Fill Your "Found" Time

That strange noise? It’s called silence. Those few blessed hours between the school bus pickup and dropoff. And now that they’re here, you may find yourself in the position of having or needing to fill them. Here are several suggestions that will at least get you brainstorming: Exercise Are you having a hard time committing […]

Back-to-School Fashion Pre-Requisites: Little Sprout Edition

Teachers send a list of school supplies for your little munchkins’ new year of school, so we decided to do the same for fashion. After consulting moms and a couple pre-k and elementary school teachers, we’ve pinpointed a few of the trends that should be in your kids’ closet this fall. Pre-K Girls From voluminous […]

Money Saving Tips for Back-to-School Clothes Shopping

If you have school-age children, back-to-school season means big bucks. On top of books and supplies, you’ll probably spend some cash on new clothing. We’ve rounded up three local experts to share their back-to-school savings secrets with you: Jill Cataldo, a Huntley mother of three who’s built a name for herself teaching people to slash […]

Donate Backpacks and Supplies for the Jane Addams Hull House

5,000 backpacks are needed for Chicago area children returning to school. Can you give one? In addition, supplies such as pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, paper, markers, facial tissue, hand sanitizer, erasers, colored pencils, folders, tape, scissors, note/index cards, and highlighters are also needed. Jane Addams Hull House Association provides child care, domestic violence […]

Prep's Cool

Kids hit the books in style this fall with an essay in creative layering and a laid back, “I just picked this up and threw it on” insouciance.   Graphic prints and bold accessories plus preppy stripes, girly dresses and classic denim equal low-key cool that earns high fashion marks. View the entire collection below: […]

The Real Back-to-School Plan

The kids have climbed back on the bus—no more coordinating day trips, camp schedules or play dates, at least between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. What exactly are you going to do with all that free time? “I plan on working on my stationery company when the kids get back on track as well as […]

Great Backpacks for Back to School

It’s the first day of school, and your child comes home and hates his or her backpack because “it’s not what everyone else has.” Before you spend another penny, check out our best bets on backpacks for all ages. Best All-Around The North Face Backpacks This year, the American Chiropractic Association awarded North Face backpacks […]

6 Tools to Relieve Your Child's 'Back-to-School-itis'

For some kids, going back to school at the end of summer can be traumatic. Anticipating a new teacher, classmates, grade or school can trigger fear, anxiety and depression—not to mention very real physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches and insomnia.   Fortunately, your child has a whole toolbox to draw from—in his or her […]