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 […]

St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiment

There are TONS of adorable St. Patrick’s Day crafts out there (and if you don’t believe me, check out my Pinterest board), but sometimes my inquisitive kiddos are looking for a bit…more. And no, that doesn’t mean more “devil’s dandruff”…err…glitter. Instead, they are looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities that involve exploration and discovery. Yours […]

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 […]