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}

Splashing and splitzing around Chicago: Weeks 1 & 2

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Disclosure: My kids are lucky li’l ducks to be offered so many complimentary classes. But although I’m being compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and snoring offspring are entirely my own. *** That trio of mine enjoys staying supremely active. (And I enjoy letting them out crazy amounts of excess afternoon energy; it’s a little bit like letting a bit of steam eke out of a very full, very shouty teapot.) And thanks to Goldfish Swim School and Design Dance- our two {Read More}

What I know to be true today: January 26th, 2017

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OhmyGAWD it’s been a week, hasn’t it? (What do you mean, it’s only Thursday? …That’s cool. I thought it was Tuesday for at least three hours this morning.) In a week like this (in a month like this, in a year like this, in an election cycle and subsequent four years like this), it’s good to check in with myself (and others) on what I know to be true today. Here’s what I know to be true today: Chicago is, {Read More}

3 Ways Pearachute is making Winter Break merry & bright!

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Disclosure: As a Pearachute ambassador, it’s my jingly elf-like mission to share the latest n’ greatest about their marvy drop-in classes and family-wide activities. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and non-frostbitten children are entirely my own. *** Pearachute gets you, friend. And they’re gonna continue to get you through the winter season (where, if you’re in Chicago, it’s currently -10 with the windchill ohmywordwhydidwechoosethis). Read on. 3 Ways Pearachute is making Winter Break merry & bright: Gift cards! They {Read More}

Pearachute has my gratitude this month- here’s why

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Disclosure: I’m a Pearachute ambassador (and stoked to be one). As such, I occasionally regale you with tales of the most gloriously cinchy drop-in classes around Chicagoland. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and excessive sentimentality are entirely my own. *** Raising my kids in Chicago, I’m grateful for so many things; among them, a plethora of world-class restaurants and cuisine, exceptional public transit, and a positively bonkers amount of live theatre. Working with Pearachute has only amplified what I adore about this {Read More}

‘Fun Home’ sifts memory from myth

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“Don’t let this be in the past,” cartoonist Alison Bechdel beseeches her own memory as she scrambles to put down something- anything- onto into a sketchbook in the incredibly powerful Fun Home, based on the artist’s graphic novel. The trouble, of course, is that it’s all past, and it’s Alison’s job to sort the mythology of her Dad with the real, live truths that become more apparent as she nears his age at the time of his death. Dropping truth bombs in {Read More}