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Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | CHEESE-IT PERK!
If you want to be a UX designer, or just think like one, ADMCi is offering you the chance to take a class to peak your interest, further your career, add to your portfolio or help you solve customer problems in new innovative ways.
This summer we are offering:
- APPLIED INTERACTION DESIGN (UCD01)
- APPLIED CUSTOMER JOURNEY DESIGN (UCD02)
- CONTENT STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT (CSM01)
You can learn more here.
Use MAC&CHEESE to get a $500 discount off your tuition!!
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | POTLUCK! (A SMORGASBORD OF IDEAS) — THIS WEEK!
Potluck! (A Smorgasbord of Ideas) brings together several of Chicago’s best and brightest, funniest and handsomest, wittiest and engaging-est for an evening of rapid fire musings on whatever they choose to muse upon.
Each presenter talks about whatever he/she wants, for six-minutes.
No actual food involved.
Check out the lineup for the next one!
And buy NOW, we sell out.
Curated by Mac & Cheese Productions and TeamPete
I was nervous (would it be worth it? would they judge me? would they steal my things? would they read my diary? am I lazy elitist for hiring someone to do what I can do but just don’t want to?) …Short answer to would I recommend it: HECK YES!
I used Handybook.
You can book the same person or just have a random.
The gal who came for me was very nice and professional.
You can also use the site for handyman services.
Use code SAYA3359 for $25 off your first use! (good for cleaning and handyman services)
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | TIME-MANAGEMENT & EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP
“Great way to learn about the many tools that can be used to organize our day to day and find a better work-play balance. Absolutely recommend.” – student
I married someone who caught my attention due to his love of spreadsheets.
Organization, frugality, and efficiency are what makes my heart go thump, professionally and personally!
- Do you have a To Do List system that doesn’t work?
- Are you overwhelmed by your inbox?
- Do you run a business?
- Do you plan a lot of social outings or events?
- Do you collaborate with others?
- Do you coordinate large groups of people?
- Do you want to be better at social media?
- Do you want to stay current on the world’s goings-ons but are overwhelmed with how to get your news?
- Do you often find yourself feeling like you just wasted a chunk of time and that there must be a better way?
The focus of this class are tools you can use to help you juggle life.
If I know you and would recommend you, feel free to ask me to do so.
LoganSquarist Is Growing!
Social Media Community Manager
If I know you and would recommend you, feel free to ask me to do so.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | FEAR EXPERIMENT (FE) —
Only two more chances left to apply!!
Fear Experiment is one of the most unique ways to challenge yourself, meet others, and experience being a rockstar.
You sign up solo to learn an art-form that you’re perhaps not the best at, rehearse for three months with an instructor, and then perform in front of hundreds at the Park West.
Art-forms are dance, improv, a capella, storytelling, and stepping; you choose one.
Info session attendance required for all applicants and there are only two left!
Oldie but a goodie…
If I know you and would recommend you, feel free to ask me to do so.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | LIFE OF YES MEETUP
Sharing and supporting.
Come join us at the next one!
Limited to 20 to keep it intimate.
Here’s my SXSW talk in which I speak on my path of becoming a designer in Switzerland, making the transition moving to New York and establishing my various businesses. I speak on my 11 rules and values I live by, both in my professional and personal life. In fact, I speak on the fact that I barely distinguish between the two and that my kids have been my biggest career catalysts.
I know it’s not that good. But man, ever since being intro’d to WH a few years ago due to marrying a Louisiana boy, I can’t get enough.
Secrets of the Stacks
How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time
Gah! Was not expecting to tear up when watching this. So many memories. The rugs, the trays, the math beads!
So much appreciation for Mom doing whatever she had to to make Chiaravalle Montessori School a reality, bartering tuition when she couldn’t afford the bills. What a formative experience.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | LIFE OF YES! SLEEPAWAY CAMP
Life of Yes! (LOY) Sleepaway Camp is designed to equip you with a way of thinking and a community rooted in you getting as much as you can out of your life.
A weekend filled with habit-, value-, and courage-development activities, in an environment where you feel at home with people you just met…
Everyone comes solo.
