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7 Simple Ways to Be Happy!

By Sam Glenn, the Authority on Attitude There are many things that can create happiness, but ultimately happiness is an inside job. It is you choosing to be happy. You can’t put the weight of your happiness on another person or wait for the weather to be just right. Ultimately,... Read More

10 Reasons to Visit a Museum

Oaklee’s guest post excerpted from Colleen Dilenschneider  1. Museums make you feel good. Experiences, such as visiting a museum, can become a meaningful part of ones identity and contribute to successful social relationships in a manner that material items cannot. So consider foregoing an outing for items that you... Read More
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15 Things To Do On A Snowy Day

Chicago is no stranger to snow storms, and this winter we haven’t even seen the one of the top ten snow storms to hit the area.  When a huge blizzard or just some lake effect fills Chicagoland  with feet and inches of white stuff, it can be easy to go stir-crazy when school... Read More

6 Tips for Getting Boys to Read this Summer

A news story in today’s (April 24) edition of The Times of London states that the gender gap in children's reading skills is due to the industry being dominated by female gatekeepers – publishers, editors, reviewers… As the author of a series of books that are being devoured by boys,... Read More

Get ready to kick homework butt!

As the summer winds down and the new school year approaches, it can be hard to get your kids away from the video games and back into books. The World Almanac® for Kids 2014 (available August 20; $13.99) is a perfect addition to every child’s back-to-school list that will... Read More

County & State Fairs:

Whether you like cows or cream puffs, ferris wheels or tractor pulls, there’s something for everyone at the state and county fairs. The fairs originated as a place to learn about the latest agricultural equipment and see the area’s finest livestock and poultry. Today, they’re a great place to... Read More

Read to Your Kids

What are you reading to your kids? My favorite bedtime books for reading to the kids were anything by Dr. Seuss, the Little House on the Prairie series, and the Junie B. Jones stories. I had one child who devoured books, and one who barely managed to get through a magazine page, but... Read More

Shane’s Foundation

Here’s a local charity we think you should know about.   Shane’s Foundation www.shanesfoundation.org It’s every parent’s nightmare to lose a child, and it’s even more traumatic when the death happens in your own home. Lisa Siefert lost her 2-year-old son, Shane, in 2011 when his bedroom dresser fell... Read More

Start Laughing or Stop Growing

Oaklee’s Guest Post By Brian R. King, the Spectrum Mentor Were you born without a funny bone? Did you let the air out of your goofball? I’m amazed how many people I meet that seem to be afraid to laugh. People who take life and themselves so seriously. I... Read More