How to Create a Screen Time Contract

There are battles that I fight EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. as a mother. I wage a war against the mountain of laundry that never diminishes no matter how often I wash a load, my internal poll weighing the benefits of going to bed or crossing chores off my to-do list…and don’t even get me started on […]

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago Kids’ Academy

Sick of telling your kids to stop climbing all over everything? Annoyed when your couch transforms from a cozy resting spot to a crash pit? Then sign your children up for the youth programs at Brooklyn Boulders. Through their youth programs, your house will remain intact and your kids’ confidence not just as athletes but […]

Fun Spots for Chicago Foodie Families

There are LOTS of things that my kids have inherited from me: the EXACT same shade of hair color, their pint sized physiques, maybe a touch of stubbornness…and of course, their love of adventure. I’m lucky to say that as they are growing older they are becoming much more open to trying new things especially […]

Why Families Should Choose an All Inclusive Vacation Resort

First things first, let’s make something clear. Hopping on a plane with kids in tow, no matter how beautiful, warm and luxurious your final destination is—that is called a trip. NOT a vacation. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a fun, memorable and somewhat relaxing (shocker, I know) experience. What is the secret […]

Easy Leprechaun Tricks

I’m not sure who started the Leprechaun craze, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same person who came up with the Elf on the Shelf. Basically, this person just wanted to come up with more ways to torture parents and add to our ever growing “to do” list. But since I want to be a […]

How to Throw a Game Night Party

I honestly can’t remember the last time I was invited to a dinner party. Heck, I can’t remember the last time I hosted one. It must have been before kids because it takes a TON of work. But then again, having great conversations with friends over delicious food is something I miss dearly. An easier […]

Tips for Taking Kids to the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

The topics have come to Chicago…for a little while, at least. Confused because all you see is snow and ice on the ground? Well, I’m talking about one of the most beautiful events of the year, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s “In the Tropics” Orchid Show. This stunning display of tropical flora is giving Chicagoans a […]

Free Chicago Museum Days Tips & Tricks

February can be a ROUGH month for us Chicagoans. The sun goes into hiding, Mother Nature dumps just about anything she can think of on us and summer seems like it is year away. BUT there is something we can look forward to free in February: FREE MUSEUM DAYS! Yes, that’s right, most of our […]

Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

The thing that I love most about Valentine’s Day is that it helps my husband and I reconnect. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the winter doldrums of January, we tend to simply be ships passing in the night. So when February rolls around, we snatch up a sitter and plan a […]