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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Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

February 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

When I saw the news reports outlining the ongoing Flint water crisis, I wondered if the Crestwood families who went through their own deadly water poisoning are having flashbacks. If you don’t remember the story, Crestwood is a small, Southwest suburb near Crestwood and Route 83.  For years the Chicago suburb was known for giving […]

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Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

January 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just when we’re in the dull, dark winter doldrums, the Drury Lane Theatre brings a bright, colorful, joyful story to stage. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of an Elvis-like performer, with bad-boy tendencies, who is drafted into the Army. Before Conrad Birdie leaves for his two-year enlistment, his management team cooks up one final […]

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The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

January 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

The item showed up on Facebook feeds before we saw it on the news. It said that Illinois driver’s licenses and state IDs were no longer federally compliant for airline travel. This meant that TSA could require additional security measures before allowing Illinois residents to board an airplane. The measures could range from additional identification to a […]

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Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

January 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There are mixed opinions about whether or not children should be off school on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some people believe children should be in school learning about his important work, while others think it’s important to mark the holiday with a day off to do good works. In the Chicago area most schools […]

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It's time to make your family-friendly New Year's Eve plans

It’s time to make your family-friendly New Year’s Eve plans

December 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Across the Chicagoland area there are family-friendly events to help your family mark the end of 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016. Here are some to consider when planning your family’s celebration. Brookfield Zoo ends its annual Holiday Magic event with a Zoo Year’s celebration. As if more than 1 million LED twinkling lights, […]

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Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

December 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some holiday events are so beloved that they start as an idea and stay long enough to become a multi-generational tradition. Such is the legacy of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. This year the Joffrey Ballet ends its 28 year run of Robert Joffrey’s original choreography. What made Robert Joffrey’s version of The Nutcracker so unique […]

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Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

December 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

I recently started wearing a sleek black watch, which catches people’s attention regularly. They always ask about it as it’s not like anything I normally wear. I explain that it’s part of a health research study I’m participating in through the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. The next question is always, “Why would […]

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A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

December 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

A Christmas Story –– The Musical was planned with families in mind is the start times. The Wednesday and Thursday shows start at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday shows start at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It seems like a small detail, but start times are important. An 8:00 p.m. start time is too late for […]

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A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

December 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

We have friends who take their nephews to the Goodman Theatre every year to see A Christmas Carol. Each year when they see the show, they see how much their nephews have changed from the previous year. They said they could see the boys mature as their interpretations of the show matured. It makes sense to me, […]

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Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

December 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we walked into Key Lime Cove’s water park, we saw lots of families hanging out, playing in the water and waiting for a water slide. What we didn’t smell was that overwhelming chemical smell so common with indoor pools. I didn’t think about this until we took a behind the scenes tour with Chief […]

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Chicago theaters are ready to ring in the holidays

Chicago theaters are ready to ring in the holidays

November 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

The morning after our girls overindulged in Halloween candy, we woke to find Sunday newspapers filled with holiday shopping inserts. It’s a sign that the holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your holiday entertainment. While the big shows receive the most attention, there many wonderful — and often unique […]

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Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

November 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls just started middle school, which means there is a lot of angst in our house. They fret about fitting in as two elementary schools merge into our middle school. They wonder which clubs/teams they should join. They worry about whether the other girls will make fun of their favorite outfits. It’s a struggle […]

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