Visiting the Shedd Aquarium During Covid

The Shedd Aquarium is our family’s FAVORITE museum (I blame my toddler son’s obsession with “Finding Nemo” for this) so when we heard that it was reopening with stringent Covid precautions, we were thrilled to give it a try. We have been incredibly cautious during the global pandemic for a wide variety of reasons, and […]

How to Make a Roth Grand Cru Charcuterie Wreath

It’s the holiday season and I have the PERFECT ingredient to get you in the holiday mood, Roth Grand Cru! Similar to Gruyere, Roth Grand Cru is a rich, full-bodied, one-of-a-kind cheese that puts the “special” in any occasion. And since we all are hoping for a little something special this holiday season, think outside […]

Holiday Favorites at Fannie May

And just like that, my holiday shopping is DONE. This year I’m helping family and friends end the craziest of years on a sweet note by gifting them a Chicago classic—Fannie May Chocolates. I had adored their rich chocolate candies ever since I was a girl, and I can’t imagine anything more comforting than biting […]

Holiday Light Show Essentials

Let’s face it, outings have been few and far between this holiday season thanks to the global pandemic. So when we have gone out to celebrate the holidays, we have gone ALL OUT. The perfect example of this is how we prepare for going to look at Christmas light displays throughout Chicagoland. From where to […]

Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Home

There’s no place like home for the holidays…especially during a global pandemic! But if you are feeling bummed about missing all of the traditional fun you usually do around town, don’t despair. There is TONS of holiday-themed fun to be had at home. Here are ELEVEN Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Home. This post […]

Candy Cane STEM Art

My kids love just about everything related to Christmas—from the songs to the lights and of course, cookies, but there is one thing that they LOATHE and I honestly can’t believe it. If you ask them, candy canes are the work of the devil, not Santa. They are too spicy and crack too easily, so […]

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 […]