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Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!

Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!
I love many, many aspects of raising a family in Chicago. One of the things that I am most grateful for is access to the best possible healthcare for my kids. This is hugely important to me because I know from personal experience that the quality of your healthcare providers can literally mean the difference... Read more »

Give your unused stuff to someone who needs it: A guest post from Zealous Good

Give your unused stuff to someone who needs it: A guest post from Zealous Good
Stuff management is one area of motherhood where I really struggle. Trust me. You should see my garage. Kids have so much stuff. But at any given time, they are really only using a small percentage of that stuff. So you should give that unused stuff to people who could be using it. Then those other people can enjoy it and you don't have to deal with it. Makes sense, right? This is basically the whole point of Zealous Good. I invited these fabulously philanthropically-minded folks to guest post on Wee Windy City so they could tell you more about how their organization works.  ------ As moms, there are one million things you need to worry about: getting the kids up in the morning, getting the kids to school/sitter on time, feeding them, bathing them, putting them to bed, clothing them, the list is endless.  In addition to all of these responsibilities you have to make sure your house is clean and organized. While we can’t help with all the kid tasks, Zealous Good aims to make organizing much less stressful for you...

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...
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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...

Summer Snapshot Fundraiser (supporting a very good cause)

Summer Snapshot Fundraiser (supporting a very good cause)
On Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, two of Chicago’s best photographers are joining forces to host “mini sessions” benefiting the Bryan A. Pumphrey Memorial Fund. Get updated pics of the kiddos courtesy of Bum Bul Bee Photography and Julia Franzosa Photography while supporting a grieving family.  All of the proceeds from this... Read more »

Twirling for Meera: A fun event for a good cause

Twirling for Meera: A fun event for a good cause
My friend Kristen at Baby Take a Bow asked me to share some info with you on behalf of a Chicago family dealing with a very difficult situation. Baby Take a Bow is working with the family of one of the studio’s first young dancers, 4-year-old Meera, to fight what remains of a brain tumor. Meera is now enduring chemotherapy and radiation, and looking at a long road of rehab to regain her motor skills. Meera’s family and Baby Take a Bow hope that, with some help, she will be walking—and dancing—again soon. Baby Take a Bow will host Twirling for Meera, a fundraising event, on Sunday, August 12, to help ease the financial burden for Meera’s family...
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Lurie Children's Hospital opens June 9th (you know this, right?)

Lurie Children's Hospital opens June 9th (you know this, right?)
I have heard a million commercials and seen a billion bus stops that have mentioned that the new Lurie Children's Hospital opens June 9th (props to their pr folks for a clear, concise and simple message). If I asked my three year-old when the new Lurie Children's Hospital opens, he would likely tell you "June 9th."  These people really did their job. I wanted to quickly post about the new hospital --- just to make sure that you all know that it opens on  . .. . . . . all together now . . . JUNE 9th. But also wanted to acknowledge that Chicago-area families are so flipping lucky to have this amazing resource right in our backyard. In my view, this resource is literally one of the very best things about raising kids in Chicago. Now, we are a generally healthy little family (thank goodness, knocking on wood). However, I have needed the services of the talented and kind folks at Children's Memorial many, many times. A short list:
  • A consult to determine whether my tongue-tied first-born needed surgery
  • Numerous blood tests for subsequent jaundice babies
  • Outpatient surgery for Brendan to have his adenoids removed and ear tubes placed
  • Emergency room visits for middle-of-the-night ear infections
  • Routine blood test for Colin's food allergies
  • A bloody, frantic emergency room visit to have Colin's head stitched up after a nasty fall
  • God only knows what is next.
And we are a pretty healthy family (I swear). I have been grateful to the expertise of the staff at this hospital many, many times. I know that many other families (facing far more dire circumstances) feel the same way. I feel better knowing that this resource is here when I need it (because we will certainly need them again). I missed the opportunity to attend the press tour a couple of weeks ago because I had a kid home sick from school (although I once again swear that we are a generally healthy family). However, my doctor friends who have seen the space say that it is totally mind-blowing. Please take a minute to read on so you are in-the-know about the fabulous new Lurie Children's Hospital (here's is hoping that you don't need it -- but you will be glad that it is there if you do)...

A Mom's Night Out in Roscoe Village

A Mom's Night Out in Roscoe Village
I am a big fan of a good ol’ GNO (that’s girls night out for those of you who haven’t heard that term before). I wanted to mention a great opportunity to have a little fun with your gal pals in your life. On Thursday, August 25 from 6 p/m/ until 9 p.m., Baby Take... Read more »

LUNAFEST (This one is just for you, mama)

What mom couldn’t use a girl’s night out from time to time? Better yet, a girl’s night out that supports other women AND benefits important non-profit and charitable organizations in our community? My new friend Jackie Dorris of Stroller Strides (more on my new-found love for Stroller Strides next week) told me about a great... Read more »
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Chicago Moms (sassy and otherwise) Go Red!

Hope that you are digging out from all the snow and that life is returning to normal.Although it may be hard to get motivated to make plans to go out in light of the absolutely miserable weather in Chicago right now, I want to tell you about a fun event that is worth heading out... Read more »