How to Host a Chili Cookoff


I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I make a darn good chili. Not too spicy, not too sweet…the perfect amount of beans, meat and veggies…my mouth is watering just writing about it. Don’t believe me? Well, I’m not the only one who thinks it is amazing, my friends do, too. And I have […]

Which Chicagoland Play Space is Right for You


Now that the weather is turning cooler and cabin fever is on the horizon, it is time to venture out and have some fun with the kiddos. One of the most popular options for Chicagoland families? Hitting up a local play space. But here’s the thing…there are some dirty, chaotic, and just plain lame play […]

How to Simplify Halloween


Halloween can be overwhelming…for parents trying to be “Pinterest Perfect,” for our already jam packed family schedules, and especially for kids who have special needs. That’s why I make a conscious effort to take a step back and keep things as simple as possible for one of the most hyped up holidays of the year. […]

Why Chicagoland Families Should Visit the Quad Cities


This past weekend it was Homecoming at my alma mater, Augustana College. It was the first time I had been back in over twelve years and the first time I introduced my boys to campus. We had so much fun catching up with friends, running through the quad, and exploring both Iowa and Illinois that […]

Fall Family Mini Sessions with Kristen Lisa Photography

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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 […]