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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Coffee for me and coffee for you

Coffee for me and coffee for you

December 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Who loves coffee? I LOVE coffee! I write about it. I tweet and Facebook about it. I drink coffee ALL day long. If I am up at night, I am drinking coffee. MJ Tam and I joke that we intravenously enjoy the beverage. I mean, I am pretty sure if that was an option, in […]

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Jewish Holidays In A Box

Jewish Holidays In A Box

December 8, 2012 | Comments (0)

Happy Hanukkah! What better way to start off the holidays than sharing tradition and gaming in this very compact and adorable Jewish Holidays In A Box! Now, while I am not Jewish, I pulled these out and was completely interested. I also solicited the opinion of another Chicago Mom who assured me these would definitely […]

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CPS Deadlines & Commission on Underutilization TONIGHT

CPS Deadlines & Commission on Underutilization TONIGHT

December 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Chicago Public Schools has a DEADLINE for applying! That deadline is December 14, 2012. The 2013-2014 year promises to be easier than ever. You may apply online for elementary magnet, magnet cluster, open enrollment, selective (elementary and high school), military, magnet, international baccalaureate, college and career academies. Your first step is requesting a Personal Identification […]

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Cake In A Jar

Cake In A Jar

December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Engaging with people via social media can truly uncover many wonderful things. Creoles love food and cooking. While we are traditionally known for things like gumbo, étouffée and jambalaya, but we are also huge sweet eaters. I met Crystal Jackson Boyd in a Creole Group while chatting and loving her idea for “Cake in a Jar”! […]

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Busy Bug Boxes

Busy Bug Boxes

December 3, 2012 | Comments (2)

My home is filled with all kinds of different bins from when my boys were little. I would go to Crate & Barrel and beg for the discarded crates. I would do the same at Pier One. Then I would clean them up and store Wrestlemania, Gumby, Woody and the crew. Some bins would have […]

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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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