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The Chicago Flower and Garden Show offers activities for all ages

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show offers activities for all ages

March 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

When our girls were younger, we took the to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show every year. They loved to see the different gardens and smell the blooms. This year we took teenagers to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which was a different, yet familiar, outing. The first thing they did was smell the […]

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Olive Theory Pizza offers good food and good deeds

Olive Theory Pizza offers good food and good deeds

February 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

My goddaughter is trying to figure out which college to attend. I keep saying that she should follow her interests so she will be happy with her chosen career. You just never know your true calling when you’re making these life changing decisions. I thought about this when talking to Olive Theory Pizza owner John […]

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#RubyCup and Giving Girls Power all over the world

#RubyCup and Giving Girls Power all over the world

February 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

In times when sustainable and eco-friendly are paramount, it was very timely that in September of 2011, three former classmates at the Copenhagen Business School moved to Kenya and ultimately created a social mission sustained by the Ruby Cup. The company, Ruby Cup is a “Buy One Give One” program.  It is also the only […]

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Shari's Corner

Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

March 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance opens its Season 39 Spring Series this week at the Harris Theatre.  The performances include three works by three different choreographers: Two Works by Nacho Duato, Solo Echo by Crystal Pite and Imprint by Lucas Crandall. Perhaps the best part of the certain-to-be-wonderful performances will be the Balcony Talks. Originally started as […]

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Ready, Set...Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

Ready, Set…Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

March 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elizabeth Rusch wrote a darling book called “Ready, Set…Baby!” which is the perfect gift to give young children to read while they wait for their new baby brother or sister. As you turn the pages, you’ll wonder if Elizabeth could, somehow, read children’s minds. Anna and Oliver find out that their mom is expecting a […]

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Family fun is free in March

Family fun is free in March

March 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Nothing is better than free family activities. This month there are plenty of free activities to keep everyone busy in a budget-friendly way. All the information came from various press releases, so be sure to check websites for the latest details. Joffrey Ballet As part of its Winning Works Choreographic Competition, The Joffrey Academy of […]

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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

Alvin Ailey Chicago

Alvin Ailey Chicago

March 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

One more show day for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Auditorium Theatre. These new programs showcase the company’s diversity and blends of style. The modern, African, jazz and ballet techniques are amazing. This season the company is masterfully displaying how social movements and the arts can create conversation and change. Artistic Director, […]

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#Nintendo Switch Preview Tour

#Nintendo Switch Preview Tour

February 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Nintendo is releasing a new console and gaming system packed with entertainment. On March 3rd, gamers will be able to play right there in the family room or pick up the transitional port and game anywhere. Nintendo will now allow players to play whomever, wherever. Visit Nintendo.com for a very long list of publishers whose […]

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The Greatest Story Never Told

The Greatest Story Never Told

January 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

‘The Greatest Story Never Told” is currently running in Chicago’s Wrigleyville. It is an exciting, colorful, and interactive show at Under The Gun Theatre. The premise involves a narrator walking on set only to realize that the storybook has no dialogue and there are no actors waiting to perform. To solve the dilemma they must […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

#Dryel A New Way to Dry Clean

#Dryel A New Way to Dry Clean

| March 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Dryel is an in-home product that turns your family’s dryer into a dry cleaner. It really works to clean and deodorize clothing that you would normally take to the Dry Cleaners. The “Starter Kit” provides you with a perfect sized “fabric protection” bag and packets of refreshing pads that you place inside the bag with […]

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#NationalStickyBunDay

#NationalStickyBunDay

| February 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

What better way to get super charged for Spring than with Grand Lux Cafe ‘s renown Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding! They have also shared their coveted recipe so that you may make it for your friends and family today, Tuesday, February 21st which is #NationalStickyBunDay. It is also perfect for Mardi Gras, Easter, Mother’s Day and any […]

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The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

| February 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

After an incredibly successful world premiere of their new Chicago-focused version of The Nutcracker, the Joffrey Ballet continues its Chicago premieres with Game Changers. In his program note, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater described Game Changers by writing, “For me, good work, whether abstract or narrative, speaks of the human condition and touches the heart.” Each […]

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The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

| January 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

I took our girls to see The Hundred Dresses when it first premiered in Chicago in 2009. They were young, but the show made a strong impression. When I told them today that the Chicago Children’s Theatre brought the show back to the stage, they immediately said they wanted to see it again. The Hundred […]

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Dawn and the Shedd Aquarium

Dawn and the Shedd Aquarium

| January 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

January 2017 brought Dawn and the Shedd Aquarium together to launch a new in-class, web accessible STEM curriculum that allows teachers to offer 5th – 8th grades five Next Generation Science Standards lesson plans. Thirty-one Telpochcalli Elementary Public School students attended the NextGen Responders program led by the Shedd’s Sabrina Bainbridge for a hands-on science […]

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Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

| January 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

The inaugural Chicago Puppet Festival was such a overwhelming success that organizers have created a larger, longer 2017 festival. Running from January 19 -29, the event features an international line-up for puppet artists with events for children, families and adults. Chicago’s connection with puppets goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. “Many consider […]

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Watchitude is the perfect birthday gift

Watchitude is the perfect birthday gift

| January 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

With the holidays behind us, many are beginning to brace for the “birthday onslaught”! It is coming and this wonderful “Watchitude” is designed for children 4 – 12 years of age. These watches are great because they “slap on”. There are no buckles and they are fully adjustable! Made with durable materials, water, splash-rain-sweat-proof, comfortable, […]

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Christmas is the right time to mix family fun and fitness

Christmas is the right time to mix family fun and fitness

| December 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

According to a recent story in The Sun, “The average person consumes an enormous 7,000 calories from feasting and boozing on Christmas Day.” To put the number into perspective, Web MD recommends the average woman consume 1,800 – 2,200 calories per day. It’s easy to say that you shouldn’t consume the calories, but let’s face […]

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The Joffrey Ballet premieres a truly #Chicago Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet premieres a truly #Chicago Nutcracker

| December 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

When the Joffrey Ballet announced that the company was creating a new version of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, anticipation ran high. As guests entered the Auditorium Theatre, you could feel the crowds’ excitement. People talked about the reimagined production as if they were worried about a beloved family member’s health. From the moment the theater lights […]

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Fashion Outlets Of Chicago #SantaHQ #loveHGTV

Fashion Outlets Of Chicago #SantaHQ #loveHGTV

| December 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

They had me at ‘FREE PARKING’. When you think, “major mall”, you think “major money”. This was not the case at all at the Fashion Outlets Of Chicago in Rosemont/O’Hare. My 20 year old and I set out for quite a different experience than the one we had. We were pleasantly surprised. We thought we would […]

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The Magic Flute is a delightful family show

The Magic Flute is a delightful family show

| December 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There is a bit of a mystique to opera that you can only overcome by taking the plunge and going to a show. This is what we did for The Magic Flute. I had never attended an opera performance. One of our daughters adores playing her flute and wanted to see the show just because […]

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Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is a Treat for Teens

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is a Treat for Teens

| December 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our girls were really excited when they heard we were headed for the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest. I was a bit wary. I knew friends who took their younger kids down to Navy Pier, but I wasn’t sure our teens would have as much fun. They are in that “too cool” to be with […]

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