Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson

If you're looking for a last minute gift for the cocktail lover in  your life, head to your local bookstore and wrap up a copy of A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson

A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson


Monday, December 19, 2016

Last-Minute Gifts that Give Back

In my longstanding question for comfortable fashions that will carry me from work to play and fit my very active lifestyle, I've found an answer: Gudrun Sjödén creates clothes in unique, colorful designs and natural materials – for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Vibrant and sustainable, this is a brand that honors women who appreciate individual style and comfortable, organic materials.

If you're looking to gather so last-minute holiday gifts for a good cause, here are a few suggestions from Gudrun Sjödén:

The colorful Frida tablecloth...

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to the gorgeously comfortable Dia Kimono...

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...and the eco-cotton, soft Noche y Dia Nightgown

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All of the above are a part of Gudrun's Good Deed 2016 campaign, so a percentage of each purchase will go towards the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review: Spaceman by Mike Massimino


HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Have you ever dreamed of looking back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets?




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray

Dreaming of traveling to NYC and the French Riviera this winter? Here's a captivating novel that will take you from bustling NYC to the sunny Riviera. Inspired by a little-known interlude in the artist’s life, Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray is a delightful book that you won't want to put down. 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Baking and Cooking with Nellie's Eggs + Homemade Egg Nog! @Freerangenellie #sp

Eggs are an important part of my family's diet. And when it comes to eggs, I am careful to select only certified human free range eggs. The holidays are about spending time with friends and family and baking delicious food. As you set off on your holiday cooking and baking bonanza, remember to choose the right eggs.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell

Wouldn't it be neat to have an actual conversation with your dog?

By that I mean a two-side conversation: I chat with my dog all the time and though I try to translate dog language, I'm not the most successful at it.

Here's a book that promises to teach you how to communicate with your better canine half:

The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 Things You Should Never Ever Put in a Christmas Hamper

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for all sorts of reasons. The traffic can be particularly heavy, there’s pressure to make sure all the family is visited, and then, of course, there’s the requirement to head to the high street to buy gifts for the whole family and friends. It’s not easy to find the perfect gifts for loved ones because people expect presents that are unique and well thought about.
Fortunately, the best Christmas hampers are filled with delights that loved ones are bound to adore. They can be filled with alcohol, tasty delights as well as a number of other treats, and they can be as cheap or expensive as a person desires.
Hampers from companies such as The Basket People vary wildly in price, and that means people can shop on a budget or splash out on something extra luxurious. However, there are definitely certain things that shouldn’t be put in a hamper. Below, this article will take a look at 10 items that might not be appreciated by those who receive a hamper as a gift this upcoming Christmas.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons


One of my favorite things about living in Italy were the long, drawn-out Sunday lunches. Post pranzo, I always indulged in a sip or two or three of an amaro, bittersweet liqueur, a.k.a. digestivo. Post-amaro, nothing was more delightful than settling in for a nap, only to awaken in the early evening for a lovely passegiata around Rome's historic heart. Ahhhh...la dolce vita.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

I'm fascinated by glamorous 1920's and I've always loved Harry Houdini legends and lore. So I was delighted to dig into The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Holiday Book for the Budding Artist in the Family: Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES By CHRISTOPHER HART

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I have fond memories of receiveing a new slew of books on Christmas morning. I could always count on Santa bringing me exciting books to carry me through the long winter days. As an avid reader, winter for me is all about cuddling up under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoying a great book! Luckily, I've passed this love of reading on to my own two children, and Santa brings them a great selection of books every Christmas morning, too. 

Here's a book for the budding artist in the family: Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES  by Christopher Hart. 

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My daughter, age 7, loves this book. She can easily follow the steps to draw fairies and other fantasy characters. This is a book that she picks up every other day and uses to inspire her latest art masterpieces. Exercises and challenges encourage kids to fine tune their art skills - it's a mini art lesson on every page!

