A Pinky Swear messed up my Monday in the best way

A Pinky Swear messed up my Monday in the best way
Do you look forward to Mondays?  I oddly do.  Monday is my day to be alone in my home, to get caught up on work and life while getting laundry under control.  After a fun, hot and busy weekend, I was even more in need of a quiet day to recharge. Sadly, my girl didn’t... Read more »

Ten ways to do yoga without going to a yoga class

Ten ways to do yoga without going to a yoga class
It is hard for some to commit to more than one hour for a yoga class.  With travel time to and from the studio, it might be more hours than one is willing to give up in their day. Despite a busy schedule you can still do yoga. Here are ten ways to squeeze yoga... Read more »

The Best Yoga Playlist

The Best Yoga Playlist
Music is very important to me, especially during yoga.  I know some practice in the silence, but I receive energy, rhythm and inspiration from my tunes.  No bigger compliment can come after class then when I’m told, “Great playlist.” Like a dance, I roughly choreograph my classes and the tempo of the practice with the... Read more »
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What I am Reading: The Family Dinner

What I am Reading: The Family Dinner
Laurie David (ex-wife of the hilarious Larry David) shares beautiful recipes in The Family Dinner. Laurie explains how as a new mom, lacking “mom friends” and missing her career self, she made family dinner her “new project” and the process became life changing.  Her grown up daughters now, not only enjoy healthy meals, but linger,... Read more »

Am I paying for a facial to be told my skin is horrible?

Am I paying for a facial to be told my skin is horrible?
My mom, sister and I escaped for a luxurious spa weekend at Kohler Spa to celebrate my sister turning forty and fabulous.  We splurged for the occasion and chose to go to the nicest spa in driving distance from Chicago. My sister and I both booked 80-minute facials (My sis got chose the Micro-Current Lifting Facial... Read more »

Support Green City Market at Chef's BBQ this Thursday

Support Green City Market at Chef's BBQ this Thursday
Twenty-one new restaurants will join Green City Market’s 15th annual Chef BBQ Benefit this Thursday, July 16 in Lincoln Park. The BBQ will showcase the best of Chicago’s culinary scene, including some of my favorite new comers: Japonais by Mormioto, Lillie’s Q, Maddy’s Dumpling House, The Gage, and Villains Chicago. “The Green City Market BBQ is one... Read more »
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What I am reading: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

What I am reading: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Reading is not high on my to-do list these days, although the stack of books by my bed says otherwise.  Luckily, I had the chance to fly through Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple. This easy read follows Bernadette Fox, a former successful architect now agoraphobic, her Microsoft-guru husband and gifted daughter... Read more »

Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years in Chicago with 70,000 happy fans

Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years in Chicago with 70,000 happy fans
Chicago hosted 70,000 happy fans to listen to the music of the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend. Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Much has changed since the Grateful Dead with late guitarist Jerry Garcia... Read more »

Two Vacations and a Wedding

Two Vacations and a Wedding
Our luck had it that our annual family vacation and an old friend’s destination wedding happened back to back this June.  The stars aligned and just when we all needed it most, we were able to leave reality and first head to the beach in South Carolina. The kids have been coming here since they... Read more »
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Be Safe in the Water

Be Safe in the Water
I’m writing from the hot beach in South Carolina and am very thankful for our swim lessons as it has tremendously improved my ability to enjoy the ocean now that my kids finally know how to swim. But, I still worry, especially in the ocean. I think it is important this time of year to... Read more »