Archives for 2012

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – A Movie Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – website The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is now playing in theaters! It’s been quite a while since we got to see this movie so I’m excited to finally be able to write about it. As I discussed in my previous post, my family was invited […]

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway Earlier this summer my family was invited to a special showing of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure. While my husband and kids did some activities me and some other blogger moms got to meet the producer of the Oogieloves, Kenn Viselman, for a pre-show discussion about movies […]

Back to School Shopping at The Children’s Place

Back to School Shopping at The Children’s Place My family was invited to The Children’s Place to do some back to school shopping recently. I’ve purchased a few things from The Children’s Place before when the boys were younger, but it’s been a while since I’ve been there. We visited The Children’s Place at Harlem-Irving […]

Amazing Raise 4 Campers Event – Sunday, August 26

Amazing Raise 4 Campers – website This is a community family event to benefit SCOPE-Midwest to help send underserved children to camp. Location: Banner Day Camp Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Admission:  $60/person at the door for Inclusive Package – includes lunch, swimming, sports, music and access to: bungee, bumper boats, dune buggies, zip-line, dunk tank, […] Review

Custom QR Codes from and Why You Need Them Have you heard of QR codes? Even if you haven’t, you have seen them. You’ll find them on business cards, packaging for different products (including food), and advertising. QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are like UPC codes. They are patterns of square dots that […]

Alice in Wonderland Presented by the Emerald City Theatre Company (and Promo Code)

Alice in Wonderland – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs July 10-December 29. A full performance schedule is available online. Admission: Tickets start at $13 for children and $16 for adults. PROMO CODE – Throughout the month of August, enter the code EATME for a FREE adult ticket to any performance when you purchase […]

Building Blocks Toy Store Flood Sale

15% Off Everything – Monday, August 20-Friday, August 24 Building Blocks Toy Store, a local business with two locations – Lakeview and Wicker Park – recently suffered a tremendous loss from a flood in their Lakeview store on August 4 during a severe rain storm. Would you like to help? Shop the flood sale this […]

My Big Announcement

Well, it’s only about a pound, but it’s a BOY! It’s not exactly a huge secret (especially if you’ve seen me recently – I do not hide it well!), but I haven’t officially announced it yet – I’m pregnant! Just about 21 weeks now. Yep, baby #3 is due right around Christmas and we just […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

  Click here for the 2013 Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide. Summer is drawing to a close and I’ll admit I’m definitely not a Fall person; I prefer Spring and Summer and I hate to see them go. I do love that it’s apple picking time though! It’s the highlight of Fall for me and […]

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove – Giveaway!

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Giveaway- website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, September 15 – 11:30, 3:30, 7:00 Sunday, September 16 – 11:30, 3:30, (7:00 Spanish) Ticket prices: $13-$70. Purchase tickets for opening night for only […]

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

2Toots Train Whistle Grill – website *** Note: There are two locations. We visited the Bartlett location so the photos and details about our experience are based on that location. Locations: 203 E. Main Street, Bartlett and 450 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn Phone: Bartlett – 630-213-6700, Glen Ellyn – 630-858-4300 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway I have a fantastic giveaway today – a family four-pack of tickets to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! And the best part is there will be two winners. I’m so excited that two families will have a fun-filled day at Santa’s Village. Read my previous post about Santa’s Village AZoosment […]

Schaumburg Boomers

Schaumburg Boomers – website Location: Boomers Staduim, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-461-FOWL (3695) Office hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (hours may vary by season) Schedule: The full schedule can be viewed online. The season starts in mid-May and ends in early September. Admission: Tickets are $7 for lawn seats, $10 for […]

Brick-tastic Birthday Bash at Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Celebrates Buddy’s Birthday! You’re Invited to the Brick-tastic Birthday Bash on Aug. 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is celebrating Buddy’s Birthday on Aug. 11, and everyone’s invited to join the brick-tastic celebration! We’ll be partying it up with goody bags, games and plenty of cake. But that’s not all! Kids who […]

