Archive for March 2012

Are Our Computers Helping Us Cheat?

Are Our Computers Helping Us Cheat?
I became The Best Mother in the World yesterday afternoon when I helped my boy, who had dedicated every minute of his free time the last week to getting the key, go on to the next level in his Harry Potter Lego video game. We tried jumping, wearing the invisible cloak and using the spells... Read more »

Who I Would Cast For 'The Hunger Games' Movie

Who I Would Cast For 'The Hunger Games' Movie
I’m not sure if it was subconscious or coincidence, but somehow I read The Hunger Games at the same time the press for the movie came out.   I did my best to avoid the continuous coverage of Lenny Kravitz and Miley Cyrus’s boyfriend.  To me the characters had their own look created by my imagination.... Read more »

Three Things I Learned at My First Spin Class

Three Things I Learned at My First Spin Class
Following my mantra to try new things, this week I went to my first spin class.  I know I’m about a decade late on this trend, but I am glad I finally took a class. Spinning is a fitness class on a bike with various adjustments of resistance and positioning in a dark room with loud music.... Read more »
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KickSprout and Soulistic Studio Partner for Prenatal Yoga

KickSprout and Soulistic Studio Partner for Prenatal Yoga
I’ve always said how much I wish I had a support group when my son was born six years ago.  Leasa Navarro felt the same way when her daughter was born two years ago and KickSprout began. KickSprout was created to help expectant and new parents connect with a community of other families, provide face-to-face events... Read more »

Stop Bullying Speak Up

Stop Bullying Speak Up
Very early yesterday morning, my six year old came into my room excited to share something with me.   “A special presentation called Stop Bullying Speak Up  is on Cartoon Network today at 4:30.” My boy had already experienced some teasing at Chess Club earlier this year.  A combination of his interest and my fear of the topic caused my... Read more »

My Top Ten Favorite Family Spots in Chicago

My Top Ten Favorite Family Spots in Chicago
Today I’m writing over at Wee Windy City.  This summer-like weather always reminds me of the beauty and possibilities of our city. It was challenging to narrow it down to my ten favorite spots to take my family in Chicago. 10. Lincoln Park Zoo.  This may seem like an obvious choice, but it is FREE... Read more »
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What Values do you Teach your Children?

I’ve been pondering the transition beyond the baby phase and into the school children phase lately.  One yoga student, a mother of  girls age 4 and 8, I spoke with after class said something that has stuck with me this week. “I’m much better at this stage than the baby stage.” Honestly,  I’m scared for... Read more »

Composting: What it is and How to Get Started

Composting: What it is and How to Get Started
The minute I saw the first few green signs of life popping out of the tired ground last week, my mind began to race in preparation for this year’s garden. This will be the fourth summer of my little urban garden.  Each year I’ve learned more information and there is so much more to learn. A... Read more »

Pink Slime: Our Children Deserve Better Meals at School

Pink Slime: Our Children Deserve Better Meals at School
I cannot even fathom there is a human out there that is approving schools to serve this to children. The USDA is feeding this so-called pink slime, a beef-like product created by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally used in dog food, and treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill salmonella and E. coli. ... Read more »
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Is Breathing Simple or Difficult?

Is Breathing Simple or Difficult?
My Chicago Now Guest Post series is continuing today.  Elizabeth Rago is mom of 3, writer at Parenting without a Parachute,  loyal reader and commenter.  I love her feedback and feel like we are long lost friends even though we have only met in real life once. I’m thrilled Elizabeth took the time to write... Read more »
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