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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Soccer options all around for Chicago families

Soccer options all around for Chicago families

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The World Cup has everyone talking soccer, so how do you capture that excitement once the champion is crowned? You can start right here with our own teams. Chicago is home to 2 professional soccer teams:  The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars. As the Chicago Fire website explains, “It all began with a […]

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Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo's Nose series

Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo’s Nose series

June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mo Smells the Ballpark, A Mo’s Nose Book, written by Margaret Hyde and Nichelle Robinson, is a charming book about a pup’s first visit to a baseball park. What’s great about the book, designed for children from 3 – 6 years old, is that the story has empowering messages for both the person reading it […]

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Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

When your kids are small, animal books are everywhere. When they get a bit older, books tend to feature people rather than animals. Recently I received three books teaching kids about animals that will draw in children and keep them reading this summer. Bindi Wildlife Adventures, by Bindi Irwin with Jess Black, uses the celebrity […]

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Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

In our house we’re working on our Father’s Day plans. Our daughters are going in many, many different directions when it comes to the perfect gift for Daddy. Here are three that caught our attention for different reasons. We might even do all three of these for Father’s Day because while each is a fun […]

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Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

May 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a federal program to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Most people think of Chicago’s Asian culture as being centered in either Chinatown, on Argyle Street, or at KoreaTown, depending upon which side […]

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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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