Archive for September 2013

Pumpkin Palooza taking place at the Chicago Flea MKT on October 6th

Pumpkin Palooza taking place at the Chicago Flea MKT on October 6th

There are a lot of festivals in Wicker Park these days. We love to munch tacos from NOSH on Saturdays. Now we can wander down the block to see what's going on with DOSE. But we've also come to really love checking out the Chicago Flea MKT once a month in the Pritzker parking lot.

On October 6th from 10 a.m. to 50 p.m., Chicago Flea MKT will gather some of Chicago’s most Spooktacular artisans for a Pumpkin Palooza! The event will also feature clothing, jewelry, accessory, vintage vendors, and a pumpkin-decorating contest. ...

5 Reasons to visit Dinges Farm this Fall

5 Reasons to visit Dinges Farm this Fall
A word of pumpkin advice for you all: Don’t buy your kids pumpkins from a dollar store parking lot in the city. It is just depressing and un-fall-like. Instead, you can bring your family to a pumpkin farm in Michigan where you can pick the perfect pumpkin in a proper setting (complete with pony rides!).... Read more »

What to do this weekend: St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest

What to do this weekend: St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest
Another street fest, you say? Seriously. Yes. Another one. But the weather is perfect this weekend and the whole family will have love this event. St. Alphonsus Parish is hosting their popular Oktoberfest this weekend. This is our parish and my kids look forward to this event every single year. Sunday is Kinderfest and that... Read more »
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Note to self: It is okay. You are doing the best you can.

Note to self: It is okay. You are doing the best you can.
Tonight I fed my kids frozen mini beef tacos from Trader Joes (not bad actually). That was their "first course" around 4:50 p.m. I basically force fed them these processed, salty (and tasty -- I'm not afraid to say it) appetizers before I piled all three of them into the car to head over to Oz Park for my daughter Ellie's soccer practice from 5:45-6:45. "Does everyone have their shoes on?" "Please use the bathroom before we go so we aren't searching for a Port-a-Potty!" "Ellie, do you have cleats, shin guards and a soccer ball?" "Let's GO guys! It is RUSH HOUR! We are going to be late to practice!!!" (slightly shrieking) "What? We don't have any soccer balls? How could that be? On Saturday we had three soccer balls. Where did they all go? Guys, we can't buy new soccer balls every week. This is going to have to come out of your allowance if we have to buy three more balls...

Give your unused stuff to someone who needs it: A guest post from Zealous Good

Give your unused stuff to someone who needs it: A guest post from Zealous Good
Stuff management is one area of motherhood where I really struggle. Trust me. You should see my garage. Kids have so much stuff. But at any given time, they are really only using a small percentage of that stuff. So you should give that unused stuff to people who could be using it. Then those other people can enjoy it and you don't have to deal with it. Makes sense, right? This is basically the whole point of Zealous Good. I invited these fabulously philanthropically-minded folks to guest post on Wee Windy City so they could tell you more about how their organization works.  ------ As moms, there are one million things you need to worry about: getting the kids up in the morning, getting the kids to school/sitter on time, feeding them, bathing them, putting them to bed, clothing them, the list is endless.  In addition to all of these responsibilities you have to make sure your house is clean and organized. While we can’t help with all the kid tasks, Zealous Good aims to make organizing much less stressful for you...

LUNATIK to host a trunk show for kids on September 21st

LUNATIK to host a trunk show for kids on September 21st
This one is for all of the budding little fashionistas in Chicago! LUNATIK, the in-house brand for Chicago-based design studio MINIMAL is hosting a trunk show for kids with two other Chicago-based designers, Shawnimals and Lille Huset at Unison September 21.  This interactive event is an opportunity for kids to meet the designers, draw with LUNATIK’s Chubby Stylus on provided iPads, make... Read more »
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Say "Oui" to Language Stars for foreign language instruction for Chicago kids

Say "Oui" to Language Stars for foreign language instruction for Chicago kids
Now that the kiddos are back in school, all of the extracurricular activities are also getting back into full swing. Watch out fall! Here we come! To be honest, Chicago has so many wonderful enrichment activities for kids and I find myself having to limit our options so we don’t get totally over-scheduled and end... Read more »