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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Pass The Cheese Please

Pass The Cheese Please

November 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Can vegans be vegan if they eat cheese? Cheese is a HUGE staple in my household. Being the only vegan in my family, I often battle my love for cheese when I am making all of the dishes that my family enjoys. From grilled-cheese to home-made mac and cheese to the every day ham and […]

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Get Your Sexy Back with LisaRaye!

Get Your Sexy Back with LisaRaye!

November 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Fresh off of a great season of Single Ladies, LisaRaye McCoy, a South Side of Chicago native, let The Chicago Moms know that even celebrity moms get insecure about their bodies and their images. LisaRaye shared that television adds 10 pounds to your frames, and that it is just “not cute” when you are “fashion-forward-sexy-trend-setting”! […]

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Access and Opportunity In EVERY Neighborhood

Access and Opportunity In EVERY Neighborhood

November 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is transparent. She loves children. She knows education. She is here to make a difference. When she was a part of the negotiations during the Chicago Teacher’s Strike, she was adamant that she meant business and is working for the children. In her role as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, she […]

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CHICAGO meet Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of CPS

CHICAGO meet Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of CPS

October 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

Chicago, meet your new CEO of Chicago Public Schools Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Byrd-Bennett moves from her April 2012 appointment as Chief Education Advisor to fill in for Jean-Claude Brizard who has stepped down. Byrd-Bennett has a lifetime of experience in education. Her 12 years as a New York public school educator, 8 as principal in a […]

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Great Handbags Can Be A Career

Great Handbags Can Be A Career

October 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

Sometimes The Chicago Moms meet incredible women and simply HAS to do a Q & A! Moms supporting moms in their entrepreneurial quests is not only smart it is contagious! Q: You met at your kids’ soccer game, how did the subject of handbags come up? Gabrielle: We noticed so many of the moms were […]

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

September 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Nate is a 12 year old 7th grade Honor Student at Dodge Academy on Chicago’s West Side. His “Ma” is our very own Chicago Mom, Natasha Nicholes of House Full Of Nicholes. Today, my mom decided to “interview” me about the strike that the teachers have been on since last week. I don’t have too […]

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Our Job As Parents And Teachers

Our Job As Parents And Teachers

September 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The following is a Chicago Public School Father’s perspective. Craig Johnson, a native Chicagoan, is a father and former Chicago Public School student.    For two weeks, Chicago’s public education landscape became a national case study on unions, politics, and education reform.  The issues were lifted from the pages of reports and spreadsheets and escaped beyond […]

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"Great Everyday Meals"

“Great Everyday Meals”

September 14, 2012 | Comments (2)

In keeping within the spirit of making great meals for the family, I approached our very own Chicago Mom and asked her to share how she came to be MOMMA! Johanna Cook, of MommaCuisine, tells us some things that will hopefully inspire you to feed that family right! How did you come to be a […]

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Putting It All Together

Putting It All Together

September 13, 2012 | Comments (3)

So I walk and carry a big bag. A have quite a few big bags, and there is nothing worse than digging, and digging…and days later, still digging for change because you owe $31.01 for your groceries and whatever crevice your coins are in remains a mystery! I am not well organized on a good […]

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Yum Universe!

Yum Universe!

September 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

Today Heather Crosby launched Yum Universe. Many of you may know that I suffered allergies and skin lesions/eczema that I cured with a plant-based diet, so it is no surprise that when this press-release came to my inbox I jumped at the chance to pick Heather’s brain! It is not as difficult as some imagine planning […]

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Not A Good Lesson

Not A Good Lesson

September 11, 2012 | Comments (49)

As a union member within my capacity as a law enforcement officer, I applaud negotiations. I am all for fair wages, healthcare and accountability in the workplace. I am all for getting a raise! What I am angry about, involving this Chicago Teacher Union Strike, is the claim that this “is for the kids“. It […]

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Meijer's Comes to Chicagoland

Meijer’s Comes to Chicagoland

August 11, 2012 | Comments (2)

Guess what Chicagoland is in store for via Berwyn, Illinois? Join the fun August 18th 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for free giveaways, recipes, and tasty samples! Great pharmacy, services, fresh produce, meat and overall grocer needs at Meijers! They are also offering free shipping if you purchase online using the code free summer. Just in time for […]

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