Time to Rock the Lunchbox Again!

Time to pack the lunches! I wish that I was the kind of mom who relished coming up with uber healthy and creative lunch options every single day. But the truth is that the best I can do is actually PACK a lunch for the my kids that they will actually EAT each day. That... Read more »

Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!

Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!
I love many, many aspects of raising a family in Chicago. One of the things that I am most grateful for is access to the best possible healthcare for my kids. This is hugely important to me because I know from personal experience that the quality of your healthcare providers can literally mean the difference... Read more »

Justin Roberts: Meet this indie kid's musician AND children's book author at Building Blocks on September 12th

Justin Roberts: Meet this indie kid's musician AND children's book author at Building Blocks on September 12th
On September 12th, Building Blocks Toys (2130 W. Division) is hosting the launch party for beloved children’s musician Justin Roberts and his new book The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. Justin Roberts is my absolute favorite children’s music performer. I can’t wait to check out his first children’s book. Here is an excerpt: Hardly... Read more »
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What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?

What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?
As we sit here on the verge of September, I am somewhat bewildered by the fact that summer seemed to fly by.  I’ve been feeling disappointed that we didn’t do many of the things that we usually do. I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to cram in a million end-of-summer activities for our family.... Read more »

Today is International Can-it-Forward Day!

This one is for all of the amateur home canners out there like me! My canning prowess is limited. I make tasty pickles and my family humors me by eating my homemade raspberry jam. But every August, I have a desire to take my canning to the next level by trying some new recipes or... Read more »

Picking and preserving summer berries with the kiddos

Picking and preserving summer berries with the kiddos
Late summer is a great time to get your kids more connected to their food and where it comes from. If you’ve never been to a pick-your-own farm before, consider giving it a try. This is a family outing that kids and adults alike will adore. We like Stade’s Farm in McHenry County for pick-your-own strawberries. However,... Read more »
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On Striking Out

On Striking Out
A couple of week's ago, my eight year-old son struck out to end the game for his baseball team. Another mom turned to me and said, "I am sorry. It is so devastating when that happens." But to be honest, I wasn't devastated at all. And while my son was certainly disappointed, he wasn't devastated either. This comment has stayed with me because I think it is indicative of how parents are approaching kids' sports all wrong. To me, part of the value of organized sports IS striking out to end the game. This is part of life. You win some. You lose some. Sometimes you hit it out of the park. Other times, you go down swinging. I still find myself striking out all of the time...

Six Family Must Do's Before Summer Ends

Summer goes by quickly, doesn’t it? Seems like just a few weeks ago we were all anticipating the end of school and long, lazy summer days. Fast forward to back-to-school shopping and the last days of summer countdown. I am sure that you’ve crossed many of your summer must-do’s off you list — but here... Read more »

Museum of Science and Industry kicks off 2014 Summer Brain Games program

Museum of Science and Industry kicks off 2014 Summer Brain Games program
Summer is in full swing! But these next couple of weeks are going to fly by. Don’t forget to squeeze in some summer learning! Kids need to keep their brains active and engaged during this extended break from school.  The Museum of Science and Industry is  inviting families to combat the summer “brain drain” by... Read more »
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Throw a backyard movie party this summer

Throw a backyard movie party this summer
I am lucky to have a beautiful city backyard. Every summer, I think to myself, “We should invite our friends and family over for a backyard movie party this summer.” But I’ve never actually put this plan into action. This year, I wrote a story for Chicago Parent Magazine to actually MAKE myself plan the... Read more »