All posts by Nancy Stevens

Find Family Fun Apple Picking

Nothing says fall like fresh midwestern apples picked right off the tree and made into delicious apple pies. Here’s a list of apple orchards within an easy drive from Chicagoland.  All Seasons Orchard Woodstock: 815-338-5637   www.allseasonsorchard.com 14510 IL Route 176. All Seasons offers apple picking, pumpkin, pumpkin patch... Read More

Back-to-School Germs

It seems like the kids always get exposed to new germs the first month they’re back in school. Boogie Wipes surveyed parents with school-age children and found that 67% reported their kids were sick within the first month of returning to school in the fall. What can you do to... Read More

(RE)Connecting with Your Teen on Spring Break

Oaklee’s guest post by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC Spring break is here and that means family trips. If you’re like many parents, you’ve been busy with your job, your kids’ activities, your partner and your aging parents. It’s easy to forget that you are raising teens, and taking... Read More

Valentine’s Day Memories

It’s not always easy for kids while we like to think of Valentine’s Day as all sweet, candy and roses, I’m sure we all remember days of heartbreaks as well. Remember when, before the politically correct days of every child giving a Valentine to everyone in the class, you... Read More

Have a great Birthday Party!

Here’s a look at some facilities and services to help you make the most of your special events. Many facilities and services book well in advance, so start booking your winter and spring parties now.   Des Plaines Park District Des Plaines: 847-391-5700, www.dpparks.org Party indoors and outdoors with... Read More

6 Best Places to Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree

Why cut your own tree? It’s a good way to experience the countryside and support a local family farm. The trees are recyclable and sustainable, rather than made from oil-based petroleum products. The smell of fresh pine instantly creates a holiday atmosphere in your home. Just be sure to... Read More

Tree Lightings and Santa Sightings in 2018

Nov. 22, 8-11am McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade Chicago: www.chicagofestivals.org, State St. Nov. 23, 6:30-9pm Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Antioch: www.antioch.il.gov/events.html, downtown to Village Hall. Nov. 23, 4-9pm Tree Lighting Arlington Heights: www.vah.com, Eastman St. & Arlington Heights Rd. Nov. 23, 7pm Festival of Lights Parade Crystal Lake: www.downtowncl.org,... Read More

Finding Deals for Thanksgiving Meals

Guest Post by Stephanie Nelson, Founder of CouponMom.com Make your Thanksgiving dinner one of the best bargain meals you prepare this year. By shopping the sales and using coupons, you’ll save big while your family and friends rave about your delicious meal. Just follow these tips for saving with Stephanie... Read More