For years, Christopher Hart has given readers the tools and techniques needed to learn how to draw and cartoon. With the Doodletopia series, Hart offers us a chance to practice and perfect our artistic skills. For this latest title, Hart returns to the lush, gorgeous, and mystical subject of fairies. Doodletopia: Fairies provides aspiring fantasy artists and fairy fans with activities to stimulate their creativity.

Check out Doodletopia Fairies DRAW, DESIGN, AND COLOR YOUR OWN SUPER-MAGICAL AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES by Christopher Hart, available at your local library or independent bookstore today. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Creating Healthy Habits in the Home - It starts with YOU!

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How do you create healthy habits in the home?

It starts with YOU!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: Dr. Formulated Relax & Restore


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Stressed out? Exhausted?

Have you asked yourself if you're getting enough magnesium in your diet?

If you are like most Americans, your dietary consumption of magnesium is less than ideal. Recent statistics reveal that close to 75% of Americans are consuming less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. 

Why is this important and what does it have to do with stress and exhaustion?

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Review: mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder

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Brittle hair? 

Weak nails?  

Spotty, dry, damaged skin?

Blame it on the collagen!


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Sanna Annukka

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I read to my daughter every night before bed, and I love nothing more than sharing a classic with her. This lovely new illustrated version of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is a so beautifully illustrated by Finnish artist Sanna Annukka that it makes the classic story all the more vivid, making for a lovely winter read with your little one.


Gudrun Sjödén - Winter 2016 Collection

In my longstanding question for comfortable fashions that will carry me from work to play and fit my very active lifestyle, I've found an answer: Gudrun Sjödén creates clothes in unique, colorful designs and natural materials – for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Vibrant and sustainable, this is a brand that honors women who appreciate individual style and comfortable, organic materials.




Here are my top three favorites from Gudrun Sjödén's Winter 2016 Collection


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review: Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder

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Here's a plan to help you feel more beautiful and healthier, with an extra boost of energy to boost: Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder.


Guest Post: 5 things to do when you check in and out of a hotel

Ever wondered what to do when booking into a hotel to make sure a person gets the best satisfaction and memory of the stay? Many people just leave everything to the hotel, hoping everything will work out and, that the hotel will have their best interests at heart, and make sure that the customer has a good time staying there. Most people believe this is the case, because surely the hotel wants to maintain its best reputation, so that guests will maybe come back and stay again, one day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Review: Rad Women Worldwide

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I am always on the lookout for books that inspire my daughter to reach for the stars. Though she loves all things pink and princessy, she's also fascinated by science. Her future career dreams change daily, but lately she has been sharing with me that she wants to be an artist and a scientist. I was thrilled to receive a copy of Rad Women Worldwide to share with her.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by [Schatz, Kate]

Monday, October 10, 2016

7 Cheapest Holiday Destinations in Europe



From beautiful beaches to crumbling cathedrals, Europe is full of amazing holiday destinations that you have to see to believe. But what if you don't have a lot of money to spend on your getaway? Where are the budget-friendly alternatives to big cities and expensive resorts? If you're looking to travel without breaking the bank, here are just seven of the cheapest holiday destinations in Europe.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review: The Curated Closet

If you're anything like me, you're completely over having to put too much time and energy into choosing your outfit for the day. I want to wear clothes that are of excellent quality, comfortable and beautiful. I want my clothes to reflect me. Reaching those goals isn't always easy though, and more than often, I find myself with a closet full of clothes wondering what to wear. Enter The Curated Closet, a new guide to creating a wardrobe you love. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Steel Cut Oats + Yogurt + Pumpkin Spice Puree = a winning breakfast combination for fall

Fall is here in Chicago, and a warm breakfast makes for a great start to the day. In our family, two products make our breakfasts more delicious and easier than ever:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lost in Translation: The Illustrated Book of Sayings

Drop by drop, a whole lake becomes.
Half-filled pots splash more.

