Posts in category "Guest post"

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...

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...

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago

Guest Post: Beth Prystowsky's Top Ten Family Activities in Chicago
There are a lot of things for families to do in Chicago -- more than you could ever realistically get to. I know what our family loves to do, but I wanted to reach out to some other Chicago-area parents and hear about their favorites. I decided to begin this guest posting series with my friend Beth Prystowsky, the blogger behind Ups and Downs of  a Yoga Mom. Beth is a mom of two, housewife, yoga teacher and writer living in Chicago.  Find her on  at twitter at @upsdownsyogamom. Here are Beth's top ten picks for family activities in and around town...
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Guest Post: Play Matters

Guest Post: Play Matters
My husband and I have resolved to have more fun with our kids in 2012. We've found that we have a tendency to let the stress of our day-to-day lives interfere with having fun every single day (no matter what). As part of that plan, we are focusing more on playing together as a family. I am trying to spend more time on the carpet building LEGO towers and playing bingo. More play. More fun. When I was approached by a representative of Sharp As A Tack, a new organization in the city focusing on "play with a purpose," I was intrigued. I invited Caryn Lichtenberg, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Sharp As A Tack to share some thoughts on the importance of play and what her organization is doing to help, kids and educators play purposefully. A former kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 7th grade teacher, Caryn knows that play is important at all ages and stages. At Sharp As A Tack, she hopes to spread innovative thinking, imagination, and a sense of wonder. Here is what Caryn has to say about the role of play in learning. ------ You don’t need to ask a child what their favorite part of school is to know the answer. It’s recess, of course. Children love to play and they might know something about their brains that schools have forgotten. Play matters. In fact, our brains need play to practice and strengthen key academic and life skills such as problem solving, working memory, and empathy. ...

Guest Post: Family Living in the South Loop

Guest Post: Family Living in the South Loop
I know its been awhile since I’ve added a new installment to th Neighborhood Spotlight Series (busy summer), but today I am thrilled to welcome Sara Youngblood-Ochoa, the editor of the popular site Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop and the mother of one super cute little boy. When her son was born, Sara learned just how... Read more »

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life
Sometimes I like to take my “city mice” out to the country for a change of pace. I love our urban lives, but I also want my kids to understand that food grows in the ground and appreciate different lifestyles. I bet you do too, right? Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kristen Holub, a... Read more »
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Guest Post: Avoiding Meltdowns by Redefining Discipline

The non-stop rainy, dreary spring weather hasn’t brought out my best parenting. I am not proud of it, but we have had some very, very long days at our house lately. Because I have been seriously off my parenting game, I was thrilled to hear from my friend Angela D. Hunsicker, LCSW. Angela is a... Read more »

Guest Post: Family Living in Lincoln Park (Part One)

One of Lincoln Park’s most famous residents. Hey, remember the Neighborhood Spotlight Series from last spring? It’s baaack! Just to review, so far we’ve covered: Albany Park, Avondale, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Logan Square and Oak Park/River Forest, Andersonville, and River North/River West. Today, I am thrilled to welcome Toni Hargis, an expat Brit, writer, wife and... Read more »

Guest Post: Konow's Corn Maze

Ford’s son kicking it in the corn pit at Konow’s Corn Maze. Today, I am pleased to welcome my blogging buddy Shannon Ford to Wee Windy City. When Shannon emailed me last week to tell me why she thought Konow’s Corn Maze was an excellent destination for Chicago families, she made my day. That is... Read more »
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Guest Post from a Chicago Daddy Blogger (yes, they exist)

For the past few months, I’ve been wondering where all of the Chicago-area daddy bloggers are. There have to be some dads out there who are writing about their parenting experiences, right? Alan and his son Jack. Well, these elusive online dads aren’t easy to come by, but I found one. His name is Alan... Read more »