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The Stories


The Busy Mami

Hola Familia! My name is Alejandra, also known as "The Busy Mami." Why Mami? Well, that's because I was born in Puerto Rico, am half-Mexican and half-Puerto Rican and in Spanish, Mommy or Mom is Mami (pronounced Mahmi). I’m a Mami of two, wife of one, oldest sister of nine and Familia to all of you! ?

My channel is here to help with many things, but first and foremost, to share my family and my love of cooking. I am taking my traditional recipes I grew up with and putting a little spin on them.



Saint Astro swoons, calms, excites and tantalizes with warm melodic sounds and enticing vocals that get the heart crooning and the soul yearning. With vocalist Santos Ramos, bassist Katie Lentz, and drummer Manny Rodriguez; the Chicagoland trio rock you into a head bobbin groove. Indie alternative vibes with a jazzy influence, Saint Astro stands apart in a world of musical replicas. Unlike other cover bands and party bands, Saint Astro has a great variety of original songs as well.



GoodBoyScreenPrinting is a one man screen printing/canvas wrapping shop out of Montgomery, IL. The name is a tribute to his beloved, Lhasa Apso, R2. 

GoodBoyScreenPrinting focus is on providing custom apparel services for other businesses. There are also a few original ideas of apparel/canvas wraps encompassing all things dogs, nature, science, music, and love.


Holistic Guide

Marquita is an intuitive holistic health and wellness guide, energy healer, and medicine woman. She specializes in helping humans expand and nourish the mind, body, and spirit by using plant medicine, meditation, ritual, writing, and using food as medicine to heal the physical and subtle bodies.





Since I was 16 years old, I have always been “that” girl with a camera in her hand.  I love people, color, texture, shadows plus more.  Working in Chicago and walking her streets for 45 years has been part of the filling of my creative cup.  Now at 63, a camera in my hand you will still see – the pictures though are showing up digitally. 

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Meredith Brow

Nurse and Educator

Meredith has been a nurse for 14 years and has spent the majority of her career in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After struggling with burnout, she stepped away from the bedside to dedicate this next leg of her professional path to nursing education. She is an Assistant Professor for a baccalaureate program, where she teaches a variety of courses. Meredith is the owner and creator of her freelance nursing education company, Strong RN, LLC, where she tutors and co-creates courses in mindfulness, resiliency, and NCLEX preparation. She is also the VP & Director of Nursing Programs for Smart - Health, Wellness, & Performance, Inc. She aspires to arm novice nurses with coping skills to thrive in the healthcare environment throughout their entire career. In her spare time, Meredith loves to read, craft, meditate, practice yoga, and spend time with her family.

Dennis Tousana

Soundmine Studio

Dennis was raised in the Midwest where he has resided his entire life. He  moved to Chicago 34yrs. Ago, to pursue his career in recording. Throughout this journey he has been lucky enough to work with many artists, both known and unknown. What keeps him doing this is the great musicians and people that he has had a chance to come in contact with. This has all culminated with Dennis having his own studio (Soundmine), on  the south side of the city where he works long but rewarding hours to make the studio, and the work he does the best it can be. “It’s been a long ride, but I have no plans on stopping anytime soon.” Studio


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Carlos is a high school senior in Minneapolis, MN. He is a filmmaker and photographer, capturing the details of his city and the culture around him. Carlos stays true to his own visions and ideas to produce honest and raw content that will hopefully propel his career forward.

Rita Grendze


I was born in rural Manitoba to immigrant parents: a Lutheran minister father and kindergarten teacher mother. The youngest of six children, I early-on learned to find my own, quiet corner to read and to observe others. I spent many hours sequestered under tables covered with patterned blankets, more comfortable with books, pencils and paper, than with my rowdy brothers and sister. I learned to love writing, drawing and constructing my own world. While the scale of my environments has changed, the love of tactility, a good story, and the play of light has not.

I hold an MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art) and a BFA (Cleveland Institute of Art) in fiber with a strong interest in drawing. My formal education was further supplemented when I was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in Latvia, where I immersed myself in the history and practice of ethnic craft, particularly embroidery. I have shown widely since finishing my studies in 1994, with my work landing in several private collections. I currently maintain a studio in Batavia, IL.

While my artistic journey has taken me from my teen years in Cleveland to several years in Europe and a decade in New York, my family life has brought me to the far western suburbs of Chicago. Since 2001 I have been exploring this culturally rich community, discovering a true home for me, my husband and two sons. When I am not in the studio I can be found studying art in the West Loop, running the Fox River Trail, or, just as in childhood, sequestered in a quiet corner with a good read



Oscar Joyo


Oscar Joyo (b.1992,Lilongwi,Malawi). At a young age, he was introduced to art by his mother but his passion grew through animation, comic books, video games and film. He moved to the United States in 2000 from Malawi and lived in South Bend, Indiana where he continued to pursue art to serve as means of expression and communication.

After graduating high school in 2011,Oscar moved to Chicago to attend the American Academy of Art and explore the creative Chicago art scene. He graduated with a BFA in life drawing at the American Academy of Art in 2015. Technical training in traditional drawing skills from the Academy led him to find interests in professional illustration, graphic design, photography, and fine art.

Oscar currently lives in Chicago and has been involved in many artist exhibitions around Chicago. He has also been a part of showcases outside of the city such as The Society of Illustrators student exhibition in New York, Congressional Art Exhibition and Digital Arts Showcase in South Korea.




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