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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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Shari's Corner

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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