Archive for February 2013

Beat the Winter Blahs: An afternoon of sledding at Cricket Hill

Beat the Winter Blahs: An afternoon of sledding at Cricket Hill
I’ve learned that it is better to embrace a Chicago winter rather than fight it. Sure, you could just stay home and be bitter during the (admittedly, often unpleasant) winter months. But if you have little people at your house, you have to brave the temps and get out there and have fun. You’ll be... Read more »

Our Chicago Staycation -- Ritz Carlton-Style

A room with a serious view -- at the Ritz Carlton Chicago
Chicago winters are too long. I have very few good things to say about the months of February and March. Dreary, chilly times like these call for family fun to shake things up a little bit. An overnight get away (even in your own hometown) can be just the thing to cure the winter blahs.... Read more »

Join me at the 3rd Annual Girls Night Out Go Red for Women Event

Join me at the 3rd Annual Girls Night Out Go Red for Women Event
My friend Alison Ray of Sassy Moms in the City really knows how to throw a party. If you’ve attended one of her Girls Night Out Go Red for Women events in the past, you know what I am talking about. This evening is a guaranteed good time with friends — and it is all for... Read more »
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Introducing Cocooncare: A holistic wellness and fitness facility for expectant and new moms

Introducing Cocooncare: A holistic wellness and fitness facility for expectant and new moms
I want to tell you about  CocoonCare because honestly I am just jealous. I wish that a resource like this existed when I was expecting my first child eight and a half years ago. This place is an amazing new resource for new mamas. CocooonCare is a holistic health and wellness center opening this week. It... Read more »

Tips for parents looking to raise confident, empowered girls from Jill Hope of I Shine (go girls!)

Tips for parents looking to raise confident, empowered girls from Jill Hope of I Shine (go girls!)
Raising girls can be tricky business. As a mom of an almost nine-year-old, I am honestly totally dismayed by the ways that my daughter's social interactions with other girls are mirroring the same experiences that I had growing up.
Simply put -- girls seem to be encountering the same sort of social challenges at all stages of life-- whether they are nine or thirty-nine.
So how do we prepare our little girls to handle these challenging social situations? Jill Hope of I Shine Kids is a local Chicago mom and parenting coach who has created a series of innovative programs that teach parents how to foster self-esteem, build character and raise emotionally healthy, empowered kids.
I am an especially big fan of her Powerful Girl Within Program. Jill developed this program because many parents come to her asking for advice on how to help their daughters who are struggling with peer issues.
One day they have a friend, only to find that the next day they are left out. Many girls feel they have to be a certain way or look a certain way, and if they don't, they will lose the few friends they have. Does this sound familiar at all?
These dynamics develop as early as preschool or kindergarten. Yes, seriously. 
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Chicago Children's Museum debuts new Tinkering Lab

Chicago Children's Museum debuts new Tinkering Lab
I am a sucker for the Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM). Each visit is a chance to discover something new (not just saying that.... it is true)  Last week, the CCM debuted a new a permanent exhibit called the Tinkering Lab. This is a place where kids can use real tools and materials. They love stuff like that. Those crazy kids. Inspired by the national Maker Movement, CCM has developed an experience unlike any other in Chicago. This is a DIY maker space for families. Do what you will (or won't) in this unstructured, creative space. I really dig their new tagline for this exhibit: Real tools. Real science. Really for kids...
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A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft

A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft
Not all Valentine’s Day treats have to involve a sugar rush (and those little conversation hearts taste kind of gross anyway). If you are looking for a more natural take on Valentine’s Day inspired crafts, check out my craft column in this month’s Chicago Parent Magazine. We made heart-shared backyard bird feeders as a little Valentine’s... Read more »