Archives for 2012

“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s Eve Events

Noon Countdowns Bubble Bash 2012 with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville 10:30 am-Noon $10/member, $15/non-member (plus $2/ticket box office charge) Live performances by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans and Geoff Akins the Bubble Wonder Man, countdown at noon. Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown, […]

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I Caught Santa!

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and […]

Moment of Silence for Sandy Hook Victims

Highlights from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Last month we attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and had the opportunity to learn about lots of fun new toys and games. Here are a few of our favorite new (and some not-so-new) discoveries: Buster Balloon Recommended for ages 8+, but my 3 & 5-year-old love it! This is a fun game for […]

Give the Gift of Rockin’ Disney Memories – Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After

Give the Gift of ROCKIN’ Memories! Looking for one more special gift but don’t have time for shopping? Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After is coming to the Chicagoland area, playing Allstate Arena Jan. 23 – 27 and United Center Jan. 31 – Feb. 10.  Tickets make great gifts that provide a memorable experience for the […]

Little Passports Review and Giveaway

As much as we travel and explore, we haven’t been able to take the kids out of the country yet. In fact, we’ve only made it out of the state a couple times. I’d love for my kids to learn about new places though, and Little Passports is a great way to do that. Little […]

Imagine Toys Super Moose Game Review

Imagine Toys Super Moose Game Review My kids love to play games, but at 3 and 5 they seem to be a bit young for most games, even the ones that are supposed to be for kids their age. Super Moose arrived from Imagine Toys recently and it looked really cute, but I had my […]

Dr. Seuss Book Club – 5 Books for only $5.95

I love Dr. Seuss! Looking to expand your child’s library of books? This is a great deal on Dr. Seuss books. You get 5 books for only $5.95 with free shipping! Order fast and you’ll also get a 2013 Dr. Seuss calendar (while supplies last). You’ll also have an opportunity to order an additional two […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year! I love all the fun activities, the shopping, the excitement, and the good cheer. Here are some fun events coming up or going on right now to celebrate the holiday season. As always, it’s a good idea to call or check the website to […]

Family Night with Ice Age 3 and Stouffer’s

The holidays are a stressful time. Add to that the fact that I’m expecting a new baby in less than four weeks and my oldest was sick and stuck in the house for a couple days, and everyone in the family has been a little on edge. So yesterday I took the boys to Wal-Mart […]

Printcopia Canvas Prints Review and Giveaway

I’m a sucker for pictures – I can’t stop taking them and I love having pictures hanging all over our house. I also think they make a great gift for the holidays for family and friends. We have framed pictures all over, but I love canvas prints even more. I had the chance to try […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will […]

Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway

Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway It’s holiday card time! I just discovered Minted and I’m excited to tell you about it. Minted offers cards for every occasion, stationery, journals, calendars, and much more. Something that I love about Minted is that they use designs from independent graphic designers from around the world, allowing these independent designers the […]

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical – website Location: Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Dates and times: Through January 6, 2013. Dates and times vary – see the online schedule for details. There are shows on weekdays and weekends at 10:15 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm. Admission: Tickets are […]

The Happy Trunk – Creative Fun Delivered To Your Kids

Have you heard of The Happy Trunk? My kids love creative projects so I’m excited about this idea, and I think it would make a great Christmas gift! I’ve been asked to share the information below and the special offer – you can receive 50% off The Happy Trunk now! Special delivery! Mail carriers be warned, […]

Zerberts – BabyHawk Oh Snap! Review, Promotion, and Hoppediz Giveaway

Zerberts – BabyHawk Oh Snap! Review & Hoppediz Giveaway Before my first son was born I decided I wanted to be a babywearer. I bought a couple carriers to try out and when he was born I was so happy I had them. I tried a ring sling first because so many people recommended it, […]

Power the Creativity

Power the Creativity with Energizer and Crayola I recently had the opportunity to attend a Power the Creativity event with Energizer and Crayola and I’m excited to tell you about it! Cooper spends hours every day coloring and drawing pictures and he loves doing artwork of any kind so Crayola is a huge favorite in […]

Imagine Toys Hurricane Sandy Promotion

Like the Imagine Toys Facebook page to help children affected by Hurricane Sandy!  

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early.  Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper […]

A Special “Treat”

Want to spend a special card to someone this holiday season? As your to-do list keeps growing and growing it can be difficult to get to some of these smaller tasks, but it’s sometimes the small things like this that can really brighten someone’s holiday! Treat is here to help with a FREE personalized card, […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot […]

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa As a mom of two (very active) young boys, with another on the way, I could use a break. My friend Samantha, who also parents to two active young boys and blogs at The Peanuts Gang, felt the same way. We recently had the opportunity to spend two days […]

Shutterfly Thank the Troops Campaign

Shutterfly Thank the Troops Tomorrow the nation will celebrate Veterans Day, a day to honor and celebrate the service of U.S. military veterans. I’ll be thinking of my grandfather, my uncles, my cousins, my brothers, and all of the other veterans who have served our country. Shutterfly has a campaign now were you can choose […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 6

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away and this is your last chance to win! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the […]

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

With the holidays approaching, Melissa & Doug compiled a list of their Terrific Twenty list of their top toys. To celebrate they’re running a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page. Visit the Melissa & Doug Facebook page to enter to win a gift every day from the Terrific Twenty list! You […]

Dino Time 3D Screening

Free Dino Time 3D Advanced Screening Dino Time will be arriving in theatres on December 7, but here’s a chance to see a special advanced screening for free! The screening will take place at Showplace Icon, 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago on Saturday, November 17th at 10:30 am. Here’s some information about the movie from the press […]

Spark Box Toys

I’m a big fan of Netflix. I love that I can receive dvds I want to see for a small monthly fee and I don’t have tons of dvds I’m no longer interested in cluttering up my house. Now Spark Box has done the same thing for toys! We have a ridiculous amount of toys […]

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Wreck-It Ralph is playing near you or purchase tickets online at the Wreck-It Ralph site. John recently took Cooper to see Wreck-It Ralph and he wrote the following post about the […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 5

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

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