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 »

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 »

What I am reading: Eleven Hours

What I am reading: Eleven Hours
We are in South Carolina for our annual family beach vacation and I am reading the powerful Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.  The acclaimed novel follows the daunting hours of labor, delivery and two soon-to-be mothers while slowly unveiling their interesting and complicated backgrounds. Erens accurately captures the emotions and events during the incredible journey of pregnancy... Read more »
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Are we at our best right now?

Are we at our best right now?
“Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best” It’s funny to me that some of the times in my life that I was at my best, I didn’t realize until it was over. The other day I was looking at the photos of me at the Grand Canyon... Read more »

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon
My husband and I camped at the Grand Canyon before we were married.  It was an eye-opening road trip for many reasons and I believe my ten and seven-year-old are at an age they can appreciate the beauty and greatness of nature and the family experience. Or so I thought. Since we sat down and... Read more »

The best salads in Chicago

The best salads in Chicago
I love to eat out, but try to make healthy choices especially this time of year.  Luckily, I have eaten salads all the way from Roger’s Park to Pilson and compiled my list of the best salads in Chicago for you. Robust Rosa at Left Coast Food. Everything is delicious at this new north side... Read more »
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My new guilty pleasure

My new guilty pleasure
I discovered a sweet, somewhat guilt-free, treat that I wanted to share with you. So Delicious uses organic ingredients, and are always 100 percent plant-based and Non-GMO Project Verified with no artificial sweeteners, trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils. I love the decadent cookie dough, but also want to try chocolate peanut butter swirl and turtle trails. This... Read more »

How often do you clean your yoga mat?

How often do you clean your yoga mat?
I’m guilty of going way too long without cleaning my yoga mat.  Sometimes logistics can be tricky because I don’t like to clean my mat before my practice because then it can be wet and slippery.  Afterwards I don’t always have time to let it dry.  Also, I don’t want chemicals near my mat. This... Read more »

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago
Every year, Bike the Drive closes Lake Shore Drive and opens the 60-mile lakefront highway to bikers of all ages and skill levels. This was the 15th year and we decided since the kids now are both comfortable riding their bikes, it was time.  It was somewhat of a hassle to get up and out... Read more »
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Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose

Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose
Extended triangle pose, or Utthita Trikkoasana, is one of those deep and fulfilling poses that I try to squeeze into every practice.  It targets my hard to reach side body, lengthens my torso and opens my heart. Admittedly, I didn’t always love this pose and I believe it took me some time (years) to learn... Read more »