Archive for October 2011

I've Come Full Circle with Halloween Traditions

I've Come Full Circle with Halloween Traditions
My mom threw a Halloween Party for my sister and me when we were 7 and 9.   I can’t remember what we dressed as, but I remember both of my Grandmas came and dressed up in handmade M&M and Old Mother Hubbard costumes.  Well, maybe my Gram wasn’t Old Mother Hubbard, but she definitely wore a bonnet and carried a basket.  I wish those... Read more »

My Experience at The Social Media Masters Summit 2011

Yesterday I had two and a half hours to swing by the 3rd Annual  Social Media Masters Summit at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom while both kids were safe at school.  The building is across the street from the Art Institute, next to Cosi, and is ornate and beautiful.  I love old historic buildings that cannot... Read more »

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago
I’m an avid supporter of Chicago Public Schools.  I find it absurd that families feel they have to move to the suburbs because the schools in the city are not good enough for their children’s education.  There are other city dwellers that send their children to private school and spend absorbent amounts of hard earned money... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Pasta

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Pasta
Sunday morning we carved our pumpkin.  I love the tradition, but man the carving kits, scoopers and patterns are sure different than the old school Jack -o- Lanterns my family made when I was a kid.  My dad would take a knife and cut triangle eyes and a nose and a slit for a mouth.  While my husband... Read more »

How to Keep Squirrels away from Pumpkins and Costco Turkeys

How to Keep Squirrels away from Pumpkins and Costco Turkeys
Somehow I blinked and the world changed from bright, colorful fall days to windy, chilly, bitter autumn and today is back to sunny and warm.  This week I  turned on the butt warmer in my car for the first time and bought by daughter a winter jacket.  Just like my kids being unpredictable, fall weather seems similar; I never know... Read more »

Mark Bosworth Missing Since September 16

Mark Bosworth Missing Since September 16
A 54 year old blue eyed avid cycler and two time cancer survivor was volunteering for a bike Oregon Event.  On September 16th he was last seen near his tent and has been missing since then.  Thousands of volunteers have searched the area and received no clues about where Mark Bosworth is.  He does not have... Read more »
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Let's Welcome The Rosie Show to Chicago

Let's Welcome The Rosie Show to Chicago
Is it a life long dream to be on stage with Rosie O’Donnell? Wear a bedazzled Rosie shirt. The ladies with the colorful handmade sparkle shirts got to be seated first, in the front row and later went on stage to play a newlywed type game with mother and daughter pairs against Sharon and Kelly Osbourne.  The Osbournes won proving... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Squash & Chickpea Moroccan Stew

Meatless Monday: Squash & Chickpea Moroccan Stew
I’ve had this large squash dominating my kitchen  counter as a center piece for the past week.  It reminds me of autumn, but I’ve been itching to cook with it.  I found this recipe in my November issue of Yoga Journal and thought it looked hearty and unique. The most difficult part of the stew was chopping... Read more »

Does Your Child Eat School Cafeteria Food?

Does Your Child Eat School Cafeteria Food?
Anonymous blogger Mrs. Q wrote on her blog Fed Up With Food for one year (2010) documenting daily Chicago Public School lunches.  She recently revealed herself as parent and speech pathologist Sarah Wu, just in time for her new book to come out.  Every day she secretly photographed the lunch and critiqued its healthy qualities. Since my son began kindergarten... Read more »
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Wordless Wednesday: Sometimes Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

Wordless Wednesday: Sometimes Pictures Speak Louder Than Words
Usually I sit down to my computer and the words start flowing.  Some days like today I feel negative and choose against publishing a whiny post.  In reality I have little reason to complain (except for the fact I spent $1500 to replace the brakes in my recently paid off car).  In these cases I look at photos and... Read more »
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