Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Are Your Kids Ready to Watch?

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is dark. In fact, the theme song “Look Away” advises that you look away because the story is awful and unpleasant. (Hint: If you do watch the show, but sure you don’t skip the theme song; it’s good and there are actually four different versions of it that […]

Book Cover Reveal

Wow. Writing a book is absolutely amazing, but the work definitely doesn’t end when the book is written. I finished writing the Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago in December and since then it’s gone through copy editing and there are still several steps before it’s completely finished, but it’s happening! The release date is […]

Winter Events at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg has been one of our favorite spots to visit for a long time; we’ve been annual pass holders for years and we love checking out the new exhibits and events. Below are some current and upcoming events. General admission is $19 per person. Buy tickets online and save up to 25%: LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/Chicago. Last […]

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed Giveaway

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and they’ll rule the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, January 13, 2017 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED has a walk-thru exhibit that allows visitors to have close-up encounters with a lifelike kind T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Velociraptor. […]

Dozin’ with Dinos and Other Night at a Museum Experiences

A new year is a great time for new experiences and several local museums offer you a chance for new experiences and perspectives by staying open overnight for sleepovers. Grab a sleeping bag, toothbrush, and jammies and reserve your tickets now. Many of these overnights will sell out quickly, so it’s best to reserve your spots […]

Crazy January Holidays and How to Celebrate Them

Okay, I’ll be honest: January is my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over and there’s just not much going on. It’s cold and dreary out, plus it’s also cold and flu season, so we’re not getting out much. Sometimes you have to make your own fun and one great way to […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Chicago

  There’s not much snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace winter with skiing and snow tubing. Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where, depending on your skill and comfort level, you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. All of these locations can help […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Winter 2017

Winter in Chicago generally means yucky weather and it’s easy to get a little stir-crazy, so why not bundle up the kids and check out a museum for free? Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – January 6–13, 16 […]

New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Zzzs with Netflix

Staying home for New Year’s Eve? We are! Even before we were parents, John and I spent most of our New Year’s Eves at home. With kids we usually send the kids to bed at a regular bed time and then wake them just before midnight for some treats and a countdown. It works for […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2016

2016 sure has been a roller coaster. Every year has it’s high and low points, but it seems like 2016 has had some unusually deep valleys for many people. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and hope for a better year for everyone. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly […]

10 Reasons Woodstock is the Midwestern Stars Hollow

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrived on Netflix Streaming last week and people are losing their minds over it. I have been purposely avoiding ANY mention of it on social media because it’s been a while since I saw the show so I’m busy re-watching the first seven seasons before I move on […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms – 2016

Last year we had a real Christmas tree for the first time. I was not excited about the idea; John convinced me to try it and I’m a convert! I loved it. It was so much better than an artificial tree. This year I’m really looking forward to the whole experience – choosing our own […]

I’m writing a book

I’ve been meaning to write this post for months, but I’ve been anxious about actually putting this out there for the world to see. It’s still seems like it’s not real, but it is so I’m excited to announce it. I know I haven’t been around much lately, here on the blog or on social […]

Boo! at the Zoo with Ferrara Candy Company

I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween because I know we did! This weekend we went to Brookfield Zoo for Boo! at the Zoo as guests of the Ferrara Candy Company. Captain America, the Crypt Keeper, and A.J. from Blaze and the Monster Machines arrived ready for action: They didn’t seem to mind starting out […]

Streamin’ and Screamin’

It’s Halloween Eve which means parents everywhere are putting finishing touches on costumes or maybe even trying to throw them together from scratch. It’s seems like the odds are about 50/50 that my kids are willing to wear the costume they begged for for weeks; often they change their mind at the last minute and […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2016

FINALLY! The forecast for Halloween looks great. Is it just me or does it seem like it rains every Halloween?? The nice weather is great, but it’s nice to have indoor options too in case it’s too cool or too dark, or your kid’s costume just doesn’t work as well outdoors. Here are places you […]

Netflix + Disney

I must confess – I’m not a Disney fanatic. I’m familiar with the classic Disney stories like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White, but princess and princes just aren’t my thing. I’ve never been a big Mickey fan either. However, I have been pretty excited about some of the more recent movies, especially the […]

Attention Gilmore Girls Fans: Luke’s Diner is Coming (with Free Coffee!)

Big news for fans of the Gilmore Girls! If you love the Gilmore Girls you’re probably counting down the days until the arrival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix on November 25. It’s an exciting that it’s coming, but it seems SO far off. Luckily, Netflix is celebrating the 16th anniversary […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2016

Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce, apple tart, apple cinnamon oatmeal… there are so many things you can do with apples and it’s time to stock up. It’s apple-picking time! Spend the day in the beautiful changing weather and enjoy some apples fresh from the tree. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge […]

Come Together with the Beat Bugs on Netflix

August is always a rough time for my family. School starts in mid-August so in early August we rush to make the most of the last free days of summer and then the kids start school and our schedule changes radically. It’s a big adjustment for all of us, and we all have new activities […]

Learning from Netflix

We’ve been Netflix subscribers for a long time, and I mean a LONG time; for years we got our Netflix fix from DVDs mailed in those red envelopes. We’ve been subscribers for so long because Netflix has never failed to entertain us. It continues to entertain us (now that “us” is me, John, and three […]

Illinois Bucket List

Illinois Bucket List Illinois is more than just Chicago and the Bears. Though we love them both, it’s nice to branch out and visit the rest of our great state sometimes. Join us on our adventure as we work our way through this Illinois Bucket List. Typical Spots I wouldn’t usually include the typical spots […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2016

The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence and freedom, but also of family and summer. Plan to attend some of these parades and fireworks shows to make your Fourth truly explosive! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do […]

iFly Giveaway and Father’s Day Special

John and Cooper visited iFly in Rosemont last night for a pre-Father’s Day outing. Cooper has flown once before, but it was John’s first time. The iFly experience starts with a short training session where you learn how to enter and exit the tunnel, and what different hand signals mean. Next, iFly crews gets you […]

Chicago Area U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2016

June = juicy strawberries! We’re getting plenty of sunshine and rain lately and that helps grow some delicious strawberries. Spend a day in the sun and let that strawberry juice run right down your chin, but be sure to pick plenty for baking and freezing. Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept […]

There’s an episode for that on Netflix Streaming

Sometimes being a parent can feel like being a broken record. I feel like I say the same things over and over again, but the kids rarely (if ever!) listen. I’m sure this happens to a lot of parents, but without meaning to I often find myself lecturing my kids. I talk and I watch […]

Chicago City Guide sponsored by Chicco + Giveaway

Warm weather has arrived! We adventure year-round, but spring and summer are my  favorite because there are so many gorgeous outdoor things to do in Chicago. In fact, thanks to Chicco, I’m sharing some of the best places to visit with your family. Chicco is now offering a brand new travel system called the Viaro which […]

Gurnee Mills Gift Card Giveaway

The end is near! The end of school, that is. My kids are already out and I know lots of other school districts are too, or will be soon. I love having my kids home and enjoying summer activities with them, but summer vacation also means it’s a little harder to get some time without […]

Free Summer Reading Programs 2016

Just because school will be out for the summer doesn’t mean reading should stop. Reluctant or voracious, or somewhere in between, your child will love receiving rewards and treats offered by these local and national reading programs. Sign your child up early and READ! Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathalon Opening Ceremonies at Barnes & […]

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