MasterMoms March & April


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Share the Love!

Valentines Day

Share the love Glen Ellyn Moms Style! We’ve put together a list of ideas to help you create memories your whole family will love!

Love Bites!

You can pre-order heart shaped bagels from Einstein through February 13th! Any flavor!
These cute lil Chick Fil A- Mini sandwiches are perfect for the little nugget in your life!
For the love of Pizza!! Giordano’s Heart Shaped Pizza are available through February 17th.
Wine and Dine your Valentine at Reserve 22. They will feature a special 3 course meal the week of Valentine’s from 2/11 – 2/17 for just $42 per person. Dinners can also be order off of the regular menu.   https://www.reserve22.com
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Treats and cards for your kids and loved ones from GE Sweet Shop

Share the love with your gift to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

Family Fun Ideas

Top 2019 Valentines Day Pins on Pinterest
Personalized Gifts:
Personalized Book:

Spa Treatments from Cheveux Salon and Day Spa                                                          http://cheveuxsalon.com

Champagne Rose Manicure & Pedicure $80
This combo is even better than the real thing! Love yourself this season by pairing our manicure and pedicure with our rose champagne oil and scrub for a truly amazing experience.
Cherry Cheesecake Facial $80!
Sweeten up your Valentine’s Day with this amazing one-of-a-kind facial! This service combines cherry enzymes with a goji berry yogurt mask. Show your skin some love by treating yourself to this seasonalgourmet session.
Chocolate Body Wrap with Relaxing Massage
Experience 90 minutes for $95!
*If you have a nut allergy, please consult your doctor before scheduling an appointment.*
A Valentine’s Day Menu from Nourish and Charm

Let’s Bake!

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Make It Ahead

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats, such as Quaker
  • 3/4 pound bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped in chunks
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Fleur de sel

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl again.

Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix in the oats. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Don’t overbeat it! With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate and cranberries until the dough is well mixed. With a 1¾-inch ice cream scoop (or two spoons), scoop round balls of dough onto the prepared sheet pans. Sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until nicely browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

P.S.  We would LOVE to see your Valentine’s Day photos! Did you order that awesome pizza from Giordano’s or get a mani-pedi from Cheveux?  Email us and we’ll share your photos on our social media pages.
P.P.S. There is still time to register for our BYOB MasterMoms Talk Series.

MasterMoms Talk Series

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MasterMoms Talk Series registration is done through the Glen Ellyn Park District.

MasterMoms Talk Series. Click to read more: https://gepark.org/2018/08/talk-series-offers-fun-learning-fellowship/


Snow Fun!


Snow and cold temps are here to stay.  We put together a few sanity savers to help you get through this week!

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids from MommyPoppins.com https://mommypoppins.com/kids/snow-day-boredom-busters-40-indoor-activities-when-the-kids-are-stuck-at-home

Wizard’s Brew is a family favorite! https://babbledabbledo.com/20-science-projects-for-preschoolers/

Glen Ellyn Park District Rain Out Line will tell you what facilities are open along with skating rink info.  https://gepark.org/rainout-line/

Ackerman Sports and Fitness will have open gym available from 8am-5pm and open turf from 8am-3pm. Call (630) 317-0130 before heading to the facility

Kline Creek Farm  TODAY (1/28) for a little play time ahead of this weekend’s ice harvest (and the bitter cold forecast for mid-week). They pick you up just inside the gate on the path down to the Farmhouse and take you on a 20-minute gambol around the fields and out to Timber Lake, where they’ll be harvesting ice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first ride will leave at 1:30 p.m., and the last ride begins at 3:00 p.m. Questions? Call (630)876-5900.

