Archive for January 2011

Snow Days: Love 'em or hate 'em?

As a major snow event approaches our fair city, I’ve noticed that Chicago parents seem to fall into two camps. On the one hand, there are those parents who say “let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!” and embrace the high probability that their school-aged kids will be home from school on Wednesday... Read more »

Guest Post: Family Living in Hyde Park

Guest Post: Family Living in Hyde Park
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The K. Grace Experience: Flexible and Convenient Babysitting in Chicago -- Part One

The truth is that I don’t actually get out all that much. Most days, I am quite happy to just hang out at home tending to the needs of the little people in my life. But sometimes Mommy needs to get some work done — or have a night out with Daddy — or get... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: WinterFest at the Beat Kitchen

You probably already know that the Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village has an awesome kid’s concert series that they do each year (and if you don’t already know this, I highly recommend looking into it). Basically, the Beat Kitchen features a different family-friendly performer nearly every weekend now through May. This is a fabulous family... Read more »

Four Days of Giveaways from Little Beans Cafe: A Little Time for Mama

Listen — I like quality playtime with my kiddos as much as the next mama, but I am not afraid to admit that sometimes I need a little break.And by break, I don’t mean a leisurely nap or anything like that. Sometimes I need a break from my kids so that I can attend to... Read more »

Four Days of Little Beans Giveaways: Play, Play All Day!

Have you heard about the hottest new opening in town — at least for the age 6-and-under set? Trust me when I tell you that Little Beans Cafe (an indoor play space and family cafe located near Elston and Webster) is going to be the place to be for Chicago families this winter.Little Beans offers... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Shenanigans!

So imagine this. It is Saturday afternoon. We are enduring yet another day of single digit temps in Chicago. Your kids are going bonkers — and so are you. What do to? What do to? Wait — did this happen at your house today too? The good news is that Chicago families have another wonderful... Read more »

New CBS Local Post: Best Free Story Times in Chicago

Are you experiencing some really long days cooped up indoors with the kiddos? Uh yeah, me too. What you need is more FREE things to do — easy, last-minute activities that your kiddos will love. I wrote a post for the Best of Family section of the new CBS local website with some recommendations for... Read more »

Celebrate Nutella Day (yes, there is such a thing!) with Multilingual Chicago

During my junior year of college, I spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy, During that time, I began a love affair that continues to this day .  . . with Nutella. I slathering this chocolate hazelnut concoction on toast for breakfast nearly every day (and by the end of my time in Italy, I... Read more »

Win a Free Six-Week Parent Coaching Session from SMRT

Update (1/18/11): SMRT has decided to postpone this event until the spring. Those of you who were interested in attending can visit for more information. Do you ever have any parenting questions? Let’s be honest – don’t we all have tons of questions about how to best care for the little people in our... Read more »