Fire Zone — The Perfect Play Space for Your Little Firefighter

So…let’s get real for a second. We have been to a LOT of play spaces. There might be one or two in the Chicagoland area that we haven’t visited, but that’s mainly because I didn’t hear rave reviews about it and because, after six years of parenting, I am totally burnt out on play spaces. […]

Where to Take Fall Photos in Chicagoland

Don’t let the hot weather fool you. Soon Old Man Winter will show his ugly head and the first holiday card will appear in your mailbox. So now is the prime time for capturing beautiful outdoor family photos. Whether you use a professional photographer (psst…Kristen Lisa Photography has one Fall Mini Session slot left!) or […]

Where to Take Your Little Thrill Seekers in Chicagoland

It’s no secret that kids are constantly freaking out their parents with their daredevil ways. I mean, isn’t it more fun to ride your bike while wearing roller skates instead of without??! I actually have a video of my three year old doing this at our local roller rink and the decibel of my voice […]

Summer Nights in Chicagoland

Long, hot summer days getting you sticky, smelly, and totally drained? Me too. That’s why I like to hibernate in the basement with the air conditioning turned to full blast, only to emerge once the sun sets. Because let me tell you, that’s when Chicagoland truly comes alive. There are endless (many free) activities to […]

Nature Based Play in Chicagoland

Unplug. Live a simple life. Get back to nature.   All of these messages are wonderful, but let’s get real. It is HARD to fight the electronics battle when kids are involved. I even have a social media addiction that I have been trying so hard to kick. So if you are like us and […]

Where to See Art in Chicagoland

If there is one thing that I have learned over my almost six years of parenting, it is that kids LOVE art. Whether they are creating it themselves (preferably some place that isn’t my nice and clean house!) or observing someone else’s colorful and fun art, kids of all ages are totally and utterly drawn […]