All posts by Nancy Stevens

Re-Build Girls’ Self-Esteem This Summer

Here are some tips from a unique wilderness camp that inspires self growth and teaches lifelong skills to young girls. Studies have shown that 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls are 17 years... Read More

4 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Online safety is a big challenge for today’s parents. Here are 4 tips from parenting expert Dr. Charles Fay of the Love and Logic Institute.  Like many parents in today’s digital society, Rene’ was shocked when she discovered that her fifteen year-old was sharing nude photos... Read More

Spring Clean like a Green Machine

Want to make your own green cleaners to keep your house fresh the non-toxic way? Here are the basic supplies you’ll need: Distilled white vinegar (sold in the cooking section of most supermarkets) Baking soda Olive oil Borax (sold in a box in the laundry aisle)... 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... Read More

Tree Lighting in Chicago Suburbs 2021

Tree Lighting in Chicago Suburbs 2021. You can visit with Santa at these neighborhood tree lighting ceremonies and holiday festivals. Nov. 25, 8-11am Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Chicago:, State St. Nov. 26, 6:30-9pm Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Antioch:, downtown to Village Hall. Nov.... Read More

Secrets for Helping Boys Learn

The problem of boys in education is not a new one – data has been mounting for many years that our sons are simply falling behind our daughters, says pioneering veteran in education, Edmond J. Dixon, Ph.D. But it’s not because boys are any less intelligent than girls,... Read More

Finding Deals for Thanksgiving Meals

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. 1. Plan Ahead: The key to saving on groceries is taking time to... Read More

Two New Ways to Celebrate after Thanksgiving

Get your family involved in Giving Tuesday and Small Business Saturday While some families plan their after Thanksgiving holiday shopping around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are two new dates that get our attention this year: Small Business Saturday on November 24th, and Giving Tuesday on November 27th. We... Read More

5 Tips to Handle Bullying

Although October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the bullying doesn’t stop when October is over. Here are some tips from expert Philip Brown, PhD, on understanding and dealing with bullying. Dr. Brown works with Wear the Cape–a brand that aims to restore the power of kindness... 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... Read More

Fall Festivals 2021

This weekend Goebbert’s Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 31, at 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, and 40 W. Higgins in South Barrington. Both locations have animals, mazes, wagon rides, pig races and more. See websites for hours. Oktoberfest at Pingree... Read More

Best 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, 2855 Hart Road: Beyond a pumpkin patch,... Read More

Fall Apple Picking

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic was top of mind at suburban orchards, which opened with changes and precautions in place. Operators this season will follow current guidelines and recommendations, but the atmosphere is expected to be more relaxed. Still, it’s always best to check before you... Read More

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 14510 IL Route 176. All Seasons offers apple picking,... Read More

Chicago Park District Pools and Water Play Areas

The city of Chicago has some of the best pools and water playgrounds so you can beat the heat this summer. This list will help you find one close by. Adams Water Playground Chicago: 312-742-7787 1919 N. Seminary Ave. Archer Interactive Water Play Area Chicago:... 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, Party indoors and... Read More

10 Tips to Stop Stressing Kids this Summer

Parenting expert Michele Borba says overscheduled, overwhelmed kids are missing out on the free play and downtime that develop their capacity to care about others. Here, she offers 10 tips to help us stop stressing the empathy out of our kids this summer. Summer, of course, once... Read More

5 Ways to Ditch Technology for Family Bonding

Here are 5 ways to ditch technology in favor of intergenerational family bonding. No face-to-face contact is needed for massive communication to take place today! Children are text messaging, surfing their favorite websites and playing video games. Adults are looking at Facebook, Twitter and emails. These... Read More

Is my child too sick to go to school?

Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school. After all, what well-intentioned parent hasn’t sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning “come get your child” phone call? But making the right... 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... 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... Read More