Category: advice

Do you listen to your "little voice"?

Do you listen to your "little voice"?
You know the little voice I’m talking about, right? It’s that “gut instinct”, that “maternal instinct”; for me, it’s the Holy Spirit attempting to guide me down a safe path, while I wander off, or push and shove my way past Him. As a Bible-believing, born-again, pentecostal, charismatic Christian, I believe that people can be... Read more »

There really are only two seasons in the Midwest

Everyone that has lived here for more than one year knows that there really are only two seasons in the Midwest. Winter and….. yup, road repair. OH.MY.GOODNESS. After the viciously cold winter we had, this year is especially bad. Besides the “planned road improvements” there are STILL potholes everywhere. There are giant gaps in the... Read more »

Letters to a new mom: You know what is best for your child

Letters to a new mom: You know what is best for your child
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, one of our awesome bloggers, Mary Tyler Mom, came up with the idea to write letters to a new mom. I am choosing to be part of this wonderful idea. You can find all the the stories here – Letters to a New Mom – Storified. As these letters get... Read more »
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Grieving has no timetable

Grieving has no timetable
Life and death; they go together like ebony and ivory keys on a piano, or like peanut butter and jelly. You cannot have one without the other, but that doesn’t make the death part easy to deal with. Well, at least not for the people left here grieving. I’m writing about this, because I’ve had... Read more »

$100 fine for smoking while your kids are in the car with you

According to the 5 NBC Chicago Ward Room, IL State Senator Ira Silverstein wants to put a law in place that could fine parents $100 for smoking while their kids are in the car with them. I am a staunch proponent of smoking bans (most of the time). I am a non-smoker. I grew up... Read more »

TurboTax loopholes and the MyTaxIllinois website debacle

TurboTax loopholes and the MyTaxIllinois website debacle
Today, friends, let’s talk about the TurboTax loopholes and the MyTaxIllinois website debacle I endured this past weekend, shall we? Most of the duties I undertake at home relate directly to the care and keeping of human offspring, furry family members and a hunky spouse. There is one task, however, that has more to do... Read more »
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10 helpful hints for writing a blog

I am so grateful I get to write a blog for a major blog site like ChicagoNow. I’m forever humbled that they chose me to be part of their crazy-talented group of writers. Over the past several months, some of my friends have said, “Oh, I WISH I could write. I have so much to... Read more »

Avoiding the public use hot tub eeew factor

Ahhhh…..in this frigid Chicago weather, doesn’t a steaming, bubbling hot tub sound like pure heaven? Well, it can be, but first you need to know about avoiding the public use hot tub “eeew” factor. First of all, I’m not a chemist, and I am not a pool maintenance specialist. I am, however, the proud owner... Read more »

Top 10 list of awesome posts for this blog in 2013

One of the challenges of being a blogger is writing consistently. I’ve produced 70 blog posts since July 2013. So, to simplify your reading pleasure, I’ve created two top 10 lists for you. The first top 10 list is my “most read” list according to Google Analytics. So here goes: #10 – I survived returning... Read more »
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Appendicitis is nothing to poo-poo

Appendicitis is not fun, and it can be dangerous. In light of recent events with a dear friend, and through my own experiences as both patient and paramedic, I feel compelled to share some important information. Back in October of 2009, I had a bit of an upset stomach and felt bloated in the morning.... Read more »