Archive for July 2011

Is it Right or Wrong to Call Your Children Smart or Pretty?

Is it Right or Wrong to Call Your Children Smart or Pretty?
At the school Kindergarten meeting, the principal brought up an interesting point.  He advised the parents not to call their kids smart.  He claimed students won’t work as hard if they are always told they are smart. Reminding impressional young minds that they are intelligent can either a) boost confidence or b) create an overconfident, lazy child that doesn’t try... Read more »

Is It Worth It To Complain?

Is It Worth It To Complain?
My mind is constantly thinking of ideas to write about.  Only sometimes do those concepts make it to my computer. Today I have nothing.   I considered writing about how our basement flooded on Friday night and our air conditioning is broken. I thought about telling the story of how my daughter is obsessed with band-aids.... Read more »

How Meatless Monday Has Changed My Eating Habits

How Meatless Monday Has Changed My Eating Habits
    I began Meatless Mondays about 5 months ago on a whim to encourage healthy, natural and environmental friendly eating.  I did not expect that the change would affect me for the entire week and completely revamp my eating habits. Surprisingly, I have found myself craving more plant based meals and viewing heavy, meaty, preservative filled... Read more »
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Emanuel Won't Send His Kids to CPS Schools, But We Should?

I tend not to write about politics because coming from a split family, I know it is a battle not worth fighting.  But, the more I ponder about our new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, choosing to send his kids to a private school, University of Chicago’s Lab School in Hyde Park, I am mad. My son is... Read more »

The Ideal Gift For Every New Mom

The Ideal Gift For Every New Mom
I am fortunate that both my husband and my families were excited, supportive and present when both of our children were born.  They were available to help; only problem was I couldn’t find the words to ask. Teaching prenatal yoga has allowed me to mentor and support first time (and second, third and fourth time) moms.  I believe yoga is... Read more »

Wanderlust: Yoga in the City on a Hot July Night

Wanderlust: Yoga in the City on a Hot July Night
My car temperature read 98 degrees.  After walking 5 long blocks from the Grant Park Garage, I arrived at the open green space of the former Band-shell.  I laid down my mat and belongings, trusting they would be there when I returned, and searched for shade.  I found a comfortable spot in the Smart Water tent and... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: Balsamic Potatoes for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Meatless Monday: Balsamic Potatoes for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Potatoes get a bad rap.  I hear of lots of folks staying away because they’ve got carbs.  Actually these root vegetables come in so many forms you can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve been looking for a recipe that uses a variety of the herbs that I am growing in my garden.  Sarah at... Read more »

Yoga in Your Everyday Actions

 Yoga in Your Everyday Actions
I’ve been thinking about a quote that caught my eye on twitter; “Yoga is 10% asana (or poses), and 90% everything else.” My yoga practice lately seems really deep and intense.  Not because of my morning sun salutations or my ability to bind in side angle pose,  but because I am living and breathing the philosophies of yoga.... Read more »

Bye Bye BlackBerry, Hello iPhone

Bye Bye BlackBerry, Hello iPhone
I was very loyal to my BlackBerry.  It was ideal for my needs and allowed me to easily communicate for years. Except when the roller ball stopped working, and the battery no longer charged, and then when I couldn’t use any punctuation. My husband and I then calculated how much we could save if we were on... Read more »
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Meatless Monday and Wondering About CSAs.

Meatless Monday and Wondering About CSAs.
One of my readers, Rachel, recommended today’s Meatless Monday recipe on Ups and Downs of A Yoga Mom’s Facebook Page. Rachel wrote that her CSA suggested this recipe: Bake cooked lentils with rice, chopped kale, heaps of good curry, and coconut milk.  Serve with pat of butter on top. How yummy and nutrient rich does that sound?... Read more »