I mean, seriously – has a show had a better tagline than this in a long time? I haven’t worked my way through the whole series yet, but I’m two episodes into Bloodline and totally hooked. Here’s the upshot: Family secrets and high-stakes lies amid the balmy humidity of the Florida Keys. Plus, Lindsay Weir and Coach Taylor as brother and sister? Yes, please.

Although Bloodline is decidedly for grown-ups, the plot line brings us to our Netflix Stream Team theme of the month: Liar, liar pants on fire. (That’s a paraphrase.) Teaching kids about lying is a tricky business as parents, especially when we all rely on them at least a little bit (Santa Claus, I’m looking at you). My 5-year-old was recently confronted with a dinner he didn’t like and he sat there for a half-hour staring at it. I went to the bathroom and when I returned, he said “I finished my dinner, but don’t look in the garbage.” This was a pretty low-stakes example, and it made me laugh, but how do we show kids how to navigate honesty?

These themed episodes of shows for younger kids will get the conversation going.






Staircase Bookends


These miniature staircases (sold individually) can be used separately as display or together to form bookends. I was thinking Legoman, dinosaurs and Fisher Price Little People could seriously tear it up on these. Available for $80 a piece at UncommonGoods.com.

The Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., Chicago) is hosting Family Night: All Aboard on Friday, April 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for train enthusiasts, in conjunction with the exhibit Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography. Listen to live folk music, play train bingo, create a railroad lantern and ride a trackless train. Designed for kids aged 12 and younger. Kids are free; $5 for adults.

Contemporary Art for Kids

I was screwing around on Houzz.com (I’ve lost hours of my life this way) and came across ArtStar.com, a site that offers limited edition work from contemporary artists (completed with authenticity card.) The best part? They have a sub-specialty in art for kids. See my favorites below, and then check out the site for yourself.



Excessive, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


’69 Cougar, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Merry Go Round, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Baby Leopard, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


A Child’s Bookshelf, starting at $105.


Animal Stack, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Up to the Challenge, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Trains #1, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


One Day in the City, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Kiss Me, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Fisher Price People, $55 to $700, depending on size and framing options.


Ever gone to Ikea thinking you just need one thing and come out with two Billy bookcases and a potted plant that won’t fit in your car? Or had a small donation pile turn into an enormous one with no way to transport it? Now Dolly can help.

Dolly, which his essentially Uber for moving things, has launched in Chicago. The service has a fleet of background-checked “helpers” who have pickup trucks/vans/SUVs to help with moving or delivery needs, and requires less time commitment or advance planning than U-Haul. The service can help for furniture store purchases, Craiglist pickups, or donating large items to charity. The helpers can be tracked via GPS on the app and prices are determined by distance and size/amount of items. The minimum price is $30 but if you don’t need help carrying or moving the items, curbside delivery is available at a discount.

Want to try it out? Enter code PINWHEEL at checkout to receive 20 percent off your first use of the service.

Back next week!

Shark Attack


Love this shark bite pouch from Uncommon Goods. Each is handmade and is available for $44.

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I’m in love with this superhero collection at Pottery Barn Kids. Am I too old for the Wonder Woman backpack with the cape? I mean, it’s a little inaccurate because Wonder Woman obviously had a golden lasso and not a cape, but these are small quibbles. Check out the whole collection here; most items are priced $35 or less.

Sales This Week

The Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland consignment sale continues Thursday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (half price sale), Saturday, March 28th from 9 a.m. to noon (half price) at 1199 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Admission is free; cash or credit accepted for purchases.

Lots for Tots Consignments runs Friday, March 27th from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday March 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the half-price sale on Sunday, March 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Libertyville Sports Complex (1950 N. Hwy. 45, Libertyville). Admission is free; cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted for purchases.


Love this wall art that lends a pop sensibility to a paper airplane. Available for $249 at CB2.

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