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Family Road Trip: Where To See Fall Color Near Chicago

As a kid the falling leaves only meant one thing to me, jumping in the piles of them 🍂! Today I find the changing colors absolutely amazing and I find myself pulling over the car to snap photos of the vibrant leaves turning red and gold. With the limited things to do with the pandemic…

Top 4 Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago

Can you believe it is already October? I do not know about you but once it is October the kids are begging to buy a pumpkin to carve! Two of our top 4 favorite pumpkin patches to visit are also our favorite apple orchards. If you did not have time in September to make it…

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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…

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…

July 4th Weekend Across All Chicagoland and More

July 4th weekend is upon us, bringing with it cookouts, fireworks, and outfits of red, white, and blue. Chicagoland is home to its fair share of festivities, and there are many others within driving distance in the communities of Southwest Michigan, Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin. The following are some of our favorites: Chicago The Grant…

Best Swimsuits For Kids (SUMMER IS HERE!)

Chicago is amazing for providing so many options for water fun for kids in the summer all throughout the city. From public pools, beaches, waterparks, and private pools all opening up in a couple of weeks your kids are going to need some stylish suits to hit the water with. Being a mom and having…