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Amanda Ortiz is a full-time working mom to two kids (a teen and a toddler), living in suburban Chicago. When not searching for a missing sippy cup or trying to solve some major teenage drama, you can find Amanda on her blog, Thoughts from Her, where she writes about family, Midwest family travel, and Chicagoland family-friendly venues.
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Hot date night idea for Chicago couples
February 10, 2014
Dinner and a movie is great. A classic even. But every once in a while it's nice to try something new. Enter Date Night at Ignite Glass Studios.
8 ways to know you can survive a Chicago winter
January 10, 2014
As wonderful as our city is, it's not easy living here during the winter, but if there's one thing all Chicagoan's know, it's how to survive the cold and dreary winter months.
Chicago mom preserves cultural holiday traditions
December 12, 2013
Chicago is a melting pot of different cultures. Amanda loves her mixed heritage and the hodgepodge of holiday traditions she celebrates with her family.
Staying safe in Chicago this Halloween
October 31, 2013
The safety tips you need to know to ensure your family has a fun Halloween.
Chicago mom: Top 15 fall family activities to do before wintertime
October 17, 2013
The snow and below freezing temperatures will be here before you know it. Amanda Ortiz shares her "bucket list" of family activities to complete before winter comes.
Chicago mom: When did I get so old?
September 17, 2013
When did music get so loud anyway? A routine car ride with her teenage daughter left Amanda Ortiz feeling out of touch, uncool and just plain old.