Articles by Liz Haskins


“Kindness Rocks” and Local Rock Painting Groups

Have you heard of The Kindness Rocks Project? Per their website, their goals are to “inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way” and to “recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.” How to Make a Kindness Rock Find a smooth stone and paint with acrylic…



School Lunch Ideas and Snacks for Kids

If your kids are tired of the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lunchbox, we have some great school lunch ideas for the upcoming school year! School Lunch Ideas My kids like to pick out their own lunches (and I like one less chore to remember)!  Before we go grocery shopping, I ask the kids to write…


Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Chicagoland

The total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible to the continental United States in 38 years. For more information about the Eclipse, including safety precautions, times to view the eclipse, and resources, please visit NASA’s page here. In Illinois, the path of totality will be crossing in…


Movie Review: Cars 3

My husband and I accompanied our 3 sons (ages 11, 7 and 5 1/2 years old) to see Cars 3, and we all loved it! I was really pleased by the overall theme of the movie and the positive message it sent to the audience. The movie centers on Lightning McQueen realizing that he will be expected to retire and…


Tips for Traveling with Kids

Are you ready to get out of town? We have complied a list of ideas to keep your sanity intact while traveling with kids and ways to keep them occupied!   Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied During Travel Devices: iPad, iPod, Kindle, travel DVD player. Remember to have them charged (and don’t forget to bring the chargers, too)! If you’re…



Tips for Enjoying Your Day Out With Thomas

Are you going to Day Out With Thomas next weekend or still want to buy tickets? We went last weekend and have some tips for what to wear and bring with you, when to get there, how to navigate the grounds, along with what you can expect on the train rides and other activities that we loved while we were…


Pete’s Dragon: Movie Review for Parents

Pete’s Dragon begins with Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 5-year-old who is lost in the forest after he escapes after a car rollover. While walking in the woods, he is cornered by several hungry wolves and then rescued by a kind dragon he names Elliot. Pete is discovered when part his forest is being torn down by developers, and rescued by…


Geocaching with Kids

This weekend, my brother-in-law took my sons on their very first geocaching adventure. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS coordinates that started in 2000. Who knew this game was going on all over the world?! I was so happy to see the kids so engaged and excited and that all of the kids (ages 4,6 and 10)…


Best Apps for Kids

In this age of technology, I think all parents can agree that screen time for children can be a double-edged sword. Favoring the “everything in moderation” standard, here are a few our our favorite incredibly engaging and educational app picks. The best apps for kids by age group!   Toddlers Nighty Night, Night Night Circus $2.99.Voted Most Popular Bedtime Story…