Winter Break on a Budget

Let’s be honest…we all totally blew through our budget for the holidays this year. I mean, if you were able to leave Target without spending at least $100, you are my personal hero. But for us mere mortals who spent way too much on eating out and last minute gifts the past couple of weeks, […]

Holiday Hair & Makeup Tips

Holiday parties are in full swing, and now that EVERYONE has a Facebook or Instagram account, you know that there are going to be TONS of photos out in the world to document each and every event. Want to look your best so the ex boyfriend who you are still “Facebook Friends” with can pine […]

Holiday Gift Guide for Chicago Moms & a GIVEAWAY

We Chicago moms have a TON on our plate. Not only do we run a household, but we oftentimes run successful businesses and marathons—literal and figurative—all at once. And with the stress that the holiday season brings, it is about time that we hard working Chicago moms take a little short cut and use a […]

Take the Pledge to Slow Down & Savor the Holidays

Oh the rush…I mean, JOY, of the holiday season. It’s gotten a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Christmas tree displays are up in stores before Halloween, fist fights pop up in shopping aisles on what should be a day of thanks…it’s ABSURD. And for us parents, there is so much pressure to make the […]

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 […]