Archives for 2014

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. With summer comes berry season. Strawberries are up first and there are several places around Chicago where you can pick them yourself. Please remember that ripeness dates are not exact and it’s always a good idea to call first to verify the fruit you’d like […]

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available […]

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No […]

Why You Should Visit Santa’s Village AZoosment Park This Season

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest. If you grew up in the Chicago area, there’s a good chance you remember visiting Santa’s Village as a kid. Sliding down Santa’s Tree House Slide, taking a spin on the Candy Cane Sleigh Ride, and, of course, touching the frozen North Pole (yep, it’s really frozen, even on […]

Netflix Streaming That Will Make You Sing

  It’s Spring! Time for graduations, plays, and musicals. In case you don’t get enough of them at school, Netflix has plenty of musicals so you can continue the fun this summer. For the older kids, check out these great options: 1. Shrek the Musical 2. High School Musical 3. Grease 4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 5. Footloose 6. The Phantom of […]

Disney’s Frozen Is Coming to Ice

What happens when Disney has a super-successful animated movie filled with ice? It becomes a part of Disney On Ice, of course. Disney has announced that Disney On Ice will feature Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and (my personal favorite) Olaf. Expect to hear some of your favorite Frozen songs – “Let It Go”, […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2014

  Take me out to the ball game… It’s about time for America’s favorite past time. Add to the excitement for your kids by signing them up for a kids club with their favorite baseball team. Lots of these clubs are free to join and you get free tickets to games! A version of this […]

Mother’s Day Style Candles Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I have a special giveaway for the mom out there today. Style Candles is a family-owned business run by Sean and Andrea, a husband and wife team in Maine. Each Style Candle, besides being scented, contains a surprise. After 10-15 hours of burning, the wax will reveal a piece of jewelry, either […]

Safe Motherhood Quilt Showing in Chicago

Mother Me Inc and the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives are presenting Ina May Gaskin’s Motherhood Quilt Project this Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago. The Safe Motherhood Quilt was created to bring awareness to the rising maternal death rate in the United States and the underreporting of these deaths, and to remember the mothers […]

Netflix Goes Retro #TBT {with Giveaway!}

It’s almost Thursday and you know what that means: “Throwback Thursday”. Your Facebook or Instagram feed will likely be filled with some great/embarrassing photos of friends and family members from the “olden” days. In honor of #TBT I’m gonna share some old photos. First, one of me as a toddler: And this one is a […]

Touch A Truck Event on Sunday Benefits Kohl Children’s Museum

The Women’s Board of Kohl Children’s Museum will present its ninth annual “Touch a Truck” event on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family favorite allows car-crazed kids to leave their toy trucks at home and jump safely into the front seat of the real deal. “Touch a Truck” is […]

Moxie Jean – Upscale Resale for Kids

I love a good bargain, especially on children’s clothing. It seems like they outgrow it so fast and even with three boys and tons of hand-me-downs it seems like there are always clothes getting ripped or stained that need to be replaced. I shop sales when I can, and I love to shop at thrift […]

Danger on the Playground

This article originally appeared on Mommy Nearest. Download the free Mommy Nearest app to find family-friendly resources in your area and to read articles written by me and other “Expert Moms”.  The weather is finally starting to warm up a little bit and after the winter we’ve experienced this year I expect to find mobs […]

Easter Basket Fillers from Amazon Prime

Every year I start thinking about Easter early and I’m determined I will be ready early. Not so. Again. I have limited time without kids and I rarely want to spend that time shopping for them so I try to shop when the older two are in school. That’s 6 hours a week and during […]

Blue Man Group – Spring Break Specials

Blue Man Group website Location: Briar Street Theater, 3133 North Halsted, Chicago Phone: 773-348-4000 Dates: See a full list of dates and times at Ticketmaster. Additional shows have been added through the month of April for spring break. April Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 18 p.m. 22, 5, 8 p.m. 32, 5,  8 […]

JORD Wooden Watches – Review & Giveaway

Every once in a while I get offers to try out new products. I try to choose really useful or unique products that I think other parents will be interested in reading about, and Jord wooden watches fit both of those categories. (Pictured above from left to right are watches from the Fieldcrest, the Sully, and […]

In Theaters Now – Muppets Most Wanted (with Free Printables)

Muppets Most Wanted is now in theaters! Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts – 2014

Easter is approaching so hopefully the weather will start to cooperate in time for Easter egg hunts in the Chicago area. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure to plan ahead. It’s always a good idea to bring a bag or basket to collect eggs and a camera to […]

Triton Troupers Circus – 2014

This post originally appeared on Mommy Nearest. See my post about our visit to the 41st Annual Triton Troupers Circus in 2012. There’s nothing that brings out the kid in all of us like a circus. If you love the circus but not the price tag or the crowds, the Triton Troupers Circus is for […]

Staying Well Thanks to Well at Walgreens

I love staying busy and adventuring with my family. Unfortunately, sometimes pain hits when you’re not expecting it. I want to be prepared so I can start relieving pain fast when it happens so we can enjoy our day. I suffer from migraine headaches and nothing can derail a fun day out like a mommy […]

Caring Bunny to Cater to Special Needs Families – 2014

The Caring Bunny offers families with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon Property Group and is guided by, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 80 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Many steps will […]

Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: February 28-May 4, 2014 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (except March 20-30 and April 20). All performances are at 10:00 am. Admission: $15 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster for an […]

No-Sew Hats for Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing + Giveaway

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing is coming to the Chicago area! It’ll be at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates for performances on April 4-6, 2014. The boys will be so excited about this as soon as I tell them. For now I’m keeping it a secret to surprise them and building up some […]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Presented by the Emerald City Theatre

Website: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre Location: Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-529-2690 Dates and Times: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been running since September 2013 and after a sold out run has been extended for a second time. It will run through August 15, […]

Ozeri Instavac Green Earth Food Storage Container Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I’m not a big fan of grocery shopping and, although I like cooking when I can relax and enjoy it, I don’t enjoy the dinnertime scramble every night. As a result, I like to do a lot of shopping all at once and I often […]

Days and Nights with the Netflix Stream Team

I’ve been a Netflix customer for a long time. Originally, we got dvds in the mail so we didn’t have to run out to the video store for movies. Then Netflix introduced streaming and we can’t get enough of it. We cancelled our cable more than 5 years ago and never looked back. We hardly […]

Chicago Wolves Hockey Peanut Allergy Awareness Day – 2014

  The Chicago Wolves host their second Peanut Allergy Awareness Day of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. when the team faces Grand Rapids. Section 116 will be powerwashed and designated as a reserved area for all Peanut Allergy Awareness Day guests. In addition, the arena will not serve any peanuts […]

Comfort Food – Peanut Butter, Cheese, & Egg Sandwiches

With the polar vortex and more than 40 inches of snow so far this winter we’ve been in need of some comfort food. My favorite is a sandwich my mom used to make for me when I was a kid – peanut butter, cheese, and egg sandwiches. These sandwiches are for all seasons because you […]

Free Museum Days – 2014

With snow and cold temperatures lots of Chicago families are getting tired of being stuck inside, but it can be difficult to find affordable things to do. Museums, zoos, and indoor gardens in and around Chicago offer free and discounted admission days during the winter. Also see my post on Mommy Nearest – Five Free […]

Preparing for Spring with OshKosh B’Gosh

It’s been in the single digits for most of the last month, but spring is on my mind. Even though it seems like the cold will be here forever I know that the warm weather will be here eventually and I want to be prepared. I checked out the OshKosh B’Gosh and they have their […]

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