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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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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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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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A Toda Madre celebrates Moms!

A TOTALLY AWESOME evening celebrating the amazing moms in this town.
A huge thank you to A Toda Madre for their generosity in making this Madre Mia event one to remember.  
It truly was a celebration of moms, who managed to survive the summer and are ready to send 124 kids back to school.
Also a huge thank you to Agency H5!!
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Invitation to the Madre Mia event!
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Sangria Station!
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It was such a wonderful evening and a celebration of moms!
#madresmaketheworldgoround
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October Menu

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WEEK 1

Monday: One Pan Meal – Baked Chicken and Potatoes

One Pan Meal of Baked Chicken Drumsticks and Potatoes is all made on one sheet pan with carrots, which makes dinner prep a breeze. Chicken drumsticks are baked with garlic, paprika and olive oil. Comforting ‘Meat & Potatoes’ dinner that takes only 10 minutes of prep, and is all done in one baking dish? Win-win

https://letthebakingbegin.com/one-pan-meal-baked-chicken-potatoes/

Tuesday:  Tex-Mex Sausage and Rice Skillet

20 MINUTE TexMex Sausage and Rice Skillet is quick, delicious and bursting with flavor from the most amazing Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Jalapeno Sauce for a hearty, comforting one pot meal the whole family will love!

http://carlsbadcravings.com/tex-mex-sausage-and-rice-skillet-recipe/

Wednesday: Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/capellini-with-tomatoes-and-basil-recipe-1949902?ic1=obinsite

Thursday: Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/garlic-mustard-grilled-beef-skewers-recipe-2103460

Friday:  PIZZA NIGHT – Order take out!

Saturday: Green Well Salad

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/bread-wine-part-2/

Sunday: Crockpot Italian Sausage Soup

This Crockpot Italian sausage soup recipe is hearty, filling, and full of flavor. A wonderful and easy set it and forget it soup recipe.

https://www.saltandlavender.com/crockpot-italian-sausage-soup/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes

WEEK 2

Monday: Asian Chicken Skewers for Kids

Asian Chicken Skewers

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/asian-chicken-skewers-recipe-2126107

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1903/slow-cooker-recipes/?slide=8

Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Favorite Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chicken-enchilada-casserole-recipe/

Thursday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal

https://www.entreekitchen.com

Friday: PIZZA Take OUT!!

Saturday: Juicy Pan-Seared Porks with Citrus Dressing

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https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pan-seared-pork-chops-with-citrus-dressing

Sunday: Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce Pappardelle Pasta

https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-bolognese-sauce-pappardelle-pasta

WEEK 3

Monday: Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri

Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/fish-skewers-with-basil-chimichurri-recipe-1921826

Tuesday: Chicken Taco Pasta

http://bevcooks.com/2012/06/chicken-taco-pasta/

Wednesday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal

Thursday: Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-salmon-with-green-herbs-recipe-1925053

Friday: Take OUT!!! Don’t cook!!

Saturday: Roasted Turkey, Apple, Cheddar Sandwich (Panera CopyCat)

Copycat Panera Roasted Turkey, Apple, and Cheddar Sandwich: Slices of roasted turkey, sweet apples, and sharp cheddar cheese are piled high on homemade cranberry walnut bread with a tangy honey mustard.

https://amindfullmom.com/copycat-panera-roasted-turkey-apple-and-cheddar-sandwich/

Sunday: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-potato-soup-recipe/

WEEK 4

Monday: Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken – Super easy, elegant roasted chicken with fresh lemons, oranges and herbs! | thecomfortofcooking.com

http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/04/herb-and-citrus-oven-roasted-chicken.html

Tuesday: Chicken and Black Bean Chimichangas

https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-black-bean-chimichangas

Wednesday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

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https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-chicken-mushroom-stroganoff/

Friday: Take OUT!!!

Saturday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach BBQ Sauce

http://www.destinationdelish.com/grilled-pork-tenderloin-with-peach-bbq-sauce/

Sunday: One-Pot Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe 

one pot baked pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/one-pot-baked-pasta-with-sausage-and-broccoli-rabe

This post is sponsored by Entree Kitchen:

https://www.entreekitchen.com

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Sunshine Dance!

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Sunshine Dance in Glen Ellyn, is a dynamic and energetic dance company that offers a wide range of classes for kids of all ages. They value fun and all share the joyous “Sunshine” spirit, but also make the commitment to dance in order to gain quality techniques to be competitive. Jared Titus is the proud Owner and Director of Sunshine Dance.  Jared is also Owner and Artistic Director of Bright Lights Theatre, a local children’s theatre company in Glen Ellyn.  Jared and his dedicated staff are all about inspiring creativity, joy, and passion for their students. Glen Ellyn Moms Village was excited to learn more about this award winning dance company!

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  • What inspired the change in ownership for Sunshine Dance?

I have been a part of Sunshine Dance’s journey for the past few years, but I am so excited to be able to put my personal stamp on it now that I am the owner. I have big dreams for Sunshine Dance and can’t wait to share them with the fabulous Glen Ellyn community.

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  • How do you find staff to bring into your organization that truly care about Sunshine Dance the way you do?

I am so blessed to have an INCREDIBLE staff that share my same ideals for the quality and type of dance education I want to offer. They all care about the students so much and put their heart and soul into each and every class they teach.

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  • Why should Glen Ellyn Moms send their kids to Sunshine Dance?

I truly believe that we have the best education and quality to offer the Glen Ellyn community and surrounding areas. Our instructors are so passionate about not only teaching dance but instilling confidence, discipline, passion, and providing an outlet for students of all ages to express themselves and their creativity!

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  • Tell us more about the classes you offer!

We offer classes for ages 2 – 19 in many different styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Conditioning, and Turns and Leaps. We offer Pre-Core and Core classes (open to any students wanting to participate in dance) for our beginning through intermediate dancers, Level classes (by audition only) for our more advanced dancers, and the Sunshine Dance Company (by audition only) for those students wanting a professional quality intensive training program.

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  • What is the most rewarding thing about being a new business owner:

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher/business owner is seeing the difference dance can make in a child’s life. I see students who come in at the beginning of the year very shy and throughout their experience in class gain confidence and an ability to express their emotions more freely. We get so many parents that tell us what a difference they see in their student’s ability to speak in front of their peers and overall confidence they exude in a public setting after participating in dance.  Dance and theatre changed my life as a young boy and I am so grateful that I get to share my love of the arts with students every day and see first hand the difference it makes in their lives.

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Sunshine dance is located in the heart of downtown at 515 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn.
To find out more about Sunshine Dance please visit their website:

Call  (630) 790-1880 or Email: sunshine.dance.info@gmail.com

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HOT MESS!

Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized will be in the Chicagoland area to help get our HOT MESS organized.  Between book signings, shopping AND presenting her Clutter Clinic you will have plenty of chances to meet Laurie.

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 SEPTEMBER 12th 7:00-9:00 pm : Clutter Clinic and Book Signing Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn!  Register here!

SEPTEMBER 13th : Shopping with Laurie at The Container Store in Oakbrook (stay tuned for times)

SEPTEMBER 13th 6:30 pm:  Book Signing at Prairie Path Books in Wheaton

For more information please email: glenellynmoms@gmail.com

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