Handwritten inspirational lunch notes for kids

Inspirational lunch notes for kids

I love inspirational quotes. I always save them on my computer or my phone thinking that I'd share them with my kids. I've even thought about putting up a chalkboard where I would write daily inspirational quotes or affirmations. Unfortunately, we don't have too much empty wall space left in our main living area. Eventually, I decided to give a try … [Read more...]

Chicago with kids: North Branch trail

North Branch Trail

Chicago is one of the bike-friendliest cities in the US. Chicago has many city and forest preserve bike trails to accommodate both pro and recreational bikers. One of our favorite trails in the city is the North Branch trail. North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail that extends 21 miles from Forest Glen Woods in Chicago until Chicago … [Read more...]

Hak4Kidz: Ethical Hacking Conference for Kids

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We took the kids to a conference called Hak4Kidz that was organized for youth this past Saturday. Hak4Kidz is an event of ethical hackers and Information Security professionals dedicated to bring the educational and communal benefits of whitehat hacking conferences to children and young adults. The day-long conference which took place in downtown … [Read more...]

Camping Packing Checklist (Printable)

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Camping season has started quite early for us. We had a great weekend camping, hiking and just resting at the camp. We prepared our camping packing checklist in advance and marked everything checked as we loaded the car. Then at the camp, we realized we forgot some few important items such as pillows and speakers, which we added to our … [Read more...]

Chicago Family Bucket List – Summer 2016

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It's been 3 months already since I posted our Chicago Family Bucket List – Spring 2016. We've marked many of them checked ✔even though we haven't completed them all. Now the summer is here and finally school is out - today-, we can focus on our summer bucket list. There are so many things kids want to do as well as I want to do with kids. At the … [Read more...]

DIY- How to build a balance beam

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My daughter has been doing gymnastics for the last year. She really wants to improve to go up a level and in order to improve she needs to practice. One of the two pieces of gym equipment she has been asking for was a balance beam. Sturdy balance beams start around $180-$200 on the web. I couldn’t find any nearby on Craigslist. During my research … [Read more...]

Family Travel: Exploratorium, San Francisco

Exploratorium San Francisco

One of the highlights, if not the most favorite spot of our San Francisco trip was our visit to Exploratorium. When we were planning our itinerary, we knew on our last day it was going to be rainy. Exploratorium was the perfect indoor destination for kids, while rest of our family enjoyed their downtime after a busy and exhausting week in and … [Read more...]

Take a free flight with EAA Young Eagles Program

Free Flight with EAA Young Eagles

My son is a huge aviation enthusiast. His current preferred future occupation is an "aircraft designer" or "aircraft design engineer". He favorite reads are books about planes. He can identify the model of a flying airplane in a blink. His favorite computer game is X-plane. And his pick for the famous person for his Wax Museum project was Wilbur … [Read more...]

How to cook and freeze dried beans in bulk

How to Cook Freeze Dried Beans

I cook with beans and legumes a lot. I use them in hot dishes as well as appetizers and salads. I prefer to avoid buying canned beans. Cooking with dried beans is healthier, however, it takes longer. You have to plan ahead, soak overnight and cooking takes a long time. Instead, I cook the beans I commonly use in bulk and then freeze them in small … [Read more...]

DIY: Laptop Stand for Fitness Equipment

DIY Fitness Equipment laptop stand

I had purchased this Gazelle Edge Elliptical Trainer a while ago to keep me moving indoors during winter. I like it better compared to regular treadmills. It's easy on the knees. I sometimes listened to music or podcasts while I use it but I wanted to read a book or work on my laptop while I ran on Gazelle. It has an odd shape so you cannot … [Read more...]