Archives for 2014

KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway

KidStuff is a coupon book created to raise money for daycares and schools, while saving families money. Schools (from preschool through high school, or even day care facilities) sell the KidStuff Coupon Book for $25, and they get to keep half of that. Sounds like a great deal! The books contain over 400 pages of coupons […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older […]

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

I’m a sucker for fun mail and we got some recently – Kidstir sent us one of their monthly boxes, a hands-on kit to encourage cooking with kids and trying new foods. I opened our box and found two recipes, a binder with dividers to keep our recipes in, a shopping list, a kitchen artist […]

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

LeapFrog, maker of some of our favorite educational toys, recognizes the importance of keeping kids fit and active. To encourage kids (and remind parents) to stay active, they declared a Fit Made Fun Day this September. We participated in the Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog Leapbands and lots of Clif Kids protein bars to […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

October is all about the arrival of fall and Halloween. I’ve compiled a huge guide of Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches so you can find the one just right for your family. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always […]

Pizza and a Movie with Netflix Streaming

Fall is in full swing and we’re finally getting used to the new routine. We’ve got two kids on different school schedules and we’re all on different sleep schedules, so what that all adds up to is that the kids really don’t even see each other much in the mornings. When they get home from […]

“Science + You” Exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum

This post was written by me, but originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Science + You, a traveling exhibit created at the Kohl Children’s Museum in 2011, has been on an international tour through Brazil, Germany, and the United States, but it has now returned to the home. Science + You opened at the Kohl Children’s Museum […]

Countdown to Halloween with the Chicago White Sox this Weekend

Fall is officially here so it’s time to start counting down to Halloween! The Chicago White Sox are doing a Countdown to Halloween this Saturday, September 27, 2014. The game starts at 6:10 pm against the Kansas City Royals. Tickets for this event are specially priced – $34 for lower level ($10 savings), $21 for […]

Parenting Made Affordable with Parent’s Choice Diapers

Parenting is an expensive job. Studies have estimated that it costs over $250,000 to raise a child and that number makes my  head hurt. It’s almost hard to believe that’s true, until you shop for diapers. Ouch! Thankfully, you can save as much as $240 a year by purchasing Parent’s Choice diapers at Walmart instead […]

Family Sundays with the Chicago White Sox

It’s not hot and muggy anymore, and you can gorge on apple and pumpkin flavored everything, but summer’s not totally over yet. There’s still time to catch an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime with (one of) Chicago’s favorite team(s), the Chicago White Sox! There are still games through the month of September, and just ONE more […]

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

  With cool weather it’s the perfect time for a trip to Santa’s Village! You might think of an amusement (or AZoosment, in this case) park as a summer activity, but Santa’s Village is open on the weekends until the end of October. That’s a lot of time for taking kids on rides you remember […]

KaBOOM! Go Out & Play Essentials Pack Review

Imagine Toys asked me if I wanted to get my kids outside to play and, of course, I said yes! They sent me a KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack so our family could get active. With each purchase of the KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack from Imagine Toys, a minimum of […]

Encouraging Kindness with Netflix Streaming

My kids started school a couple weeks ago and the new school year always gets me thinking about what I want my kids to learn. Of course, things like math and literacy are important, but it’s more important to me that they learn to be understanding and helpful to others. In a word, I want […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family. Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I […]

Disney On Ice Presents Princesses and Heroes {Giveaway}

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago in September with a new show: Princesses and Heroes! From September 10-14, 2014, at the United Center in Chicago, Princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana will come to life, along with heroes Prince Eric, Prince Philip, and Aladdin. Enter a world of wonder where heroes […]

Pinstripes

Website: Pinstripes.com Location: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington Pinstripes also has locations in Northbrook (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook), and Oak Brook (7 Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook). Phone: 847-844-9300 Hours:  Monday- Thursday – 11:30 am-11:00 pm Friday – 11:30 am-12:30 am Saturday – 10:00 am-12:30 am Sunday – 10:00 am-10:00 pm Admission: None. […]

Walgreens – Get A Shot, Give A Shot

  It seems like August always gets here a little sooner than we expect, doesn’t it? It’s still summer but you can feel it ending. School is coming which means back-to-school shopping and required vaccines. Of course, you planned to make that appointment for immunizations long ago, but somehow the summer slipped by. Now, the […]

Batkid Begins – Batkid Documentary Needs Your Support

I spend a lot of time on social media. It’s part of being a blogger, but it’s also because I genuinely enjoy it. A lot of people think social media is a waste of time, or that it’s a little silly, and I guess it can be sometimes, but it can also be used to spread […]

Building Brain Power One Netflix Show at a Time

Summer means freedom and fun for most kids. It’s a break from school and schedules, and it’s when they can have the whole day free to just play. My kids love to play dress up and pretend, read books, and, of course, watch tv. And by “tv”, I mean Netflix. The kids don’t know how […]

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway

I get to share a fun new giveaway today! Oubly.com is a stationery boutique in Los Angeles that offers event cards, stationery, and business cards. They have been in the printing, marketing, and design business for over two decades, but have recently launched their website, Oubly.com. Oubly’s mission says it all: Our mission is to […]

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Introduces Ask Alfred Concierge

Traveling can be fun for kids, but sometimes it can be difficult, too, especially dealing with the change in a normal schedule and unfamiliar surroundings. All little special treatment makes traveling more fun and the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel here in Chicago, and in all their locations around the country, are now offering Ask Alfred Concierge, […]

Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves is the largest waterpark in Illinois, located in Yorkville. Website: Raging Waves Waterpark Social media: Raging Waves Facebook page, @RagingWaves on Twitter, Raging Waves on Instagram Location: 4000 N. Bridge Street, Yorkville Phone: 630-882-6575 Hours:  Daily schedule is available online. 10 am – 7 pm everyday through August 2nd. August 3 through September […]

Nighttime Is the Right Time for Recharging with Netflix #StreamTeam

I won’t lie – having three young boys is exhausting. I try to embrace the chaos and enjoy my time with them most days, but there are also days I’m just hoping to survive. Whether it’s a great day or one I’ve barely made it through, I feel like doing a little dance every night […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before […]

Great Times at Medieval Times {and a Giveaway!} #MedievalTimesChi

  It’s summer! The kids are out of school and you’re looking for new and exciting things to do and Medieval Times is a perfect choice. Visit this amazing castle in Schaumburg for a yummy meal that you’ll eat with your hands while you watch an exciting show. For updates, information, and ticket giveaways, like the Medieval […]

Huggies Slip-Ons Keep Your Standing Baby Covered

  Campbell will be 18 months this week and diaper changes have become a nightmare lately. There’s no way this kid is going to lay down to let me change him. When changing time comes around I have to find something he’ll really like to distract him, or enlist help from his older brothers to […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest, where I am an Expert Mom. After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s hard to imagine wanting to spend a minute of summer indoors. But when the temperature and humidity rise, you and the kids will be thrilled to spend a couple of hours […]

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. After a long and cold winter, we’re all looking forward for summer to begin and for our kids to get the chance to swim, run and play outside. While these physical activities are a big part of the warm weather season, it’s also important to […]

Sweet Home Chicago #CHIWomenBuild

Since it was created in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people. Amazing! Habitat for Humanity works with churches, community groups, businesses and individuals to help create safe, affordable housing for families who need it. A common misconception about Habitat for Humanity is that they […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 on IMAX

I received this information from IMAX and couldn’t wait to share it. I love How to Train Your Dragon and can’t wait to see the sequel on an IMAX screen! Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically […]

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