Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree Farms

While 2020 might be uprooting just about ALL of your holiday plans, there are many Chicagoland tree farms open this year for you to continue your family’s annual tradition. I’ve narrowed down all of the options within an hour or so of the city to create this list of the Best Chicagoland U-Pick Christmas Tree […]

Advent Calendars for the Entire Family

One of my favorite memories of the Christmas season as a girl was indulging in a small piece of chocolate every morning before breakfast thanks to my advent calendar. It was such a thrill to have sweet alongside my cereal and eggs but over thirty years later, my piece of chocolate seems not-so-special anymore. I […]

Tips for Visiting Cantigny Park

You know how some museums and parks are old and antiquated with “No Touching” signs everywhere? Well, that is a thing of the past at Cantigny Park. At this vast park, there are award-winning gardens, museums, hiking trails, restaurants, playgrounds, picnic areas, and even a TANK PARK to explore! Here are some Tips for Visiting […]

Family Escape Package at Hotel Allegro Chicago

I LOVE my house. Really, I do. I still can’t believe that we are lucky enough to live in it. But here’s the thing—we have been home A LOT lately. Just about every meal, school lesson, work meeting, and weekend has been spent at home and we needed a way to take a break (safely) […]

Hosting a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party

Every Fall we host a MASSIVE pumpkin carving party for family and friends and it is one of our most cherished Fall traditions. Thanks to the global pandemic we have had to switch gears a bit, but that doesn’t mean that we still can’t have pumpkin-carving fun with family and friends from a safe distance. […]

Highwood Skeleton Display

I know I’m not the only one who has been frustrated to find that fun, family-friendly Halloween activities in the Chicagoland area are either sold out or swamped with people. But I have great news—there is an interactive and creative display nestled in the northern suburbs that is sure to impress all of the Halloween […]

Trick-Or-Treat Spider Web

While Covid has forced us to cancel vacations, birthday parties, and other fun celebrations, we REFUSE to let it stop one of our favorite days of the year—Halloween! My boys love decorating our house, coming up with fun costumes, and of course, trick-or-treating. There are no clear rules in our town regarding trick-or-treating on Halloween, […]

Oktoberfest at Home

Just because Oktoberfest celebrations around the world have been cancelled or moved to remote versions doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t still celebrate the German Fall Fest this year. I might be a day late (traditionally Oktoberfest starts in September and ends the first Sunday in October—which was actually YESTERDAY) but honestly you […]