Celebrate in Style with Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg of Celebrate in Style is the focus of this week’s feature. Diana Laufenberg was chosen this week for many reasons.  Simply to know Diana is to love Diana.  Glen Ellyn is so very lucky to have her in our community.  Not only is she an amazing business owner, but she is also very involved in our community.  She makes every person she comes in contact with feel special.



Did you know? Diana has teamed up with Jennifer Umlauf of Jennifer Umlauf Landscape Design to do holiday decorating –  They will be doing urns, outdoor and indoor garland, staircases, mantels and bringing the holidays beautifully to life in your home. With the holidays, quickly approaching this is exciting news. If you are just learning about Diana and her business Celebrate in Style, her answer to our question, says it all.  Diana has grown Celebrate in Style to be one of the premier party planning companies in our community.  We asked Diana some quick questions to get to know her a little bit better as a Glen Ellyn Mom.

Why do you love what you do so much?

“My Myers-Briggs type is ESFP  – the hallmark of this personality type is that I enjoy creating events and experiences that other people enjoy.  This is 100% true for me – it gives me great joy to plan out every little detail that when you leave the party it isn’t like any you have been to before – it reflects every aspect of the person who the party is for – their favorite foods and drinks, music, colors, and the feel of the event.”

What is your favorite local restaurant?

I love to go to Two Hound Red for the Brussel Sprouts (try them!!) and love how they have transformed Schmidt Pharmacy – it is so well done.  On Sundays, we are regulars at the Glen Oak Diner after church – one of my favorite parts of the weekend.  Friday nights are always Pizza (from Barone’s ) Movie Nights in our home.



What is your favorite season?

Summer – if I could live in the endless summer sunshine I would.  My first job was a lifeguard and swim instructor at Sunset Pool in High School – chlorine and sunscreen are my signature scent.  I really love being with my family all together and have so much more time for fun adventures in the summer.


What is an app you have been using lately?

I enjoy listening to podcasts – I listen to them daily while running errands.  I also love the Evernote App – it helps keep me organized and it is nice to keep my to-do lists, shopping lists, podcast and book recommendations all together in one place.   I also keep running pages of gift ideas for friends and family – when I hear one of their ideas or see something I can keep track of Christmas or their birthdays.  You can access it on your phone or on-line so I always have it with me.  My all-time favorite though is Pinterest – love to search great decorating or party themes – you can even easily store and organize the ideas in folders – I usually make shared Pinterest boards with my clients and I try to work their ideas into every party plan.



What is your favorite show to binge-watch?

I love watching The Crown on Netflix and cannot wait for the next season to start this December – I am going to have a party on the day it comes out with all my other Crown loving friends.



Thank you, Diana, for all you do.  You are a great resource for all Glen Ellyn Moms. Diana has been a speaker at two of our MasterMoms Talk Series and we have featured her in our April 2019 article in Glen Ellyn Living Magazine.

If you want to connect with Diana Laufenberg of Celebrate in Style or if you are interested in the holiday decorating, please email her at  diana.c.laufenberg@gmail.com



A Taste of Fall

Crisp air. Cozy sweaters. Apple picking. Comfort food.

Harvest Bowls from Delish


9 Ways to Transform Apple Cider Donuts


Cider Braised Chicken, Brussel Sprouts and Apples from Midwest Living


Healthier Instant Pot Coq Au Vin from Half Baked Harvest


Healthy Apple Salad with Raisins and Walnuts from Fool Proof Living


Spooky Snack Board from Baker Mama


Spooky Snack Mix from The Baker Mama



Fall Fun in the Burbs


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It’s Fall Break Time…Glen Ellyn Mom’s Village wants to help with your Family Fall Bucket List.  This is the time to enjoy this spectacular season and all of the local establishments your family will love.  This list was previously published last October in Glancer Magazine and we wanted to share it again plus add a few updates that we hope you love.

