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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Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

March 24, 2011 | Comments (2)

When our girls were born, I stayed at home.  During the first few years, we had memberships to several museums and a zoo.  We went to these places a few times a year to see the exhibits, play in the children’s areas and take classes.   A couple of years ago, I went back to work.  I work […]

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New eBook Limits Create Limits for All

New eBook Limits Create Limits for All

March 14, 2011 | Comments (6)

A story I read in my old-fashioned, printed newspaper really made me think about how many big, traditional corporations are still struggling to find a profitable business model in the digital world.  The Chicago Tribune story “Publisher puts new limits on library e-book” outlined Harper Collins’ new policy of allowing 26 downloads and then charging […]

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Family Finds Chicago Shares the Deals

Family Finds Chicago Shares the Deals

February 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

Some day we’re going to want to retire and our daughters are going to want to go to college, so I’m always on the lookout for a good deal.  I don’t remember how it started coming to my inbox, but I’ve been getting an email from FamilyFinds Chicago that is worth sharing.   The tag line is […]

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The Valley Girls Have Landed

February 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

When I step outside, I’m in Chicago in February.  It’s cold and snowy and, well, cold and snowy.  It’s February in Chicago after all.  Somehow when I come into my house, I’m suddenly in the Valley where California girls reign supreme and “like” is used every other word. I’m not sure when, how or why, […]

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Mom Convicted of Felony for Fraudulently Sending Kids to Safer School Sparks Outrage

Mom Convicted of Felony for Fraudulently Sending Kids to Safer School Sparks Outrage

January 30, 2011 | Comments (3)

I know as a mom, I should feel outrage for the woman convicted of fraudulently sending her kids to a safer school.  I know I should be up-in-arms screaming about how unfair it is that she just did what she thought was best for her children.  I read the story several times trying to work up […]

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A Crash Course in Jumping Rope

January 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

The girls really want to learn how to jump rope.  They asked me to teach them as soon as we could get outside to practice.  You know what this means, don’t you?  I need to practice jumping rope. As a child, I could jump rope, but I was never a jump rope expert.  No one […]

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The Substitute Teacher Problem

January 3, 2011 | Comments (2)

The girls’ teacher (Mrs. P) has been on emergency leave since Thanksgiving.  Her husband was in a serious car accident while patrolling on Thanksgiving Day.  As a result, he broke both legs, an arm and a wrist.  He’s in bad shape and we all understand that Mrs. P needs to be home right now. The girls had […]

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The Most Wonderful Two Weeks of the Year

December 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

We’re starting my favorite two weeks of the year.  It’s not just Christmas and New Year’s that make it special.  It’s not just that the girls are going to be home on break.  It’s that my husband is on vacation for the next two weeks.  My husband has a lot of vacation, a perk that […]

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Who has Time for Holiday Entertaining?

December 6, 2010 | Comments (3)

A girlfriend called to say she was reading a leading magazine and was frustrated with all the stories about how to throw the perfect holiday party. She said, “Who are these women and how do they have enough time to throw the perfect party every year?” I know what she means. I stopped looking at […]

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The Day Leo Said I Hate You

November 30, 2010 | Comments (1)

When our twin girls were born, and I was in that sleep deprived, giddy bliss of new motherhood, a friend laughed and said, “Yeah, they are cute now.  Just wait until they are teens yelling I HATE YOU.  We’ll see how happy you are then.” Those words have stuck in my head. I know the […]

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A Grey Giveaway

November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

A few years ago, another mom at our girls’ preschool thought I was their grandmother.  It was a humbling moment to be sure.  When I called my husband to tell him I said, “Well, this guarantees that I won’t go grey for a long time.” It’s one of the downfalls of being an  — ahem […]

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Their World Stays the Same

November 3, 2010 | Comments (3)

My father is in the hospital.  For more than a week now we’ve been on a roller coaster of days that often start with the phrase “Are you kidding me?”  We also seem to say, “How did that happen?” a lot these days.  There’s no end in sight right now. Even with this all swirling […]

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