Homemade Ice Cream Recipes & Inspiration

I’m not going to lie, I used to judge people who made their own ice cream. They were right up there with people who knitted their own clothing and built all the furniture in their house with their own two hands. Maybe I’m just jealous of their Pinterest perfect ways, but I just didn’t want […]

5 Amazing Avocado Toast Recipes

Motherhood is great. It really is. The cuddles, the unconditional love…there really isn’t anything better. But here’s the thing…we moms get the shaft. We stay up late folding laundry, cleaning up toys, packing lunches…our “to-do” list is never ending. We don’t even prepare lunch for ourselves, and let me tell you, that is a HUGE […]

Fresh and Easy Family Friendly Recipes with Ancient Olive Trees Olive Oil

I love to cook. To me, there is nothing better than blasting some music, opening up a bottle of wine, and creating something delicious using fresh produce and local ingredients. Every late afternoon I love indulging in a little “me time” that ends up in a delicious meal that my family will gobble up (most […]

Quick and Easy Summer Meals with Wild Garden

As much as I love summer, there is one thing I don’t like about the warm temps and long days: Being stuck inside to make a meal. I mean, who wants to be trapped inside a hot kitchen when there are beautiful sunny skies to take advantage of? That’s why I’m so glad I discovered […]

The Twig ‘n Berry Cocktail

There is always some new speciality drink making the rounds at the swankiest bars and restaurants, whether it is a hand crafted cocktail that features elderberry syrup or a new twist on a Moscow Mule. But here’s the thing…you can never go wrong with the classics, especially when it comes to cocktails. So I’ve found […]

Family Game Night

In our technologically advanced world, it is hard to have everyone in your family ditch the electronics and spend some quality time together. But here’s the thing…it is possible. How? By instituting a Family Game Night. I was lucky enough to collaborate with Linda Schmidt, co-owner of popular Chicago toy store, Cat and Mouse Games, […]

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 […]

A Parent’s Guide to Enjoying the Super Bowl

Parenting and the Super Bowl don’t tend to be the greatest combinations. I mean, there is really no way your kids will leave you alone long enough to actually know what is going on in the game (or more important, appreciate the hyped up commercials) and they will most likely consume way too many snacks […]