Amy

Amy Bizzarri wears many hats: teacher, writer, and most importantly, a mother to two beautiful children, ages 1 and 8 years. She and her family live on the Near North Side of Chicago, and enjoy exploring our city together. Follow her on twitter at: amybizzarri
Amy blogs at tiramisumom.com

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How *Do* Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm?

How *Do* Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm?

March 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Whenever I travel, I always enjoy observing and learning from other moms around the world. In Mali, I learned how to wear my baby in a wrap, in Italy, I learned how to feed a baby three healthy square meals and a snack per day. In the UK, I learned the proper way to bathe […]

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Long Weekend Away: Nashville with Kids

Long Weekend Away: Nashville with Kids

March 4, 2012 | Comments (1)

Long Weekend Away: Nashville with Kids Looking for a spring break destination that won’t break the bank? Nashville is the perfect spot to rock out with your entire family. You’ll find something fun for everyone, from toddlers to teens, in Music City. Nashville is a very doable 8 hours by car from Chicago. Consider an […]

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Extreme Spring Cleaning: ME (!) Edition

Extreme Spring Cleaning: ME (!) Edition

February 29, 2012 | Comments (2)

This winter has left me sluggish, un-toned and out-of-tune. I’ve packed on a few pounds, and worse, my energy levels have dipped to an all-time low. In honor of impending springtime, I’m embarking on a bit of self spring cleaning. It’s time to clean house. I need to make a promise to set some time aside […]

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Black Friday??? No Thanks!

Black Friday??? No Thanks!

November 23, 2011 | Comments (2)

For the life of me, I will never understand people who are actually willing to wait in line, before the crack of dawn, outside of a big box store, to battle over a big deal. I fully support the Target employees that are protesting a 12am opening on Thanksgiving night, and I appreciate countries that […]

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Pomp and Circumstance VS. The Wedding March

Pomp and Circumstance VS. The Wedding March

September 17, 2011 | Comments (2)

This morning, it happened again: hoping to get the students at the high school where I teach excited about working hard towards graduation, the teacher/presenters at an assembly blasted Pomp and Circumstances. Tears welled up in my eyes. Pomp and Circumstance always manages to make me emotional. Every other year or so, on graduation day, I have to announce […]

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Time to Order Your Little Orange Boxes! Trick or Treat for a Good Cause

Time to Order Your Little Orange Boxes! Trick or Treat for a Good Cause

August 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

Halloween is almost two months away, but now is the time to order your little orange boxes! Trick or Treat for UNICEF calls upon everyone to participate in UNICEF’s mission of achieving zero preventable deaths in children by asking for a trick, a treat, or a small donation to a UNICEF’s good cause. This year, […]

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Baby's 2nd Haircut

Baby’s 2nd Haircut

June 17, 2011 | Comments (1)

My baby girl, Chiara, had her first haircut ever at a manly man’s barber shop. She was all smiles for that first haircut – perhaps because she was busy watching her big brother get his haircut at the very same time. A couple months later, for her second haircut, I brought her to a fancier salon. But […]

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Post-Kids Fear of Flying

Post-Kids Fear of Flying

May 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

This may come as a surprise considering I do fly. A lot. But the fact of the matter is that since I’ve had kids, I’ve developed a chronic case of aerophobia. I deal with it because I wouldn’t ever want to live a life without travel, one of my true passions. But I’ll always wish […]

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Toddlin’ around Town with Your Toddler: Best Spring Spots in the City for Families with Toddlers

Toddlin’ around Town with Your Toddler: Best Spring Spots in the City for Families with Toddlers

May 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

I’m always on the lookout for museums/restaurants/theatres that are both big kid and toddler friendly. With a nine year age gap between my kids, it’s not always easy finding places that appeal to tweens and toddlers alike. At age 18 months, my toddlin’ gal needs space to run and play. She likes bright colors, peppy […]

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Mom Reads

Mom Reads

May 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

There are worse things to be addicted to: reading is my vice of choice. I used to feel guilty about reading while breastfeeding the kids; instead of say – staring down at them lovingly. Amidst all the craziness of life, I’ve always made a point of carving out reading time, because, well, without it, I‘d […]

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The Blue Men with My Men

The Blue Men with My Men

April 1, 2011 | Comments (2)

I’m always on the lookout for creative plays, exhibits – anything that gives my son and I a chance to see a live performance, anything that might spark discussion, anything that will make the both of us laugh. So when we received an invite to check out the Blue Man Group with 3 complimentary tickets, I of […]

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What to do when no one can pronounce your kid's name properly?

What to do when no one can pronounce your kid’s name properly?

March 29, 2011 | Comments (27)

Our family is Italian: my husband is from Rome, and we speak Italian at home. When it came to naming our daughter, my husband insisted on naming her after Amalasunta, ancient Queen of the Visigoths. No, nope, that won’t work. I stood firm, No one will ever be able to pronounce that! And so we settled on […]

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