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Chicago Area Halloween Events – 2015

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2015 - Toddling Around Chicagoland #Halloween #Chicago

It’s Halloween season! Yes, officially Halloween only lasts one day, but I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Single Day or Weekend Events Fall Family Festival, Lehmann Park in Lake Villa Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm $5 per family, or […]

Westfield Hawthorn and Dave & Buster’s: Getting Things Done & Having Fun

Westfield Hawthorn & Dave & Buster's: Getting Things Done & Having Fun #ad

John, the kids, and I all spend the entire week looking forward to the weekend. We love having time to get errands done, and especially time to spend some fun time together as a family. It seems like the weekends are never long enough though. If we take care of errands there’s not much time […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide – 2015

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2015 #Chicago #pumpkin #Halloween

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 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 September 19 through October 31. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 […]

Dust Off Your Shelfies on Netflix Streaming

Dust Off Your Shelfies - Netlfix #StreamTeam #ad

In the olden days, before kids, John and I had some favorite shows that we’d watch when they aired on regular tv. You could always find us in front of the tv on Sunday evenings for The X-Files, or on Wednesday nights for The West Wing. Now that we have kids, our routine has changed […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2015

Free Chicago Museum Days - Fall 2015 #free #Chicago

Want to visit Chicago museums and attractions free? Don’t we all?? Below is a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission this fall. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler […]

Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Website: Location: The Big Top in the parking lot of the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago Phone: Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000. The United Center phone number is 312-455-4500. Hours: The remaining Chicago shows are: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Thursday, […]

My Son Wears Princess Shoes With Confidence and I Love It

My son wears princess shoes with confidence and I love it

The day before school started this year we went shopping for new gym shoes for the kids. The kids are picky, we’re cheap, and the stores had been pretty picked-over by responsible parents who didn’t wait until 18 hours before school to get new shoes, so it took us a while to agree on a […]

Netflix Helps with Back-to-School Blues

Netflix Helps with Back-to-School Blues #StreamTeam [sponsored] #Dinotrux

I’m very lucky to have children who enjoy going to school. They have amazing teachers, great friends, and they both genuinely enjoy learning new things. Still, returning to school is a bit difficult. Our day is starting much earlier now than it did during the summer and bedtime is earlier; with occasional school events in […]

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago #FOCFamilyNight #sponsored

I’ve probably driven past the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont dozens of times since it opened in 2013, but until recently I’d never actually been inside. A friend and I visited a couple weeks ago for the first time. Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an enclosed outlet shopping center with over 130 outlet retailers. […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

It’s apple season! There’s nothing quite like fresh apples right off the tree. We love spending a late summer or early autumn day at an apple orchard picking apples, eating fresh donuts, navigating a corn maze, and taking LOTS of pictures. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge for apples. It’s always […]

Family Dining at Weber Grill

Family Dining at Weber Grill

We were invited to Weber Grill to experience their amazing signature dishes and kids meals. Our meals were complimentary in order to facilitate this post, but all opinions are my own. The thought of grilled steak makes my mouth water so I was really looking forward to this dinner, so much so that I was a […]

Back to School, Back to OshKosh B’Gosh

Back to School, Back to OshKosh B'Gosh #backtobgosh #BgoshJenius #IC (sponsored)

Summer vacation is officially over for my kids and even though we’re a little sad, it’s exciting to start a new school year. It means new school supplies, new teachers, new friends, and, of course, new clothes. There are lots of places we could shop, but I know that OshKosh B’Gosh has clothes my kids will […]

Thomas the Train and Percy Chug Into Union This August {with Giveaway}

Day Out with Thomas 2015 #DOWT  #ThomasObsessed [ad] #giveaway

All aboard for the biggest and best Thomas & Friends® celebration to date! Little engineers everywhere are invited to celebrate with Thomas when the #1 Engine and his best friend Percy™ pull into Illinois Railway Museum August 15 and 16, August 22 and 23 for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015, presented by […]

Gifts for the New Mom

Gifts for the New Mom

Mompact is the inspiration for this post, and although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Becoming is a mom is one of the most amazing and wonder things in the world. It can also be very stressful, exhausting, scary, and lonely. Everyone loves shopping for gifts for a cute little baby, […]

Chicago Bears Family Fest & Discount Code

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The Bears season won’t start until next month, but this Saturday at the Bears Family Fest fans of all ages can see the team in action. When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 Outdoor activities begin at 9:30 am, gates open at 10:00 am, practice begins at 10:35. Where:  Soldier Field 1410 Museum Campus Drive Chicago Schedule: […]

55 Free Things to Do in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

55 Free Things to Do in Chicago & Suburbs #Free #Chicago

FREE, FREE, FREE! There’s no better price. Use this list to plan a single afternoon, a day full of activities, or an entire vacation. I’ve tried to include a lot of variety – indoor and outdoor, city and suburbs, and activities that are appropriate for toddlers, older kids, and adults. Any suggestions for additions to […]

