Archive for September 2012

And now I go back-to-school shopping

And now I go back-to-school shopping
August is not back-to-school shopping time. Yes, the stores tell you that August is the time that you need to stock up on new everything for your soon-to-be-school-bound kiddos. Every single one of them needs new: shoes, fall jackets, long pants, long sleeve shirts, sweaters or hoodies, winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves. And then of course they also need new school shoes, new gym shoes, rain boots and of course new snow boots. After doing lots of August shopping in yeas past, I've realized that my kids do not need 80% of these items before the first day of school. In fact, they will end up wearing their summer clothes through most of September (save for one or two chilly days here and there). Plus, they grow so fast that their sizes can literally change in just a matter or a couple of months. The time to shop for back-to-school is now, not August...

Apples up on top (once you start, you cannot stop)

Apples up on top (once you start, you cannot stop)
You've likely heard that the apple crop in the Midwest is a mess this year right? That means that the annual family trip to a Michigan apple orchard may not happen this year (from what I gather, most orchards don't have many apples left for picking at this point). Inspired by our love for all things apple, we made a bushel (not really) of yarn apples this year for our September craft story in Chicago Parent Magazine. ...

Guest Post: How Zealous Good is changing how we donate stuff (get ready to be inspired to clean out your garage)

Guest Post: How Zealous Good is changing how we donate stuff (get ready to be inspired to clean out your garage)
Basement and garage packed with stuff that you don't need (but also don't know what to do with)? Hey, me too! So glad that we can all share like this. I won't judge your garage if you don't judge mine.   Anyway . . . . meet Zealous Good! Today, I am sharing a guest post on how this Chicago-based organization is rethinking that way that we donate our stuff. Read on fellow pack rats...
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The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy

The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy
Kids home from school again tomorrow? Running out of things to do to keep the learning going (unexpected break in the school schedule be damned!)? I've got a wonderful (FREE!) option for you. The James Dyson Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Public Library is supporting students by offering hands-on engineering workshops every day the strike continues. All this week, the Foundation will host workshops to engage students through practical activities  at various Chicago Public Library locations. Participants will build rover racers, construct marble runs, and craft geodesic domes. Even though classes aren't in session, they'll be learning! Snacks will also be offered to students. These workshops will be fun and action packed. See below for all of the details on the remaining workshops (for this week anyway)...

Chicago Children's Museum offers free admission to all CPS Students this week

Chicago Children's Museum offers free admission to all CPS Students this week
To support Chicago Public School families this week, Chicago Children’s Museum is offering free admission to all CPS students from September 10-14. This limited-time offer will assist parents and caregivers with an opportunity to engage their children in an environment of play and activity while classes are suspended (and help pass the time during what... Read more »

Oh wow. This is really happening: What to do with your kids during the CPS teacher's strike

Oh wow. This is really happening: What to do with your kids during the CPS teacher's strike
I thought that they were going to be able to work this out. Guess not. What a mess. For all of the thousands of parents who are freaking out about the week ahead, let me direct you to the Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop guide to strike activities. My friend Sara has put together a comprehensive... Read more »
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Mark your calendars for the upcoming Neighborhood Parents Network School Fairs

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Neighborhood Parents Network School Fairs
Are you a city parent wondering where to send your kiddos to preschool? The Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) is your best friend in this often confusing and overwhelming journey. They have a number of resources to help parents navigate the city school selection process. If you are on this search, you have to attend one of their school fairs. This is time well-spent...