When the crow flies away, a pear falls off.



If you love languages, words and sayings, here's a book from the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translation: The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveals the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world's languages and cultures.

Drop by drop, a whole lake becomes.
Half-filled pots splash more.

When the crow flies away, a pear falls off.


If you love languages, words and sayings, here's a book from the 
New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translation: The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveals the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world's languages and cultures.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Guest Post: Single Parent Survival Guide
Raising children as a single parent can be something of a challenge. It is important to keep a cool head at all times and consider all the different strategies which will make child care in Perth a lot easier. Some of these strategies are easier to implement than others, but it is important to try out as many different options as possible. Having the right support network can make parenting more rewarding in the long run. Follow this guide which offers comprehensive single parent survival tips.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

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Me: A Compendium by Wee Society is a creative, over-the-top funny, fill-in journal, designed to help capture your kids creative thoughts and ideas. Ultra design-saavy yet super kid-friendly, this is a book that helps kids dig into their minds to imagine things like what they'd bring to outer space, what their band name would be, as well as their opinions on everything from lightening to lizards.

This is a book that is fun to fill out today and will be even more fun to crack open in the future. It makes for a GREAT birthday gift, and as soon as my daughter finishes filling out this tome, I'm going to pack it away and save it for her when she's older: I know she'll delight in seeing how her thoughts and opinions as a little girl shaped her into a woman. 

Head to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Me: A Compendium for your favorite kid today.

Monday, August 22, 2016

American Girl Place Chicago Welcomes Melody Ellison



This post originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com/blog, where I am a contributing writer.


 
You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way toward Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in itself. This August, American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet for the official debut of its newest BeForever character, Melody Ellison.




As told in the books that share her stories, Melody Ellison is a 9-year old growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, where she lifts her voice for equality.

To ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity, American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board including the late Horace Julian Bond, (chairman emeritus, NAACP Board of Directors and founding member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and Gloria House (director and professor emerita, African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn).

They reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody's development — from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. Melody magically brings her era to life for girls' today, while also highlighting the importance of speaking your truth via not only your voice but also your unique talents.



FREE Summer Block Party
On August 26, 27, and 28 at 11 a.m., grab your favorite American girl and head on over to American Girl Place Chicago for a special (free!) celebration in honor of Melody Ellison! This fab summer block party will give girls a glimpse into Melody's world in 1964 Detroit through the music that inspired Melody and fun '60s-themed decor. Plus, each girl will take home a special Melody-inspired doll tee (while supplies last) and enjoy some fun crafts.


American Girl Place Chicago: Events & Hotel Offers

Save some time to explore American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue), where you'll find all your favorite American Girl dolls — from historical favorites to the Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins. The bookstore offers titles that focus on creativity, history, and of course, girl power. More doll-inspired fun is in the works in the upcoming months, so check the events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago.








Extended the fun by making a weekend of your visit to American Girl Place by spending the night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls.

Perth City Night View

Restaurant, café and shop owners, people who run office-based companies and gyms and anyone who owns an estate agency or hotel can benefit from ensuring that their signage is clearly visible both day and night.

But how can signs be visible at night?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: Think Happy

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Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness truly is a state of mind. Here's a book that will help keep your mind running on the happy track: Think Happy, by happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Only the Best for your Special Day

Planning a wedding is a daunting prospect, and if one wants the guests to remember it for all the right reasons, there is a lot to do. The flowers and the bride’s dress are not the only items that have to be arranged, and with so much to organise, here are some helpful tips to help make it a special day for everyone.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


How The Rich And Famous Travel
The thought of Kanye West catching a bus to go to a music studio or Steven Spielberg cycling to the Hollywood Studios seems strange. That is because the rich and famous have always found eye-catching ways to travel.
Read on to find out about how having deep pockets can make travelling a lot more interesting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

