Category: Chicago

Finding Motivation for the Miles

Sometimes, even if you love to run, you need a little extra motivation. Sunday’s Shamrock Shuffle was like that for me. I didn’t want to go. I had slept much in the nights prior and didn’t feel particularly great – I was actually seeing spots when I woke up in the morning. And, because it’s... Read more »

Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts Today

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. An organization that started in 1912 with a small group of girls in Savannah, Georgia, has grown to an amazing membership of over 3.2 million today, with over 50 million alumnae. As a former Girl Scout, I have first hand experience with the positive impact of this... Read more »

Mary Tyler Mom and Donna's Good Things

Do you follow fellow ChicagoNow blogger Mary Tyler Mom? She, in a word, rocks. In September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, she chronicled the 31 months of her daughter Donna’s battle with cancer. It was one of the most brutal and beautiful things I’ve ever read. I, like many, fell in love with her sweet... Read more »

How Not To Do the Chicago Holiday Scene With Kids

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. Feeling festive, I decided to take my two kids into the city for some Christmas cheer: the Christkindl Market in Daley Plaza, followed by lunch and the big tree at Macy’s. I’m a planner. I chose today because it was early enough in the season that most people would... Read more »

Staying In? Private Catering For Less Than A Night Out

Saturday night, I had a chance to gather together with some girlfriends that I never see. There are three things that we require: Good food, [a lot of] wine and someplace where we can hold a conversation. So, we decided to try something different. We invited A Table for Two Private Chef Service over to... Read more »

Got Starbucks? Help Create Jobs

Starbucks has partnered with the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) in a new project, Create Jobs for USA. Starting November 1, donations can be made on the Create Jobs for USA website or at your local Starbucks. So what is it? The Starbucks Foundation has donated  $5 million seed money to get the program started. From... 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 »

Autism is More than Just a Walk

Autism is More than Just a Walk
Autism numbers are on the rise – one in 110 kids and one in 70 boys is autistic.  One of those kids is 9-year-old Micah. I first wrote about Micah on a parenting blog while discussing the importance of getting kids involved in their communities early.  Because autism receives so little funding in relation to its... Read more »