Every Fab Mama deserves a little bling now and then, which is
why Fab Mama teamed up with Stella & Dot, www.stelladot.com, a
home-based jewelry company, to offer you a little something
special. Jessica Herrin, mom of two and former co-founder of
WeddingChannel.com, started the company as a way for moms to meet
other women and make extra income. The company offers a variety of
earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, ranging in price from
$15-$250 with more than half the line under $50.
Two lucky Fab Mamas will win a Stella & Dot prize pack,
worth $187, from the California-based company's new India line. The
prize features the Priya teardrop necklace, earrings and ruby ring.
To win, visit ChicagoParent.com and click on the contest page.
Every now and again-or in
some cases, every day-you find yourself craving a bite or two of
rich, creamy and potentially crunchy chocolate. But not all
chocolate candies are created equal. Q.bel, qbelfoods.com, a New York-based
chocolate company, offers chocolate wafers and wafer rolls, free of
artificial colors and flavors, preservatives and other ingredients
you'd probably rather stay far away from.
The family-owned business, named after the company's dedication
to quality (Q), and the owner's wife, Isabella (bel), uses Belgian
chocolate to cover the deliciously light and airy wafers that
should satisfy any chocolatey, crunchy craving. The company's two
lines, Crispy Rice wafer bars and Crunchy Crispy wafer rolls are
available in peanut butter and milk and dark chocolates. Q.bel
products retail for about $1.39 and are now available at Whole
Grab your favorite gal-pal foodies and
head to Forest Park for an evening of culinary education and
perhaps a glass of wine or two. The flāv'our cooking school,
7401 Madison St., offers cooking classes to enhance your already
killer cooking skills or teach you the fundamentals.
"We are a place to explore your inner chef," says owner and chef
Denise Norton. "We're an approachable place to enjoy good food and
a sense of community."
Classes range from demos, where students sit back, relax with a
glass of wine and watch a chef teach and prepare food-tasting
included-to hands-on classes. "In this economy … people are looking
to cook more at home," she says. "We're a place to learn those
skills to do that."
Public classes are limited to a group of up to six per
reservation. Private events are also available, but you need at
least 10 gal-pals to schedule. On April 29, flav'our cooking school
is hosting a French-café-inspired "just the girls: French twist"
Demo classes average $50, while hands-on classes are $70. Kids'
classes and cook with your kids classes are also available.
Husbands are welcome, too. To make reservations or for more
information, call (708) 488-0808 or visit flavourcookingschool.com.
You don't have to be a yogi to appreciate a fashionable nod
toward the practice dedicated to mind and body. Warm up your arms
with sleeves. The designer and namesake of Annie Fink
Designs created the stylish sleeves while she ran a yoga studio
in Minnesota to keep her hands warm during practice.
She found inspiration in the sleeves worn by Victorian-era women
and started sewing. "People literally bought them off my arms when
I was shopping in stores and boutiques," Fink says of her initial
The signature heart on the wrist's pulse point isn't there by
chance. Rather, it's been properly placed on the Chakra meridian,
one of seven Chakra points on the human body. The meridian is the
heart, representing passion and compassion.
"I believe that my designs feel great and accent your style, not
overpower (it)," she says. "I want people to notice the "you" and
hopefully, my designs will help to define and enhance one's own
expression." Annie sleeves sell for $22-$28 and are available
Kate Pancero is an assistant editor at Chicago Parent. She
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org/
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