How to Raise Itty Bitty Foodies

Confession time: Up until the age of two, I solely subsisted on hot dogs. Seriously. I wouldn’t really eat anything else and since I have a stubborn Irish streak in me, my parents’ exhausted hands were tied. Now that I’m older and wiser—with a much more adventurous palette—I can see that my parents gave in […]

Meaningful Museum Memberships for Chicago Families

Let’s get real. Kids don’t need a lot of toys. I mean, how many times did you laugh at a birthday party about how the birthday child had more fun playing with the gift wrappings than the actual gift itself? And if you are a neat freak like me, the thought of cramming tons of […]

5 Reasons to Love the Ball Factory Mount Prospect

If you’ve seen one play space, you’ve seen them all, right? WRONG. Oh so wrong. As part of my job, I am asked to review countless play spaces. Some are great and I share my finds on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram, but others are less so and I can’t in good conscience share them. […]

Ways to Spice Up Spring Break

Oh, Spring Break. Is there any other time that can make you bummed out about having time off and staying at home? I mean, usually people LOVE taking a day off just so they can stay in pajamas and watch Netflix all day. But when it is over Spring Break? You spend more time ogling […]

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 […]

Best Comfort Food in Chicagoland

Let’s be honest. Winter in Chicago is long, cold…and kind of depressing. So in addition to hibernating and cozying up in your favorite sweaters and sweatshirts, don’t forget to indulge in some much needed comfort food. I mean, bikini season is still a looooong way away and sweatpants have elastic waistbands for a reason. Trying […]

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 […]