House Guest Hacks

‘Tis the season for getting together with friends and family to celebrate over food, drinks…and sometimes in cramped quarters. What to do when you want to maintain the festive holiday spirit even while sharing beds and bathrooms with out of towners? Try these stress-free house guest hacks that will undoubtedly make your guests feel at […]

Thoughtful Hostess Gifts

It’s about that time when your calendar is filled with party after party, whether if it is a work holiday party, Christmas cookie exchange, or the grand daddy of them all—Thanksgiving dinner. So while you thank your lucky stars that you didn’t get stuck with the hosting duties this year, think about how you can […]

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 […]

How to Host a Holiday Ice Cream Bar

I know that the holidays are supposed to be all about tradition, but sometimes things can get a little monotonous, don’t you think? It is fun to get together with friends and family for the holidays but sometimes you just need to add a little something special to make your time together even more memorable […]

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 […]

Interfaith Holiday Books

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 […]

Useful Stocking Stuffers

By the time I start thinking about stocking stuffers, I have transformed from Buddy the Elf to the Grinch. I seriously just can’t put any more effort towards creative stocking stuffers after meticulously scouring stores for the perfect clothes, toys, games, and more. So I only stuff my family’s stockings with things that they can […]

Tips for Visiting the Christkindlmarket

While Chicagoland has SO many fun Christmas traditions to choose from (Walnut Room, Zoo Lights, checking out Candy Cane Lane), there is nothing as quintessential as savoring the sights and smells of the German-themed Christkindlmarkets set up around Chicagoland. The only problem? Just about EVERYONE in Chicagoland (and the tourists, too) want in on the […]