Archive for January 2012

Celebrate African American History Month at the Chicago Children's Museum

Celebrate African American History Month at the Chicago Children's Museum
I am a total sucker for the Chicago Children's Museum. I just love the place and all that it has to offer families. We have a good time each and every visit. In addition to the usual favorites, the Chicago Children's Museum has some special programming planned for African American History Month (February, already!). Mark your calendars for these worthwhile events and activities...

The National Hellenic Museum: Modern Meets Museum

The National Hellenic Museum: Modern Meets Museum
I know that I am a little bit late to the party on this one, but after many postponed or cancelled attempts (due to illness, changed travel plans, and mini-blizzards), we finally made it to the National Hellenic Museum last Friday. This Museum has been generating a lot of buzz since its opening a few months ago. After having the chance to check it out, I can definitely see what all of the fuss is about. The National Hellenic Museum aims to bring Greek history and culture to life in a modern-day setting -- and it is the focus on the modern day that really sets this Museum apart from most others. Everything about this place has a modern feel incorporated into it -- from the sleek, minimalist design to the emphasis on using technology to connect visitors to the past. Smart phones are definitely welcome here...

Unconventional Valentine's Day Treats

Unconventional Valentine's Day Treats
I like cupcakes, truffles, cookies and other goodies as much as the next gal. But I also really dread the sugar fest that accompanies Valentine's Day. So. Much. Sugary. Junk. Second only to Halloween, Valentine's Day is like a non-stop sugar high for kids who are indulged with sweets and treats all day long. I figure that my kids are going to load up on enough sugar from the treats they get from their class mates, grandparents, etc. My plan is to break out my heart-shaped cookie cutters and make them some healthier Valentine's Day treats. I think is is possible to say a love you without conversation hearts or those limited-edition Hershey's Kisses with the pink wrappers...
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A Girls Night Out (and it is all for a good cause)! Who is with me?

A Girls Night Out (and it is all for a good cause)! Who is with me?
Sometimes it is nice to take little mid-week break from the dinner, bath and bedtime routine. Are you with me moms? From time-to-time, I like to spend the 7:00-8:00 hour sipping a cocktail and chatting with other adults instead of struggling to get little people into their pajamas. And when the event benefits a great... Read more »

Proud to be a Stonyfield Yo-Getter

Proud to be a Stonyfield Yo-Getter
My love for Stonyfield (not just the products -- but the company too) is no secret. I've already posted about my a-mah-zing lunch with Gary, the (now former) CE-Yo of Stonyfield and my very interesting invite to see author Robyn O'Brien speak about genetically modified ingredients and food allergies while dining at Naha (again, yum). Honestly, I am so grateful to have had these unique educational opportunities, thanks to the super nice folks at Stonyfield.  These interactions have made me think hard about where I spend my weekly grocery budget. So I was frankly pretty thrilled when Stoneyfield asked me to be one of their "Yo-Getters...

Martin Luther King Day at the Chicago History Museum

Martin Luther King Day at the Chicago History Museum
I know that it feels like your children just returned to school after many, many days off, but next Monday is another day off for those lucky kiddies.Have you made plans yet? If not, I wanted share info on an event that sounds really interactive and interesting. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Chicago History Museum is hosting a celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy with music, crafts and family activities. MLK day at the Museum lasts from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on January 16, 2012. This event is free for Museum members and all Illinois residents...
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Real Simple focuses on online civility with "Be Nice on the Internet" week

Real Simple focuses on online civility with "Be Nice on the Internet" week
Every blogger I know can recount at least one experience with online negativity or backlash. In fact, receiving negative comments is sort of a "rite of passage" for bloggers (because at least someone is reading, right?). We can thank the Internet for improving our lives in many different ways, but the day-to-day etiquette that governs our interactions with other human beings definitely does not translate online. We now post all sorts of personal details about our lives online -- and others can publicly comment on them with near anonymity. It is a dangerous combination...