Tag: Family

Pros and Cons of not sending your kids to camp

Pros and Cons of not sending your kids to camp
Due to traveling and the desire for lack of a schedule I decided not to send my kids to camp the first three weeks of summer. Since that possibly naive decision, I’ve realized that everybody in my suburb goes to camp. Never one into keeping up with everybody else I didn’t think it would be... Read more »

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer
My kids have completed day one of summer.  There are many things I want to do with my kids this summer and I looked forward to the schedule-free days with my quickly growing little ones. Now that there remains close to 20 days until family vacation and camp happens, I admit I’m getting slightly nervous of... Read more »

Let your kids decide what's for dinner

Let your kids decide what's for dinner
A friend recently gave me the best tip when I complained to her about the daily struggle to figure out what’s for dinner. She told me to create a private Pinterest page for each child under my account.  Then they can go on Pinterest and pin the recipes that they want to eat. I then request they... Read more »
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Do your kids do yoga?

Do your kids do yoga?
I’m often asked if my kids do yoga.  My flexible daughter is a gymnastic enthusiast and the poses often overlap, although I wouldn’t say she does yoga.  My kids do not think yoga is cool and as much as I try and explain the benefits of breath and meditation, I obviously I cannot force them. A... Read more »

A day in Milwaukee

A day in Milwaukee
We decided to explore our neighboring state, Wisconsin, this Labor Day weekend and were surprised by the fun we had in Milwaukee.  Milwaukee borders our beautiful Lake Michigan and boasts award-winning, restaurants, museums, theaters, bike trails and golf courses. We visited the impressive Discovery World, which includes a science and technology center, in addition to... Read more »

Mom bloggers must stop by age 10

Mom bloggers must stop by age 10
My children are now 8 and 10 years old and I’ve realized I can’t write about them much anymore. It’s cathartic to be a mom blogger and write about breastfeeding, potty training, thumb sucking and all the many gross and frustrating issues and triumphs in the first decade of our offspring’s lives.  Yet, there is... Read more »
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My Listen To Your Mother performance video

My Listen To Your Mother performance video
Back in May, I shared with you my journey to the stage as part of Listen To Your Mother Chicago.  Many of you kindly asked to see the video, and I am proud today to share it with you. I’m grateful for the experience.  Stepping out of my comfort zone and standing on that stage... Read more »

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs
Dear Chicago, In 1999, months after graduating college, my boyfriend drove a U-Haul truck from Indiana to move into a small studio on Wrightwood in bustling Lincoln Park.  A few months later, my parents helped me move my few things into an even smaller studio on Sheridan and Wellington and our life together began.  We... Read more »

Moving is stressful

Moving is stressful
My mom told me, “Moving is one of the most stressful times in your life.” “I know,” I responded.  But really didn’t know, or remember from our previous moves. We are considering moving this summer. I can’t say we are moving because there are no signed contracts and I am very aware that everything can fall... Read more »
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What I am reading: Eleven Hours

What I am reading: Eleven Hours
We are in South Carolina for our annual family beach vacation and I am reading the powerful Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.  The acclaimed novel follows the daunting hours of labor, delivery and two soon-to-be mothers while slowly unveiling their interesting and complicated backgrounds. Erens accurately captures the emotions and events during the incredible journey of pregnancy... Read more »