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Pure Country: Pure Heart

Pure Country: Pure Heart

July 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Director Damon Santostefano pulled this latest installment from a script by New York Times best-selling author Holly Goldberg Sloan. This moving tale of musical sisters discovering a letter from their late father who died in Iraq, is a journey for music lovers. Filmed on location in New Orleans and Nashville, this thoughtful and heart-warming movie […]

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Now is the time to start planning your solar eclipse activities

Now is the time to start planning your solar eclipse activities

July 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

The August 21 solar eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible across the entire contiguous United States since 1918. Often called the “Great American Eclipse,” the event will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire U.S. mainland, according to Wikipedia. The Adler Planetarium notes that “While Chicago is not in […]

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Free Family-Friendly Concerts and Play-alongs during Make Music #Chicago

Free Family-Friendly Concerts and Play-alongs during Make Music #Chicago

June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Every summer Make Music Chicago, a city-wide musical event, celebrates the summer solstice with free music in all corners of the city and suburbs. This year professional and amateur musicians will gather in Chicago’s public spaces to play and sing live music. The International Music Foundation sponsors this every year, with more than 750 cities […]

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Shari's Corner

As You Like It is a wonderful summer event

As You Like It is a wonderful summer event

July 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

First Folio Theatre is known for its interesting and well-performed productions at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Every summer the company moves outside to perform under the stars. It is a glorious way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. This year, As You Like It, is the summer season show. Shakespeare’s fun rom-com […]

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Everything creates laughter in My Son The Waiter

Everything creates laughter in My Son The Waiter

July 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you are a mother, or have a mother, make plans to see My Son The Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy. The one man comedy show, written and performed by Brad Zimmerman, has so many universal themes that you cannot help but laugh out loud from start to finish. No matter where you grew up, you’ll relate to […]

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Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

July 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

There is something magical about driving to see the Tempel Lipizzan performance in Old Mill Creek. You take 294 to a road that takes you past Gurnee Mills Mall. It’s as crowded and suburban as possible. When you turn the corner to head towards Tempel Farms, you are immediately transported to a place that looks like the […]

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Healthy Living

Mouthwatchers Clean

Mouthwatchers Clean

June 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

 Dental health is so important. Failing to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy can ail the entire body. It is so much more than cosmetic or keeping pearly whites so, if you have a decent pair of chops, go to great lengths to maintain them. It is one of those things that you must […]

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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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Kailen's Imaginations

Family Fun at Pheasant Run

Family Fun at Pheasant Run

June 29, 2017 | Comments (1)

Family time at Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois’ ‘Summer Splash’ Package is unique and enjoyable. An overnight stay in the newly redesigned Tower Rooms, one 16″ pizza and a two liter soft drink, and $10 worth of tokens for the Swamp Arcade is certainly an ingredient in the recipe for a great family getaway. The […]

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#BritishSwimSchools #Chicago

#BritishSwimSchools #Chicago

May 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Summer in #Chicago is quick and furious. As soon as the temperatures rise above 50 degrees the entire city scrambles into fun mode. The outdoor cafe tables and umbrellas coming out is the first indication that all have survived the brutal winter and it is time to enjoy the beautiful city. The next sign is […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

#GrandLuxCafe Chicago Eats

#GrandLuxCafe Chicago Eats

| July 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Grand Lux Café in Downtown Chicago is consistently “the” place for good eats. This season’s menu offers a variety of simple but bold tastes. Poke Tacos : Three Crispy Shells Filled With Fresh Marinated Raw Ahi Tuna, Avocado, Green Onion, Asian Slaw and Sesame. Served with Wasabi Cream and Pickled Ginger.  Roasted Pear Strawberry Salad: Pears Strawberries, Gem […]

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Blue Man Group 20

Blue Man Group 20

| July 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Blue Man Group Chicago is celebrating 20 years! This officially makes it the longest-running show in town. Blue Man Group has expanded it’s performance schedule by providing two autism-friendly shows in collaboration with Autism Speaks. At writing there is one remaining performance Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. Tickets for this performance will be […]

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#RealPeabodyMoms

#RealPeabodyMoms

| July 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

 Although I gave birth 21 years ago, my body has never returned to the frame it once was. I used to blame my son, telling him it was his fault my belly hung to the floor. I also blamed manufacturers for the strange way they cut clothes, I blamed food for blowing up our bodies […]

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#Unforgettable

#Unforgettable

| July 19, 2017 | Comments (2)

There is a lot of focus on outside activities during summer months, but there should also be emphasis on spending lazy time with friends watching movies. One such fun movie, perfect for a Gals Night Out, is Unforgettable. Directed by Denise Di Novi ( “Crazy, Stupid, Love” “Focus” ) and starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine […]

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#ChicagoTrolley #Doubledecker Fun

#ChicagoTrolley #Doubledecker Fun

| July 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. is a treat that even a native Chicagoan can love. Having lived here 50 years, it never occurred to me to take a tour highlighting the best sites in Chicago. Thankfully, The Chicago Moms was invited and taking the tour was amazing!   Four signature tours are offered […]

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Bump It Off!

Bump It Off!

| July 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

Bump It Off  is a cool gadget in that it is very useful, cleaning surfaces is quick and it can be thrown into your dishwasher. It is also easily stored. Made of silicone, it is 100% non-toxic. It has an accessible handle and is non-irritating. I sampled this product in many different ways  but my favorite […]

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Peluches

Peluches

| July 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Peluches means “stuffed animals” in Spanish. Named for an adorable rescue dog, these plush dog toys are really attractive to pets and when you buy one the company donates one to a shelter. These toys come with a fastening clip and coil so that it can be attached to your dog’s collar while you are […]

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Refreshing Cascade Ice

Refreshing Cascade Ice

| June 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

In today’s world it is so difficult to find a soft drink because there are literally thousands of drinks on the market. Some are good, some are bad and some are in between. Now, however there is something to be excited about. Yes, get ready for fireworks! This year’s Fourth of July, try the  delicious […]

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#Macy's #Chicago Semi-annual Bridal Show

#Macy’s #Chicago Semi-annual Bridal Show

| June 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s premiere bridal salon for the last 175 years has been Macy’s State Street signature store. Full service couture with gowns by Demetrios, Lazaro, Augusta Jones and Cosmobella were showcased during a semi-annual event on June 11th, 2017. Registration just $10 with an opportunity for discounted parking. Attendees received a $10 Macy’s Gift Card, 30% […]

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Scottish Festival and Highland Games are a great summer outing

Scottish Festival and Highland Games are a great summer outing

| June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

When you make a list of interesting and fun summer activities, you really need to put the Scottish Festival and Highland Games near the top. As children we went often with my grandparents. My grandmother immigrated from to Chicago when she was 15 years old.  She hailed from Lanarkshire in Scotland and retained her brogue […]

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The perfect Chicago summer day is waiting at Millennium Park

The perfect Chicago summer day is waiting at Millennium Park

| June 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today is the kind of day we wait for during those dreary winter days. It’s warm, sunny and picture-perfect. So, what are you going to do with this perfect Chicago summer day? Why not spend it at Millennium Park for a full day of summer fun? First, BluesFest is on stage in Millennium Park. It […]

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On the Go with Dryel

On the Go with Dryel

| June 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Dryel is much more cost effective than first anticipated. The bag and stain remover work wonderfully, but Dryel On the Go Stain Remover travel pen is amazing. No, really, it is amazing. Busy women are prone to accidental stains. The frequent coffee spills, chocolate chip smudges, syrupy palms and ‘spit-up’ ALWAYS end up on your work clothes, […]

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