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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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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Mary Poppins arrives just in time for the holidays

Mary Poppins arrives just in time for the holidays

December 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

There’s a new Mary Poppins production creating a lot of buzz this holiday season. It’s a wonderful, family-friendly show generating great reviews from the audience and the critics. Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) said the show was “a spectacle for the family, with heart.” Dean Richards (WGN-TV) called it the “must see” production of the season, noting […]

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Two new ways to track your important items

Two new ways to track your important items

November 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

It’s the holiday season and everyone is talking about what might end up under the tree. Even as parents are talking about what they might buy, they are setting the odds about how long it will take their children to lose the gifts. As someone who has spent a lot of time during the past year […]

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Chicago productions heat up in December

Chicago productions heat up in December

November 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

December offers new works and seasonal favorites in Chicago’s theaters. Whether you need a night out, a special gift or a family outing, there’s something for every interest including these family-friendly events. The American Blues Theater brings It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live in Chicago! to stage at the Greenhouse There Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, […]

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Lexington a great family destination

Lexington a great family destination

October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were looking for a place close enough to visit for a three-day weekend that seemed a world away from our suburban Chicago home. After clicking through a few ideas, we stumbled upon the Kentucky Horse Park. As soon as we found it, our horse-crazy daughters were begging us to take them. Our research started […]

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Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we were children, Halloween was a one-night-only event which involved kids in costumes going door-to-door for candy. Now it’s a monthly-long celebration filled with activities for all ages. This October, the Adler Planetarium and Redmoon Theatre offer two very different ways to celebrate Halloween. The Adler Planetarium invites horror fans 12 years old and […]

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Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

Open House Chicago brings your family behind the scenes

October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicago is known for its fabulous architecture, so when some of Chicago’s most magnificent buildings open their doors to the public for a free event, it’s time to start planning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is sponsoring Open House Chicago October 18 and 19. What’s great about Open House Chicago is that it’s a uniquely Chicago […]

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It's beginning to look a lot like...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

I’m someone who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas tree and start working on Christmas cards. Still, we’ve been chatting about holiday plans as we have relatives from all over who need to request vacation days, purchase airplane tickets, arrange for pet boarding, etc. Last week our plans shifted a bit […]

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