We were just at Kuipers Family Farm and this is a must-add.  It is located past Geneva at 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park, IL



We highly recommend their “made fresh for you” Carmel Apples and Cider Doughnuts.  The store offers everything Fall you can think of.


If your time is limited, think local. You can walk around downtown Glen Ellyn and see the storefronts decorated by local Girl Scout Troops. One of our favorites is to grab a treat at Blackberry Market and don’t forget to check out their October Menu, it looks delish.


After you leave Blackberry head across the street. The pumpkins are out at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, at 393 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. Did you know that last year they donated $8,000 to PADS?! You can read about it here.

Here is a list of other favorite places to visit. Also, make sure to call ahead to confirm hours and activities.

Johansen Farms Fall Festival & Children’s Zoo                                                                        Open Daily 9am-7pm Pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hayrides, two-story airslide, corn maze, pie house and bakery!  http://www.johansenfarmszoo.com/spring/

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest                                                                                                                Hours Vary / Open DailyPig races, petting zoo, hayride, pony rides, kids village, pumpkin chucker, haunted barn, mega slide, plus tons of other mini amusement rides! http://pumpkinfarm.com

Odyssey Fun Farm                                                                                                                           Open Daily 10am – 6pm  Corn maze, pumpkin patch, cow train, petting zoo, corn cannon, hayrides, kids zone, flashlight maze, and MUCH more! http://odysseyfunfarm.com/all-attractions/

Kellers Farm Stand open Saturday / Sunday 9am-6pm                                                               10 acre corn maze, hay wagon rides, pedal tractors, kids straw maze, farm animals, large kids play area with pirate ship, castle, and more!   www.kellersfarmstand.com/fall/

Glen Ellyn Moms Village wishes you a great Fall Break and please feel free to take pictures and tag us @glenellynmomsvillage. We want to see what Fall Fun you are having.

Also, don’t forget to donate gently used or new Halloween Costumes! Collection boxes are at Main Street Rec and RISE Fitness.




What’s Happening: Father’s Day

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Kane County Cougars Game
Great offers and promotions for Dads! Enjoy pregame catch on the field. Book one of our Father’s Day Brunch suites by calling 630-232-8811. Kids eat free, run the bases after the game, friendly petting zoo, Sunday Funday.                 http://www.milb.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t446

51st Annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show at Oakbrook Center                                                                               Sun, Jun 16: 11:00 AM – 6:00pm. One of the largest open-air car shows in the Midwest!

Glen Ellyn Park District’s Gone Fishin’ Derby on Saturday, June 15.                                8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m  Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn                                    Space is limited and participants must register by June 10th

Cantigny Park Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 16th 10:00am, 12:30pm          Seating Red Oak Room, Cantigny Golf. Enjoy our special brunch (and golf course views!) in the scenic Red Oak Room. Fantastic menu of traditional brunch favorites along with Chef-inspired creations. Head over to Cantigny Park to visit the First Division Museum, tour McCormick House, and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

Dad and Me and the Great Outdoors Saturday, June 15th 1-2pm                                        Take Dad on an adventure with a nature scavenger hunt, and then make a fun craft. Ages 5 – 12  with an adult. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-580-7025. St. James Farm https://www.dupageforest.org/calendar-of-events?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D131556174%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

Looking for a great gift for Dad! These two companies are locally owned! 

Duffer Balls https://www.dufferballs.com


Warphole https://warpholebags.com

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Let’s celebrate Dad on June 16th!!  Also, please call ahead to reserve spots and confirm details of all activities listed above.


Holes and Knolls: Mini Golfing

_EPD2382As the school year quickly comes to an end and summer sneaks in don’t forget that just down the road we have our own little corner of fun.  

A place where kids can putt, endless mulligans can be called and friends of all ages can join in the fun.

Our very own Glen Ellyn Mini Golf Course!  Holes and Knolls is located within MaryKnoll Park and with 36 holes plus a full concession stand it is THE perfect outing.

The miniature greens, the crazy obstacles, and the fact that no skills are needed make it a win, win for everyone.   

