Archive for June 2013

Paula Deen's 15 Minutes are Up

Paula Deen's 15 Minutes are Up
The saga Paula Deen is currently involved with seems to be never ending.  I’m sure her camp is praying the Royal Princess has her baby or Justin Beiber gets arrested – anything to take the media away from her. Not to rehash the obvious, she said racist words and there is no reason that anyone,... Read more »

Do your kids read your blog posts and Facebook statuses?

Do your kids read your blog posts and Facebook statuses?
It is hard for me to believe that I began blogging to document my newborn and toddlers firsts including rolling over to eating solids. Along the way, my writing has transformed, hopefully improved and inspired others. Yes, despite the changes happening, writing has remained a constant.   Now my son is asking to read my... Read more »

Chicago Public School Budget Cuts is Child Abuse

Chicago Public School Budget Cuts is Child Abuse
Today is the first Monday of summer and the last day of school. Our children are sweltering in un-air conditioned schools, due to making up the days they missed back in September during the teacher’s strike.   Now, in the final days of the year, we are learning schools have lost hundreds of thousands of... Read more »
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How are you going to keep your kids busy now that summer is here?

How are you going to keep your kids busy now that summer is here?
We wait and wait and freeze and whine and count down the days until summer is here. Then the warm weather finally arrives and I begin to hear the complaints, “How am I going to keep my children occupied all summer?” You are in luck as I have compiled a list of ways to enjoy... Read more »

Six reasons why The After Dinner Family Walk will improve home life

Six reasons why The After Dinner Family Walk will improve home life
Now that daylight lasts longer and the weather is warm, instead of getting ready for bed after dinner we instituted The After Dinner Walk. The over weight dog gets his much needed exercise while the kids often ride their bikes or scooters.  Somedays we walk around the block, other evenings we go further exploring the... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Vegan Indian Parantha (Potato Stuffed Bread)

Meatless Monday: Vegan Indian Parantha (Potato Stuffed Bread)
Writer, chef and business woman Anupy Singla invited me to Williams Sonoma to taste her Vegan Indian Cooking.  Very intrigued, but intimated by Indian cooking, I was thrilled to learn it is simpler than it seems plus some other interesting tidbits. 1. Indian people do not eat Naan, the buttery bread we all eat at... Read more »
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Craft Time: Turn a boring wood chair into a fun wood chair

Craft Time: Turn a boring wood chair into a fun wood chair
At the Roscoe Village Garage Sale a few weeks ago, I found two unusual wood chairs for five dollars each.  I created a nice little sitting area by the one beautiful tree in our city-size backyard. I lounged in one on the sunny morning sipping my morning tea and watching my kids jump on the... Read more »

Vegetables and herbs you can grow in your yard or your porch

I use Jalapeños a lot when cooking.  If you take out the seeds they are a lot less spicy. <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/ups-and-downs-of-a-yoga-mom/2013/04/crazy-good-fish-tacos-from-gwyneth-paltrows-new-cookbook/"">Try these fish tacos</a>
I live in the city of Chicago and do not have a ton of space to garden.  Each year I experiment with different vegetables and herbs to discover what grows with the little sun my urban yard receives.  This year I stayed away from tomatoes as they require a lot of sun that I do... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Gluten and Dairy Free Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Meatless Monday: Gluten and Dairy Free Creamy Mushroom Pasta
My sister recently returned from Italy and raved about the rich mushroom pasta with sauce that resembled the fat-laden fettuccine alfredo of our youth.  Then she proceeded to tell me I could never go to Italy, or Europe for that matter, and eat dairy-free. I can’t image going to Italy without Parmesan or Paris passing... Read more »
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Seated yoga video for everybody anywhere

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I wish you all could come to my classes and experience yoga with me firsthand.  Luckily, technology allows us the opportunity to be together when we are far in proximity. As a thank you to all of you for building Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom’s Facebook Page, I created a short video anybody... Read more »
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