Archive for November 2010

Ice Skating and Eating Out with the Kiddos: New Posts on CBS Local

The holiday season is quickly approaching — and that means that you probably have a ton of planning to do. Expecting out-of-town relatives? Looking for ways to entertain the kiddos during winter break? Thinking about surprising the kids with some special family outings? I recently wrote a few posts for the new CBS Local site... Read more »

Mamaloot partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the holiday season (and continues to bring you amazing deals on the stuff you buy for your family)

There is a ton of shopping to be done this time of year (even if you are trying to keep things simple). I greet this annual holiday spend-a-thon with a mix of excitement and revulsion. On the one hand, I want to give thoughtful gifts to the people I love. I also want to show... Read more »

Ready! Set! Register! Time to get signed up for winter activities!

So you’ve barely got everything cleaned up from Thanksgiving and it’s already time to get ready for the next holiday. Between holiday cards, a shopping list that includes everyone from your favorite aunt to your kid’s kindergarten teacher, plus a million different holiday-themed events, December is going to be a busy month for everyone. Phew.... Read more »
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Lil' Sluggers Baseball knocks it out of the ballpark

Nearly every day, my four year-old son Brendan comes into my bedroom around 6:15 a.m. and asks me, “Is today my baseball day?” He is referring to his weekly Lil’ Sluggers class. For nearly a year now, Brendan has been participating in the Lil’ Sluggers baseball program for kids age 2-8. He loves it. I... Read more »

Wee Windy City Presents The Chicago Kid Holiday Gift Guide

Tuck your little Chicagoans in at night with this sweet bedtime story (available at Bullfrogs & Butterflies).
Have you gotten started on your holiday shopping list yet? During this hectic time of year, I try not to get caught up in the buying frenzy. I want to spend my money on cool stuff, not just stuff stuff. You know what I mean, right? To that end, I thought that I would create... Read more »

The Pesky Peanut: A Fabulous Educational Resource for Food Allergy Families

I’ve written before about the fact that my nearly two-year-old son Colin has food allergies (specifically peanut, tree nut and eggs). Because he is still a little guy, we haven’t done much yet to educate him about his allergies and what he needs to do to keep himself safe (although I am teaching him to... Read more »
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Guest Post: Family Living in Lincoln Park (Part One)

One of Lincoln Park’s most famous residents. Hey, remember the Neighborhood Spotlight Series from last spring? It’s baaack! Just to review, so far we’ve covered: Albany Park, Avondale, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Logan Square and Oak Park/River Forest, Andersonville, and River North/River West. Today, I am thrilled to welcome Toni Hargis, an expat Brit, writer, wife and... Read more »

The Best of the Best at Bullfrogs & Butterflies (plus a $100 gift card giveaway)

I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where I am surrounded by many fabulous, independently-owned shops that sell basically anything my family needs. One of my very favorite Wicker Park shops is Bullfrogs & Butterflies. This wonderful kid’s store has been serving my baby-and-kid-related needs since it opened in 2007. It is my go-to... Read more »

The Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Morning Glories for Families at the Garfield Park Conservatory

I know that it seems crazy to talk about winter survival tactics on a 70 degree (!) November day, but there are certain to be many long, cold days in your near future. In order to make it through a Chicago winter with little ones, you’ve got to have a plan — ideally, a plan... Read more »
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Modern Organic Moms -- Mixing and Mingling

Sara Fisher and I hosted a really fun event at Grow Modern Organic Kids last Thursday night. Despite the rain and hail (perfect party conditions!), lots and lots of local moms and small business owners came out to meet like-minded parents and learn more about the importance of choosing organic and non-toxic products for their... Read more »