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill – website Location: 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Phone: 630-480-9557 Hours: Check the website for movie times. Matinees start as early as 11:00 am. Admission: Weekday matinees are $5, weekend matinees are $8 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Evening movies are $9.75 for adults and $6 for children 10 […]

Christmas in July: Handmade and DIY Gifts

This is post #5 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift? There’s something extra special about a gift that someone put extra time, thought, and effort into making just for you. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly crafty there are still plenty of handmade and do-it-yourself gifts […]

Imagine Toys BBQ Blitz Review and Giveaway

Imagine Toys BBQ Blitz Review & Giveaway Imagine Toys asked me if my kids would be interested in trying out the new BBQ Blitz game recently and since we don’t really have any games they understand (seems like they even have trouble with Candyland) I was pretty excited about it. The BBQ Blitz game includes […]

Christmas in July: “Outside the Box” Gifts

This is post #4 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. When shopping for Christmas gifts it’s tempting to run out and buy the newest, shiniest, most popular toy you can find with flashing lights and lots of sound effects. It’s the one you know will get a big reaction when your child (or […]

Weekend Activities – July 27-29

Can you believe July is almost over??! Stores are filled with Back to School items and I’m feeling the rush to do as much summer stuff as possible before it’s all gone. Luckily, there’s lots of fun stuff happening this weekend. Here are some great highlights for this weekend: Dollar Drop-in Days at Wagner Farm […]

Christmas in July: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

This is the Post #3 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. We attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in 2011 so the post is based on our experiences there. I have included information about the 2012 Chicago Toy and Game Fair for those planning to attend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Shopping on a Budget

This is the Post #2 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. One of the best ways to have a happy holiday is to get all your shopping done AND be within your budget. It’s no fun paying for Christmas gifts for the rest of the next year! Make a list of everyone you need to […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Giving with Kids

This is the Post #1 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. I wrote a Holiday Giving (with Kids) post last year, but unfortunately I didn’t get it on here until late November. I’m happy to have this up earlier this year. A lot of the suggestions and information is the same, but I did my […]

Christmas in July Series

It’s 100 degrees out as I type this and Christmas seems SO far away, but it always seems to sneak up on me. In the weeks before Christmas I’m desperately trying to finish shopping for gifts, trying to think of ways I can donate or help during the holiday season, and trying to have holiday […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Zealous Good: Helping Families Help Others

About six months ago my family moved from Chicago to the suburbs. Our Chicago house had been in my family for 30+ years and was bigger than we really needed. When we moved to our new house, which is smaller, we had a LOT of de-cluttering to do. A LOT. Like 30+ years worth. We […]

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In – website Location: Rollins Road & Washington Street, Fox Lake Phone: 847-587-6808 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Open March through November. Parking: There are at least 30 parking spaces. Bathrooms: There are men’s and women’s bathrooms available. Nursing: There is no designated nursing area, but you’re served […]

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe Creatively Caring, along with AH Moms and Nibbles Play Cafe, is hosting a toy, clothing, and household goods swap on July 20th. The event might be a good chance to meet some of the moms you’ve connected with online, and you might get some good stuff, too. Bring your new or gently […]

Weekend Activities – July 20-22

Looks like we’re in another heat wave, but it’ll be a little cooler (okay, just not as hot) for the weekend. Here are some great highlights for this weekend: Mercyfest in Chicago on Friday Movies Under the Stars in Buffalo Grove on Friday Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in Chicago on Saturday Evanston Ethnic Arts […]

Wittlebee Review and Discount

Wittlebee – website I recently heard about Wittlebee boxes and I was intrigued. Wittlebee’s offers monthly, customized boxes of clothing for kids. For $39.99 a month (shipping included!) you receive clothing with a retail value of about $100, and you don’t have to go shopping! Best of all, for every box ordered, Wittlebee’s donates a […]

Weekend Activities – July 13-15

Can you believe it’s mid-July already? I can’t! The weather will be great this weekend so be sure to get out for some summer fun while you can. Here are some great highlights for this weekend: Chic-A-Go-Go Soul Train Time Warp Dance Family Movie Nights in Tinley Park and Joliet Thomas Fan Party at Building […]

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