Archive for August 2013

Six great things to do with your family in Chicago Labor Day Weekend

I have mixed emotions about Labor Day weekend. I love having an extra day to enjoy a leisurely summer weekend. But, I never want the weekend to end, knowing that the end of summer is there lurking, waiting right to jump out at us after Monday fades off into the sunset. Of course, I know... Read more »

Photos: Chicago's Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2013

It was a beautiful, sunny summer day to spend at Festa Italiana. And, it was easy to put the high temps out of our minds as we got caught up in the celebratory mood of this vibrant neighborhood festival.
Today, my family and I finally made it to the last day of Taylor Street Festa Italiana 2013. The four-day event in Chicago’s Little Italy is one of my favorite ethnic summer festivals in Chicago – and for good reason. From the moment you step foot inside, you feel a fantastic, festive vibe that invites... Read more »

Why I love the Spice Girls - and I'm not ashamed to admit it

I love the Spice Girls, the British pop girl group made up of five women: Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger). And, I’m proud to say that was the case well before their 2007-2008 reunion tour. I have all of their albums – and most... Read more »

Photos: Royal Baby Prince George Souvenirs in London

From our first walk through the city streets, we saw signs on the top of embassies, affixed to construction sites...
When we made our plans to head to London this summer, my first thought was if there was any way we could time our visit to coincide with the much-anticipated birth of the royal baby. At the time, it seemed like the world was on constant baby watch, counting down the days until Prince William... Read more »

Six Ways it Hit Home We Were Really in London this Summer

This summer London was calling – and my family and I answered the call with open arms. Together, we jetted off across the pond for our second family trip abroad. Last year, we spent several weeks soaking in the people, places and foods of Paris. This time, we had our sights set on the United... Read more »

Global Games: Play Bocce and Petanque in Chicago

Last summer, my family was fortunate to vacation in Paris. It was an incredible experience that allowed us to enjoy new places, traditions, holidays, foods – and sports too. On our very first day in the City of Lights we stumbled upon Paris Plages, an annual summertime festival that turns the banks of the Seine... Read more »