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MODERN HOUSEWIVES | Wheaton/GE, May 2016


WHEATON / GLEN ELLYN AREA – Let’s celebrate moms by sharing our time & talents. Babysit for the overworked mom or make a personal pillow case to show your love. For my sister in law, I purchased a yard of Chicago Cubs fabric at Jo Ann Fabrics in Danada Square West, hand-sewed 2 sides (I’m old school without a sewing machine) & place a pillow inside – tada! A homemade gift for minimal dollars.

My husband’s present the past 2 years has brought laughter. Papyrus in Wheaton Town Square features a vast selection of Mother’s Day Cards. In 2014 Michael selected an adorable card with 3D embellishments of a terry cloth robe & fluffy slippers. In 2015 he bought me exactly the same card. My husband is consistent. I love this trait of his & wonder what 2016 will bring.

If your husband is reading this column, here are smart ideas for him. Charming Charlie has colorful purses & matching jewelry. Franchesca’s has ring holders in cool designs. How cool is an octopus shaped ring holder to display dozens of rings? Both are in Wheaton Town Square & have jewelry & accessories at affordable prices.

For the tech-savvy mom, here are some goodies:

1) Ace Hardware in Wheaton sells lights ($7.99) in the shape of a light switch, batteries included. Strong adhesive on the back sticks to walls in closets, garages or anywhere light is needed but outlets aren’t around. We placed one in a closet & now the room is bathed in light whenever needed. Their employees are knowledgeable, helpful & willing to take time with customers.

2) Visit to check out the Alta wristband for $129.00. The slim stainless steel body has interchangeable bands, recognizes your exercise habits (walking, biking, dancing, elliptical, etc.) and tracks your progress. To see Fitbits in person, visit Bed, Bath & Beyond. Their models in store average $149 & track your wrist-based heart rate continuously. Bring a 20% off coupon for greater savings.

3) For the travelling mom who needs to stay connected, visit Their roller board luggage has hidden ports that allow 2 devices to be powered up simultaneously. Plus, a built in rechargeable 10,000 mAh battery. Luggage sells directly to the consumer to avoid retail mark-up. And for adorable outfits to put inside your new luggage, visit With locations throughout the suburbs, you’ll love everything in store and online! Happy shopping. Happy spring.

ABOUT THE WRITER Kathy Ruggio lives in the Stonehedge neighborhood of Wheaton with husband Michael & 9 year old son Angelo. She seeks Vitamin D via daily sun exposure, rare finds at local stores, shopping for Christmas year round & making unique jewelry for friends using Scrabble pieces. Kathy’s chosen charity to receive complimentary promotion as part of our Modern Housewives program is Jolly Old Soles. “Phyllis Parise founded this organization. I see first-hand how she helps people locally and globally. No one should be without shoes. She sends them to the Philippines and right here to schools in Aurora. Learn more at

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