How to Raise Itty Bitty Foodies

Confession time: Up until the age of two, I solely subsisted on hot dogs. Seriously. I wouldn’t really eat anything else and since I have a stubborn Irish streak in me, my parents’ exhausted hands were tied. Now that I’m older and wiser—with a much more adventurous palette—I can see that my parents gave in […]

Meaningful Museum Memberships for Chicago Families

Let’s get real. Kids don’t need a lot of toys. I mean, how many times did you laugh at a birthday party about how the birthday child had more fun playing with the gift wrappings than the actual gift itself? And if you are a neat freak like me, the thought of cramming tons of […]

5 Reasons to Love the Ball Factory Mount Prospect

If you’ve seen one play space, you’ve seen them all, right? WRONG. Oh so wrong. As part of my job, I am asked to review countless play spaces. Some are great and I share my finds on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram, but others are less so and I can’t in good conscience share them. […]

Ways to Spice Up Spring Break

Oh, Spring Break. Is there any other time that can make you bummed out about having time off and staying at home? I mean, usually people LOVE taking a day off just so they can stay in pajamas and watch Netflix all day. But when it is over Spring Break? You spend more time ogling […]

How to Make a Simplified Easter Basket

Try as I may, any type of holiday really wreaks havoc on my attempt at having a simplified home and teaching my kids to live a simplified life. What am I talking about exactly? The onslaught of junk that accompanies holidays—the decorations, the treats, the toys—and most importantly, the EXPECTATIONS that you can’t truly enjoy […]