Archive for January 2012

I Completed the January Photo a Day Challenge

I Completed the January Photo a Day Challenge
Thirty one days ago it was the first day of 2012 and I learned of a fun challenge on Instagram, an iPhone photo application.  The January Photo a Day Challenge was started by Fat Mum Slim, an Australian blogger.  As you can see it listed an idea for each day of the month and suggested you post... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Spinach and Chickpeas

Meatless Monday: Spinach and Chickpeas
Slowly I’ve been noticing perks about my kids getting older.  No more diapers, messy bath time has morphed into low maintenance showers and my kids are helping me cook now. Surprisingly, they are very helpful stirring, throwing away garbage and getting items out of the refrigerator.  My 3 year old was extremely interested and careful... Read more »

Is Yoga to Blame for Injuries?

Is Yoga to Blame for Injuries?
I’ve silently been following the recent NYT article  ”How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” and  I’ve read the smart and thought provoking responses.  All the while I’ve been nursing a sore knee and frustrated from achy hips wondering where I stand on this issue.  Yogis get injured, but that doesn’t keep us from yoga. When my parents ran the marathon... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools Announce Guidelines for Longer School Day

Chicago Public Schools Announce Guidelines for Longer School Day
Did you see or hear the news about Chicago Public School’s move to full school day?  Parents that I’ve chatted with at school, soccer and the grocery store have shared their confusion about the details.  Luckily, I had the pleasure of speaking with CEO Brizard yesterday and all the information is available on the Chicago Public School’s website.   CEO... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Loaded Miso Soup

Meatless Monday: Loaded Miso Soup
My mother in law saved me an article from The New York Times Magazine titled “No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem: Going semi-vegan: A resolution with no downside” (January1, 2012).   The author Mark Bittman explains this way of eating is not a diet or a gimmick, but a path. The recipes ranged from Bean Burger to Fried... Read more »

Friday Favorites: Green Sandwich Bags & Avocado Pasta

Friday Favorites: Green Sandwich Bags & Avocado Pasta
 It is Friday again?  Wow, this week flew by.  I’m striving to find the gentle balance between being too busy and bored.  Do you struggle to find that spot?  Of course I want to sub every class to help my peers out, but sometimes it leads to too much stress.  I’m finding it is ok to say... Read more »
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Vita Coco Water Giveaway

Vita Coco Water Giveaway
I’ve always been a water drinker.  Soda has never really been my thing; wine is enough of a guilty liquid for me.  Then I discovered coconut water and fell head over heels in love with its taste and health benefits.  Years ago, I remember trying my sister-in-laws and turning my nose at the taste.  I... Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr. Said It Best

  ‎”I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  - Martin Luther King Jr.   You know those days when you are frustrated, tired, annoyed and overwhelmed? I get past those moments by remembering the sound of  little footsteps at the top of the stairs releasing this paper that magically floated by my feet. I... Read more »

Friday Favorites: Crunchy Kale Chips and A Hungry Caterpillar Sandwich Tray

Friday Favorites: Crunchy Kale Chips and A Hungry Caterpillar Sandwich Tray
There is so much brilliance I find online, why not share it? Below are some of my favorite findings this week.  Have you been pining over a project on Pinterest or is there a blog that you check first thing every morning for a new post?  Share your favorites and I’ll share mine. Quote: “We... Read more »
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Those Real Housewives Are Bullies

Those Real Housewives Are Bullies
I’m dreading the days my children have cell phones and computer access, mainly because I worry about bullies.  The mean girls were around when I was young and I can easily bring myself back to the helpless pain they cause.  I was a teen in the days of phony phone calls; before caller ID, texting and social media.  My imagination runs wild at... Read more »
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