{travel} Labor Day Weekend, Chicago Staycation

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
What’s great about living in a city full of attractions is that you can never go to the same place twice and see the same things.Having moved from the city life to suburban life, like many families do, my husband and I often enjoy visiting our old neighborhood of Lincoln...

{travel} Historic Hotels: The Mission Inn & Spa

Travel
According the Explore Riverside website, it states, With a population of more than 300,000, the City of Riverside is ranked as the 12th largest city in California and the 6th largest city in Southern California. The City is the seat of the 2nd fastest growing county in the nation and leads the region...

{lifestyle} Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Parenting, Lifestyle, Travel
Launched in 2003, by Founder Mary Couzin, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTag) is the only non-hobby toy and game show open to the public in the United States.Held in Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s main tourist attractions and on the same weekend as the Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue where...

{lifestyle} Guide to Shopping at Ethnic Markets

Lifestyle, Travel
As more and more people are now aware about their foods and finding ways to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, many of the traditional big box grocery stores are falling flat in offering exciting ingredients many home cooks and food enthusiasts are looking for.Because of this, ethnic food grocery chains...

{Trib Local} Filming at the Green Earth Institute in McDonald Farm

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
As a sponsor of the Good Food Festival Chicago 2012, formally the Family Farmed Expo in March 15-17, 2012, I was invited by the founder of the Green Earth Institute to visit the farm and learn about their programs and what CSA’s are all about.Steve Tiwald is the founder of the Green...

{Trib Local} #MenuTour at Midtown Kitchen + Bar (pics)

Lifestyle, Travel
On Thursday, February 16, 2012, the eve of Chicago Restaurant Week; Restaurants-America with Social Rev Up, brought Chicago lifestyle and food bloggers together for a #MenuTour of their four restaurants concepts in Chicago at Midtown Kitchen + Bar; located at 203 N. LaSalle.READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON TRIB LOCAL#MenuTour was hosted by Restaurants-America and SocialRevUp at Midtown Kitchen...

{family travel} Luxury Staycation at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Travel
When planning a luxury vacation, I often flip through glossy travel magazines and look at places like the Caribbean Islands, London, Ireland, Paris, Virgin Islands and more. But for a typical family of five like mine, luxurious family vacations are few and far between. With rising airline tickets, expenses, and...

Food Festival: Veggie Fest 2011

Parenting, Lifestyle, Travel
Food festivals are abundant during the summer months. Festivals celebrate great food and ingredients and anything goes from garlic festivals, bbq and rib fests, wine and cooking, strawberries and so much more. Veggie Fest held on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center on August 13 & 14,...

{lifestyle} Kendall County Fair

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
The County Fair or local amusement park usually equals funnel cakes in my book! On Saturday, with my son off to a birthday sleepover, and my husband still recovering from a major knee surgery, I decided to take the two girls for an afternoon at the Kendall County Fair in Yorkville, Illinois.County...

Food News: Watch the Shake Shack opening in Tokyo

Lifestyle, Travel

{lifestyle} Fooditude.tv Taste of Fooditude 2011

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
In the Fooditude.tv website, their mission states, “Fooditude” is a reality based, multi-media program for “Tweens” (children ages 8 to 12) that keeps kids and food as its central theme.”Many reports are showing the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes that were once only thought of as diseases the adults inherited, come from...

{lifestyle} Green City Market - Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
Green City Market is  a non-profit farmer’s market operating in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, operating outdoors until late fall and indoors for the winter, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.Green City Market boasts being “Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices, the mission of Green City...