With clubs in hand and brightly colored golf balls chosen these kids were ready to hit the course. 

My favorite thing about this activity is age doesn’t matter. 


Everyone loved the course. The obstacles were challenging. There were strategic putts and the numerous water hazards tested their skills. 

It’s hard to find something for everyone. But this outing proved to be a perfect fit for the entire crew.  The kids were patient, there was plenty of cheering, and no one called FORE!
It truly was a day of all fun and games.

Ready for a mini golfing adventure of your own. Click the link to find out more!


Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare and the 22 Agencies They Support

Glen Ellyn is a community that focuses on helping others and giving back. There is one organization that stands out above the rest. Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society supports many programs throughout Dupage County.

Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago Anima’s mission is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. www.animasingers.org

Bridge Communities transforms lives of homeless families by facilitating the change they need to care for themselves and raise their children. www.bridgecommunities.com

CASA of DuPage County believes that all children have the right to safe, permanent and nurturing homes. The mission of CASA is to recruit, train, and support volunteer citizen advocates to effectively speak in the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the DuPage County juvenile and family court system. https://dupagecasa.org
Central DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center (CDPCC) is a non-profit organization that provides affordable, professional pastoral counseling services to the public in an ecumenical setting. www.cdpcc.org

Community Housing Advocacy and Development of DuPage (CHAD) provides and advocates for quality affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals and families. http://www.chadhousing.org

DuPage PADS has provided hope for people who are homeless in DuPage County for 25 years by offering an array of services that build self-sufficiency and helps to stop the cycle of homelessness. https://dupagepads.org

Easter Seals provides outpatient rehabilitation services for children with developmental and physical disabilities. www.easterseals.com

Family Shelter Services provides intervention support to help heal children traumatized by domestic violence. www.familyshelterservice.org

Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center Our mission is to help children from low-income families acquire the necessary skills in academics and social interaction to move successfully through grades K-12 and into adulthood. www.gecrc.com

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry provides a resource for families to obtain fresh and non-perishable food items. www.glenellynfoodpantry.org

Glen Ellyn Park District donates scholarships to offset the cost of summer camp to allow parents who struggle financially with working full-time and providing childcare. www.gepark.org
Glen Ellyn Public Library provides a free service, “Bus to Books” summer enrichment program for ESL and financially disadvantaged children. www.gepl.org

Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling offers affordable, professional counseling services for all residents of Glen Ellyn and for children attending a Glen Ellyn school. www.geyfcs.com
Glenbard West HS English Language Learners Program serves students with over 15 non-English primary languages. Four levels of intensive English are available to students who demonstrate limited or no English skills.
NAMI DuPage provides support, advocacy, and education in order to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness and their families. www.namidupage.org

People’s Resource Center Since 1975, People’s Resource Center has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. http://www.peoplesrc.org

Philip J. Rock Center and School (PRC) serves two distinct functions in providing services to individuals who are deaf-blind. http://www.philiprockcenter.org

Supplies 4 Success serves school age children in the Glen Ellyn area. Over 500 children* are likely to start this school year without basic school supplies and winter outerwear.  https://www.supplies4success.org

The Garden Works Project is a volunteer led organization working to relieve hunger in Chicago’s western suburbs by providing families in need of food assistance with home vegetable gardens and coaching. http://www.gardenworksproject.org

Teen Parent Connection serves the community through education on the realities and responsibilities of teenage pregnancy and through long-term assistance to adolescent parents for the development of self-esteem, parenting skills, and empowerment toward self-sufficiency. https://teenparentconnection.org

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s (WSDRA) mission is “the development of individuals through recreation”. www.wdsra.com

World Relief DuPage (WRD) is a refugee resettlement agency that partners with local churches, volunteers, and community groups to provide services, friendship, and support to refugees and immigrants from all over the world. www.worldreliefdupageaurora.org

YWCA’s vision is to eliminate racism and empower women. Its mission is to provide women and girls with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, be confident in their choices, and make valuable contributions to their communities. www.ywca.com

