5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition

5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition
It’s been a little chilly here in Chicago this week. Schools have been closing down and parents have been looking for things to do on a snow day to keep everyone from losing their marbles. Luckily, we survived the Polar Vortex last year and I lived to share some of our favorite activities with you... Read more »

The best Christmas album you should be listening to right now

Yesterday I read some comments on another site from people who are loving the marshmallow song from the Target commercials. As in, they think that Target made up the song for their holiday ads. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been playing Darlene Love’s version of “Marshmallow World” and A Christmas Gift for You... Read more »

Rock concerts: Then and now

January 1990. My first concert. The place: Rosemont Horizon. The band: New Kids on the Block. I wore a pink and white New Kids on the Block sweatshirt. I was in a stadium with one million other girls screaming and sweating and trying to see one speck on the stage which happened to be Joe... Read more »
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Why I stopped blogging

I haven’t written a post in over four months. I know this because Facebook told me. In fact, Facebook told me last month and the month before that they haven’t heard from me in a long time. After the first time I thought, “Man, I should really write something.” Then I said, “Mind your own... Read more »

Confessions of a serial rule follower

Confessions of a serial rule follower
I like to have fun. Really, I do! I like to laugh, I like to live it up, but I have a confession to make. I’m a serial rule follower. I’m not talking about the um, sip of wine (or something like that) I had before I turned 21. I’m talking about your everyday run... Read more »

What the Irish (and one guy from Montreal) really think about Chicago

What the Irish (and one guy from Montreal) really think about Chicago
Ireland. Fran and I just got back from an eleven day trip and what can I say? We had a fantastic time. I did some scientific research about what the Irish really think about Chicago. By that I mean we randomly talked to people around the cities and mostly in pubs, so I’m pretty much... Read more »
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Flying without kids is a nightmare

Flying without kids is a nightmare
You read that right. Flying without kids is a nightmare. You probably think I’m insane and you might be right. Hear me out. Sometime last year Fran told me he would have to attend a conference in the summer of 2014. This isn’t unusual for him and he was already traveling to two other places... Read more »

My kids didn't go to summer camp and I lived to tell the tale

When I first moved to the area outside of Chicago where I currently live, Lilia was two and a half. We moved in the middle of December and by spring we were slowly coming out of our state of hibernation and meeting more neighbors and other parents. When she was three I started getting the... Read more »

The Worst Smoothie Ever

The Worst Smoothie Ever
I love to make smoothies and juices. Fruits and vegetables are my friends. I make drinks with spinach and kale and even make Mean Green juice and this fantastic beet juice. Today, I decided to try something new. I shall call it, The Worst Smoothie Ever. I have two words for you. Dandelion greens. If... Read more »
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The war on the critters in my garden

The war on the critters in my garden
Last year, we planted our first ever fruit/vegetable garden and the results were so-so. I thought we did everything right. We had the magical mix of soil, compost and sand we should have used, but the things we planted from seed didn’t come up so well. I used tomato plants that were already grown and... Read more »