Windy City Live

Welcome Windy City Live viewers! I’m happy you’ve stopped by. I write about parenting, travel and a variety of lifestyle topics. You can find all of the recipes for the treats I shared below :)

For my regular blog readers, I just wanted to share that I’ll be a guest on Windy City Live today! Windy City Live (WCL) is Chicago’s only local daytime talk show. If you are in the Chicago viewing area you can watch the show on ABC at 1pm CST.

Update: Here’s my segment! :)

On the show I’m sharing four fabulous fall treats. Find the recipes for all of them below:

Monster Krispies –

Mummy Pretzel Sticks –

Candy Corn Haystacks –


Pumpkin Cake Balls –

Looking for more fall fun? You may enjoy these posts as well!

DIY Galaxy Pumpkin

60 Ideas For Fall Family Fun

Hope you all have a fabulous fall season!

Come Hear Me Speak At The Baby & Beyond Event

I am excited to share that I’ll be speaking about parenting at the upcoming Baby & Beyond: Discover The Journey event hosted by Riverside Healthcare. If you are in the Chicago area I invite you to come on down to the event. I’d love a chance to meet my readers!

Baby & Beyond 2016Riverside Healthcare’s Baby & Beyond is just over 20 days away and we want you to be a part of it! This year’s event is on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We are excited to bring in a Top 50 U.S. Mom Blogger, Alicia Peiffer from Making Time For Mommy to be our keynote speaker, plus a variety of community vendors and three different educational tracks. Pre-register for #BabyAndBeyond at See you there!

Posted by Riverside Baby Faces on Thursday, April 7, 2016

The event is Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 8:30am-12pm on the beautiful campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. This free event features a keynote speaker, community vendors and three educational tracks including Women’s Health, Expectant Mothers and Pediatrics. You can register for the event here.

PEEPS Nests Recipe And Peeps-a-licious Cookbook Giveaway

I am so excited to share about this new cookbook that came out called Peeps-a-licious that features 50 fun recipes made with PEEPS. I’m honored to have been asked to contribute to this cookbook and have shared three delicious recipes in it. I’m sharing my favorite one below along with a giveaway where five people will win a copy of this new cookbook.

Makes 15—20 Nests


  • 1 (11-ounce) package butterscotch morsels
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1½ packages (18 ounces) crispy chow mein noodles
  • 15–20 PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks, assorted colors
  • 1–2 packages JUST BORN® Brand Jelly Beans, or your favorite variety (you just need white jelly beans)


  • Melt butterscotch morsels in a microwave-safe bowl in microwave for 30 seconds on high power, then stir. Continue melting for 10-second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth.
  • Stir peanut butter into melted butterscotch and thoroughly combine.
  • Place crispy chow mein noodles into a large bowl and add butterscotch/peanut butter mixture. Combine until all noodles are coated.
  • Drop a tablespoon of chow mein mixture onto a baking sheet or plate lined with wax paper. Make an indent in the middle of the mixture to form a nest shape. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Refrigerate until nests harden, about 30–60 minutes.
  • To finish the nests, add 3–5 jelly beans in the center of each nest and top with a PEEPS® Chick


Five readers will each win 1 copy of the Peeps-a-licious cookbook


Share this giveaway on social media and leave a comment below with the link and why you want to win

Giveaway ends April 1, 2016 at 11:59pm CST.

MTFM Featured In The Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper

Photo taken by Rich Hein for the Chicago Sun-Times

I am so excited to share that I am featured in the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper today as part of an article on web security. Another local blogger, Stephanie from And Twins Make 5, is also featured.

You can find the article online here:

I also made a video with 6 tips on staying safe while using social media. This was the most nerve-wracking part of this process for me because I hate watching myself on video. The video can be found on the Chicago Sun-Times website here:

There were also some nice pictures taken by Rich Hein, a photographer who came out to our house to take pictures for the article:

Probably the only people who care about all this are my parents but I just had to share with you all because if it wasn’t for my readers I wouldn’t be part of the Digital Joneses campaign or had this opportunity to be in the paper. I am thankful for all of you and I hope that you all are having a wonderful extended weekend with your family and friends :)