Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Clean The Deck

Wow! After a month with 8 inches of rain in the first 3 weeks, the Chicagoland area is finally seeing some warmer and hopefully drier weather. We may be spending more time in our backyards this summer with travel probably limited so we should do some cleaning.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Celebrating Memorial Day – Non-Traditionally!

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for many of us. However, this Memorial Day weekend will be spent sheltering in place and obeying social distancing guidelines. But it certainly doesn't mean we can't still have a good time.

Chicago Sports Legends: The Chicago Blackhawks

While the Chicago Blackhawks have been on a downward slope these past few seasons, the team was a dynasty in the early 2010s, winning three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Hopefully, the team can regain their championship pedigree once the NHL season starts again.

Chicago Sports Legends: The Chicago Bears

Today we continue to take a look at the greatest Chicago Bears players throughout the decades. It hopefully won't be long before we can enjoy football on Sundays again, which would mean that the COVID-19 pandemic has lessened to a significant degree.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Are You Burned Out?

Our global pandemic has put us in a situation that no one has ever been in before. We are all used to working too many hours and having too many responsibilities at home that can lead to significant stress followed by burnout. Now the stress is tenfold, especially considering so many things are out of our control.

Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Staying Connected – Visiting Nation’s Zoos!

Weekends are all about getting out and having a good time with family and friends. Unfortunately, we are still unable to do that. And one of the best ways to stay connected with some semblance of reality is to continue having a good time but virtually. So, this weekend let’s take a trip visiting some of the nation’s zoos!

Chicago’s Sports Legends: The Chicago Bears Part 1

Yesterday we looked at some of the greatest players to ever don a Chicago Bulls jersey. Today we move from the basketball court to the gridiron in part one of our look at some of the best Chicago Bears players of all time.

Chicago’s Sports Legends: The Chicago Bulls

As we slowly begin to reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the list of things we haven't had access to will start to lessen. One aspect of our everyday lives that has gone missing is sports.

New Home, Better Living

When you're house hunting, focus on the things that will improve your quality of life. There are so many factors that go into a home buying decision that it can make your head spin—especially if you're in a competitive market where time is of the essence.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Are Fresh Fruits and Vegetables the Most Nutritious?

Your first thought is, of course, that they are! Yes, that would be true if you are picking them from your own garden or buying at a farmer's market where they were picked that morning. Unfortunately, the fresh produce we buy at our local supermarket today is at best picked three days or more before reaching our table.


While sheltering in place will keep traditional Mother's Day activities from happening this weekend, there are still plenty of ways to make her day feel special, whether you're lucky enough to be under the same roof or are miles apart.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 5

Today we put the finishing touches on our list of actors who hail from the Windy City and the surrounding suburbs. So far, our list has included everyone from bonafide megastars like Harrison Ford and Robin Williams to beloved comedic actors like Melissa McCarthy, Bernie Mac, and Jack Benny.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 4

Today we continue to shine a light on the many great actors who have called the Chicagoland area home. Whatever your favorite genre of film might be, chances are one or more of the many actors on our continuing list have played a role in them.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Summer

Well, we finally have had a few warm days, which I consider being above 70 degrees. It did rain this week in excess of 4 inches, so everything in the landscape is blossoming from the warm weather.

Need-to-knows For Smart-home Technology

Homeowners have the ability to automate anything from locks to lights to air conditioning and more. With new technology popping up every day, it’s hard to stay up to date on the smart-home trend.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Staying Connected – the World of Aquariums!

Welcome to our first weekend in May and our 7th weekend of staying home! Now that we're under stay-at-home orders through May 30th here in Illinois, the entertainment blog will continue to bring ideas for you and your family to hopefully have some fun and stay safe.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 3

Practicing social distancing and staying in our Chicago homes means we are glued to our favorite streaming services more than ever before. If there was ever a time to catch up on movies you have missed or revisit personal favorites, now is the ideal time to do so.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 2

Today we continue our look at the many great actors who grew up or got their start in the Chicagoland area. Last week we spotlighted Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, and John Malkovich, and that was indeed just the tip of the iceberg.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Clutter Is Dangerous To Your Health!

Well, it is finally official, something most of us have suspected for years. Scientists have proven that living in cluttered surroundings raises cortisol levels. Cortisol is a necessary hormone. However, when cortisol is elevated, it causes various ailments from suppressing the immune system, insomnia, headaches, and weight gain to loss of muscle mass, heart palpitations, and high blood pressure.

Five Steps For Organizing Your Garage

For many people the garage is the place you mindlessly store stuff just to get it out of the way, and before you know it, you’ve got a cluttered mess on your hands. Here are five steps toward organizing your garage for good.


It's becoming somewhat tricky finding ways to enjoy our weekends as we're still under a stay-at-home order here in Chicago. But I came across some DIY games that the entire family can get involved with creating, building, and enjoying them! You can probably make some of these into adult version games as well!!