• Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015
  • Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015
  • Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015
  • Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}
  • Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork
Free Summer Reading Programs 2015

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2015

School’s nearly over and my 7-year-old is looking forward to having lots of extra time for reading the books he loves. We love to sign up for the summer reading program at our local library, and we usually sign up for a few others, too. Every child – from the reluctant reader to the voracious […]

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

  Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and it’s a great family outing, but visiting a minor league team has certain advantages too, especially when you have young children – they’re often not as crowded as major league games, they’re cheaper, the players are often more accessible, and the teams often cater to families. Whether you prefer […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

Celebrate Science Detective Week with Moochie Kalala

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

When you’re a parent, it seems like there’s a new expense popping up each week – diapers, doctors appointments, school uniforms, music classes, car repairs… it never seems to end! And everywhere you turn, there are places and people offering quick and easy ways to make extra money, especially for stay-at-home moms. Unfortunately, most of […]

Reunited and it feels so good with Netflix #StreamTeam

Reunited and It Feels So Good with Netflix

We all have times in our life when we have to say goodbye to people that are important to us. For years, you see them regularly and they become part of your routine. You know their family, friends, job… everything about them. Sometimes you’re drawn to them because they remind you of yourself. Sometimes it’s because […]

Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free 2015

For the 8th year, the Kids Bowl Free program is offering a summer of free bowling for kids at 1,100 participating bowling alleys in the United States and Canada. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to choose a bowling alley close to you and then register your child or children; you’ll receive a weekly email […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

Earth Day Events 2015

Earth Day Events 2015

Spring brings fresh new flowers and reawakened trees, and it’s also a great reminder of the beauty and fragility of nature and the Earth. Make Earth Day a family holiday to combat all the damage that people do to our planet, and remember the immortal words of The Lorax (and Dr. Seuss): “Unless someone like […]

Sesame Street Live Let's Dance

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance

Website: Sesame Street Live Location: Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates Phone: 847-649-2270 Show times: Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 5:30 pm Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Sesame Street live will also be showing in Joliet on April 21, and in Merrillville, Indiana, April 23 through 26. […]

Coloring Animal Mandalas - Review & Giveaway

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review and Giveaway

It’s not usually big news when we get a new coloring book in our house – with three kids under 8 we have a lot of them – but we got one recently that’s different from the others. Coloring Animal Mandalas is a coloring book for adults, with intricate designs. Full disclosure here: I received […]

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons #sponsored

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons

I’ve been a Groupon groupie for years. I love that they have a huge selection of local deals on everything from show tickets to hotel stays to massages. I’m really excited because now Groupon is offering a whole new way to save money at places you already love to shop. Groupon recently launched Groupon Coupons, […]

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery - How You Can Help

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

  UPDATE: The Village of Kirkland is now reporting they are not currently in need of any donations of goods or any volunteers to assist Fairdale. Last night was scary for residents of Northern Illinois, and I think most of us are hugging our kids a little tighter today and feeling very thankful for everything […]

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It’s Better At The Blue

  It’s Better At The Blue. Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast. With stunning beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor Resort features 182 suites, 64 villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area including a mini glow […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]

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15 Things to Do During Spring Break

After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

iFLY-Kohl Playdate

iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

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Reinventing Yourself with Netflix

  If there’s one thing that parenthood has taught me, it’s that sometimes you have to break out of your comfort zone. Part of it is because parenting changes you. I’m shy, and usually pretty quiet, and agreeable, but sometimes when I’m trying to protect or help my kids, Mama Bear comes out. For a […]

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! Giveaway

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

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Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, walk among an array of plants and trees, or learn about animals or people […]

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Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek is a brand new event this year where museums from all over the world will be celebrating culture on Twitter Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Learn about your favorite museums, whether they’re local or international, and join in the conversation. Each day of the week will have a different topic: Monday, March 23 […]

Easter Egg Hunts 2015

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break #MarchIntoSavings #cbias #shop

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break with Walmart Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans

It was starting to feel like summer would never return, but with the snow melting, temperatures inching up, and the snow coming out, I can feel it coming. With spring comes spring break; kind of a little practice run for summer. It’s the perfect time to #MarchIntoSavings with Walmart Family Mobile and I’m excited to tell you […]

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I Are Catching Up on the Present

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. If you haven’t heard of it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original show starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (from 30 Rock), and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock). Ellie plays Kimmy, a women rescued from an underground bunker where she lived for 15 years with three other […]

Reaching New Heights with iFly

Reaching New Heights at iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! The Toddling family loves Dr. Seuss, and today is his birthday. If you’re looking to celebrate you could: Read some Dr. Seuss book (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Horton Hears a Who are favorites of ours) Watch a Seuss movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, or […]

Choose Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix #StreamTeam

Create Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix

Sometimes watching shows and movies is just relaxing, but I love when a tv show or movie inspires me or my kids to get up and do something or try something new. One of the shows we love to watch as a family is Chopped. If you’re not familiar with it, Chopped is a reality […]