Archive for April 2013

Want your Pre-Baby Body Back? Fit4Mom Can Help With That

Want your Pre-Baby Body Back? Fit4Mom Can Help With That
Motherhood is beautiful thing — but it is also tough on your body. Jackie Dorris of Fit4Mom can help you with that  – if you are ready to get serious. Body Back is a results-based workout program for moms of any age. Classes offer high intensity, interval workouts along with before and after fitness assessments,... Read more »

Family Days at U.S. Cellular Field: Add it your Summer Must-Do List

Family Days at U.S. Cellular Field: Add it your Summer Must-Do List
Earlier this month, we had the amazing opportunity to check out the new "Family Day" offerings from the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Bottom line: THIS is family fun. The new promotion, which is offered on all 13 Sunday home games this season, features seats in Bleacher, Outfield Reserved, Lower Corner and Premium Upper Box sections for $15, Upper Box and Upper Reserved Seats will be available for $10, and Upper Corner tickets will be priced at only $5.  Additionally, parking at U.S. Cellular Field parking lots on Family Sundays will be available for $10.
Kids can take advantage of special autograph sessions with current and former White Sox players, as well as White Sox broadcasters (weather permitting), and the opportunity to run the bases after games (this was a real highlight for my three littles). ...

The Chicago Children's Theatre presents The Elephant and The Whale

The Chicago Children's Theatre presents The Elephant and The Whale
We never miss a Chicago Children’s Theatre production. All of their shows are winners. We are lucky to have the opportunity to expose our little theatre-goers to these sorts of cultural opportunities. This is a no-brainer. Make the time for these sorts of family-friendly cultural experience. You won’t regret it. The Elephant and The Whale... Read more »
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The Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia: Sola Olu shares her story

The Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsia: Sola Olu shares her story
Do you know what preeclampsia is? Many women do not -- so they don't recognize the symptoms of this potentially life-threatening disease. Preeclampsia, formerly known as toxemia, is a disorder that is found in one out of 12 pregnant women today and is marked by headaches, excessive swelling, high blood pressure, and stomach pains, and can lead to massive internal organ failure of the mother.  Worldwide, nearly 76,000 mothers and half a million babies die each year because of preeclampsia, and rates of preeclampsia, maternal deaths and prematurity are all rising. For now, the only treatment starts with delivery of the baby. Since symptoms can start as early as 20 weeks into pregnancy and occur up to six weeks postpartum, preeclampsia patients have a high risk of premature birth, pregnancy loss or maternal mortality. However, there is something we all can do to help those suffering from preeclampsia: help raise awareness and provide education to all pregnant women. The Preeclampsia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, is proud to launch the fourth annual Chicago Promise Walk and 5K Run for Preeclampsiaon Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village/Schaumburg, Illinois. This annual event is part of a nationwide effort to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy...

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine
This year, I am writing a series of stories for Chicago Parent Magazine that feature the voices of real Chicago kids on a variety of topics. This month, I chatted up a group of thirteen kids between the ages of 7-14 from all over the Chicago area about environmental issues impacting our city and our... Read more »

Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo: Family dinner is served!

Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo: Family dinner is served!
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a lovely luncheon hosted by Jennifer Perillo, the author of the new cookbook Homemade with Love. Jennifer is a Brooklyn-based mama of two who has long shared her own style of home cooking on her site In Jennie's Kitchen. Jennie's life was turned upside down when she recently lost her husband. The recipes in her book celebrate some of her husband's family favorites. Truly, this book is a celebration of the family meal.  Jennie cooks real, delicious food for her girls. She sets a simple, but elegant table and they sit and eat their meals together. I love this about her...
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The BCBesties Awards: This one is for all of you amazing Chicago mamas

The BCBesties Awards: This one is for all of you amazing Chicago mamas
Know an amazing Chicago mom who has been a friend, resource and source of support for you? She is your BCBestie. You should nominate her for a BCBesties Award, a new promotion launched by Bump Club and Beyond to honor everyday Chicago moms who have gone above and beyond to be a friend, resource and... Read more »

Superheros Unite at the Chicago Children's Museum

Superheros Unite at the Chicago Children's Museum
Zap! Pow! Whoosh! Dust off that cape and drop the alter ego, because all local superheros are needed at the new Superheroes Unite! exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM). During the months of April and May, children and families visiting the museum will have the opportunity to discover their own extraordinary abilities. This exhibit focuses on encouraging kids to use their creativity and imagination to create their own adventures. Programs for Superheroes Unite! will take place every day, with several opportunities for children and families to discover and hone a variety of superpowers. Highlights include...