The hardest part of being a mom is leaving your kids. Of course, it makes the return that much sweeter. The other hardest part is when you've got 'em...what do you do with them? Yes, we are now at that age in which I often hear, "Mom, I'm bored." or "What are we gonna do today that's fun?"
And, if you're anything like me, you'd prefer them not to stare at a screen all day. Unless they are, of course, sick like my eldest who is laying in my bed moaning as she sleeps. Strep throat strikes our house on Spring Break. Oy!
Back to the activity dilemma. Have you ever heard of Afterschoolz? It's the answer for Chicagoland moms like me who have run out of magical powers now that my kids are out of napping and in school. Know what else is around the corner? Summer. In our house that translates to the never-ending stress of trying to keep my two divas entertained, safe and inspired.
That's why I turned to Afterschoolz! This site curates all the local camps and activities in our area so that you can enroll your kids in a diverse array of programs all from one website. I love it! You can browse by age or interest.
Olivia is interested in acting while Lola has recently decided to take up tennis. Yes, they surprise me everyday! Those two don't do it for you? How about cooking at Sur la Table? Science at the Morton Arboretum? Lacrosse. Dribbling class. The list goes on. Activities are available up to 17 years of age, too!
So while these two give me a run for my money now, I can breathe a sigh of relief because I know they'll be meeting new friends, exploring new hobbies, creating new projects and, most of all, safe as we head into another busy summer.
What are you enrolling your kids in this summer?
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Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
We loved this book! I've read it weekly to my kids as there is so much "new" in their little lives with teachers, classrooms, routines and new friends. But it's a bit of a role reversal because this books is all about prepping their teachers for a rad school year. Meet this week's Brightly Book is: How to Get Your Teacher Ready. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
School has begun! What a whirlwind week y'all! Happy to report that both kiddos seem happy and well adjusted. Let's all hi-5! Speaking of hi-5's, Dad chose this week's book reco as his favorite by far. And you'll see why. This week's Brightly Book is: Magic Tree House: A Big Day for Baseball. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We loved loved loved this week's Brightly Book: We're All Wonders. It explores the differences in all of us which came at a tremendous time as my girls have been incredibly inquisitive about hair color, skin color and beyond. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We are through and through a Seuss family. I was so excited when my girls quickly adopted this author's books into their little bedroom libraries. And let's be honest...they are an easy read on the days when you've been put through the ringer in life and as a parent. I am nothing if I am not brutally honest!
School is coming up so quick we can smell it! Let's just say we've been spending a LOT of extra time reading at night to wipe off the cobwebs. It's good to get back to our roots and the girls are enjoying a little mom and dad time sans television which...here, here to that!
Hi! Happy Friday! Although somewhat risky, I thought we'd do a little exercise today! For the first time in eight years I want to open up the floor and answer all of your burning questions. I've never done this before but I thought it could be a fun way to connect as a community and I've seen so many influencers do the same. It really changed my perspective on the individual behind the brand. So...what do you think?
Parental friends! I am so excited to be partnering with Lands' End on a special summer initiative regarding our littles...because let's face it, we all want to keep them entertained but we often forget that fun doesn't mean a three-ring circus daily. Sometimes it's about revisiting the basics. By basics I am referring to keeping learning fun and ensuring that they stay fresh as a new school year approaches. Hard to even wrap our heads around, right?
Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier. Summer means more outside time and more family time. No matter how much time we spend outside, everyone, myself included, needs a moment to themselves. I call it “quiet time” and I’ve trained my girls to take an hour everyday.
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.