Meet The Kidlist Team and Connect With Us

Meet the moms that bring you Kidlist, the online resource for families in the west and southwest suburbs! Our team consists of local parents that have a passion for finding great resources for our families and yours. Learn about what we get excited about and feel free to connect with us about ideas, events, classes and other family fun. We always love to hear from you!

Annie Tandy, Owner and Creator

Annie loves making great memories with her 2 kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do with her kids, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie’s chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and a member of the Western Springs Business Association Board of Directors. You can email her at

Rachel Matuch, Managing Editor

Rachel found Kidlist in 2015, as a new mom looking for things to down around town (and places to scope out parent friends). She was thrilled to make the jump from reading Kidlist to working with Annie and the other writers!

She recently moved from Woodridge back to her hometown of Naperville, where she lives with her husband and two boys, ages 3 and 1. Her kids are always game for new adventure. They also frequently inspire passerby to comment that she’s “got her hands full.”

Katie Mayle, Calendar Editor and Content Contributor

Katie is a mother of two girls and a new baby boy (ages 5, 3 1/2, and 2 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, whether spending a hot summer day at Centennial Beach, or a visit to the reptile house at Phillips Park Zoo. While she looks forward to being outside in the summer, their winter months are filled with local storytimes, as well as recipe-testing and art projects at home. They are grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs, and she looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

Jill Borkowicz, Content Contributor

Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 10 and 12, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

Nicole Majewski, Content Contributor

Nicole is former teacher excited to contribute her local familiarity to readers, like her. She is a Bloomingdale native and resides there with her husband, their two children, and a new baby on the way. Her daughter, age 5, loves princesses and gardening. Her son, 2 1/2 years old, enjoys storytime at the library and getting messy and Nicole also has a 7 month old daughter. In the summer months you can find her outside enjoying local parks, splash pads, and farmer’s markets. On a bleak day she breaks the monotony by visiting libraries, museums, and play places. Nicole is excited to share her knowledge with other families looking for engaging activities!

Sara Heiserman, Content Contributor

Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating. A stay-at-home mom and new PTO volunteer, Sara is eager to connect with local parents and help them plan their own Southwest Suburban adventures!

Jill Kowalski, Content Contributor

Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life. She is excited to be a part of the Kidlist team!

Kristen Sheehan, Content Contributor

Kristen is thrilled to be joining the Kidlist team! She has been a long time follower, even prior to having children! Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – a 6 year-old daughter, 3 year-old son and 9 month old daughter. They are active and energetic kiddos, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them! She hopes her contribution to the Kidlist team will allow other families to add to their “toolbox” of activities for great memories.

Charlotte Belsan, Review Team

Charlotte is a Central Illinois transplant who prides herself on being creative and thrifty; qualities she finds useful as the mom of a seven-year old daughter and a three-year old son. She lives with her husband, kids, and their terribly behaved cats in La Grange Park. After a decade of suburban Chicago life, she loves her warm neighbors and access to the forest preserve. Her family is passionate about Mexican food, parks with good swings, and any event that includes a craft. They are always happy to make a mess together. When she isn’t with her kids, Charlotte instructs painting parties, listens to tons of podcasts, and brings home interesting treasures she finds on the side of the road. 

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