Holiday Books for Interfaith Families

The holidays are all about traditions. I mean, Christmas Eve isn’t complete if my family doesn’t break Oplatki before our meal and we can’t ring in the New Year without wearing our pajamas and watching “Home Alone” by the fire. So what to do when your holiday traditions don’t match up perfectly to the traditions […]

Ultimate Guide to Chicago’s Popular Christmas Experiences

It may be a bit chilly, but I firmly believe that Chicago is one of the best cities to celebrate Christmas. Why? Because there are so many beautiful and unique family friendly experiences that truly capture the spirit of the holidays. The only downside is that your family isn’t the only one who wants to […]

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express

Chicago is truly one of the most wonderful places in the entire world to celebrate Christmas. There are twinkling lights everywhere you look, carolers serenade you everywhere, from the L platform to Michigan Avenue…it makes Chicago totally bearable in the winter. At least until February rolls around, then we’ve just about had it. But let’s […]

Best Christmas Lights in Chicagoland

NOTE: This list is updated every year although the original “publish” date is from years past 🙂 Although I may criticize the houses that have mismatched lights (half blinking color lights, regular white lights, and purple rope lights all at once?  Seriously?!?), one of my absolute FAVORITE Christmas activities is to drive around looking at […]

Courting Your Mommy Match This Christmas

  From the moment you are a new mom, everything is terrifying.  Absolutely everything.  Even something as simple as the color of your little one’s poop (black to green to yellow back to green again–what kind of alien being did you give birth to?!?) can force you to put your pediatrician’s number on speed dial.  […]

Why Does Santa Look Different?

Even before the dishes are cleared off the Thanksgiving table, the jolly man in the red suit seems to be EVERYWHERE.  And while I love getting into the holiday spirit as much as the next person, this Christmas I am in danger of being called out on being a BIG LIAR.  Why?  Because all of these images […]

Effortless Holiday Decorating

I have a love hate relationship with holiday decorations.  I get super excited about the idea of decorating, but in actuality, it really isn’t that fun.  Moving boxes, suitcases, obnoxious toys with sirens that call out if you simply brush past them, and other knick knacks around in my basement while dodging spiders (eww) to find each holiday […]

Tips for Taking a Holiday Photo

I am making a public service announcement that I want EVERYONE to hear: NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PICTURE PERFECT. Yes, that’s right.  In our world of social media, it seems like everyone’s life is absolute perfection.  But trust me, it’s just the Instagram filters and Photoshop tools that make everything seem fantastic as you scroll […]