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Chicago, IL

Teresa is a family lifestyle photographer in the suburbs of Chicago who is happy home educating her three children in the Christian classical education theory.


Tiaras & Tantrums focuses on family, travel, photography, education and food. I offer photography sessions product reviews, travel reviews, education reviews and anything else I feel like writing about.

{Editor’s Note: I am VERY interested in doing more travel blogging. If you are putting together a blogger group for a client – I would love to discuss details.}

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Recreation For My Kids


As a young girl I enjoyed sledding and snowmobiling. My brothers and I couldn’t wait for the snow and cold weather so we could get out the sled and head for the golf course. I don't enjoy winter these days,  but I still have those pleasant memories of fun in the snow as a child.

The January and February weather usually keeps us in the house with little opportunity to get outdoors. Since we can’t escape the snow and ice in Chicago, we try to enjoy some winter sports. We are fortunate enough to have a forest preserve literally across the street from our neighborhood. What most people don't know is that this same forest preserve that provides great summer fun for picnics and bike rides also offers great winter fun for my kids.  

Since we have not had any snow flying about in mass quantities, the forest preserve has been open for roaming about and not freezing our toes off. My kids love nothing more when I am driving home from school and I pull into the forest preserve versus our street. On Monday, I surprised them all by turning right instead of left.

I couldn't get them back in the car.