Archive for July 2011

The Force is Strong with This One

Sometimes I look at Dylan and wonder how such a child, conceived in Kazakhstan by two complete strangers, could turn out to be EXACTLY like my own brother. Not only do Jadit and Dylan kind of look alike, with their curly hair and slanted eyes, but they have the exact same personality: both are extremely... Read more »

The Force is Strong With This One

Sometimes I look at Dylan and wonder how such a child, conceived in Kazakhstan by two complete strangers, could turn out to be EXACTLY like my own brother? Not only do Jadit and Dylan kind of look alike, with their curly hair and slanted eyes, but they have the exact same personality: both are extremely... Read more »

MY KITCHEN! MY BABY!!

I’ve always liked to cook. The first meal I made as a teen was Stuffed Green Peppers. I followed the recipe from my Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook. Cooking is one of the easiest things to do because all you have to do is read and follow directions. I don’t have the knack my grandmothers had... Read more »
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An Oprah-Like Blog Update

An Oprah-Like Blog Update
The ladies of “Ay, Mama!” have been writing this blog together for a year and a half. That’s amazes me to think about (and it’s even more amazing that I can keep finding things to yak on about!). There are many reasons I am being reflective today. Maybe it’s that we have watched as Atia... Read more »

Hooray for Preschool!

Today, my friend Sheryl Nelson, owner of The Goddard School, located in Elgin, will share with us some amazing insight on preparing your little ones for preschool.  Sheryl has a Master’s degree in Psychology and Education with a focus on Early Childhood.  Prior to Goddard, she gained some valuable experience working at the American Academy... Read more »

27 Dresses

Strike a pose!
I’ve always been a girlie girl, no doubt about it.  Ever since I can remember I’ve been saving all my cute outfits in a huge trunk.  From mini skirts to prom dresses and everything in between. When I was pregnant with Lucia, my sister Lisa and my friend Khadine used to tease me by saying... Read more »
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You’re going to Michigan? Me too!

The B & B some of us stayed in. Great place!
My Previous Blog > “PHOTOS: Atia’s Celebration of Life Party” It seems that every time I turn around someone is talking about either going to Michigan or just getting back from Michigan. It’s the hot spot for Chicagoans to vacation. It makes sense; it’s close, beautiful and on the water. Most seem to either rent... Read more »

Can a child hate Winnie the Pooh?

“Hop” had too many humans. “Rio” was tough with the 3-D glasses. “Cars 2″ has too many shootings.  That is how I rationalized why my three and half year old didn’t seem to sit through a kid flick. So you understand why I thought “Winnie the Pooh” would be THE film that would grab her... Read more »

Memorable quotes from the mouths of babes

What is the funniest and/or most embarrassing words that have come out of your child’s mouth?  Our guest blogger  Sandra Martinez shares some memorable quotes from her two daughters ages 9 and 5. As I think about a number of memorable phrases that I’ve heard my daughters, ages 9 and almost 6 say since I... Read more »
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It's My Birthday

It's My Birthday
Enjoy your day, too.