Posts from: June 2012

On the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings for June 16 & 17

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for Father's Day Weekend - June 16 and 17 - events that are just perfect for celebrating Dad's big day!

Happy Father's Day Chicago!  From canoeing to brunch on the farm, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate dear old Dad!  Here are five of our favorite events happening around Chicagoland this Sunday.

#1. Father's Day Canoe Adventure 

Chicago Botanic Garden

June 16 & 17 (9am, 11am or 1pm)

$54 per person

5+ years

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

A Feast For A King (Or Your Dad); Steak Kabobs and Grilled Corn

Most manly food desires do not equate with healthy. I surveyed my husband and his friends and the overwhelming consensus was BBQ ribs and cheeseburgers. These are delicious foods, (who doesn’t enjoy a juicy hamburger on a pretzel roll! YUM.) but I knew I could conjure up something a bit healthier and make the man of the house feel extra special.

My wise four-year-old suggested steak (his dad loves steak)! To add my healthy twist, I turned the sirloin into kabobs with zucchini, red onio...

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Healthier

I often receive a lot of questions about how I cook or what do I use to cook for my family.  While I try hard to help families make easy transitions that won’t break their bank accounts, here are my top five kitchen items that are better alternatives to cooking and baking. 

#1. Himalayan Salt:  Move over sea salt, there is a bigger crystal that provides more trace minerals than your refined counter part.  Himalayan Salt has been around for centuries found in the mountains of Pakistan, ...

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Jasmine Jafferrali

From conference calls to playdates: How to make a successful career change

I just started a new job, and my boss’s demands are outrageous. Today, when she disagreed with a decision I made, she collapsed in a fit of rage. It’s a good thing we’re related. I recently left my job to pursue life as a stay-at-home mom, and I’m realizing this new gig will be the most challenging career change of my life. Luckily, I can rely on aspects of the professional world to ensure a successful transition.

Apply the tools of the work place

Network: One of my first goals wa...

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 6:28 AM by Elizabeth Bushaw

Secrets to Budgeting Bliss

As a financial coach, I have clients asking me about retirement planning (“We’ll get there one day, right?”), college education savings accounts (“How are we possibly going to afford it?!”), and improving credit (“The outstanding balance just snowballed...”) almost every day.  And almost every one of those topics leads me to ask the question, “Do you keep a budget?” No matter the situation, most of my clients (and about half of the country) respond “no.”

As a busy parent, budgets are n...

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jessica Carter

On the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings June 9 & 10

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for June 9th & 10th - weekend events that are just perfect for you and your little ones!

Breakout your sunscreen, and get ready for some family fun this weekend.  Festival season is in full swing, and this weekend you have a number of great family-friendly festivals to choose from.

#1. Midsommarfest

Clark Street in Andersonville

June 9 & 10

$5 suggested donation

Listen to traditional Swedish music and watch the...

Posted on June 08, 2012 at 11:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Ready, Set, 2nd Chance to Bid

We understand how busy you are and may have missed last month's silent auction preview. June 7th - 10th Chicago parents have a second chance to bid on and access great deals!!Start shopping at

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Posted on June 07, 2012 at 1:06 PM

The Asparagus Thief

I am a health nut.  I run for fun, practice yoga in odd positions, shop at farmer’s markets for hours, eat and cook healthy.  You can imagine my disappointment when my two-year-old finally started having an opinion, which was terrific; but not so terrific when his opinion involved eating only French fries and pizza.

As a baby, my son would gobble up green peas from a jar.  He liked mashed bananas and smashed sweet potatoes.  Around his second birthday, he started saying “no.”  No to th...

Posted on June 06, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Healthfull Ever After

Coping with Transition & Change - Summer Parent to Parent Newsletter is Here

One thing that's true of every parent's experience: just when you get used to one phase of your child's life, things change! In the Summer issue of Parent to Parent, we take a look at how parents cope with various changes and transitions in their family lives. Download the new issue now (may take 1-2 minutes to complete) to read about:

Transitioning from 1 to 2

Entering Mommydom

From Conference Calls to Playdates

And there's more!

Kid-sized fun this summer...

Posted on June 05, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Shine: A ray of light on infertility announces Launch Open House

Katie O’Connor is a Chicago-native, mom, wife, only daughter, infertility activist, and founder of Shine Chicago.

Her infertility journey started with a non-existent period, to tests, meds, and monitoring, to failed IUI’s, to the first IVF cycle, which included periods extreme hi’s and low’s to finally hearing those words “you are pregnant”, and overwhelming joy with the birth of her daughter!

She decided to start this community and write about her story and infertility, to help ot...

Posted on June 04, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Katie O'Connor