I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments
Sometimes I don't think I spend enough time with my son.
I work full-time (and overtime). So on weekdays, I see my son as I motivate him through his morning routine and from when I get dinner on the table through when I tuck him into bed at night. Weekends are considerably better as we go through our chores…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 7, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments
Running out of ways to keep your littles busy in the summer? Look no further! We have plenty of cheap or free ideas ready for you! From science activities to nature learning or just plain fun - we have ideas that should work for nearly everyone!
Added by Jessica on August 31, 2016 at 10:17am — No Comments
Did you know it’s Earth Month? Earth Month begins on March 19th and runs until Earth Day, on April 22nd.
To celebrate Earth month, week and day, I am doing a giveaway from an amazing company Green Toys! Green Toys is an eco-friendly toy company. They use 100% recycled materials and US-based manufacturing to create toys for all ages.
I spent my entire childhood surrounded by impressive young women. I spent long bus rides with them. Laughed with them, ran with them, and cried with them. This week the gym I grew up playing in got torn down. Well, the whole school is getting torn down, but I could really care less about that. I mean, I'm happy the kids of that town are getting a new school. It was falling apart when I was there 10 years ago, definitely necessary. Yet, something about that filthy old gym getting torn down…Continue
Added by Brittany Burbank on March 14, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments
School Holidays? Kids are bored at home? Here is what I do -
Added by Shub on January 26, 2016 at 6:31pm — No Comments
Holidays aren't complete without the ones we love. If your family lives near, everyone will probably gather at a central location to celebrate. If you have family out of town, travel will more than likely be apart of your plans. Traveling with kids during the holiday season can seem pretty complicated, but it's totally doable! Use these 7 ways to survive holiday travel with the family and you'll…Continue
Added by Jazelle on December 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Lions, Danny Zuko, Donkeys, Pumpkins, Oh My?? Yes... that's what our Halloween holiday consisted of; a little bit of this and a WHOLE lot of that! I have always loved Halloween as a little girl. Trick or treating of course, was the commonly anticipated activity, second to dressing myself into a very…Continue
Added by Michelle Glaz on November 10, 2015 at 10:03pm — No Comments
Establishing a love of reading can be tricky sometimes. Children who would rather run around and be active physically may not see the "fun" in exploring through a story... at first. The key is to choose books that speaks specifically to their interest and personality. Allow them to select which books stand out to them - superheroes, all things locomotives, comedies, comics, holiday themed, etc. As they become excited about what they're reading, they'll want to do it more! Go a step further…Continue
Added by Jazelle on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
DIY can be fun, but it is even more rewarding when your child can learn new concepts from it. I have a little one who is excited about learning, it is important to take advantage of his enthusiasm (and involve him a little in the DIY process).
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on September 7, 2015 at 11:35am — No Comments
Labor Day will unofficially mark the end of summer. If you’re like me, you might be surprised it’s almost September! But although fall is coming, here are 5 Labor Day activities for a little bit more summer fun!
What is Labor Day? Exactly what it sounds like. It is a day to…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on September 3, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
In 7 days, Labor Day will unofficially mark the end of summer. If you're like me, you might be surprised it's almost September! But although fall is coming, here are 5 Labor Day activities for a little bit more summer fun!
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on August 31, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
The one and only Maggie Daley Park is located in the loop or downtown area of Chicago, IL. It is a FREE public park and is 20 acres! The playground is near the Lake Michigan shoreline so not only are you getting great views of the city, you're also getting amazing views of the lakeshore.
The first thing you see when walking…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
Recently I had the privilege of taking Illy out on a date. We'd been talking about it for a while and were long past due for an outing, but there always seemed to be something else going. "Dates" don't always have to be a big outing, in fact, some of our dates have been a sweet treat and girlie movie. No BOYS allowed! ;) This time, however, I wanted to do something special and…Continue
Added by Jazelle on August 11, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
At work, it is the constant ping from the office communication program, the new email message appearing in the right-hand corner of the screen and the random pop-ins into my cube as I try to write an email or work on a project.
At home, it is the faraway comments from family members in another room, the…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments
In addition to tons of books, games, puzzles, and family programs; the library is also the place to get your Museum Adventure Pass!
The Museum Adventure Pass is made possible through the wonderful partnership between local libraries and various zoos and museums. This partnership gives families an opportunity to visit each location at a discounted admission rate or for FREE!
Added by Jazelle on August 6, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…Continue
I walked into a store today to pick up a picture frame and other nicknacks. After gathering my items and getting in line, an older lady looked down at my children (who were bouncing around like a couple of sugar-high human jumping jacks) and said, “I have two just like that. Well, my son has two just like that. I really think they should just have school all year round. Being out for the summer…Continue
Added by Jazelle on July 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
One day after school, I took the munchkins out for a treat. It was a sunny day and, as you may know, sunlight can do wonders for a person's mood! We stopped for a snack of cheese fries and ice cream- not the healthiest snack, but it's nice to splurge occasionally ;) After we'd filled our bellies and satisfied our cravings, we walked over to a Goodwill store nearby. The plan was to find me a good book…Continue
Added by Jazelle on July 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments