Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Barlean's Swirls + Stonyfield Greek Yogurt = A winning combo

Disclosure: I’m a brand ambassador for Stonyfield Organics. I am compensated and receive product samples. All opinions are always my own.

Omega-3's are truly packed with nutritional power. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. But if your kids don't really care for fish, and if you just can't get them do down a spoonful of fish oil, it's hard to get them into your kids (or let's face it - your) belly.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Do you have a child headed off to college this upcoming fall? Check out College Rules!, 4th Edition by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, PhD, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, PhD

College looms on my family's horizon. My son is a freshman in high school, but as a high school teacher, I know how quickly the years fly by. My niece is headed off to college this upcoming fall, and it seems like just yesterday she was a tiny tot that played with dolls and dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for Halloween in Kindergarten.

Are you prepared for mosquito season?

Disclosure: Special thanks to Orkin for sponsoring this post. 

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

Are you prepared for mosquito season? Take the quiz below to find out!





Friday, April 22, 2016

Italian Language Summer Camp for Kids ages 1 -14 in Chicago #OldIrvingPark

GIOCHI LIBERI:  A CREATIVE SUMMER CAMP IN ITALIAN 

Our indoor and outdoor Summer Camp will encourage our  students to rediscover the simplicity of playing with what surrounds us, such as: rocks, sand, dirt, wood, flowers, water etc. and with what we can do with our bodies, such as: jumping, running, using our body movements to re-create animals, objects, feelings, other people, etc.
Within this Theme Frame, we will also have sport, music, snack and story time and a special Art Workshop dedicated to some of the most famous European Painters. 
The camp will be 100% in Italian
All Levels are welcome! Based on enrollment, we hope to create a bilingual and a mixed level group. 
Students age 3-14 years old are welcome to join our camp. Our students will be divided into age-appropriate groups. 
Students 1-3 years old will be able to register for 6 series of: THE BEST OF IL NIDO!
 Each week we will review one song, rhyme, lullaby and learning topic introduced in our previous sessions. You can sign up for one week or for both weeks
Monday- Wednesday- Friday: July 11th-13th-15th
Monday- Wednesday- Friday: July 18th-20th-22nd
9am-12pm (3-14 years old)
9.15-10.15am (1-3 years old)

Location
OLD IRVING PARK
St. John’s Episcopal Church
3857 N Kostner Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
To register write us at:
Or call Barbara at
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Book Review: Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen

Disclosure: Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post!

Though I live in the midwestern city of Chicago, I have a strong appreciation for all things southern. I love flipping through the latest issue of Southern Living -- I'm a subscriber! I'm looking forward to visiting more great southern destinations - Hot Springs, AK, Louisville, KY, Asheville, NC and Chattanooga, TN are at the top of my list. It goes without saying that I love southern cooking -- who doesn't! 


Here's a book that showcases the best of the best in good ole southern cookin':

Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen
by Francine Bryson and Ann Volkwein.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Säfström

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 


At age six my daughter is like a sponge, soaking up any information she can get her hands on. One of her fave subjects is animals. While most nonfiction children's books on animals focus on the very basics, here's a beautifully illustrated, amazing book, that taught this mom a thing or two!

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts  by Maja Säfström.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 


Nothing says spring like flowers, and here's a book that will inspire you to bring flowers into your home thanks to step-by-step instructions for 50 gorgeous floral projects.

The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels 
The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar and Julie Michaels