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 […]

How to Plan the BEST Birthday Party in the Northwest Suburbs

Now that I’m a mom, it seems as though most weekends include at least one birthday party. And it’s great. I mean, who doesn’t love adding a sprinkled cupcake to their weekend agenda? But here’s the thing. Once it comes time to plan your child’s birthday, it can become a challenge to think of a […]

Where Kids Eat Free in Chicagoland

Let’s face it, going out to eat with kids can be an….adventure. So concentrate on keeping them busy, quiet, and eating instead of worrying about the toll your wallet will be taking by frequenting these family friendly restaurants that offer FREE KIDS MEALS across Chicagoland! CITY OF CHICAGO Crosby’s Kitchen, Southport Corridor—Daily from 4:00-6:30 p.m. […]

Spring Break in Chicagoland on a Budget

So, let’s get honest for a second. It really sucks to scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feeds and see everyone out enjoying Spring Break on a beach while you are stuck in dreary Chicago over Spring Break. Maybe this is when someone will tell you to stop comparing yourself to other people on the […]