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 »

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 »

Non Toxic Manicure and Pedicure Giveaway

Non Toxic Manicure and Pedicure Giveaway
Do you ever worry if manicures and pedicures are harmful?  Especially the popular no chip manicures that require UV lights and chemicals to remove? The mainstream spa service uses close to one pound per client, per year, of toxic materials. Can you imagine how much of that is entering into our beautiful Lake Michigan? Jenny,... Read more »
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Friday Favorites: Ten Things

Friday Favorites: Ten Things
This week included a flooded basement, end of the school year parties and packing for our annual summer vacation. I’m looking forward to the change of routine and hopefully some calm family time.  First I wanted to share ten things with you. 1. Bravo, Jon Stewart. There are no jokes to be made about the... Read more »

Why my daughter's room will never looks like the ones on Pinterest

Why my daughter's room will never looks like the ones on Pinterest
I love to browse Pinterest at the gorgeous and creative kids rooms.  I repeatedly feel a tightening in my heart, as I know my girl’s small room and sanctuary can never look as sleek and organized as the ones I admire. In reality, despite tons of organizers and hours spent placing items in correct places,... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Greek Salad

Meatless Monday: Greek Salad
I have a love/hate relationship with salad.  I know it is healthy and filled with nutritious vegetables, but I rarely crave salads.  This simple, yet fresh and tasty salad hits the spot every single time AND my kids eat it.  Yes, you heard that right – my children will eat this salad.  (minus the lettuce,... Read more »
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Asana of the Day: Utkatasana or Chair Pose

Asana of the Day: Utkatasana or Chair Pose
Utkatasana or Chair pose in one that works the entire body.  It embodies balance, strength, focus and engages the entire body. According to Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy, Utkatasana tones the leg muscles, strengthens hip flexors, ankles, calves, and back, stretches chest and shoulders, reduces symptoms of flat feet and stimulates the heart, diaphragm, and abdominal organs.... Read more »

Do you fight with your spouse?

Do you fight with your spouse?
I’ve noticed interesting and honest conversations happening lately about fighting in marriages. I am fascinated by the fact that some couples never argue and it appears it could be connected to memories of our parents fighting when we were young. My parents would bicker, but I never remember feeling scared that they wouldn’t stay together... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Meatless Monday: Mayo-Free Potato Salad
Who doesn’t love a mayo-laden potato salad at a summer barbecue?  I do, but know they are filled with fat and little nutritional value. I became inspired to make a healthier variety from a Summer Potato Salad recipe Daphne Oz shared on The Chew. (Do you ever watch it?) I didn’t have the apple, peas... Read more »
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Exploring Chicago's Farmer's Markets One by One

Exploring Chicago's Farmer's Markets One by One
This summer I plan to visit as many of the Chicago Farmer’s Markets that our city has to offer.  Little gets me as energized as chatting in the sun with local farmers that proudly share their beautiful vegetables with our community. I tend to get in a rut and go to the same market every... Read more »
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