Archive for October 2009

A placenta teddy bear: Crafty or creepy?

While wasting time on Twitter last night, I came across a truly unusual post on MOMformation about placenta teddy bears. That’s right. I said placenta teddy bears. It is exactly what it sounds like – - a real placenta formed into the shape of a teddy bear. Apparently, designer Alex Green will take your placenta... Read more »

The H1N1 Vaccine: Are you in or out?

The H1N1 virus (via Wikimedia Commons). I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about H1N1 this week. Every time my kids return home from school and report that this teacher was absent or that kid came back to school after being home sick with the flu for three days, I wonder, “Is the swine flu... Read more »

Mom's Halloween do's and don'ts

The big day is nearly upon us. You’ve put the finishing touches on the kids’ costumes. The pumpkins have been transformed into jack-o’lanterns. And you’ve stocked up on an absurd amount of candy for the hordes of trick-or-treaters about to descend on your front door. But before you officially kick off your Halloween celebration, I... Read more »
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Donate diapers

http://everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=3203678 As the mother of a ten-month-old, diapers are an important part of my life. These are not an item that you want to be without when you live with people who don’t yet know how to independently use the bathroom. For many struggling families, diapers are a major expense. These things aren’t cheap. And... Read more »

Chicago-area Halloween happenings

Let me begin by saying that I do not have it in me to create a comprehensive list of all of the Halloween events taking place in and around Chicago during the next week or so. In my estimation, there are at least a billion different options — from costume parades to scarecrow building to... Read more »

Bring your little movie buff to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

Does your kid love movies? If so, you should take advantage of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) that opens October 22 and runs through November 1. This event presents a unique cultural opportunity for Chicago kids. According to the website, The impetus for the Festival came from a need to introduce new, culturally... Read more »
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Here's linking at you kid

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattimattila/ / CC BY 2.0 During the precious (and infrequent) moments when all three of my children are sleeping and I should be working, chatting with my husband, folding laundry or exfoliating, I sometimes find myself reading other parenting blogs.  As a new monthly feature on Wee Windy City, I thought that I would link... Read more »

Art & soul event at the Chicago Children's Museum

In recognition of National Child Health Month, Andersonville art-based counseling center art & soul has partnered with the Chicago Children’s Museum to highlight the social and emotional benefits of art for children. I was at the Children’s Museum this morning and saw the display featuring artwork from kids ages 1 through 15. I admire this... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for October 16-18

Lycee Francais de Chicago Fall Market Can you believe the weekend is here already? Hooray for short weeks! Here are my picks for the very best, most fun things for your family to do this weekend. Lycee Francais de Chicago’s Fall French Market.  Have you ever been to a true French Market before? If not,... Read more »
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Are you taking your kids to see Where The Wild Things Are?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21148821@N02/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 The much-anticipated Where the Wild Things Are movie opens on Friday, October 16. The film is based on Maurice Sendak’s wildly popular book first published in 1963. I would imagine that you remember this story from your own childhood too, right? I watched the trailer for the film and found... Read more »