Packing tips from an expert

Packing tips from an expert
Moving has now become a reality and I have a house that needs to be packed.  There is so much stuff and I am not sure where to begin or how to put the past eight years into boxes in an orderly fashion.  I reached out to organization expert, Erin Kelly, and she offered helpful... Read more »

What I am reading: Modern Lovers

What I am reading: Modern Lovers
Sitting in the sun and reading is one of my favorite summer pastimes.  My latest page-turning beach read is Modern Lovers by best-selling author Emma Straub. College friends Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe have grown up and celebrated marriage, new homes, businesses and families together. Suddenly they are witnessing their own offspring reaching maturity and ultimately... Read more »

My sister's nonprofit: Climb to Safety

My sister's nonprofit: Climb to Safety
My sister, a former teacher and current financial advisor, works tirelessly on her non-profit, Climb to Safety.  Combining the importance of teaching children financial literacy and saving for college came this engaging, interesting and helpful program. I encourage you to watch this short video that sums up all her efforts and hard work in a beautiful... Read more »
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My Listen To Your Mother performance video

My Listen To Your Mother performance video
Back in May, I shared with you my journey to the stage as part of Listen To Your Mother Chicago.  Many of you kindly asked to see the video, and I am proud today to share it with you. I’m grateful for the experience.  Stepping out of my comfort zone and standing on that stage... Read more »

Rooftop yoga while wearing headphones

Rooftop yoga while wearing headphones
Last night my sister and I practiced yoga on a rooftop as the sunset over Chicago’s beautiful skyline. The weather was ideal and a DJ accompanied us as we flowed; yet it was silent. When we arrived, we were handed a set of wireless glowing LED headphones and it surprised me how much they could... Read more »

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs
Dear Chicago, In 1999, months after graduating college, my boyfriend drove a U-Haul truck from Indiana to move into a small studio on Wrightwood in bustling Lincoln Park.  A few months later, my parents helped me move my few things into an even smaller studio on Sheridan and Wellington and our life together began.  We... Read more »
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Moving is stressful

Moving is stressful
My mom told me, “Moving is one of the most stressful times in your life.” “I know,” I responded.  But really didn’t know, or remember from our previous moves. We are considering moving this summer. I can’t say we are moving because there are no signed contracts and I am very aware that everything can fall... Read more »

The loveliest Chicago community garden

The loveliest Chicago community garden
I stumbled upon the loveliest Chicago community garden this week and am in awe of the beauty of this large and loved hidden gem at Waters Elementary School near Montrose and Western on the north side of the city. The school received a grant from the well-known organic food company Annie’s and are featured on the site.... Read more »

My son is the only boy in his camp group

My son is the only boy in his camp group
The kids started camp this week. I’m already feeling guilty, as it seems every child around age ten are heading off to overnight camp this summer.  Looking at everyone’s Facebook send-offs gives me anxiety from simply considering sending my quirky bookworm away for an extended time. My boy loves theater and gained confidence and acting... Read more »
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Bob Dylan and Phish: A good weekend in Chicago for music

Bob Dylan and Phish: A good weekend in Chicago for music
It was definitely a good weekend in Chicago for music.  I felt lucky to be treated to both Bob Dylan and Phish back to back on a warm, summery weekend. Friday we started in suburban Highland Park at the beautiful Ravinia to listen to legendary Bob Dylan.  The picnic and friendly atmosphere was close to... Read more »