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No Bake Unicorn Granola Bars

Nothing says I love you quite like rainbows, sprinkles and white chocolate chips. And while these won’t get you the health-conscious parent of the year award, they will score you major points with your little one. Who can resist something this pretty? As far as granola bars go, these are on the candy bar end of …

The Solar Eclipse: Don’t Forget You Can’t Just Wear Shades

In 1991 on July 11th I was a nine-year-old enjoying the summer prior to entering the fifth grade. I remember the day before my mom explained to my brothers and I that there was going to be a solar eclipse. Kansas City wouldn’t have much visibility, but as an extra precaution we sat at our kitchen table and made a DIY …

What to Do This Weekend: Glow Jump, Shawnimals & a Trip to Tennessee!

If you don't feel like battling the crowds at the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend (hand raised), there's plenty more to do! Make the most of summer before school starts by hitting up Movies in the Park, bringing your babes to the glow jump, learning about the solar eclipse and finding your kiddos favorite extracurricular! 

A Back to School Baking Giveaway with Stevia in the Raw

A lot of babes headed back to school yesterday (I was living vicariously through your photos on my Facebook feed), and school in session can only mean one thing: fall is coming. And while I’m not quite ready to give up the summer rays, the thought of cozy sweaters, leather jackets and apple pies do have a certain …

5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Baby Shower

A couple of weeks ago I threw the most beautiful baby shower for my girlfriend Amanda. It was by far one of the easiest and chicest events I have ever planned. When you are planning a baby shower it doesn’t have to be all the traditional things that you think of – if it’s a girl it …

A Sentimental Baby Shower Gift: Rock a Box Baby

Earlier this month I threw my girlfriend Amanda the chicest baby shower ever. I knew I needed an equally awesome baby shower gift to accompany the event and Rock a Box Baby did not disappoint. I went onto their website and selected a white lacquer box (small or large) and then began customizing it. The whole …

Pepperoni, Mushroom & Black Olive Pizza Quesadillas

I’ll eat pizza pretty much any way it is served and these pizza quesadillas are exceptional. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest and trust me, this is the epitome of easy. Pile your favorite toppings on one half of a tortilla shell, place in the skillet, flip, slice and serve! Dinner doesn’t get more straightforward than that. …

ZELCHELLA: Zelda’s Epic Birthday Party at the Swissôtel

I love nothing more than planning a party. I’m sure the thought of birthday party planning makes many of you cringe but I find it so therapeutic. Crazy? I know, but it is my thing! When it comes to Zelda I can never hold back -- last year we threw an epic Lisa Frank beach bash and everyone …

Make Fun Plans: XO Marshmallow Cafe, the Floating Museum & More!

After last weekend's craziness, Zelda and I are looking forward to a low key weekend! There is plenty of fun happening around Chicago for those of you who want to get out there and maximize your two days off, so here you go!

What Would You Do? An Encounter with Senior Bullies

When I say the word “bully” you probably think of bullies on the playground or at school. Today, I am going to talk about a different kind of bully: the mean senior citizen. Over the last few months I have had two encounters with this type of bully. The first time I was at a restaurant with my friend and …
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