SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET, CHICAGO STYLE

SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET, CHICAGO STYLE

Well, it’s spring break time!  It seems everyone around me has already had their break, but this year’s spring break is late for my daughters.  This is a time where I must be creative.  As a single mother, one of the biggest challenges is having enough disposable income. There are just not enough coins to go around for vacation, music lessons, swim lessons, summer camp or just enough money for leisure time.

I sought out the best things to do around town for spring break 2019 that won’t break the bank.  Here’s my list:

  1.  TAKE A TRAIN RIDE TO MAGGIE DALEY PARK
    This is one of my family’s favorite places to visit especially in the summer. They have stuff for all ages: Wall climbing, roller blades or scooter, and mini golf. And then when they are all wiped out, head on over to get some food at Rink Café. Who doesn’t like a Chicago style hotdog?
  2. CATCH A FLICK
    Tickets for a movie would normally cost my family of three $36.50 and that’s before you even purchase snacks. On Tuesdays at Marcus Theaters, movies are $5.  That’s a whopping $21.00 savings!  And that includes newly released movies.  AMC Theatre also offers $5 Tuesdays for members.
  3. TAKE YOUR KIDS OUT TO EAT FOR FREE
    How come no one told me about this? There are places throughout the Chicagoland area where your kids can eat for free.   Click here.  
  4. HEAD TO THE ZOO
    Hanging out at the zoo is always cool and it’s educational.   Lincoln Park Zoo always has free admission.  They have a schedule of fun programs that you can check out and then plan a head.  In the suburbs, Brookfield Zoo is a great option.  Groupon now has a deal but limited time remaining!
  5. GO MUSEUM HOPPING
    Head to the Chicago Botanical Museum or Legoland Discovery Center.  Visit your local library and snag a museum adventure pass to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area destinations.
  6. VISIT A TOY STORE
    I asked my little one what were some things she wanted to do on break and she simply said go to the toy store.  You could go to a toy store that you would not normally go to and explore Chicago!
  7. GO ON A TOUR
    If you are a person who enjoys history (like me) take advantage of Chicago free tour options from Chicago Walking Tours and learn something new about our great city.
My First Blog Post:  Breakups are Hard

My First Blog Post: Breakups are Hard

Hi there!   This is my first blog post.    If you haven’t had a chance to read my “About Me” page,  I am a divorced mom of two girls, a teenager and school age.  Motherhood has been a wonderful experience and has brought me so much joy, but I have to be honest, when I was younger, I never wanted children.   What I really dreamed about was a career.   The right side of my brain wanted to be a dancer like Debbie Allen from Fame and the left side of my brain wanted to be a bulldog lawyer fighting for justice like Thurgood Marshall, but more importantly, I vowed I would never have children without being married.   Ha!   Look at life.    According to my research, I am part of 8.5 million single mothers with children under the age of 18.

I was married for a very long time and despite my best efforts, my marriage failed.  I once heard Eddie Levert comment on the loss of both of his sons, that in this life, we really don’t have control over very much.   Lesson learned:   You can’t control everything that happens, but you do have control over how you respond.   When I changed my mindset,  I learned to master change instead of change mastering me.

Second lesson learned:   Choices, we make decisions daily and our lives are a product of the choices we make, not our circumstances.   As I reflect on my past, deep down in my heart I did have some uncertainty over whether my ex-husband and I were compatible enough to spend the rest of our lives together, but it made sense at the time.

Today is a new day.   What I am going to do is drop my youngest daughter off at school and while sipping on a cup of coffee, watch my oldest get on the bus as she head off to school.   What a blessing!   I choose to be grateful.   How about you?    Choose differently, let go a little and let life happen.

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