Eataly loves kids- and it’s mutual

Jasper Chicago Eataly

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be working today with Eataly and sharing my new Italian food obsessions! Although I’ve been compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and clean plates are entirely my own. *** Eataly, you guys. Coming to you today as a Chicago foodie, parent to three kid-sized eaters, and a reluctant member of the gluten-free community, lemme tell you a little bit about Eataly. The largest Italian marketplace in the world, it was founded in Torino, Italy, in 2007. While locations {Read More}

Got teens who love films? Give them this experience, Chicago.

Fresh Films

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fresh Films, a company whose programs I really, really admire. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and incredibly envious reactions are entirely my own. *** Popping in for some Friday fun because of a quickly approaching deadline for a company– and program!– you need to know about, Chicagoland. Not-for-profit Fresh Films is creating TV pilots for their annual summer program, and bringing on crews of local teens to learn lighting, camera {Read More}

Spring’s must-haves (and giveaways)!

SpringMustHaves

Disclosure: These hand-picked, wonderfully curated products are sponsored posts that I’m fairly certain you guys are going to adore. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and Spring fevers are entirely my own. *** Know what’s better than warm weather and sunshiny days? Great stuff to help you enjoy the heck out of that warm weather and those sunshiny days. Read on, friends. Ollies Blocks We like to think of ourselves as blocks connoisseur ‘round here. We have lots of them, all {Read More}

Looking to branch out? NYC’s ‘apple seeds’ founders want to meet you.

Apple seeds team

Sometimes, the right people just come your way. Case in point: my cousin Kristan really thought I’d hit it off with her college roomie Alison. Alison, as it turns out, is one half of the A(l)lisons; two high-powered gals who own and operate NYC’s apple seeds. (The popular play space has three New York locations!) I spoke with Alison (Qualter Berna) and Allison (Schlanger) about fateful meetings, apple seeds’ wildly successful songs for seeds music classes- and what, exactly, they’re {Read More}

Swimming at Goldfish: A Chicago success story (times 3)

Nora Suzy Goldfish Swim Chicago

Disclosure: I love working with local businesses and brands, bringing the best of Chicago’s best right to your eyeballs. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and lightning-fast children are entirely my own. *** Before we signed on for a session apiece for these kiddos, these kiddos did not know how to swim. Oh, sure, they were exceptional splashers, but their attempts at staying afloat- and in the water- were somewhat not-so-great. (Just like bursts of temper and expensive tastes, they {Read More}

Suzy reviews the new SoCozy “Hush Collection” at Target

Hush Collection SoCozy Suzy

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be working with SoCozy for their new line of sensitive haircare products called “Hush.” Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and delicately detangled dames are entirely my own. *** We love our SoCozy products. We love SoCozy and their brand of non-toxic, superbly effective kiddo haircare. (Need proof? I said this back in 2015 and this in 2016. Our love has grown even deeper and stronger since then. We have a lot of hair ’round here.) So {Read More}

Chicago kids like to swim deep and climb high

Windy City Ninjas 1

Disclosure: Nora, Suzy, and Jasper are thrilled to bring you the best in kid-friendly Chicago activities on the bi-weekly. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and more-athletic-than-their-mama children are entirely my own. *** Goldfish Swim School- Bradley Place Guys, full confession time: I am not a strong swimmer. Like, I dog paddle for a few minutes before someone- usually P.J.- has to step into the shallow end and lift me like an errant piece of driftwood. I want better for {Read More}

2 to do: Chicago’s coolest things ever (for April)

Chicago, IL - Odysseo by Cavalia - Opening Night 8

Disclosure: I’m frequently invited to try out, witness, and drink artistic greatness. More disclosure: Yes, I know how great this is. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and stoked family members are entirely my own. *** Cavalia’s Odysseo is billed as “The Greatest Show Ever.” Here’s why it totally is. First off, even if you’ve seen a majestic show under a big top, even if you’ve gotten ‘been there, seen that’ about spectacle in general, you really haven’t seen what {Read More}