How Does Your Garden Grow?

homegrown tomatoes, hot peppers and zucchini

Are you a veteran vegetable gardener? Do you spend hundreds of dollars each spring on flats of flowers? Or are you a rookie simply trying your hand at a couple tomato plants in the backyard and still trying to remember the difference between an annual and perennial? Whether you need some tips on how to get […]

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Fired Up for Grilling Season

ribs, garlic bread and cole claw

Memorial Day is around the corner and that means grills on balconies, decks and patios all across Chicago are starting to see some serious action (unless you’re a hardcore king or queen of the Q and your grill knows no such thing as a polar vortex). Besides stocking up on propane or charcoal—the propane vs. charcoal is one of […]

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From Chicago, With Love

Shelves of paperback books

Are you a reader that is new to the romance genre? Have you picked up a romance novel and fallen in love with it? Maybe you’re simply looking to try something new and venture outside your usual reading interests? I’d suggest picking up a romance. Romance novels have greatly evolved since your mother’s or even grandmother’s stacks […]

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Tis the season for Spring Cleaning

sponge and bucket

It’s the time of year again when you start seeking opportunities to open up the windows, let the fresh air flow throughout the house and when it feels good to do some deep cleaning. If you’ve already started to scrubbing the walls, cleaning the dust lodged in between keys of your keyboard, wiping off juice rings […]

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Welcome to National Laugh at Work Week

Did you know that April 1-7 is National Laugh at Work Week? And the entire month of April is National Humor Month?  So now you have an official excuse to crack your coworkers up – although I am not sure the boss would find this as amusing and humorous as I do. The ability to […]

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Up Next on My Playlist: Gutsy Garden Galaxy

Photo by: Kyle Mistry

Wait what? Gutsy Garden Galaxy as in the song from Super Mario Galaxy? This doesn’t quite sound like it exactly, but this is definitely the melody. Thanks to the creative genius of Andrew Skeet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, you can enjoy orchestral renditions of songs from your favorite video games. This is seriously very cool stuff. […]

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Start Your Engines for NASCAR

stock car racing

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines! I know I am fired up for the Daytona 500, which also signals the start of the NASCAR racing season. The Daytona 500 takes place at 12 p.m. Sunday, February 23 and will air on FOX. Coincidentally, this falls hours after the men’s Olympic gold medal hockey game, which airs […]

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When I Grow Up, I Want to Go to the Olympics!

Olympic rings

We’ve hit upon the two weeks that come once every four years—the Winter Olympics. As a winter sports fanatic, I can assure you I am doing somersaults (even though somersaults are part of gymnastics, which are during the Summer Olympics) over an exciting two weeks of snowboarding, skiing, figure skating, luge, bobsled, ice hockey, skeleton, […]

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Overtaxed with Taxes?

tax forms, pencil, eraser

It’s that time of year again when we all start fantasizing about how we’ll spend our income tax refunds. Perhaps you’ve got your sights set on a new car, or a family trip to Disney or splurging on a day at the spa. Maybe you’re more practical and thinking about buying something you’ve needed like a new […]

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Cookbooks to Inspire You in the Kitchen

cheese breadsticks

Now that the holidays are over and we’re in the long stretch of frigid and snowy winter doldrums, I’m spending considerable time in the kitchen trying out the new kitchen gadgets I got for Christmas and experimenting with different techniques, seasonal ingredients, and herbs, spices and aromatics. More often than not, I need a little inspiration before I […]

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