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5 Great Gifts for Her

I have a lot of important women in my family – my mom, sisters-in-law, aunts, friends. I want to get them gifts they’ll really enjoy to let them know how important they are to me, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift. Here are a few of my favorites and maybe […]

5 Great Gifts for Guys

It’s getting down to the wire now, but if you’re struggling for some ideas for a special guy in your life – husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, father, son – I have some suggestions. I’ll also say that I think any of these gifts could be great gifts for women too (well, except for one), but […]

WaterWipes for Wee Ones

Having a baby means lots of diaper changes, which means lots of diapers and even more wipes. I can’t even imagine how many wipes we’ve used in the 8 years since I became a mother, and I thought once the diaper stage was over we’d be done with wipes too, but it turns out we […]

‘Tis the Season to Be Streaming {+ Giveaway!}

‘Tis the season of holiday lights, giving, shopping, parties, and family time! Unfortunately, it’s also the season of germs, colds, and flu. We’ve been experiencing a little of this (okay, a LOT of this) lately. We’ve been using our Netflix account a lot lately, whether it’s to unwind after a busy day, to catch up […]

Battling the Bedtime Staller

There’s one word that strikes joy and fear into every parents heart: Bedtime. It’s a lovely time when you get to relax and unwind after a long day, watch tv shows and movies that aren’t appropriate for kids, and eat whatever you want without having to share. But to get to that, you often have […]

Fun Things To Do This Weekend – November 21-22, 2015

Woah! It’s snow! It might make travel a little less convenient, but it’s so beautiful and makes holiday activities even more fun. Is there anything prettier than holiday lights and snow? I don’t think so. Here are some fun things to do this weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house: Christmas Around the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2015

Sure, you could get your real Christmas tree from a cut tree lot at a strip mall, but that’s no fun. Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one; bundle up, find a farm, and let the whole family choose the perfect tree. Celebrate with cocoa or cider and then bring your special tree […]

Brick Swag: The Monthly Subscription Box for LEGO Lovers [plus discount code]

As a long-time LEGO fan, and wife and mother to even bigger LEGO fans, I’m pretty excited to tell you about Brick Swag. BrickSwag is a monthly subscription box that is the #1 membership for LEGO fans. Each month includes official LEGO kits to build and keep, exclusive t-shirt (in the size you choose), Build […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

Well this is pretty exciting! I just found out that The Polar Express is coming to Union Station in Chicago December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event and often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale in the August. The Polar Express at the […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2015

It’s the season of magic and the symbol of that for lots of kids is Santa. Plan some magic with your kids with this Chicago Area Santa Guide.  Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. Please keep […]

Home Is In the Air with Air Wick’s Life Scents Holiday Collection

The holidays are quickly approaching and like most people I have a list of activities and traditions they we have to do so it feels like Christmas. In a couple weeks we’ll be decorating the tree, playing Christmas carols, and driving around the area looking at Christmas lights. We’ll probably do a little baking, and […]

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with Building Blocks

Saturday, November 14 (tomorrow!) is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day to support your local toy store and for local toy stores to connect with the community. Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating with a special event at both of their locations. The Lakeview location will be hosting Hogwarts Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 […]

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Near Chicago

Autumn announces itself with yellows, oranges, reds, and purples and it’s officially here. Take the kids out to explore all the changes autumn brings and enjoy the beautiful foliage at these four spots near Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden With 26 different gardens on over 300 acres, you’re sure to see plenty of autumn foliage at […]

Halloween Inspired by Netflix Streaming

  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays – I love the idea of adopting a different character (or thing) for the day. I wish we had Halloween ever couple of months instead of just once a year. I love helping the kids come up with costume ideas and putting the costumes together. This year, […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2015

The forecast for Halloween calls for a bit of rain. If the weather’s not cooperating for outdoor trick-or-treating, or you just prefer to be indoors, here are places you can trick-or-treat inside in Chicago and the suburbs. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Friday, October 30 Westfield Hawthorne Mall from 11 am-1 pm (ages 6 & […]

Tea Time: Getting a Boost from Bigelow

#MeAndMyTea #SwapYourCup #CollectiveBias In the eight years since I became a parent I still struggle with one thing more than anything else – taking care of myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in making meals, helping the kids, chauffeuring kids to activities, participating in school fundraisers and events, and taking care of the […]

Fresh Thyme Celebrates Three New Chicago Area Stores

Today, October 14, 2015, Fresh Thyme celebrated the Grand Opening of three new locations in the Chicago area in Midtown/Lincoln Park, Crystal Lake, and Naperville. Each location is open 7am-10pm daily. Midtown/Lincoln Park, 2500 N. Elston Ave. Naperville, 790 Royal Saint George Dr. Crystal Lake, 5340 Northwest Hwy. Fresh Thyme is a full-service specialty retailer focused on providing fresh, […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events – 2015

It’s Halloween season! Yes, officially Halloween only lasts one day, but I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Single Day or Weekend Events Fall Family Festival, Lehmann Park in Lake Villa Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm $5 per family, or […]

Westfield Hawthorn and Dave & Buster’s: Getting Things Done & Having Fun

John, the kids, and I all spend the entire week looking forward to the weekend. We love having time to get errands done, and especially time to spend some fun time together as a family. It seems like the weekends are never long enough though. If we take care of errands there’s not much time […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide – 2015

Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you go. Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, 630-966-7775 Open September 19 through October 31. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 […]

Dust Off Your Shelfies on Netflix Streaming

In the olden days, before kids, John and I had some favorite shows that we’d watch when they aired on regular tv. You could always find us in front of the tv on Sunday evenings for The X-Files, or on Wednesday nights for The West Wing. Now that we have kids, our routine has changed […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2015

Want to visit Chicago museums and attractions free? Don’t we all?? Below is a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission this fall. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler […]

Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities

Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios Location: The Big Top in the parking lot of the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago Phone: Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000. The United Center phone number is 312-455-4500. Hours: The remaining Chicago shows are: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Thursday, […]

My Son Wears Princess Shoes With Confidence and I Love It

The day before school started this year we went shopping for new gym shoes for the kids. The kids are picky, we’re cheap, and the stores had been pretty picked-over by responsible parents who didn’t wait until 18 hours before school to get new shoes, so it took us a while to agree on a […]

Netflix Helps with Back-to-School Blues

I’m very lucky to have children who enjoy going to school. They have amazing teachers, great friends, and they both genuinely enjoy learning new things. Still, returning to school is a bit difficult. Our day is starting much earlier now than it did during the summer and bedtime is earlier; with occasional school events in […]

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

I’ve probably driven past the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont dozens of times since it opened in 2013, but until recently I’d never actually been inside. A friend and I visited a couple weeks ago for the first time. Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an enclosed outlet shopping center with over 130 outlet retailers. […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

It’s apple season! There’s nothing quite like fresh apples right off the tree. We love spending a late summer or early autumn day at an apple orchard picking apples, eating fresh donuts, navigating a corn maze, and taking LOTS of pictures. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge for apples. It’s always […]

Family Dining at Weber Grill

We were invited to Weber Grill to experience their amazing signature dishes and kids meals. Our meals were complimentary in order to facilitate this post, but all opinions are my own. The thought of grilled steak makes my mouth water so I was really looking forward to this dinner, so much so that I was a […]

Back to School, Back to OshKosh B’Gosh

Summer vacation is officially over for my kids and even though we’re a little sad, it’s exciting to start a new school year. It means new school supplies, new teachers, new friends, and, of course, new clothes. There are lots of places we could shop, but I know that OshKosh B’Gosh has clothes my kids will […]

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