Archive for October 2010

After the Sugar Storm: What to do with the Leftover Halloween Candy?

My kids have had enough sugar — for the day (and possibly for the rest of 2010). They collected more Skittles, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups than they could possible consume. I’m one of those mean moms that makes her kids choose just a few pieces of Halloween loot — and I disappear the... Read more »

Growing a Modern Organic Family

Are you into non-toxic stuff for your family that is also stylish and durable? Yes? Oh good! I have an event that I’ve been working on that I think you’ll be interested in. On Thursday, November 4th, Sara Fisher (you might know her as Self-Made Mom) and I are coordinating an event for Chicago-area moms... Read more »

Clowns: Love 'em or loathe 'em?

When it comes to clowns, there is no middle ground. Personally, they make me a little bit nervous. But my kids seem to find them pretty amusing — so we’re heading to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus later this month. The theme of this year’s show is FUNundrum. Other than the... Read more »

Fab ideas for fall fun from the Chicago Children's Museum

Guess who really knows what kids like? The Chicago Children’s Museum. No big surprise there, right? These folks are professionals when it comes to kiddie fun. CCM recently reached out to me with some ideas for fall family fun.  I wanted to pass them along to you in the event that you are in need... Read more »

Halloween happenings here, there, and pretty much everywhere

Halloween craziness is in full swing for our family. We’ve got school Halloween events, neighborhood Halloween activities, plus family Halloween get-togethers. Our schedules are packed. In the event that you are looking for a few Halloween events and activities to add to your calendars, I though I would do a quick round-up post about some... Read more »

Lame Halloween Loot

Not all Halloween candy is created equal. In fact, a lot of it is actually pretty inedible. Let’s be honest — all of this stuff is absolutely terrible for your kids. But some Halloween hand-outs are just tastier than others (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I am talking about you). But then, of course, there are... Read more »

Best of Family on

CBS Chicago just relaunched their website to include more local content. I was pleased to contribute some posts for their “Best of Family” section. My blogging buddies Emily and Hyacinth are also featured. If you have a minute, click on over and check it out. I tackled must-do Halloween activities, best indoor play spots, cool... Read more »

Larry Gets Lost in Chicago

Many of the children’s book about Chicago that I’ve come across just aren’t that good. I’m not going to name names or anything, but trust me — there are a bunch of really mediocre children’s stories about our great city out there. Larry Gets Lost in Chicago (illustrated by John Skewes and written by Michael... Read more »

Holiday card anxiety alleviated -- Courtesy of Chi-Town Kid Photographic Art

It’s about that time of year when I start to fret because I don’t have a good shot of all three of my kids to use for the oh-so-important (at least to me) annual holiday card from the Giles Family. If you have kids, then you know how hard it can be to get a... Read more »

Guest Post: Konow's Corn Maze

Ford’s son kicking it in the corn pit at Konow’s Corn Maze. Today, I am pleased to welcome my blogging buddy Shannon Ford to Wee Windy City. When Shannon emailed me last week to tell me why she thought Konow’s Corn Maze was an excellent destination for Chicago families, she made my day. That is... Read more »