How to Make a Simplified Easter Basket

Try as I may, any type of holiday really wreaks havoc on my attempt at having a simplified home and teaching my kids to live a simplified life. What am I talking about exactly? The onslaught of junk that accompanies holidays—the decorations, the treats, the toys—and most importantly, the EXPECTATIONS that you can’t truly enjoy […]

Enjoy a Luxurious Family Staycation at Hotel Palomar

What do you think of when you hear the term “boutique hotel?” For me, I imagine stunning interior design, trendy food and drink, and impeccable, personalized service. Basically a more intimate hotel with a BIG personality. What don’t I think of? Family friendly. I mean, we typically reserve our luxury hotel stays for when we […]

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 […]

Why You Should Have a Super Bowl Baked Potato Bar

Move over, guacamole. See you later, pizza. Take a hike, chicken wing. Because for the biggest game of the year, you need to go big. SUPER, actually. And nothing is as impressive and delicious as a baked potato bar. I mean, there is nothing more comforting—especially when your team is losing to Tom Brady AGAIN—than […]

Valentine’s Classroom Craft: Kindness Rocks

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A relatively made up holiday that leads to many girls (and some boys) being disappointed that they aren’t being showered in red and pink heart shaped confetti. It’s also a day when just about everyone should send their child to school with a Starbucks gift card…heck, you can even send in a […]

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 […]

Ways to Enjoy Chicago Museum Week

For nine days, the city of Chicago’s top museums are coming together to celebrate Chicago Museum Week. Not only is it a great time to take advantage of discounted admission to some of the best museums in the country, but it is also a great opportunity to expose your kids to quality art, science, and […]

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, […]