Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Oaklee’s guest post from Sue Kirchner, local mom and owner of Chocolate Cake Moments, a website dedicated to helping parents relax, smile and enjoy their family and maybe even indulge themselves. Find Sue at    Halloween night can’t come soon enough for my kids. They... Read More

Hoppy Paws Stamp Kits

Do your kids want “proof” that the Easter Bunny visited your house? Use this kit to leave his footprints along the path to the front door and throughout the house leading to their Easter Baskets. Hoppy Paws is a stamp kit that creates realistic Easter Bunny paw... Read More

Winter Break Camps

                Looking for a winter break camp? Here’s a list of fabulous day camps for all kinds of activities. The YMCA Chicago even offers overnight camps. It’s not too late to sign up so register now! Specialty Camps The... Read More

Doctor’s Tips for Staying Healthy

Physician Shares Tips for Giving Your Body What It Needs to Fight Illness It’s a sad statistical fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health. There’s a spike in heart attacks and pneumonia, and more people... Read More

November Craft Fairs 2014

Now’s the time to start gathering your holiday gifts. Craft fairs are a great place to find unique and handmade items for everyone on your gift list. Our holiday family tradition always includes a visit to the Chicago Christkindlmarket. You can start your own holiday family... Read More

Live Theater Performances

I’ll bet you remember a theater production you saw as a child much better than you remember a movie. Live performances provide a degree of engagement that you don’t find when watching a movie or reading a book. Theater can spark the imagination of children and... Read More

What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

After the kids (and you!) have eaten your fill, here are some ideas on what to do with your leftover Halloween candy. Turn it in for the troops. A number of local dentists’ offices are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. You turn in... Read More

Best Free Halloween Phone Apps

From creepy sounds to zombie faces to smiling pumpkins, these free Halloween apps will help you get into the spirit and liven up your celebrations.   Free Halloween Sounds Pro by Dream Injector Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween unless you scare the bejezus out of someone.... Read More

Throwing a Halloween Party for Kids

  It’s time to plan your Halloween Parties. Here are some of our favorite ideas for the season. • Set the tone with a clever invitation. Better Homes and Gardens Editor-in-Chief Ann Blevins has a list of 12 tips and tricks for a memorable party. She sets the... Read More

Recipe for a Summer Day Trip

Oaklee’s guest post by Diane Malinowski with Elk Grove Park District   So all winter you are promising to take  the kids to that place you promised to take them last summer.  It’s not too late, get out the calendar and make a commitment. Summer goes fast.... Read More

Rainy Day Fun

When those Rainy Days Hit Head inside to the museums. We’ve got such a great collection of museums in the Chicago area, and not just the large city museums. Here’s a sample of local museums you’ll want to know. When you’re ready to head inside, check... Read More

12 tips for the best Halloween party

A little forethought is all it takes for monstrously memorable merrymaking.  Halloween Tricks & Treats Editor-in-Chief Ann Blevins of Better Homes and Gardens gives us the inside scoop on how to throw a kid-friendly monster mash this Halloween. 1. Make clever invites. The way you announce the “what,... Read More