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Living in a circus house changed my life

Living in a circus house changed my life
My new adventure for today is to participate in something fun with my fellow ChicagoNow bloggers. At 9:00 p.m. tonight we were given the writing prompt to give advice to anyone in the past or future. We were given one hour to write and publish our blog. Here goes. I would advise my 22 year... Read more »

The mysterious and fantastic finds in our old house

The mysterious and fantastic finds in our old house
Last night Fran was tearing down walls in the basement when he called me downstairs. He pointed to where the wall had been. There was what looked to be like baby clothes held back by plastic. “Creepy,” he said in a near whisper. I was a little less whispery. “What is that? Why would you... Read more »

A clean up day that didn't involve detectives

A clean up day that didn't involve detectives
Earlier this week I saw a flyer for a clean up day at the beach. The volunteer project was a joint venture between Whole Foods Deerfield and the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. I read the flyer out loud to Lilia and she said, “I don’t feel like cleaning up garbage.” My response was, “Perfect!... Read more »
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Have you heard the word on podcasts?

Have you heard the word on podcasts?
Have you all heard about this newfangled technology called a podcast? Let me tell you, it’s fantastic. You see, it’s a type of digital media found on the internet which you can download or stream via your computer or mobile device. It’s like a radio broadcast you can listen to at any time. It’s science!... Read more »

The seven best old school cleaning supplies

The seven best old school cleaning supplies
Today I used bleach to clean my bathroom. It’s true. I use bleach to clean white clothes, but I’ve never used it to clean my house. There are probably two camps of people reading this: bleach lovers (ew, you’ve never used bleach to clean your house before?) and bleach haters (ew, bleach is caustic and... Read more »

100 things you can do without a smartphone

100 things you can do without a smartphone
Last night Fran showed me a video on YouTube called I Forgot My Phone, which you can view by clicking here. At first I laughed, then I felt uncomfortable and then just sad. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive about my smartphone. I am guilty of scrolling through my phone in bed and sometimes before I... Read more »
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Eating breakfast for dinner and not getting stuck in a booth

Eating breakfast for dinner and not getting stuck in a booth
After swearing that I’m going to eat lighter after every food fueled summer activity, I decided to make breakfast for dinner. I’ll start eating lighter tomorrow, or next week, or by Christmas. Usually our breakfasts consist of cereal, toast or a smoothie except on Saturday mornings when you might catch Fran making a full on... Read more »

Why rain at Lollapalooza shouldn't hold you back

Why rain at Lollapalooza shouldn't hold you back
Today’s forecast in Chicago calls for scattered thunderstorms. We’re headed to Lollapalooza this weekend (sans kids) and some measly rain isn’t going to hold us back. I’ve come a long way since I saw New Kids on the Block at Rosemont Horizon in 1990, yet I’ve never been to Chicago’s most celebrated yearly music festival,... Read more »

The plastic cup telephone and seven other simple toys

The plastic cup telephone and seven other simple toys
Today we made a plastic cup telephone. Of course, the truly old school way to do this is to use a tin cup, but I felt a little better about going the plastic route. The risk to injury (AKA me stabbing myself) seemed like it would be lessened with plastic. Materials: 2  large paper or... Read more »
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Have you experienced the happiest day of your life?

Have you experienced the happiest day of your life?
We were thinking about how to spend this beautiful July day today when out of the blue, Fran asked me about going to show the kids the place where we got married. That thought never even occurred to me. In fact, we haven’t been back there ourselves since our wedding day. Fran had the day... Read more »