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! [...]

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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 [...]

Yumble | Meals your kids will actually want to eat!

Yumble | Meals your kids will actually want to eat!

Get ready for one of my many BACK TO SCHOOL blog posts that are coming your way. But this one might be the easiest and the most fun! Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a personal chef? Someone who would strictly focus on preparing your kids meals so you wouldn't have to worry [...]

11 Powerful Books For Kids

11 Powerful Books For Kids

Where did the summer break go?! Wasn't it just yesterday that I was blogging about a list of things you could do this summer?! 🙄 But back to school it is and that has me thinking about books! From picture books to books that focus on sharing, kindness, courage, relationships and more. Here are my favorite children's [...]

Philips vs Cosley Zoo

Philips vs Cosley Zoo

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about visiting a zoo. Typically everyone thinks of the bigger ones like Brookfield, Lincoln Park or Milwaukee Zoos. But we are surrounded with so many other smaller farms and animal parks in the Chicago-land area. Let's take a look! I love Brookfield zoo and so do the [...]

Why You Should Book A Vacation Portrait Session

Why You Should Book A Vacation Portrait Session

Why You Should Book A Vacation Portrait Session according to http://www.pineappleportraits.com As a mom and a former photographer, I know how much emotion and love family portraits can bring. The pure enjoyment of time spent together and freezing a moment of time, can be so rewarding. Sometimes it is so easy to forget milestones and [...]

Blackberry Farm – Aurora, IL

Blackberry Farm – Aurora, IL

If you are looking for something new, interactive and fun to do this summer, Blackberry Farm is the place to be. Located just outside of Chicago in Aurora, IL it is known for its reenactment of pioneer life through educational demonstrations and hands on activities. Open May through September and admission for non residents is [...]

Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park – Illinois

Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park – Illinois

Ahoy, matey! Travel just outside of Chicago to Elk Grove Village and you will find a children's hidden treasure park "Pirates' Cove." A small amusement park geared towards kids nine and under that is perfect for a morning of exploring and imagination. Kids can travel through an 18th century pirate ship, work their way up [...]