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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Pure Food, Eat Clean with Seasonal, Plant-Based Recipes a perfect Farmer's Market companion

Pure Food, Eat Clean with Seasonal, Plant-Based Recipes a perfect Farmer’s Market companion

April 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

We’re long-time fans of our local farmer’s markets. We spend some time every Saturday talking to growers about their produce and finding new recipes. Still, there are always ingredients I buy and never use. Sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring out how to use them in a dish the family will enjoy. This year, […]

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Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

Carousel is a glorious production for the whole family

April 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

There is a breathtaking new production of Carousel gracing the Civic Opera House stage through May 3. With a star-studded cast and timeless messages, Carousel crosses generations with thought-provoking themes. Waiting in the lobby for the press opening, we saw many families who took the opportunity to dress-up and spend an evening together. Their efforts were […]

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Memphis stays true to its roots

Memphis stays true to its roots

April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we started planning our Spring Break trip to Memphis, we realized we could go in so many directions — music, civil rights, nature, sports. Everything was available to us, but with just a few days to explore we had to plan carefully to get everything on the schedule. The beauty of Memphis is that […]

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Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

Delightful new books will keep younger readers entertained

April 19, 2015 | Comments (1)

One of the great things about raising readers is you get to read all the books your children enjoy. Sometimes we read classic stories over and over again. Sometimes we have opportunities to read new works. Lately we’ve been arriving home to find newly issued stories in our mailbox. These stories are designed for children […]

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Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

April 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are tweens now, which means we sit in a strange place when it comes to live theater. They enjoy going to shows, but don’t want to go to the shows for younger kids. Some of the shows that interest them are still a little to “old” for them. Recently a number of shows […]

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Spring Break ideas for all ages

Spring Break ideas for all ages

March 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Spring Break is coming soon. What are your plans to keep your kids busy? Here are some of our favorite ways to make sure your kids have stories to tell when they head back to the classroom. America’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium, describes itself as “the only place in the world where you can […]

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Family-friendly musical performances take center stage in March

Family-friendly musical performances take center stage in March

February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Every month there are hundreds live performances in theaters across the Chicago area. This month my email is full of live music performance details. These are family-friendly performances that will keep everyone from the oldest family member to the kindergartner entertained. The information below comes from recent press releases, so be certain to check out the […]

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Why is the ISBE forcing Illinois students to take the PARCC test?

Why is the ISBE forcing Illinois students to take the PARCC test?

February 21, 2015 | Comments (5)

It is rare to find something parents, students, teachers and school administrators all agree on. This March children across Illinois will take the PARCC test and it appears that virtually no one is happy about it. The controversy about this test is so loud that the Illinois State Board of Education sent a letter to all […]

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Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

What if a riddle could save your life? It’s the question asked on the Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle book cover. It’s also a great teaser for the story so enchanting that it captivated our tween daughters and several adults. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle brings together so many elements tweens and teens […]

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Crushing their dreams one activity at a time

Crushing their dreams one activity at a time

February 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are nearing middle school, which means their extracurricular activities selection will explode. As if to get ready for this, they have been asking to research more and more local classes. Recently they spent a lot of time looking at different activities. It didn’t take long for them to come up with a list […]

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January family events will keep cabin fever away

January family events will keep cabin fever away

January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

This month Chicago families have exciting opportunities to avoid cabin fever and do something that they’ll talk about for the rest of the year. From live theater to meeting baseball stars, there truly is something for everyone. The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Writers Theatre’s The MLK Project:  The Fight for Civil Rights from January 24 – […]

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DonorsChoose teaches our daughters about giving

DonorsChoose teaches our daughters about giving

December 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

When our girls receive their allowances, we have them break the money into four categories:  spend, save, donate, invest.  Recently we’ve been discussing where to donate their money. They’ve been struggle with where to donate their small amount of hard-earned money. There are a lot of local, worthy causes. What’s missing for them is the idea […]

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