Archive for March 2012

Raising Vegan Kids in Chicago

Raising Vegan Kids in Chicago
I am not a vegan and I am not raising my kids as vegans. But the whole concept intrigues me. On the one hand, we definitely are limiting animal protein in our diet and eating more vegetable and grain based meals. On the other hand, I am not sure that I want to live a life without cheese. Even though we are definitely bacon-eaters at our house,  I was interested in the idea of raising vegan kids and all of the issues that may arise (mostly in social settings). For example, what does a vegan kid do when the baseball team goes out for pizza or at a classmate's birthday party when everyone is digging into a conventional cake and ice cream...

Family Dinner at Nookies in Edgewater

Family Dinner at Nookies in Edgewater
Eating out with kids can be messy business. On the one hand, eating at a restaurant as a family can be a time to enjoy one another's company without having to deal with cooking and clean up. On the other hand, eating out at restaurants with kids can be stressful and cause you to question what in the world you could have been thinking in the first place (I am talking about spilled drinks, food all over the floor and failure to use "inside voices"). My family was recently invited to come and check out the new healthier children's menu at Nookies in Edgewater. Back before we had kids, my husband and I indulged in our share of hangover burgers and omelets at the Nookies in Old Town so I was curious to see how the Edgewater location compared...

Calling all "haute" mamas and moms-to-be -- this pop-up shop is for you!

Calling all "haute" mamas and moms-to-be -- this pop-up shop is for you!
This post is for the shoppers out there. Mark your calendars for March 31-April 1 for a pop-up shop sale featuring high-end maternity and baby gear with courtesy of our friends at Bump Couture  (http://www.bump-couture.​​​​​com)...
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Spring Break Activity: Make Robots!

Spring Break Activity: Make Robots!
I have been writing a monthly craft column for Chicago Parent for over three years now. I always "like" my monthly project (after all, I came up with the idea, shopped for the supplies, conducted trial run after trial run and then put the whole thing into words -- so I get attached). But the column in the March issue of Chicago Parent is one of my favorites. ...

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago
There are a lot of things for families to do in Chicago -- more than you could ever realistically get to. I know what our family loves to do, but I wanted to reach out to some other Chicago-area parents and hear about their favorites. I decided to begin this guest posting series with my friend Beth Prystowsky, the blogger behind Ups and Downs of  a Yoga Mom. Beth is a mom of two, housewife, yoga teacher and writer living in Chicago.  Find her on  at twitter at @upsdownsyogamom. Here are Beth's top ten picks for family activities in and around town...

Do you know about the Chicago Food Swap?

Do you know about the Chicago Food Swap?
The whole idea of social media troubles me sometimes. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, Linkedin, email, etc.  make it possible for us to "interact" with others without actually having any meaningful contact with them at all (I am very guilty of confusing a Facebook "Happy Birthday" comment for the real thing). The lack of person-to-person contact means something, I think. The "real" part of relating to others definitely gets lost in the process. On the total other other of the spectrum, there is the Chicago Food Swap. Two of my friends, Vanessa Druckman of Chef Druck Musings and Emily Paster of West of the Loop have organized this fantastic event (for the second time!). The Chicago Food Swap is an opportunity for home cooks, bakers and gardeners to trade their homemade and homegrown items. No commercial sellers are permitted and no money exchanges hands. So . . . this is about real people meeting one another and exchanging their homemade food items. When is the last time you did something like this? Never? Right, me too...
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Free seed planting workshop for kids at Matty K's Hardware Store

Free seed planting workshop for kids at Matty K's Hardware Store
Generally, I try not to bring my kids with me on trips to the hardware store because they touch everything and meander (they are kids after all).  Usually, this is not an efficient use of any one's time. However, I heard about a really creative event at a new hardware store that is geared towards kids (yes, they want you to bring your kids into their store!). I had to tell you about it...