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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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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Zealous Giving for Zealous Good

Zealous Giving for Zealous Good

July 26, 2012 | Comments (1)

I don’t know about you, but I have been a cleaning fool this summer! Even with the hot summer days luring me and my family outside, I have spent quite a few evenings cleaning out closets. It is a commitment I made to keep my home a flowing environment. If something comes in, something must […]

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CTU versus CPS - Let's Get Ready To Rumble?

CTU versus CPS – Let’s Get Ready To Rumble?

June 28, 2012 | Comments (1)

Stand For Illinois invited The Chicago Moms to a Community Conversation that really honed in on a lot of the misconceptions and gave direction on many of the heated topics. As advocate for children across the nation, with factions in several states, Stand For Children lobbies for timely dissemination of information, pertinent legislation and pressing […]

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Hot Tot Products

Hot Tot Products

June 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

I am for all things healthy. After suffering debilitating stress eczema in the late 1990’s, my path turned toward healing and health for two reasons. I had to get myself better because the blistering I was experiencing was from head to toe and secondly, I never wanted my children to be so full of toxins […]

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Blogging With Brizard

Blogging With Brizard

May 24, 2012 | Comments (4)

There is one thing I learned having NATO in my front yard – people will go to great lengths to be heard. It is the same, I am finding, when it comes to this huge Chicago Public Schools debate. CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is highly qualified and very versed in education, yet every step he takes […]

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Chicago Lost & Found's "Big Picture"

Chicago Lost & Found’s “Big Picture”

May 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

Chicago Lost and Found Has Summer in the Bag! Enjoy great food, open bar and a unique shopping experience at Chicago Lost and Found’s annual “Big Picture” soiree May 24, 5:30 to 10pm, at The Victor (311 N. Sangamon) in Chicago’s West Loop.  The fundraiser celebrates the arts by inviting the community to learn more about the […]

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