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Valentine’s Dance 2017

Come get down, dance and boogie with us
this Valentine’s Day 2017!!!!

Unschooler’s Platform is inviting you out for a great time!

ALL homeschool, unschool, life-learning and worldschooling families invited for their Valentine’s FUN with a
Tween and Teen Dance to follow! Something for everyone!!!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017. 7:00 – 9:00pm for families
and 9:00p – 12a for tweens and teens!

WHERE: Key Lime Cove Waterpark Resorts! (1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, IL)


HOW MUCH: $20 per person, paid in advance (see below).

QUESTIONS? Please email unschoolersplatform@gmail.com

See you there!!!


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Life is Good!

That it is! Life is GREAT!
Are you a conference junkie like myself??? 😉

Conferences (homeschool, unschool, life-learning and everything in between) are such a beautiful way to come together with like-minded people and feel like you belong.  Be among people who cherish and support your journey, and well…. want to celebrate the paths that each of us have chosen for our families.

If you have not heard of the Life is Good Conference, you may want to check it out! Looks like a BLAST to be had up in Portland this fall! If you are unable to join us this February in Chicago, OR perhaps if you want to reconnect with UP friends elsewhere…. like perhaps the Life is Good Conference … this could be an option!


It announced on their FB page today that their super early bird registration ends Monday! If you haven’t scoped it out yet, you may want to pop on over to their info hub and check things out! If anything else, you might not want to miss Erika Davis-Pitre speak there!!! 😉


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10 more days

We are gearing up for the end of registration with just 10 more days….

We have told you about our A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. speakers….

We have told you about the hotel….

We have told you about the funshops…..

We have told you about the family dance….

The working schedule of events….

Yoga with Cara….

The teen room…..

The conference shirts….

The vendor hall….

Very importantly… our SPECIAL OFFER….

You may just very well wonder what is left for me to tell you about….. Don’t you fear! I have an EARful for you 😉

In honor of our last 10 days of registration, let me tell you about the top 10 things I feel you may want to do while you are here in Chicago…. These will be in proximity to Key Lime Cove, and then into the city. Depending on how long you plan to stay, these will all be worth your while!

(1) Closest to Key Lime Cove is Gurnee Mills Mall. (Key Lime Cove does offer a free shuttle from the hotel to the mall should you care to indulge!)
Gurnee Mills is an indoor mall, established in Gurnee, Illinois, a village west of Waukegan, Illinois. It is located about halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 40-minute drive either way, and near Six Flags Great America. It is a single-level Z-shaped mall. At 1,912,969 square feet (177,720.6 m2) of gross leasable area,[1] it is the third largest mall in Illinois, and is visited by more than 20 million people each year. Gurnee Mills opened on August 8, 1991.

(2) Jelly Belly Factory: Get your FREE factory tour and samples!
Jelly Belly Candy Company, formerly known as Herman Goelitz Candy Company and Goelitz Confectionery Company, manufactures Jelly Belly jelly beans and other candy. The company is based in Fairfield, California, with a second manufacturing facility in North Chicago, Illinois and a distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. In October 2008 the company opened a 50,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand where it produces confectionery for the international market.

(3) Enjoy a winter hike at Illinois State Beach Park.

Illinois Beach State Park – stretching 6.5 miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois – offers a full range of recreation opportunities at one of the most unique and beautiful natural settings in America.

Illinois Beach is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state, with dunes and swales, sprawling marshes, forests of oak and vast arrays of animal life and vegetation.

(4) If you’re into the outdoor-sy winter stuff…. The Chicago Botanic Gardens is another place for you!
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands and featuring 26 display gardens and surrounded by four natural habitats: McDonald Woods, Dixon Prairie, Skokie River Corridor, and Lakes and Shores. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, United States, the garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free, but parking is $25 per car.

(5) Visit Bahai Temple:

(6) The Chicago History Museum:
Not so long ago this vibrant museum was the stodgy ol’ Chicago Historical Society, which let you cull through thousands of archived photographs and curio. Well, that library still exists, but joining it are several permanent and temporary exhibits, the largest of which is “Chicago: Crossroads of America,” a treasure trove of historical objects, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn. Other exhibits include “Sensing Chicago” (kids swarm around the giant Chicago hot dog) and revolving displays showing off one of the world’s largest costume collections.

