This 4th of July we play baseball

This 4th of July we play baseball
As we approach the 4th of July to celebrate our American independence, our family is ready to play baseball! To play baseball is one of the great American past times. One of my favorite poets, Walt Whitman, says it well. I see great things in baseball. It’s our game — the American game. It will... Read more »

Grace is our family prayer

Grace is our family prayer
I get impatient and crabby like anyone else. Born, raised and practicing Catholic, one of my friends told me in my twenties to say the “Hail Mary” when I felt frustrated. The sentiment seemed nice, but I quickly forgot about it. As I’m now blessed with two healthy and high energy toddler boys, I find myself... Read more »

The secret to work-life-balance tips

The secret to work-life-balance tips
Sometimes I indulge in negative self-talk. It’s gotten better, but I can I fret over not being better or doing more. I was having one of those moments or hours last week. I walked to the el train to commute home with my head held low. I read this article in The New York Times... Read more »
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Our toddler park rules evolve

Our toddler park rules evolve
Since Chicago weather isn’t always ideal for the park, we try to embrace it whenever we can. That being said, there are some growing pains… Sometimes a visit to the park is a fun opportunity for me to see a girlfriend while our little ones play. That backfires when we each are at a different... Read more »

The Knockoff book review

The Knockoff book review
The Knockoff  by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza is a contemporary tale of rivalry among work life balance. The hero of the novel, Imogen Tate, embodies the realities of today’s ever-changing professional landscape. Her character relies on friends to adapt. She acts with kindness. Imogen’s relationships span her 20 year career in the industry where... Read more »

Why the Inside Out movie did not make me cry

Why the Inside Out movie did not make me cry
My boys and I saw the Disney Pixar Inside Out movie this afternoon. I read the reviews and I knew I’d cry. I sobbed yesterday when I told our camp counselor how much our boys love her. I stuffed my purse with tissues for my husband and me. Neither of us used any. No spoiler alert: NBC describes... Read more »
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Our Chicago family photo shoot - order yours for Father's Day Gift

Our Chicago family photo shoot - order yours for Father's Day Gift
Ever since our oldest was born (more than four years ago), my husband and I have wanted to schedule a lifestyle family photo shoot. It finally happened, just in time for Father’s Day gift ideas! I never felt like we were ready. I wanted everything to be perfect. That’s not our reality so why should... Read more »

Fun facts about the Magna Carta

Fun facts about the Magna Carta
Happy 800th birthday Magna Carta… The Magna Carta of June 12, 1215 is a symbol of human rights, freedom and democracy. It set limits for the English Monarchy. The Magna Carta declares: No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his... Read more »

Top 3 reasons to be excited for summer camp

Top 3 reasons to be excited for summer camp
We’re excited for summer, but also gearing up for change. One of our four-year-old’s good friends is moving back to Japan with his family. We say good bye to beloved teachers. We are fortunate that one thing that stays the same for our family is summer camp, thanks to Michael R. Lutz Jewish Community Youth... Read more »
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My Dad's bedtime ritual when we were kids

My Dad's bedtime ritual when we were kids
As our toddler boys urge me to keep reading them one more book at bedtime, I remember our bedtime ritual with my Dad. It was similar, but different. I lay in bed with my sister in a single bed. My brother slept on top in the trundle bed. I don’t remember anyone jumping over beds... Read more »