3 reasons reading is the best self-care around

3 reasons reading is the best self-care around
I can’t write. At all. It’s a mix of personal stuff, political stuff, motherhood stuff, and it all comes out in an incoherent jumbled mess–at best. I’m hoping one day to sort myself out, but in the meantime I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. And, I’ve found it really is the best self-care around.... Read more »

6 ways Trump is like Voldemort

6 ways Trump is like Voldemort
There are 6 ways that Trump is like Voldemort and I’m here to list them for you. Wait, wait, hang on a second. Voldemort was an evil genius of epic proportions. He figured out a way to split his soul to try and defy death. Trump can’t even figure out how to spell hereby. Voldemort... Read more »

A quick, easy teacher appreciation gift

Yup, I’ve got a quick, easy (as in anyone can make it) teacher appreciation gift for you. Now that I’m a mom I’m in charge of remembering all the days we get to show a little love to our teachers and this year’s teacher appreciation week kind of snuck up on me. I was also... Read more »
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3 things my kids have taught me

Comparatively speaking, I’m barely off the starting line of parenthood. I’m watching a few of my friends lap me as their children become adults, but for the most part, my friends and I are caught in the constant hustle of just trying to keep up with these little ones. The days seem like a blur,... Read more »

There are still those days...

There are still those days...
There are still those days when you feel like an epic failure as a parent. With one child solidly out of toddlerhood, and the second working his hardest to emulate his older brother, I sometimes think myself in the clear of tantrum city and irrational requests. Naturally, I’m wrong about this assumption. And, even after... Read more »

KittenFeed challenges President's Thin Skin

KittenFeed challenges President's Thin Skin
Man, I don’t post for awhile, and now I’m going to write about a website that allows you to bat around the president’s head with kitten paws. Yup, yup I am. The wonderful thing about writing for ChicagoNow is that our community manager (wise and mighty) encourages us to write about anything under the sun.... Read more »
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Small Chicago Suburb Supports Muslim Neighbors

Small Chicago Suburb Supports Muslim Neighbors
On Saturday I took my family to our local mosque. We are (non-practicing) Catholics. We live in a small town where all but TWO precincts held a winning vote for Trump. Within our family, we don’t necessarily always hold the same political views or attitude towards practicing religion. We are, in ourselves, occasionally divided. What... Read more »

The Fall of Postpartum Progress: Who will help the warrior moms?

The Fall of Postpartum Progress: Who will help the warrior moms?
Earlier this week, in a sort of rug-from-right-underneath you move, Postpartum Progress announced that it would shut down completely. I’ve sat on the news a bit, scanning comments and googling articles (I’ve not found many) to see what I could find about the collapse of the national nonprofit that served as a pillar in the... Read more »

Shit To Do With My Kids in Chicago: Timber Ridge Water Park

For those of you keeping count, this is adventure #4, which is bananas because I literally bring my kids somewhere ALL THE TIME. We’ve been to children’s museums, jumpy places, and the library more times than I can count. We were also holding down the park scene during that warm spell we had. I blame... Read more »
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5 things that happen when I don't do yoga

5 things that happen when I don't do yoga
I started doing yoga a few years ago because I was trapped in my house. No I was not trapped in the literal sense; I was able to physically leave my house whenever I wanted, but with two little kids in tow, I stayed put a lot. Thankfully, they liked to nap in the afternoon,... Read more »