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Two Ingredient Fat-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

Two Ingredient Fat-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

October 22, 2012 | Comments (0)

OK, so I consider Brownie Mix to be an ingredient. I am more Sandra Lee than Martha Stewart. My quest for a gluten-free vegan brownie began almost three years ago. I started by trying to replace the eggs with both commercial egg replacers and with ground flaxseed. It did not go well. Think chocolate flavored […]

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Why Amalgam Fillings are Safer for Kids (and Moms)

Why Amalgam Fillings are Safer for Kids (and Moms)

October 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

I have the excellent good fortune to have very strong teeth. As a result I have made it to my forties with only three cavities all of which are in my wisdom teeth. I have been concerned about the mercury in my fillings just because I think that anything that needs to be treated like […]

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Healthy Quenchers For Our Young Athletes

Healthy Quenchers For Our Young Athletes

October 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

As caring parents, we are constantly faced with the challenge of offering satisfying meals and snacks to our active kids. From the perspective of our young athletes, “satisfying” means yummy, filling and fulfilling. This is where your blender can come in so very handy. The smoothie/shake treats you can provide are limitless. Kids love them […]

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CHICAGO meet Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of CPS

CHICAGO meet Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of CPS

October 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

Chicago, meet your new CEO of Chicago Public Schools Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Byrd-Bennett moves from her April 2012 appointment as Chief Education Advisor to fill in for Jean-Claude Brizard who has stepped down. Byrd-Bennett has a lifetime of experience in education. Her 12 years as a New York public school educator, 8 as principal in a […]

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Are you part of the Illinois Women's Health Registry?

Are you part of the Illinois Women’s Health Registry?

September 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

There’s a women’s health study out of Boston known as the Nurses Study.  This is a long-term effort by researchers to assess risk factors for heart disease and cancer. Along the way they’ve learned some amazing things about other aspects of women’s health. I’ve followed the Nurses Study with great interest as the results have changed the way […]

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Why Most of My Home is a Nut-Free Zone

Why Most of My Home is a Nut-Free Zone

September 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The food allergic kids somehow find each other.  As a result our home has rules about nuts.  Nuts are not allowed in my son’s room.  Sticky nut milks and nut butters are not allowed anywhere at any time.  Food labels are checked for “secret” nuts or nut powders. Processed and packaged foods are carefully checked […]

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Teen voices out on the #CTUstrike

Teen voices out on the #CTUstrike

September 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

We’ve heard teachers, parents, and politicians spoke on the Chicago Teacher’s Union Strike topic but we think it’s time to hear from Chicago kids affected by all this. I invited Kasey, a junior journalist who attends Whitney Young to write a piece about the strike, so check out what she has to say below. Guest […]

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Feeding the Frenzied

Feeding the Frenzied

September 15, 2012 | Comments (2)

I loathe feeding my children. Don’t misunderstand me, I think they are precious when they fling Winter Squash from two directions but I just dread the whole process.  Like most things that involve hate, my thoughts begin with worry. Now that their meals have moved beyond the easy pre-jarred, pre-thought, pre-balanced combinations of things that […]

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We're In A Hostage Situation

We’re In A Hostage Situation

September 12, 2012 | Comments (7)

On Sunday, I was blissfully celebrating turning the great age of 32, and while I was finishing my birthday dinner out with my husband, a hush fell over the restaurant as those out at 10 that night were greeted with a 42″ image of Karen Lewis’ face at a podium. For those of you who […]

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Not A Good Lesson

Not A Good Lesson

September 11, 2012 | Comments (49)

As a union member within my capacity as a law enforcement officer, I applaud negotiations. I am all for fair wages, healthcare and accountability in the workplace. I am all for getting a raise! What I am angry about, involving this Chicago Teacher Union Strike, is the claim that this “is for the kids“. It […]

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The Bliss of Back to School

The Bliss of Back to School

August 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

There’s a certain joy to having our girls back in school. They are so excited about having new teachers. They have new backpacks and clean shoes. They jump at the chance to leave early for school as it gives them a few more minutes on the playground with their friends. It’s the fun of something […]

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Better than a girl's night out?  September's Pretty Muddy Mud Run

Better than a girl’s night out? September’s Pretty Muddy Mud Run

August 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

This morning I decided that I am absolutely the craziest person I know.  “What led to this drastic conclusion?” you might well ask. I got up at 6.00 a.m. to go running. But it isn’t just that crazy decision that has made me the craziest person I know.  Oh no.  What has made me the […]

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