Indulgent Mother’s Day Gift Guide

How many times have you been told, “I don’t need anything for Mother’s Day” or have been stumped when your family asks you what YOU would like for Mother’s Day? Well, stop brushing it off or saying that a hug is all you need. I mean, we moms work our butts off from before sun […]

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 […]

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 […]