An Inside Look at Big City Readers

As a Reading Specialist I have spent countless hours nurturing a love of reading within my boys, from even before they were born until now, when the only cool thing to read about is Minecraft manuals. But what about those families who don’t have a Reading Specialist at home and honestly don’t even know how […]

Rain Gear for Kids

“When life hands you rain, splash in the puddles” seems to be the one mantra that ALL kids follow, no matter their age or gender. And while we parents might cringe when our kids come home a mud covered and soggy mess, you can’t help but notice their huge grins, either. So embrace the Springtime […]

Chicagoland Touch a Truck Events for 2019

The snow is melting, the days are growing longer…that means ONE thing: the beginning of Touch a Truck season! This is the best time to be a kid (or a kid at heart) because there are so many FREE opportunities to get up close and personal with street sweepers, back hoes, fire trucks…just about every […]

How to Create a Screen Time Contract

There are battles that I fight EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. as a mother. I wage a war against the mountain of laundry that never diminishes no matter how often I wash a load, my internal poll weighing the benefits of going to bed or crossing chores off my to-do list…and don’t even get me started on […]

Ways to Refresh Your Patio

It seems like our six month long winter (I mean c’mon—didn’t it feel like it lasted FOREVER?!?!) is finally over. The bad news? Your outdoor space took a beating from the Polar Vortex. Whether it is because of cracked flower pots, chipped furniture, or a garden that looks just plain drab—it is time to refresh […]

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago Kids’ Academy

Sick of telling your kids to stop climbing all over everything? Annoyed when your couch transforms from a cozy resting spot to a crash pit? Then sign your children up for the youth programs at Brooklyn Boulders. Through their youth programs, your house will remain intact and your kids’ confidence not just as athletes but […]

Fun Spots for Chicago Foodie Families

There are LOTS of things that my kids have inherited from me: the EXACT same shade of hair color, their pint sized physiques, maybe a touch of stubbornness…and of course, their love of adventure. I’m lucky to say that as they are growing older they are becoming much more open to trying new things especially […]