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Sports - A Link to World Peace?

Sports – A Link to World Peace?

February 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

  Sports have long been thought of as a vehicle that permits us to rise above differences.  And they do. Many have even gone as far as advocating that sports can cure all that ails relating to intolerance, violence and crisis in our world. I’m not sure I can go that far, but I do […]

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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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The Dangers of Strangers

The Dangers of Strangers

February 9, 2012 | Comments (1)

Remember the good old days when your mom would kiss you goodbye and tell you to be back before dark?  And you’d roam through your neighborhood without a care in the world except who would be available to play with you?  There were no cell phones or GPS systems or microchip devices to keep track […]

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Because every woman deserves a little time on the red carpet...

Because every woman deserves a little time on the red carpet…

February 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

…you will definitely want to check out the Be Bold Go Red women’s event on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., sponsored by Sassy Moms in the City, B96 WBBM radio and K-Hits. This is the second annual “Girls Night Out–Go Red for Women” event at the Alhambra Palace Resautrant, at […]

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Instead of taking your kids to another movie...

Instead of taking your kids to another movie…

January 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

…try taking them to the theatre (spoken with a British accent!). The Chicago Children’s Theatre is now showing The Houdini Box, a world-premier musical adventure based on the book by the same name, by Brian Selznick, who also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2008 Caldecott Award winner. The book has gained recent attention after […]

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Longer School Days For Chicago Public School Students

Longer School Days For Chicago Public School Students

January 25, 2012 | Comments (18)

There are quite a few reasons I am personally excited about CEO Jean-Claude Brizard being at the helm of the Chicago Public Schools. One is his team’s fresh approach to a very old problem. Two is he has spark. Three his spark infects his team, thereby passing on this frenzy of hope to all of […]

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It's My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

It’s My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

January 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

I love my dog. I really, really do. I just have to remind myself that I do. And, between us, I love the way things were with my dog before kids, because having a dog with a toddler and a baby isn’t ideal. We rescued Howie from Anti-Cruelty Society a year after we were married, […]

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What Does Dr. King Mean To You and Your Family?

What Does Dr. King Mean To You and Your Family?

January 16, 2012 | Comments (3)

I was only a year old, almost to the day, when Dr. King was assassinated. My upbringing was in a very community oriented household mainly because my parents were born segregated on the South Side in Chicago. They weren’t welcome in many places and as a result, I learned about the Civil Rights Movement first-hand. […]

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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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Good Manners or Good Grades?

Good Manners or Good Grades?

January 13, 2012 | Comments (2)

A while back, I asked a question that generated quite a bit of feedback on Twitter:  “If you HAD to choose one or the other, would you rather have a kid with good manners or a kid with good grades?”  Now, your answer might seem pretty black and white at first, but go ahead and […]

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The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

January 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

I am willing to bet that most of you reading this blog article have never quite realized the significant role your sitters can play in contributing to the athletic development of your daughters (and sons of course).  I am confident that after you read through, you will begin to think of your day and/or evening […]

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This Chicago Mom's 2011 Reflection

This Chicago Mom’s 2011 Reflection

January 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

My, what a year it has been! I started out as the mom of  two more children -twins- making my blog’s name really truthful. We officially became a Houseful Of Nicholes. And what a blessing this year has  been also. We’ve traveled – Alabama, Texas, Florida, Iowa, and even the Bahamas. We’ve celebrated birthdays and […]

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