Archives for December 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, […]

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