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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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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Blinded by Summer Skin Exposure

Blinded by Summer Skin Exposure

May 9, 2011 | Comments (0)

I’m a big fan of summer.  I’m the kind of person who fights to keep the air conditioner off.  I like the heat and sunshine.  Still, I have a big summer problem. While others are anxioius to pull off the winter pants and throw on some shorts, I dread it.  You see, my skin is a […]

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Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps

Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps

April 25, 2011 | Comments (3)

If I could stand on a mountaintop and force people to listen to me, I’d read this CNN column over and over and over again.  I read it until parents understand that girls shouldn’t look like hookers and boys shouldn’t be raised to think girls should look like hookers.  I’d print this article and send it […]

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Why I'll Miss Mayor Daley

Why I’ll Miss Mayor Daley

April 13, 2011 | Comments (2)

  As his final term comes to an end, I realize how much I’ll miss Mayor Richard M. Daley.  Whether you agree with his politics or not, I think there are two big reasons he’ll be missed once he leaves office as Chicago’s longest-serving mayor. First is that he speaks his mind.  No one can ever accuse […]

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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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