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I am always on the lookout for books that inspire my daughter to reach for the stars. Though she loves all things pink and princessy, she's also fascinated by science. Her future career dreams change daily, but lately she has been sharing with me that she wants to be an artist and a scientist. I was thrilled to receive a copy of Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky to share with her.
 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Back to School with Stonyfield, Justin's Peanut Butter and PackIt Lunchboxes

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September is a bittersweet time for me: not only do I send my kids off to school, but I also send myself off to work. I bid farewell to my short-lived months as a SAHM and head back to the classroom, where a fresh batch of students awaits me. At the end of every summer, steeped in everything us moms do to manage our families, I wonder, with much anxiety: How am I going to do all this AND work 40 plus hours per week? And then I gently remind myself, I've been at this for the past 10 years. I. Can. Do. It.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Life of the Party by Bob Kealing

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I am a long time fan of all things Tupperware. If I had extra time to my name, I'd absolutely love becoming a Tupperware consultant. So I was absolutely thrilled to dig into Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing

 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Get a Haircut and Give Back to Your Community: Hair Cuttery's Share-A-Haircut Program #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Hair Cuttery for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

September is a bittersweet time for me: not only do I send my kids off to school, but I also send myself off to work. I bid farewell to my short-lived months as a SAHM and head back to the classroom, where a fresh batch of students awaits me. At the end of every summer, steeped in everything us moms do to manage our families, I wonder, with much anxiety: How am I going to do all this AND work 40 plus hours per week? And then I gently remind myself, I've been at this for the past 10 years. I. Can. Do. It.
The smell of fresh crayons still sends me in a tizzy and I adore shopping for school supplies for my kids and my classroom. September is when I draw up my goals for the year, when I revamp my wardrobe, when I clear the clutter in my life - September is my "new year." And a new year calls for a new haircut, too. For both myself and my kids.

Here's a wonderful program that will not only get you and the kids those brand new haircuts to start the school year off in style but also give back to your community: The Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut program.




From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community. 


The Share-a-Haircut program was created by Hair Cuttery to give free haircuts to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in need as they head back-to-school. Since then, they’ve expanded the program to touch people of all ages. This being the 16th anniversary of the program, Hair Cuttery is determined to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates. To date, the Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million. In each market, certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

Hair Cuttery hopes to reach tens of thousands of children this year!


I rely on my local Hair Cuttery for trims for the kids as well as myself. I also like to indulge in a Hair Cuttery conditioning treatment and blowout every once in awhile. I especially appreciate the Hair Cuttery Style Express package, which gives you a shampoo, Redken Customized treatment, cut and blowdry at a super affordable price. Hair Cuttery is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, and as a full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products.


Head to your local Hair Cuttery and get ready for school while also helping out kids in your community. Need to find your local Hair Cuttery? Check out their salon locator, accessible here! And while you're at it, keep up with Hair Cuttery on Facebook and Twitter at @HairCuttery.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp

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LA Weekly said it best: “Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever.” This is a lighthearted, true-life story, with an almost-famous vibe that celebrates the wins and losses of Jensen Karp, a.k.a. "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend—and then almost...almost became a star. But not quite.

When he was just 12, Karp started his career off rapping at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991. By the time he was 19, he was considered a riding star. Today, he's the most famous white rapper you've never heard of.
Traveling Australia on a Budget


Australia is not just a country, it is a continent, which accurately reflects the sheer enormity of this island, yes, Australia is an island! Due to the expanse, if a person is considering a holiday, it is wise to look at the different regions, as each has its own magical recipe to attract the tourist. With some careful research, it is possible to tailor a route to suit everyone. Let’s have a look at the main areas of interest to a traveller, in no particular order.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Perfect Chicago Evening: A FREE Play + Picnic in the Park


