Where to Burn Energy Over Winter Break

As relaxing as Winter Break might sound (no alarms in the morning, a respite from homework and packing school lunches, etc.), experienced moms like me know that it will slowly morph into days filled with snack requests and kids complaining that they are bored—while being surrounded by brand-new Christmas presents. How can you keep your […]

Gift Experiences for Chicago Kids

Prefer to have a Christmas that celebrates moments instead of things? Then check out this massive list of gift experiences for Chicago kids. This list of activities will fit just about any budget and will undoubtedly entice the jocks, the artists, and every kid in between. Play All Day Getting a play space punch pass […]

Deck the Halls with Pasquesi Home and Gardens

I’m typically a “Decorate for the Holidays AFTER Thanksgiving” type of gal, but after trick-or-treating in the snow, it was SO HARD to hold back from decking the halls. So, after making sure that all my boys were on board for getting into the holiday spirit a wee bit early, I headed to my holiday […]

Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can get hard to remember why the holiday season is so magical. So we make a conscious effort starting in November, which is considered to be “Gratitude Month,” to make gratefulness an important topic of discussion in our home. Not only does it remind us […]

Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials

Let’s be honest—Thanksgiving dinner is THE meal of the year. There’s no doubt about it. And when you are hosting? The pressure is ON. So in order to have the most successful dinner possible (sorry but I can’t do much about creepy uncles or overserved grandparents), I’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials. From […]

Trick-or-Treating in Cold and Rainy Chicago

Raise your hand if you saw the forecast for Thursday and secretly cursed yourself for living in Chicago? Well, now that we have gotten our anger out, it’s time to prepare for the frigid Halloween temperatures (I’m just going to ignore the snow part of the forecast, ok?). While I can’t promise that your child […]

How to Keep Squirrels Away From Pumpkins

‘Tis the season for pumpkin flavored EVERTHING and for days spent at the pumpkin patch. But let’s talk about a pumpkin’s arch nemesis—the squirrel! I mean, it’s like these furry little creatures have no idea that we are trying to have Instagrammable fall décor, am I right? In all seriousness, having squirrels attack your pumpkin […]

How to Create an Epic Halloween Charcuterie Tray

‘Tis the season for sugar—am I right? And I’m not just talking about the loot that kids get from trick-or-treating. But instead of fighting all of the decadent fun, I’m embracing it—within reason. So we are cuddling up on the couch to watch Halloween Baking Championship marathons and putting together a Halloween charcuterie tray. No, […]