love Mardi Gras for so many […]

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Big Heart Pet Valentines for dogs

Big Heart Pet Valentines for dogs

| February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our four-legged children are just as much a part of our families as are our two-legged. We feed them, clothe them, care for them and love them right along side of our kids every single day. This Valentine’s Day, showing your animals love with safe pet products made in the U.S.A, will keep them from […]

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Crushing their dreams one activity at a time

Crushing their dreams one activity at a time

| February 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are nearing middle school, which means their extracurricular activities selection will explode. As if to get ready for this, they have been asking to research more and more local classes. Recently they spent a lot of time looking at different activities. It didn’t take long for them to come up with a list […]

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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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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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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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