You’re Invited! FREE Story Time & Goodies at Lumen Optical Evanston

Looking for a fun way to spend a Friday morning during this long winter? Then you’re in luck! I’m partnering with Lumen Optical Evanston to host an interactive story time on Friday, February 24th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. I will be reading a few of my favorite eyeglass themed books and providing some […]

A Chicago Family’s Guide to Oktoberfest

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a stein or two and take advantage of some of the amazing Oktoberfests going on in and around Chicagoland. Take it from me, happy parents yield happy kids so head out to one of these events, order the biggest pretzel you can find, and […]

How to be a Fun Mom

So, I’m going to be brutally honest with you right now. This summer wiped me out. By Labor Day, I was a shell of my former self, mindlessly pouring bowls of cereal and counting down the days to school. Why? It was probably a mix of the stress of moving (thank goodness that’s all over!), […]

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

Looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and fit in some exercise all at the same time? Then pack up the kids into the car and head to Illinois’ top attraction: Starved Rock State Park.  This free state park has something to please absolutely EVERYONE in the family and is a […]

FREE Touch a Truck Events in Chicagoland

As a mom of two boys, I now know more about construction trucks and tools than I ever thought possible. That’s why I scour local papers and websites once Spring hits. Why? Because it is the start of the Touch a Truck season in Chicagoland.  Do you have truck lovers on your hands, too? Then […]

Ways to Celebrate the Easter Bunny in Chicagoland

Imagine a hundred kids all running towards a group of eggs in the center of a room, all cheered on by adoring parents and family members. Is this your idea of fun or does the phrase “Hunger Games, Egg Hunt Edition” flash through your mind? If you are like me, this is not the type […]

How Chicago Families Can Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

My Irish eyes might have bags under them, but they are still smiling. Why? Because there are so many ways for Chicago families to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. From parades to Irish dancing, here are some wonderful ways for everyone to feel a little bit Irish: First off, don’t forget that the big holiday celebrations […]

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicagoland

Consider this your lucky red envelope of fantastic and free family friendly ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chicagoland. And if your family is like mine and constantly sick during the winter, there are also some fun ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year from the comforts of home. I’m just hoping that […]

Spectacular and Free Sledding Spots in Chicagoland

Nothing says winter like racing down a bumpy hill covered in ice and snow while screaming for dear life and watching your life flash before your eyes…am I right?  So be sure to grab a sturdy sled, extra layers, and the warmest pants you have before heading out to these spectacular and free sledding hills […]