Shari

Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1.

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Exercise Has Positive Effects on Academic Performance

Exercise Has Positive Effects on Academic Performance

May 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Every parent is looking for ways to give their children an edge when it comes to their academics. Everything from classroom placement to extracurricular activities seems to be based upon a child’s academics. I have previously written about how our daughters have used XtraMath and Kahn Academy to supplement their classroom math lessons. What if […]

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Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

Three new ways to enjoy urban wildlife

April 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Just when I thought winter would never, ever, ever, ever end, a package arrived on my front porch. The My Spy Birdhouse intrigued our daughters from the first time they read about it. The concept is that you place the birdhouse on a glass window. If you follow all the instructions, including the one saying […]

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Family theater performances have something for everyone

Family theater performances have something for everyone

April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

A story on Education.com recently caught my eye. Why Children’s Theater Matters noted that “Longitudinal data of 25,000 students involved in the arts, conducted at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education by Dr. James Catterall, shows that consistent participation greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the […]

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Windy City Live a new Chicago treasure

Windy City Live a new Chicago treasure

April 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were at the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation benefit when I saw a silent auction item I knew my mother would love — a V.I.P. pass for me and two guests to attend a Windy City Live taping. I bid and held my breath. I really wanted to win this item so I could take Mom to […]

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Charleston offers vacation beach living for families

Charleston offers vacation beach living for families

April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we planned our recent Spring Break trip to Charleston, we wanted to really experience the ocean from sunrise to sunset. After a few days exploring the city, we moved from the city to Kiawah Island for a few days of ocean living. It was a leap of faith when we made our hotel reservation. […]

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Charleston charms for a family vacation

Charleston charms for a family vacation

April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

During Winter Break, we wanted to take our girls out of the cold for a few days. We talked about heading to Charleston, South Carolina, as we had heard it was just beautiful at Christmas. We didn’t end up in Charleston for the holidays, but we did make it there for Spring Break. In many […]

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Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Spring break is coming up soon. Do you know what you are doing with your kids? From looming to learning to laughing, here are some ideas whether you need something to keep your kids busy all week or just a one day outing to break up the togetherness. In true school fashion, the ideas are […]

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The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

March 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sometimes I think our girls are going to grow up thinking my favorite phrases are “Is that on sale?” or “You have one, you don’t need another one.” Sometimes I think they will say my favorite phrase is “Can’t we find that at Goodwill?” I know they are frustrated by how closely we track our […]

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When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women's History Month

When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women’s History Month

March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Author Rebecca Behrens wrote a fun, new historical middle school fiction book called When Audrey Met Alice. This book considers how one first daughter, Alice Roosevelt, might influence another first daughter, Audrey Rose, even though they lived in the White House during very different times.  Alice’s diaries detail events during her father’s time. After reading […]

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Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

March 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

A book press release showed up in my inbox with the headline “Overwhelmed? Bored? Frustrated? Get unstuck, get inspired, and get going again!” After this winter, I think the headline describes most Chicagoans. No matter how proud we are of our ability to endure the coldest, snowiest weather, there’s something about this never-ending winter that […]

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Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

March 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

One of the key shifts in education is the emphasis on critical thinking. It’s at the heart of the Common Core Standards. According to the site criticalthinkingworks.com, “The Common Core standards for English Language Arts call for student-centered work in classrooms that build knowledge, develop writing skills, and produce confident and competent critical thinkers who […]

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Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

During the past few years, we’ve searched for different ways to supplement our daughters’ education. When our girls were younger, we discovered XtraMath, a free website that helps children learn their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our girls were able to build a strong foundation playing XtraMath games and learn to answer […]

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