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See you later, 2012

See you later, 2012
Last year I answered a series of questions about 2011 and had planned and actually began to answer them again this year.  In December of 2011 my answers were naive to the possibility I would receive a diagnosis with multiple sclerosis a mere 9 months later.  As a result, in answering the questions this year,... Read more »

Bad mommy strikes again

Bad mommy strikes again
Winter break is lovely for the hot chocolate pajama mornings with no rush to get out the door, time to see family, bake cookies and make a volcano.  There is also a lot of time with nothing to do. My kids are used to structure and without any, sometimes Bad Mommy comes out. Today was... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Fast, Healthy Food at Olive

Meatless Monday: Fast, Healthy Food at Olive
Some days I don’t have the energy to cook, yet struggle with finding kid friendly restaurants where both my kids and I will enjoy the food.  It seems pointless for us to get out to eat if they are going to eat grilled cheese, mac and cheese or other basics that I can easily prepare... Read more »
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The Coca Cola Balanced Living Workshop gave me tools to change

The Coca Cola Balanced Living Workshop gave me tools to change
I was compensated for my participation in Coca-Cola’s Balanced Living Workshop, but my thoughts and views are my own. Last week I participated in the Coca Cola Balanced Living Workshop.  At the two-day event, I learned how valuable it is to take a break from everyday life in a positive and healthy environment.  I knew... Read more »

The mothers of the Sandy Hook tragedy victims did everything they could to keep their children safe

The mothers of the Sandy Hook tragedy victims did everything they could to keep their children safe
I have so much to say about the tragedy in Connecticut, yet there is nothing to say.  No words that will make the mothers of each of those twenty 6 and 7 year olds understand how their baby died. Eight years ago when I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I vowed... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Comforting Crepes

Meatless Monday: Comforting Crepes
One of the biggest benefits of blogging is when I receive message from readers telling me I have made a difference in their lives.  Chicago Now blogger Shannan Younger, writer of Tween Us, sent me a note to let me know her family has been going meatless on Mondays and added, “Thanks for the encouragement... Read more »
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Five ways to anger one with a chronic disease

Five ways to anger one with a chronic disease
I’m never confident in the words I use with my friend going through a divorce, the mom at school with breast cancer or my yoga student who had a miscarriage. I strive to be authentic, although I’m sure I’ve said the wrong thing before. When I became sick, it was really never a question about... Read more »

Meatless Monday: The Hanukkah Latke

Meatless Monday: The Hanukkah Latke
My favorite types of foods are those that have meaning, purpose and tradition.  Every winter I smell the oil splattering throughout the kitchen, I’m reminded of Hanukkah family get togethers at my grandparents and my parent’s homes.  The places where as children we quickly shoved the latkes in our mouths, with grease dripping down our... Read more »

The Coca-Cola Balanced Living Workshop in Chicago Next Week

I was compensated for my participation in Coca-Cola’s Balanced Living Workshop, but my thoughts and views are my own. As a child, it was a reward to go with my mom to The Multiplex to workout. I loved the energy and noise in the active gym. Even though it was the 80s, I’m not sure... Read more »
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Inside my Joyful Hanukkah Shopping

Inside my Joyful Hanukkah Shopping
  In the half hour after yoga before preschool pick up, I naively thought I could simply pop into Toys R Us to return one item and get one Hannukah gift for each of my children. Apparently weekdays at 1:40 is a prime time to shop as the place was bustling with long return lines,... Read more »
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