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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Expert Advice on Managing Your Children's Holiday Gift Expectations

Expert Advice on Managing Your Children’s Holiday Gift Expectations

December 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

  At the Chicago Moms/Chicagonista holiday party, Timetoplaymag.com Editor in Chief Jim Silver pulled up a chair to chat about what was hot for kids this year.  He asked what was in our girls’ letter to Santa.  I replied, “More than they will get, of course.” He told me that for every gift-giving occasion, he always has his […]

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AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

November 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

It seems to me that everyone knows someone with a child on the autism spectrum or another sensory issue.  Too often I hear stories about how they are afraid to take their children to public places for fear of how others will judge their children’s actions.  AMC Theatres is stepping up to help these families […]

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When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

November 18, 2011 | Comments (1)

I watched the memorial services for 10-year-old  Ashlynn Conner on the mid-day news.  I stared at the screen for the few seconds the story ran and thought, “She could be one of my girls.” According to news reports Ashlynn killed herself after the teasing and bullying from her classmates became unbearable.  When you see her photo, […]

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We Were Boo-ed

We Were Boo-ed

October 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

The first time it happened, we didn’t even know we’d been boo-ed.  We opened our front door to find an orange, plastic pumpkin with treats and a poem.  The second time it happened, the doorbell rang.  By the time we opened the front door, the goblins were gone.  The treats spilling out of orange, plastic […]

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Does Failure Drive Success?

Does Failure Drive Success?

September 27, 2011 | Comments (2)

At our daughters’ elementary school, there is a lot of talk about character education.  Schools have latched on to the idea that being a good person is as important as being a smart person.  I like the idea because I think anything that helps kids understand that hard-work, personal connections and good character are important […]

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My Royal Hero

My Royal Hero

September 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Normally I’m not much of a royal watcher.  I read the occasional story about England’s royal family with the same interest I read about the weather.  I didn’t get up early to watch the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, although I did watch the news clips.  Recently, though, I became a big […]

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Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

August 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

When the usher shows you to your seats and the people behind you are debating whether Sweeney Todd was a mass murderer or a serial killer, you know this isn’t going to be your average date night.  The Drury Lane Theatre offered us complementary tickets to see the show on opening night.  I jumped at the […]

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Plastic Please

Plastic Please

August 10, 2011 | Comments (4)

Once  upon a time I was quite green.  I collected reusable bags of all shapes and sizes.  I had heavy duty plastic bags, insulated bags, mesh bags, and more.  You name the reusable bag and I had it.  I carried them everywhere.  Plastic bags no longer graced our recycling bin. About a year ago, my collection […]

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Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

July 19, 2011 | Comments (3)

We always enjoy the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   When we were invited to review the new CST Family production of Pinocchio, we immediately grabbed four tickets.   When the lights went down, I spent the first few minutes admiring the actors and set.  The story we all know has been reimagined with original songs and music, and a mix […]

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Our Computer Summer

Our Computer Summer

June 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

I was casually chatting with our girls’ first grade teacher about their assessment scores.  There seemed to be a discrepancy between the three different assessment tests they take each semester, with one test lower than the others.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was different enough that I wondered why she thought it happened.  She said, […]

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Three Ways to Save on Museum Fees

Three Ways to Save on Museum Fees

June 16, 2011 | Comments (3)

Now that summer is here, we’re all looking for ways to keep our kids busy without breaking the bank.  I love our area museums, but have you seen the admission prices? Once you add in parking, a snack and a gift, it’s a budget buster.  Luckily there are three programs to help us keep everyone occupied within […]

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Your Debit Card and Michaels Stores

Your Debit Card and Michaels Stores

May 22, 2011 | Comments (3)

When I heard about that debit card and pin numbers had been stolen from Michaels Stores in twenty states, I paused.  I had purchased a few items from Michaels during the affected time.  I diligently checked our bank account every day to make sure no money had been taken.  I thought we were safe as […]

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