Archive for October 2011

For Anna See, and for Jack: Will You Help Us #LiftMargaret?

I am reprinting a post here from my other blog, It Builds Character, something that I would not normally do. The story below is about Anna See, mom and blogger at An Inch of Gray. Her family is in turmoil and there is little that the world around them can do to “fix” things. But,... Read more »

Kids' Birthday Parties: Grounds For Sanity At Grounds For Hope Cafe

I have to admit – My kids’ birthday parties are not my favorite events of the year… At least the planning part. It’s a bit of an oddity since I used to be run events by trade. And let’s face it – People scrambling for free stuff at those events was not all that different... Read more »

The Time She Peed In The Chair

Two weeks ago, my oldest turned three. As it worked out, I had a meet-up scheduled to meet the other Kidgrade ambassadors at Kookaburra Play Cafe on Clybourn. I’d never been there before, and with the wealth of grey cold gloom looming in our Midwestern future, I was looking forward to finding another place to... Read more »

Finding Kid-Friendly Venues Around Chicago

I’m a referral person. I was long before I had kids. Although I can read 100 reviews online, I’ll put a lot more weight in one direct experience from a friend. When I bought a house out in the ‘burbs, I had few friends in my immediate “service area.” As I tossed at night about... Read more »

Five Chicago Marathon Spectator Tips

Planning to watch someone run the marathon? Here are a few tips that can make finding each other amongst the masses a little bit easier. 1. Have your runner where something to distinguish him/herself. Those neon shoes may seem like enough, but try to make the runner’s outfit stand out as much as possible –... Read more »

Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties To Hold 5K & Family Fun Event

The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) is holding their first annual Readers on the Run and family fun event on Saturday, October 15th in Batavia. The event includes a certified 5K run course, a half-mile Junior Bookworms run for kids and family activities that will take place throughout the morning. Families... Read more »