What to Expect from the 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 […]

Cyber Monday Steals

I’m not going to lie…I get so excited for Cyber Monday it feels like my own personal Christmas. Why? Because I can get all of my shopping done while in my pajamas, I can avoid crabby shoppers and parking lot traffic jams, I can get all of my shopping out of the way so that […]

Take the Pledge to Slow Down & Savor the Holidays

Oh the rush…I mean, JOY, of the holiday season. It’s gotten a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Christmas tree displays are up in stores before Halloween, fist fights pop up in shopping aisles on what should be a day of thanks…it’s ABSURD. And for us parents, there is so much pressure to make the […]

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

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 […]

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 […]