Shop Small Day 303: Crusade Burger Bar

It’s Friday. Time for a burger and a beer, right? Time to shed the week, shoot some pool, and play a little shuffleboard…and have another beer. Lucky for you, I have just the place. City friends, pack some snacks, we’re heading out to Yorkville again. This time we’re going to Crusade Burger Bar. Relax. This... Read more »

I'm not supposed to feel this about my stuff

Every organizing book you’ll ever read stresses the importance of letting things go. Memories are in our mind, not in our stuff. And maybe that’s true for most items, but we all have something we hold onto for sentiment: mix tapes from old boyfriends, countless photographs, favorite t-shirts, mom’s old crock pot. Ok, I’ll admit,... Read more »

Everything I've learned about autism & special needs I've learned from a book: that's why you need to listen to me

I don’t have an autistic child. I don’t have a child with special needs. I have a niece with autism and CHARGE, a nephew with autism, and several friends with kids on the autism spectrum.  I used to watch Parenthood; I’ve read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Unfortunately, none of that... Read more »

Doing the best you can doesn't mean you're failing

Years ago, I subscribed to a magazine meant to inspire “mindful” living. It was packed with beautiful illustrations of idyllic vacation spots, healthy recipes, and yoga sequences to create lasting energy. It subtly began to evolve to the benefits of adding 15 minutes more to your morning workout; 10 foods you should eat every day;... Read more »

Shop Small Day 302: Foxy's Ice Cream

It’s been too long since I’ve written a “Shop Small” post, I think Latinicity was the last one. It’s definitely not for lack of fantastic small shops, more likely poor time management on my part! Since it’s a holiday weekend. And, since Labor Day always feels like the official end of summer, ice cream is... Read more »

6 books to read before the end of 2016

It’s not a secret that a library is one of my favorite places in the world. Sure, a beach vacation is lovely, but instead of cute dresses, my suitcase is packed with books. I can’t say I love every genre: Stephen King is waaayyy too scary for me, sci-fi is ok, and romance tends to... Read more »

21 simple ways to cope with stress

Even positive stressors: new job, new baby, wedding planning can often feel overwhelming.  Aside from irritability and headaches, stress plays an active role on the body’s physiological responses. While our body is pretty incredible, it, unfortunately, doesn’t know the difference between the stress of frustrating traffic and the stress of  being chased by a bear.... Read more »

What is cupping: how those circles on Michael Phelps may be beneficial for you too

Like everyone else watching the Rio Olympic swimmers, I immediately noticed the purple circles on Michael Phelps. When my son asked what they were, my husband and I both responded that they’re from cupping. I didn’t realize that millions of others were asking the same question. It didn’t seem out of the ordinary, we’ve both... Read more »

Finding peace where I least expected it

Call it Zen. Call it Clarity. Call it Decluttering. Call it detoxing or whatever you like, but they really all mean the same thing, clearing the crap to find peace and calm. I’ve been clearing toxins from my family’s diet and home for years, but like the piles of papers shoved on closet shelves to... Read more »

There is no way I'm eating that

It’s been a ridiculously long time since my last post. All the “extra time” I figured I would have during the kids’ summer break? Yeah, not so much. Julie McCoy at your service. Since tonight is the monthly ChicagoNow blogpalooza (remember favorite quotes?), it seemed like the perfect night to share “my food preference/habit that... Read more »