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  • Snapchat and Your Kids: The Ultimate Parents Guide (Revised)

    I originally wrote this post in 2014 to give parents an idea of what (then, relatively new) Snapchat was all about.  It was the fourth installment in a series on What Parents Should Know about popular social media platforms, after I did a deep dive in to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In case you are… [Continue Reading]

    Snapchat and Your Kids:  The Ultimate Parents Guide (Revised)
  • How To Do a Tween Bedroom Makeover and Not Go Broke

    Since we moved in to the new house two years ago, both girls have been living in the decorating shadows of the former owners.  Their bedrooms were nowhere near their preferred colors. When I gave them a choice for the holidays to either have a ton of presents under the tree of have their room… [Continue Reading]

    How To Do a Tween Bedroom Makeover and Not Go Broke
  • It’s okay to talk about #BlackLivesMatter if you’re White

    Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me. “Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main… [Continue Reading]

    It’s okay to talk about #BlackLivesMatter if you’re White
  • Fences, walls and dreams

    The family we are visiting lives eleven miles from the border between the United States and Mexico.  Eleven.  There is a whole world in these eleven miles that I didn’t know existed.  I thought I was well-informed and well-educated when it came to the topic of immigration between Mexico and the US.  But what I… [Continue Reading]

    Fences, walls and dreams
  • Printables and Activity Sheets for Disney’s FROZEN

    Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped… [Continue Reading]

    Printables and Activity Sheets for Disney’s FROZEN
  • Is There Poison in your Drinking Water?

    Recently a disturbing report about our local drinking water popped across my Facebook timeline.  The post shared how cancer-causing Chromium-6 is in 140 Chicago area water systems and posed the question, “Is Yours One?” If you saw the movie Erin Brockovich, you might remember the horrors of Chromium-6.  Liver damage, reproductive problems and developmental damage… [Continue Reading]

    Is There Poison in your Drinking Water?
  • My 2017 Word Of The Year

    So I’ve never declared a “word of the year” before.  I’ve also never been forty-six and felt so blah about so many things in my life.  Don’t get me wrong – there are an abundance of things in my corner of the world that are fantastic.  MORE THAN FANTASTIC.  However, I feel like there are… [Continue Reading]

    My 2017 Word Of The Year
  • Why white people need to get on board with #TakeAKnee

    Since last Friday night’s “rally” in Alabama when President Cheeto (h/t Luvvie) decided to ignite another shit-storm and make himself the center of all things by calling Colin Kaepernick a “son of a bitch” and suggesting that NFL owners (9 of which made sizeable donations) should fire anyone who #TakesAKnee during the National Anthem, the… [Continue Reading]

    Why white people need to get on board with #TakeAKnee
  • Parenting Dilemma: Are Sleepovers a Good Thing?

    This article recently appeared on ChicagoParent.com where I am a regular contributor.  Recently I received an email from the mother of one of my second-grade daughters classmates.  In it, she talked about the upcoming birthday of her child, how she was hosting a sleepover party, and would my daughter be able to attend on such-and-such… [Continue Reading]

    Parenting Dilemma:  Are Sleepovers a Good Thing?
  • 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 needed to washi tape… [Continue Reading]

    How to Washi Tape your Laptop
  • Facebook, Messenger and Kids: The Ultimate Parents Guide (Revised)

    I originally wrote this post in 2014 as part of a series on What Parents Should Know about popular social media platforms.  But it’s almost 2018, and Facebook (like Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram) has changed rapidly over the years.  So has the way tweens and teens use it to communicate with each other. Most of… [Continue Reading]

    Facebook, Messenger and Kids:  The Ultimate Parents Guide (Revised)