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Black-Friday-2010-Deals

Black Friday Shopping-No Thank You

November 22, 2010 | Comments (7)

In just a few short days the retail world will experience the craziest shopping day of the year.  Seasoned shoppers have been preparing by searching for leaked ads and circulars.  Seasoned techie shoppers don’t even need the circulars.  Yup, there’s an app for that!  Apps like Dealtaker, Black Friday and BF Deals will put all […]

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How a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Reminded Me About Hunger

November 22, 2010 | Comments (1)

When my two year old son wakes up in the morning the first thing he wants is a cup of milk and an open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some days it’s more out of habit than hunger. Half of it often goes uneaten or gets swiped by our dog, but we always make it. […]

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In which I brave "Chicago traffic"...

In which I brave “Chicago traffic”…

November 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

When people ask me about living in Chicago, I always admit that we don’t have to worry too much about traffic.  Pretty much everything we need is right in our neighborhood:  grocery store, library, school, Target, church.  We really don’t have to drive much more than 2 or 3 miles to get to where we […]

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A Grey Giveaway

November 18, 2010 | Comments (1)

A few years ago, another mom at our girls’ preschool thought I was their grandmother.  It was a humbling moment to be sure.  When I called my husband to tell him I said, “Well, this guarantees that I won’t go grey for a long time.” It’s one of the downfalls of being an  — ahem […]

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Prematurity Awareness Month/Day

Prematurity Awareness Month/Day

November 17, 2010 | Comments (3)

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the March of Dimes. Today, November 17, is also the 8th Annual National Prematurity Awareness Day. It also happens to be the birthday of my two favorite preemies, my twins. I think it’s fabulous that Prematurity Awareness Day falls on their birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate […]

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Homeschool

I Could NEVER!

November 17, 2010 | Comments (5)

“You have how many kids? Three? And you homeschool, too? Oh, I could NEVER do that!” You have no idea, no IDEA, how many times I hear this phrase. I understand the sentiment you think is behind it. I do. I know that I have probably uttered the same phrase to other women throughout my […]

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Mother-Daughter Trip…Not Meant for Others

November 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

I love mother-daughter trips. What a special time to bond with my girl. Just the two of us. College tour, shopping, food, a couple of special events, and fun. Our mother-daughter college tour turned into a whirl-wind weekend of fabulous opportunities

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Poorly Told Stories

November 12, 2010 | Comments (2)

“Mom? Are we in a war right now?” asks my kindergartener Nora from the backseat. I take a breath. The view through the windshield in front of me is all early morning freshness, autumn glory, suburban tranquility. Like it so often does, the adult world has slammed into our bubble of innocence, in the car […]

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An Embarrassment of Riches

November 9, 2010 | Comments (12)

When our older son started college as a freshman back in September, I wanted make sure we stayed connected. That is way easier these days than when I was in college! Between texting, emailing, Skype chatting, Facebook chatting, and just plain old phone calling, it’s really hard to avoid staying in touch. Receiving packages from […]

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Discarding my Prejudices at the Lion King

November 8, 2010 | Comments (3)

When the Lion King opened on Broadway in New York City, I was a skeptic. It was 1997 and I was still a child-free New Yorker, able to take in all the cultural offerings of city life without worrying about babysitter availability. I remember scoffing at the paper, wondering aloud what types of people would […]

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Children's Book on Loving Reading

Picture Book Plea

November 5, 2010 | Comments (11)

2010 Dear Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, Childcare Givers and Babysitters, Please do not abandon me. A recent New York Times article says that picture books are fading from the literary landscape (an interesting observation coming from another format that is on a serious downward slide). It’s easy to blame the economy; picture books with their beautiful […]

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I Voted Sticker with Oak Park in the Background

Oak Park voters, say it ain’t so!

November 4, 2010 | Comments (3)

As I prepared to vote in Tuesday election, I was shocked and dismayed to find this referendum at the end of the ballot: Shall the Village of Oak Park require those who inject vaccines, in the Village of Oak Park, to give the vaccine recipients, their parents or guardians the vaccine manufacturer’s specific package inserts […]

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