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Family Entertainment at The MAC

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We are excited to partner with McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage again!
“Me… Jane – The Dreams and Adventure of Young Jane Goodall” is a brand new musical adaptation about the young Dr. Jane Goodall and her very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.
 
This event is perfect for a family night out and with our GEMV special 20% discount, it makes it even more invaluable. 
Use 20PERCENT at check out.
 
Enjoy and don’t forget to check out their Family Series!
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Celebration of Tables

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry’s 8th Annual Celebration of Tables.

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry serves about 30,000 people each year, 14,000 of who are children. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Pantry.

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Sightings for Summer by Lisa Enoch, Gatherings

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A Sustainable Soiree by Jennifer Umlauf & Christy Truitt, Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission

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Fresh OJ & Blueberry Pie with Grandma by Susan Woods

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Cute as a Ladybug Picnic by Heather Cavada, Doodlebug Cookie Creations

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Farm to Table in the ‘Burbs’ by Farrell Turner & Suzanne Kurtz

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Bohemian Rhapsody by The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn

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Mid-Summer Maine Lobster Bake by Kelley Kalinich

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Rhapsody in Blue by Marcel’s Culinary Experience

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Art Theory by Anna Semprevivo, Locally Made

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade Style by Diana Laufenberg, Celebrate in Style Events

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Art As I Know It by Molly Dunning

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Sincerely Elvis by Michel Curth & Shanna Daniels

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Hamptons Summer Inspired by Aerin Lauder by Jennifer Murphy

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Collected For A Cause by Laura Broman Brown

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Nurture Your Family Like A Bountiful Garden                                                                 Kathy Lock & Kris Liskey, Wheaton Garden Club

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Party At The Palm by Karoline Andris, Amanda Bollettino, Christine Iaconetti, Jen McNeill & Brittany O’Kray, GENC Social Committee

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A Colorful Birthday Party by Melissa Love & Megan Breen

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Into The Woods – Inspired by The Game of Wolf by Lauren Barron, Kristin Bernatz & Mary Kaye Lavorato, Gray Matters Game

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Everything Is A Buzz about P.E.O. by Sue Clary, Mary Clingman, Karen Michalczyk, Kathryn Porter, Sharon Simms, Jill Stoffels & Julie Story, P.E.O. Chapter HQ

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Newcomers Supper Club: Summer Dinner at Lake Ellyn by Diana Laufenberg

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All photos taken by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

Featured Image provided by Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

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St. Patrick’s Day Jokes

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Wishing you Shamrocks and Shenanigans throughout the day.
 
–How can you spot a jealous shamrock? It will be green with envy!
–What do you call a big Irish spider? Paddy long legs!
–Why do leprechauns prefer dollar bills to coins? Because they’re green!
–Why did the leprechaun turn down a bowl of soup? Because he already had a pot of gold!
–Why did the leprechaun walk out of the house? He wanted to sit on the paddy-o!
–Why do leprechauns hate running? They’d rather jig than jog!
–Why are so many leprechauns florists? They have green thumbs!
–Why do leprechauns recycle? They like to go green!
–What’s a leprechaun’s favorite cereal? Lucky charms!
–What happens if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? You get a rash of good luck!
–What do you call a leprechaun who gets sent to jail? A lepre-con!
–How is a good friend like a four-leaf clover? They’re hard to find!
–What kind of bow can’t be tied? A rainbow!
–Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? Regular rocks are too heavy!
–What’s big and purple and lies next to Ireland? Grape Britain!
–Knock-knock! Who’s there? Warren. Warren who? Warren anything green for St. Patrick’s Day?
May the luck of the Irish be with you!!

Education.com

We are excited to partner with education.com again!

Sunshine makes flowers bloom with this word search. The fun can continue at Education.com where you will find more learning activities just like this for kids of all ages!

More worksheets can be found at : https://www.education.com/worksheets/ela/

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Glancer Magazine Articles

We loved being a Guest Columnist for Glancer Magazine.  From summer learning loss to fall bucket lists we covered it all! Please click the links to read the articles.  IMG_3620.jpg5 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss                                                                             June, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

https://www.glancermagazine.com/single-post/2018/05/30/NEW-MONTHLY-COLUMN-Introducing-Blogger-Alicia-Donovan-of-Glen-Ellyn-Moms-Village

Bike Riding Together as a Family                                                                                              July, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

 

https://www.glancermagazine.com/single-post/2018/08/01/GLEN-ELLYN-MOMS-VILLAGE-getting-organized?page=2

Getting Organized at Home

August, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

https://www.glancermagazine.com/single-post/2018/08/01/GLEN-ELLYN-MOMS-VILLAGE-getting-organized?page=2

Fall Bucket List                                                                                                                     September, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

https://www.glancermagazine.com/glancer-magazine/author/Alicia-Donovan%2C-Glen-Ellyn-Moms-Village

 

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India Hicks National Director: Katie McDevitt

IMG_3179Glen Ellyn Moms Village recently interviewed India Hicks and Katie McDevitt for the February Issue of Glen Ellyn Living.  In conjunction with that interview, we decided to dig deeper into Katie’s experience as one of seven National Directors for the growing company.

