Quiet Time Boxes – Summer Edition

Quiet Time Boxes – Summer Edition

It's official - we are on summer break. We are a little behind on our summer bucket list but we will get there. For now we are just ready to enjoy some much needed time outside and stop the routines - even if it is just for a little while. But I also know that [...]

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Take a walk in the park day – March 30th

Take a walk in the park day – March 30th

You may notice a theme here but if you do not, I am intrigued by these fun calendar holidays. I am constantly looking for something new and different to do with my family but also to blog about. I think it is a fun way to shine a light on things that might otherwise be [...]

Chores for kids ages 3 to 10

Chores for kids ages 3 to 10

How to help kids be more responsible? I always say: I am one confused mama. I constantly struggle between letting kids be "kids" and using life lessons to teach responsibility. I find that just like many things in life, these two don't have to be mutually exclusive. We can do both but all in due [...]

Flip-Phone Parenting trend

Flip-Phone Parenting trend

You may be just as shocked as I am but flip-phone parenting is a trend to watch in 2019! Now...the chances of this actually sticking around are slim but you have to admit, it makes sense. How do I feel about this trend? I can totally understand this flip phone trend. A lot of parents [...]

Spring Break: Staycation Ideas Vol II

Spring Break: Staycation Ideas Vol II

Spring break is just around the corner folks and if you are anything like me, you have zero plans. Until today! Check out my list of all things spring break in the Chicagoland area. A little back story: We are yet to take a spring break vacation. YUP, you read that right. We have never taken [...]

Snow day & indoor activities

Snow day & indoor activities

In most cases when the school calls for a SNOW DAY, that just means an extra day for the kids to do some sledding, snowboarding and/ or skiing. But not this time around. This time we are strongly advised not to leave the house. Not to expose our skin to these brutal negative temperatures and [...]

Am I raising independent or needy kids?!

Am I raising independent or needy kids?!

Good morning! Let's jump right in! I am that mom. The mom who is conflicted! On one hand I want my kids to grow and be independent so they don't end up needy. But on another hand I want to help them with everything because soon enough they won't need me. Now what?!  I don't know! [...]

How do you organize your kids stuffed animals?

How do you organize your kids stuffed animals?

Hey it's 2019! Happy New Year everyone. Here is the deal: we have too many toys. Stuffed animals in particular! Possibly over 200 of them. Yup, you read that right. 200! I was desperate for a new way to store and organize these precious memories. But let's face it, de-cluttering toys and playrooms can be [...]

Back to school lunch ideas

Back to school lunch ideas

Today we are tackling the daunting task of school lunches! In just a few short weeks, I will have 2 kids in school full time! While that sounds fantastic and allows for more me time, it isn't as glamorous. Because both of my kids have different tastes and likes, we have already started to individually analyze [...]