Not heading off to a tropical island locale for the holidays this year? No Colorado ski trip in your future? Just planning on hanging here in Chicago admist the snow drifts and sub zero temps? Well then you are definitely going to need some ideas on fun things while the kiddos are out of school.... Read more »
Do you know how fortunate we are to have the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago here in our backyard? You do, right? I try to be mindful of the fact that I cannot take this world-class local resource for granted. We are extremely lucky to be so proximate to this kind of care... Read more »
I really love the CTA Holiday Train — and my kids do too. But you must have a good plan in place if you want this excursion to go smoothly. The Holiday Train moves fast. And it is crowded. If you learn one thing from this post, don’t bring your stroller. It won’t work. The... Read more »
Part of my Chicago winter survival strategy is embracing the chilly outdoor temps. The key to this approach is stocking up on the appropriate bundling equipment (that means long underwear, water-proof gloves, all the really warm stuff). And then get out there on doing something fun in the freezing cold. Winter is here. You can’t... Read more »
Chicago winters can be really long and miserable (particularly after the holiday hoopla dies down). But there are lots of fun things for families to do during the chilly months ahead. You just need to know what they are. That’s why I’ve created the Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide. Over the next couple of... Read more »
In a Chicago Tribune article published today, “shock jock” Erich Mancow Muller says that he recently moved from the city to Wilmette because, “I think they’ve done a good job of making the city unlivable for families.” And he also called kids who go to public school stupid. You know…. because he is a shock... Read more »
I love Dose Market. And I love it even more now that it takes place just a couple of blocks from my house every Sunday. Dose Market is always a family-friendly event, but this week the entire market is dedicated to little ones and their moms and dads.
Offering a full day of activities and a market filled with bites and delights for everyone inside, this Sunday's Dose Market emphasizes community and bridging connections between families and those who provide the products and services that make life with little ones easier, better and more fun.
Here is a short list of the market highlights planned for tomorrow:
FREE ACTIVITIES: A Muse makes it a 'Very Merry Unbirthday' art-making activity with movement, drawing from the imagination and collaborative sculpture: smocks will be available for all in addition to mimosas for moms, dads and guardians; photographer Melissa Salvatore of Heritage Littles sets up a sweep and snaps photos of the little ones and lays down a track on which kids can test drive the beautiful Heritage balance bikes; The Land of Nod offers a craft-making station featuring a number of interactive projects kids can participate in alongside a playscape in which kids are invited to let their imagination reign.
MARKET FINDS: In addition to a curated selection of adult-focused Dose Market offerings ranging from clothing to accessories to housewares to gifts, Fat Blossom Farm offers Fairy House Kits: sweet, easy-to-assemble building sets made from all-natural, farm-sourced elements; Monica + Andy, a just-launched line for kids newborn to 3T, Doses sweet blankets and impeccably-designed clothes for adventurous boys and girls; Ashley Lillis sells hand-knit kids hats, headbands, scarves and sweaters to keep kids cozy all season long; 7M Woodworking brings beautifully hand-carved building block sets and chopping blocks for busy family kitchens; kids are invited to sit for a Fine Line Studio photo used by the artist to create a hand-cut silhouette.
FAMILY EATS: Petit Organics Doses wholesome, fresh, organic baby food, sampling their all-natural offerings alongside store-bought, jarred baby food so parents can taste the difference and enter to win free product. Free drinks for adults will be provided by Chop Shop and Dose Market food offerings will include easy lunch options for all, breakfast baked goods, Dark Matter coffee, old-fashioned confections and more.
In all, over 25 Dosers will be participating in this carefully curated Dose Adorable, a Sunday experience designed to bring families together from all over Chicagoland...
The Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition at our house. And while the performance itself is beautiful, the Family Dinner Event makes the experience truly memorable (especially for families with younger kids). The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet presents the 16th AnnualNutcracker Family Dinner which will be held on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at the Standard Club (320 S. Plymouth Court).
This experience will feature entertainment for children and adults alike, a delicious family-friendly dinner, and a matinee performance of Robert Joffrey’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Audience members will revel in the unforgettable holiday tradition complete with brilliant costumes, larger than life scenery, entrancing storytelling and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.
The event begins at 2:00 pm with The Joffrey’s performance ofThe Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre. Following the ballet, guests will be whisked away on festive trolleys to The Standard Club of Chicago for cocktails, lively entertainment and “Activity Stations” the entire family can enjoy...
So the trick-or-treating is officially over. Is it too early to talk about winter? Not really, right? Sure the leaves are still on the trees but gusting winds and sub zero temps are just around the corner. Happy Winter Chicagoans!
Chicago winters aren't all bad. There is local fun to be had. Add the Chicago Children’s Museum to your list of winter must-do's. An all-new Snow Much Fun, the museum’s much-loved winter experience, opens November 8th. This family favorite has been re-imagined as an immersive snowy cityscape that’s the perfect setting for winter fun—no mittens required!
The all-new Snow Much Fun exhibit features a variety of indoor, frosty fun activities, including...
Sometimes women can be truly shitty to one another. This was true in the fifth grade when playground spats broke out over who is REALLY your best friend. This same dynamic really gets going in high school when the mean girls truly come into form and prey upon the vulnerable and the awkward (I was squarely in the latter category). I've also experienced variations on this girl-on-girl meanness in the workplace as women compete for promotions, recognition, etc. and generally try to keep each other down instead of lift each other up.
But all of this catty bull shit doesn't compare to how mean moms can be to one another. It is brutal. This isn't a overt kind of a mean. It is more of a snide, judgey, "I'm nodding my head and saying one thing but inside I'm thinking about all of the ways that I am a better mom than you" kind of a thing. Even though one might expect that mothers with young kids would have a "we're all in this together" vibe going, that just isn't the case. Moms are constantly judging other moms. It is disheartening really.
But sometimes there are notable exceptions to this unfortunate rule...