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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

September 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Nate is a 12 year old 7th grade Honor Student at Dodge Academy on Chicago’s West Side. His “Ma” is our very own Chicago Mom, Natasha Nicholes of House Full Of Nicholes. Today, my mom decided to “interview” me about the strike that the teachers have been on since last week. I don’t have too […]

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Why Most of My Home is a Nut-Free Zone

Why Most of My Home is a Nut-Free Zone

September 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The food allergic kids somehow find each other.  As a result our home has rules about nuts.  Nuts are not allowed in my son’s room.  Sticky nut milks and nut butters are not allowed anywhere at any time.  Food labels are checked for “secret” nuts or nut powders. Processed and packaged foods are carefully checked […]

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Feeding the Frenzied

Feeding the Frenzied

September 15, 2012 | Comments (2)

I loathe feeding my children. Don’t misunderstand me, I think they are precious when they fling Winter Squash from two directions but I just dread the whole process.  Like most things that involve hate, my thoughts begin with worry. Now that their meals have moved beyond the easy pre-jarred, pre-thought, pre-balanced combinations of things that […]

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The Bliss of Back to School

The Bliss of Back to School

August 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

There’s a certain joy to having our girls back in school. They are so excited about having new teachers. They have new backpacks and clean shoes. They jump at the chance to leave early for school as it gives them a few more minutes on the playground with their friends. It’s the fun of something […]

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It's Okay to Have Fun with Your Children

It’s Okay to Have Fun with Your Children

August 9, 2012 | Comments (3)

For our girls’ birthday we took them and two friends to see Big Time Rush last weekend. Rachel Crow opened the show and Cody Simpson did a set. The shrieking grew from happy clapping to a full out need for earplugs between the time Rachel left the stage and Big Time Rush took the stage. […]

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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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What are your Father's Day plans?

What are your Father’s Day plans?

June 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

A couple of years ago my friend Christina, who blogs at Humbug Stew, sent me an email about Father’s Day. She said in part, “Why doesn’t anyone make “normal” Father’s Day cards.  I always find myself with a wide selection of insulting cards (hey honey you can’t fix anything and I am always right) and a wide selection of […]

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Spring Cleaning for Our School Library

Spring Cleaning for Our School Library

May 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

We’re lucky that the girls receive magazine subscriptions every year as gifts. We also pick up chapter books at our library’s “friends” bookstore throughout the year. From time to time we receive an package of books from Kids Can Press with a note asking for a review. You know what this means by the end of […]

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Children's Theater Leads to Family Fun

Children’s Theater Leads to Family Fun

April 26, 2012 | Comments (4)

This is the time of year when we want to get out, but cannot always count on the weather to cooperate for outdoor activities. Lucky for us there are a lot of good family theater programs going on that give us a destination with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. The Wizard of Oz follows […]

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Second Half Planning?

Second Half Planning?

April 1, 2012 | Comments (1)

We were sitting in the Harris Theatre enjoying “I Bought a Blue Car Today” when star Alan Cumming talked about how old he was.  He said something to the effect of “If you think of 80 as a nice long life, I’m currently middle-aged and moving towards the second half of my life.”  This stuck […]

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Saturday Fun at Standard Market

Saturday Fun at Standard Market

March 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

  The invitation to visit the  new Standard Market in Westmont was intriguing.  The concept is that there is a series of European fresh markets under the same roof.   In every section, there are three different options — grocery items, meals-to-go that still need to be cooked at home and fully-prepared and cooked restaurant quality food. When […]

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Faith:  Five Religions and What They Share

Faith: Five Religions and What They Share

March 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

An envelope recently arrived on my front door with review copies of many different books.  One, Faith:  Five Religions and What They Share, immediately caught my eye.  I put it aside to read it so I could discuss it with our daughters. While I read and pondered Faith:  Five Religions and What They Share, the girls […]

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