Dwana

Dwana authors a few blogs, is a full-time officer of the court and mom to two wonderful young men and two dogs.

You can find her rants, advice for healthy living and Chicago tips at: "Healthier, Happier, You!", Chicagonista.com, TheChicagoMoms.com & ChicagonistaLIVE.com

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Bellissimo, Try Pasta Chips!

Bellissimo, Try Pasta Chips!

May 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

Welcome to a lighter and healthier snack that everyone in the family can enjoy. There are 5 flavors of Italy to taste: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil and my favorite, Mediterranean Sea Salt. The thing that I adore the most is that they are made with all natural ingredients: Semolina flour and […]

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Luella's Southern Kitchen

Luella’s Southern Kitchen

March 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some argue that Chicago is one of the culinary capitals of the world. It is an argument worth fighting for because every time I go to a new restaurant, it is rare that I am disappointed! Being a lover of Southern cuisine, it was a sure thing that I would take up the chance to […]

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Don't Worry, #RetireHappyNow Moms!

Don’t Worry, #RetireHappyNow Moms!

March 22, 2015 | Comments (2)

Being a parent is the gift that just keeps on giving – forever. I really don’t think that I considered the impact of parenting 20 years ago. Weighing the options of parenting, at that time, seemed to focus on affording diapers, providing a home and eventually being able to put someone through college. The other […]

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Andrea Mistretta's Mardi Gras Series at Jackson Junge Gallery

Andrea Mistretta’s Mardi Gras Series at Jackson Junge Gallery

February 25, 2015 | Comments (0)

Andrea Mistretta, the award-winning artist and graphic designer known for creating the iconic Mardi Gras poster series for over 30 years, celebrated this year’s Fat Tuesday event in Chicago at Jackson Junge Gallery located in the Wicker Park/ Bucktown community. The gallery had beads on hand, and classic foods like King Cake and jambalaya. Her […]

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Mardi Gras & Lent

Mardi Gras & Lent

February 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

This is my favorite time of year. Yes, I am no fan of the cold weather that we have here in Chicago, but my youngest was born in February. February is a short month and is right before Spring. February is Black History Month. February is MARDI GRAS! I love Mardi Gras for so many […]

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Big Heart Pet Valentines for dogs

Big Heart Pet Valentines for dogs

February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our four-legged children are just as much a part of our families as are our two-legged. We feed them, clothe them, care for them and love them right along side of our kids every single day. This Valentine’s Day, showing your animals love with safe pet products made in the U.S.A, will keep them from […]

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Up Close & Personal with Rosecrance #InMyShoes Exhibit - National Drug Facts Week

Up Close & Personal with Rosecrance #InMyShoes Exhibit – National Drug Facts Week

January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

It’s National Drug Facts Week and Rosecrance is running an #InMyShoes exhibit at the Robert Crown Center until Feb. 6th. One of the hardest topic to broach with my teen is about drugs and alcohol abuse. I’m not talking about the usual “Just Say No!”, but beyond the “it’s bad for you” and the “it […]

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Hurray for holistic dog food.

Hurray for holistic dog food.

January 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Not many things make this shih tzu talk out loud about food before it is even in my hand, but Farmer’s Bounty products seem to do just that. For  many moms like me, we parent our two legged children and our four-legged children equally! In my home that means every one eating meat products are […]

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A Boost To The Ego

A Boost To The Ego

January 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

It is a new year, and yes, I do consider myself a new me. If you have been following these ‘Lifestyle’ posts you’ll recall that I set a goal of losing 20 pounds with the RISE IOS app and Tory Johnson’s “The Shift” back in the late summer/fall. I satisfied my goal despite being inundated […]

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The Chicago Defender's 2014 Newsmakers Gala "Carnevale"

The Chicago Defender’s 2014 Newsmakers Gala “Carnevale”

November 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the legacy of The Chicago Defender lived on as Newsmakers of the Year Gala honored many influential Chicagoans.  The Carnevale theme was befitting this celebratory event. As a guest of Chevy/General Motors, one of the evening’s sponsors, The Chicago Moms […]

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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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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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