Archive for July 2013

How 120 days of adventures and blogging has changed our lives

How 120 days of adventures and blogging has changed our lives
Four months ago I needed a change. We needed a change. I worked in social services for years and left my job when my second child, Franky, was born. When he was 9 weeks old, I went back to school for my master’s degree in teaching elementary education. This would be perfect. I would go... Read more »

Seven secrets to enjoy Lake Michigan year round

Seven secrets to enjoy Lake Michigan year round
What to do at the beach when it’s cold? July in Chicago. You would think we wouldn’t have to worry about it being too cold to go to the beach. We’ve had some record cold temperatures this last week. It’s warmed up a bit, but the beach today was cloudy and upper 60′s. I grew... Read more »

How to make perfectly cheesy vegetable lasagna

How to make perfectly cheesy vegetable lasagna
Happy National Lasagna Day!  July 29, 2013 is National Lasagna Day which also coincides with meatless Monday. We’re celebrating by making vegetable lasagna. I’ve never attempted to make any kind of lasagna so today was a first. The bake time for lasagna is 45 minutes. That combined with the prep time normally seems like a... Read more »
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Wagner Farm, a real American working farm

Wagner Farm, a real American working farm
This morning we visited historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, IL. Wagner Farm is a working farm on 18.6 acres of land. The farm is surrounded by  suburban landscape which makes it even more exciting that kids can still experience a farm in between busy streets and subdivisions. On our visit today we saw draft horses,... Read more »

Lang Lang with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival

Lang Lang with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival
Tonight we saw acclaimed concert pianist, Lang Lang, perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. Last week I wrote about sharing classical music with your kids and now were were going to be able to listen to this beautiful music live. Our friends, Troy and Megan, purchased the tickets... Read more »

Saltwater egg experiment: a fun science lesson in density

Saltwater egg experiment: a fun science lesson in density
Ever since Lilia learned about the Dead Sea in school, she has been enthralled. Anytime somebody mentions saltwater her ears perk up. “Oh, you mean like the Dead Sea? I’m going to go there someday and I’m going to sit and read a book while I’m floating!” Playing off of this fascination, we took on... Read more »
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Five tips for introducing kids to art

Five tips for introducing kids to art
Yesterday we went to the Lake County Discovery Museum and learned interesting facts about local history. There was also an exhibit at the museum called Modern Masters which included many works from artists such as Picasso, Dali and Chagall. When we left the museum the kids each took turns talking about their favorite parts. They... Read more »

History, art and nature at the Lake County Discovery Museum

History, art and nature at the Lake County Discovery Museum
Our adventure today led us to the Lake County Discovery Museum. This museum is located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve which is the largest forest preserve in Lake County. We drove through rolling green hills and saw two deer walking across the meadow on the drive into the museum. We knew we were headed into... Read more »

Creating a memory jar: being thankful for the little things in life

Creating a memory jar: being thankful for the little things in life
We’ve been talking a lot about making memories around this house lately. If you’re a new reader, we are on an adventure to do one new thing, every day for an entire year. We’re almost four months in and it’s been a whirlwind experience so far. Both of the kids wake up everyday asking, “What’s... Read more »
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Introducing kids to new foods: our culinary trip to France

Introducing kids to new foods: our culinary trip to France
In the grocery store today, the kids and I were inspecting cheeses looking for something new. The market we shop at is relatively small, but they have a decent sized cheese selection. Lilia wanted to try something new and she picked up a box of Camembert. She really had no idea what it was, but... Read more »