Archives for 2013

“Noon” & New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2013

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! I love New Year’s Eve, but a midnight celebration might be difficult with little kids. Try out a “Noon” Year’s Eve or early evening countdown to include kids on the fun. As always, it’s a good idea to visit the website and/or call to verify information before you […]

Marriott Destination Tools for Vacation Planning

I’m a planner. When I’m going on a vacation I love to spend hours studying and planning out every little detail. I love the “virtual vacation” before the trip starts.  My husband is the opposite; he’s happy to plan a trip, but he’d like to get the information as quickly as possible and just enjoy […]

Toddler & Preschool Gift Guide

It’s getting down to the wire! If you are still looking for gifts for your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews here are a few items I’d recommend. All of the toys listed below are ones we own and love, unless otherwise specified. My kids are currently 11 months (Campbell), 4 years (Dexter), and 6 years […]

Open Call for MasterChef Junior in Chicago

My family loves MasterChef. We watch it together and the kids know what day of the week it’s on and everything. We were all really excited to see MasterChef Junior. It got the kids really excited about the idea of cooking and Cooper really wants to try out for the show when he’s old enough […]

Splendid Nationwide Book Drive for Milk + Bookies

This sounds like a great event for a great cause! Here are details: WHEN: December 3, 2013 through January 3, 2014 WHERE: The Splendid Store, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL, 60077 WHAT: Los Angeles-based brand Splendid® is excited to announce the launch of a nationwide holiday book drive for Milk + Bookies benefiting local […]

In Memory of Chris Keith

Chris Keith was a mom of four, a homeschooler, and a Zumba instructor in Lansing, Michigan. She blogged at Adventures of a Thrifty Mama about living thrifty and growing her own food.  Chris could have been the mom living next door to me or you. She was also the victim of an abusive husband, and last week […]

Citrus Lane Box Review and Promo Code

I love getting a package in the mail and it’s even more fun when the contents are a surprise, so Citrus Lane is right up my alley. Citrus Lane offers monthly boxes – like care packages – of products for parents, babies, and young children. You provide the age of the child the box is […]

Saving Time and Money with Zaycon Foods

A few months ago I posted some information about Zaycon Foods in a post called Fresher, Faster, & Cheaper with Zaycon Foods. The information I posted had been provided from Zaycon Foods and I indicated that I was excited to get my first order of chicken from Zaycon, and now I want to share a […]

Skydeck Chicago Giveaway

I have a quick giveaway and this would be a great holiday outing for the family! If you missed my Skydeck Ledge post be sure to check it out! A few things you should know before you enter: Winner will receive 4 passes Passes are only good through the end of 2013 so you have […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Guide 2013

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 29. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot chocolate, […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events Guide – 2013

I posted a guide last week of places you can visit Santa. Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to […]

20 Days of Deals at Modnique

  Christmas is coming and I’m sad to say I’m behind on my Christmas shopping. I like to have the majority of my shopping done before Thanksgiving, but I’ve barely started. Luckily, I checked out Modnique the other day and doubled my progress on my list, plus I got a little something for me! For […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013

Thanksgiving is late this year so get an early start on your visit with Santa!  Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. Please keep in mind that Santa takes breaks; where the information was available I included […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 3

Last chance to win a weekend family pass! For full details on the fair, see my Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 post. Want to know more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair? Visit the ChiTAG website or see my post from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Like the Chicago Toy & Game Fair page on Facebook and […]

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum – Giveaway

See trees in a different light this winter during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Combining cutting-edge light technology with the beautiful, wooded landscapes of the Arboretum, Illumination is not your typical lights event. An experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, Illumination engages the senses with trees that respond to touch and sound, dazzling […]

Aquatic Experience Chicago – November 15-17

When: Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17, 2013. Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive North, Schaumburg Cost:  $10 Daily Individual Tickets (exhibits and show floor activities) $30 All Day Pass (one day access to show floor and all seminars) $25 Daily Family Pass (up to 2 adults, up to 4 kids, exhibits and […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 2

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be here soon and I’ve got more passes to give away. For full details on the fair, see my Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 post. Want to know more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair? Visit the ChiTAG website or see my post from the 2012 Chicago Toy & […]

Premiere Screening of Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show – Free This Weekend!

Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? The Mother Company presents Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show with a premiere screening Saturday. The Mother Company’s mission is to help parents raise good people by nurturing essential social and emotional skills in young children. To celebrate the release of Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 1

It’s November (how did THAT happen??) and that means it’s time for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is a great chance to discover new toys and games and, of course, play! Vendors will be on hand to show you the newest stuff just in time for Christmas, and […]

Halloween, Doctor Who Style

It’s taken me YEARS, but I finally convince John that we should do themed costumes for the family. We’ve become obsessed with Doctor Who this year and even the kids love it (well, the select episodes we let them watch). Forgive the awful pictures. John was Captain Jack: I was River Song. The wig is […]

Trick-or-Treating with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn {and Giveaway}

It’s Halloween eve. What are you handing out to trick-or-treaters? Did you buy candy weeks ago or do you wait ’til the last minute? Or buy it weeks ahead of time, eat it, and then buy more at the last minute? I’m more of a last minute shopper. I get a little overwhelmed with candy […]

Fun & Fundraising with The Pasta Shoppe – Review & Giveaway

It’s getting chilly and chilly weather calls for pasta. We recently received a sample package of pasta from the Pasta Shoppe and we’ve been enjoying some great hearty meals. The Pasta Shoppe sells pasta in fun shapes – every kind of theme you can think of from music to pink ribbon to zoo animals. Use […]

Final Day of 2013 – Donley’s Wild West Town

Today is the last day of the 2013 season of Donley’s Wild West Town. Visit between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Donley’s is celebrating their Fall Festival and they’ll have a Trick-0r-Treat Costume Contest. Each child gets a free pumpkin from the chief and the live show is Halloween themed.  

Last Day for 2013 – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Today is the last day of the 2013 season for Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Harvest Fest is happening now and there will be trick-or-treating throughout the park today so wear a costume! Hours are 11:00 am-6:00 pm.  

Funley’s Stix in the Mud Review

Halloween is coming so it’s time for candy. I was offered samples of Funley’s Stix in the Mud and I was intrigued because they’re all natural and made from whole grains – not something you usually hear about candy. Funley’s Stix in the Mud are: 100% natural Contain NO preservatives Contain NO trans fat Contain NO high […]

Kidz Bop Coming to Chicago October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 Time: Doors open at 12:00 pm. Show starts at 1:00 pm. Meet & greet at 2:15 pm. Purchase tickets online. Where: House of Blues in Chicago Cost: $20/person + $9.45 fees About: The KIDZ BOP Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP – the #1 kids’ music brand […]

Halloween Events Guide 2013

I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you go to verify information. Single Day or Weekend Events Highwood Pumpkin Festival, Highwood Thursday, October 17 – Saturday, October 19; hours vary $2/person suggested donation Pumpkin carving, vendors, scavenger hunt, […]

Baby Loves Disco Halloween Party {Giveaway}

Baby Loves Disco is returning to Chicago to celebrate Halloween! Baby Loves Disco is a family dance party and it’s FUN! (We went with Cooper when he was a baby!) Where: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln When: Saturday, October 19 from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Cost: $15 per walking human or 4 for $55 (non-walkers are free). Buy […]

Chicago Architecture Open House This Weekend {and Giveaway}

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting their 3rd annual Open House on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. They open the doors to 150+ neat old/historical sites in the city for the public to explore for FREE. Many of these are family-friendly sites, including Berghoff’s Bakery and the model train set at Clarendon Park […]

Ziggle the Day Away with Radio Flyer

Summer is officially gone, but I don’t think anyone told my kids; they’re as energetic and, well… crazy as before and really need to get their wiggles out. I’m thankful we’ve had some nice weather and we got a Ziggle! The Ziggle is a new ride-on toy from Radio Flyer, which moves when your child […]

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