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Thanks for Your Kind Words

Kids First Families, First I would like to thank you all for all of your kind words and well wishes regarding the new little addition to the Russo family. My son Anthony is almost 6 months old now, and my husband, Gianni, and I are truly enjoying being parents. Everyone has always told us to…

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A Little Reward

I recently checked something off of my bucket list…a trip to Hot Doug’s! For those of you who grew up in the Chicago area, you’ve surely heard of this iconic restaurant. The self-proclaimed “Sausage Superstore” offers a wide variety of unique hot dogs and sausages created by owner Doug Sohn. In May 2014, Doug announced…

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In with a Bang!

Autumn has certainly come in with a bang! The change of seasons is one of the things I love about living in the Midwest. Autumn for me brings memories of apples and apple picking, a tradition my parents started with me and my brothers back in New York State. Eating our fill of McIntosh apples…

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Reel It In

It’s back-to-school time! This year is a milestone for my family because Louisa is going to preschool . She is so proud of herself, I love to see her shine! So I am alone with Georgia for 3 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first day of school when I dropped 3 of my…

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Four Straight Days of Watching Sunrises

A few months ago when my in-laws were visiting from California, they sat Tim (my husband) and I down and insisted that we consider going away on an extended weekend vacation. We had not been on a vacation alone since before Bella, my 8 year old, was born. While Tim and I fantasized from time…

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Follow the Safety Signs

The weather is finally getting warm, and with that, starts one of my favorite summer activities: trips to the pool and lake. Being around water is one of the most relaxing things I can think of. But water can also be very dangerous: nearly 1000 children die each year by drowning. Many of these are…

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School is Out!

Although our weather is still hit and miss, we have had quite a few really sunny and even hot days in the recent weeks. In addition to the good weather, SCHOOL IS OUT!!! What does that mean? It means that kids are going to be playing outside, going to the pool, going to summer camp…

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How I Became a Soccer Mama

This spring I decided not to repeat the mistake of last year’s debacle. Last year I allowed each of my sons to play up to three sports apiece. Well, with four sons playing on average two sports apiece, we had close to eight different sports games each Sunday! Seeing that I work every other Sunday,…

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