Must Have Christmas Books and Pajamas

Does your Christmas Eve tradition include wearing brand new holiday pajamas and reading some fun Christmas books while cuddled up under blankets on the couch?  Ours too!  So if you are planning for a cozy night waiting for Santa to arrive, this is the list for you!  Read on for a list of what to […]

Best Gift Experiences in Chicagoland

What to get the person who has EVERYTHING?  A gift experience, of course!  Here are my top picks for some unique and one of a kind gift experiences in Chicagoland that everyone in your life will love at tons of different price points: Chicagoland Gangster Tour. Starting at $30. Swimming with the Beluga Whales at […]

Chicagoland Christmas Bucket List

Christmas truly is the most magical time of year in Chicago.  Twinkly lights are everywhere, good tidings abound, the temperatures aren’t too chilly yet, and there are so many fun things to do as a family.  So take advantage of this amazing time of year and tackle some of the adventures on my Chicagoland Christmas […]

Unique Breakfasts with Santa in Chicagoland

It’s the most magical time of year and the jolly red guy in the big suit is ready and waiting to hear what all boys and girls (and moms and dads, too) want for Christmas this year.  But the trouble is….this popular guy is pretty hard to track down. And when you do manage to […]

Tips for Celebrating Hannukah

Chanukah…Hannukah…however you spell it, the “Festival of Lights” is nothing but F U N for all families, Jewish or not. So here are some of our tips for celebrating Hannukah at home and in our community.  Now bust out the dreidels and get reading! This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you make […]

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express

Chicago is truly one of the most wonderful places in the entire world to celebrate Christmas. There are twinkling lights everywhere you look, carolers serenade you everywhere, from the L platform to Michigan Avenue…it makes Chicago totally bearable in the winter. At least until February rolls around, then we’ve just about had it. But let’s […]

Best Christmas Lights in Chicagoland

NOTE: This list is updated every year although the original “publish” date is from years past 🙂 Although I may criticize the houses that have mismatched lights (half blinking color lights, regular white lights, and purple rope lights all at once?  Seriously?!?), one of my absolute FAVORITE Christmas activities is to drive around looking at […]

Courting Your Mommy Match This Christmas

  From the moment you are a new mom, everything is terrifying.  Absolutely everything.  Even something as simple as the color of your little one’s poop (black to green to yellow back to green again–what kind of alien being did you give birth to?!?) can force you to put your pediatrician’s number on speed dial.  […]

Why Does Santa Look Different?

Even before the dishes are cleared off the Thanksgiving table, the jolly man in the red suit seems to be EVERYWHERE.  And while I love getting into the holiday spirit as much as the next person, this Christmas I am in danger of being called out on being a BIG LIAR.  Why?  Because all of these images […]