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Volunteer Opportunity at Lurie Children’s Hospital

Volunteer Opportunity at the Lurie Children's Hospital

I love sharing information about family activities in Chicago, but this one is even better than usual – it’s something your family can do to help out children with rare autonomic nervous system disease and it’s easy and painless. The Center for Autonomic Medicine for Pediatrics (CAMP) at the Lurie Children’s Hospital helps to treat […]

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery - How You Can Help

  UPDATE: The Village of Kirkland is now reporting they are not currently in need of any donations of goods or any volunteers to assist Fairdale. Last night was scary for residents of Northern Illinois, and I think most of us are hugging our kids a little tighter today and feeling very thankful for everything […]

Spreading Kindness During Cold and Flu Season with Boogie Wipes and Spin Kindness

#spinkindness #boogiewipes

It’s flu season. It feels like it’s been flu season for at least 12 months, but I guess it hasn’t been that long really. Sickness caught us very early in the season – right before Thanksgiving. First my oldest son, who really hardly ever gets sick, got a high fever. He had to miss one […]

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 […]

Sweet Home Chicago #CHIWomenBuild

Windy City Habitat for Humanity

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 […]

Safe Motherhood Quilt Showing in Chicago

Safe Motherhood Quilt

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 […]

Splendid Nationwide Book Drive for Milk + Bookies

Milk + Bookies - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Imagine Toys Hurricane Sandy Promotion

Imagine Toys - Sandy promotion - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Like the Imagine Toys Facebook page to help children affected by Hurricane Sandy!  

Shutterfly Thank the Troops Campaign

Shutterfly Thank the Troops - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Shutterfly Thank the Troops Tomorrow the nation will celebrate Veterans Day, a day to honor and celebrate the service of U.S. military veterans. I’ll be thinking of my grandfather, my uncles, my cousins, my brothers, and all of the other veterans who have served our country. Shutterfly has a campaign now were you can choose […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy Buy Back - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

Amazing Raise 4 Campers Event – Sunday, August 26

Banner Day Camp - Amazine Raise for Campers - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Amazing Raise 4 Campers – website This is a community family event to benefit SCOPE-Midwest to help send underserved children to camp. Location: Banner Day Camp Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Admission:  $60/person at the door for Inclusive Package – includes lunch, swimming, sports, music and access to: bungee, bumper boats, dune buggies, zip-line, dunk tank, […]

Building Blocks Toy Store Flood Sale

Building Blocks Toy Store Logo

15% Off Everything – Monday, August 20-Friday, August 24 Building Blocks Toy Store, a local business with two locations – Lakeview and Wicker Park – recently suffered a tremendous loss from a flood in their Lakeview store on August 4 during a severe rain storm. Would you like to help? Shop the flood sale this […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Giving with Kids

Christmas in July - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This is the Post #1 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. I wrote a Holiday Giving (with Kids) post last year, but unfortunately I didn’t get it on here until late November. I’m happy to have this up earlier this year. A lot of the suggestions and information is the same, but I did my […]

Zealous Good: Helping Families Help Others

Zealous Good logo - Toddling Around Chicagoland

About six months ago my family moved from Chicago to the suburbs. Our Chicago house had been in my family for 30+ years and was bigger than we really needed. When we moved to our new house, which is smaller, we had a LOT of de-cluttering to do. A LOT. Like 30+ years worth. We […]

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe Creatively Caring, along with AH Moms and Nibbles Play Cafe, is hosting a toy, clothing, and household goods swap on July 20th. The event might be a good chance to meet some of the moms you’ve connected with online, and you might get some good stuff, too. Bring your new or gently […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Opens for the Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in Dundee opens this weekend with new rides and attractions for the 2012 season. Although the official opening date is Sunday, May 13, the park will be open on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm for Make-A-Wish Day. Admission will only be $5 and 100% of all admission […]

Joslyn’s Journey – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

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If you’re a regular reader of Toddling Around Chicagoland you may have noticed the Joslyn’s Journey button in the sidebar before. My friend Joslyn is planning to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 2nd and 3rd in Chicago. This cause is especially important to me because I have had three family […]

Bring Joy to a Hospitalized Child at Children’s Memorial Hospital

Children's Memorial Hospital - Valentine's Day

One of the incredible benefits of living in the Chicago area is that we’re fortunate enough to have Children’s Memorial Hospital, the region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, right here. Children’s Memorial has served over 148,000 children in the past year and they treat children from all over the country and from more than […]

Holiday Giving (with kids!)

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

Christmas is the season of giving and although I try to remind myself that people are in need whether it’s Christmas time or the middle of July, I often find myself remembering to give more often during the holidays. About a week ago I heard about Operation Christmas Child for the first time. Operation Christmas […]