Posts in category "family"

10 reasons grandmas are awesome

10 reasons grandmas are awesome
Grandmas are full of love and understanding to make you feel calm, safe and special. I’m lucky to still talk to my now 95-year old Grandma every day. I had the pleasure of my other Grandma’s love of learning until she passed away when I was 16. I’m fortunate to also treasure time with my Mom,... Read more »

How I beg, borrow and steal second hand treasures

How I beg, borrow and steal second hand treasures
“Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old second hand diamonds than none at all,” said Mark Twain. I’ve enjoyed mining for second hand treasures my whole life. My Mom got some of our best prized posessions from second hand stores and loved ones that we still marvel about. Friends and... Read more »

10 real one sentence work life balance horror stories

10 real one sentence work life balance horror stories
October is full of Halloween tricks and treats. Ten of the most terrifying HORROR stories taken straight out of mom’s day, thanks to blogger Baby Sideburns, and another writer Listing Toward Halloween inspired me to share a variation of the real work life balance (or sometimes lack of) horrors other parents, loved ones and I experience with a Halloween twist... Read more »
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Brunch is not for jerks

Brunch is not for jerks
There was no such thing as a local brunch hot spot 35 years ago near Wrigley Field in Chicago, except when my Mom made bacon after church or we went to brunch with my grandparents on Easter Sunday. The area since gentrified to be a diverse young professional crowd with young singles and families plus... Read more »

To embrace parental stink eye and stern voice for toddler boundaries

To embrace parental stink eye and stern voice for toddler boundaries
Although I still adore and love my boys to infinity, positive parenting has not been sufficient when they test their boundaries. A stern older lady at church urged me to develop a stink eye look to warn them when needed. My Mom said I speak to our toddlers in too soft a voice. Even Jackie Kennedy, who... Read more »

4 reasons our family loves Despicable Me 2

I had a phobia of animation, until Despicable Me 2. Now, I even wish we had our own Minions to help clean house and make dinner. Our toddler boys love the slap stick humor and characters while there are so many more reasons for every generation to embrace this fun and positive Universal Studios creation.... Read more »
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Sibling Halloween costumes (fun for cousins and friends)

Our neighbors wear their Frozen Anna and Elsa costumes year-round.
As the oldest of three children, Halloween as a child was a family affair. It was all about sibling Halloween costumes. That was pre-Pinterest. We used our imagination with what we already had. My favorite is when my Mom dressed us all as gum ball machines. We wore black turtle necks under clear garbage bags... Read more »

10 tips for our future neighbors

10 tips for our future neighbors
One of my favorite books To Kill a Mockingbird describes it best: “Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return.” That’s... Read more »

National work life week equals wellness

National work life week equals wellness
There is a natural eb and flow to work, home and life demands.  The words of Winston Churchill ring true, “

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” To support the often competiting priorities of family and career, this is the fifth year of National Work Life Week. Relationships are the glue... Read more »
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36 years of treasures, birthday post

36 years of treasures, birthday post
Who makes much of a treasure? As to me I know of nothing else but treasures, Whether I walk the streets of Chicago, Take the CTA el train downtown to work, chase my sweet toddlers in wet blades of grass, soil my hands in dirt as I plant, text and email loved ones, or snuggle... Read more »