Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself

Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself
Note: This is a love letter to myself. It is something that has been a long time coming and way overdue for myself. Enjoy! Dear Denise, We have been through a long road together.  Things have been not that easy for us, but we have survived and made through alright. Overall, we have been rough... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Gluten-Free Products Hits and Misses

Ardenne Farm Blueberry Mix - Before hitting the oven
With Memorial Day weekend underway, it means that Celiac Disease Awareness Month is winding down to an end.  **cue frowny face**  As part of this month, I have decided to do several gluten-free product reviews all at once in one article instead of writing separate articles for each gluten-free product.  Time has been ultra precious... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: My letter to Chicago restaurant owners

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: My letter to Chicago restaurant owners
After I read this article from the Gluten-free School, it really got me mad! Really, really mad! I was so mad because I understand what the author was talking about. I was in her shoes many times while attempting to dine out in the Chicagoland area including the city of Chicago.  Many restaurants will NEVER... Read more »
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Mother's Day: Best mothers are NOT perfect

Mother's Day: Best mothers are NOT perfect
It is almost Mother’s Day. I wrote an article a couple of months ago and I wanted to write an article in honor of my personal journey as a mother. I have been a mother for over 17 years now.  My first Mother’s Day was on my wedding anniversary to my children’s father and it... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Do you have 7 days?

Do you have 7 days? We all do. Do you have 7 days that you can live gluten-free and raise awareness as part of Celiac Disease Awareness Month?  If so, I DARE you to take the challenge to live gluten-free for 7 days. All it takes is at least 7 days and $100 to the... Read more »

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month
It is the best time of the year for me! It is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Time to wear your green!  Wear it proud! Do you have Celiac Disease? Do you know of someone who does? A mother? A sister or brother? A friend? A co-worker? It is the one time of the year where... Read more »
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My favorite place that I have lived and want to return to: Colorado

Tonight’s challenge: “Write about a favorite or memorable place you have lived for any time at all, whether a country, state, city, childhood home, fraternity/sorority, hostel, hotel or even bedroom.“ When tonight’s topic came out for tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour,  I was completely excited.  For me, my favorite place is my second home state of Colorado.   It... Read more »

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found
Last Sunday was the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo (GFAF) in Chicago. There has been a little bit of a brief delay in getting this article out because of life getting in the away. Now I am more than ready to share the love and my second experience at the GFAF expo with some information... Read more »

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life
Spring is a time of a renewal.  It is a time for growth and  beautiful changes all around us. It is also a time where we start to examine our lives and start to make it better.  It is a time for positive changes and turning our lives for the better. Personally, I have started... Read more »
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Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore

Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore
I need to start acting my age or at least start eating like my age too. It is not easy eating healthy at time when you constantly want to act a little bit younger. At the same time, it is time to turn my bad habits in healthy eating habits.  I can not eat like... Read more »
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also completed my 1st Century ride last September and loved every minute of it. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I love cheering for my Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Avalanche (LONG story - trust me!). I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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