Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Easter Eggs, Prairie Burning & More}

Prairie Burning

Here are some family fun ideas for the weekend! The prairie burning at Spring Valley is one of my favorites!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL

Llamas at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL

With the lovely weather yesterday, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and visit Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. Cosley is a charming little zoo full of native wildlife and domestic farm animals. Due to its nice size, we spent many days there when our daughter was younger. We also love that the zoo focuses on local animals, so truly representing Illinois. A hidden gem!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt in Barrington Stores

Through April 8 enjoy some Easter fun at the above Barrington stores. Find an Easter egg while shopping and win a prize! I thought I would share this for shoppers this weekend and over Spring Break!

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Blacksmithing, Dinos and More}


The weekend is nearly here! Here are some ideas for local family fun!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Degustabox March Goodies

Another month full of foodie surprises delivered right to my door from Degustabox! Every month, my box contains quite a few intriguing items and is consistently introducing me to new products that I want to add to my repertoire! This month certainly delivered!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Native Plant Sales in the Chicago Suburbs

Black eyed susans in the prairie

Planting native plants in your yard provide an excellent way to bolster butterfly and bee populations. Plus, I have found prairie natives can be quite easy to take care of. After all, they are especially adapted to the local environment! So while planning out your spring and summer gardens, consider adding some more natives. In my experience over the years, native plants tend to sell quickly. I have rounded up several local native plant sales on the horizon and each allows you to order ahead of time. I highly recommend pre-ordering if you are able to -- especially if you are looking for milkweed for the monarchs. Keep these sales on your list:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ice Cream Adventure at Colonial Cafe

Colonial Cafe in Crystal Lake, IL

Illinois' Colonial Cafe has roots all the way back to the 1901 St. Charles Milk Company founded by Simon Anderson. The enterprise evolved throughout the years from a dairy to a restaurant. Various incarnations of snack shops and drive-ins emerged as the family restaurants in the Colonial family today. While the local family restaurants feature a large menu, I think Colonial Cafe may be best known for its ice cream -- particularly the Kitchen Sink!