Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Earth Day and Arbor Day}

Prairie Burning at Spring Valley Nature Center

This week, Earth Day and Arbor Day serve as reminders of how important conservation is. There are many wonderful events throughout the area for you to experience nature while learning about conservation with your family. A couple of weeks ago, we attended a prescribed prairie burning at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. Prairie burning is very necessary and vital to the prairie ecosystem. We found the event to be a brilliant and powerful celebration of the awesome power of nature! This weekend provides so many opportunities to celebrate nature while creating family memories--get out there!

Here are some affordable ideas for family fun this weekend:

Friday, April 25

Spend a lovely family evening at the Friday Night Campfire at Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington from 7:30PM-8:30PM. Enjoy stories and roasted marshmallows! The event suggests a $2 pp donation.

The Morton Arboretum has a ton of festivities this weekend for Arbor Day including Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free on this Friday (Friday only). You can read about all of the fun in our previous post. Hope you can visit and hug a tree!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History: Journey Through Montréal History from the Ground Up


**Disclosure: We did receive complimentary admission for the purpose of conducting a review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

During our visit to Montréal, we had the pleasure of visiting Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and I have to say that our family found the museum to be a uniquely tangible way to learn about the history of Montréal. When you visit Pointe-à-Callière Museum, you descend down below Montréal and in essence descend through time to hear the voices of past inhabitants.

Montréal was founded in 1642 making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Members of the First Nations lived on the island of Montréal for thousands of years, long before the city was founded. With thousands of years of history, the area of Vieux-Montréal is built upon layer after layer of civilization with many stories to tell. Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History provides an interactive way for families to virtually peel back these layers and see how Montréal has grown into the city it is today.


A spectacular introduction to Montréal:

Upon our arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the staff who gave us a brief orientation of the site. Be sure to grab a map--we did get turned around a couple of times while exploring so it definitely helps! After, we headed into a theater to watch a movie about the history of Montréal. I have to say that this presentation has to be one of the most well done that I have ever seen! The theater is situated on top of ruins which is thrilling in itself. However, the presentation was truly engaging and exciting. Montréal really unfolded before our eyes through the spectacular use of multimedia!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Have a lovely Easter!


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Live Cake Auction at Norton's U.S.A. to Benefit Barrington Relay for Life {May 10, 2014}


Participate in an Old Fashioned Cake Auction to Help Everyone Celebrate More Birthdays:

The Saturday {May 10, 2014} before Mother's Day, Norton's U.S.A. will be hosting a Live Auction Cake Sale to benefit Barrington's Relay for Life! This is the third year that Norton's U.S.A. will be hosting the lively event. Last year, the event earned $1,900 for Relay for Life! You can participate by donating a delicious cake, participating in the spirited auction or both! Since the event is the day before Mother's Day, why not pick up a lovely, freshly baked caked for Mom? For those that may be unfamiliar with Norton's U.S.A., Norton's is a General Store in Barrington only selling products made in the U.S.A. So, this event is so fitting--what says America better than an old fashioned cake auction to benefit a great cause? Above is a picture of one of the delightful treats from last year's event. The auction will definitely be the place to pick up a treat for Mother's Day! For more information about the event, take a peek below:


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight {Book Review}



**Disclosure: We received a complimentary book as part of our membership in Off the Shelf. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight is a new book by Marci Seither that serves as a guide to help parents gently navigate changes as their children leave home. While my daughter is still many years from leaving home, I thought that this would be an interesting read. As my daughter is progressing through elementary school, she is becoming more and more independent. So, I find our relationship rapidly changing as my daughter experiences more of the world without dear old mom at her side. While I am glad for some extra time to be me, there are times that I am wondering what she is up to at whatever function she is attending.

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