Little Things



You hear it all of the time… “It’s the little things that make the difference.”

This morning I was stopped at the corner of 88th Avenue and 151st Street after dropping #4 off late at the Jerling front entrance and saw something “little” that touched my heart.  Continue reading

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Free Sandwich for High School Students!

Chick-fil-A Orland Park is offering afree chickfila week of FREE Chick-fil-A for high school students. Monday-Friday, 2:30-4:30pm, students who show their school ID receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.  Valid 3/12-3/16 ONLY at the Orland Park location.

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Gymboree Hiring Part-time Instructors



Gymboree Play & Music in Orland Hills is looking for part-time instructors. (15-20 hrs/week; 10-$14/hr based on experience)

Are you a…

-Playful individual who enjoys working with children and adults?

-Energetic stay-at-home Mom?

-Studying early childhood education? Drama Major / Theater Performer / Vocalist …with an outgoing, enthusiastic, creative personality?

Then apply for this position RIGHT NOW! Send your resume to Please indicate your availability!

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So Not My First First Day


This morning I said goodbye to my almost adults on their first day of school. I didn’t make any lunches, tie any shoes, pack any snacks, label any supplies or dry any tears. I didn’t pick out an outfit, fill out any forms or fix anyone’s hair. Continue reading

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Parents of Sandburg Freshmen-Top 10 things you need to know



It can be an exciting(and stressful) time in our lives, sending our eldest off to a new school to embark on the next level of their educational careers.

That was me three years ago (and two years ago, and last year).  I now have three at Sandburg, each having a unique high school experience. My once newbie freshman is about to enter his senior year and I can assure you, all is well.

After a few (or ten) recent panicky phone calls from friends with incoming freshman, I thought it would be nice to share my, ala David Letterman,

Top 10 things you need to know for Parents of Sandburg Freshmen:

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Reader Questions


I get many really good reader questions, mostly regarding being a mom and living in Orland Park (go figure) and most of the time I can answer them on my own, and do.

This one, however, required a professional opinion.  I thought I would share….

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My Baby Behind the Wheel – Tales of a Nerve-Wracked Mom



Of course I knew this day would come. I dreaded it and embraced its possibilities all at the same time.

As I reluctantly dropped my son off at his first day of driving school, prayed that he would pay attention, absorb all of the important info that would help him become a safe driver one day. Continue reading

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Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches 2014


Looking for a pumpkin patch in the area but not sure where to start?  Are the kids hoping to score that perfect pumpkin?  You are in luck, because over at is a complete list of patches, hours, amenities and prices to help you on your way.

Be sure to call to verify information posted before venturing out to be sure of hours and events.

For a list that encompasses a larger area, visit and choose your region.  Here is their Chicagoland list.

Good luck and happy pumpkin picking!

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One Step Closer to Downtown OP’s University of Chicago Medical Center!



I, for one, cannot be more excited about the plans to bring University of Chicago quality medical care to Orland Park.  I have, for years, traveled to the UC hospital in Hyde Park and various outpatient centers in other suburbs for specialty care for myself and my children.  Should any member of my family need top-notch specialty outpatient care, it is nice to know we won’t have to travel far for another option!  

Here is the Chicago Tribune article with the latest developments.

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Lowdown on the TTT (Text Talk Translation)

Orland Park Mom

So you happen across your kid’s cell phone and happen to browse through the text messages sent and received.  You think you are all slick until, what the…… It is written in some sort of alien code that you are not able to comprehend.   Now, I am not so in the dark that I do not get the obvious things like LOL, smh and brb, but some of these texts are completely confusing.

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