Posts in category "kids"

5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition

5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition
It’s been a little chilly here in Chicago this week. Schools have been closing down and parents have been looking for things to do on a snow day to keep everyone from losing their marbles. Luckily, we survived the Polar Vortex last year and I lived to share some of our favorite activities with you... Read more »

Flying without kids is a nightmare

Flying without kids is a nightmare
You read that right. Flying without kids is a nightmare. You probably think I’m insane and you might be right. Hear me out. Sometime last year Fran told me he would have to attend a conference in the summer of 2014. This isn’t unusual for him and he was already traveling to two other places... Read more »

My kids didn't go to summer camp and I lived to tell the tale

When I first moved to the area outside of Chicago where I currently live, Lilia was two and a half. We moved in the middle of December and by spring we were slowly coming out of our state of hibernation and meeting more neighbors and other parents. When she was three I started getting the... Read more »
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Why you shouldn't brush off your kids

Why you shouldn't brush off your kids
I was enjoying the nice weather with Franky today. We decided to take the dog for a walk at one of our favorites walking paths. We were just gallivanting around without a care in the world when all of a sudden Franky started screaming, “There’s a bug in my ear! AHHHHH!” Now, mind you, at... Read more »

Unique Easter egg idea: blow the egg out of its shell

Unique Easter egg idea: blow the egg out of its shell
If you’re looking for something unique to do with your Easter eggs, try blowing the egg right out of its shell! The gross factor here is kind of high, but the finished product is worth it. Also “gross” is in the eye of the beholder. The kids actually thought it was hilarious and overall a... Read more »

Visiting the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee

Visiting the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee
Today I went to a friend’s bridal shower so Fran was on his own with the kids. Lucky for them, he decided to take them to the Discovery World Museum in Milwaukee. He had heard good things about it and it turned out to be a great experience. The Discovery World Museum has exhibits that... Read more »
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How to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it

How to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it
This afternoon we tried to make elephant toothpaste, or something like it. We looked at a couple of websites with crazy science experiments, top 10 kid experiments, etc. and we realized we’ve done most of them! I guess I didn’t realize how many science experiments we’ve done in the past year. One we haven’t tried... Read more »

Cosmic bowling is the way to roll

Cosmic bowling is the way to roll
Today we went cosmic bowling, which I haven’t done in at least ten years. If you’ve never been before, it’s like regular bowling, except they have black lights so everything looks like it’s glowing. This afternoon they even had some fun laser lights and music. Lilia went bowling once a couple of years ago for... Read more »

A visit to Emily Oaks Nature Center

A visit to Emily Oaks Nature Center
A March morning is only as drab as he who walks in it without a glance skyward, ear cocked for geese. -Aldo Leopold This quote, found on a monument at Emily Oaks Nature Center, is from American author, scientist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. It couldn’t have been more fitting for our March visit. The sun... Read more »
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Painting a treasure chest is just one new thing

Painting a treasure chest is just one new thing
Eleven days until we finish our challenge to do one new thing, every day, for an entire year. A feat that is both exhausting and invigorating. One of the many things that has changed in our lives is that “our new thing” has solidified its place in our vocabulary. For anyone who doesn’t know that... Read more »