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Happy October birthdays

Happy October birthdays
This upcoming weekend we have the notorious Gillespie (my maiden name) October birthdays celebration. It’s my Mom, Uncle Paul, Aunt Carol and Uncle Michael’s birthdays. That means we sing “happy birthday” four times with one cake. In addition to a lot of family October birthdays (including my brother-in-law, Shannon), I have several close friends born... Read more »

Blogger name keeps it real for an old school white girl

Blogger name keeps it real for an old school white girl
This outwardly conservative white girl loves gangsta’ rap and old school hip hop. It began in junior high. Today, I am still true to my old school music at the root of my online presence blogger name. A beautiful African American grade school friend named Wendy taught me to free style dance to LL Cool... Read more »

4x4 exercise challenge post mortem

4x4 exercise challenge post mortem
Our 4×4 exercise challenge flew so fast, I didn’t realize it was over until my friend Candi emailed me her post mortem update below. Fortunately, we got to visit this week in person so it wasn’t all by phone… My girlfriend Candi’s report is as follows. I managed to do 18 workouts in the 4... Read more »
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Chicago girl train adventures (CTA, South Shore and Metra)

Chicago girl train adventures (CTA, South Shore and Metra)
“There’s something about the sound of the train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful” (Paul Simon). I grew up down the street from the Red Line CTA el train tracks between the Belmont and Addison stops in Chicago. My brother, sister and I took the train downtown for special occasions with my Mom as... Read more »

10 ways to make Mom friends

10 ways to make Mom friends
Parenthood, and motherhood, is so fulfilling, but also lonely and very maddening at times. Mom friends make all the difference at those moments even if they are in your heart and not at your side. It may feel, especially to new parents, like you’re on the outside of the playground full of parent clicks and... Read more »

Top 10 ways extroverts may exhaust you...

I’m a total extrovert. And, I’m guilty of these top 10 tell sings of an extrovert who may exhaust you… Crowds energize extroverts. Despite my terrible singing voice, I channel my angst in karaoke and out of control dance parties, even if I’m the only one out there. Morning extroverts want to talk bright and... Read more »
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What it's like for parents at kids birthday parties

What it's like for parents at kids birthday parties
Kids birthday parties can be overwhelming to say the least. There may be a lot of simultaneous meltdowns (adults and children alike), napping birthday kids, dirty diapers, and plans that go awry. Moments before our one-year-old’s last family kids birthday party started, my sister said, “You’ve worked hard, slow down, and enjoy this kids birthday... Read more »

Play date party fouls and growing pains

I love to socialize, but incorporating our sweet and wild boys can be very stressful. A play date is awkward. When my toddler grabs another Mom’s drink or has a meltdown, I adjust and choose a better time for our next outing. Regardless of all the unknowns, we start with these rules. House and family... Read more »

14 cheap thrills for toddlers

14 cheap thrills for toddlers
There may be special treats for little ones, but toddlers are cheap dates. My toddler boys could amuse themselves with these opportunities for trouble all day, if I let them… Moving pedways provide endless entertainment. Escalators are like a ride in an amusement park for toddlers. They love dirt. Stones can bring hours of wonder. Dirty... Read more »
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Give a May Day Basket

What is more lovely than a May Day Basket for a loved one? Adults and children may gift baskets full of flowers and treats. The tradition historically celebrates spring turning into summer. This year, (depending on your location) give a May Basket and hope for spring. May Day (May 1st) dates back to the Roman... Read more »