Archive for November 2012

Giving Thanks for #GivingTuesday

Today I am getting onboard and completely behind #GivingTuesday. After the barrage of sales emails that have clogged my inbox since the start of Thanksgiving, it’s refreshing to shift my focus from buying to giving. So, that’s what I’m doing now. #GivingTuesday, started by New York’s 92nd Street Y, is a campaign to create a... Read more »

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade Images

On Thursday my family and I braved the crowds to watch the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in the Chicago. It was our second year in a row. But, it was a completely different experience – and we’ve got the photos to prove it. Last year we got down to the parade route pretty late and grabbed... Read more »

Words of Gratitude from a Chicago Mom on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving only a day away, it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all. All the eating, drinking, shopping and parade watching is wonderful, but it can be a bit much. It’s hard to avoid the vortex of the approaching holiday storm and to not start spinning out of control. That’s... Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Presents that Celebrate Chicago and the World

Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I always dread this time of year due to the insane amount of pressure I put on myself to come up with the ideal presents that will be... Read more »

Searching for Treasures at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market

This past Sunday my family took advantage of an unexpected balmy November morning to head to the Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. The open-air flea market, located on South Des Plaines Street on the city’s near west side near the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is steeped in history and filled with treasures galore. All... Read more »

Moving Forward - And Looking Ahead

Today, just a few days after the election, the streets of my Chicago neighborhood feel, look and sound different. Gone are the political candidate placards. Gone is the polling place signage. And, gone are the streams of voters walking hurriedly in the chilly rain to go to the polls. Instead, people are remarking about the... Read more »

Involving My Children in Today's Presidential Election

I love election day. There’s a patriotic buzz in the air. People are talking and posting about the election and the important issues at stake. People are urging their friends, families and colleagues to head to their local polling places. And, people are taking advantage of their right as American citizens to take action and... Read more »