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 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 […]

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!), […]