Fall Family Mini Sessions with Kristen Lisa Photography


I constantly get asked the same two questions over and over whenever I meet one of my readers: 1. How did you come up with your blog name? 2. Who is your favorite family photographer? Well, it’s pretty easy to explain my blog name if you think about what my life entails every day, trying to […]

A Chicago Family’s Guide to Oktoberfest


Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a stein or two and take advantage of some of the amazing Oktoberfests going on in and around Chicagoland. Take it from me, happy parents yield happy kids so head out to one of these events, order the biggest pretzel you can find, and […]

Fresh and Easy Family Friendly Recipes with Ancient Olive Trees Olive Oil


I love to cook. To me, there is nothing better than blasting some music, opening up a bottle of wine, and creating something delicious using fresh produce and local ingredients. Every late afternoon I love indulging in a little “me time” that ends up in a delicious meal that my family will gobble up (most […]

Tips & Tricks for Visiting Funtopia in Glenview


Families of multiple kids, rejoice! I found the absolute PERFECT place to spend the day that will keep all family members happy and will ensure a quick and easy bedtime for everyone: Funtopia Glenview! This unique indoor play spot is most definitely a place to put on your radar on days when the weather has […]

How to be a Fun Mom

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So, I’m going to be brutally honest with you right now. This summer wiped me out. By Labor Day, I was a shell of my former self, mindlessly pouring bowls of cereal and counting down the days to school. Why? It was probably a mix of the stress of moving (thank goodness that’s all over!), […]

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

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Looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and fit in some exercise all at the same time? Then pack up the kids into the car and head to Illinois’ top attraction: Starved Rock State Park.  This free state park has something to please absolutely EVERYONE in the family and is a […]

My Favorite Parenting Short Cut: Pak’d

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It’s safe to say that all of us parents are looking forward to sending our kids back to school. A return to structure, learning, playing…and packing lunches. Sigh.  Parents definitely get the short end of the stick, don’t we? There have been so many times I have pulled myself out of bed late at night […]