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. http://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


MasterMoms March & April


Sign up through Glen Ellyn Park District https://apm.activecommunities.com/gepark/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=mastermoms+&applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&cat=Activities&fbclid=IwAR3Lc7HUpGGBB9Yt1LoYafoe6jqYRV8fM5DZo9DIRCS4EFZTNPjwUq_qFHE


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.

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.


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!!