Category: Summer

Growing Veggies In The City

Growing Veggies In The City

July 5, 2012 | Comments (5)

Our city family is taking advantage of all the summer sun by growing vegetables on pots! Yes, pots. We have a cemented backyard so pots are our only option. We are growing everything from Japanese Ichiban Eggplants to cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, mint, and even some spring lettuces. Today’s small harvest was Japanese Eggplants. Can’t wait […]

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The Joy of XtraMath

The Joy of XtraMath

June 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

We were looking for a fun way to prevent summer math slide when a friend introduced us to XtraMath. It has been so much fun for our girls that I’m recommending it to everyone. According to the website, XtraMath is a nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Sounds dull, huh? Well, it’s not. […]

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Girls Sports - A Link to World Peace???

Girls Sports – A Link to World Peace???

October 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

Sports have long been thought of as a vehicle that permits us to rise above differences.  And they do. Many have even gone as far as advocating that sports can cure all that ails relating to intolerance, violence and crisis in our world. I’m not sure I can go that far, but I do feel […]

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Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

September 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

To me, a family vacation is about escaping from my household routines and spending time with my family. It’s about spending time in the moment, not living on a schedule, and of course, eating way too much ice cream. Before school started, we decided to take our boys to Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island […]

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Cantigny Park-Wheaton, IL

Cantigny Park-Wheaton, IL

August 30, 2011 | Comments (6)

The humidity was almost non existent and the cooler temperature was a pleasant break from the scorching heat wave of early August.  It could only mean that summer would soon be on it’s way out and it was definitely time to pack in all the outdoor fun that we could, before it was time to […]

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Behind The Wheel

Behind The Wheel

August 6, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cribs and Carbeds. GO-carts and Big Wheels. Skateboards and snow boards. The “L” and the bus. I can totally handle the Red Line. The 145 Express. I can even handle my guy traipsing down our city streets. We as Chicagoans must learn to navigate, it is almost a right of passage. But the car? The […]

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Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

July 19, 2011 | Comments (3)

We always enjoy the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   When we were invited to review the new CST Family production of Pinocchio, we immediately grabbed four tickets.   When the lights went down, I spent the first few minutes admiring the actors and set.  The story we all know has been reimagined with original songs and music, and a mix […]

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Three Ways to Save on Museum Fees

Three Ways to Save on Museum Fees

June 16, 2011 | Comments (3)

Now that summer is here, we’re all looking for ways to keep our kids busy without breaking the bank.  I love our area museums, but have you seen the admission prices? Once you add in parking, a snack and a gift, it’s a budget buster.  Luckily there are three programs to help us keep everyone occupied within […]

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Stop to Smell the Roses

Stop to Smell the Roses

June 5, 2011 | Comments (3)

Yesterday I was grouchy.  I woke up with a horrible headache, which was my own doing.  Thank you, you big jerk, Jose.  Joey was a bit uncooperative and it was just a bad day all around.  I took full advantage of the TV as babysitter while his baby brother napped.  Cats and Dogs to the […]

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Blinded by Summer Skin Exposure

Blinded by Summer Skin Exposure

May 9, 2011 | Comments (0)

I’m a big fan of summer.  I’m the kind of person who fights to keep the air conditioner off.  I like the heat and sunshine.  Still, I have a big summer problem. While others are anxioius to pull off the winter pants and throw on some shorts, I dread it.  You see, my skin is a […]

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Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

Where Are the Caregiver-Friendly Museum Memberships?

March 24, 2011 | Comments (2)

When our girls were born, I stayed at home.  During the first few years, we had memberships to several museums and a zoo.  We went to these places a few times a year to see the exhibits, play in the children’s areas and take classes.   A couple of years ago, I went back to work.  I work […]

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radio

My Summer Fling With B-96

September 23, 2010 | Comments (4)

The flirtation, like so many of these things, was fun until it wasn’t. I usually spend my free time in the sober company of NPR, but this summer, every time I drove my daughters to daycamp or the beach, the girls would call out, “Turn on B-96, please!” I’d push the button on the car […]

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