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Brainwave motivation: creativity edification for kids and educators

WENDY CITY MOM: the parenting column. Chicago-area educators are in for a real treat May 3-4. The International Conference on Creativity, Thinking & Education, which takes place at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, will provide intellectual and inspiring fodder — keynote speakers, authors and educators, …

Be good, do good, feel good: support SOS Children’s Villages

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WENDY CITY MOM. the parenting column. Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages USA, has been helping disadvantaged orphaned and abandoned children around the world, including right here in the Chicago area. SOS, which began operating in 1949, is the world’s largest independent NGO that …

Spotlight on author and mother, Joelle Charbonneau

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WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · Joelle Charbonneau has it all. She is a stay-at-home-mom and a successful writer, producing quality books with a frequency that makes most other authors jealous. Many parents have to choose one or the other: career or full time parent, but Charbonneau has figured out how to have her cake and eat it. Below is an interview, conducted with Charbonneau on her rise to becoming an author- fulfilling her dreams and ambitions, without sacrificing her desires to have a family and be a stellar mother.

First dental exam scares the parent more than the child

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WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · You're not alone if going to the dentist conjures up feelings of apprehension and dread alongside recollections of Steve Martin's portrayal of a sadistic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. At a check-up, dental instruments that manipulate, inspect, repair and remove teeth lie in wait on a tray next to you while a bright interrogating light shines down from overhead. How could a toddler or preschooler possibly sit through a first visit without being traumatized?

Jack Frost has nothing on you: 3 tips for surviving the cold

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WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · Winter is here. Fact. Part of what makes this season so difficult for parents is venturing outside in the frosty conditions. Kids need to be kept warm-hats, mittens, scarves, boots and coats all need to be worn. Backpacks and diaper bags need to be supplied with winter necessities. Multiply the number of kids in the household, and parents end up spending the better part of the morning tasked with Sherpa duties. Make your life easier by following these three tips. 

Members only: Gifts that occupy zero space, provide hours of fun and get kids out of the house

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Most parents can attest to the incredible amount of living space that is lost to toys and kid-centered items. As the holiday season rolls around the corner, the idea of receiving or purchasing more multi-hued presents for your child seems a bit overwhelming. A membership …

A Heart for Animals: Adopt one of these pets today

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A Heart for Animals, Inc. (AHFA) is a 501(c)3, foster-based, animal-welfare organization that believes every animal deserves a loving home.    All of the animals are in foster care meaning they are being taken care of by volunteers, in their own homes. This is great …

Run for Rotary

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As autumn approaches, shake off the summer rest, get back to school, focus on the kids fall sports and take in the fall football season. It is also time for one of the largest and longest running races in the western suburbs: the 19th annual …

19th Annual Rotary Run Charity Classic

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Sunday, Oct. 20 Rain or Shine  REGISTER www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org Online registration closes on Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. SCHEDULE SATURDAY, OCT. 19 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Packet and T-shirt pick up at The Community House, 415 W. 8th St. in Hinsdale 11 a.m. – 2 …

The Big Clean

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Spring cleaning includes getting rid of dirt and grime on surfaces as well as getting rid of bigger pieces such as clothing and furniture. For both, we’ve tapped two local experts for their advice. If you’re getting ready to hose down the kitchen, consider paring …

How does your garden grow

When selecting your plants, make sure that they all have the same light and water necessities. Pansies and violas are traditional favorites due to their bright colors, hardiness and reliability. Whereas many spring flowers are delicate and in need of covering when frost is on …

Totally feasible ways to organize your home

Organizing can be a daunting undertaking, especially when the piles of mail and toys seem taller than Mount Everest. Personal organizers recommend taking a step back to get a good plan before tackling the summit of organization. It may also be the best step before …

Turn your clutter into cash: April 28 at the Oak Park Library

Life gets cluttered for most of us. Each day, our homes accumulate more stuff. Whether it’s paper, clothing, furniture, decor, equipment or even food, clutter makes its way into our life. However, it rarely seems to leave. Carolyn Miller, professional organizer and owner of Mind …

Your Holiday Calendar

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CHENEY MANSION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Come see the beautifully decorated Mansion, and enjoy light refreshments. Bring a food item to donate to the OPRF Food Pantry if you can. When: Dec. 12 & 13, 1-7 p.m. Where: Cheney Mansion, Oak Park Cost: Free More Info: www.cheneymansion.com/events.html DROP & SHOP Bring your …

Have a holly, jolly celebration

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SUGAR PLUM HOLIDAY  MARKET PREVIEW PARTY Have your pick of the plums and enjoy prizes and refreshments at this pre-Market preview before the Infant Welfare Society Holiday Market opens for all. When: Nov. 29, 6 – 10 p.m. Where: Concordia University, Koehneke Center, River Forest …

Local IQ: Test your knowledge of the far western ‘burbs

How well do you know the communities in Chicago’s far western suburbs? Take this quiz and find out.

Discover these 8 gems tucked away in the Fox Valley

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Aurora may have been dubbed a generic suburb back in the days of “Wayne’s World.” But even Wayne and Garth would do a double-take if they saw what’s going on in their hometown today: a riverfront concert venue downtown, designer clothing stores, hiking trails and …

Naperville’s downtown offers a little something for everybody

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Take a look at the phone book, a website or just by looking at the city of Naperville itself, it’s very easy to know there’s a lot to see and do. But as the mild winter turns into hopefully a pleasant spring, what particular destinations are catching residents’ and visitors’ eyes in Naperville?

Your turn: Residents share why they love their towns

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What’s so great about living in the western suburbs? Lots of things apparently. Residents from the Fox Valley and Naperville share what they love about life in the ‘burbs.