Brunswick Bowl special deals like Monday, Mayhem, $2.22 Tuesday,  Half-priced Arcade Games Wednesday!  https://www.bowlbrunswick.com/location/brunswick-zone-glendale-heights-lanes

Studio Movie Grill has lots of kid movies this week! https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/locations/illinois/wheaton/2019/1/28

Netflix movies for kids 2019 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-kids-movies-on-netflix

Best Hot Chocolate Recipe https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-hot-chocolate

12 Must-Haves For An Epic Family Game Night https://www.scarymommy.com/12-must-haves-family-game-night/

Chicago Parent has a full list of activities, events, etc! https://www.chicagoparent.com

Vertical Endeavors will take you to new heights! https://www.verticalendeavors.com/visit-us/hours-locations/glendale-heights-il/

Urban Air Adventure Park also has daily deals https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/locations/illinois/bloomingdale

Goldfish Swim School has family swim for members https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/glen-ellyn?L=true

Fun Family Activities at Home https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/842477/50-family-fun-night-ideas-for-families/

Kidlist https://mykidlist.com/things-to-do-when-school-is-closed-west/?fbclid=IwAR14rOYiRMjmiw0g_oBBdBlzINmSdYH5wvVTVtxQaL64vuQ2U6B1Rg6BjQw

Good luck and remember Spring is only 51 days away.


The Joy of Puzzles

One of the best traditions I ever started with my family was choosing a puzzle to do over the long Christmas break. Every year we set up a puzzle in our favorite part of the house and slowly begin piecing it together.

There is something about “escaping” the normal to do’s and mindlessly searching through an array of colors and patterns to find that one special piece.

What I love best is that this little table of unorganized chaos begins to turn into something much more than a picture. It’s a place where we can gather to talk about our days and engage in quiet peaceful conversation, and with two active (almost teenage) boys this is something you can’t put a price on.

This is definitely a must add to your long list of family traditions!


And when you’re first starting out stick to the 500 piece puzzles! Your family will thank you!

Favorite holiday puzzles:



White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzles are the BEST! You can shop by pieces, remember start small.



Learning Made Fun!

Have you heard of education.com?
They have thousands of teacher-crafted learning activities that sync up with your child’s school year plus they empower parents so each child’s needs and potential can take center stage.  It’s an amazing site!

A New Year is coming and it’s time to celebrate while we practice our reading skills with this fun word search. The count down is on, find more reading practices like this at Education.com!
Here’s a fun word search they sent us to share with all of you!!




2018 Gift & Guide

2018 Gift & Idea Guide

We have teamed up with some of our favorite local boutiques and businesses to give you the ultimate gift and idea guide.  Each week we will be sharing with you a gift and a family fun idea that will for sure get you in the holiday spirit.  There is something special about shopping local and supporting our community.


GIFT and IDEA 7:



This Bee Seasonal Organic Honey Gift Set from Marché is the perfect gift for any food lover on your list. This beautifully designed box comes with four glass jars containing 4 ounces of certified organic raw honey, sourced from Brazil (Angico: Brazilian Acacia, Aroeira: Brazilian Pink Pepper, Marmeleiro: Brazilian Quince, Silvestre: Brazilian Wild Flower). Their elegant design, together with the uniqueness of each honey varietal makes this product the perfect addition to a food lover’s pantry. Each honey pairs well with different cheeses, teas and fruits.


Journeyman Distillery Whiskey Gift Set is one of our favorites! The hand-crafted spirits from Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI make a special and unique gift for any spirits lover in your midst. Being both a certified organic and kosher distillery are just a few of the hallmarks that make Journeyman such a fabulous distillery. This whiskey gift set includes: Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey, Silver Cross Whiskey, and Last Feather Rye Whiskey.


Marché is located at 496 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn.


Here are tips on how to host a Stress-Free Tasting Party! https://www.education.com/magazine/article/host-stress-free-tasting-party/

Host a fun Family Game Night during the holidays! https://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/family-christmas-games/

GIFT and IDEA 6:

Marcel’s Culinary Experience


This Holiday Cookie Exchange Baking Kit makes the perfect gift for the kids. All you need are a few sticks of butter and eggs and your cookie exchange is ready to go! Each kit makes 4 dozen Chocolate Peppermint cookies.


Nothing says the holidays like yummy chocolate treats and peppermint candies from Marcel’s, including the oh-so-adorable keepsake Holiday Camper Tin filled with chocolate stars by Saxon Chocolates or the always popular, decadent hot chocolate mix from Lake Champlain. Stop in and pick up your holiday treats at Marcel’s!


