Best Yoga Studios In Lake CountyOne healthy living tip busy moms often neglect is stress relief. We say it's because we don't have time to sit down and breathe, rest and relax when we're performing as chauffeur, short-order cook, house keeper and referee all day long. And I get that. I make those same excuses, too. That's where yoga comes in. Not only is yoga based on beneficial movements for your body, it's also centered around breathing, which is an art in itself that leads to stress reduction.
How To Keep New Year's ResolutionsMost of us make them, and then most of us break them. Resolutions are uttered the first days of January, but by February we've already abandoned that which we so wanted...
Winter Break Guide To The Botanic GardenThis time of year--winter break after Christmas--most of the parents I know are in search of two things: a way to entertain the troops that does not include TV, and a little warmth. Last year we discovered the wonders of a place that offers both when we ventured to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Since our first trip there, we've since become much more acquainted, so here's a little guide to the garden with kids during the winter.
Best Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes For The HolidaysLast Thanksgiving was our first holiday catering to special diets, and you'd have thought come Christmastime we were abandoning something integral to the holiday -- like Christmas trees -- instead of simply gluten. Everything delicious and edible food seemed to brimming with delectable glutenous particles, and those of us on the restricted diet felt a little, erm, restricted.
Best Thanksgiving Books For KidsSnuggle up with your little ones and let these beautifully worded (and funny!) stories about being thankful and celebrating with gratitude soak into your heart!
Healthy Candy Guide For HalloweenDespite having been exposed to delicious, healthy foods for almost their entire lives, my kids would still choose to swim in a vat of M&M candy and eat their weight in those little colorful bites were they given the opportunity (which is something nightmares are made of for this health-conscious mama)...
Best Halloween Children's BooksThere’s not much more relaxing and enjoyable than jumping into some cozy pajamas on a chilly fall night and snuggling up with a good book. Even when you’re only four or five years old. Here are some fabulous family-friendly books that celebrate autumn and Halloween with all of the fun and none of the scare!
Fall Fashion GuideThe mother of two little boys, I often feel like I’m lucky if I sneak in a shower where I can wash my hair without having to stop part way through to referee a game of light sabering. That said, keeping up with fashion and being fashionable (when simply keeping up with bathing is a task) doesn’t always come super easy when little ones are under foot. (Also, what do you mean the Princess Leia hair buns aren’t in style?)
How To Preserve Your Garden HarvestWhether your garden is exploding with the ripe fruits of your labor or you couldn’t resist saving quite a bit of cash at the local farmer’s market by buying a bushel of apples instead of a peck, it’s time to preserve the harvest so it can be enjoyed all winter long. Because, honestly, you know you cannot possibly eat all of those apples during the next few weeks; plus you’re going to want some for that Thanksgiving Day pie.
Best Ingredients For A Natural Medicine CabinetAs Chicago welcomes autumn’s crisp air, a season plump with pumpkins, ripe with fresh apples, shorter days and the return of school, we also begrudgingly play host to cold and flu season from frost until spring thaw...
Guide: Why Eat Local?With a surplus of farmers markets in the Chicagoland area, there’s nothing stopping most of us from making these weekly markets our grocery-shopping destinations. Aside from markets being, well, everywhere, here are FIVE compelling reasons to eat locally and take advantage of what our local farmers have to offer.
What To Do Before The Summer's GoneThe last few weeks of summer before school begins can get a little wearisome as both parents and kids alike begin to crave the routine of the school year amid the gradual changing of the season. But these weeks don’t have to drag on without respite; living in the Chicagoland area means we have plenty of activities in which to engage. Here’s a list of some that should make your end-of-the-summer bucket list.
Natural Garden RemediesLike raising children, planting a garden requires work. Planting a garden while raising children requires even more work. And planting a garden with the children you’re raising -- well, I’m pretty sure there is a medal in Heaven for those who choose to engage in such endeavors...
Guide: Diffusing Sibling ArgumentsThis summer has left our family a little fried in more than the roast, toast and burn kind of way that 100-degree heat and full-on, daily sunshine leaves in its nightly sunset. Specifically, this summer has left me, the mother of two little boys, totally burned out by 10 a.m. after breaking up the tenth argument of the day.
Family Guide To Chicago Botanic GardenThe Chicago Botanic Garden has been one of our favorite destinations this summer, featuring sneakily hidden biology and botany lessons interwoven with threads of fun, adventure and exploration. With several weeks left in summer break and many months of temperate weather remaining at our doorsteps, don’t neglect to spend some time greening up the family thumbs.