Archive for November 2014

Chicago's top chefs take guests on a French culinary journey at Passport to France

To many of us, the third Thursday of November marks the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Across the globe, people get together to grab a glass and celebrate the vin premier. But, to me, the third Thursday of November isn’t just about the release of a new wine. Rather, it’s a global celebration of French food, wine and culture. And, that’s why I... Read more »

Winter holiday stamps: How does the US Postal Service select its stamp designs?

There are roughly three weeks until Hanukkah, four weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and five weeks until New Year’s Day. As the amount of days until the start of each winter holiday gets smaller and smaller, the lines at local post offices seem to get longer and longer. Yes, as the holidays approach, more and more people head to the US post office to... Read more »

6 simple ways to raise world citizens

You don’t have to travel around the world to raise world citizens. In fact, you can do just that without ever leaving your hometown. It’s really that simple. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or a small town. It doesn’t matter if you speak one language or three. It doesn’t matter if you can trace... Read more »
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Multilingual myths: Is it ever too early for a child to learn a second language?

Before we had children, my husband and I talked about our hopes and dreams for them – like would-be-parents tend to do. Even without a child in our arms, we had clear visions for our family. And, one thing we both wanted was to raise multilingual children. But, we knew it would be a bit... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - November 21, 22 and 23, 2014

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 21, 22 and 23, 2014. 1. Christkindlmarket Chicago Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington St. (Loop) Friday, November 21 – Monday, December 24 See website for hours Free admission The Christkindlmarket Chicago officially opens for the... Read more »

Inspirational graphic tees: Let the words on your shirt remind others that we're all beautiful and bright

Recently, I wrote about the efforts of Matthew Hoffman to share three simple, but powerful words with the world - <a href="http://you-are-beautiful.com">You Are Beautiful</a>. To date, You Are Beautiful stickers have been shared more than 100 million times around the world. Today, you also can find them on magnets, public murals, mirrors, and of course graphic tees. Yes. We can spread the same message to all of those in our daily lives thanks to the You Are Beautiful shirts. So, remember, "you are beautiful." Pass it on.
I love fashion, especially fashion with a message. That’s why I am thrilled to see the that inspirational graphic tees trend seems to be here to stay. To me, that says I’m not the only one that sometimes likes to let fashion do the talking for a change. Yes, by wearing a bold shirt with several... Read more »
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Bringing diversity to bandages: Chicago-area entrepreneur creates new bandages to match more skin tones

Have you taken a close look at the bandages in your medicine cabinet lately? I just did. And, it was eye opening to say the least. Tucked behind the Advil and Benadryl, were two types of bandages – ones emblazoned with cartoon characters and superheroes and others that I used to refer to as “plain” or... Read more »

10 ways to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with your family in Chicago

With Chicago thermometers only reaching the 20s and 30s in early November, it’s beginning to feel more and more like the holidays. And, I’m all for making the most of the holiday feeling. That’s why I’m gearing up for the next big holiday to come our way – Thanksgiving. Even with the ever-present chance of... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - November 14, 15 and 16

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – November 14, 15 and 16. 1. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibit The Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. (Hyde Park) Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014 – Sun., Jan. 4,... Read more »
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"But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?" Celebrating winter holidays in our multicultural world

One question with six words has been on my mind for the last few days: “But, mom, why not Hanukkah, too?”  And, it’s all thanks to my six-year-old son. He uttered that one question with six words to me on Monday, November 3 – to be exact. It came right after our red shopping cart careened around a corner at a Target store near... Read more »