Juliska 12 Days of Christmas Dinner and Serveware!
Liven up your holiday table with Juliska’s new holiday pattern, The 12 Days of Christmas. This fun pattern lends a whimsical feel to your classic holiday table and will blend effortlessly with any holiday theme. Now through December 24th, purchase any 7 pieces of dinnerware, glassware or flatware and receive the 8th, to complete the set, with our compliments. Stop in TODAY!



Marcels Culinary Experience is located at 490 N Main Street in Glen Ellyn.


For a family fun activity we suggest that families write notes to each other and put them in a clear plastic, fillable ornament ball. OR have each person write down their favorite gift or holiday activity for that year. This can be a new tradition that is perfect for all ages and lasts a lifetime.



GIFT and IDEA 5:

Edie Boutique

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Are you looking for trendy fashions and flawless styles this holiday season? You will find it at Edie Boutique!  Whether it’s jewelry, clothes, outwear, accessories, or handbags you’ll find this seasons styles along with a variety of options to fit any budget. It’s fashionable giving made easy!

The ease, style, not to mention delicious fabric, makes this dolman sleeved sweater one of our favorites! Perfect for any girl on your list!


Every girl loves a little sparkle for the holidays. Stack these pretties HIGH! They make a sweet gift topper too! $8 each or 5/$35


Add a little fun and glamour to your wardrobe!  This faux fur vest is perfect with pants, jeans or over a dress! Bonus…it’s softness guarantees extra hugs!!

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Edie Boutique is located at 499 Pennsylvania Ave and has six locations!  Plus you can shop online!




For a fun holiday experience with your daughter, niece, sister or girlfriends plan a surprise Skip Day! It doesn’t mean you have to skip school or important activities, we’ll let you make that decision! It might take some planning but it will be well worth it when you tell that special person that your ditching the normal plans to have some unexpected fun.  This idea is perfect for the over scheduled teenager or busy mom. Enjoy lunch at Blackberry Market, stroll Main Street, shop the boutiques, see a movie, or just grab a coffee! This holiday season put the unexpected on your list and make time for some cheerful giggles!

More Skip Day Ideas:

Check out these fun ideas for planning a day with your daughter.                                     Love #8 Retail Therapy

Another fun idea is to make these super cute Christmas Tree Cones! https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/christmas-tree-cones.html

GIFT and IDEA 4:


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The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn is more than just a bookstore. Yes, they have a huge selections of Christmas books and popular titles but they also carry hostess gifts, toys, notecards, Theo Chocolates, Peepers, and much more! We are proud to have this independent bookstore in our charming town. They love their devoted customers and give so much back to our community. We’re lucky to have them!

For the little ones on your list we suggest the Melissa and Doug toys. These toys are created to inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see new possibilities. —Created by Me Craft Kit in a variety of choices from Race Car Bank to Pets Craft Kits and Pasture Pals Fuzzy Figurines with a display case! Super cute!


For the Book lover on your list this is a one-stop shop because this bookstore has an NPR Bookstand! It’s right by the front door and is fully stocked with all the popular titles.



A favorite for moms, sisters, and besties is Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis!




Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines



AND of course there are many Christmas books for every little elf on your list!


AND we have a little secret to share! Did you know you can sign up to read in the famous rocking chair in the window? YES!  Call to sign up for your one hour time slot! Grab some hot chocolate from Stam and have your own family story night! What a family fun tradition to start.

Also, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn will do a beautiful job wrapping all of your holiday gifts!

GIFT and IDEA 3:

Chocolaterie Stam

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This holiday season, Glen Ellyn Moms Village not only wants to showcase local businesses and great gift ideas, we also want to showcase local establishments and how to incorporate them into wonderful family-friendly activities. This week, we have teamed up with Chocolaterie Stam to promote their Deer Meet and Greet this Saturday, December 8th from 2-4pm. So bring your family down  and have your picture take with Randolph the Reindeer and have some delicious holiday treats.

Chocolaterie Stam is located at 530 Pennsylvania Ave next door to Storm Inspired.

