Newborn: Effie

My friend Stacey is a rockstar.  She carefully planned and prepared for how she wanted to give birth and her baby basically said, “Psh mom, whatever!  We’re doing this my way.”  Which ended up being intervention after invention culminating in a c-section on 3/13/13 (I think that baby was just holding out for a super […]

Crave Chicago: Smart Dating Academy

Bela of Smart Dating Academy is a real life Hitch, instructing the lovelorn of Chicago how to date successfully.  For you Millionaire Matchmaker fans she is Patti Stanger minus the crazy. Even without seeing her in action I could tell she is the real deal.  She has a demeanor that instantly puts you at ease and […]

For the Love of Books

I just finished re-reading “These is My Words” and re-falling in love with Captain Jack Elliot.  I grew up falling in love – with Gilbert Blythe, Nat Eaton, Rhett Butler, Mr. Darcy, Friedrich Baer (although that came later with age and wisdom, before that it was always Laurie from next door for me!).  Of course […]