Posts tagged "Caitlin Murray GIles"

Ditch New Year's Resolutions and Focus on New Family Rituals Instead

Ditch New Year's Resolutions and Focus on New Family Rituals Instead
I can’t stand this time of year when everyone acts like their lives are going to mysteriously morph into perfection during the month of January. Let’s be honest here. You may wake up at 5:00 a.m. once or twice to make it to the gym but that isn’t going to stick. Nor is your plan... Read more »

Dose does adorable: Dose Market puts the spotlight on kids and families on November 10

Dose does adorable: Dose Market puts the spotlight on kids and families on November 10
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...

My Perfect Family Day in Chicago as featured on Peek.com

My Perfect Family Day in Chicago as featured on Peek.com
I was recently contacted by a website called Peek.com. This website is all about finding the best activities and destinations in cities all around the world AND scoring the best deals on those recommended activities. peekdownload The folks at Peek.com wanted to know what some of my family favorites are in Chicago. I happily shared some of our favorite spots and out-of-the way hidden gems.  I was surprised to see that MY perfect Chicago day feature was published alongside a similar feature about how Nate Berkus likes to spend his days when he is in town. Let's just say that it looks like Nate and I are into different things. ...
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My son showed my underwear to his preschool class

My son showed my underwear to his preschool class
My four year-old son Colin attends full-day preschool. After lunch, there is a "nap time." Now, this child hasn't taken an actual nap in over two years. However, he still insists on bringing a blanket and teddy bear with him to school each week in the event that he decides to take a little siesta. So this blanket and teddy bear come home each Friday to be washed and returned to school on Monday. And that brings me to my story. ...

School is cool (well, most of the time): Chicago kids speak out on what really goes down at school

School is cool (well, most of the time): Chicago kids speak out on what really goes down at school
Over the past year, I’ve been interviewing Chicago-area kids to find out what they think about everything from technology to green living to the violence and other social issues plaguing our city. These stories have been published as a series in Chicago Parent Magazine. The final installment in this series is all about school. Do... Read more »

BlogHer in Chicago: The Mommy Bloggers are Coming! The Mommy Bloggers are Coming!

BlogHer in Chicago: The Mommy Bloggers are Coming! The Mommy Bloggers are Coming!
Four years ago, I wrote this post (decide to stick with the same title cause I really liked it the first time around) about my first BlogHer Conference experience in Chicago. Once again, the city is about to be invaded by the internet-loving, swag-seeking, Pinterest Pros otherwise known as mommy bloggers. I've been thinking about how my blogging is different now from what I was doing four years ago when the last BlogHer conference was in Chicago. Four years ago, I mostly wrote a personal blog about my family and I had just started Wee Windy City. For me (and I know many others in similar situations), blogging now is really less about the actual blog and more about the social media platforms used to amplify posts and generate page views and interaction -- and then the other opportunities that those interactions lead to. Similarly, the BlogHer Conference is really less about the actual conference and more about all of the surrounding stuff that goes with it...
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Chicago kids speak out on the challenges facing our city in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago kids speak out on the challenges facing our city in Chicago Parent Magazine
Chicago is a beautiful, world-class city. However, like all big cities, it faces serious social issues that impact us all (you obviously know this). We all worry about violence, poverty, drugs, homelessness and other challenges. I wanted to talk to real Chicago kids to hear what they think about those challenges so I reached out... Read more »

Make Fireworks in a Jar for the 4th of July

Make Fireworks in a Jar for the 4th of July
July is all about fireworks. Some kids love the colorful and loud explosions in the sky around the Fourth of July weekend. Other kiddos aren’t so sure about this noisy annual tradition. Regardless of whether or not your kids are fans of the real thing, you can work together to re-create the bursts of cascading... Read more »

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine
This year, I am writing a series of stories for Chicago Parent Magazine that feature the voices of real Chicago kids on a variety of topics. This month, I chatted up a group of thirteen kids between the ages of 7-14 from all over the Chicago area about environmental issues impacting our city and our... Read more »
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Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo: Family dinner is served!

Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo: Family dinner is served!
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a lovely luncheon hosted by Jennifer Perillo, the author of the new cookbook Homemade with Love. Jennifer is a Brooklyn-based mama of two who has long shared her own style of home cooking on her site In Jennie's Kitchen. Jennie's life was turned upside down when she recently lost her husband. The recipes in her book celebrate some of her husband's family favorites. Truly, this book is a celebration of the family meal.  Jennie cooks real, delicious food for her girls. She sets a simple, but elegant table and they sit and eat their meals together. I love this about her...