Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. With summer comes berry season. Strawberries are up first and there are several places around Chicago where you can pick them yourself. Please remember that ripeness dates are not exact and it’s always a good idea to call first to verify the fruit you’d like…

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available…

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No…

Why You Should Visit Santa’s Village AZoosment Park This Season

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest. If you grew up in the Chicago area, there’s a good chance you remember visiting Santa’s Village as a kid. Sliding down Santa’s Tree House Slide, taking a spin on the Candy Cane Sleigh Ride, and, of course, touching the frozen North Pole (yep, it’s really frozen, even on…

Netflix Streaming That Will Make You Sing

  It’s Spring! Time for graduations, plays, and musicals. In case you don’t get enough of them at school, Netflix has plenty of musicals so you can continue the fun this summer. For the older kids, check out these great options: 1. Shrek the Musical 2. High School Musical 3. Grease 4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 5. Footloose 6. The Phantom of…

Disney’s Frozen Is Coming to Ice

What happens when Disney has a super-successful animated movie filled with ice? It becomes a part of Disney On Ice, of course. Disney has announced that Disney On Ice will feature Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and (my personal favorite) Olaf. Expect to hear some of your favorite Frozen songs – “Let It Go”,…

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2014

  Take me out to the ball game… It’s about time for America’s favorite past time. Add to the excitement for your kids by signing them up for a kids club with their favorite baseball team. Lots of these clubs are free to join and you get free tickets to games! A version of this…

Mother’s Day Style Candles Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I have a special giveaway for the mom out there today. Style Candles is a family-owned business run by Sean and Andrea, a husband and wife team in Maine. Each Style Candle, besides being scented, contains a surprise. After 10-15 hours of burning, the wax will reveal a piece of jewelry, either…

Safe Motherhood Quilt Showing in Chicago

Mother Me Inc and the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives are presenting Ina May Gaskin’s Motherhood Quilt Project this Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago. The Safe Motherhood Quilt was created to bring awareness to the rising maternal death rate in the United States and the underreporting of these deaths, and to remember the mothers…

Netflix Goes Retro #TBT {with Giveaway!}

It’s almost Thursday and you know what that means: “Throwback Thursday”. Your Facebook or Instagram feed will likely be filled with some great/embarrassing photos of friends and family members from the “olden” days. In honor of #TBT I’m gonna share some old photos. First, one of me as a toddler: And this one is a…

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