Archive for October 2013

When your kid won't wear a Halloween costume

When your kid won't wear a Halloween costume
I’m writing this post in between answering the door for trick or treaters, taking bites of pizza and stealing chocolate from the kids candy supply. I heard Halloween was postponed until tomorrow night in some of the suburbs due to the rain. Not so around these parts. Everyone is decked out with ponchos and umbrellas... Read more »

Dr. Harvey Karp, thank you for saving us

Tonight all of us ChicagoNow bloggers were given the challenge to answer this question: Name a time when you helped someone, or a time that you received help. We got the question at 9:00 p.m. and no matter what, we have to hit “publish” at 10:00 p.m. Here goes! I can’t help but give thanks... Read more »

Sriracha and honey glazed pumpkin seeds

Sriracha and honey glazed pumpkin seeds
We carved our pumpkins tonight and carried on the tradition of baking pumpkin seeds. I always stick with our tried and true, olive oil and kosher salt. This is Lilia’s favorite, so why mess with it? Lately I’ve been noticing recipes for adding Sriracha in the mix. Now we’re talking. I love spicy food and... Read more »
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Easy baking soda balloon experiment

Easy baking soda balloon experiment
Today’s easy baking soda balloon experiment involved baking soda and vinegar, which is always a good time in this house. Both of the kids are into watching things explode so they assumed we were making another volcano or a rocket. Blowing up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar is a little more tame, but... Read more »

Halloween costumes for girls are outrageous

Halloween costumes for girls are outrageous
After searching for Halloween costumes with my kids I have come to the realization that the differences between those marketed to boys and to girls are outrageous. My son’s costume options are superheroes, ninjas, sports stars, police officers and firefighters.  I might add, the boy costumes are actually representing what a what a police officer... Read more »

5 fun ways adults can celebrate Halloween

5 fun ways adults can celebrate Halloween
Tonight Fran and I are hitting the first Halloween party we’ve been to since before we had kids. I love Halloween, the decorating, carving pumpkins and all that spooky autumn fun. These past seven years I’ve been more interested in finding cute Halloween costumes for my kids. I have a pair of cat ears that... Read more »
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Smart snacking: air-popped popcorn

Smart snacking: air-popped popcorn
Lately, Franky has been asking me where everything comes from. The force of questioning runs strong in this one. “Where does milk come from? Where did my shoes come from? Who made this car? Where do bananas come from?” He’s been asking where popcorn comes from ever since we got kettle corn from the pumpkin... Read more »

What's the craziest thing you've done for a Halloween costume?

What's the craziest thing you've done for a Halloween costume?
I just got done washing my wig. The one that I bought for Halloween which I thought would be a little more tame. The package showed a sleek, blond bob. The wig looks like a silky blond chicken has roosted on my head. I bought the wig with Franky and he almost started crying when... Read more »

5 minutes to the coolest Halloween trick

5 minutes to the coolest Halloween trick
“What can I help you with?” Fran asked me as I was clearing up the dinner dishes. “You can tape some glow sticks to Lilia’s ceiling fan,” I replied. That’s the funny thing about living in our house for the past six months. Before he probably would have asked me what I was talking about.... Read more »
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Why it's critical to let kids be

Why it's critical to let kids be
Lilia and Franky were playing in the backyard after school today when she came running in with a handful of green beans. “I had to get them all before they turn into popsicles!” It was cold here in the Chicago area this morning. Some of the suburbs even got snow. She was right about grabbing... Read more »