All posts by Nancy Stevens

(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

DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget

We got some great tips from a Consignment Expert to create and save on costumes this Halloween Do you remember your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Mine was this long, flowing princess costume that my mother made out of green satin and chiffon. It had a vest with sequins... Read More

Fall Fun & Pumpkin Patches

Fall is here and Halloween is on the way, so get out your carving tools and go find the perfect pumpkin. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin farms and fests for the season. Abbey Farms Aurora: (630) 966-7775, abbeyfarms.org 2855 Hart Road: Beyond a pumpkin patch, the farm’s Pumpkin... Read More

Getting Along With Teachers

How often have your kids come home complaining of their teachers? “They didn’t call on me and I knew the answer!” or “Why does she always call on me?” Often, our kids are looking for someone else to blame when they don’t understand the work and they really just... Read More