Making the most of your Chicago Staycation ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Spring break is approaching! In years past it was a no-brainer to hop on a plane and head for warmer places. Some of our family’s favorite trips have been to Naples, Florida to visit my parents. We can sit by the pool and relax while the kids are entertained for hours (and tired at the…

My Top 5 Sledding Hills | Chicago

It’s snowing today, finally, and it’s big huge flakes, the sticking kind. Although winter is not my favorite season, if it is going to be winter I prefer to see the snow and have fun outside with the kids. Kids loooove the snow, but most of the time we can’t do much in the winter,…

New Loan Limits for Homebuyers in 2021 & What it Means for You

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recentlyย announcedย that it will raise loan limits for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, giving some homebuyers greater purchasing power. Starting in 2021, the maximum conforming loan limit for single-unit properties will increase to $548,250 โ€“ a 7.4% increase from the current limit of $510,400. When purchasing a…

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 โ˜•๏ธ

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

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…

Update your ‘framers’ with a Sesh from Little Cacti in the City

It’s been a long hiatus, but after having our third child, Ethan, I’m back to it! First up to discuss, a fantastic photographer on the scene that you definitely need to take notice. Our client and great friend, Daisy Knox, is a fantastic natural light photographer.  We just had a great photo session with her…