Winter opera dress code

Winter opera dress code
A night out at the opera is lovely, but winter frosts can cramp your style. Have no fear! Although the opera can be high fashion, it’s also up to each guest. If you go with a date, friend and/or group, coordinate with them and do what’s most comfortable and fabulous. There is no winter opera... Read more »

7 facts you need to know about the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade

7 facts you need to know about the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick’s Day is a big deal, especially in Chicago. Sure it may be cold, you may get wet. But it’s a once a year experience, after a long winter. If you dress warm, bring a positive attitude and fun crew, there’s no telling how many shenanigans you can have! 1. What time does the... Read more »

15 white lies parents tell

15 white lies parents tell
I generally tell the truth since that’s what I know, but I tell myself a lot of white lies to get by. I also tell our toddler boys white lies that they believe when I’m lucky. I giggled Saturday morning when my four-year-old reminded me the store might be closed since it’s so cold (what... Read more »
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The sound of others eating/drinking driving you crazy has a name: misophonia

The sound of others eating/drinking driving you crazy has a name: misophonia
I was intrigued to read in last Sunday’s New York Times that there is an actual condition, misophonia, that a small percentage of people suffer. It’s their extreme irritation at distinct sounds, especially the sound of someone eating. Does that sound familiar? Loved ones have even told me that I drink water too loud… I try... Read more »

Be compassionate to yourself and others, #stayweird and #beyourself

Be compassionate to yourself and others, #stayweird and #beyourself
“For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death,” according to Statistic Brain. It can be scary to talk about feelings of not fitting in and feeling alone that may escalate to anxiety and depression. That makes Chicago Screenwriter and Oscar winner Graham Moore’s acceptance speech on... Read more »

SpongeBob Movie: "Sponge Out of Water" mixed family review

SpongeBob Movie: "Sponge Out of Water"  mixed family review
I had last Saturday afternoon to myself while my husband planned to take the boys (four-years-old and two-years-old) to see the new SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. I sabotaged that Friday night when I volunteered to join their party. I immediately had second thoughts, but the boys were excited. I was optimistic the story line... Read more »
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Happy two year old birthday letter

Happy two year old birthday letter
Happy second birthday, my sweet son! Despite the occasional tantrum, you are a blast. You love to play and be silly with your infectious smile. When I pick you up from Grandma’s about 4:30pm every week day, you attack me with kisses. You take off my glasses and stare into my eyes. You are generally... Read more »

Our family Lenten resolution

Our family Lenten resolution
Today is Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. There’s 40 days from now until Easter Sunday when many Catholics strive to practice self-discipline and repent from sin. A Lenten resolution is voluntary, but it can be an opportunity to practice good and form new habits. Our family is going to practice kindness. 1) Choose... Read more »

Inspirational quotes for Black History Month

Inspirational quotes for Black History Month
We should honor Black History Month every day of the year to celebrate influential African Americans and events in our history. Historian Carter Woodson established what is now known as Black History Month in 1926. He explained, “We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history... Read more »
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My sister is a Mom!

My sister is a Mom!
I was ecstatic on Friday, January 30th to welcome my baby sister (Meg) and brother-in-law’s (John) first child to the world! His name is Declan Francis. He was born 21 inches, 7 pounds and 8 ounces. Although five years my junior, Meg was always strong. I sometimes got scared as a kid so Meg would... Read more »