Category: Reviews

Escape From Planet Earth Lands in Chicago

Escape From Planet Earth Lands in Chicago

February 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

My family was invited to a special screening of The Weinstein Company’s new film, Escape from Planet Earth, which hit theaters across Chicago last weekend. Although many film critics are calling this show “mediocre”, I think Escape from Planet Earth is a light-hearted family film that everyone can enjoy. It was a perfect feel-good movie […]

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Emerald City Theatre opens two shows in one day

Emerald City Theatre opens two shows in one day

February 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever been involved in any kind of large-scale production — school theater, professional presentation, family event — you’ll appreciate the complexities of doing it twice in one day. Recently Chicago’s acclaimed Emerald City Theatre premiered two different shows on the same day:  Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and Frog Prince, Continued. Dr. Suess’ […]

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Chicago Children's Theatre's Bud, Not Buddy packs an emotional punch

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Bud, Not Buddy packs an emotional punch

January 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

With Barack Obama’s historic second inauguration on Martin Luther King Day, I was on the lookout for ways to bring home to my children the truths and travesties of racial inequality in our past.  The Chicago Children’s Theatre performance of Bud, Not Buddy turned out to be an excellent and entertaining way to do just […]

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Chicago Children’s Theatre's Performance of Bud, Not Buddy

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Performance of Bud, Not Buddy

January 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Children’s Theatre‘s newest performance “Bud, Not Buddy” is now running until February 24, 2013 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, at 1016 N. Dearborn Street, in Chicago. This outstanding show, based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, follows the heartwarming, funny, and unforgettable journey of a young African-American orphan as […]

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Side Effects May Include...laughter

Side Effects May Include…laughter

January 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Side Effect May Include….is a thought-provoking play that will have you laughing until you cry, gasping as you recognize your relationship and marvelling at a love strong enough to battle anything. Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffee and Emmy nominee Eric Coble wrote a love letter to Karen Jaffe, Marc’s wife of more than 20 years. The […]

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Coffee for me and coffee for you

Coffee for me and coffee for you

December 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Who loves coffee? I LOVE coffee! I write about it. I tweet and Facebook about it. I drink coffee ALL day long. If I am up at night, I am drinking coffee. MJ Tam and I joke that we intravenously enjoy the beverage. I mean, I am pretty sure if that was an option, in […]

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Jewish Holidays In A Box

Jewish Holidays In A Box

December 8, 2012 | Comments (0)

Happy Hanukkah! What better way to start off the holidays than sharing tradition and gaming in this very compact and adorable Jewish Holidays In A Box! Now, while I am not Jewish, I pulled these out and was completely interested. I also solicited the opinion of another Chicago Mom who assured me these would definitely […]

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Cake In A Jar

Cake In A Jar

December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Engaging with people via social media can truly uncover many wonderful things. Creoles love food and cooking. While we are traditionally known for things like gumbo, étouffée and jambalaya, but we are also huge sweet eaters. I met Crystal Jackson Boyd in a Creole Group while chatting and loving her idea for “Cake in a Jar”! […]

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Busy Bug Boxes

Busy Bug Boxes

December 3, 2012 | Comments (2)

My home is filled with all kinds of different bins from when my boys were little. I would go to Crate & Barrel and beg for the discarded crates. I would do the same at Pier One. Then I would clean them up and store Wrestlemania, Gumby, Woody and the crew. Some bins would have […]

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A Christmas Carol is a holiday must see for the family

A Christmas Carol is a holiday must see for the family

November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

It’s that time of year when families are looking for ways to spend time together celebrating the holiday spirit. For those looking for something more meaningful than a trip to the mall, there are two wonderful versions of A Christmas Carol in the Chicago area that are worth putting on your December calendar. The Goodman Theatre […]

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All About Kids Publishing has a GREAT New Contest for a Family or a Classroom

All About Kids Publishing has a GREAT New Contest for a Family or a Classroom

November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

We don’t write about a lot of contests, but this one is so cool I thought I would share it. All About Kids Publishing, a small imprint out of Gilroy, California, has some great children’s books. Several books geared towards 4 – 8 year olds recently arrived on my doorstep for review including these delightful […]

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Pass The Cheese Please

Pass The Cheese Please

November 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

Can vegans be vegan if they eat cheese? Cheese is a HUGE staple in my household. Being the only vegan in my family, I often battle my love for cheese when I am making all of the dishes that my family enjoys. From grilled-cheese to home-made mac and cheese to the every day ham and […]

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