Christmas Breakfast Recipes

By the time I wrap and painstakingly arrange the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve, I am totally and utterly WIPED out. And when my kids wake me up before dawn to tear open their presents, my main focus is on coffee and grabbing my camera…not on creating a Pinterest worthy breakfast. So I’m […]

Why Your Family Needs to Visit Winterland at the Park

One of the things I love the most about the holidays is all of the fun events we Chicagoans can attend, from light shows to breakfasts with Santa. The only problem is that all of these holiday “to-do’s” take a TON of time and effort. I mean, with little ones in tow, you can really […]

Chicago Polar Express Train Ride

You know a train ride has to be good when tickets for it sell out in July. Yes, that’s right JULY. But let me tell you, there is a reason why. The Chicago Polar Express Train Ride out of Union Station is pure MAGIC. If you are looking for an incredibly memorable way to celebrate […]

Holiday Hacks for Moms

I could literally feel my blood pressure raise the first moment I saw Christmas trees on display (and for the record, Lowe’s, September is WAY TOO SOON). It’s not that I don’t enjoy the holidays (the lights, the food, the movies, the togetherness…I love it ALL), but it’s just that I don’t like the stress […]

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

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 all of the Christmas Lights in Chicagoland.  So put on some matching jammies, warm up some hot […]

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 all that great.  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 […]