Archives for 2013

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Harvest Fest Giveaway

Harvest Fest is in full swing at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park and runs until October 27. Enter below for a chance to take your family! I’ve got 2 passes to give away and each is good for admission for a family of four. These passes are only good through the end of the 2013 season […]

Spooky Halloween Fun with Tombstone and Nestle

I love making fun food for the kids and Halloween is a great time for it! The other day I we bought some Tombstone pizzas (with special Scary Monsters packaging!) and fun size packages of Nestle candy – Butterfinger, Crunch bars, and Nerds – to make a fun and easy Halloween treat to get us in a […]

Staying Connected with Unlimited Wireless from Walmart Family Mobile

About a month ago I posted Walmart Family Mobile: Best Wireless to Keep Me Connected about signing up with a Walmart Family Mobile unlimited plan in an effort to keep connected with my family and save a little money. I talked about the phone I purchased (a Samsung Galaxy SII) and the plan, which is only $39.88 a […]

Scarecrow Trail at the Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is celebrating Halloween with the Scarecrow Trail. Here is information they provided: When: Daily through October Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle Admission: Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for […]

Yummi Pouch Review

I’ve been packing lunches for years now for family outings, but I’m always hesitant to pack things like yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies. I’m cheap so I don’t buy the single-serve packages of them so I have to pack them myself. On the rare occasion that I do pack yogurt or applesauce I have to pack […]

Step Up With UnitedHealthCare for a Chance to Win A FitBit

UnitedHealthcare’s campaign is about stepping up for better healthcare with tools and resources designed to help people meet their health goals ( They’re holding live, free events in Chicago this week through Sunday, October 6. They’ll have a video booth to share a story of how your or someone you know has stepped up to […]

Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Discovery Center

WHAT: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago during the month-long Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza. The fang-tastic festivities take place everyday, October 5-31, and are perfect for little ghouls and goblins. Activities include: Trick-or-treat for LEGO® bricks that, when all are collected, create a special Halloween-themed model (free while supplies last) Dare […]

Cre8tive Art Launch Event With Art Mobb & Microsoft Giveaway

This is last minute but sounds like a fun event! (Information & prizes provided by Microsoft) Who: Art Mobb (Mike Farhat & Chris Hoyle) What: Prepare to be dazzled in-store with celebrity artists Art Mobb (Mike Farhat and Chris Hoyle) as they unveil and premier their latest original Plexiglas piece and create their unique style of […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2013

Pumpkin time! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you go. Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, 630-966-7775 Open weekends […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park 2013

It’s the season for fall festivals and Santa’s Village AZoosment Park’s Harvest Fest opened today! Below is information about Harvest Fest. For more details see my full post about Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Dates: Weekends and Columbus Day, September 28 through October 27, 2013 Hours: 11:00 am-6:00 pm most days. Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm Thursday […]

Fall Festival Returns to Donley’s Wild West Town

The Fall Festival at Donley’s Wild West Town kicks off on September 28 and runs through October 27. Fall Festival puts a spin on the average pumpkin patch, offering a variety of Halloween festivities including spooky train rides, entertaining attractions and a pumpkin painting contest. In addition to the regular rides and activities offered at […]

All Seasons Apple Orchard

  Website: All Seasons Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, & Corn Maze Location: 14510 IL Route 76, Woodstock Phone: 815-338-5637 Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am-6:00 pm weekends and holidays Admission:  Apple picking – 1/2 peck (no Honeycrisp or Asian Pear) – $10.50 ($9.69 if purchased online) Barnyard activities/pumpkin patch – $10.50 weekends & holidays […]

Museum Day Live! – Free Museum Admission September 28, 2013

The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC is free everyday, but on September 28, 2013 museums across the country will be honoring the Smithsonian by offering free admission. Museum Day Live! is an event hosted by the Smithsonian Museum every year and participating museums will be offering two free tickets per household. The tickets are valid […]

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Airport Playset Review and Giveaway

    Now that Cooper’s in school all day Dexter and Campbell have lost their playmate. Both of them spent more time playing with Cooper than each other, so they’re starting to develop a better relationship now. Campbell’s too young for the things Dexter is usually playing with – LEGOs, playdough, etc – so I […]

Mud Masterpieces at the Kohl Children’s Museum – Giveaway!

