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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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The Magic of the Wonderland Express

The Magic of the Wonderland Express

December 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

One of the things I absolutely love about Christmas time is that it can make you feel just like a kid all over again.  The lights, the sounds and the anticipation of it all make December one very magical month.  And no one captures that childlike wonder and excitement quite like the Wonderland Express at […]

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This Christmas, try something a little different...

This Christmas, try something a little different…

December 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

There are certain holiday traditions our family has that we make sure to do every year.  We always have to make sugar cookies.  We write letters to Santa and find an opportunity to sit on his lap.  After last year, we always try to ride the Holiday Train. This year, we had the opportunity to […]

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A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

December 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

We don’t know how much longer our girls will indulge us with holiday events like Breakfast with Santa, so this year we went big.  The Shedd Aquarium Holiday Fantasea was a magical way to spend a morning visiting Santa and exploring the museum. From the moment we entered, it was clear that Breakfast with Santa was […]

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Birthdays at Keylime Cove

Birthdays at Keylime Cove

December 13, 2011 | Comments (3)

My two children were born 4 years and a week apart. I never liked the idea of combining their birthday celebrations before but this year, they had the brilliant idea of staying at Keylime Cove overnight instead of having two birthday parties. When we first moved to Lake County, IL from Maryland a year and […]

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Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

December 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

The great Joe Paterno once opined that while we can’t minimize the importance of pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind,  “confidence is the key to all the locks.”  So I was talking with a five-year-old girl today who had just returned from an hour tennis lesson. During the course of our conversation, I asked her […]

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Expert Advice on Managing Your Children's Holiday Gift Expectations

Expert Advice on Managing Your Children’s Holiday Gift Expectations

December 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

  At the Chicago Moms/Chicagonista holiday party, Timetoplaymag.com Editor in Chief Jim Silver pulled up a chair to chat about what was hot for kids this year.  He asked what was in our girls’ letter to Santa.  I replied, “More than they will get, of course.” He told me that for every gift-giving occasion, he always has his […]

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Teaching Financial Capabilty

Teaching Financial Capabilty

November 29, 2011 | Comments (4)

Many days I am completely baffled at what I see at my day job. Children from every walk of life exposed to crime, committing crime, being victimized by crime. I see what The Chicago Public Schools is doing in the less affluent neighborhoods. So when The Chicago Moms was invited to a listening session at […]

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Maggie Daley’s Greatest Achievement

November 28, 2011 | Comments (7)

Last week’s passing of Maggie Daley, Chicago’s former First Lady, may not have been a surprise to many people. She had fought a ten-year battle with cancer and in the past couple of years, things seemed more grim. In fact, when former Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he would not run for office again […]

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