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Best Mobile Apps For A Busy Family

It’s rare parents go anywhere without their smart phones anymore; these hand-held mini computers are used for so much more than just making phone calls and receiving texts, so it’s no wonder that so many applications have been developed specifically for families and little ones. Here’s a list of some wonderful apps for families.

05/11/2012

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Best Green Items For Summer

Improving your family’s health is no small task, though we all would agree it’s worthwhile. Making the transition is easiest by taking baby steps. Here’s a list of must-have staple summer items aimed at creating healthier, greener, more sustainable lifestyles.

05/08/2012

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Earth Day With The Kids

The last two weekends in April promise to be green in the Chicagoland in so many ways with trees budding and unfurling their leaves and both Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in full swing around the city and suburbs. Mark your calendars for Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day Friday, April 27, and take a peak below to plan out how to celebrate our great Earth with the kiddos while teaching them ways to be good stewards of our precious resources.

04/18/2012

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Kid-Friendly Gardening: The Best Plants

Before a patch of grass has been chosen, fresh Earth tilled and little hands become eager to sink their fingers into the Midwestern soil, a successful gardener gives thought to the crops he or she wants to reap and sow. Of course, not all plants grow easily or are hardy enough to survive little feet stomping around the garden, so the family garden bed needs extra-special thought. Here’s a list of the best, kid-friendly plants to grow in our May 15th – late October Zone 5 Chicago growing season.

04/11/2012

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Guide To Costume Creating For Kids

Creative and imaginative play often comes naturally from the ever-learning-and-exploring minds of children, so there’s oftentimes no need to spend a whole lot of money on costumes or accessories. Here’s a simple guide to gathering resources for a costume and scene-setting trunk that will keep your little ones’ play time running wild even if there’s a return to indoor play with Chicago weather featuring characteristic all-day rains that are typical for our Midwestern spring.

04/04/2012

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Guide To Choosing A Pediatrician

Oftentimes, it’s one of the last things to cross a newly pregnant mother’s mind, but finding the right pediatrician before baby meets the world can help ease the new mom and dad into parenthood by having a trusted practitioner on their side the moment baby arrives. Here’s a guide to finding the right practitioner for your family.

03/21/2012

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Summer Camp Scramble

Though summer seems like a distant dream during February in Chicago, summer camp registration is in full swing! Here’s a list of only a few notable summer camps in the Chicagoland area among the many, many (did I say many? Because I mean many!) camps offered. Be sure to click over to the websites to get all the details of registration, ages and dates!

02/13/2012

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Valentine’s Day With The Kids

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show all the loves in your life some special attention. Here’s a list of wonderful, family friendly places to celebrate the day of love with even the smallest people in your family.

02/06/2012

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Winter Crafts For Kids

Though we’ve had a relatively mild winter in Chicagoland area this season, the latest arctic blast and snowstorm have reignited a need for fun, easy indoor crafts. Here are a few we love as well as a few we’ll soon be trying.

01/25/2012

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Winter Veggies For The Whole Family

When we want to avoid dinnertime battles with the kids and still serve up the most nutritious vegetables readily and affordably available during these winter months in Chicago, we turn to the following tried and true recipes. Read on with an open mind and you might be surprised by what the little ones (and you!) will love!

01/10/2012

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Gluten-Free Baked Goods For The Kids

With parties and celebrations galore, the holiday season can seem daunting when it comes to food for those who have dietary restrictions as well as those who are preparing food. Read on for some delicious, festive baked goods that are free of two common food allergens/irritants–wheat (wheat-gluten) and dairy–that will absolutely make your mouth water, even if you don’t have food restrictions.

12/29/2011

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Best Gifts For Toddlers

While it may seem like boxes and gift bags with nothing inside would make the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah present for the toddlers in your life (and that thought might have quite a bit of wisdom to it), there are some wonderfully imaginative toys available at small shops throughout the Chicagoland area. Read on to garner gift ideas for your favorite toddler this holiday season.

12/09/2011

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Guide To Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

Two weeks is a long time for parent and child alike when the kiddos are out of school on winter break and running the hallways of the house to release pent-up energy. Navy Pier offers a Winter WonderFest for a solid month – from Dec. 2 through Jan. 8, 2012. Here’s a guide to a few highlights of the Fest you’ll want to be sure to check out at Navy Pier. Pack up, get out and enjoy!

12/01/2011

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Thanksgiving: How To Make It Meaningful For Kids

We know there’s deep-seeded meaning to Thanksgiving. Read on to find out how to share glimpses of that meaning with our preschoolers when food, football and fancy floats seem to take the center stage.

11/22/2011

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Guide To Trick-or-Treating With Kids

Halloween with preschoolers and toddlers requires more than just planning cute costumes and cute picture opportunities beyond posing next to the bare Chicago trees. Here’s a guide to celebrating Halloween with the super-cute littlest monsters in your life:

10/20/2011

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Must-Do Fall Activities

Here are a few family-friendly activities to check off your autumn bucket list!

09/28/2011

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Fall Favorites Off The Beaten Path

Here’s a list of some to-good-to-pass up destinations that are family friendly, fun and a little off the beaten path.

09/15/2011

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Best Chicago Area Road Trip Stops

Here’s a list of the top places to enjoy when heading out of Chicago with the family in tow.

09/07/2011

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Family: Road Trip Survival Guide

As Labor Day weekend nears, your family might be making plans to take one last summer hurrah outside of the Chicago area. Here are a few ways to help make road trips with the little people in your life bearable and maybe even memorable and fun.

08/22/2011

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Best Parks In The Northern Suburbs

Northern and Central Lake County boasts some wonderful recreational areas enjoyable to both adults and children alike. Here are a few of the standout parks in the county families will want to be sure to enjoy.

08/11/2011

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