If you're looking for something fun to do with the family, I've got you covered! My clan and I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip to Medieval Times Chicago. Three of us had never been but I knew what was in store. Just a short stint from our house, we made a day of our excursion which might I add - completely tuckered out the little ones just in time for bed. Perfect timing for a giant glass of pinot noir come 8:00pm sharp!
Medieval Times is really an interactive experience complete with gift shops, a live show, hands on dining and of course, cheering. My kiddos are 5 + 4 years old which is the perfect age for them to participate. This includes cheering on "the bad guys" and eating with their hands. Yes, that was a hit! Who doesn't like shredding a turkey leg and warm bread?
The show begins when lunch or dinner is served which means you don't have to worry about entertaining your guests. My girls were enthralled with the princess and very aware of our team colors when it came to the pseudo battles. Expect falconry, beautiful horses and finally, a jousting competition with some rather honed acting skills.
I think we won "Coolest Parents Award" that day. It was over the following day, sadly.
Don't forget the selfies. What did you expect from me...c'mon!
The entire show is housed in a giant, medieval castle that has all the makings of a Game of Thrones episode. Heck, even the food is themed from dragon's blood and beyond! Every staff member is in character, too.
If you're looking for a break from the cold, and it is here rather early this year, I highly recommend this interactive, fun outing for the family. They can entertain large groups as well. Everyone loves an opportunity to get rowdy and boisterous...let's be honest.
P/S Parents: alcohol is served! Happy Friday!
I've partnered with Woodfield Mall again but this time the focus has slightly shifted...we're talking all things DAD! Yes...even dear old dad deserves a day to himself. <don't we all?> The girls and I headed out last weekend to get our shop on and shopping we did, indeed, accomplish. Might I add that we took several 100 breaks for various reasons ranging from the bathroom to snacks to toy stores and beyond BUT we completed our mission.
Note to self: Train daughters to build some shopping stamina!
If you haven't thought about Mother's Day, it's time to get to it. May 14 is closer than you think!
In recent years, I've discovered that it's not about the gift or the pampering. If yesterday's post wasn't an indicator that I am not the spa type, read here. For me, it's about spending the day and having an experience with my family with a side of "me" time.
Twinning is the new black. I'm sure you knew this! Well, looks like I'm on-trend again because this past Easter my girls and I dressed from head to toe in Lola and the Boys. And it was awesome! We wore their leaf dresses which were more than comfortable to entertain in and play in.
If there is one thing I love, it's little girls in Easter dresses. There's nothing sweeter. But, sometimes momma needs a new dress, too! #amiright? Not to worry, I selected five sweet but tasteful dresses that fit the bill no matter if you're hosting or brunchin' out.
The Shamrock Shake has once again made its annual appearance. And while this may be a favorite childhood treat for many, including myself, I went on a quest this year to find a healthier version. One that my entire family would love. Selfishly, this is also how I start my day so really, it's about killing two birds with one stone.
What's not to love about today? Roses, candy and the color RED! I woke up to a dozen roses and I am not complaining. My girls - pink carnations. So utterly sweet. Cupid is not stupid.
People often joke that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday. By and large…it is but why not enjoy it for what it is? I've never met a gal who didn't swoon over pink and red accessories or, for that matter, a guy who didn't enjoy the excuse to eat a fancy dinner out. Like I said, what's not to love?
Well, pucker up buttercup because I took my clan to Woodfield Mall last weekend to round up a quick and easy gifting guide for the ladies and the gents. My oh-so-helpful assistants were on a mission to make everyone happy at just about every price point. <Starbucks' cake pops sweetened the deal>
Do you remember 2015's learnings? Me neither! Funny how some things remain the same yet so much has changed. I feel like this list is a little cranky but I really spoke authentically. 2016 was a great year but it had its challenges. I'm actually a bit exhausted from learning so I'm using this last week to recharge my batteries...hence the blog silence. I just need a break from pictures and pressure - truthfully. On the positive front; this has been a great year for family. We have had so much fun and I feel blessed that I have them to keep me grounded. We all need that don't we?
Wishing you and your families the coziest, happiest of holidays!
Thank you for all the love + support in 2016! xo
Hello world! How's everyone's holiday shopping coming along? If you're anything like me you are waiting until the very last minute to check off your list and get those holiday cards out. Ring a bell? Good, you're in the right place!