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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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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

June 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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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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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Shari's Corner

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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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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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 […]

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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

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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When will In the Ghetto just be another song?

When will In the Ghetto just be another song?

July 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

I was driving when an Elvis Presley song came on the radio. I had heard the song many, many times growing up as my parents were big Elvis fans. This time, alone in my car, I really listened to In the Ghetto. In case you don’t remember the lyrics, here’s how it starts As the snow flies […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

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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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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#StopHIVTogether Campaign

#StopHIVTogether Campaign

| May 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Learning that so many are unaware of how close HIV is to them has made the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control Prevention) Campaign extremely necessary. HIV/AIDS infects our friends, our mothers, our fathers and our children. Hiding in shame and stigma does not make it go away. Learn more on how you can stay safe, […]

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Moms' Night Out and My Interview with Sarah Drew

Moms’ Night Out and My Interview with Sarah Drew

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT – a comedy about the chaos of motherhood and life – will be in theaters starting May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day. I had the opportunity to sit down with the Sarah Drew (who portrays Allyson in the movie) and is also a regular cast member on the popular ABC […]

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Exercise Has Positive Effects on Academic Performance

Exercise Has Positive Effects on Academic Performance

| May 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Every parent is looking for ways to give their children an edge when it comes to their academics. Everything from classroom placement to extracurricular activities seems to be based upon a child’s academics. I have previously written about how our daughters have used XtraMath and Kahn Academy to supplement their classroom math lessons. What if […]

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Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

| April 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Just when I thought winter would never, ever, ever, ever end, a package arrived on my front porch. The My Spy Birdhouse intrigued our daughters from the first time they read about it. The concept is that you place the birdhouse on a glass window. If you follow all the instructions, including the one saying […]

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Family theater performances have something for everyone

Family theater performances have something for everyone

| April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

A story on Education.com recently caught my eye. Why Children’s Theater Matters noted that “Longitudinal data of 25,000 students involved in the arts, conducted at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education by Dr. James Catterall, shows that consistent participation greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the […]

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