Check out the details.
Oh man, this girl…
Take a look at this infographic for details on how men and women see the mobile technology world differently.
Imagining the Path to Success Can Help Make It a Reality
If you’re procrastinating, stuck, or struggling to meet a goal, try this (seemingly simple) technique: Write your goal down, then devise different possible ways of achieving it, and finally, close your eyes and imagine yourself carrying out each one. Evidence shows that imagining a movement will stimulate the movement areas in the brain; so by envisioning the steps you must take to reach a certain objective, you “jump start” the brain into action. And focusing on creating clear mental images can also help reduce anxiety and improve confidence. This may seem more challenging if you don’t know the distinct steps needed to reach your goal – but imagery hones your attention and actually activates particular brain regions that make you capable of unconsciously mapping a path to success. So not knowing “how” is OK. Just focus on your goal and imagine the different paths toward reaching it.
NEW YORKER ARTICLE
WHY JILL ABRAMSON WAS FIRED
Part tea store and part café (think metal chairs and tables outdoors, comfy leather couches indoors), Teavana is both a place to buy loose tea for home consumption (we’ll take the Blackberry Mojito green and the Dragonfruit Devotion herbal, please) and a spot to cozy up with a mug of Sevenberry Sangria rooibos and a mushroom-and-kale flatbread.
In addition to the more than 100 teas sold loose leaf or to go (hot or cold), the shop also sells nontraditional tea beverages like smoothies, lattes and signature blended drinks made with milk, yogurt or juice. Our favorite is the sweet and crisp Apple Oolong Tea Fresca, which blends apple juice, chia and Maharaja Chai Oolong tea for a taste that’s fruity and light.
love love love!
Looking for a fun, unique foodie experience in your home for a fraction of the price of a caterer?
Planning an event and need food?
Use this link and get $50 off your first chef.
Tired of the word “awesome”?
The mechanics of the disease are still not well understood. Some experts believe that fecal matter leaks out of your colon and travels through your lymphatic system into your writing. Others think it’s figurative. But those distinctions matter little when you are looking at a page of your own writing and seeing shit.” Andy Bobrow explains how writing for the TV show Community cured him. “Five years ago, shortly after my beautiful daughter’s third birthday, I was diagnosed with advanced SWS – Shit Writing Syndrome.
There is no such thing as an awkward date at the new Fulton Market Kitchen.
Part gallery, part restaurant, the warehouse-inspired FMK displays a variety of artwork from a rotation of local artists–giving you something to debate over a variety of playful contemporary American dishes. You’re even encouraged to get up in the middle of your meal and browse the pieces.
See one you like? Every creation in the restaurant is up for sale.
YOU GUYS! IT’S A PANCAKE TRUCK!
SOAKING WET MAY 31st 6-8pm
Let Them Eat Chocolate
5306 N Damen Ave Chicago IL 60625
KOTTYN PRESENTS Shawn Morgan (Comedian), GentlemanSoul Robert Hardaway (Spoken Word Artist) Frequan Lee (Singer), and G.P.A. (Poet)
Live Music by orchestrated by “Money” Ron Ellerson
$10 (Will receive book or cd)
Looking for a miracle?
Join Maureen Muldoon Thursday nights at the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Lincoln Park.
Service starts as 7pm.
Meditation + Affirmative Stories + Sacred Study = MASS.
A Course In Miracles is served up with a healthy side of irreverent humor and wake the fuck up wisdom. All the spirituality… none of the weird stuff.
Join us an get reconnected with you sense of Self.
Need a message recorded for your company’s voicemail system, a narrator for website videos or eLearning courses, an on-camera talent for your productions, or a skilled freelance writer and copy editor?
Visit www.ruthtalks.com to learn more or email project info to email@example.com.
I’m featured on the Leap Year Blog, talking about success and what it means to be successful.
IS YOUR LADDER LEANING AGAINST THE RIGHT WALL?
As someone who sends/gets money via the web all the time, am LOVING Square Cash. No creating yet another account, super easy. Use this link to try it, we both get $1! And we’re off to (slowly) become millionaires.
