Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {President's Day, Valentine's Day and More!}

Long weekend ahead! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:

  • January 15-February 21 Enchanted Railroad at Morton Arboretum, 12 model trains traveling through the seasons, LEGO train car made of 2,500 bricks by artist Sean Kenney, free with Arboretum admission, get timed ticket at Visitor's Center, $9 Adults ages 18–64
    $8 Seniors ages 65+  $6 Youth ages 2–17 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Local Charity Spotlight on PATH: Palatine Assisting Through Hope

Today, I continue February's series highlighting local charities. Last year, I learned about a Palatine organization called PATH which helps local families in need and am thrilled to share this charity with you. Standing for Palatine Assisting Through Hope, PATH provides a means that community members can reach out and help local families struggling to meet their own basic needs. The network that PATH has created and continues to expand in the community not only helps families in crisis but also strengthens the fabric of the community as a whole.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Anna Shea Chocolates: A Chocolate Gem in South Barrington

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Whenever we visit The Arboretum Shops in South Barrington, we cannot resist a stop inside of Anna Shea Chocolates. Right in the middle of an outdoor mall, Anna Shea continually delights visitors with inventive artisanal chocolates crafted right on the premises. Not something you expect to find in a mall!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine's Day with Made in U.S.A. Items

Norton's U.S.A. is a general store only selling made in U.S.A. products.

Last week, I visited Norton's U.S.A. to take a peek at the new Valentine's Day items! Collecting an array of holiday items all made here in the U.S.A. can be quite an endeavor, but somehow Deborah does it! Gifts, decorations and treats galore! A trip to the store promises treasures to be found:


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Chocolate, Mardi Gras & Winter Fun!}

Weekend ahead! Here are my picks for family fun events this weekend! The weekend will be warmer than normal for February, so do check on snow events before attending.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Local Charity Spotlight: Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy

In February, we share our love with those who matter most. During this month, we can also expand that by sharing our love and kindness with others. Reaching out into the community, selflessly helping those in need is away to share a little love with those most in need. During the month of February and beyond, I encourage you to find ways to spread kindness to others in the community. The next few weeks, I will be highlighting some local charities that will give you some ideas about where you can make a difference.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Best Butterfly Attractions in the Midwest

Best Butterfly Attractions in the Midwest

A visit to a butterfly conservatory is a magical experience. Vibrant butterflies fluttering around. The occasional butterfly landing upon you. Magical! In the Midwest, we are fortunate to have a wonderful cache of butterfly conservatories affording families opportunities to relish this breathtaking experience. Conservatories dot the Midwest, so chances are you can find one near you or one of your travel destinations. Julie Henning from Road Trips for Families and I have curated a list of our favorite spots to enjoy butterflies--many you can even enjoy in the winter and early spring!