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!

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Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa – All Inclusive

We are back from our annual summer vacation and I wanted to share my personal opinion of our stay at Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa.

This was our third stay at a Royalton chain of resorts and based on our first two experiences we expected nothing less than perfection from this resort as well.

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Why You Should Book A Vacation Portrait Session

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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 memories but with the right photographer, you can relive those moments and create timeless treasures that you will never ever regret. Just like family vacations.

Family vacations are all about creating memories together. Building and capturing that bond and excitement in a photograph is eternal. That is why Daytona Beach Photographers, Pineapple Portraits love documenting family beach vacations.

White sandy beaches and the theme park capital of the world make Florida a hot spot for family vacations and elopements.


And the best souvenir? A vacation photography session.
Here’s why:

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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 only $9 for ages 2 and up! But once a month Blackberry Farm also hosts family FREE days to all Illinois residents.

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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 a 20 foot climbing wall, or hornswaggle their way through a labyrinthine castle and more.

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Spring/ Summer – 10 things you need in your car!

Spring has finally sprung! Kids are out and about. Outdoor sports, festivals and play dates are back and I am looking forward to it all. But to make my life easier, I keep my car ready for adventures at all times.

Through my motherhood journey I have learned a thing or two about being prepared and I am sharing my list of things you need in your car. Especially for spring, summer and sometimes even fall!

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Spring Break: Staycation Ideas

Here in the Midwest, it doesn’t feel like SPRING just yet but I have to plan our spring break nevertheless. We don’t typically go out of state during this time but we do try to do a few things with the kids to keep them occupied and make it memorable.

This is how I plan our spring break adventures.

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Carry-on essentials

School is half way done and I am thinking V A C A T I O N ✈

My sister and I just booked our first summer vacation together and we are a tad excited to start packing already! 🤣 Typically, I start prepping as soon as we book our trip anyways; but this year is extra special. Read More