How to Host a Holiday Ice Cream Bar

I know that the holidays are supposed to be all about tradition, but sometimes things can get a little monotonous, don’t you think? It is fun to get together with friends and family for the holidays but sometimes you just need to add a little something special to make your time together even more memorable […]

Take the Pledge to Slow Down & Savor the Holidays

Oh the rush…I mean, JOY, of the holiday season. It’s gotten a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Christmas tree displays are up in stores before Halloween, fist fights pop up in shopping aisles on what should be a day of thanks…it’s ABSURD. And for us parents, there is so much pressure to make the […]

Easy & Versatile Bruschetta Recipes

I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t love bruschetta. Seriously. Because I mean, can’t we all agree with Oprah that bread is simply amazing? It is incredibly adaptable, can be adjusted to take into account allergies, and a fresh loaf right out of the oven is basically a carb filled hug. So I’m reminding […]

Holiday Hacks for Moms

I could literally feel my blood pressure raise the first moment I saw Christmas trees on display (and for the record, Lowe’s, September is WAY TOO SOON). It’s not that I don’t enjoy the holidays (the lights, the food, the movies, the togetherness…I love it ALL), but it’s just that I don’t like the stress […]

6 Ways to Have a Not So Spooky Halloween

Are you one of those parents who is SO excited to experience Halloween with your little ones but struggling to find some not-so-spooky ways to celebrate? Then I’ve got you covered! You see, my boys might be dressed as superheroes this year but they are definitely on the timid side, so we have found seven […]

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving “The Witching Hour”

In our house, it’s all fun and games until 4:30 rolls around. It’s like my boys have an internal clock that tells them to start fighting with each other and whining non stop. Basically, they turn into little terrors that make me question why I wanted kids so badly in the first place (I’m kidding. […]

Where to Take Fall Photos in Chicagoland

Don’t let the hot weather fool you. Soon Old Man Winter will show his ugly head and the first holiday card will appear in your mailbox. So now is the prime time for capturing beautiful outdoor family photos. Whether you use a professional photographer (psst…Kristen Lisa Photography has one Fall Mini Session slot left!) or […]

Back to School Hacks All Moms Need to Know

Going back to school is rough on EVERYONE. The students who are used to the freedom of summer, the parents who are schlepping  kids to and from school and other activities…even the dogs who are used to sleeping late in the mornings. But once you start getting into a routine, just about everything gets easier. […]