As a parenting and family contributor for My Daily Find Chicago, it’s my job to scope out area finds for Chicagoland parents.
Yesterday I wrote a post about one of my favorite tot rock musicians, Little Miss Ann. She really changed my feeling about kiddie music. I love listening to her CDs. She brings a fresh and funky sound to classics like “You Are My Sunshine” and other favorites. I’ve seen her several times in concert and she always gets the kids dancing and the parents clapping.
Another local fave kiddie rocker is Mindy Hester & The Time Outs. Mindy started a
Mindy Hester Chicago Tot Musician
music school for babies and tots, Rock and Roll Arts Academy. Both Mia and Lana absolutely adored her classes. Recently she shifted her programming and now takes her classes on the road. She’ll conduct in-home classes or musical playdates. Gather your favorite group of babies and ladies, pick a convenient time to meet and Mindy will come to you with her guitar and other musical props.
Mindy sings kid classics, but she also mixes in The Beatles, The Dead, Jimi Hendrix and other great musicians too. It’s really refreshing.
We love her CDs too. She takes classic songs like “Rockin in the Free World” and changes the lyrics to suit the preschool group – “Keep on rockin in the preschool.”
Mindy and her band will be performing at The Beat Kitchen Sunday, March 17 at Noon.
As Mia gets older, her musical taste is definitely maturing. She does love popular Top 40 songs, but sometimes the lyrics of those songs aren’t appropriate for her. That’s why we love the KidzBop series. The CDs feature kids singing popular songs and they change the lyrics when necessary to be kid-friendly.
What are some of your favorite musical acts for the under five?
I hope you had your fill of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie yesterday. I know I did. I haven’t eaten like that in months. We had the leftovers tonight and now it’s back to our regular healthy meals tomorrow.
Now it’s officially the holiday season. Our neighbor has their Christmas lights up, it dropped to about 30 degrees in Chicago today and we’ve been watching footage of people getting trampled at Black Friday sales.
Mia desperately wants to see The Nutcracker this year. She’s very into her ballet classes and has a definite interest in Christmas this year, but I think she’s just a bit too young for this holiday classic. The two hour performance time might be a little long for her.
However, if your kiddo is the right age, The Joffrey Ballet has performances starting on December 7. Plus they have a very special event…
The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet presents the 25th Annual Nutcracker Family Dinner which will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at the Palmer House Hilton in the State and Grand Ballrooms. The enchanting evening will feature entertainment, a traditional family-style meal, and a performance of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. Guests will have the option of attending the matinee or evening performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 15th.
For more information and pricing, visit The Joffrey website.
Calling all Chicago area mamas (and preggos)!!!
On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Bump Club Chicago will host “The Best of Bump Club and Beyond.”
This one-of-a-kind event will take place at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Attendees can take advantage of various break-out sessions with Bump Club and Beyond resident experts including Janeen Hayward of Swellbeing (sleep); Kathy Lipke, RN, IBCLC (lactation); Lara Field of Forming Early Eating Decisions (nutrition) and Erin Krex of First Class Care (childcare).
TV Personality and Style Expert Amy Tara Koch will be offering beauty and style advice in the Style Lounge. Sponsors from many popular brands including FitPregnancy, The Bump, Britax, Stokke, and Lifeway Foods will be on-site answering questions. Alan Fields, best-selling author of Baby Bargains will wrap up the event with a keynote speech entitled: “Skimp vs. Splurge, What to Buy and What to Skip.”
Tickets to “The Best of Bump Club and Beyond” are available for $60 through http://bestofbumpclub.eventbrite.com/. The event price includes lunch, afternoon snacks, and gift bags with the new edition of Baby Bargains.
Some of the most butt-kicking and mind blowing workouts I’ve had have been at Exhale (945 North State Street). The Core Fusion classes are amazing. Starting this month mamas-to-be can experience Core Fusion Yoga!
Core Fusion Yoga is a combination of asanas that raise the body’s heat and increase cardio endurance, intense core training to strengthen and tone the core, Qi Gong circular movements, and stretching to move energy and produce a state of inner calm and balance.
This special class, exclusively for expectant mamas, will explore all the benefits Core Fusion Yoga has to offer with modifications to make classes enjoyable for women with baby bellies.
When: Sunday 3/27/2011 from 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Where: Exhale Spa – 945 North State Street
Sign Up Today!
If you’re like me, nothing in your closet resembles a proper ensemble for heading out on the town. That’s because most weekends I spend at home cuddled up on the couch.
Going out? What’s that?
However, every mom needs (and deserves) a night out on her own to look fabulous (you’ve got something to wear despite what you think), knock back a few cocktails and have some girly chat that doesn’t revolve around diapers.
So on Thursday, February 24 I’m seizing the opportunity and heading to Alhambra Palace (1240 West Randolph Street) for Sassy Moms in the City’s “Sassy Moms Night Out” to benefit the American Heart Association.
We’ve been promised a fashionable evening filled with mini spa services, shopping and fashion demo/book signing by style expert and author Amy Tara Koch spotlighting how to transform wardrobe basics into of-the-moment looks.
Also at the event:
- Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
- Custom handbag filled from 1154 LILL Studio filled with SWAG
- A copy of “Bump it Up: Transform your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement” by Amy Tara Koch
- Celebrities from CBS Radio and CBS Channel 2
Tickets are $60 and available online at http://sassymomsgored.eventbrite.com.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a gently worn maternity item to help support New Moms, Inc., a not for profit Chicago based agency dedicated to serving at risk adolescent parents and their children.
I’ll be there. Who is coming with me?
Disclaimer: I have received complimentary access to the event in exchange for promotion. However, like all things written on this blog, I would not be writing about this event if I didn’t feel it was a worthy cause.
I try not to write too much about what I have going on in my professional life, but I’m so proud of this accomplishment I have to share.
My husband is the broker and owner of a boutique apartment finding service called Luxury Living Chicago. I support the company with marketing, costumer relations efforts and anything else that a small business owner has to do.
This year we are implementing a charitable component to our business model. We have partnered with Common Threads, a non-profit that teaches low-income children about nutrition and cooking. For every apartment rented in 2011, a portion will be donated to Common Threads. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to sponsor a 12 week after school session for a local Chicago school.
Last night we hosted a fabulous launch event at Mercadito for our clients and business partners to announce the program.
For more information, you can visit www.luxurychicagoapatments.com/charity.
And if you know anyone looking to move to a high rise building downtown Chicago, send them our way. We’ll help them find a great apartment and give back to the community.
Well, my husband lost the bet. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the storm left 20.2 inches of snow in its wake.
This morning we woke up to a foot high pile of snow on our balcony. That’s when my husband declared “I believe it now.”
We survived snow day 2011 and it was a lot of fun.
We planned a play date with our friend that lives upstairs in our building. That’s part of the convenience of living in a condo building, no travel required to see friends. The girls had fun watching the maintenance guy plow the walkway with a snow blower. Then the girls took turns riding in Mia’s car up and down the hallway ramp.
Once the skies cleared, my husband went to the storage locker and pulled out our ski gear. We climbed into our snow pants, heavy coats and boots and headed outside to survey the damage.
The streets were filled with snow and the dog park next door was coated in fresh powder. We took our dog, Pearl, with us and she absolutely loved the snow. It was very cold, so after the photo ops, we went back inside for grilled cheese and tomato soup.
It will be back to the grind tomorrow, but today we took advantage of the opportunity to be snowed in and spend time as a family.
Everyone deserves a snow day once in a while.