Archive for May 2013

How to have your house smell like Pottery Barn

How to have your house smell like Pottery Barn
When you enter a home a first impression is made.  Often we assume our eyes do all the work as we take in the decor, colors and textures that are initially apparent when a door opens. I always notice the smell.  I can remember homes from my childhood, not by the furniture or curtains but... Read more »

Every parent's worst nightmare

Every parent's worst nightmare
This letter came home from school last week. If you don’t have time or care to read the above, in sum it says a man came onto school property and told a student his mother was sleeping and to come home with him instead.  Luckily, the child ran away from the man and immediately found... Read more »

Healthy foods versus junk food: my kid and I conduct an experiment

Healthy foods versus junk food: my kid and I conduct an experiment
My kids and I often have a similar conversation. “Why can’t you pack {insert junk food here} in my lunch? Jackson’s Mom puts it in his lunch.”  Whines a little voice. Or at the grocery store, “Please, pretty please, please can we buy {insert sugar cereal here}? ” Repeated over and over and over again. Young... Read more »
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Manduka releases the UnBLOK to enhance your yoga practice

Manduka releases the UnBLOK to enhance your yoga practice
Manduka recently released the new Manduka UnBLOK which is different than the symmetrical blocks you are used to.  The curve of the unBlOCK is created with two adjacent curved planes to create a more ergonomic shape. The unBLOK is a complement to any level and style and level of practice.  It helps anyone modify postures... Read more »

Roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with mustard and chives

Roasted cauliflower and chickpeas with mustard and chives
Cauliflower is the one the vegetable I remember my mom making often as a child.  She steamed it and served it with butter and Lawry’s season salt.  I loved it. Since then cauliflower is not around as often as in my childhood.  There is so much emphasis on the importance of eating greens, poor cauliflower... Read more »

Two ChicagoNow bloggers in a bar: unintended inspiration found

Two ChicagoNow bloggers in a bar: unintended inspiration found
Today I have a very special Guest Post from the incredible Erin Skibinski.  Her story blows my mind. For a “stranger” to tell you that you have inspired them and made a difference in their life is pretty much my life goal.  Before you read Erin’s story, I quickly want to share mine. My mom... Read more »
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My kid insisted I give money to the homeless man

My kid insisted I give money to the homeless man
Exiting the highway at Addison, I was thrilled to finally be away from traffic and mere blocks from home. As I waited at the stoplight listening to the Talking Heads I’m sure I subconciously noticed the man standing in traffic with a cardboard sign reading NO MONEY OR HOME. NEED HELP. Shamefully I might be... Read more »

A Dr. Seuss cake the kids can prepare

A Dr. Seuss cake the kids can prepare
My son checked out a Green Eggs and Ham cookbook from the library.  His obsessive personality made sure I was aware he desperately wanted to make a recipe from the book immediately.  We debated between Schlopp with a Cherry on Top or Sneetch Treats, but we finally chose Cat in the Hat Tub Cake. To... Read more »

What to get my mom for Mother's Day

What to get my mom for Mother's Day
Today, I walked in and out of stores looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my mom. I looked and looked, yet no items seemed worthy of saying thank you to my mother for giving me life and raising me. I believe my mom has everything she needs.  She is healthy, has been married... Read more »
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We walked for MS

We walked for MS
This past Sunday my family and I were part of (our first annual) Walk MS 2013.  My sister organized, my husband flew a red eye flight to be there, my mom brought shirts, the kids kept their complaints to a minimum and we all donated. We were surprised to see the number of people flooding... Read more »