1. How did you learn about India Hicks and what was going on in your life that made you want to take the leap into working again?

I saw a Facebook ad late one night with one of my favorite bags to this day-our Carmen clutch.  I put in my information because I wanted to buy the bag.  About a week later, I received a phone call from someone from India Hicks asking if I wanted to meet for lunch.  I was in the mode of saying yes to everything at the time. The twins had started full-day school, so saying yes was my new mantra.  I met the India Hicks representative for lunch, she brought me some samples of the collection, and I fell in love with everything.  At the time, I felt like the days were long with the kids in school all day.  I was looking for something for me.  So I said yes to starting my own business with India Hicks.

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2. What was the process to become an Ambassador? And what is the time commitment? Flexibility?

One of the reasons I chose India Hicks is that it is designed for women like me and it is completely flexible.  I make my own hours and work when it works for me.  I didn’t know how much I would work when I first started.  I just took it one day at a time.  If someone wanted to be an India Hicks Ambassador, they would reach out to another Ambassador to learn a little more and have their questions answered.  The new Ambassador signs up online, buys a starter kit and a new business is born.

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3. Have you ever felt torn on family and work balance?  How do you balance both on a weekly basis?

I struggle with balance almost daily.  I try to schedule my days down to the half hour.  I try to schedule everything-laundry, meal prep, phone calls, etc.  That helps with the balance.  On a bigger level, we have super fun incentive trips.  I won the trip to India’s home in England.  It fell over my twins’ First Holy Communion.  I wasn’t going to miss that, so I went to the trip late.  I have always put my family first, and that has helped keep my priorities very clear.

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4. What is your favorite product that IH sells?

My favorite piece of jewelry is the Legacy Letter necklace, my favorite bag is our Carmen Clutch or Duchess or Windsor, and I love the belt from our Spring Collection.

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5. What is one thing that no one might know about India Hick products?

Every product has a story.  India chose this home selling model because she wanted her stories to be told.  You can’t learn the story about the Legacy Letter necklace if it is sitting on a shelf.  I love that we are a storytelling brand with stories from India’s life in the Bahamas, her life in England and her family life.

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6. How in such a short time did you go from an Ambassador to having India Hicks staying overnight at your house!?!

I started with India Hicks almost 3 years ago today.  I have built my business one day at a time.  I love the Ambassadors and clients I have met along the way.  Through the trips, India and I have become friends. It has been an organic, slow-growing friendship. In December, I was promoted to National Director.  That was one of the reasons I was asked to host the Indi-Gathering.  It was great to have the one on one time with her to talk business and have her meet my family.  I have visited her home in the Bahamas and in England, so it made perfect sense that she would stay here.

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Glen Ellyn Moms Village loves learning and sharing stories of women in Glen Ellyn.  It was such a pleasure to get to know Katie McDevitt’s story. The McDevitt Family has lived in Glen Ellyn for 15 years. Katie is married to Paul and they have five children Patrick, Nora, John, Brian, and Matthew.

Click on this link to read the full story in Glen Ellyn Living.
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For extra copies of Glen Ellyn Living magazine please contact us at glenellynmoms@gmail.com

Written By: Patty Cavanagh

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MasterMoms March & April

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Sign up through Glen Ellyn Park District https://apm.activecommunities.com/gepark/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=mastermoms+&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities&fbclid=IwAR3Lc7HUpGGBB9Yt1LoYafoe6jqYRV8fM5DZo9DIRCS4EFZTNPjwUq_qFHE

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Share the Love!

Valentines Day

Share the love Glen Ellyn Moms Style! We’ve put together a list of ideas to help you create memories your whole family will love!

Love Bites!

You can pre-order heart shaped bagels from Einstein through February 13th! Any flavor!
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These cute lil Chick Fil A- Mini sandwiches are perfect for the little nugget in your life!
For the love of Pizza!! Giordano’s Heart Shaped Pizza are available through February 17th.
Wine and Dine your Valentine at Reserve 22. They will feature a special 3 course meal the week of Valentine’s from 2/11 – 2/17 for just $42 per person. Dinners can also be order off of the regular menu.   https://www.reserve22.com
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Treats and cards for your kids and loved ones from GE Sweet Shop

Share the love with your gift to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

Family Fun Ideas

Top 2019 Valentines Day Pins on Pinterest
Personalized Gifts:
Personalized Book:

Spa Treatments from Cheveux Salon and Day Spa                                                          http://cheveuxsalon.com

Champagne Rose Manicure & Pedicure $80
This combo is even better than the real thing! Love yourself this season by pairing our manicure and pedicure with our rose champagne oil and scrub for a truly amazing experience.
Cherry Cheesecake Facial $80!
Sweeten up your Valentine’s Day with this amazing one-of-a-kind facial! This service combines cherry enzymes with a goji berry yogurt mask. Show your skin some love by treating yourself to this seasonalgourmet session.
Chocolate Body Wrap with Relaxing Massage
Experience 90 minutes for $95!
*If you have a nut allergy, please consult your doctor before scheduling an appointment.*
A Valentine’s Day Menu from Nourish and Charm

Let’s Bake!

