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“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...]

#ChangeTheConversation

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...]

9 Survival Tips when your whole family is sick (www.memyselfandjen.com)

8 Survival Tips for Spring Sickness

This article recently appeared in ChicagoParent.com 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...]

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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...]

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Exploring Elmhurst: 8 can’t miss places

This post recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com 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 (www.memyselfandjen.com)

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...]

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Exploring Bartlett: 3 Not-To-Miss Places

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor. As many of you know, I relocated to the Bloomingdale area several months ago. Even though I only moved 30 minutes away, and I love my new location, one of the main struggles I have is that I don’t KNOW where and … [Read More...]

DuPage Children's Museum at the Mall (www.memyselfandjen.com)

DuPage Children’s Museum at The Mall

This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor Since their location at 301 N. Washington sustained significant water damage from a broken pipe on January 8th forced the museum to close for the immediate future, the ideas and offers to help have come pouring … [Read More...]

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Gaga, NPH, Selma, Patricia: an Oscar 2015 Recap

Nothing will snap me out of a blogging slump faster than an almost four-hour Oscar show.  I watched.  I tweeted.  And now here are my thoughts that take more than 140 characters to express, in no particular order. I missed Ellen I love Neil Patrick Harris.  I really do.  But last night, he was … [Read More...]

An unconventional Valentine's Day gift box from Target including K-Y® Love #LoveOurVDay #cbias #ad (www.memyselfandjen.com)

How to make an “unconventional” Valentine’s gift basket from Target and not break the bank #LoveOurVDay #CollectiveBias #ad

This shop has been sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #LoveOurVDay #CollectiveBias It’s February, the month that is typically thought of as the “romance” month. But in my house, romance is hard to come by, regardless of what month it is.   My … [Read More...]