We recently interview Val Yaros, the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare President for Glen Ellyn Living Magazine. The full article can be found at Glen Ellyn Living Magazine.Mar_2019_Glen_Ellyn_Living_p40



Family Entertainment at The MAC


We are excited to partner with McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage again!
“Me… Jane – The Dreams and Adventure of Young Jane Goodall” is a brand new musical adaptation about the young Dr. Jane Goodall and her very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.
This event is perfect for a family night out and with our GEMV special 20% discount, it makes it even more invaluable. 
Use 20PERCENT at check out.
Enjoy and don’t forget to check out their Family Series!

Celebration of Tables

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry’s 8th Annual Celebration of Tables.

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry serves about 30,000 people each year, 14,000 of who are children. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Pantry.


Sightings for Summer by Lisa Enoch, Gatherings


A Sustainable Soiree by Jennifer Umlauf & Christy Truitt, Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission


Fresh OJ & Blueberry Pie with Grandma by Susan Woods


Cute as a Ladybug Picnic by Heather Cavada, Doodlebug Cookie Creations


Farm to Table in the ‘Burbs’ by Farrell Turner & Suzanne Kurtz


Bohemian Rhapsody by The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn


Mid-Summer Maine Lobster Bake by Kelley Kalinich


Rhapsody in Blue by Marcel’s Culinary Experience


Art Theory by Anna Semprevivo, Locally Made


Celebrate Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade Style by Diana Laufenberg, Celebrate in Style Events



Art As I Know It by Molly Dunning


Sincerely Elvis by Michel Curth & Shanna Daniels


Hamptons Summer Inspired by Aerin Lauder by Jennifer Murphy


Collected For A Cause by Laura Broman Brown


Nurture Your Family Like A Bountiful Garden                                                                 Kathy Lock & Kris Liskey, Wheaton Garden Club


Party At The Palm by Karoline Andris, Amanda Bollettino, Christine Iaconetti, Jen McNeill & Brittany O’Kray, GENC Social Committee


A Colorful Birthday Party by Melissa Love & Megan Breen


Into The Woods – Inspired by The Game of Wolf by Lauren Barron, Kristin Bernatz & Mary Kaye Lavorato, Gray Matters Game


Everything Is A Buzz about P.E.O. by Sue Clary, Mary Clingman, Karen Michalczyk, Kathryn Porter, Sharon Simms, Jill Stoffels & Julie Story, P.E.O. Chapter HQ


Newcomers Supper Club: Summer Dinner at Lake Ellyn by Diana Laufenberg



All photos taken by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village

Featured Image provided by Glen Ellyn Food Pantry


St. Patrick’s Day Jokes

Wishing you Shamrocks and Shenanigans throughout the day.
–How can you spot a jealous shamrock? It will be green with envy!
–What do you call a big Irish spider? Paddy long legs!
–Why do leprechauns prefer dollar bills to coins? Because they’re green!
–Why did the leprechaun turn down a bowl of soup? Because he already had a pot of gold!
–Why did the leprechaun walk out of the house? He wanted to sit on the paddy-o!
–Why do leprechauns hate running? They’d rather jig than jog!
–Why are so many leprechauns florists? They have green thumbs!
–Why do leprechauns recycle? They like to go green!
–What’s a leprechaun’s favorite cereal? Lucky charms!
–What happens if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? You get a rash of good luck!
–What do you call a leprechaun who gets sent to jail? A lepre-con!
–How is a good friend like a four-leaf clover? They’re hard to find!
–What kind of bow can’t be tied? A rainbow!
–Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day? Regular rocks are too heavy!
–What’s big and purple and lies next to Ireland? Grape Britain!
–Knock-knock! Who’s there? Warren. Warren who? Warren anything green for St. Patrick’s Day?
May the luck of the Irish be with you!!


We are excited to partner with education.com again!

Sunshine makes flowers bloom with this word search. The fun can continue at Education.com where you will find more learning activities just like this for kids of all ages!