Adventures in Parenting with Help from Netflix

Adventures in Parenting with Help from Netflix #StreamTeam [sponsored] #Dragons

Ask anyone with kids and they’ll tell you parenting is full of adventures. My youngest brother and his wife had their first baby earlier this month. Watching them as new parents reminds me of the first few months after Cooper was born. As excited as I was about becoming a mom, but I really had […]

Ladies Night at U.S. Cellular Field

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Saturday, August 1 is Ladies Night at U.S. Cellular Field! The White Sox are playing the New York Yankees at 6:10 pm so round up some friends for a night of baseball and fun. Specially priced tickets can be purchased at and the first 500 purchasers will receive a complimentary White Sox wine glass tumbler, […]

Stock Up on Snacks at Jewel-Osco’s Huge Anniversary Sale

Stock Up on Snacks at Jewel-Osco's Huge Anniversary Sale #ad #AHugeSale #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AHugeSale #CollectiveBias #Jewel I’m not sure which is busier – the school year or the summer. Either way, we’re on the go a lot with activities and family outings. With a busy schedule and three growing boys, I […]

Endless Summer at Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves - The Hungry Croc

Raging Waves was one of our favorite day trips last summer so we were very excited to return this year. For ALL the details about Raging Waves, see my previous Raging Waves Waterpark post; this post will tell you about our 2015 experience. Prices for admission, preferred parking, special packages, and cabanas remain the same […]

Cirque du Soliel’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities Arrives in Chicago August 6

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities - Cirque du Soliel

Drive past the United Center in a couple weeks and you’ll see something pretty curious – a giant blue and yellow Big Top; but what’s inside is even more curious… or KURIOS. (Information below has been provided by Cirque du Soliel.) Cirque du Soliel will be performing KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities August 6 through […]

Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash Program May Have Cash for You

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We all wish unexpected money would just show up at our door someday; in fact, you probably already know what you’d do with it – I know I have some ideas! Good news: You don’t have to wait around for a sweepstakes. You might even have money waiting for you right now. The Illinois Treasurer is […]

SkillTwins Offering Chicago Soccer Camp

SkillTwins Soccer Camp

Soccer has been consistently growing in popularity over the years, with both boys and girls – more than 3 million of them in 2014 – enrolled in U.S. Youth Soccer (according to the U.S. Youth Soccer website.) If you’ve got a soccer lover in your house, you might have seen the SkillTwins on YouTube, or […]

Geek Street

Chicago Geek Street

Join Google for some free fun tomorrow! WHEN: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 10AM to 3PM WHERE: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602 WHAT: Google is teaming up with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to make geek “chic” with a festival to inspire and engage kids […]

Marvel Universe LIVE! Giveaway


Marvel Universe LIVE!, a live-action show with more than 25 Marvel characters, is coming to Chicago. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.  The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power […]

Super League Gaming – Giveaway

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Cooper and Dexter discovered Minecraft about a year ago and it’s pretty safe to say they’re obsessed. From the conversations I hear them having with their friends, it sounds like most kids their age (7 and 5) share their obsession. If your kids feel the same way, they are going to LOVE this – a […]

Wild Encounters at Brookfield Zoo

Wild Encounters at Brookfield Zoo - slider

Two years ago Brookfield Zoo closed the 60-year-old Children’s Zoo. While it was sad to see it go, the closure made room for Brookfield Zoo’s newest attraction – Wild Encounters. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3-11 and seniors (children under 3 are free). Zoo members pay half price. Wild Encounters opened […]

Millennium Hotels Expands Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program

Happy birthday Alfred - Ask Alfred Children's Concierge

In celebration of the 1st year of the Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program, Millennium Hotels is expanding their family program. The Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program was introduced to the Millennium Hotels fourteen hotels one year ago. Families staying at a Millennium Hotel, including the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago, pay only $15 to receive an […]

Chagall for Children at the Kohl Children’s Museum

Chagall for Children at the Kohl Children's Museum - slider

Art for children often brings to mind cartoons or simple drawings, but the Chagall for Children exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum makes fine art fun and accessible, even for the five and under crowd. Chagall for Children includes 14 multi-sensory explorations stations, each with a high quality reproduction of a Chagall piece. “The Chagall […]

Robot Revolution at the Museum of Science & Industry Giveaway

Robot Revolution at the MSI giveaway slider

Robot Revolution, a national touring exhibit supported by recently arrived at the Museum of Science and Industry and will be there through January 2016. The Museum of Science and Industry provided the information below about the exhibit and they’re offering a family 4-pack of tickets to the museum and to the Robot Revolution to […]