Archive for February 2014

Parakeets, pets and why your kids should have one

Parakeets, pets and why your kids should have one
Oh man, big day in our house. We welcomed two new feathery members to the family! Budgies, as I like to say. Seriously, isn’t that the cutest name ever? You know it is. Budgie is short for budgerigar, which are also commonly known as parakeets. We’re all so happy to have our new friends around,... Read more »

Feeling that school play pride

Feeling that school play pride
We’ve been oh so busy today and have even more things to come this evening. Am I the only one that has many days where I have zero plans and then everything happens at once? I’m not complaining though. I’ll take anything to break up these frozen winter days. A couple of new things today,... Read more »

How to stop fear from running your life

How to stop fear from running your life
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s infamous Blogapalooz-Hour! This is where we are given a topic to write about at exactly 9:00 p.m. and we have to hit “publish” at 10:00 p.m. no matter what, typos, half finished writing and all. Tonight’s topic: Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect... Read more »
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How to add some sugar and spice to your popcorn life

How to add some sugar and spice to your popcorn life
Lilia has taken to checking out cookbooks from her school library. She currently has one that’s all about making fun snacks. As soon as she got home from school she told me, “I know what our new thing can be!” I leaned in, “Do tell.” I always like when she has a new idea, because... Read more »

Learn the language!

Learn the language!
Learn the language! Any language, but your native one, that is. Today we had some fun learning to say “hello” and “goodbye” in many different languages using Google Translate. I like this translator because it’s usually pretty accurate, for Spanish anyway. Fran is bilingual and I’m mostly Spanish literate, but once in awhile we get... Read more »

The 10 best things to do outdoors this winter

The 10 best things to do outdoors this winter
After our excursion to The Orchid Show last week, I decided we really needed to buy a membership to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Today I got our shiny new membership cards and stickers for the car. I can’t wait to head back so we can walk the grounds and get some fresh air. This winter... Read more »
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"The Phantom of the Opera" in Chicago: 5 songs I can't wait to hear

"The Phantom of the Opera" in Chicago: 5 songs I can't wait to hear
Tonight I’ll be seeing The Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. I was in junior high the last time I saw Phantom and tonight is the first time Fran will ever see it. When I was in the junior high band, we played some pieces from The Phantom of the... Read more »

There are a million things worse than a birthday

There are a million things worse than a birthday
Guess what? I’m 35 today. This morning I joked around about really being 25 and last night I told Fran I was an “old toad” to which we both laughed. Some might say I don’t completely embrace growing older. I don’t have any gray hairs because they’re hidden under hair dye. What? You didn’t notice... Read more »

If you love avocados, you should grow your own

If you love avocados, you should grow your own
We were having a discussion about avocados while eating avocados at dinner tonight, when it dawned on me. We need to grow an avocado tree, STAT! Why are we spending money on delicious avocados when we can just grow our own tree? Money might not grow on trees, but those other awesome green things (avocados)... Read more »
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The magical swirling milk experiment

The magical swirling milk experiment
The magical swirling milk experiment is simple, but it yields some interesting results. This was scientifically measured by the kids and I yelling, “Whoa, that’s cool!” Materials: 1 dinner plate dish soap milk (enough to cover the entire plate) food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green) cotton swab Procedure: 1. Add milk so it covers the... Read more »