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Dr. Mjaanes

Dr. Mjaanes

March 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dr. Mjaanes Q~ How did you get interested in Sports Medicine? A~ I got into sports medicine via pediatrics. I was always interested in Sports and even when I was a general pediatrician I would tend to see more adolescents than babies and saw more and more sports injuries – so I felt that I […]

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Dr. Mahr

Dr. Mahr

March 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dr. Mahr Q~ Dr. it seems that pediatric allergies are at an all-time high. Do you have any theories about what seems to be an epidemic? OR are issues pronounced due to social media and our new ability to gather more information easier? A~ We are not really having increased allergies to a great degree, […]

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Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Moms Chat With Dr. Navsaria   Q ~ Literacy is such a powerful right, yet in many parts of the world it is hard to come by, do you see this as a way to block peace and peaceful existence?  We take literacy for granted but even in the U.S. there are areas that […]

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Chicago

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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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Spicy Olive Dip

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Spicy Olive Dip

December 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

Spicy giardiniera is a Chicago tradition. Only in Chicago are there jars and jars of hot and mild and olive giardinara in every grocery store. When I visit family out of town, I have been known to smuggle the stuff in my suitcases. For the food allergic there is one downside to the stuff. I […]

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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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Shari's Corner

Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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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Windy City Live a new Chicago treasure

Windy City Live a new Chicago treasure

April 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were at the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation benefit when I saw a silent auction item I knew my mother would love — a V.I.P. pass for me and two guests to attend a Windy City Live taping. I bid and held my breath. I really wanted to win this item so I could take Mom to […]

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Mom Challenges

Natural or Adopted?

Natural or Adopted?

February 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

I was standing at the counter scanning a routine medial form when something caught my eye.  Under our daughter’s name was the line Natural child:  Insured has financial responsibility I asked the receptionist what “natural child” meant.  She said, “Oh, it means she’s really his daughter.”  I gasped and said, “So, if she was adopted, […]

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The Dangers of Strangers

The Dangers of Strangers

February 9, 2012 | Comments (1)

Remember the good old days when your mom would kiss you goodbye and tell you to be back before dark?  And you’d roam through your neighborhood without a care in the world except who would be available to play with you?  There were no cell phones or GPS systems or microchip devices to keep track […]

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It's My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

It’s My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

January 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

I love my dog. I really, really do. I just have to remind myself that I do. And, between us, I love the way things were with my dog before kids, because having a dog with a toddler and a baby isn’t ideal. We rescued Howie from Anti-Cruelty Society a year after we were married, […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

Charleston offers vacation beach living for families

Charleston offers vacation beach living for families

| April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we planned our recent Spring Break trip to Charleston, we wanted to really experience the ocean from sunrise to sunset. After a few days exploring the city, we moved from the city to Kiawah Island for a few days of ocean living. It was a leap of faith when we made our hotel reservation. […]

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Charleston charms for a family vacation

Charleston charms for a family vacation

| April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

During Winter Break, we wanted to take our girls out of the cold for a few days. We talked about heading to Charleston, South Carolina, as we had heard it was just beautiful at Christmas. We didn’t end up in Charleston for the holidays, but we did make it there for Spring Break. In many […]

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Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

| March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Spring break is coming up soon. Do you know what you are doing with your kids? From looming to learning to laughing, here are some ideas whether you need something to keep your kids busy all week or just a one day outing to break up the togetherness. In true school fashion, the ideas are […]

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The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

| March 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sometimes I think our girls are going to grow up thinking my favorite phrases are “Is that on sale?” or “You have one, you don’t need another one.” Sometimes I think they will say my favorite phrase is “Can’t we find that at Goodwill?” I know they are frustrated by how closely we track our […]

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When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women's History Month

When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women’s History Month

| March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Author Rebecca Behrens wrote a fun, new historical middle school fiction book called When Audrey Met Alice. This book considers how one first daughter, Alice Roosevelt, might influence another first daughter, Audrey Rose, even though they lived in the White House during very different times.  Alice’s diaries detail events during her father’s time. After reading […]

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School House Rock Live Wins Over Another Generation

School House Rock Live Wins Over Another Generation

There is something amazing about watching my children experience things from my childhood that never grow old. It can be little things like playing Candyland or big things like seeing the Ocean for the first. There is definitely something magical about my children having the same positive childhood experiences as I did. And I had […]

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Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

| March 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

A book press release showed up in my inbox with the headline “Overwhelmed? Bored? Frustrated? Get unstuck, get inspired, and get going again!” After this winter, I think the headline describes most Chicagoans. No matter how proud we are of our ability to endure the coldest, snowiest weather, there’s something about this never-ending winter that […]

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Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

| March 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

One of the key shifts in education is the emphasis on critical thinking. It’s at the heart of the Common Core Standards. According to the site criticalthinkingworks.com, “The Common Core standards for English Language Arts call for student-centered work in classrooms that build knowledge, develop writing skills, and produce confident and competent critical thinkers who […]

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Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

| February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

During the past few years, we’ve searched for different ways to supplement our daughters’ education. When our girls were younger, we discovered XtraMath, a free website that helps children learn their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our girls were able to build a strong foundation playing XtraMath games and learn to answer […]

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Two events celebrate diversity in Chicago's arts scene

Two events celebrate diversity in Chicago’s arts scene

| February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

There’s a lot of talk about the need to increase diversity in the arts. In the next few weeks, Chicago area audiences will have two opportunities to support our local arts diversity with two very different shows by the Chicago Opera Theater and the Joffrey Ballet. These are great ways to introduce your children to new […]

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The Opportunity books hope to motivate minority students to dream big

The Opportunity books hope to motivate minority students to dream big

| February 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

 Lerner publishing group has a special imprint for “emerging striving and reluctant” readers called Darby Creek. With that audience in mind, a new book series called “The Opportunity” creates stories meant to motivate students to dream big and fulfill their potential. I read both “The Campaign” by Elizabeth Karre and “Box Office Smash” by D.M. […]

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Accepting our children

Accepting our children

| February 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Loving our children is not always easy. Our children are only projections of who we are. Sometimes their fabric from us is genetic, other times it is purely environmental – families come in all forms, shapes and sizes. If one carefully considers what our children actually are to us,  one might have to weigh in […]

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