Archive for November 2013

An interview with my eight year old on his birthday

An interview with my eight year old on his birthday
Eight Thanksgivings ago we gathered at my parent’s house with my sister, sister and brother-in-law and in-laws in anticipation of the arrival of the first baby of the family.  This year we will all come together again with the addition of more children to celebrate that not-so-little-boy’s 8th Birthday. It is beyond appropriate that this... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Kale Pizza or Spinach Quesadillas

Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Kale Pizza or Spinach Quesadillas
We eat a lot of pizza in our house.  It is easy and always pleases every member of my family (which is rare).  Some nights I don’t want to hear, “I don’t like (insert dinner here)” after I spent time and energy preparing for my family. Pizza is one of those foods that can come... Read more »

Ten Must See Sites in Paris

Ten Must See Sites in Paris
Before we left for our anniversary celebration in Paris, I searched for an easy, non-complex list of sites that were crucial to see while we were overseas.  Instead, I was bombarded with detailed itineraries that made vacation seem anything but relaxing. My husband and I enjoy sightseeing, but also enjoy unwinding on vacation.  While we... Read more »
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Things I'm into this week: Charlotte's Web, Bucketfeet and Blueprint Cleanse

Things I'm into this week: Charlotte's Web, Bucketfeet and Blueprint Cleanse
My kids are and I are reading the classic Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  It is much slower and simpler than the books they gravitate towards (Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid).  I feel warm and fuzzy imagining my own second grade teacher reciting it to me and the kids are slowly becoming interested... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving Green Beans with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving Green Beans with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds
As much as I pretend to believe it was JUST summer, somehow months have flown by and holiday season is quickly approaching.  Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dish to someone else’s home; it is always preferably to serve something easy, but unique and one that will not be passed over.  It is... Read more »

A parenting fail nobody knows about

A parenting fail nobody knows about
I’ve held this secret inside for over seven years.  At the beginning it was really hard not to tell anyone, now I have suppressed it so long it is actually difficult for me to remember all the details. My husband and I decided to keep the incident between us when it happened; our first-born was... Read more »
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Do vacations improve communication in marriage?

Do vacations improve communication in marriage?
I’m still recovering from jet lag from, in my eyes, the perfect vacation – six days in Paris with my husband.  We slept late, leisurely enjoyed decadent meals, walked, explored and talked. We have not had the opportunity to talk this much in years. On the long plane ride home, we discussed why our communication... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Healthy Mac and Cheese

Meatless Monday: Healthy Mac and Cheese
My daughter could easily live on macaroni and cheese.  I’ve searched and searched for an alternative to the processed Kraft version that still tastes creamy and rich and finally came across a recipe that is popular with the kids and adults alike. This version came from reality star turned talk show host Bethenny Frankel.  Do you... Read more »

Living and Laughing with MS

While I am away vacationing with my husband and desperately trying to disconnect, I’m pleased to introduce you to another Chicago Now writer, Mr. Patrick O’hara.  Patrick is a Chicago born comedian and writes Comedy, Tragedy and Me.  Patrick was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago, and like me when I was diagnosed; found... Read more »
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Yoga during pregnancy

Yoga during pregnancy
My husband and I are celebrating ten years of marriage far away.  Kim Z. Dale, a Chicago Now blogger and fellow yogi, is writing today about yoga during pregnancy and afterwards.  Please check out Kim’s blog Listing Towards Forty and welcome her to Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.   Isn’t pregnancy supposed to... Read more »
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