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10 Unconventional Take-Aways from #BlogHer14

Yes, I'm home.  Along with 1800+ women (and a few men) that are going through the process of re-entry (#ReEntrySucks) in to their every day lives.  For me, I'm struggling.  Struggling to write something profound and heartfelt regarding my experience at #BlogHer14.  All I have left in me is … [Read More...]

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Reflections on Time Away – #BlogHer14

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. It’s been a few days since I returned from almost a week away from my family to attend #BlogHer14 in San Jose, CA. I’m still getting used to being home again; the routine of conference life quickly became my … [Read More...]

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Pathfinder Day: The Path to Business Owner #BlogHer14

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a Pathfinder Day at the 10th Anniversary of BlogHer's annual conference. Along with Erica Diamond from Women On The Fence, we covered an entire day on "The Path to Business Owner".  The primary purpose of the presentation was to create a conversation … [Read More...]

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#BlogHer14: An unconventional getting ready list

DISCLAIMER:  if you are looking for a "Are you ready for BlogHer?" post that talks about things that you should do to your website, how many business cards to order, and what types of shoes to pack for the maximum amount of comfort during the conference, this isn't it. I repeat, THIS IS NOT YOUR … [Read More...]

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Carrying on the family football tradition #BearsFamFest

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. When I hear the words “Sunday”, “Football” and “Chicago Bears”, I’m reminded of Sunday afternoons with my dad, huddled on the couch with snacks, yelling at the television during the game. Any game. He loved … [Read More...]

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Walgreens #WayToWellTour Recap and a GIVEAWAY!

This past weekend, I participated in the Walgreens "Way To Well Health Tour" that was winding it's way through Chicagoland in June.  With my kids in tow, we stopped at the gigantic tour bus to take part in the free preventative and early detection health services that Walgreens is providing to … [Read More...]

Where were you 10 years ago #Selfiebration #BlogHer14

Flashback Ten Years #Selfiebration #BlogHer14

As part of BlogHer celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their conference next month (#BlogHer14), the powers have be have asked the following question: For me, it's more like "Who were you ten years ago?" since I feel like a completely different person in so many ways. In the summer of 2004, … [Read More...]

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Are you a Distracted Driver? #DecideToDrive #CleverGirls

 At more times than I would care to admit, I have found myself answering yes to the question, "Are you a Distracted Driver?"  Distracted Driving has been a real issue for me. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines "Distracted Driving" as this: While you might think that with … [Read More...]

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Walgreens Way To Well Health Tour is coming to Chicago! #WayToWellTour

I am super excited to be helping Walgreens get the word out about their "Way to Well Health Tour" this summer.  The Walgreens Way to Well Commitment® is focused on improving your everyday health through the prevention and early detection of today's leading diseases, like heart disease, cancer and … [Read More...]

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WIN your Dream Vacation from RCI! #RCIDreamVacay #CleverGirls

As I sit here in the midst of packing my house, all I can think of is a vacation.  Warm breezes, relaxing atmospheres, people waiting on my every need.  Clean bedding and bathrooms every day, no laundry, and no one asking me what box I packed their beloved items in.  So I'm taking a break from … [Read More...]

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BIG HERO 6: Teaser Trailer & Posters Available

The new teaser trailer, poster and first look images for Walk Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6 is now available! With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns … [Read More...]

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MALEFICENT: Free Multi-Touch Book on iBooks!

Disney just announced the release of MALEFICENT: The Official Multi-Touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film “Maleficent,” in theaters May 30, 2014. The book, offered for free exclusively through iBooks, explores both the legacy of Disney’s classic animated film, “Sleeping Beauty”—which … [Read More...]

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Paid Links: A Cautionary Tale

Recently I was contacted by a representative from inquiring about placing a compensated, no-follow link in an old blog post.  I usually ignore these emails completely, or respond politely with an, "I'm not in the practice of selling links on my site" email and move on.  I … [Read More...]


Disney’s CINDERELLA: New Trailer Available!

Everyone at my house is very excited for the new, live-action version of Disney's Cinderella that will be coming in March, 2015! A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized … [Read More...]

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Facebook: The new way to garage sale in Chicago

This article recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. Every year in the month of May, I spend an entire weekend wheeling and dealing my “treasures” away at the neighborhood garage sale. I have a system down perfectly: I don’t price anything individually and instead … [Read More...]