Archive for June 2017

One decision that altered the course of my life

So, here we go. It’s blogpalooza night. The one night a month that challenges ChicagoNow writers to write about a specific topic in one hour (remember There’s No Way I’m Eating That!). Tonight’s theme: “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” Just one?! We all... Read more »

5 books to read this summer

Summer is my favorite time of the year- not only because of the fabulous hot weather and fresh produce- but because everyone is looking for book recommendations. I love seeing which books friends suggest for “best vacation reads” and finding new ones to add to my ever growing must-read list. I’m well aware that some... Read more »

The lesson not taught in parenting books...letting go

There are countless guides and parenting books for newborns and toddlers. Add in the endless opinions from other parents- and the kid-free experts- and there’s no shortage of suggestions for sleep schedules, best strollers, traveling with toddlers, even adjusting to the first school years. What these books don’t cover, though, is navigating the second phase... Read more »

7 favorite new snacks found at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Kids get Halloween…adults get the Sweets and Snacks Expo. All of the endless treats without the scary costumes. And though I hate Halloween (because scary costumes), this expo is always one of my favorite days of the year. 4 acres…over 750 vendors all with samples of their latest, well, sweets and snacks. Not a secret,... Read more »

I tried Blue Apron for 3 are the results

If you have a Facebook account- or an email- you’re probably familiar with various subscription meal boxes like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. I was always intrigued about the service, but I hadn’t considered trying it since I’m fairly neurotic about ingredients. Somewhere (Facebook, Instagram…) I read that Blue Apron improved their sustainability commitments, so... Read more »

Trump pulls out of Paris Climate Deal: here's what you can do

It seems obvious to me. When you don’t clean up your crap, the place is a mess and shit gets broken. Why would the planet be any different than our homes? Throw enough garbage into our landfills…toss enough plastic into our oceans…burn enough carbon fuels and the environment starts to look like a group of... Read more »