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Goodbye Lunchbox Rut and Hello Lunchbox Notes (freebie)

Get out of the lunchbox rut with these fun lunch ideas! Packing lunches does not have to be boring or take a long time. All of the lunch ideas below are nut free. Prepare the lunches ahead of time using a couple of divided meal boxes, a package of reusable baking cups, and salad dressing…

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Top 3 Apple Picking Orchards Near Chicago + Bonus Recipes

Who’s ready to go apple picking? Apple picking is such a fun family activity and a great way to get outdoors while the weather is pleasant. I look forward to this event every year and so do the kids. Whether you want to spend an entire day at an orchard or you are looking for…

Family Friendly Fall Festivals and Events in the City

Can you believe it is September? School is back in session, cooler temperatures are starting to arrive, and fall will be here in a couple of weeks. That means It is time to save the date for the top fall festivals and events going on throughout the city. Keep in mind that some events require prior registration! …

Best Back to School Gear 2021

With the last year and a half being either all remote or half remote my kids are so excited to go back full time this year for school (with fingers crossed 🤞! Last year the most important item for going back to school was finding a laptop or desk for remote learning, but this year…

Local Chicago Happenings this week and the rest of this summer

There are still a bunch of fun things to do around Chicago this weekend and this coming week! Check out just a few things that are happening around town. Let us know which are your favorites. RETRO ON ROSCOE: Live music and great food all on the cutest street in Roscoe Village 2. TITAN WALLS:…

Family Fun August Bucket List

Can you believe summer is almost over?!?! Time seems to have flown by this summer. Adjusting to the new normal while trying to maintain summer fun for my family made me think I needed to create an end of summer bucket list. I wanted to have activities for my family to do together before school…

Best Sunscreen For Kids This Summer!

With the summer heat still in full effect I am always on the search for the best sunscreen for my family. There are so many options out in stores and online it can be overwhelming to just pick one or two. I narrowed down my favorites I tried this summer with my family to help…

10 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Between reducing the cost of homeownership and protecting the environment, there are many benefits of keeping your home eco-friendly. Here are 10 ways to embrace a greener lifestyle: Swap Out Appliances ENERGY STAR® products use less energy and meet strict criteria set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. From air conditioners to refrigerators…

Date Night Fun at AIRE!

The importance of date night is really special to my husband Benjamin and I. With three kids and our fast paces jobs always pulling us every hour of our days we always try to do a date night every other week. Growing up my mother always told me to never stop dating your husband. It…

Backyard Makeover with Artificial Turf

With summer heat in full affect my husband and I finally decided to take the leap and install artificial turf in our Chicago city backyard. We live in an incredible 100 year old home and try to improve the home each year with a project. It makes it easier to obtain everything on my wish…