Before I had my son, I got a cold around twice a year. It would annoy me for a few days and maybe even cause me to take a day off work to rest at home. My husband would only get a cold maybe one time a year.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 17, 2015 at 6:28am — 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
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
Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…Continue
It's a weekday and I don't feel like cleaning or cooking... although both of those things need to be done at some point! No, I feel the need to do something fun. Something that I don't really have to set up or tear down. Something that will make me laugh and possibly get in a little exercise at the same time. It's time for a dance party!
I have had multiple occasions when my children look at me as if to say,…Continue
It had been a while since the last time Illy and I had gone on a date. Sure, we'd done things together as a family, but it wasn't concentrated time with just us. We checked out the calendar, selected a date, and put our names in the box. This was our date and Nothing was going to change that... hopefully. Well, the day finally arrived and, although I was already tired from a full day out with all three…Continue
Whether you're in the midst of the school year, on summer vacation, or just looking for some fun and interactive activities, these 5 educational online games for kids can be a lifesaver! Online games are convenient because they can be played wherever you have internet connection and a phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop. I find them to be a great option to cartoons (although wonderful) and…Continue
Added by Jazelle on July 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
Back when I was growing up, our home was always clean. I don't mean tidy. I mean practically white-glove-test-clean. Some used to call my mother "The White Tornado." She'd just shrug and laugh it off. The thing is, though, I don't recall ever seeing her spend endless days cleaning. In fact, most days in the summertime…Continue
Added by Holly Connors on July 7, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments
Trail mix is one of those snacks that you can eat almost anywhere whether at a party, on the go, or while you're sitting at your desk at work. It's not only tasty but healthy, too! Here is a simple but wonderful homemade trail mix recipe.
If you or someone in your family has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) – your child is more at risk of getting OCD. OCD is believed to be inherited. So, along with eye color and hair color – your child can get OCD and Anxiety.
I have seen OCD symptoms in very young children in my therapy practice.…Continue
Added by Natasha Daniels on June 30, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments
Some days, the hardest thing to do is to be in the house with rambunctious kids, yet finding something to do with them proves more difficult. Whether its the price, day, or time that causes the conflict; this can leave a parent hopeless and at the end of their sanity! How about a park? Finding fun at the park is easy to do!
Added by Jazelle on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
There is nothing more embarrassing than your kids insulting your friend’s hard prepared meal. It’s important to introduce manners and hospitality at an early age. This will help them grow and progress through life with ease. Having good manners can prepare your child for life whether it is his or her career, relationships or anything else. So here are a few tips to get you started on teaching your children manners and hospitality for everyday life.
Added by Dawn Wells on June 29, 2015 at 12:27am — No Comments
Sleep issues are the most common toddler problem I see in my child therapy practice. Toddler sleep can be an ongoing issue because they just won’t sleep! They fight going to sleep, they fight staying asleep and they don’t get enough sleep. It also seems like they instinctually know that we, as parents are the most…Continue
Added by Natasha Daniels on June 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Don’t let that cute smile and those stubby little hands fool you. Your toddler, my toddler – they are all on mission to destroy us. Their goal – to wear us down, weaken our defenses and slowly gain full control of the household. Don’t believe me? Not into conspiracy theories? You think this sounds like…Continue
Added by Natasha Daniels on June 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The sun is shining and the warm breeze is blowing... this is the perfect time for water play! Sure, you can put the sprinklers on in your backyard... or you could visit one of these 14 Splashtastic Water Parks in Illinois! No setup or cleanup necessary - music to a parent's ears!
CoCo Key Water Resort (Rockford, IL)
Go on an adventure with Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus! From Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, and Dan Santat, the creator Sidekicks!
Added by Sheila English on June 23, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments
My husband and I celebrated 10 years of marriage! Crazy, right?!
Well, we wanted to do something special to celebrate but our youngest was only four months and I’d be breastfeeding; so we decided spend our 10 year anniversary trip... with the kids. Not overly romantic, I know, but sometimes you gotta make the best of the situation. An all inclusive Jamaican resort was our destination of choice. We’d never been there before so it would still be special and it was all inclusive, which…Continue