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My babies six years ago (

Labels #tbt #ThrowBackThursday

6 years ago . . . When this picture popped up in my #timehop app late last night, I couldn't believe how long ago it was when my babies were so little.  I started to think about where I was - and who I was - six years ago. (TimeHop will totally make you do that.  If you don't want a walk … [Read More...]

Combat the summer vacation boredom with these fun ideas (

5 ways to combat your kid’s boredom this summer

This post recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. The end of the school year is upon us, and with it comes the mad rush of graduation, field days, teacher appreciations, sports banquets and bridging ceremonies that will fill every waking moment we have. In my … [Read More...]

An amazing view in my new space (

Finding a space for me

It's been almost a year since we moved in to our new home.  While I am loving our smaller space and I appreciate that it is easier to keep up with, I miss a few things about my old house.  One of the biggest was my office. Yes, I had an office. It wasn't a converted bedroom but an actual room … [Read More...]

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My journey to a Non Toxic Life

When my two youngest were babies, I was blissfully unaware of what was going on in the world around me.  A decade ago, I lit candles all of the time and used liquid fabric softener and detergents that made my clothes smell like flowers.  I bought body sprays, bath gels and lotions that made my skin … [Read More...]

Yummy sangria (

Stream of Consciousness – #SOCWeekend #blogging #freewriting

So it's been a REALLY long time since I did one of these.  Not post a blog (I actually did that yesterday).  What I mean is participated in one of Love Jaime's Stream of Consciousness weekend link up posts.  I miss them, and I always have the best intentions but the weekends seem to get away from … [Read More...]

Parasailing with my oldest (

I am . . . . . Old School Blogging, Volume One

My blog barely remembers I exist.  Some days I forgot that this is where my love and my passion started, here on the blog.  I miss having the time to write like I did in the very beginning. My friend Jaime over at Love Jaime suggested that I try to jump in to the Old School Blogging link up this … [Read More...]

Bartlett Nature Center (via DNR website)

Why you should spend the night at the Bartlett Nature Center

This post recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. When my daughter’s brownie troop leader suggested an overnight at the Bartlett Nature Center for our girls, I thought she had lost her mind. What could we possibly do in a nature center for 12+ hours, sans … [Read More...]


5 ways to keep kids focused at the end of the school year #GPALoveMath

It's May and the end of the school year is near.  Unless your kids are home-schooled, they are probably being inundated with things like standardized testing, Teacher Appreciation weeks, year-end wrap ups, awards nights, and scouting ceremonies that have parents running around almost every weeknight … [Read More...]


May Book Club – Spinster #FromLeft2Write

When I had a child during my twenty-first year, I was unmarried but in a relationship with her father.  My family had brought children in to the world in a similar style for a few generations, so while it was nothing new that I was technically an "unwed mother", there was an expectation that since … [Read More...]

April Book Club- Under Magnolia #FromLeftToWrite

April Book Club – Under Magnolia #FromLeft2Write

Going home. For some, it's a safe place full of memories and laughter and pictures along the staircase in mis-matched collage frames that chronicle your every milestone.   Home is the foundation upon which you've learned to thrive and flourish in the world. My version of home never felt or … [Read More...]

Girls wth Nastia Liukin during the SHINE tour (

5 tips to help girls SHINE from Nastia Liukin #TheShineTour

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. A few weeks ago, my young daughters and I were lucky enough to attend the Chicago stop of the “SHINE” Tour, an inspirational and motivational evening with Olympic Gold Medal Champion (and current “Dancing With … [Read More...]

Dad and his finger in a cake (

5th Birthday

It's the 5th birthday you've been gone.  Five.  How has it been five years?  That horrible afternoon in June is coming so fast and I keep trying to push it away and focus on today. Your birthday. The day I would have called you as soon as I woke up, only to know that you'd be on the golf … [Read More...]

I love Chicago! (

7 Tips to Surviving Vacation as a Single Parent

This post recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. Last week was spring break for my family, and I decided to venture on a mini-vacation with my kids.  This was the first time that I had taken the girls on vacation since their dad and I divorced, and I’ll admit … [Read More...]

#TheShineTour with Nastia Liukin (

Olympian, DWTS Contestant Nastia Liukin coming to Chicago #TheShineTour

2008 Olympian and current Dancing With The Stars contestant Nastia Liukin will be coming to the area for an event titled "A Night to Shine" on April 10th.  The event is meant for girls of all ages - athletes and non-athletes - and aims at inspiring girls to shine in there own lives by setting goals, … [Read More...]


“Danny Collins”: A touching film with a great soundtrack! (Go See It!)

A few weeks, my friend Sidney from HystericalMom and I were fortunate enough to attend a screening of the new film, "Danny Collins".   Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager … [Read More...]