Archive for March 2013

Food: The Nature of Eating Opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Chicago skyline made from cereal boxes. Love this.
For all of the non-stop eating that goes on in our country, we don’t devote too much time thinking about what is behind what we put in our mouths every day. Food: The Nature of Eating is a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum that invites you to think about the journey that... Read more »

Little Homer Story Hour at the National Hellenic Museum

Little Homer Story Hour at the National Hellenic Museum
Have you ever visited the National Hellenic Museum? I love this place. You should definitely check it out. The National Hellenic Museum just announced  a new program called Little Homer Story Hour.  At this weekly story hour, the kiddos can discover Greek culture through interactive story-telling and craft-making. Great reason to visit the museum, right? Why not. This program takes... Read more »

Introducing Juddly, a secure message-sharing service for kiddos

Introducing Juddly, a secure message-sharing service for kiddos
There are a ton of educational apps out there and sometimes it is tough to weed through the crowd to find the best of the best. I've been very impressed with the apss that I've seen from local app developer (and retired Chicago kindergarten teacher) Mrs. Judd.
Mrs. Judd’s recently brought another product to market called Juddly that adds another cool interactive element to her popular apps. Juddly is a groundbreaking web-based service and API for mobile apps that empowers children to safely share their in-app artwork and creations directly to their parent’s inbox. Juddly is currently available in seven of Mrs. Judd’s Games’ early childhood education free apps and will soon be included in all titles.
Here is how it works. Parents or teachers set up their Juddly dashboard and connect apps directly to their email. Children interact with an app, then decide when and what to share by clicking on the Juddly icon. Adults receive the child’s creation via email and can later organize, display and share it. Kids can share their work (which they obviously love to do). Mom and dad can start a conversation with their child and dig deeper into their experience with the app. Great idea, right?
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Groceries and Gas

Groceries and Gas
Every week, I buy groceries. And every week I put gas in my car. You too? You don’t say….. I spend a lot of cash on these two basic necessities every month. Dominick’s (you know, the grocery folks) have a super easy-to-use new program that helps you save money on gas just for buying your... Read more »

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.
Spring break is upon us. For your sake, I hope you are headed to a warm and sunny locale. In the event that you’ll be staying in town and trying fill your week with fun and entertaining activities for the kiddos, may I suggest that you make monster feet. This project is the perfect antidote... Read more »

Join me for story time at Open Books this Friday

Join me for story time at Open Books this Friday
Looking for something fun to do this Friday? Ooh, Ooh! I’ve got a good idea for you. Bring your babe (or toddler or preschooler) to Open Books for a Story Time Festival sponsored by Bump Club and Beyond with all proceeds benefitting Open Books and More Than Milk. I am going to be there around... Read more »
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Chicago Kids Talk Tech in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago Kids Talk Tech in Chicago Parent Magazine
I am writing a series of stories for Chicago Parent Magazine where I have the chance to interview a whole bunch of Chicago kids to hear what they think about a variety of topics. Honestly, I love hearing what these kids have to say (totally unfiltered, by the way). For this month’s story, we talked... Read more »