Archive for August 2013

A banana split and other ice cream challenges

A banana split and other ice cream challenges
“Mommy, can we make banana splits? Please? It would be so fun. I want a gigantic banana split!” This is what I’ve been hearing from both of my kids for months. Today seemed like the perfect day. A relaxing Saturday. The non-official end of summer. Okay, let’s make banana splits tonight. I was like a... Read more »

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence at the Field Museum

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence at the Field Museum
Today we went to the Field Museum in Chicago, which is one of our family’s favorite museums. Actually, the Field Museum is my favorite. I’ve been there so many times and some of the exhibits I’ve seen time and time again, yet I still find something new in them every visit. When I was younger,... Read more »

Top 10 celebrity singing performances on Sesame Street

Top 10 celebrity singing performances on Sesame Street
Franky was watching an episode of Sesame Street this morning that included a performance by the singer Feist. I had seen this one before with Lilia and it’s one of my favorites. It’s such a great song (the original and the Sesame Street version) and this morning’s take is just plain cute. Franky fell in... Read more »
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Keep warm weather alive with floral scented artwork

Keep warm weather alive with floral scented artwork
In the spring of this year, our lilac bushes were blooming like crazy. We planted three of the bushes a couple of years ago and they’re currently taking residence in front of our kitchen window. We had our windows open on every nice day and the scent of lilacs would find its way into the... Read more »

How to make ice cream in a bag

How to make ice cream in a bag
What else can you do on a scalding hot day than make ice cream in a bag? I guess you could go to the pool or just relax in the AC, but that is certainly not as exciting. Lilia has been asking me to make homemade ice cream for eons. She saw a commercial on... Read more »

Childhood milestones: the excitement of losing a first tooth

Childhood milestones: the excitement of losing a first tooth
I had an idea for something new today, but Lilia’s tooth had other plans. Today she finally lost her first tooth and she was over the moon. Last week, she started second grade and she claims to be the last one in her class to lose a tooth. That hasn’t been verified, but it just... Read more »
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100 things you can do without a smartphone

100 things you can do without a smartphone
Last night Fran showed me a video on YouTube called I Forgot My Phone, which you can view by clicking here. At first I laughed, then I felt uncomfortable and then just sad. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive about my smartphone. I am guilty of scrolling through my phone in bed and sometimes before I... Read more »

A day at the park changed my life forever

A day at the park changed my life forever
I met my husband as an undergrad at Illinois State University. Long story short, he was the roommate of my friend Joy’s friend Troy. We got to know each other by joining the guys at the park on the weekends. They would spend long afternoons grilling and throwing some sort of ring around. Just getting... Read more »

Fried green tomatoes: the ultimate end of summer recipe

Fried green tomatoes: the ultimate end of summer recipe
Today I made fried green tomatoes and as Fran stated, they are the best thing I’ve made since we started this whole new adventure business. I would have to say, I agree. I can’t take too much credit because I used a mash up of different recipes using the ingredients I had on hand. We... Read more »
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Bento lunch boxes: healthy eating options for kids

Bento lunch boxes: healthy eating options for kids
Today was Lilia’s first day of second grade and I was determined this year to make her a better lunch. For the most part, we eat pretty healthy at home, but making a lunch we both agreed on was typically a struggle. Maybe some would say she’s picky and maybe that’s true. However, she does... Read more »