Take dinner and a show to the next level with a play and picnic in the park. One of the hallmarks of a Chicago summer is the outstanding outdoor shows, and nothing makes an evening quite like a delicious meal. Spread out a blanket and enjoy an evening of theater and fine dining on a fine Chicago summer night. Here are 5 places to pick up a picnic before enjoying a performance of Shakespeare in the Chicago parks this summer:
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Bartenders Don’t Just Pour Beers Anymore
Being a busy executive or manager has its highlights, but it’s certainly tiring and very stressful at times. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from the responsibilities of meeting important clients on a regular basis or managing a large team, and that’s not even starting to think about the times when things don’t go to plan. When stress builds up and a bit of a breather from work life is required, many people choose to visit their favorite classy bar, with a large collection of cocktails as well as a selection of refreshing beers.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: Southern Sprits

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I am enamored of the south and especially southern cooking and drinking, so I was delighted to receive a copy of Southern Spirits, a narrative history that traces liquor, beer, and wine drinking in the American South, including 40 cocktail recipes, to review. Tell me that doesn't sound like a great book to review and test out its contents over the summer?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings by Leela Cyd

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Simple gatherings with friends make the world go round. I truly believe this. When friends come together over food cooked with love, life is just good. Right? From impromptu picnics to a last minute dinner on an unexpected weeknight, it's always great to get together with friends for good food and good conversation.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kayaks, Canoes, Cruises, Surreys & Water Taxis: 5 Unique Ways to Experience the Chicago River

This article originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com/blog where I am a contributing writer. 

The Chicago River flows across the city, crossing the downtown Loop. Famous for having its flow reveresed in the late 1800's, our 156 mile long river links the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. While you can always stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk, why not hop into a kayak, paddle a canoe, take a cruise, pedal a bicycle or even zip around in a water taxi? Here are five unique ways to experience the Chicago River.


Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick

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Here's a book that both `examines what was once a dirty word and elevates it to a lifestyle choice that's filled with small and big pleasures and above all, zero regrets. 



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#SummerCravings with Stonyfield and prAna

What do you crave this summer? A beautiful, sustainably-made dress that can be worn on all occasions? An organic whole milk Greek yogurt that can be dressed up with jam for a sweet treat, or used for dips and recipes when you want something a little more savory?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

5 NEW Things to See & Do on Navy Pier This Summer


This post originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com/blog, where I am a contributor.




Chicago's Navy Pier celebrates its 100th birthday this summer, and new attractions and activities make it more fun than ever! Summer just isn't summer without a few trips to Chicago's top tourist attraction. Here are five new things to see and do this summer on Navy Pier — from the debut of the Centennial Wheel to icy cool treats like Original Rainbow Cone.

Summer Read Suggestion: This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

I have always dedicated lazy summer afternoons to reading. This summer, I am committing to reading at least three chapters a day. I hope to catch up on the reading I've set aside for sweeping the porch, emptying the dishwasher and garden weed-pulling. I'm going to make reading a delightful summer "chore".

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nellie’s Certified Humane Free Range Eggs

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Eggs are an important part of my family's diet. And when it comes to eggs, I am careful to select only certified human free range eggs.

Why certified humane FREE RANGE?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: Legend by Eric Blehm

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I have a teenage son in my home who absolutely loves to read (Thank God!), so I'm always on the lookout for good book recommendations. Here's a great, inspirational read that I'll be passing along to him this summer. 

Legend by Eric Blehm is the unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Fast Metabolism Food Rx by Haylie Pomroy

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It's that time of year again - time to shed those extra winter pounds and get ready for swimsuit season! If you've ever followed the The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy, you'll want to pick up this her latest book: Fast Metabolism Food Rx.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Review: The Sleep Revolution TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE, ONE NIGHT AT A TIME By ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are as always my own.

When was the last time you a had a long, good night's sleep?

"We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis," writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. No doubt lack of restful sleep affects our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. In her latest book, The Sleep Revolution, Huffington calls for asleep revolution: we need to repair our relationship with sleep.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Wonderland - A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are as always my own.

Perhaps my favorite storybook character of all is Alice in Wonderland.

 

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.