School Shoes: Naturino Desert Boots

It’s time to start thinking about school clothes. We love these desert boots by Naturino for little boys – I actually love them for little girls too. Love the great Fall colors and the velcro option! The gum sole is great for everyday and even fine for little kids gym class. Looks super cute with jeans and khakis and all uniforms. I’ll order mine from Zappo’s today!



Kids Lunch Tote – Dabbawalla Lunch Bags

Looking for the perfect lunch tote for your kids this year – take a look at the bags by Dabbawalla.  You will be pleased to see what the bags are able to hold inside  – just check out the image above.  The bags are available in a variety of fun, colorful styles and are made of high-quality Ariaprene, a super-durable eco-sponge material that’s biodegradable and toxic free. No lead, BPA, or PVC.

The material has natural insulating properties so it’s easy to keep food at safe temperatures for up to 4 hours with just a small ice pack. And, Dabbawalla bags are washable through and through either by hand or in a washing machine.

The name Dabbawalla was inspired by the creators travels in India where she became fascinated by the food carrying system of lunchtime delivery men known as dabbawallas. All Dabbawalla Bags are designed to stand upright for easy access and include a sturdy handle as well as two interior mesh pockets for additional storage.


Zico Chocolate Coconut Water

Zico Chocolate Coconut Water is a no guilt chocolate drink!  This is a wonderful substitution for chocolate milk lovers. Only 110 calories per bottle with 30% less sugar than other leading coconut waters and 60% less sugar and calories than leading chocolate milks.  Dairy free, gluten free, good source of iron, magnesium, potassium, and electrolytes.  Comes in a re-sealable bottle that is made with 30% recycled materials and that is recyclable everywhere.  Zico Coconut Waters come in a variety of other flavors, but this is my (and my family’s) favorite.  This product can be found at your local Fresh Market or Sunset grocery stores or ordered online.



One Log Fire – Portable Campfire

These One Log Fire – Portable Campfires are perfect for any festival, concert or outdoor event this summer.  This quick-light log provides a self-contained flame that lasts for up to two hours. All the fun of an outdoor flame without the risk or commitment of a full campfire.


Forest Park Groundbreaking Ceremony – Mark Your Calendars and RSVP today!

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We are so excited for this great event!  For more information about the Forest Park Project and the event, please read below.

Celebrating a significant milestone as infrastructure work begins to Preserve, Enhance & Rehabilitate historic Forest Park, The Forest Park Project Corporation and The City of Lake Forest invite the community to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Held at Forest Park (rain or shine), the Ceremony will celebrate the unique beauty of Forest Park:

  • The oldest park in Lake Forest, designated as a park by planner Almerin Hotchkiss in 1857 and platted as a park by O.C. Simonds in 1896
  • The only Lake Forest park with vistas of Lake Michigan
  • The park that serves as Lake Forest’s gateway to Lake Michigan, the magnificent beach and boating area
  • A “passive” park; a place to go for contemplation and reflection
  •   A wonderful place where distinctive natural elements include an oak upland and woodland

    The Forest Park Project began in 2008. The Master Plan for Forest Park, approved by the Lake Forest City Council in 2012, is designed to serve as the comprehensive guide for future decisions about Forest Park. Its goal is to honor the legacy of its 19th century landscape architects while also acknowledging more than a century of change and the need to meet contemporary community needs. The Master Plan seeks to secure Forest Park for future generations through respect for the site as a cultural landscape and a strong commitment to exemplary stewardship, environmental responsibility, and a guide for future maintenance and management. The complete Master Plan may be viewed at www.forestparkproject.com.

    Come and learn more about the special elements of the Master Plan and how all aspects of the Park will benefit Lake Foresters of all ages. Light refreshments will be served. Please respond to Tricia Schwall at schwallp@cityoflakeforest.com or at 847.810.3544.


Hand Forged Garden Tools by Blacksmith

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Love these hand forged garden tools from Blacksmith.  They are handcrafted by Tuli Fisher in Bozeman, Montana.  Each tool is built using traditional blacksmithing tools and techniques to create an heirloom-quality garden tool.  The tool handles are made from black walnut and turned to provide comfort.  These would make a perfect gift for anyone who appreciates high-quality traditional crafts and has a love for gardening.   I would even love to decorate a shelf with these beauties.  Happy Gardening!


Ix – Style.

Magenta Pink Woven Leather Huarache Sandals

Red Woven Leather Huarache Sandals

Orange Woven Leather Huarache Sandals

Brother-Sister team Francesca and John Kennedy, recently started the shoe company Ix after a trip to visit their grandmother in Guatamala. They became concerned with the alarming need for drinking water in that country and wanted to do something to help. That is when Ix was created. With the purchase of a pair of these super chic, handmade huaraches you can help provide clean drinking water to those in need, especially children. Click here to see how they are helping. It is so inspiring.


Showno – 4 in 1 towel for kids

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We love this 4 in 1 towel from Showno.  It is a beach/bath towel, cover-up and changing towel all in one!  The towel is a standard bath towel with a vertical opening in the middle hemmed with a myriad of colorful fabrics and designs.  The kids will love wearing this and the parents will love not having to carry two or three extra things to the pool or beach!


Level FlipBelt – Running Belt

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For many obvious reasons, people do not like to wear fanny packs, however functional they may be.  Introduce the Level FlipBelt.  This belt makes me want to start up running again.  (I have even downloaded from couch to 5k for my iPhone, but that is a different story).  Just slip your items into the pocket openings and slide them where you want.  The belt can even be worn inwards to securely lock in your items.  Added Bonus – the belt looks great and comes in many cute colors!

Some features of the belt: Multi-access pocket openings throughout belt, Turn items & pocket access up/down/inside as convenient, Flip to lock in items, Reflective logo – 3M Quality Reflective, Non-Bounce, Even Design, No buckles to cause uncomfortable chafing, Machine washable & Machine Dryable, Great for holding medication on the go.  Inhalers, insulin pumps, Epipens, etc…, EPA Certified, Odor Resistant, Pilling Resistant, Anti-Bacterial High Tech Poly Spandex Fabric, Available in colors, accent your workout wardrobe