My family's Halloween in photos

Halloween is a big family holiday in our house.  We put up our decorations every year on October 1 and throughout the month indulge on a little extra candy, bake lots of pumpkin breads and muffins and plan our costumes details. This year I look forward to helping out in the first grade classroom and... Read more »

What I am Reading: "Survivors on the Yoga Mat," "The Alchemist" and "Ecological Cooking"

What I am Reading: "Survivors on the Yoga Mat," "The Alchemist" and "Ecological Cooking"
I am reading five books at the same time right now.  I’ve been trudging through The Alchemist for a while and picked up a few new books my teacher was passing on at the yoga retreat last weekend.  It is fun to switch from book to book as the mood strikes, but part of me... Read more »

I'm inspired by the weekend yoga retreat

I'm inspired by the weekend yoga retreat
We all are faced with many choices every day.  From little choices like what  foods we choose to put in our bodies and clothes to wear each day. Of course, there are bigger decisions involving relationships, schools, jobs, health and family. We choose how we spend our time and money and sometimes become comfortable in... Read more »
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My first ever yoga retreat

My first ever yoga retreat
I’ve always wanted to go on a yoga retreat but there have been reasons holding me back. 1. My kids were too little to leave. 2. My husband working weekend hours. 3. The money to pay for said retreat. 4. Stepping out of my comfort zone. The retreat this weekend came at the perfect time... Read more »

Do not buy your child their own pet

Do not buy your child their own pet
My sweet son has been asking for his own pet for a while.  We already have a needy dog and a fish and I repeatedly told him that I did want another animal in our house. But, he persisted and promised he would take care of it.  I pushed it off until Friday hoping he... Read more »

Redmoon Skelebration: The one Halloween must-do activity

Redmoon Skelebration: The one Halloween must-do activity
There are a lot of Halloween happenings this time year, but the one must-do Halloween activity is Redmoon’s Skelebration. This fall, Redmoon’s family event Skelebration, which debuted with great success last year, returns for its second annual installment of experiential exploration.  Redmoon invites families into its otherworldly playground inside its Pilsen home for a re-invention of the... Read more »
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Friday Favorites - Ryka Sneakers, Private Practice and Toothbrushes

Friday Favorites - Ryka Sneakers, Private Practice and Toothbrushes
Happy Friday!  This week has felt long and despite a busy weekend ahead, I feel a sense of relief for making it to Friday. I’m excited to share some things that have been making me happy this week. Have you watched Private Practice? I’m always behind on popular television, but I just watched all six seasons... Read more »

Turn an old desk into a brand new desk

Turn an old desk into a brand new desk
My parents bought a bedroom set for my sister more than 30 years ago.  It had a trundle bed, a dresser with mirror and a desk.  That old desk has moved houses, but stayed with my parents. My mom recently decided to redecorate my sister and my childhood rooms that more recently became my children’s... Read more »

Can Kids Bring Their Blanket To Overnight Camp?

Can Kids Bring Their Blanket To Overnight Camp?
Yesterday we took a family road trip to Wisconsin to visit an overnight camp.  Despite the fact that summer is seven months away; apparently now is the time to investigate and sign up for next summer. Luckily we had a beautiful fall day and enjoyed walking on top of the crunching leaves as we toured... Read more »
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Moms are talking about Goldfish Swim School

Moms are talking about Goldfish Swim School
The other night my friend, Kristin and I were texting about our over scheduled children and how to make our 3rd Graders’, and honestly our own, lives a little less stressful. We both agreed hands down Goldfish Swim School is a keeper. This is how our conversation went. Kristin: “The teachers are patient and engaged.... Read more »
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