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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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Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicago is known for its fabulous architecture, so when some of Chicago’s most magnificent buildings open their doors to the public for a free event, it’s time to start planning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is sponsoring Open House Chicago October 18 and 19. What’s great about Open House Chicago is that it’s a uniquely Chicago […]

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Sierra Mist & CHICAGO 2014

Sierra Mist & CHICAGO 2014

October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sierra Mist cares about the arts. As proud sponsors of Chicago’s EXPO Chicago, this past September, Sierra Mist kicked off Act I which was a collaboration of visual artists on a Sierra Mist inspired billboard. The ‘Exquisite Collaboration Billboard Project’ was in ChiTown September 15-19 and then was off to Detroit for the 22-27th, 2014. […]

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Shari's Corner

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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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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Two new performances worth a family outing

Two new performances worth a family outing

September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Our girls are officially tweens now, so it’s harder and harder to keep them entertained. They are too old for children’s theater often, and they are too young for most adult fare. There are two different performances at local theaters right now that are worth a family outing. The Game’s Afoot is a new, award-winning […]

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Healthy Living

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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Tory Johnson's 'The Shift'

Tory Johnson’s ‘The Shift’

September 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

I am over-weight. I have always struggled with my weight. There have only been two times in my life when I was thin. High School and College. Somehow I have always maintained the same size in clothes, probably because the weight distributes to my behind! Along with a girlfriend of mine, I have attempted every […]

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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

Meet NEA's New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Meet NEA’s New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

| September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

National Education Association‘s new President, Lily Eskelsen Garcia is a jewel. Her tenure began September 1, 2014, and she hit the ground running. Very approachable, knowledgeable and open, her passion for the teachers she serves and the children impacted is inspiring. President Garcia shared that her predecessor, Dennis Van Roekel, was instrumental in her getting […]

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Happy Birthday Snuggle Bear!

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bear!

| September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Did you realize that Snuggle Bear turned 30 this month?! Born in the early ’80′s, Snuggle Bear became a familiar and celebrated fixture in so many homes. The Chicago Moms are honored to be participating in Snuggle’s “Septem-bear” Celebration, as he has been in our homes now for decades. Created by the Jim Hensen Company […]

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NATURALS by Gina B.

NATURALS by Gina B.

| September 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Now that we are knee deep in the school year, having survived Back-To-School, we moms are already thinking about that perfect get-away, or quick lunch with a friend to offset the grind. Those first two weeks after Summer Break are a doozy for so many of us! The gentle, lazy days of summer are gone, […]

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It's beginning to look a lot like...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

| September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

I’m someone who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas tree and start working on Christmas cards. Still, we’ve been chatting about holiday plans as we have relatives from all over who need to request vacation days, purchase airplane tickets, arrange for pet boarding, etc. Last week our plans shifted a bit […]

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It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

| September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

During our recent parent orientation, our daughters’ teachers explained that they would not have math books this year. The fifth grade students would receive math worksheets as the school decided to test Eureka Math. Apparently Eureka Math doesn’t come with a textbook. Now we get to spend our evenings doing online research so we can […]

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Fall books for kids of all ages

Fall books for kids of all ages

| September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine. Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan […]

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Ernesto Quintero's 'A Sacred Journey'

Ernesto Quintero’s ‘A Sacred Journey’

| September 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Clorox is the corporate sponsor of a deeply touching documentary by Ernesto Quintero, an LA based actor, performer and documentarian. In his own words, when he learned of his brother’s diagnosis while on tour with Jennifer Lopez, he determined to return to LA to develop this documentary, A Sacred Journey, for his niece and nephew […]

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Back to school tips for all families

Back to school tips for all families

| August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school sales are everywhere, yet all parents know that getting your kids ready to go back to school is a process that doesn’t end when you have all required school supplies. WebMD offers these tips for getting your kids ready to go back to school. Even though you’ve heard these tips before, it’s always good […]

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Habitat For Humanity & Natasha Need YOU!

Habitat For Humanity & Natasha Need YOU!

| August 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Natasha, how did you become involved with Habitat For Humanity? I became involved with Habitat for Humanity when my husband and I decided that we wanted to start looking at options to buy new homes in the city of Chicago. When I spoke to a realtor friend of mine, and expressed concern over never being […]

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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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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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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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