• 6 Ways Your Family Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

    During the past year, the Covid pandemic has really put a damper on the way that individuals celebrate holidays. Activities like eating meals in restaurants with loved ones, attending parties with friends and so on have been discouraged in order to slow the rate of transmission of the contagious virus. But, that doesn’t mean that celebrations have to be avoided; they may just look a little different for the time being. Now that Valentine’s Day is two weeks away, you may be asking yourself, “How can I make Valentine’s Day special this year for my children?” If you’ve wondered this, keep reading. Hopefully, you’ll find below at least one idea…

  • Still Need A Few Last-Minute Holiday Gifts? Check Out These Websites!

    In just a few days, Christmas will be here! If you haven't finished shopping for all of the special people in your life, don't worry. I can help! While I can't shop for you or wrap the presents (something I actually LOVE doing!), I can offer a few suggestions on where to look for some quality last-minute gifts. Such retailers as Macy's, Sally Beauty, DaySpring, Amazon and Jane still have plenty of gift options for adults and children alike. Some can be picked up the same day they're ordered and others can be delivered to you or the recipient overnight!

  • 5 Simple Italian Recipes To Make For Your Family

    Thanks to the talented home chefs I’ve known throughout my life–including my mom, grandmothers, aunts, and mother-in-law–I have an appreciation of food that allows me to enjoy familiar dishes, as well as be open to trying new ones. For example, while I enjoy eating dishes that are reflective of my own family and culture, I also like to eat dishes that are popular in, or that originated in, other cultures and countries. If you’ve ever read my “About Me” page, you may remember that I’m a big fan of Mexican dishes. However, if you conduct a search on this site for food, you’ll notice that I like a wide variety…

  • Here Are A Few Things You Should Know Before You Visit Chicago Botanic Garden

    My family really likes to explore botanical gardens. We have found cultural institutions like these in–or near–previous vacation destinations and we’re pleased that we have some closer to home, as well. In fact, a few are within an hour’s drive from our home in the Chicagoland area. One such place is Chicago Botanic Garden, which is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Illinois. It gives my husband, daughters and I a chance to step away from our busy schedules and enjoy some quality family time, as well as provides us with some much-needed fresh air therapy. If you think you’d like to visit Chicago Botanic Garden soon, keep…

  • Easy Turkey Reuben Meal

    This easy-to-make sandwich is a delicious alternative for anyone who doesn't have corned beef, which is traditionally used to make reubens, on hand. It also would be a nice sandwich option for someone who doesn't like corned beef or has been cutting back how much red meat they eat.