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Month: April 2012


Food Lovers on Parade: the Wonder of Food Tours

I LOVE FOOD! So a food tour is right up my alley! We were trying to get to three locations during the shoot, but we only made it to two.
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Sarah P.

I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys, who are currently 2 and 4 years old. I like to stay active and busy so I try to get out of the house every day with the kids and I write Toddling Around Chicagoland to share our experiences. In my effort to find things to do with the boys,
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Annie T.

Annie is the mom of Elliott (4) and Allison (2) as well as the writer and creator of {kidlist} activities for little kids. Moms, dads, and grandparents use the site to plan fun days with their children in the near west suburbs of Chicago. Annie makes lists of places to go, introduces ways to foster creativity
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Michelle K.

Michelle Kay is a seeker of silver linings, positivity enthusiast and lover of all things social media. She is founder and editor of Domestic Executive Online, owner of Michelle Kay Media and loving every single minute of it!! Along with her writing and editing at Domestic Executive Online, she has been a speaker/panelist for several media/networking events. Her
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Sandee H.

Sandee Harned is a Chicago Public Schools high school teacher turned stay-at-home mom after the birth of her second child. After nearly two years at home, Sandee started the blog Motherhood is Beautiful…and Other Lies which focuses on the parts of motherhood most women only tell their closest friends.   Sandee talks about her adventures and missteps
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Rowena & Jena

Rowena Abrahams and Jena Karcazes are co-founders of She She Shoppers, a fashion and lifestyle blog, based in Chicago. They are both Chicago moms balancing their families, professions and lives. She She Shoppers is their exciting avenue to offer women honest, practical tips to stay stylish, savvy and sane! Their posts cover fashion/shopping tips and trends, travel, cooking and general lifestyle issues.
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Betsy & Kristin

Betsy & Kristin Betsy and Kristin are Co-Founders of The Little Style File, a lifestyle site that features the real style of children and moms, provides personal shopping and styling services, and highlights the latest trends for families. Betsy was a working mom in Chicago for the past five years until recently. She is now a stay-at-home mom to her
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Amy M.

Amy M. is a Chicago wife and mom of a very energetic 4 year old boy. She has a passion for families, kids, getting out and exploring, and all things organizational and home related. She has found great satisfaction in creating and developing social communities. As a former organizer of 2 successful mom’s groups, she is
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Real Chicago Moms: Meet Samantha S.

I’m a blog-writing, Pinterest-loving, college-professoring, non-practicing attorney married to my high school sweetheart and mom to two of the cutest little fellas. Our two boys, Charlie (age 3) and Jack (age 1) definitely keep us on our toes and you can track us over at The Peanuts Gang. Growing up, I vividly remember cross-country family vacation road trips filled with laughter,
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Real Chicago Moms Countdown to Family Travel CK on WTTW!

I am so excited to announce that I’ll be featuring REAL Chicago moms on my blog every day leading up to the three-day sneak peek of my new show Family Travel with Colleen Kelly – which is only 10 days away! I can’t wait to introduce all of these amazing women and share their family travel tips and
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10 Quick & Easy Ways to Go Green

Freeze your gym membership: for the summer months and get outside. Take your kids biking, hiking, running, kayaking, swimming, and share with them the beauty of the outdoors! Close your blinds on hot days: and open them on cooler, sunny days. Reduces the amount of energy you exhaust from air conditioning and heat. Walk or bike to
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The Little Cottage By The Beach

One of my favorite childhood memories was taking family trips to the beach on the weekends. When we lived in Chicago, my dad bought a run-down 1920’s cottage in Michigan City, Indiana. The area was beautiful (and still is today) and was a walk away from sweeping sand dunes and a Lake Michigan beach that ran unobstructed for
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5 Family Vacation Preparations You Never Thought Of

As your family prepares to leave town, the basics are usually covered: the right clothes are packed, passports are in hand, emergency cash is tucked away, and the like. But doing just a little bit more will go a long way toward ensuring a smooth trip for your family. Check out my checklist below! 5 Family Vacation
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