Tag: Parenting

Are we at our best right now?

Are we at our best right now?
“Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best” It’s funny to me that some of the times in my life that I was at my best, I didn’t realize until it was over. The other day I was looking at the photos of me at the Grand Canyon... Read more »

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon
My husband and I camped at the Grand Canyon before we were married.  It was an eye-opening road trip for many reasons and I believe my ten and seven-year-old are at an age they can appreciate the beauty and greatness of nature and the family experience. Or so I thought. Since we sat down and... Read more »

Yoga games your children will love

Yoga games your children will love
If I ask my second grader to do yoga with me, lately more often than not the answer is “no.” She is always asking me to play with her and was thrilled when I invited her to play a yoga game together. ThinkFun’s Yoga Cards the Game is a very simple and easy way to incorporate... Read more »
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Date nights at home

Date nights at home
If you are like me, you enjoy being at home.  I love my house and most evening there is no place I would rather be than inside it. I do crave date night with my man and sometimes have to remind myself that it possible and super fun to have them without leaving the house.... Read more »

Things my daughter will not get rid of

Things my daughter will not get rid of
My daughter is a hoarder and has a very hard time getting rid of things.  She is extremely creative and comes up with very interesting art and games from scraps of paper, clothes sizes too small, lost puzzle pieces and fallen Barbie shoes. My girl is constantly taking things out of the recycling bag or... Read more »

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016
On Sunday I walked onto the stage in front of a packed crowd at the 104-year-old Athenaeum Theatre as part of Chicago’s Listen to Your Mother and read my words.  I started off a little shaky, yet as I spoke I became comfortable under the hot lights and absorbed the energy of the audience and... Read more »
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Natural Stain Removers

Natural Stain Removers
Am I the only one that feels like I am always doing laundry?  Believe or not, I’ve made the never-ending task more fun since I discovered these natural stain removing solutions. I must admit it is quite satisfying to return a white shirt to looking almost new after an unfortunate encounter with permanent marker. Did... Read more »

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"
At our neighborhood bookstore recently browsing with my son, I came across Gracefully Grayson and realized I went to high school and overnight camp with the author, Ami Polonsky.  After diving into the book, inspired and impressed; I contacted Ami and am happy to share our interview with you. When and how did you first... Read more »
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My favorite baby girl names

My favorite baby girl names
I am past the baby naming stage, but still love learning, hearing and reading girl’s names and imagining names for brand new babies. In my opinion, naming a female is far easier than a male. Maybe it is because a lot of boy names are now used in naming girls (Max, Sawyer and Wyatt). Today... Read more »