We are so lucky to have this great establishment in our town. Glen Ellyn is one of only nine locations in the United States and the only one in the Chicagoland area.

Here are some wonderful way to incorporate Stam into your family activities.

Evening stroll with family looking at the Main Street Glen Ellyn Holiday Window Displays.


Go to the Glen Ellyn Bookstore, and sit in the famous rocking chair and read your kids a Christmas book and then head over to Stam.


Drive around and look at Christmas lights and then take the family for Hot Chocolate!


After you get your Christmas tree head over to grab a sweet treat


After an afternoon of ice skating on Lake Ellyn or sledding at Newton Park, warm up with some famous hot chocolate


Pick up chocolate for stocking stuffers or hostess gifts


Bring home a quart of gelato to have when you watch Christmas movies


After you go to Illumination at Morton Arboretum, head over to Stam to warm up with some chocolate goodness


Meet for hot chocolate at Stam before you head on The Polar Express


GIFT and IDEA 2:

M and Em’s


We love these iscream cozy pajama pants from M and Em’s.  Perfect for a family movie night or hopping in the car and finding the best Christmas light show.

Christmas Movie Schedules:



Drive by Christmas Lights:

781 Willis Street in Glen Ellyn

2S231 Valley Road in Lombard tune into 89.5 FM (they even have their own FB page Hughes Digital Christmas https://www.facebook.com/HughesDigitalChristmas/?fref=ts)

880 Pinebrook Dr in Lombard

913 E. Evergeen in Wheaton (tune into 102.5 FM)


GIFT and IDEA 1:

Meredith Jaye


There is a new line of jewelry at Meredith Jaye called Bella Vita!  Stone pendant necklaces, diffuser bracelets and pretty earrings – beautiful little touches

We will be sharing our Gift & Idea Guide on the blog every Wednesday and Friday!




A Toda Madre celebrates Moms!

A TOTALLY AWESOME evening celebrating the amazing moms in this town.
A huge thank you to A Toda Madre for their generosity in making this Madre Mia event one to remember.  
It truly was a celebration of moms, who managed to survive the summer and are ready to send 124 kids back to school.
Also a huge thank you to Agency H5!!
Invitation to the Madre Mia event!
Sangria Station!
It was such a wonderful evening and a celebration of moms!

October Menu

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Photo by Ceyhun Özden on Pexels.com


Monday: One Pan Meal – Baked Chicken and Potatoes

One Pan Meal of Baked Chicken Drumsticks and Potatoes is all made on one sheet pan with carrots, which makes dinner prep a breeze. Chicken drumsticks are baked with garlic, paprika and olive oil. Comforting ‘Meat & Potatoes’ dinner that takes only 10 minutes of prep, and is all done in one baking dish? Win-win


Tuesday:  Tex-Mex Sausage and Rice Skillet

20 MINUTE TexMex Sausage and Rice Skillet is quick, delicious and bursting with flavor from the most amazing Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Jalapeno Sauce for a hearty, comforting one pot meal the whole family will love!


Wednesday: Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil


Thursday: Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Grilled Beef Skewers


Friday:  PIZZA NIGHT – Order take out!

Saturday: Green Well Salad


Sunday: Crockpot Italian Sausage Soup

This Crockpot Italian sausage soup recipe is hearty, filling, and full of flavor. A wonderful and easy set it and forget it soup recipe.



Monday: Asian Chicken Skewers for Kids

Asian Chicken Skewers


Tuesday: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken


Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Favorite Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe


Thursday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal


Friday: PIZZA Take OUT!!

Saturday: Juicy Pan-Seared Porks with Citrus Dressing



Sunday: Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce Pappardelle Pasta



Monday: Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri

Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri


Tuesday: Chicken Taco Pasta


Wednesday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal

Thursday: Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs


Friday: Take OUT!!! Don’t cook!!

Saturday: Roasted Turkey, Apple, Cheddar Sandwich (Panera CopyCat)

Copycat Panera Roasted Turkey, Apple, and Cheddar Sandwich: Slices of roasted turkey, sweet apples, and sharp cheddar cheese are piled high on homemade cranberry walnut bread with a tangy honey mustard.


