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#Summer memories are waiting to be made

#Summer memories are waiting to be made

June 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

At some point every summer I wonder what our girls will say when their friends ask about their summer. What will be the one thing they talk about when they head back to school? There are so many fun activities happening in the city and suburbs that any one of these will give your kids […]

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Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

Your family is invited to PLAY BALL with the Chicago White Sox this weekend

June 7, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Chicago White Sox have a fun filled weekend planned for your family and friends as part of Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL WEEKEND.  This “league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate youth participation in baseball and softball. The new initiative, which will make kids a starring […]

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National #SocialMedia holidays

National #SocialMedia holidays

June 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

National social media holidays are so fun because they allow you to unabashedly celebrate your favorite things to do! For instance, today, June 2nd, is “National Bubba Day“. I adore #NationalBubbaDay! It is more special to me than #NationalPieDay or #NationalCoffeeDay mainly because my son’s nickname is, none other than “BUBBA”! There is also that […]

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Shari's Corner

The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

The Joffrey Ballet creates a dazzling Cinderella worthy of a family outing

May 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sir Frederick Aston used the original Brothers Grimm story to create a three-act ballet which is a masterpiece of humor, magic and surprising twists. The result is the Joffrey Ballet’s new production,”Cinderella,” a haunting and mature story that captivates the audience from the moment the curtain lifts. The humor started the minute the ugly step-sisters […]

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The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

The King and I is a joyous celebration of life and love

May 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

There was a moment during The King & I’s first act when the King’s children arrive on stage when I couldn’t stop staring at Prince Chulalongkorn. I knew I’d seen him before, but it took a few minutes before I realized it was Matthew Uzarraga. My first thought was “he looks so much older than […]

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Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

April 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Magician David Kovac stars in “Fooling Buddha,” a coming-of-age story that mixes several unlikely elements to create a story everyone who grew up in the Midwest will understand. Before we saw the show, I was skeptical that Kovac could pull together middle-class Milwaukee, magic and Buddhism into one entertaining evening. It wasn’t long before Kovac’s […]

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Healthy Living

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

October 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

One of my best friends always says our single days were just like “Sex & the City,” except we didn’t take home guys from every party; we didn’t have the fabulous wardrobe; and we didn’t discuss every personal issue over wine all the time. In other words, real like isn’t a television sitcom, no matter […]

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Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

October 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cooking for your family can be fun. Children between the ages of 5 to 15 are really wonderful cooking companions and having them learn the most important tools to healthy living is really a plus. Conversing while you add ingredients just might influence what they feed themselves for years to come. My sons were exposed […]

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Garden of Life - RawFit

Garden of Life – RawFit

September 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

The fabulous healthy alternatives keep pouring in! The journey from Fat & 40 for me has continued to Healthy 48. The struggle has been long and hard. Like most mothers, we put every one else first. We eat last, take care of every one else’s needs and dietary interests first and consider ourselves once we […]

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Chicago

#Chicago's diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

#Chicago’s diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

March 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings its Spring Series to the Harris Theatre March 17 – 20 with a world premiere by Lucas Crandall. This “e-scale ensemble work choreographed for the entire company takes cues from Crandall’s interest in the movement mechanics of stampede behavior.” The company brings I am Mister B, the company’s homage to George […]

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The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

July 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s Museum Campus is always a great place to take the family for an afternoon or a full day. This summer, all three museums have new exhibits ready to keep your children and their friends busy throughout the summer. Adler Planetarium There are so many amazing things to see inside the Adler Planetarium, but this […]

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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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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

Dyson V6 Slim Cord-free

Dyson V6 Slim Cord-free

| May 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Dyson has once again simplified life. Dyson’s famous suction power now comes without the hassle of a cord. Sleek and lightweight, the V6 is exclusive to Dyson.com and Walmart. The price of $299 does not hurt the pocket and it comes with so many attachments and practicality that you will not regret your decision. The […]

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Bear Paddle Swim School

Bear Paddle Swim School

| May 25, 2016 | Comments (0)

Yes, it is that time of year! If you have not crossed that finish line yet, the ‘end-of-school-year’ is on the horizon. Parents all over the nation are scrambling to locate that perfect activity or camp for their children. My two boys are grown now, but they had the most fun swimming during their summer […]

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Summer is a great time to focus on your child's soft skills

Summer is a great time to focus on your child’s soft skills

| May 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

A great new book showed up in my mailbox recently. Leadership and Soft Skills for Students: Empowered to Succeed in High School, College and Beyond by Cary J. Green, PhD is a easy-to-read book which helps students understand why some of their most important skills cannot be measured on a standardized test. The book is a […]

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MOTHER'S DAY!

MOTHER’S DAY!

| May 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

Mother’s Day is this weekend and there are so many things to consider. The market is full of ideas and suggestions for new moms and mothers of grown children, so all one must do is focus! Mom’s are more diverse these days! We are young, old, and from every demographic and pay scale. We shop, […]

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Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

Faster Than Normal a gift for those with ADHD

| May 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

When marketing guru Peter Shankman’s “occasional, non-annoying” email arrived in my inbox promoting his ADHD as Your Superpower webinar, I immediately forwarded the email to several friends. What intrigued me about the webinar was Peter’s take on ADHD. He called it a secret superpower, not a disability. Unlike most people who talk about ADHD in […]

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Frank Fontana's New 'Chicago' -based Show

Frank Fontana’s New ‘Chicago’ -based Show

| April 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chicago is home to many great legends, one of them being Frank Fontana! Well-known for his top-selling DIY design book, “Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Design” and his WGN radio 720 AM and 9 million downloaded online podcast, Frank is now venturing into his own series on cable-land ( to be announced soon ). […]

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Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

| April 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

This year Earth Day is Friday, April 22. This is “the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action,” according to the Earth Day website. No matter where you live, there are opportunities to celebrate with family fun and volunteer opportunities. Sometimes, volunteering can be […]

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The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

| April 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

Day after day after day people talk about the mess we call Illinois. Unfortunately most people feel such despair that they can’t imagine a way out of the mess. Of all the ideas being tossed around, the Better Government Association is championing one worth considering: the Independent Map Amendment. The Independent Map Amendment is an […]

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Illinois public universities need your help

Illinois public universities need your help

| April 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

Reboot Illinois recently ran a story called Budget crisis “on the verge of dismantling” Illinois higher education system. In the story, author Mark Fitton reported on the March 10 Illinois State Senate appropriations committee on higher education funding meeting. It paints a dark picture of of a system in crisis without any hope for a […]

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West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

| March 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

There is a moment in every well-known musical that determines whether or not the audience buys into the director’s interpretation of a beloved production. For me, when I see West Side Story, it’s the song Maria. There’s an anticipation that grows when you know the song is about to start. When Will Skrip started singing […]

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Chicago author brings together a teen detective, art museums and shopping

Chicago author brings together a teen detective, art museums and shopping

| March 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chicago author Bridgette Alexander brings to life a 16-year-old detective who has already built a social media following even before her first adventure hits the shelves. Celine Caldwell, star of Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery (Paris 1865 Press, March 15), will bring teens inside the rarefied world of art as she solves an art […]

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Women Driving Excellence 2016 #WDE16 #CAS16 #NissanCAS

Women Driving Excellence 2016 #WDE16 #CAS16 #NissanCAS

| February 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

On Tuesday, February 16th at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive,  The Chicago Auto Show will host Women Driving Excellence for the 4th year. Spearheaded by MJ Tam and Beth Rosen of Sparkfete and #ChicagonistaLIVE fame, this year’s celebration will continue its tradition of honoring exemplary, local, Chicagoland women who have shared their passion for the […]

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