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 »

Why I am banning my children from Bounce Houses

Why I am banning my children from Bounce Houses
The news just reported another bounce house accident.  A gust of wind blew a house off the ground filled with a handful of children. Emergency room visits are all too common when these popular kids activities are present. Last May a bounce house flew 50 feet into the air and sent two kids to the hospital.... Read more »

Meatless Monday : Au Gratin Potatoes

Meatless Monday : Au Gratin Potatoes
I hosted my family for dinner last Friday to celebrate the beginning of Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur.  As you may know, it is traditional for Jews not to eat after sundown until the following sundown 24 hours later. The last meal on Kol Nidre is meant to be heavy to provide sustenance for the long... Read more »
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It takes a village to create Modern Day MS

It takes a village to create Modern Day MS
I began writing Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom for ChicagoNow four years ago.  I was a very different person in 2011.  I was a writer wanting to be heard and naive to my impending multiple sclerosis diagnosis. The authors and camaraderie at ChicagoNow have taught me so much and given me the confidence... Read more »
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