Sensory Friendly Play in Chicagoland

While Chicagoland is a city filled with non stop fun and excitement, what about when still you want the fun but with a little less of the overwhelming excitement? Well, I’m happy to report that lots of Chicagoland family favorites offer sensory friendly playtime not just in April for Autism Awareness Month, but all year […]

Reasons to Teach Your Kids How to Garden

As someone who has studied Environmental  Science and witnessed garbage floating in the ocean next to dolphins in the ocean, I strive to make eco-friendly choices for my family. Our recycling bin is fuller than our garbage can on a weekly basis, we use cloth over paper products, and we try to reduce our carbon footprint […]

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 […]