Friday, May 27, 2016

7 Wine Festivals Coming to the Chicago Suburbs

wine in wine glass

Time for some summer fun for the parents! The last couple of weeks, I have been seeing a few notifications about upcoming wine festivals! While a number of these will have family fun, you may want to use them as an excuse for a date. You can purchase tickets for many of these already. Santé!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Chocolate, Gems, Butterflies & Parades}

Chocolate dessert in cups

 Plenty of fun this weekend! Chocolate, butterflies, wolves and more are in my picks:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beach Time in the Midwest: A Collection of Midwest Beaches for Families

If you are like me, you are gleefully anticipating beach season! Dipping your toes in water, settling into a beach chair to read a book under the glorious sun, having a picnic overlooking crystal waters stretching over the horizon, playing frisbee with a beautiful backdrop, exploring a natural wonder with kids--so many things to enjoy during a day at the beach! While it may seem easy to resign ourselves to believe worthwhile beaches only exist on the coasts, the Midwest has some rather enjoyable beaches! With the help of some of my favorite Midwest travel writers, I have put together a list of some Midwestern beaches to help you plan your summer getaway!

Monday, May 23, 2016

My Very Good, My Very Bad Dog by Chicken Soup for the Soul

Who can resist a good dog story? Dog stories are always sure to put a smile on my face! So, My Very Good, My Very Bad Dog by Chicken Soup for the Soul is a very welcome addition to my book collection. A lovely little volume with plenty of stories of Fido touching hearts, saving his person, teaching valuable lessons and just plain being entertaining.


Friday, May 20, 2016

22 Ideas for FREE Summer Fun in the Chicago Suburbs {During the Week}

Summer is almost here! Time to have some fun planned to break up the days for the kiddos and keep them active! Here are 22 ideas for FREE summer fun in the Chicago suburbs DURING the week!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Chocolate, History & More}

Copper Frog Sculptures in nature at Morton Arboretum

Hooray! We are over the hump! Here are my favorite events for this weekend:


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Educational Volunteering Opportunity at Lurie Children's Hospital

Child dreaming

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is offering a volunteer and educational opportunity to families this summer. As part of the program, children will be given an inside look into the hospital including an introduction to cutting-edge technology used to diagnose. Children are asked to volunteer allowing the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) to measure things like heart rate responses, pupil size and more (parental permission necessary). All procedures are non-invasive. Individuals, families and small groups are invited (5-15). The flyer below explains more about this program: