Archive for March 2016

Thank you to our teachers

Thank you to our teachers
I received this flyer at school drop off today. Although it is an inconvenience to have another day off of school; I support and thank our teachers. My kids have had some less-than-stellar teachers in the past, but luckily this year they both have smart, thoughtful, creative, understanding, encouraging, fun and interesting teachers. I’ve seen... Read more »

Are you always early or always late?

Are you always early or always late?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an early person.  It mostly happens without even considering as I give myself more time than I need to get ready and arrive at my destination. The times I am running late, I get stressed and anxious and it isn’t pretty. Therefore, I plan accordingly and... Read more »

About our Listen to Your Mother rehearsal

About our Listen to Your Mother rehearsal
Last Saturday the cast of Listen to Your Mother Chicago gathered for our first rehearsal at the light and airy DL Loft.  Mildly apprehensive, but mostly excited I embraced the unique experience. We sat in a semi circle and listened to each cast member speak truthfully about either being a mom and having a mom. It... Read more »
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Meatless Monday: The best salads

Meatless Monday: The best salads
I need to eat more salads.  Don’t we all need to eat more salads? The problem is salads always seem boring and I never think I am in the mood for them.  The thing is though, some salads can be the perfect mix of salty, sweet, crunchy and creamy to create a delicious and healthy... Read more »

Natural Stain Removers

Natural Stain Removers
Am I the only one that feels like I am always doing laundry?  Believe or not, I’ve made the never-ending task more fun since I discovered these natural stain removing solutions. I must admit it is quite satisfying to return a white shirt to looking almost new after an unfortunate encounter with permanent marker. Did... Read more »

Take five minutes to breathe today

Take five minutes to breathe today
This cartoon made me laugh out loud and really spoke the truth to me at the same time. We all spend a large chunk of our time taking care of other people and we forget to be kind to ourselves.  Our population generally feels guilty for doing nothing. This week I suggest you set your... Read more »
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Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

Fabric Softener Alternatives

Fabric Softener Alternatives
Since my multiple sclerosis diagnosis, I’ve been doing my best to remove chemicals from my home.  Far from easy, I am constantly reminded of the harmful ingredients in household, beauty and even garden products. Fabric sheets and softeners include many toxins that are linked to cancers, respiratory and nervous system problems. According to Thank Your... Read more »

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016
Before my Listen to Your Mother audition last weekend, I sat in my car, felt the sun beat on my face, closed my eyes and meditated. Despite the breath work and visualization, I was still terrified at my audition and didn’t stop shaking until more than half way through my piece. I left relieved it... Read more »
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What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"
At our neighborhood bookstore recently browsing with my son, I came across Gracefully Grayson and realized I went to high school and overnight camp with the author, Ami Polonsky.  After diving into the book, inspired and impressed; I contacted Ami and am happy to share our interview with you. When and how did you first... Read more »