Best Ninja Warrior Parks in Chicagoland

By the time August rolls around, my boys and I are pretty burned out on the park scene. But since winter lasts about six months in Chicagoland, it is my goal to keep them outside as much as possible until the ice and snow arrives. What do I do to keep the complaints to a […]

Reasons to Teach Your Kids How to Garden

As someone who has studied Environmental  Science and witnessed garbage floating in the ocean next to dolphins in the ocean, I strive to make eco-friendly choices for my family. Our recycling bin is fuller than our garbage can on a weekly basis, we use cloth over paper products, and we try to reduce our carbon footprint […]

Rain Gear for Kids

“When life hands you rain, splash in the puddles” seems to be the one mantra that ALL kids follow, no matter their age or gender. And while we parents might cringe when our kids come home a mud covered and soggy mess, you can’t help but notice their huge grins, either. So embrace the Springtime […]

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 […]