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Get into the Halloween spirit with these freaktastic Chicago events!

This year, we are skipping the pumpkin patches/apple farms because frankly, THEY’RE ALL THE SAME (I know, womp womp). Basically, we spend an hour driving to wait in line to park, pay a $12 bazillion entry fee, eat a donut, feed some nasty goats, pick some apples and drive home. It’s always the same “experience”... Read more »

For the record, Joan Cusack DID NOT try to kill my friend

Do you have a doppelgänger? You know, In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger, doppelgaenger or doppelganger (literally “double goer”) is a look-alike or double of a living person who is sometimes portrayed as a harbinger of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s relative or friend portends illness or danger while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is said to be an omen of death. In contemporary vernacular,... Read more »

Family Fun at the 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Its March. Lion, lamb and all that jazz. Hopefully. So far it’s just been cold and white (now yellow and black). It’s so weird to yearn for humidity and BO. Luckily, we have id’d  some urban escapes from Hell’s  vortex: Garfield Park Conservatory, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and a few other spots to run out the... Read more »

Thank God Schools are Open Today

Holy hell am I happy to get back to work. As if you didn’t know, Chicago was dubbed “ChiBeria” over the past few days and more importantly schools were closed. Some people stayed in and hibernated, watching Overboard (1987) and eating caviar. Others, like my husband, were slaves to the man and dug out to... Read more »

Joan Cusack watched me lose my mind

The holidays are a stressful time for many. Presents, money, time, money, calories, money. What can make them a little easier? Joan Cusack. “What?”, you say? Let’s do this. This past weekend, I was buzzing around Old Town looking for the perfect gift for my mother-in-law because the other three gifts I had purchased were... Read more »

Winter is crap except for those delicious snowflakes

And here it is folks. The annual bitch about the weather post. This year’s  is sponsored by the post lady who just told me to “shut up” when I shivered as I handed her 1/1000000 of our Christmas cards (last year the postman told me he would stop delivering mail if I kept answering the... Read more »

Cheap Date Night: Robots in the Second City

Oh Lord! Mr. Swirley and I went out on a date to a place that WAS NOT OUR CORNER BAR/RESTAURANT. I KNOW! Pretty bold. First, know this: I am not writing a sponsored post. Once again, these fools soon to be id’d are probably terrified that  I am writing about their respective companies. But I... Read more »

Six Reasons to Get Your Kid to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

If you go to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) today(9/28/13), you can go for free if you click right here.  Missed the Smithsonian-sponsored deal?  I still think it’s worth a visit (or ten). 1. Get your nails done What? Yes. From the MCA’s website Imperial Nail Salon (my parents’ living room) (2011–13) is an installation... Read more »

Four signs you need to get your kid out of the city

Over the past two weeks I have become acutely aware of the fact that my child has no idea about the world outside of the city. How so? Let me give you four separate quotes to illustrate just how sheltered he really is when it comes to all things nature. 1. During last week’s drive... Read more »

How to Host a Hip and Affordable Baby Shower

So you have decided to host a  shower for your preggo friend(s). First, trust me, it will be awesome. Second, below are some tips for you to make it a hip and affordable baby shower. 1. Commit to hosting said shower before consulting with your roommate/significant other/partner, what have you. Honestly, that is my advice... Read more »
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