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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]


Take a chance, talk to a stranger #ChangeTheConversation

I was trying on clothes in the fitting room.  Stacks and stacks of shirts, jeans and dresses hung on the "Not This Time" hook, needing to go back because they didn't fit.  Didn't look right.  Didn't make me feel good. A mother with a young daughter entered the dressing rooms and selected a booth … [Read More...]

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8 Survival Tips for Spring Sickness

This article recently appeared in where I am a regular contributor. Two weeks ago, Chicagoan’s had finally thought Spring had arrived. The temperatures were beautiful, windows were opened, patio furniture was washed and taken out of storage, and some even dared to bust out their … [Read More...]

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5 Things I Learned From Visiting Granite City Food & Brewery

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the Granite City Food & Brewery in Schaumburg, IL prior to it's official open to the public. Along with about a dozen other social media professionals, we had the opportunity to taste a wide variety of items from the menu, meet the chefs and … [Read More...]

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Love, life and music: an evening with Ed Kowalczyk

Music has been the one constant companion in my life. Regardless of circumstances, family, experiences, where I lived, who I was in a relationship with, and the failures and successes of my life, a soundtrack has always been present. Music has been the thing that has picked me up, healed my soul, … [Read More...]

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GIVEAWAY: Chicago Parent Playdate at The Accelerated Center

It's been a LONG winter here in Chicago. And Mother Nature keep messing with us, having 75 degree days that we get excited about followed by highs in the 40s again.  I don't know about you, but my kids want to run around and PLAY.  Thanks to Chicago Parent and The Accelerated Center, they will have … [Read More...]

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Succeeding (and failing) to Thrive with lessons from Arianna Huffington

This post contains affiliate links After meeting Arianna Huffington last year at #Blogher14 and listening to her fascinating discussion about sleeping her way to the top (by actually getting enough rest - get your mind out of the gutter!), disconnecting from social media and email for several … [Read More...]

First Wives Club the Musical

“First Wives Club” a fun girls night out!

Rarely does an opportunity for a girls night present itself and work with my schedule, so I was SUPER thrilled when I was given the opportunity to have a night out AND see a Broadway in Chicago show on top of it!  Since I was in my early 20's, I've loved everything involving the theater and Chicago … [Read More...]


St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Food, and Printables

With St. Patrick's Day being tomorrow I know that some of you are are still looking for quick and easy ways to have fun with the kids and incorporate them in to craft projects, fun green-centered meals, or treats for home or school parties. This is one of my favorite treats, and I've featured it … [Read More...]

Pik A Pot N Paint in Elmhurst (

Exploring Elmhurst: 8 can’t miss places

This post recently appeared on where I am a regular contributor. Elmhurst is a beautiful, medium-sized suburb just northwest of Chicago by 30 minutes (with no traffic).  My kids spend a lot of time in Elmhurst (their Dad lives there), and they are always talking about fun places … [Read More...]

I washi taped a custom laptop cover in less than 9 minutes (

How to Washi Tape your Laptop

I have recently stumbled upon washi tape.  I'm not sure how I've lived fourty-COUGH-something years without knowing that this has existed, but I know that I'm in SERIOUS trouble now that I am aware. After wandering through the craft store, and consulting with my friends via text, I decided that I … [Read More...]