Archive for September 2011

A real-life Skid Steer joins the Skyline Exhibit at the Chicago Chlidren's Museum

A real-life Skid Steer joins the Skyline Exhibit at the Chicago Chlidren's Museum
What the heck is a Skid Steer, you ask? I wasn’t entirely sure myself. And having seen it in person now, I still can’t tell you exactly what it does. But I can tell you that kids (especially little boys) find it totally fascinating. Just in case the Skyline Exhibit (where kids can construct their... Read more »

Circus in the Parks -- A Must-Do for Chicago Families

Circus in the Parks -- A Must-Do for Chicago Families
Last summer, I brought my gang out to Welles Park for a truly spectacular experience — Circus in the Parks, courtesy of the Midnight Circus. This two-hour show was one of the most entertaining family outings we’ve ever had. It included clowns, acrobatics, and contortionists. My kids were totally mesmerized. So was I. It was... Read more »

GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms

GRASP Groups: Real Support for Real Moms
When I first became a mother seven years ago, I couldn’t believe that none of the other mothers I knew (including my close friends and even my own mother) ever really spoke frankly to me about some of the more difficult and trying parts of motherhood — beginning with labor and delivery. I just had... Read more »
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Guest Post: Family Living in the South Loop

Guest Post: Family Living in the South Loop
I know its been awhile since I’ve added a new installment to th Neighborhood Spotlight Series (busy summer), but today I am thrilled to welcome Sara Youngblood-Ochoa, the editor of the popular site Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop and the mother of one super cute little boy. When her son was born, Sara learned just how... Read more »

Attention: Moms Interested in Making Some Extra Money

Over the summer, I told you about a unique, local company called Focuscope. This company is looking for moms who want to share their opinions in exchange for a very fair compensation. Your thoughts and ideas in exchange for money. That simple. There is one upcoming opportunity in particular that I want to tell you... Read more »

A Free, Family Event at Building Blocks Toy Store

A Free, Family Event at Building Blocks Toy Store
When it comes to buying birthday presents for the parties that my kids are invited to a near-weekly basis, I rely on Building Blocks Toy Store. I walk in, chat up one of the helpful salespeople, tell them the age and gender of the child I am buying for and I am out the door... Read more »
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You totally aren't taking advantage of all that the Art Institute has to offer

You totally aren't taking advantage of all that the Art Institute has to offer
What, you say! Not me! We love the Art Institute! We take advantage of as many free admission days as we can! We are regulars at the Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing! My husband and I meet for lunch at Terzo Piano whenever we can sneak away for a daytime date! Yes, still.... Read more »

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life
Sometimes I like to take my “city mice” out to the country for a change of pace. I love our urban lives, but I also want my kids to understand that food grows in the ground and appreciate different lifestyles. I bet you do too, right? Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kristen Holub, a... Read more »