Archive for March 2014

365 things you can do with your life starting today

365 things you can do with your life starting today
One year ago today, I decided to challenge my family to try one new thing, every day, for an entire year. I also started my blog The New Abides where I would write about our daily adventures. I’ve written about the reasons I started this blog which you can read about here or here. Essentially,... Read more »

Visiting the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee

Visiting the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee
Today I went to a friend’s bridal shower so Fran was on his own with the kids. Lucky for them, he decided to take them to the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee. He had heard good things about it and it turned out to be a great experience. The Discovery World Museum has exhibits that... Read more »

Goodbye nail biting, hello manicures

Goodbye nail biting, hello manicures
Hi, my name is Christine, and I’m a nail biter. I have been for almost my entire life. I know it’s a bad habit, but I just can’t help myself. I’ve gone through brief periods of non-nail biting. All of those happened sometime between college and having children. I tried to stop biting my nails... Read more »
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How to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it

How to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it
This afternoon we tried to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it. We looked at a couple of websites with crazy science experiments, top 10 kid experiments, etc. and we realized we’ve done most of them! I guess I didn’t realize how many science experiments we’ve done in the past year. One we haven’t tried... Read more »

Barnaby's of Northbrook does thin crust pizza right

Barnaby's of Northbrook does thin crust pizza right
It’s a cold, rainy day here in Chicago and what else could warm our spirits but pizza? We’ve been eating a lot of pizza lately. My brain is now equating Friday night with pizza. I’m like one of Pavlov’s dogs. Say anything about “Friday” and my mouth starts watering and all I hear is, “Pizza,... Read more »

Starting a video diary: capturing moments in time

Starting a video diary: capturing moments in time
Today we started a video diary of sorts. Lilia has been suggesting we do this for at least a month. Her reason? We can watch the videos a year from now and laugh at ourselves. I liked her idea, but I suggested that besides for comedic performances, we could also just chat about our day.... Read more »
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Should you have beer, beauty or both?

Should you have beer, beauty or both?
As I write this post, the smell of beer fills the room, floating off of my face. What? You don’t wear beer on your face? Well, I just might change your mind. You see, I just read an article from the April 2014 issue of Real Simple magazine called Facials to Feast Upon. In it,... Read more »

Freezing food and salad in a jar: two ways to make your life easier

Freezing food and salad in a jar: two ways to make your life easier
I’m not much of a meal planner. Okay, I don’t plan meals at all. I get why having a meal schedule is a great thing to have. I’m just not going to kid myself and pretend like I would keep something like that up. I love leftovers (normally lunch consists of leftovers from the previous... Read more »

Cosmic bowling is the way to roll

Cosmic bowling is the way to roll
Today we went cosmic bowling, which I haven’t done in at least ten years. If you’ve never been before, it’s like regular bowling, except they have black lights so everything looks like it’s glowing. This afternoon they even had some fun laser lights and music. Lilia went bowling once a couple of years ago for... Read more »
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How to make a classic whiskey sour

How to make a classic whiskey sour
As you may know, I have a newfound interest in making cocktails. In the past year I’ve made everything from a mint julep, to a champagne cocktail to a hot toddy. I had several ideas for tonight’s cocktail, but I went with the classic whiskey sour. This one was easy to make and tasty all... Read more »