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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Natural or Adopted?

Natural or Adopted?

February 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

I was standing at the counter scanning a routine medial form when something caught my eye.  Under our daughter’s name was the line Natural child:  Insured has financial responsibility I asked the receptionist what “natural child” meant.  She said, “Oh, it means she’s really his daughter.”  I gasped and said, “So, if she was adopted, […]

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Chicago Auto Show Anxiety

Chicago Auto Show Anxiety

February 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

We’re headed to the Chicago Auto Show this weekend to research a new vehicle.  Our ten-year-old mini-van is falling apart.  It has more than 110,000 miles on it, so it’s not like it hasn’t earned the right to fall apart.  It’s just that we were hoping to get another year out of it. For years […]

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Driving Towards Self-Confidence

Driving Towards Self-Confidence

January 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

When our girls arrive at a driving range to hit balls, people look at them with the “isn’t that cute” look.  I agree that it is really cute to see them carrying their golf bags as they head towards the practice mats.  I saw that look again when we arrived at the covered sports dome […]

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A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

December 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

We don’t know how much longer our girls will indulge us with holiday events like Breakfast with Santa, so this year we went big.  The Shedd Aquarium Holiday Fantasea was a magical way to spend a morning visiting Santa and exploring the museum. From the moment we entered, it was clear that Breakfast with Santa was […]

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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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