Top 5 Family Friendly Chicago Neighborhoods

Top 5 Family Friendly Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago Family Friendly Neighborhoods

  We didn’t plan to stay in Chicago for 10 years—We expected to live there for the rest of our lives.  When we moved to the one bedroom apartment directly across from St. Mary’s of the Angels Church on Wood Street and Hermitage, in Bucktown, we knew that we had found “our ‘hood.’” We loved […]

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2014 KIA Sorento: Kid Tested & Dad Approved

2014 KIA Sorento: Kid Tested & Dad Approved

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Hopping into the 2014 KIA Sorento after spending a week driving the KIA Soul was an adventure.  Let’s remember, I truly LOVED driving the KIA Soul and, if it wasn’t for the dog, the kid (and all of her stuff) and the need to cram as much sporting and camping equipment into one car as possible, […]

Dreaming of the 2014 Kia Soul

Dreaming of the 2014 Kia Soul

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What’s your dream car?  If you are a follower of my site you know that I happen to be in love with the Hyundai Santa Fe.  Until…. I test drove the new Kia Soul. Yes, you read correctly: 2014 Kia Soul.  My buddies at Drive STI asked me if I would reconsider my opinion about […]

bellyQ: Perfect Start of the Global Tasting Tour in Chicago

bellyQ: Perfect Start of the Global Tasting Tour in Chicago

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Condé Nast Traveler and MasterCard Priceless Cities kicked off their “Global Tasting Tour” this weekend.  And guess which city they chose to start the celebration? CHICAGO, of course!  The “Tour” is a week of dinners celebrating different types of foods from around the world.  At each dinner, a leading industry chef will introduce the one-time […]

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Halloween Trending: Most Popular Costumes in 2013

Halloween Trending: Most Popular Costumes in 2013

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Wondering what the most popular Halloween costumes are for 2013?  As you know, we take Halloween very seriously in this house!  After all, our street gets over 400 Trick-or-Treaters in three plus hours! Picking the right costume can mean the difference between getting voted “coolest” house and being TP’d.   Choosing the “right” costume is […]

A Dream Comes True at Fantasy Costumes

A Dream Comes True at Fantasy Costumes

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  I like to celebrate the “secular” side of Christmas and the Winter Solstice.  Adam is a lifelong celebrant of Hanukkah.  Yet despite Adam and my differences, when it comes to Halloween, we agree: It’s our favorite holiday! Going all out for Halloween is nothing new for our family.  Anyone who has seen my office knows […]

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IL Farm Families: Know Your Food

IL Farm Families: Know Your Food

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When it comes to food, I want to be well informed.  And I don’t want to buy food that could harm the health of my family. Like most concerned parents, I have researched the differences between organic and conventional food to help figure out what is the best food. Recently, I decided that research alone […]

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It’s Time To Read A Banned Book!

It’s Time To Read A Banned Book!

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There’s something you don’t know about me: I love to read banned books.  You know, those books that you were sure if you mother caught you reading them, you would be punished for the rest of your life?   Once, while sitting in the hallways of my ultra-liberal-but-still parochial-private school (Quaker), I was busted by […]

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American Girl Exceeds Expectations With Expanded Bitty Baby Line!

American Girl Exceeds Expectations With Expanded Bitty Baby Line!

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Well, American Girl has done it again! Introduced a new line of dolls that exceeds expectations! Actually, it’s not a new line, per se, but an expanded one: Bitty Baby®. American Girl has come out with 11 different Bitty Baby dolls with various skin tones and hair- and eye-color combinations. Now your youngest child can […]

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Could the 2013 Kia Soul Be Our New Mate?

Could the 2013 Kia Soul Be Our New Mate?

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Sad news on the car front.  My beloved Hyundai Santa Fe is falling apart. First it was the rust on the undercarriage.  Now it’s the seats: they’re shredding. Has the time come to trade in Betsy and get a new family car?  Well, I hoped that driving  2013 Kia Soul, aka “The Hamster Car,” would […]