Sunday: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup -- so delicious, and made extra-easy in the crock pot! | gimmesomeoven.com



Monday: Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken – Super easy, elegant roasted chicken with fresh lemons, oranges and herbs! | thecomfortofcooking.com


Tuesday: Chicken and Black Bean Chimichangas


Wednesday: Entree Kitchen Make Ahead Meal

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff



Friday: Take OUT!!!

Saturday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach BBQ Sauce


Sunday: One-Pot Baked Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe 

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This post is sponsored by Entree Kitchen:



Sunshine Dance!

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Sunshine Dance in Glen Ellyn, is a dynamic and energetic dance company that offers a wide range of classes for kids of all ages. They value fun and all share the joyous “Sunshine” spirit, but also make the commitment to dance in order to gain quality techniques to be competitive. Jared Titus is the proud Owner and Director of Sunshine Dance.  Jared is also Owner and Artistic Director of Bright Lights Theatre, a local children’s theatre company in Glen Ellyn.  Jared and his dedicated staff are all about inspiring creativity, joy, and passion for their students. Glen Ellyn Moms Village was excited to learn more about this award winning dance company!

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  • What inspired the change in ownership for Sunshine Dance?

I have been a part of Sunshine Dance’s journey for the past few years, but I am so excited to be able to put my personal stamp on it now that I am the owner. I have big dreams for Sunshine Dance and can’t wait to share them with the fabulous Glen Ellyn community.

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  • How do you find staff to bring into your organization that truly care about Sunshine Dance the way you do?

I am so blessed to have an INCREDIBLE staff that share my same ideals for the quality and type of dance education I want to offer. They all care about the students so much and put their heart and soul into each and every class they teach.


  • Why should Glen Ellyn Moms send their kids to Sunshine Dance?

I truly believe that we have the best education and quality to offer the Glen Ellyn community and surrounding areas. Our instructors are so passionate about not only teaching dance but instilling confidence, discipline, passion, and providing an outlet for students of all ages to express themselves and their creativity!


  • Tell us more about the classes you offer!

We offer classes for ages 2 – 19 in many different styles of dance including: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Conditioning, and Turns and Leaps. We offer Pre-Core and Core classes (open to any students wanting to participate in dance) for our beginning through intermediate dancers, Level classes (by audition only) for our more advanced dancers, and the Sunshine Dance Company (by audition only) for those students wanting a professional quality intensive training program.

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  • What is the most rewarding thing about being a new business owner:

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher/business owner is seeing the difference dance can make in a child’s life. I see students who come in at the beginning of the year very shy and throughout their experience in class gain confidence and an ability to express their emotions more freely. We get so many parents that tell us what a difference they see in their student’s ability to speak in front of their peers and overall confidence they exude in a public setting after participating in dance.  Dance and theatre changed my life as a young boy and I am so grateful that I get to share my love of the arts with students every day and see first hand the difference it makes in their lives.


Sunshine dance is located in the heart of downtown at 515 Crescent Blvd in Glen Ellyn.
To find out more about Sunshine Dance please visit their website:

Call  (630) 790-1880 or Email: sunshine.dance.info@gmail.com



Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized will be in the Chicagoland area to help get our HOT MESS organized.  Between book signings, shopping AND presenting her Clutter Clinic you will have plenty of chances to meet Laurie.

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 SEPTEMBER 12th 7:00-9:00 pm : Clutter Clinic and Book Signing Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn!  Register here!

SEPTEMBER 13th : Shopping with Laurie at The Container Store in Oakbrook (stay tuned for times)

SEPTEMBER 13th 6:30 pm:  Book Signing at Prairie Path Books in Wheaton

For more information please email: glenellynmoms@gmail.com



Believe in Yourself


Parenting is no small task. There are many times when the days seems insurmountable. Like it might be better to just fall down and let the kids run all over you. Trust me there are many times I’ve let that happen. But I take small steps and try to remember that no matter how big the challenge I want to show my boys that having faith and believing in yourself will always lead them to grandeur things in life.