Is this possible?!?
THE 7 NOT-TERRIBLE BARS IN WRIGLEYVILLE
Many of you know I started dating Husband due to our love shared love of BBQ, so this topic holds a special place in my heart —
You know a blog by a gal who decided to show her spanx in the cast photo of a show (knowing it would be shared with BILLIONS) has got to be good… That’s her, 3rd from right. That’s me, 6th from left.
Photo by Baylee Images
“Eighty percent of my day is worrying about what kind of various ills my children will succumb to, and the remaining twenty percent is vacuuming goldfish crackers out of the sofa cushions.”
Wifeytini is a brutally honest, oft-hilarious, and always-uncensored account of modern motherhood in the Chicago suburbs. Mom to two kids, two and under, author Sarah Watts writes about tackling student loan debt, overcoming panic disorder, grappling with her son’s special needs, and surviving the day-to-day melee that is raising children. Laugh, cry, and get an inside glimpse at a day in the life of a mom and a wife at wifeytini.com.
Follow Sarah at @swatters22
Different storytellers. Same first sentence.
See where different storytellers take the same first sentence every month at Serving the Sentence! At the end of each show, the next month’s sentence will be drawn from audience suggestions.
7 p.m., second Sundays at Towbar in Rogers Park (1500 W. Jarvis Ave., off the Jarvis Red Line stop). Come early to get a good seat and eat some of Towbar’s delicious small plate vittles.
$5 suggested donation goes toward a different charity each quarter.
Co-produced by Kendra Stevens and Maggie Jenkins
Everyone’s going crazy for this! (But me.)
Riot Fest Chicago 2014: The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, The National, Weezer
Wallaby is an app and Google Chrome extension (we’ll explain what that is) that helps you figure out which credit card to use for any given purchase.
Let’s start with the app. Upon downloading, you securely link up all of your credit cards so Wallaby has them on file. Then, the next time you’re out and about–say, at the local burger joint–the app will automatically know where you are and tell you which piece of plastic will get you the most bang for your buck there. (In this instance, it suggested our Chase Freedom card, which earns us 5 percent cash back at restaurants this quarter.)
For online shopping, you’ll want to download the WallabyChrome extension (it’s basically a little widget that lives on the Google Chrome browser’s tool bar). Whenever you’re about to buy something, click the widget and it’ll tell you which card to go with. (J.Crew bikini: Bank of America Visa. Trip to Denver: American Express Gold Delta.)
Pixiehammer Press is now available for weddings! We’ll send two writers and two vintage typewriters to your event, where we’ll help wedding guests create custom messages for the happy couple. More fun than a guestbook, great alongside a photo booth or as a unique alternative. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome Summer in Chicago calendar that has all the festivals, big events, etc.
Add it to your own Google Calendar by clicking button on bottom right.
Have q’s? Want to tell the creator how awesome he/she is? Head here!
Do you want to know how to protect your data online?
Do you want to learn how to balance social media and online privacy?
Do you want to understand why data privacy matters?
Kim Z. Dale is an information security specialist and performer who is available to speak to your company, club, or group. Kim combines her information technology expertise with her background in theatre to deliver presentations that are informative and entertaining. Whether you want a formal presentation or a casual Q&A session, Kim will customize a program to meet your group’s specific needs and interests.
Find more information and example presentation topics here.
You can also contact Kim at email@example.com
Consignment 101: Everything you Wanted to Know About Consigning but didn’t Know Who to Ask
As a parent you know that kids a) go through a lot of stuff and b) are expensive!
Consignment Sales aren’t just a great way to save a money on the items that you need but they are also a great way to make money on the stuff your children are no longer using. From outgrown clothes, to toys, books and furniture you can make space in your house, earn some money and keep items out of landfills! hosted by Lambs Farm and little Lake County with speaker Kristine Rickert, owner of Here Whee Go Again.
Thursday May 22, 7:00 p.m. $10. Tickets here.
Chicago Cares is hiring for a paid summer associate position that involves teaching leadership, team building, and communication skills to Chicago youth.
