Archive for 2011

The Next Generations of Readers

The Next Generations of Readers
Is reading becoming phased out?  My six year old is learning  his sight words and can read basic sentences and very short stories, with help.  Last summer while playing a version of Banana Grams with Poppy, he proudly spelled a word B R B.  His Poppy told him that was not a word and he responded... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Warm Broccoli Soup with Parmesan Crostini

Meatless Monday: Warm Broccoli Soup with Parmesan Crostini
December has arrived and somehow it now is winter.  Puffy coats, gloves and hats are out in full force and soup season has officially begun.  Nothing is better on a cold day than steamy, rich and healthy soup. I found this recipe on the Meatless Monday site and planned to adapt it slightly.  I had 90% of the ingredients in my house and... Read more »

Isn't Happy Holidays More Inclusive Than Merry Christmas?

Isn't Happy Holidays More Inclusive Than Merry Christmas?
 The day after Thanksgiving two words come out of hibernation: Merry Christmas.  I appreciate the kindness from strangers, but I don’t celebrate Christmas.  Can’t everyone say Happy Holidays; doesn’t it mean the same, yet not make others feel excluded? When driving my three year old to her friend’s house, I pointed out her beautiful Christmas tree... Read more »
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A State of the Art Gymnastic Facility Now Open on the North Side of Chicago

A State of the Art Gymnastic Facility Now Open on the North Side of Chicago
I’ve written about how my daughter is a difficult child.  I find solace knowing that she does not act out in instructional activities.  Instead she illuminates with excitement and the teachers think of her as a shy, meek little girl.  I’m hoping one day her two personas will morph into one confident and assertive person.... Read more »

Holiday Cleanse Day One

Holiday Cleanse Day One
One of the negatives (or some might say positives) of hosting Thanksgiving is my house is overcome by desserts, buttery leftovers and other delicious temptations.  Sunday night and Monday morning I felt sluggish, puffy and uncomfortable after a weekend eating apple pie for dinner and binging on wine and m&ms into the evening.  Even more frustrating is that the pumpkin cheesecake... Read more »

I Survived Thanksgiving Weekend

I Survived Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I love that there are no presents. I love that it is all about being with family. I love the food. I love the colors. I love feeling thankful. I love that my first born is a Thanksgiving baby. I love to host the holiday in our home. This year I... Read more »
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Teaching Our Little Ones to Experience Gratitude is Difficult

Teaching Our Little Ones to Experience Gratitude is Difficult
Every year Thanksgiving seems to mean more to me. I am incredibly thankful more and more each year for this beautiful life I am lucky to live, every single day.   My kids are learning the concept of gratitude, as we talk about it often.   Still, I get frustrated as this time of year also brings... Read more »

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad
You know that mushy, creamy, salty Green Bean Casserole that many of our moms used to (or still) make?  I could eat an entire dish of that comfort food. But,  I know the cream of mushroom soup is fattening and canned green beans contain preservatives and have lost many of the healthy qualities of the original vegetable.  Also, my... Read more »

Proud of My Chess Club Dropout

Proud of My Chess Club Dropout
When my analytical kindergartener heard Chess Club was being offered as an after school activity; it was all he could talk about for weeks.  I eagerly signed him up because chess is more than a game; it is a way of thinking strategically.  He did miss the first class because it was Rosh Hashanah and... Read more »
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Your Chance to Talk with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Your Chance to Talk with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard
Last week I was invited to meet with Chicago Public School’s CEO Brizard along with the bloggers behind Big City Belly, CPS Obsessed, The Chicago Moms and Families in the Loop.  Unfortunately, due to my yoga teaching schedule I didn’t have time to make it downtown and back north in time for class so I called in via... Read more »