(7) 360 Chicago:
Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers dining, sights and an interactive tour far above the city streets. From 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor, you can see up to 55 miles out and four states—you’ll feel as if you’re along for the ride as you watch airplanes whiz by. A recent addition is the Tilt attraction, which allows visitors to step onto an enclosed platform that extends from the building at a 30 degree angle.

(8) Navy Pier:
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, plus an old-fashioned swing ride and 18-hole mini-golf course. You’ll also find the Chicago Children’s Museum and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Most offerings may not turn locals on, but the seasonsal events, indoor activities and great people-watching provide plenty of entertainment, no matter what the weather.

(9) The Art Institute:
You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.

(10) The Field Museum:
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. Inside the permanent displays, you can see glowering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb, undergo a lesson in cannibalism in the “Pacific Spirits” gallery or take a stroll through the newly rehabbed Halls of Gems and Jade.

AND….  this is just to name a FEW! Chicago and surrounding is LOADED. There is no loss for things to see and do in this amazing city. Do visit THIS website to see just how much more you could pack into your trip!!!

There are just 10 more days to register. As mentioned, we do still have a 2-payment special you could jump on. We want to have as many of you friendly folks as possible….. Remember this diddy???



It’s TRUE! 😉 THAT’s what UP is all about!!!

See you in February!!!



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Spring Teen Leadership on the Wild Florida Suwannee!


Just 25 days left to register for our spectacular upcoming conference this February and I have to share….. I am particularly ECSTACTIC about this one….. Crystalaire Adventures will be joining us in our vendor/information hall this February! They will be sharing with us some of the fabulous trips  and camps they coordinate…. and what’s more exciting???? We have a trip planned with them come this April! Your homeschooled/unschooled teen may be VERY interested to hear about this one:


We are giving it another go!
Our fall trip did not happen due to low enrollment, but it does not mean that teens are not still itching to spread their wings and try an independent adventure of their own! We are working with Crystalaire Adventures to get a spring break time adventure moving! It’s a VERY exciting one at that!!!!

April 4th -10th, 2016 on the Suwannee river! What’s not to love about that! Quite the adventure. Crystalaire’s goal:

“To maximize opportunities for participants to actively engage leadership, days are flexible. Everyone will have to work together to balance goals and visions, keep everyone fed and sheltered, decide on where to camp and where to go, and what to eat. We will be living in tents and camping out alongside the river bank each night, paddling through the day. We cook our own meals, build our own fires, sleep under the stars, and learn to endure weather of all kinds!

Crystalaire’s leadership curriculum is built around challenging limitations on our perspective, and encouraging new ways of working together. By the end of their break, participants will be exposed to critical new ideas in communication, collaboration, decision making, group management, and more. We’ll draw on our wide ranging educational offerings to develop a dynamic curriculum responsive to the challenges of the course. We are big believers in letting the place be the teacher, so the ongoing challenges of navigating bubbling springs, working with partners to steer the boats, enduring rain storms or cold nights, and helping one another to succeed will offer the best leadership lessons!”

This April 4th -10th, 2016 on the Suwannee river the kids will be:

“Crossing the Florida-Georgia line out of the Okefenokee Swamps, we will paddle along the more rustic section of one of Florida’s least visited waterways. Our boats will glide between Florida’s famous dark waters and hundreds of crystal clear springs. We will camp along open sandy riverbanks, picking our route each day and exploring whatever we find along the way.

Both trips will start and end at the Jacksonville, Florida airport at noon on the day the trip starts or ends (dates on reverse side of this sheet). We can also pick participants up at the Jacksonville Amtrak station. Due to the diverse regions our participants come from, we cannot reasonably provide transportation. But be in touch if we can help with your logistics!

For more details click HERE.

To register click HERE.

And with questions, please feel free to email me (mommy@nakitababy.com) or Micah with Crystalaire (micah@crystalaireadventures.com). We are happy to help and truly hope to make this trip a GO this spring!!!


AND….. when you come by the conference vendor hall you can meet these amazing folks in person! Just 25 more days to register!


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