Archive for September 2013

Get inspired by these brilliant time lapse videos

Get inspired by these brilliant time lapse videos
It’s the six month anniversary of The New Abides! Since the end of March 2013 we’ve tried one new thing and written one new blog post every single day. I wasn’t sure what we could do to celebrate and I thought this would be the perfect excuse to try making a time lapse video. I... Read more »

Harvesting a fall pumpkin

Harvesting a fall pumpkin
This morning we went pumpkin picking in our own backyard! We had one lone pumpkin that something’s been nibbling on. It finally lost all of its green color and as of this morning, it was a bonafide orange Halloween pumpkin. We planted our first vegetable garden in the spring of this year and we went... Read more »

Is your kid a selective runner?

Is your kid a selective runner?
Today might be National Drink Beer Day, but from the look of my Facebook news feed, I think it was more like fundraising for your kid’s school day. Our school district held a Fun Run that we took on this morning. The options were to participate in the 5K or 1 mile walk. Since Franky... Read more »
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Getting hypnotized by Andrew Johnson

Getting hypnotized by Andrew Johnson
Experiencing trouble sleeping or relaxing? You need hypnosis, stat! I have always been a little obsessed with relaxation techniques. Not that I know how to relax on my own of course, but when they’re led by other people. The first time I ever participated in a “relaxation session” was when I attended volleyball camp in... Read more »

Fun fall idea for kids: starting a leaf collection

Fun fall idea for kids: starting a leaf collection
We had such gorgeous weather today, we had to take advantage of being outside. Franky and I walked to the park which we found is under construction. It’s always nice to take your kid to the park only to find it has been completely bulldozed. “Nooooo! The paaaarrrk!” Luckily, they’re putting in a new one,... Read more »

Living in a circus house changed my life

Living in a circus house changed my life
My new adventure for today is to participate in something fun with my fellow ChicagoNow bloggers. At 9:00 p.m. tonight we were given the writing prompt to give advice to anyone in the past or future. We were given one hour to write and publish our blog. Here goes. I would advise my 22 year... Read more »
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Why Rainbow Loom is not for the weak

Why Rainbow Loom is not for the weak
I went from not knowing what a Rainbow Loom is to hearing 500 stories about how awesome Rainbow Loom is in the past two weeks. For those of you who don’t know (like me, circa early September) this is a plastic loom that comes with colorful rubber bands so you can make your own bracelets.... Read more »

LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow are back

LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow are back
I can think of quite a few shows that I loved as a kid, but one of my all time favorites was Reading Rainbow, hosted by LeVar Burton. Reading Rainbow aired new episodes on PBS from 1983 – 2006. Each show would follow a theme, so for example, LeVar would explore Chinatown, a children’s book... Read more »

Pita Inn: Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine

Pita Inn: Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine
This afternoon for lunch we went to the Pita Inn in Glenview, Il. This was not a first as we’ve been to the Pita Inn many times, usually visiting their Skokie location. It’s one of our favorite restaurants and if you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. Anyway, on to the good stuff. The Pita... Read more »
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How to make your own SpongeBob SquarePants

How to make your own SpongeBob SquarePants
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? My writing partner! His name is SpongeBob and he’s my new left hand man. Okay, before you think I’ve completely lost my mind let me just say it’s been a long day. We’ve gutted our basement and now it has to be put all back together again.... Read more »