Shop Local for Last Minute Gifts

It is so important to shop and support local businesses now more than ever. Below are some of my favorite local shops with ideas for last minute gifts! In this post I’m featuring stores in Southport Corridor, North Center, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and a gem in Lincoln Park! Comment below on your favorite shops in…

Super Yummy (not so) Christmasy Cookies // Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Jump to recipe here I love baking, but especially at the holidays, but my favorite cookies are not your traditional Christmas Cookies, but simply cookies that my family and I love to eat and indulge in. I have been trying to perfect an ooey gooey oatmeal cookie sort of like the…

Socially Distant & Festive Holiday Ideas Chicago

If you are feeling down and out about 2020, there is still time to get your spirits lifted and get into holidays. Here is my top 5 list of fun things to do in and around Chicago. Grab your hand-sani and mask and get ready to get festive! Zoo Lights: Lincoln Park Zoo // There…

CPS Schools: Deadline to Opt-back-into In-Person Learning is Extended

The deadline to opt-in (intent) for in-person learning at CPS schools has been extended until December 7th! Having all 3 kids learning from home this year plus a full time job has been challenging to say the least. This year has been definitely interesting and tough for all parents and children that are learning remotely.…

Inside Chicago’s Starbucks Reserve ☕️

Take a look inside the largest Starbucks right here in Chicago. Great to know about parking!  Get up to 4 hours for only $12, this is less than the metered street parking.  Just make sure to not forget to get your ticket validated. Enjoy Chicago, Juliana   — Video Cred: @properties: The Local

Winter Break Holiday To-Do List

Holiday activities in Chicago 2019

Pre-K: Plan B before Plan A?

If you have applied to the CPS (Chicago Public Schools) free magnet pre-k options, we are all bitting our nails for the lottery results to be released. They have finally posted the dates of when we can expect the results. So we have about 3 weeks to go before we find out if we get…

Pre-school, When Should You Apply?

Did you know that many of us already missed the deadlines to apply for Pre-School for the upcoming fall school year!  How crazy is that, but it’s true.  It’s hard to imagine the the minute your child turns 2 you have to start thinking about pre-school.  We all want our kids to have a jump…

Awesome {& Accurate} Kids Eat Free App

  Did you guys know that there is an app to pull up restaurants that offer kids eat free options AND their times.  I mean how many times have you shown up to the restaurant and the kids eat free window was over, this happens to us all the time. I have done a lot…

A True Cold Buster

It’s that time again, our kids are back in school and all of our noses are dripping like faucets.  Over the holidays I was getting the initial signs of a cold, you know, scratchy throat and sneezing 5 times in a row.  Typically I’ll reach for the Emergen-C, but it hasn’t been stopping or shortening…