How to Have the Ultimate Chicago Staycation

I know that I can’t be the only mom who sometimes stops what she is doing, looks at the mountains of laundry before her and mutters to herself, “I need a vacation.” But a vacation when you are a mom can be anything but relaxing. The planning, the packing, keeping your kids content on the […]

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. […]

How Hyundai Hope on Wheels Is Helping Kids Fight Cancer

I’m not going to lie, cars have never really interested me. Instead of viewing them as prized pieces of machinery with finesse and power, I simply considered them as vehicles that transported me from one place to another. But last week, all of that changed. Why? Because I attended an event where I learned all […]

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 […]

Find Everything Your Family Could Want at All Seasons Orchard

One of the most common questions I receive once “Back to School” ads start running is where to go in order to have the best apple picking experience. Well, after going apple picking in the Chicagoland area for years, I can tell you that there are lots of great orchards. But the thing is, each […]

Create a Cozy Home with Kith + Kin

I love to entertain. There is just something about having a house full of family and friends that makes me feel complete. It brings me so much joy to create an environment where people feel comfortable enough to raid my fridge and then curl up on the couch for a nap. But the thing is, […]

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. […]

5 Family Friendly Sheet Pan Meals

Move over, slow cooker. You aren’t needed, instant pot. Why? Because I can GUARANTEE that you already have a magical kitchen tool that will ensure a tasty and healthy dinner with minimal clean up. What is this kitchen unicorn? A baking sheet. Seriously. Start with a baking sheet, cover it in either cooking spray or […]

My Personal Kindness Summit: 30 Day Challenge

One of the hardest lessons parents have to teach their kids is that the world is not always a very kind place. And to be honest, it’s a pretty awful lesson to have to teach. I mean, why isn’t the world a kind place? Why do we transform from happy go lucky kids to crabby […]