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Failing With Gusto

One Chicago mom's attempt to keep an accurate log so her kids will have something helpful to show the therapists.

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Marianne Navickas Walsh has an impressive history of failure. She walked away from a coveted career in the insurance industry after 10 years, dropped out of DePaul Law School after 10 minutes, and is completely incapable of producing a single girl-child to tend to her in old age. She also swore to never ever move away from Lincoln Park or marry a southside Irish cop or fireman like the mothers and grandmothers before her.

Marianne is now the proud mother of three sons and the wife of a southside Irish fireman. She has learned that sometimes you're just too dumb to know what makes you happy. Marianne blogs regularly at We Band of Mothers (webandofmothers.blogspot.com) and curses with even greater frequency. Her material is written for the imperfect, the imprudent, and the impatient mothers who know that all this stuff is really very funny if you just give it a minute.

How one Chicago mom spent her Polar Vortex


Posted Jan 29, 2014 9:47 AM

While other moms and dads were busy thinking about creative ways to keep their home-bound kids busy during the school shutdown this week, Marianne Walsh did something else. (Shhh, it involves wine.)
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Chicago mom makes volleyball cool for her pack of boys


Posted Jan 22, 2014 9:49 AM

Marianne Walsh discovers two things as she tries to get her boys involved in a sport they consider lame: Cool cousins help and Skittles make everything better.
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A Chicago mom's dreaded diorama dilemma of 2014


Posted Jan 15, 2014 10:09 AM

Should she or shouldn't she do her son's third-grade diorama? Watch out when Marianne Walsh gets her creative juices flowing. Her son just backs away. Very. Slowly.
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Dyson Ltd. offers free early engineering lessons to Chicagoland students


Posted Jan 8, 2014 10:33 AM

Fellow bloggers Marianne Walsh and Kari Wagner Hoban took a field trip to the land of extreme suck, the Dyson Ltd. headquarters, for some vacuum love and a little lesson in engineering.
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No more Happy Holidays for one Chicago mom


Posted Dec 18, 2013 9:28 AM

Are you fed up with the PC version of the holiday season? Get in line behind Marianne Walsh who has decided to embrace a Merry Christmas.
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Mom bids farewell to a Chicago staple


Posted Dec 11, 2013 9:36 AM

Marianne is a little misty-eyed thinking about her local Dominick's closing.
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The elf with issues


Posted Dec 4, 2013 9:07 AM

This Chicago mom has caught the Elf on the Shelf bug and he's a little naughty.
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Mom is thankless in Chicago


Posted Nov 27, 2013 8:29 AM

The Walsh boys are thankful for so many things this year, including plants, air, a new couch -- and daddy. But mom wonders, what about ME?
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Chicago mom heads to Chicago Toy & Game Fair to get the real scoop on toys


Posted Nov 20, 2013 9:35 AM

One mom is on the hunt for the latest and greatest toys and games. She's sure she'll find them this weekend. The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is open to the public, so you can, too.
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Chicago mom takes on Free Birds with five boys


Posted Nov 13, 2013 9:42 AM

Marianne Walsh shares the perfect entertainment for a van full of kids this Thanksgiving - and she says you won't lose anyone in the process.
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