Archive for August 2010

Free childproofing event at Grow

  Are you looking for tips on how to make your home safer for it’s smallest residents? On Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 11 am to 12 pm, Grow (one of my favorite neighborhood boutiques in all of Chicago) is hosting an event with Gene Kucharski of Safe Baby Boundaries. Gene will be talking about... Read more »

Thoughts on peanut allergies, the Cubs and people who are total idiots

In May of 2010, my then 17 month-old son Colin got his hands on some trail mix that his older brother and sister were eating. Within minutes, he was vomiting, coughing, wheezing, and struggling to breath. It seemed pretty clear to us that he was having a severe reaction to the peanuts in the trail... Read more »

Talking back-to-school lunches on WGN Radio Monday morning

If you are up and at em’ bright and early on Monday morning (and really, what parent of a young child isn’t awake before 7:00 a.m every single day of the week), tune in to WGN Radio to hear my thoughts on packing great back-to-school lunches. I’ll be on around 6:39 a.m. I’ll be sharing... Read more »

The Disney Princesses are coming!

  Say what you will about the Disney Princess enterprise. However, most little girls I know are absolultely smitten with Ariel, Belle and their bejeweled buddies. It is what it is. If you have a princess fanatic at your house, I have an event that will be right up her royal alley. Disney Princess on... Read more »

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school
This is a bittersweet time of year. On the one hand, I want to hang on to these lazy, unscheduled summer days. But another part of me longs for structure, afterschool activities and a few hours a day when my house isn’t overrun with children. No matter how you feel about it, one thing is... Read more »

Packing back-to-school lunches -- Chicago style

Even though the official first day of school is still weeks away for my kids, back-to-school preparations are in full swing at our house. Haircuts? Check. New shoes? Check. Backpacks? Lunch bags? New school supplies? Check. Check. Check. This time of year, I am always trying to organize and simplify because I know how busy... Read more »

Kaleidoscope: A Family Day at the Art Institute of Chicago

        On Saturday, August 21, families who arrive at the Art Institute between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will receive free admission to the museum as part of the 5th annual Kaleidoscope: A Family Day event. The day includes a range of activities offered by the Art Institute and other local family... Read more »

Color Wheel Studio: For Chicago's petite artists

If you have a little artist at home, you’ll want to check out the brand new Color Wheel Studio (2016 W Concord Place, Chicago). This Bucktown space isn’t just home to kiddie art classes — it is an actual art studio where owner Donald Jackson works and teaches. My six year-old daughter Eleanor just finished... Read more »

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond: Quite possibly the city's best kept secret

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond: Quite possibly the city's best kept secret
I hesitate to even tell you about this place. But it doesn’t feel right to keep it to myself either. So here goes. Have you ever been to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond? You’ve surely passed it thousands of times. The entrance is on Fullerton just west of the parking lot for the Lincoln Park... Read more »

Attention all deal-lovin' Chicago mamas!

If you are a Chicago-area mom who loves saving money on ALL OF THE STUFF you buy for your kids and family, then I have great news for you. There is a new mom-centric, daily deal site in town called mamaloot.  Mamaloot generally operates like the other big daily deal sites in town (like Groupon,... Read more »