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 […]

Best Shower Venues in Chicagoland

It’s shower season in Chicagoland…and I’m not talking about the weather. From brides to babies, there is always someone to celebrate. The only question is WHERE you should throw your shower. Because let’s get real…venues are VERY expensive and you want to get the biggest bang for your buck while treating your friends and family […]

Enjoy a Luxurious Family Staycation at Hotel Palomar

What do you think of when you hear the term “boutique hotel?” For me, I imagine stunning interior design, trendy food and drink, and impeccable, personalized service. Basically a more intimate hotel with a BIG personality. What don’t I think of? Family friendly. I mean, we typically reserve our luxury hotel stays for when we […]

St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiment

There are TONS of adorable St. Patrick’s Day crafts out there (and if you don’t believe me, check out my Pinterest board), but sometimes my inquisitive kiddos are looking for a bit…more. And no, that doesn’t mean more “devil’s dandruff”…err…glitter. Instead, they are looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities that involve exploration and discovery. Yours […]

Where the Big Kids Play in Chicagoland

We have reached the point that I truly didn’t believe would ever happen. It started with the first eye roll I received when I suggested that we spend the day at our favorite play space. Yes, you read that right, I got an EYE ROLL when I offered to pay for us to play and […]

Valentine’s Day Guide for the Lazy Guy

So…um…guys? Valentine’s day is coming. In two days. And guess what? If you forget and don’t surprise your Valentine with something good, you will be getting a shoulder that is even colder than this frigid Chicago weather. And before you even try, there is NO WAY you can go the “I didn’t know what day […]

Daytime Dates for Chicago Couples

Oh, date night. You look forward to it for weeks, but once it finally rolls around you are typically exhausted from the week and the couch is calling your name. Sound familiar to any other parent out there? Well, I’m here to encourage you to take back date night. How? By moving it up by […]