Archive for July 2012

Money Management for the 7 and Under Crowd

Money Management for the 7 and Under Crowd
Like most families, we have been taking advantage of summertime to explore Chicagoland, visit with friends…even take a few short getaways. While we’ve certainly had enjoyable experiences, I don’t think my little ones fully realize that traveling from here to there (seemingly everywhere) costs money. Though they are only 5 and 7 years old, I... Read more »

Crunchy & Quick: Tasty Turkey Tacos for your Mid-week Menu

Crunchy & Quick: Tasty Turkey Tacos for your Mid-week Menu
Just when I thought summer was winding down a bit, pee wee football pre-season conditioning has begun, meaning daily practices right during dinner time. Hmmm…this is a good week for leftovers, PB & Js with some warmed up frozen veggies, leftovers, and the quickie everyone seems to love, toasted ham sandwiches. Another quick standby? Tacos.... Read more »

What's Eating You? Maybe It's What You're Eating

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Celiac Disease is on the rise, and food allergies are becoming more and more prevalent. So, what’s going on? The nation seems to be getting sicker. While genetic predisposition to certain chronic illness is undisputed, there seem to be other factors at play that are making us less... Read more »
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A Sojourn in Saugatuck

A Sojourn in Saugatuck
Saugatuck is a quaint town in southwestern Michigan that has all the traits of a coastal getaway – right in the Midwest. While Saugatuck originated as a lumber town and port, it has recently become a popular tourist destination and art colony with its waterfront dining, unique shops, art galleries, and beautiful beaches. We sojourned to Saugatuck... Read more »

Life's a Beach...Well, At Least This Week

Life's a Beach...Well, At Least This Week
I woke up early this morning and decided to take advantage of a quiet, sleeping house on our first full day of vacation in Michigan. As I was running next to the gentle waves lapping up on the empty beach, I looked out to the west. Endless water. No Chicago in sight. Though we are only 2... Read more »

Mid-week Menu: Maple Chicken That Cuts the Mustard

Mid-week Menu: Maple Chicken That Cuts the Mustard
It’s not easy planning weeknight dinners in our gladly gluten free house…or in anyone’s household for that matter. There is an art to coming up with something that is fast, tasty, not too bad for you, while successfully using what you have on-hand in your fridge or pantry. I’m usually thinking about what to throw... Read more »
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A Daily Drink, Bocce & Bowl, and Summer Beauty: News N' Nibbles Monday

A Daily Drink, Bocce & Bowl, and Summer Beauty: News N' Nibbles Monday
I hope you all survived the 4th of July holiday without melting in this heat or accidentally blowing off any limbs. With the summer sun and fun in full swing, here is your News N’ Nibbles for this week. Daily’s Drinks: These clever frozen drink pouches are making an appearance at backyard barbecues and summer... Read more »

Keep 'Em Turning Pages All Summer Long with Kids Book Club

Keep 'Em Turning Pages All Summer Long with Kids Book Club
Summer is a great time for kids to soak up the sun, enjoy outdoor sports, and visit with family and friends. With many families’ summer schedules already chock full of activities, unfortunately, reading often falls by the wayside. My kids love reading books, but even we’ve forgone our daily reading before bedtime for occasional evening... Read more »

Hot Day, Coldplay and The Most "Pop"ular Dessert for Summer 2012

Hot Day, Coldplay and The Most "Pop"ular Dessert for Summer 2012
Let me just start by saying it’s hot outside, as evidenced by my car’s outside temperature gauge reading 101 degrees at 11:30 this morning. While the heat has definitely been stirring up Chicagoans this week, it seems to be stirring up the “ghosts” that live in our river-cottage-turned-renovated-three-bedroom home as well. Funny thing, these ghosts... Read more »
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Top Ten Fourth of July Foods - Done Gluten Free and Dairy Free!

Whether you are hosting an Independence Day gathering in a few hours and have a guest with special dietary needs or you’re on the hook to bring a side dish, being on a gluten free and dairy free diet doesn’t mean you can’t partake in some of the traditional 4th of July favorites. All it... Read more »
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