More worksheets can be found at : https://www.education.com/worksheets/ela/


Glancer Magazine Articles

We loved being a Guest Columnist for Glancer Magazine.  From summer learning loss to fall bucket lists we covered it all! Please click the links to read the articles.  IMG_3620.jpg5 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss                                                                             June, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village


Bike Riding Together as a Family                                                                                              July, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village



Getting Organized at Home

August, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village


Fall Bucket List                                                                                                                     September, 2018 written by Alicia Donovan, Glen Ellyn Moms Village




India Hicks National Director: Katie McDevitt

IMG_3179Glen Ellyn Moms Village recently interviewed India Hicks and Katie McDevitt for the February Issue of Glen Ellyn Living.  In conjunction with that interview, we decided to dig deeper into Katie’s experience as one of seven National Directors for the growing company.

1. How did you learn about India Hicks and what was going on in your life that made you want to take the leap into working again?

I saw a Facebook ad late one night with one of my favorite bags to this day-our Carmen clutch.  I put in my information because I wanted to buy the bag.  About a week later, I received a phone call from someone from India Hicks asking if I wanted to meet for lunch.  I was in the mode of saying yes to everything at the time. The twins had started full-day school, so saying yes was my new mantra.  I met the India Hicks representative for lunch, she brought me some samples of the collection, and I fell in love with everything.  At the time, I felt like the days were long with the kids in school all day.  I was looking for something for me.  So I said yes to starting my own business with India Hicks.


2. What was the process to become an Ambassador? And what is the time commitment? Flexibility?

One of the reasons I chose India Hicks is that it is designed for women like me and it is completely flexible.  I make my own hours and work when it works for me.  I didn’t know how much I would work when I first started.  I just took it one day at a time.  If someone wanted to be an India Hicks Ambassador, they would reach out to another Ambassador to learn a little more and have their questions answered.  The new Ambassador signs up online, buys a starter kit and a new business is born.


3. Have you ever felt torn on family and work balance?  How do you balance both on a weekly basis?

I struggle with balance almost daily.  I try to schedule my days down to the half hour.  I try to schedule everything-laundry, meal prep, phone calls, etc.  That helps with the balance.  On a bigger level, we have super fun incentive trips.  I won the trip to India’s home in England.  It fell over my twins’ First Holy Communion.  I wasn’t going to miss that, so I went to the trip late.  I have always put my family first, and that has helped keep my priorities very clear.

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4. What is your favorite product that IH sells?

My favorite piece of jewelry is the Legacy Letter necklace, my favorite bag is our Carmen Clutch or Duchess or Windsor, and I love the belt from our Spring Collection.

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5. What is one thing that no one might know about India Hick products?

Every product has a story.  India chose this home selling model because she wanted her stories to be told.  You can’t learn the story about the Legacy Letter necklace if it is sitting on a shelf.  I love that we are a storytelling brand with stories from India’s life in the Bahamas, her life in England and her family life.


6. How in such a short time did you go from an Ambassador to having India Hicks staying overnight at your house!?!

I started with India Hicks almost 3 years ago today.  I have built my business one day at a time.  I love the Ambassadors and clients I have met along the way.  Through the trips, India and I have become friends. It has been an organic, slow-growing friendship. In December, I was promoted to National Director.  That was one of the reasons I was asked to host the Indi-Gathering.  It was great to have the one on one time with her to talk business and have her meet my family.  I have visited her home in the Bahamas and in England, so it made perfect sense that she would stay here.


Glen Ellyn Moms Village loves learning and sharing stories of women in Glen Ellyn.  It was such a pleasure to get to know Katie McDevitt’s story. The McDevitt Family has lived in Glen Ellyn for 15 years. Katie is married to Paul and they have five children Patrick, Nora, John, Brian, and Matthew.

Click on this link to read the full story in Glen Ellyn Living.

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For extra copies of Glen Ellyn Living magazine please contact us at glenellynmoms@gmail.com

Written By: Patty Cavanagh