How to Create a Positive Learning Environment at Home

Let’s face it—learning at home is HARD, no matter how old you are or how capable your parent is (my boys have labeled me, an award-winning educator as “the worst teacher ever”. Sigh.). And while many factors aren’t under our control (thanks, pandemic), we can make a choice to look on the bright side of […]

Reasons to Try a River-Themed Photo Shoot

I honestly can’t take any more stress this year. There have been too many sleepless nights, too many break downs (by both the kids AND me), and too much joy sucked out of our year. So when my favorite photographer (and friend) Kristen of Kristen Lisa Photography suggested a family photo shoot IN A RIVER […]

Tips for the Schaumburg Sculpture Park

While pandemic life has taken a TON away from us, it has also given us the opportunity to research and scope out Chicagoland gems that we never would have learned about if we weren’t so focused on places to social distance. Our newest discovery? The Schaumburg Sculpture Park, also known as The Chicago Athenaeum International […]

Guide to Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo

Last year my youngest son became completely and utterly OBSESSED with dinosaurs. I mean, we learned about dino species that were total tongue twisters, perfected our own dino roars, and could recite just about every line of Jurassic Park. So when we heard about Brookfield Zoo’s Dinos Everywhere exhibit, we couldn’t wait to check it […]

Tips for Von Bergen’s Sunflower Maze

While we haven’t been able to head to our favorite places this summer due to the global pandemic, we are still discovering new fun spots that are safe to explore. Our newest discovery? Von Bergen Country Market’s STUNNING Sunflower Maze. Act fast because almost 100% of the sunflowers are in bloom (it was less so […]