Go on a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo

   If there's one thing my kids love its animals and LEGOs, and now the best place to see both is at  Brookfield Zoo's Brick Safari this summer. From now through May 29th, brick lovers can see over 40 animals in brick form. We had a chance to check it out and we...
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Exploring Matthiessen State Park with the Family

When I was planning our visit to the Starved Rock area, I kept hearing great things about Matthiessen State Park. Some people even said that they preferred Matthiessen over Starved Rock. Well, that was enough to pique my curiosity -- we just had to check it out...
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A Family Fun Stay at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Starved Rock

Last weekend we ventured to the Starved Rock area where we spent some time reconnecting and unwinding. (Read about our hiking adventure here.)  Our home base was Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort located right across the street from Starved Rock State Park - literally....
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Two Delicious Stops in Lafayette-West Lafayette Indiana

On our way to Ohio, we got off I-65 by West Lafayette in Indiana, also known as the home of Purdue University. Located between Chicago and Indianapolis, the Lafayette area boasts two iconic places in the area to get some grub - Triple XXX Family Restaurant and Igloo...

A Drop of Hope: The kind of book kids need

As an avid reader, I'm always on the lookout for books that my kids, as well as I, can enjoy. If you're looking for a feel-good novel about finding hope where you least expect it, consider Scholastic's A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese. Disclosure: I received this...

ShadowView Brewing in Woodstock

We love our area, but sadly we haven't dined at many of the restaurants. With McHenry County's inaugural restaurant week coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to try out new places. We were kindly invited by Visit McHenry County to preview a couple of...

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