Now, as most of y’all know I am often called a Pollyanna thanks to my glass is half full positive outlook on life. However there is one thing in this world that quickly turns this Pollyanna into a Negative Nelly and that is a good old-fashioned cookie exchange! Shocking, but true! I have participated in my fair share and even organized a few and let me tell you, now I understand what they mean by a labor of love. Except for in this case, unlike actual labor where you totally forget…Continue
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They warn you about the pain of childbirth. They even express all the different means for managing said pain and in such depth that there are literally tons of books written on the topic! Ways to manage the pain often include Lamaze, water therapy, epidural, hypnosis, etc. I opted for hypnosis when this little lady graced us with her presence.…
Monday morning, my Facebook feed was filled with proud parents as their children started their first day of school. By 2pm, those enthusiastic statuses looked a little uglier, grimmer, and much more stress filled. A new school year involves lots of moving parts, but what are some of the ways you and your family can make back-to-school an organized…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on August 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
School is starting tomorrow and it is seriously bumming me out. I know I should be happy for my son and on some level I am, but he is growing up so fast and I can't stop it. I look at him and take snapshots of each stage in my mind with hopes of remembering each moment, but with our busy overwhelming lives, it is hard to be in the…Continue
Added by Andi Wickman on August 26, 2015 at 3:33pm — No Comments
School day breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. We’ve got a week of delicious, fun breakfasts the kids will just love.
Monday – wise owl toast
Start the week off right with our…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 26, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments
BIG day today!! 1st day of school for my 4th & 2nd graders!! They each have awesome teachers and kind kiddos in their classes, thinking this is going to be a fabulous year! Of course we did the classic…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on August 26, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments
One of the quickest healthiest breakfasts you can throw together. A dish of lovely creamy porridge. You can either do it the proper way in a pan and simmer and stir, you can make it in minutes in the microwave or you can go instant with a dish of Ready brek. Whichever way you choose it’s…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 24, 2015 at 4:19am — No Comments
"You wanna wear that?!?!?"
This was the response I silently whispered to myself when my tween, Flower, walked into the room one day wearing an outfit she had picked out.
Oh lawd, I knew this day would come sooner than later. After all, at the time, she was around 7 years old.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 8, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments
My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…Continue
At a playdate with friends the other day one of the moms turned to me and asked what my secret was? For a moment I stood perplexed. Why whatever did she mean!? Did she want to know if I had found the fountain of youth? Did I really look that good? I just started using a new shampoo; maybe I was rocking a sweet do? I couldn’t help but smile as I inquired,” what secret?”.
“Your mood, what’s your secret? You always seem so happy, peppy, in such a great mood and…Continue
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Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…Continue
Sure anyone can bang a nail into a wall and hang their art but to get the perfect look in your space, these are the tips and numbers you want to remember next time you are hanging your art
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Added by Kristi Blok on July 9, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
Back when I was growing up, our home was always clean. I don't mean tidy. I mean practically white-glove-test-clean. Some used to call my mother "The White Tornado." She'd just shrug and laugh it off. The thing is, though, I don't recall ever seeing her spend endless days cleaning. In fact, most days in the summertime…Continue
Added by Holly Connors on July 7, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments
I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool.
She called out their last name to summon the two oldest boys, who were 50 yards away and in line for the slides. She motioned with her pointer finger to the middle daughter, who was paddling away and whispered something to her youngest daughter, who was romping in…Continue
There are some things a woman just cannot live without. Surprisingly, the items that make way into her wardrobe often make it to the top this list. There are some wardrobe staples that are an absolute must have. These pieces of clothing are timeless and will never essentially run out of fashion. Besides, the best thing about these wardrobe essentials is the simple fact that they go with just about anything. Accessorising with these pieces gets easier. You could wear something as elaborate as…Continue
Hubby is a crazy fast reader. He can blow through one of my 250-page manuscripts in an hour...less than the amount of time it takes me to drive to the nail salon, get a mani and drive home.
He recently read Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli...in about two hours. 435 pages, by the way. What the WHAT?????…
Added by Kristen Luciani on April 24, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments