Archive for November 2015

Shop Small Challenge #300: Blue Box Cafe

As most of you are probably aware, Saturday was Small Business Saturday, a day meant to bring awareness to supporting our local small businesses. I have mixed emotions about this American Express event (interesting itself since many small businesses can’t afford the transaction fees charged by Amex). Obviously, supporting our local businesses is important for... Read more »

You might not like what I have to say: eliminating ISIS isn't going to solve this problem

It’s all too much: attacks in Paris, bombings around the world, a 9 year old gunned down in Chicago, officers killed doing their job. We don’t know how to end these threats so instead we place blame. We blame refugees. We blame religion. We blame the President. I don’t pretend to understand politics. I know... Read more »

Shirley you can't be serious

I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. Ok-tonight’s post is a little different. Once a month ChicagoNow provides a challenge topic to all of their writers. We have one hour -9pm to 10pm- to compose our thoughts…and hit Publish. I’ve done this a few times in the past, and obviously now again tonight. The... Read more »

Let's get uncomfortable: stretching your comfort zone

My daughter was six weeks old on September 11, 2001. Like many parents that day, I held her tightly in my arms trying to banish the wonder of into what kind of world we’d just brought a child. She’s now in high school and, as the recent attacks around Paris took place, we’ve been discussing... Read more »

I'll admit it, I've been stressed like this before company comes over: 4 ways to help you keep your cool

‘Tis the season for believing you’ll complete every unfinished project the night before company comes over. Of course, once they walk into your immaculate- yet rustically festive- home they’ll be salivating from the aroma of just-from-the-oven pies and fresh potpourri simmering on your stove. If this scenario brings you an abundance of happiness, fantastic. If... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Homemade Lip Balm

After ripping out the old caulk, and re-caulking the tub this weekend, I’m feeling pretty invincible. Not sure I trust myself with power tools yet-that just screams never ending unfinished project. So, I’m trying crafty again. Since it’s the holiday time and I’m always looking for little gifts to make (that are relatively impossible to... Read more »

3 life lessons I learned on my yoga mat: and why I shouldn't be your workout buddy

They say if you want to stick to your workout goals you should exercise with a partner. This partner will motivate you to get your butt to the gym when even waxing your ass sounds like a better idea. A partner that will call your bluff when you claim you’re too tired to go to... Read more »