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

FROM THE COOKBOOK:

Make It Ahead

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats, such as Quaker
  • 3/4 pound bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped in chunks
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Fleur de sel

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again.

Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix in the oats. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Don’t overbeat it! With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed. With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.


COPYRIGHT 2014, MAKE IT AHEAD BY INA GARTEN, CLARKSON
P.S.  We would LOVE to see your Valentine’s Day photos! Did you order that awesome pizza from Giordano’s or get a mani-pedi from Cheveux?  Email us and we’ll share your photos on our social media pages.
P.P.S. There is still time to register for our BYOB MasterMoms Talk Series.
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MasterMoms Talk Series

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MasterMoms Talk Series registration is done through the Glen Ellyn Park District.

MasterMoms Talk Series. Click to read more: https://gepark.org/2018/08/talk-series-offers-fun-learning-fellowship/

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Snow Fun!

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Snow and cold temps are here to stay.  We put together a few sanity savers to help you get through this week!

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids from MommyPoppins.com https://mommypoppins.com/kids/snow-day-boredom-busters-40-indoor-activities-when-the-kids-are-stuck-at-home

Wizard’s Brew is a family favorite! https://babbledabbledo.com/20-science-projects-for-preschoolers/

Glen Ellyn Park District Rain Out Line will tell you what facilities are open along with skating rink info.  https://gepark.org/rainout-line/

Ackerman Sports and Fitness will have open gym available from 8am-5pm and open turf from 8am-3pm. Call (630) 317-0130 before heading to the facility

Kline Creek Farm  TODAY (1/28) for a little play time ahead of this weekend’s ice harvest (and the bitter cold forecast for mid-week). They pick you up just inside the gate on the path down to the Farmhouse and take you on a 20-minute gambol around the fields and out to Timber Lake, where they’ll be harvesting ice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first ride will leave at 1:30 p.m., and the last ride begins at 3:00 p.m. Questions? Call (630)876-5900.

Brunswick Bowl special deals like Monday, Mayhem, $2.22 Tuesday,  Half-priced Arcade Games Wednesday!  https://www.bowlbrunswick.com/location/brunswick-zone-glendale-heights-lanes

Studio Movie Grill has lots of kid movies this week! https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/locations/illinois/wheaton/2019/1/28

Netflix movies for kids 2019 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-kids-movies-on-netflix

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-hot-chocolate

12 Must-Haves For An Epic Family Game Night https://www.scarymommy.com/12-must-haves-family-game-night/

Chicago Parent has a full list of activities, events, etc! https://www.chicagoparent.com

Vertical Endeavors will take you to new heights! https://www.verticalendeavors.com/visit-us/hours-locations/glendale-heights-il/

Urban Air Adventure Park also has daily deals https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/locations/illinois/bloomingdale

Goldfish Swim School has family swim for members https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/glen-ellyn?L=true

Fun Family Activities at Home https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/842477/50-family-fun-night-ideas-for-families/

Kidlist https://mykidlist.com/things-to-do-when-school-is-closed-west/?fbclid=IwAR14rOYiRMjmiw0g_oBBdBlzINmSdYH5wvVTVtxQaL64vuQ2U6B1Rg6BjQw

Good luck and remember Spring is only 51 days away.

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The Joy of Puzzles

One of the best traditions I ever started with my family was choosing a puzzle to do over the long Christmas break. Every year we set up a puzzle in our favorite part of the house and slowly begin piecing it together.

There is something about “escaping” the normal to do’s and mindlessly searching through an array of colors and patterns to find that one special piece.

What I love best is that this little table of unorganized chaos begins to turn into something much more than a picture. It’s a place where we can gather to talk about our days and engage in quiet peaceful conversation, and with two active (almost teenage) boys this is something you can’t put a price on.

This is definitely a must add to your long list of family traditions!

 

And when you’re first starting out stick to the 500 piece puzzles! Your family will thank you!

Favorite holiday puzzles:

https://www.hallmark.com/gifts/toys/puzzles-and-games/winter-wonderland-1000-piece-puzzle-1PUZ2040.html

https://www.hallmark.com/gifts/toys/puzzles-and-games/classic-christmas-vintage-greeting-cards-1000-piece-puzzle-1PUZ2042.html

White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzles are the BEST! You can shop by pieces, remember start small.

https://www.whitemountainpuzzles.com/mobile/

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Learning Made Fun!

Have you heard of education.com?
They have thousands of teacher-crafted learning activities that sync up with your child’s school year plus they empower parents so each child’s needs and potential can take center stage.  It’s an amazing site!

A New Year is coming and it’s time to celebrate while we practice our reading skills with this fun word search. The count down is on, find more reading practices like this at Education.com!
Here’s a fun word search they sent us to share with all of you!!

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