Monday, August 3, 2015

Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field, August 8th

Image via The Chicago Bears.

I can't believe that it is already August. Where. Did.The.Time.Go! With our summer weekends dwindling, I am sure that plenty of you are planning excursions into the city. This weekend, we can get ready to cheer on the Bears this fall during the Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field August 8. The event involves a ton of fun but fans may be most excited about the opportunity to see the Bears in action during a practice. Here is a run down of some of the events:

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park {Hidden Treasure in Schaumburg}


A week ago, my daughter was enjoying a summer camp at Volkening Heritage Park in Schaumburg. Whenever she is in camp, I try to arrive to pick her up a little early so that I can get some walking in before she gets out of camp. On one visit, I spied a sign for the Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park. In all of these years of visiting the farm, I had never seen this sign before, so I was inspired to explore this new discovery.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope Red Cross Blood Drive Comes to Brookfield Zoo August 5th


The American Red Cross and Suburban Propane are teaming up this summer to help prevent and a blood and platelet shortage during this busy season. They are setting up community blood drives throughout the country and will be in our area next Wednesday, August 5th. With summer being so busy and many donors on vacation, it can be a tough time to maintain adequate levels of donations. The American Red Cross' 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope campaign will be encouraging communities to be involved in blood donation and awareness throughout this summer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Dog Fun, Fairies, Dragons, Amphibians and more!}



Who is ready to enjoy another summer weekend? I know I am! There is A LOT to do this weekend, so get out those planners. Here are our picks for family fun:

ROAD TRIPTaste of Wisconsin July 31-August 2 in Kenosha, great food, kidszone fun, live entertainment and more, free admission, see website for more details

ROAD TRIP: The replica Nina and Pinta will be visiting Racine! There will be self guided tours! A unique way for families to learn about Columbus. The ships will be docked July 24-August 1. Admission is $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 for kids 5-16, under 5 free. Open 9AM-6PM each day.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Visit to Citizens Park in Barrington



Recently, we had a free afternoon so we decided to stretch our legs a bit at Citizens Park in Barrington. We have been there a couple of times to take our daughter to the lovely playground. This time, though, we decided to take a little hike. We knew that there was a bit of a trail in the preserve but we didn't realize how long it was. What a nice walk! It turns out, the path goes into Cuba Marsh so you can make quite a hike out of it!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney Arrives to The Morton Arboretum {& Giveaway 8/2/15}


**Disclosure: Thank you to The Morton Arboretum for providing us with this wonderful giveaway to bring you! No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

You don't have to be a LEGO fan to appreciate The Morton Arboretum's new interactive exhibit mixing 464,770 bold and festive blocks with nature's bounty. LEGO Artist Sean Kenney has created 13 larger than life LEGO creations representing nature's gifts. Most of the sculptures are positioned against picturesque backdrops throughout the arboretum. In some instances, the combinations appeared so natural that the sculpture fit right into the setting. Breathtaking!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Louisville Eats and Other Finds


We always eat well when we are in Louisville and there never is a shortage of wonderful establishments to try. On this trip, we visited two of our favorites and tried a sampling of other restaurants which I must say are now new favorites. We also discovered some great areas for shopping for local products near some of these eateries as well.