Eataly loves kids- and it’s mutual

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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}

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

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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}

Chicago kids like to swim deep and climb high

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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)

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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}

Two types of children: Chicago activity edition

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Disclosure: I love working with Chicago-based companies to find the very best in kid-friendly, body n’ brain-stimulating activities all across town. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and stubborn children are entirely my own. *** Windy City Ninjas Let’s lay it all out on the table, shall we? Even though I have three children, I only have two types of children: One is the kind of kid who shies away from newness, believes wholeheartedly in stranger danger/”Mom, can I sit {Read More}

Our fave Chicago kid activities, a.k.a. Guaranteed Sleep

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Disclosure: I’m thrilled to work with these marvelous Chicago businesses- and my kids have pretty much hit the Activity Lottery. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and kiddos with swagger are entirely my own. *** New to our adventures around town? Check here and here for previous weeks’ escapades! It’s been incredibly, gloriously fun. That said, keeping track of the weeks has been haaard, you guys. So…recap! Recap: Goldfish Swim School, Bradley Place- Ooh man, if I could name one {Read More}

Chicago kids love to float, pose, and scale

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Disclosure: My kids are ridiculously lucky to try all of this stuff for free. Although my activities around Chicago¬†are compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and impressively flexible children are entirely my own. *** Want to see what those monkeys of mine have been up to for the past two weeks? (Here’s a recap for folks just tuning in now; don’t worry, the only plot twist that could possibly confuse you would be the moment that I jumped in the pool. Which {Read More}

Splashing, spinning & soaring kids in Chicago

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Disclosure: This physical activity magnificence is sponsored by some of our favorite places around Chicago. Even though I’m being compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and utterly fearless children are entirely my own. *** Listen, bedtime doesn’t help itself along. And when your kiddos have a touch of the Chicago Spring Fever (thanks, global warming!), getting that energy out in short, adorable bursts pretty much benefits everyone. Here’s what we did during weeks 1 and 2! And here’s where we played recently: {Read More}