Mine would include —
- the NBA, 1990-1996
- musicals (specifically, lyrics)
- Stand By Me, the movie
- Northwestern Women’s basketball, 1988-1996
- Chicago street names
What to spend on your car when
Elite Colleges Don’t Buy Happiness for Graduates
Poll of 30,000 Grads Finds Strongest Correlation Between Inspiring Professors and Future Well-Being
So so so moving. My heart ached.
The Day I Started Lying to Ruth
A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer.
Can’t wait to visit!
Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, and focus instead on slow storytelling, exploring one theme each week and publishing just one story a day. Our network of talented and passionate storytellers and editors comb our world’s big cities and hidden corners for the characters and narratives that mainstream media aren’t finding—the underdogs and overlooked tales that enlighten us, connect us, and capture our imagination; stories that would otherwise fall through the cracks. Each Narratively piece is presented in the most appropriate medium, from longform and shortform writing to short documentary films, photo essays, audio, interactives and comics journalism. The result is that every story, and storyteller, has the space and time needed to have an impact.
Mac & Cheese Productions Goodness | “HOW TO LIVE A LIFE OF YES!” WORKSHOP
A student from one of my winter classes just let me know that he got a dream job from someone he met at the Life of Yes! class he attended. Isn’t that great?!? Amazing what can happen when you GET OUT THERE, when you TAKE ACTION.
The next date has been announced, sign up here!
Ohhhh, a game room —
Heritage General Store Now Expanding to Uptown Twice
This was a surprise! I recommended Grub to so many —
GrubWithUs Will Reformulate as Superb, an App for Discovering Places
Calling black artists!
YES! Scroll down to read —
Generic Tips For Emailing Busy People
I teared up. And I could care less about football.
And then this –Michael Sam Jersey Sales Surge To No. 2 Out Of NFL Rookies
Kind of like an Angie’s List for private sports trainers, CoachUp helps athletes of all levels search for and meet local coaches who fit their needs. All you have to do is plug in your zip code and sport of choice (golf, swimming, jujitsu, etc.) and you’ll see a selection of nearby coaches willing to take you on as a humble grasshopper.
Click on individual coaches to see details (what they cost, where they trained, awards they’ve won, how likely they are to break you down before building you back up). Then book and pay directly through the site.
Because CoachUp thoroughly vets all of its pros, you can be sure you’re getting a legit yoga instructor and not just some dude who really likes spandex capris. And if for some reason your session doesn’t work out, they even offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
Hey, I’m on this list! Great company.
Entrepreneurs share lessons from Mom
If anyone is looking into a travel-break, this class might be of interest.
FREE activity to do!
Cruel 2B Kind pits you and your team against unknown enemies on public turf. Your weapons: random acts of kindness. Strike quickly and stealthily, and remember, in this game, being cruel can be kind.
Play May 18 at 11:30AM, with Chicago pervasive game designer Greg Loring-Albiright, Waxwing Puzzle Company, and the organizers of Journey to the End of the Night.
Game developed by Jane McGonical [@avantgame] and Ian Bogost [@ibogost].
Check out the detailed HOW TO PLAY page!
Contact Greg — @gregisonthego | firstname.lastname@example.org
AMEN!! One of the Life of Yes! Steps —
Adultery Saturdays: Stop Comparing Yourself To Others (And Playing Poker In Back Rooms)
Live-tweeting of a poetry reading! Ha.
Iowa Writers’ Workshop 2nd Year Poetry Reading in My Yard
I was minding my own business on Saturday, April 26, 2014, when I heard people applauding in my backyard.
Twenty in their 20s
They’re eager. They’re innovative. And they’re not yet 30. Introducing 20 locals who are making their mark on their respective industries – and whose names you should know now.
Shoutout to Jerald Gray, a Fear Experiment partner!!
Ever wonder what happened to this?
The Amtrak Writers’ Residency’s Journey from Twitter to Talent Search
That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this issue.
Use someone’s services in Smatterings and LOVED them? Went to an activity suggested in here and LOVED it? Have some other positive come out of Smatterings?
Let me know! That fuels me continuing to do the labor-intensive Smatterings twice a month.