I’m always looking for new and exciting things to do with the kids. Sure, we have our old favorites, but sometimes you want to try something new and interesting. is a great way to find events and activities near you that fit into your schedule. One of the events you can learn about right […]

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic

Website: Disney On Ice Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago The United Center can be reached by public transportation by taking the Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown line to Madison, and then taking the 20 bus west. Phone: United Center – 312-455-4500 Ticketmaster – 800-745-3000 Dates and hours: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Sunday, September […]

Sweet Home Chicago #LoveThisCity #MC

  I was born and raised in Chicago. I grew up with a “fronchroom”, and chased friends through gangways and alleys, and I know you’re not supposed to order a hot dog with ketchup (but I do it anyway because that’s how I like them). I #LoveThisCity because it’s my home, but it’s so much […]

Mother’s & More of McHenry Kidstuff Resale Event – September 14, 2013

The McHenry County chapter of Mothers & More is holding it’s semi-annual Kidstuff Resale this Saturday. Details on the sale are below. Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013 Time: 8:00 am – Noon Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1023 McHenry Avenue, Crystal Lake Cost: $1 admission or a non-perishable food item to be donated […]

Walmart Family Mobile: Best Wireless to Keep Me Connected

Back to school time! For me this means it’s time to find the best wireless plan to keep me connected with my kids and family. #Cbias gave me an opportunity to try out WalMart Family Mobile. When Cooper was born I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom, and I’m with my kids constantly. […]

Disney On Ice Invites Chicago-Area Fans to Help Feed Hungry Neighbors

I received information about this event and wanted to share: In support of this year’s National Day of Service and Remembrance, Disney On Ice is inviting Chicago-area fans to help feed their hungry neighbors with donations to the city’s Marillac Food Pantry. Disney On Ice stars will be accepting non-perishable food donations from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, […]

New Autism Family Center Serves Chicago’s North Shore

In my previous life (before kids), I was a lawyer and I worked representing abused, neglected, and dependent children. Most of my job was ensure that my clients received all the services they needed, and since a lot of my clients had special needs there were a lot of services to be coordinated – physical, […]

Goldfish Swim School Grand Openings

Goldfish Swim School, which offers swim lessons for children as young as 4 months, just opened two new locations in the Chicago area and to celebrate they’re having two Grand Opening Events: Goldfish Swim School St. Charles Grand Opening Event When: Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 2:30–6:30 p.m. Where: 3455 Legacy Blvd. St. Charles, IL […]

Pleygo – LEGO Rental Subscription Service

  I’m really excited about this. My boys (I’m including John) LOVE LEGOs. We have a bajillion sets, but you can never have enough LEGOs. We’re getting an opportunity to try out Pleygo and I know they’ll be thrilled. And I can’t wait to post later to tell you about our experience. Wondering what Pleygo […]

The Children’s Place: The Place for Back to School

I’m one of those nerdy people who gets all excited about back-to-school shopping. I love the displays of notebooks waiting to be filled, pens & markers full of fresh ink, and cute backpacks and lunch bags. And school clothes! As much as I love summer, the displays of jeans and long pants and bulky fall […]

Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages – Review and Giveaway

Chicago-style hot dogs are legendary and giardiniera is a favorite topping of many Chicagoans. Johnsonville combined giardiniera with smoked sausage to make Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages and offer to let us try some, so Toddling Dad is taking over: Toddling Dad Here. Toddling mom recently asked me to try Johnsonville Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages. I have […]

Meijer’s Back-to-School Photo Sweepstakes

I love trying to imagine what my kids will be like when they’re grown. I wonder what characteristics, interests, and personality quirks will fade away and which ones will stick with them into adulthood. Every day I see the things they do and wonder if that’s a hint to what they’ll be. Maybe Dexter will […]

Puritan’s Pride Summer Essentials – Review, Promo Code, & Giveaway

School may have started, but summer is not over yet! I tested out some great summer essentials recently from Puritan’s Pride. Here’s some information from the Puritan’s Pride website: Puritan’s Pride ( was founded over 40 years ago with a health and wellness mission that focused on making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2013

 Looking for the 2014 guide? Click here!   Apple picking is a tradition for my family. We’ve gone every year since Cooper was born. I love picking apples, spending the day outside with my family, and watching the kids enjoy all the activities the apple orchards offer. Last year was a rough year for apples; […] Enhance Your Family Calendar

When Cooper was a baby and toddler, before Dexter and Campbell came along, I spent a lot of time at home with him. I wasn’t used to being home on weekdays and I was new to the whole mommy thing and I had a hard time finding stuff to do and places to go. I […]

Magic Moves Electronic Wand by Educational Insights (Review)

Cooper started full-day kindergarten recently and that made me worry about Dexter. Cooper is his constant playmate – they play with Legos, they race around the yard (and in the house despite my constant reminders not to run in the house), and they make up silly games that only they understand. I was concerned that […]

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