Archive for December 2012

Toy drive final week includes "Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars" Day

Toy drive final week includes "Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars" Day
After the great disappointment of finding an empty toy donation bin for two weeks in a row I was thrilled when Bikram Hot Yoga Midwest called to let me know that bin was overflowing. Was it ever! You can see the bounty in the photo. I kept telling myself that the toys would come, but... Read more »

List 22: Parenting tips I wish I knew earlier

List 22: Parenting tips I wish I knew earlier
Although I have almost four years of experience in parenting I often feel that I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m learning. In honor of my sister-in-law who could have a baby at any minute and my numerous friends who are pregnant or have recently given birth or adopted, here are a few... Read more »

Andersonville Galleria Pop Up in Evanston

The pop up version of the Andersonville Galleria is located at 1627 Sherman Avenue in Evanston and will be open through December 31.
I am a fan of the Andersonville Galleria for all the unique, handmade goods they sell. The Galleria was one of the places I included in my list of places to shop in Edgewater and Andersonville, and I was thrilled to see that they also have a pop up shop in Evanston this holiday season. I first... Read more »
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Pictures with Santa: My failure as a mother

My parent's didn't have a problem thrusting me into the arms of a strange man in a red suit for the sake of a photo. They even dressed me in my finest 1974 yellow polyester for the occasion.
Pictures with Santa are a Christmas tradition that I haven’t yet mastered. I say I’m going to do them, but they end up neglected like my other examples of holiday underachievement. Photos of kids on Santa’s lap are rarely good. The kids look awkward at best if they aren’t outright screaming and crying. I don’t care.... Read more »

Facebook Privacy: You should worry more about people than policies

Facebook Privacy: You should worry more about people than policies
Facebook users have until December 10th to vote on proposed changes to that site’s Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. You can vote here. Although I think its great that people that are being given the option to voice opinions from a company that has been harshly criticized for making sudden changes... Read more »

Toy Drive: Donate online now to make the biggest impact

Toy Drive: Donate online now to make the biggest impact
Although the online portion of my Toy Drive for Care for Real will continue for a few more weeks the site that hosts it will be cutting the first check based on the money raised by December 5. That means that donating now will have the biggest impact on helping Care for Real support over... Read more »
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List 21: Christmas to do list shame spirals

List 21: Christmas to do list shame spirals
I love Christmas. I do a lot of Christmassy things in December but rarely as many as I initially intend. Perhaps I could keep up with the expectations of a Martha Stewart-esque holiday if I had her staff and budget, but I don’t. Over time my ambitious holiday to do lists must evolve to reflect... Read more »