Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
As a parent, I am certainly tired of restaurants that offer kids menus containing the usual kid menu suspects: chicken nuggets, hot dogs, burgers - all served with a side of greasy fries. Usually I don't even bother to request the kids menu, and instead order a full size adult entree for my children to share.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Summer in Chicago is the best: Nothing beats spending a day at the beach with my family, or hanging out in our backyard with a neighborly BBQ. I love being able to ride our bikes to the Lincoln Park Zoo, stopping for cupcakes and at a Wizard of Oz inspired park on the way home. I love our neighborhood, Logan Square, which manages to be both trendy and urban and sometimes downright smalltownish. I love traveling the world via the restaurants, cultural events, neighborhoods, and festivals in Chicago. I also appreciate raising my kids here (Check out my top 7 reasons why I'm thankful that I'm raising my kids in Chicago).
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Friday, May 17, 2013
This spring and summer, I have worked hard to transform little, neglected patches of dirt in our front and backyards into lovely urban mini-gardens, with a little help from Miracle-Gro.
Our little front garden
Miracle-Gro came up with The Gro Project as a way to simplify gardening for a whole new class of gardeners and show that it can be easy, fun and enjoyable! These simple, fun garden projects are easy enough for preschoolers - my daughter, age 3, even helped out with my project.
For my Gro Project, I constructed a window box out of simple plywood (with a little help from a carpenter...), filled it with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (an ideal filling for container gardens since it absorbs 33% more water than ordinary potting soil and protects against over and under watering) and then planted it with bright yellow and white pansies. I love looking out my front window and seeing my happy pansies.
I also had installed a simple raised garden in our backyard, filled it with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix and planted basil, parsley, tomatoes, strawberries, sunflowers and kale. My kids, especially my daughter, had a ton of fun planting this simple garden with me. The sunflowers, kale and basil are grown from seed, which we had initially planted in an egg carton and then transfered to the raised garden. We're looking forward to watching our garden grow and perhaps even eating some of our garden goods come harvest time. Stay tuned!
Our dog checking out our urban garden
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- The Gro Project
- Miracle-Gro Facebook page
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
I am working my way through the IndieFlix selection and I really enjoy the quality and variety of movies. Two documentaries that have moved me so far are This Way of Life, about a family living off the grid in New Zealand, and Finding Kind, another documentary, about the sad culture behind girl/girl bullying (an increasing issue in schools everywhere). I am so inspired by Finding Kind that I'm thinking of launching a Kindness Team at my high school next year!
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Chiara's teacher made this Mother's Day photo collage - Chiara is at the top of the O and the E.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Three weeks ago, my 12-year-old son entered the orthodontist's office with sparkly white teeth and left with....brace yourself!....
(Can you see his brace-filled smile in this picture I took of him fixing his sister's bike? He's been pretty camera shy since he got his braces but can you spot that amazing smile?!)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.