Quick, Easy, YUMMY Thanksgiving Recipes by Chicago’s Coolest Chef Julius Russell

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Before I begin this post, can I just say OMG?! I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week!! This week, all over the USA people will be getting on planes, loading up cars, setting tables and gathering with family to celebrate over football and the annual, traditional feast. This year I will be celebrating in St. […]

Pay It Forward this Holiday Season

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Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. And now, today – Cyber Monday. It’s been a busy weekend for shopping addicts. So many of us are shopping for our loved ones (and for ourselves! Tis the season). In the midst of all of this marvelous materialism, it’s so important to also look around at the tremendous need […]

What To Buy Your Lady — 5 Tips For Men Trying to Christmas Shop

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Recently I had the privilege of shopping with my husband and a guy friend of ours as he tried to buy a present for his lady. I hope he’ll forgive me for saying this, but it wasn’t pretty. In fact, it gave me QUITE the lesson in the differences between genders. I got all kinds […]

What Your Mother REALLY Wants For Mother’s Day

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Here’s an interesting fact about Mother’s Day — Anna Jarvis, the creator of Mother’s Day, HATED what it became. Her original vision (which she lobbied for a decade to achieve) was a heartfelt and religious tribute to mothers, held on a Sunday, merely meant to be celebrated with a carnation and a letter filled with […]