Starting a bullet journal

Starting a bullet journal
Before my friend, Nina, wrote about her bullet journal experience, I hadn’t given this new fad a second thought. Actually, I am still not sure I completely understand all the nuances, but am sold on the fact that everything is in one place. I no longer have to run downstairs to look at my calendar,... Read more »

The life-changing parenting book you need to read

The life-changing parenting book you need to read
My latest parenting read How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by former Stanford Dean Julia Lythcott-Haims is a compelling one that I strongly recommend to all parents, especially those with older children. Within minutes of opening the paperback I was intrigued by the consequences from the lack of... Read more »

Last-minute Valentine's day

Last-minute Valentine's day
Unlike past years, I am busy and not prepared and ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow.  With all the recent birthdays, I am trying to limit sugar intake, yet found a few last-minute ways to still make Valentine’s Day special. This morning I sent three copies of this sweet i-love-you-because-printable to my printer.  My plan is to fill out... Read more »
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Kindness begins with ourselves

Kindness begins with ourselves
I’ve been on a big kindness kick.  It began in conversations with my children.  I still remember the kids’ names that were mean to me when I was their age.  It is critical for me to enforce the effect bullying and hurtful comments has on not only classmates, but everyone, even adults. Small tasks such as... Read more »

New Orleans: What to eat and where to go

New Orleans: What to eat and where to go
My college boyfriend is now my forty-year-old husband and I surprised him with a getaway to celebrate. The sunny and walkable city of New Orleans was the perfect place to do it. The weather is relatively warm, the flights (from Chicago) were less than $200, music is everywhere and the southern food is tasty. I’m sharing my hours... Read more »

My dream job is to name nail polish

My dream job is to name nail polish
I treated myself to a much-needed manicure and I picked out a fresh navy nail polish.  My manicurist commented that she really liked the color and the ladies around leaned in to see my hands and also praised it. I asked what it was called to make a mental note for next time expecting something... Read more »
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The first time I felt like a grown up

The first time I felt like a grown up
I felt like a grown up way before I was actually one.  After college when I rented my first tiny studio apartment and was offered my own job with a paycheck at a PR firm, I definitely felt very mature, despite the fact I lived on ramen noodles and beer. When I became engaged at twenty... Read more »

Support autism with yoga and beer

Support autism with yoga and beer
Seva is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. This time of year, especially, it is important to provide service to others no matter how busy we are. You can support Have Dreams, a Chicago based non-profit that helps individuals with Autism learn, function independently and socialize so that they realize... Read more »

Positive messaging post election

Positive messaging post election
If there is any silver lining to the election results; it is the positive messaging shared by many both in person and on social media.  An intelligent conversation, hug or even spying a safety pin has been cathartic these days.  Here are a few others that have put a smile on my face.   A... Read more »
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Be kind and set an example

Be kind and set an example
Yesterday there was a positive energy in the air. Let’s try to keep that going and love, not hate.  Pick yourself up and show kindness. We cannot make our voices disappear. We the people need to lead by example and respect women, people of all colors, those with disabilities, veterans, the entire gay and transgender... Read more »