Category: Fun for the Whole Family

Celebrate the summer solstice (for free) with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

I absolutely love the summer solstice. What’s not to like about this lovely day? It is the longest day of the year and the weather is usually glorious. Plus, it is the official start of summer. I always wish that there were more fun ways to commemorate this fantastic occasion. So I was delighted to... Read more »

An early Mother's Day present -- to myself

I love my family. I love being the mama of three incredibly delightful little people. But sometimes, I find myself totally exhausted. I know that you mamas out there know what I am talking about.  Our day-to-day lives are hectic and sometimes it is nice to have a break — I am not talking about... Read more »

Brunch with the Bump Club (plus my tips on the best family freebies in Chicago)

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending my morning with some expectant and new mamas at the monthly Bump Club and Beyond Brunch at Vinci. I was part of a panel of Chicago mommy bloggers including Cindy McCarthy of On the Go Chicago, Linda Marsicano of Babble Chicago and my buddy and business partner Sara... Read more »

Family-Friendly Fondue

If there were ever a time to try fondue — this is it. The weather is miserable. We are basically snowed in — except for absolutely essential outings. Bring on the melted cheese and chocolate, I say! Fondue can be a fun and novel family activity. Plus, it is yummy. Really yummy. Interested? Have a... 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 »

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 »

Our First Chicago Wolves Game

Until a few weeks ago, I had heard of the Chicago Wolves. And I knew they were a hockey team. But that’s about it. That all changed last Saturday when our family (minus the 2 year-old who stayed home with a babysitter) headed out for our first Chicago Wolves experience. I have to say that... Read more »

One Seed Chicago 2011: Who Will Get Your Vote?

If you haven’t participated in One Seed Chicago in the past, 2011 should be the year that you give it a try. This is a fun (and free!) way to include your kids in some simple, at-home gardening. And who knows, maybe they’ll even be willing to eat the veggies that they helped grow (fingers... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Polar Adventure Days

I’ve always wanted to try snow shoeing — and on January 22nd, I am going to get my chance (hopefully), thanks to the Chicago Park District. This winter, the Chicago Park District presents their sixth annual Polar Adventure Days. This is a fabulous winter program for Chicago families. The remaining dates for this year are... Read more »

The Holiday Host List: What's on our agenda this year

Things have been really quiet around here. Sorry about that. The truth is that we’ve been so busy enjoying all of the fabulous holiday activities around town that I haven’t had time to blog about any of them. Last year, my husband was out of town for work for much of the holiday season and... Read more »