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We’re a road trip kind-of-family. We’ve been up and down both coasts and we’ve driven to Texas, Alabama and South Carolina from the Chicagoland area. We do this for a few reasons. The kids and I aren’t fans of...
There are days that I wish I could carry less of a load – literally and figuratively. Figuratively I don’t think I’ll feel like this until my kids are older, but I literally thought I would be done lugging...
I, like most moms, love coffee. You might even say I live off it some days. Lately, it has been my lifeline. My son has been sick and waking up at midnight and 4 a.m. He doesn’t go back...
I have a love affair with fall. It is by far my favorite season. To me, it sort of marks the beginning of the most magical time of year. The rich color of the leaves, the homey smell of...
When it comes to your family’s safety, you don’t want to compromise. At home you want to make sure you have all the systems in place that will protect them from any of life’s hazards and that those systems...
Can we all just agree that dads are hard to buy for? Unless your dad or husband has a hobby they’re really passionate about, it can be a challenge to find something thoughtful that they will actually love. AND even...
 Meal time is always an excuse for my kids to make a good mess, especially in the toddler stage when they are first being introduced to some foods. Spaghetti and blueberries seem to wind up in their hair, on...
As of today, Dec. 21, 2017, it is officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Astronomically speaking, winter solstice is just a moment in time (10:28 a.m. CST this year to be exact) when the sun is over the tropic...
During the winter in Chicagoland, you need to stay warm. Whether you’re in a suburban cornfield or the streets of the city, the wind around here in the wintertime is not a joke. While this winter has been mild in...
If you have a food lover in your life, or the foodie lover is you, then you won’t want to miss the list of foodie Christmas gifts and gadgets below. Some of these I have and some of these...
There aren’t very many places you can visit where you can escape technology. Like it or not, our children are growing up in a different world and that’s a world where technology is king. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle ||...
It stresses me out when my house is a complete mess. Don't get me wrong, it is often messy. I have two kids, a dog and then this summer we have had a babysitter here with her two kids...
If your kids are anything like mine, they are already started making their Christmas wish lists. My daughter has been circling items she wants in the Target and Toys R' Us magazines, much like I did at her age....
I love vegetables, like really, really love them. When I was a kid I ate all my vegetables, even Brussels sprouts and spinach. I was weird. My kids are not weird. They do not get along with vegetables and are...
As I move through my house room-by-room, I’m often torn on what kind of home decor style is “me.” I honestly love farmhouse style (although a version of it that isn’t as rustic), mid-century modern that’s making a comeback...
I was in elementary school the last time I went to the circus. I have faded memories of clowns, circus tent stripes and people swinging from the trapeze. I would say I was due for another visit since it’s...
 Now that we are officially passed my son's first birthday, we are in the toddler zone again. It's funny watching how different he is at this age than my daughter was. He is so much more active, always on...

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