Category: New Posts


Their World Stays the Same

November 3, 2010 | Comments (3)

My father is in the hospital.  For more than a week now we’ve been on a roller coaster of days that often start with the phrase “Are you kidding me?”  We also seem to say, “How did that happen?” a lot these days.  There’s no end in sight right now. Even with this all swirling […]

Read More

welcome to kindergarten sign

Virtual Pre-Kindergarten: Everything You Need in One Blue Box

November 2, 2010 | Comments (2)

One of the first places we make sure to find when we move is the public library. My husband and I have a hunger for books that we are hoping to pass on to our children. So far, even before they’ve learned to read, they sit alone flipping the pages to study all the pictures. […]

Read More

Candy Care package

I Can’t Send My Camper a Care Package Because of Terrorists

November 1, 2010 | Comments (3)

Care packages are a time-honored tradition of sleepaway camp. Boxes packed full of magazines, trinkets, the hot trading cards/silly bandz of the day and candy are a camper’s delight. Or at least they used to be. There are new rules now. Candy, at least at some camps, is verboten. At a recent camp orientation meeting […]

Read More

My Daughter's Tribute Tattoo

My Daughter’s Tribute Tattoo

October 31, 2010 | Comments (3)

My daughter got a tattoo. I should hate it. I hate tattoos. But not this one.

Read More

apple picking adventure

Where Did All The Apples Go?

October 28, 2010 | Comments (5)

This past weekend, we had plans with friends to take our respective families to an apple orchard for a fun fall trip.  We’d go pick some apples, hang out in the pumpkin patch, maybe explore a corn maze – and definitely eat some apple cider donuts.  It’s the middle of October, so we were prepared […]

Read More

Halloween concert from the chicago symphony orchestra

A Musical Halloween

October 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

Doesn’t it feel like Halloween has gone from being a one-day holiday to a month-long death march of costumes, parties and candy? First, you have to take your kids to the pumpkin patch — and by the way, when did “pumpkin patch” become code for “dusty carnival with the occasional gourd thrown in for good measure?”  Then, […]

Read More

brother feeding brother

Whatever Happened to the Family Dinner?

October 26, 2010 | Comments (5)

The family dinner is both a uniter and a protector. Sitting down to shared meal not only provides an opportunity for family members to talk about their day, it creates a point of connection and support after a busy or stressful day. Family dinners impact children.  Recently, yet another study indicated that the the benefits […]

Read More

Family at Museum

Building a Family Skyscraper at the Chicago Children’s Museum

October 25, 2010 | Comments (2)

…otherwise known as “What happens when two control-freak parents commandeer a kids’ activity.” It started off like a special family Saturday. We packed our lunch, gathered our belongings and hopped on the “L” for our trip downtown. We got off at our stop and walked over to the Chicago Children’s Museum. Even though we have […]

Read More

Kosher cheese

Kosher in Lakeview? Who Knew?

October 21, 2010 | Comments (1)

As I was sizing up the crowd at a media tour for Jewel-Osco’s newest urban renovation at 3630 N. Southport, I was surprised to see an employee who looked more like he belonged in West Rogers Park, home to the city’s largest concentration of Jewish residents, than Lakeview. After all, isn’t Lakeview all about the […]

Read More

Chilaxin' at King Spa and Sauna

Chilaxin’ at King Spa and Sauna

October 21, 2010 | Comments (2)

Eight years ago – and it was October too, come to think of it –  I separated from my brand new baby daughter for the first time. I left the house for two hours to catch some much needed me-time. My destination? Thousand Waves on Belmont for a sauna and a soak. I’m a big […]

Read More


Mom vs. The Corporations

October 18, 2010 | Comments (3)

As a coupon guru, every once in a while I get hit with the argument that I’m not treating corporations nicely. Critics say that when I use a coupon to get an item free or pay as little as possible, I’m hurting the company’s bottom line. To which I reply, you bet! Corporations certainly aren’t looking out for me, […]

Read More

Two Words

Two Words

October 15, 2010 | Comments (6)

Two words that strike pain in my heart: Garage. Sale. Why? You wonder WHY I am bawling into my glass of wine at 9:30 pm? You wonder why the idea of making a little dough for cleaning out my basement is reducing me to a mess of tears and snot? Because the green alligator xylophone […]

Read More

Page 30 of 31« First...1020...2728293031