Archive for May 2016

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago
Every year, Bike the Drive closes Lake Shore Drive and opens the 60-mile lakefront highway to bikers of all ages and skill levels. This was the 15th year and we decided since the kids now are both comfortable riding their bikes, it was time.  It was somewhat of a hassle to get up and out... Read more »

Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose

Asana of the Day: Triangle Pose
Extended triangle pose, or Utthita Trikkoasana, is one of those deep and fulfilling poses that I try to squeeze into every practice.  It targets my hard to reach side body, lengthens my torso and opens my heart. Admittedly, I didn’t always love this pose and I believe it took me some time (years) to learn... Read more »

New breakfast idea: smoothie bowls

New breakfast idea: smoothie bowls
I am always looking for new breakfast ideas that are healthy, unique and tasty.  The smoothie bowl seems new, but in reality it is simply a fresh idea for an old staple. I used to drink smoothies every single day, but eventually got bored of them. This far from boring smoothie bowl is eaten with a... Read more »
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Yoga games your children will love

Yoga games your children will love
If I ask my second grader to do yoga with me, lately more often than not the answer is “no.” She is always asking me to play with her and was thrilled when I invited her to play a yoga game together. ThinkFun’s Yoga Cards the Game is a very simple and easy way to incorporate... Read more »

Date nights at home

Date nights at home
If you are like me, you enjoy being at home.  I love my house and most evening there is no place I would rather be than inside it. I do crave date night with my man and sometimes have to remind myself that it possible and super fun to have them without leaving the house.... Read more »

Things my daughter will not get rid of

Things my daughter will not get rid of
My daughter is a hoarder and has a very hard time getting rid of things.  She is extremely creative and comes up with very interesting art and games from scraps of paper, clothes sizes too small, lost puzzle pieces and fallen Barbie shoes. My girl is constantly taking things out of the recycling bag or... Read more »
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Yoga quotes to inspire you

Yoga quotes to inspire you
Do enjoy when teachers read quotes during yoga class? I find concise and inspiring words can be motivating and eye-opening on the mat. Here are a few of my favorite impactful quotes plus a funny one. Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.–B.K.S. Iyengar “The success... Read more »

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Do you consider yourself to be an introvert or extrovert?  Do you classify it based on how social you are? Fast Company shared an interesting perspective based on recharging. “Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time,... Read more »

What I am reading: When Breath Becomes Air

What I am reading: When Breath Becomes Air
Last week I had a day where I was feeling sorry for myself. My husband was working long hours, the kids each were struggling with their own little, but big in their minds, issues, my to-do list was very long and the dog got into the garbage and coffee grinds were peppered throughout my kitchen... Read more »
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Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016
On Sunday I walked onto the stage in front of a packed crowd at the 104-year-old Athenaeum Theatre as part of Chicago’s Listen to Your Mother and read my words.  I started off a little shaky, yet as I spoke I became comfortable under the hot lights and absorbed the energy of the audience and... Read more »