#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek is a brand new event this year where museums from all over the world will be celebrating culture on Twitter Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Learn about your favorite museums, whether they’re local or international, and join in the conversation. Each day of the week will have a different topic: Monday, March 23 […]

Disney Planes to the Rescue – DIY Runway Tutorial

Disney Planes to the Rescue - Tutorial for a DIY Runway #PlanesToTheRescue #CBias #shop

Christmas is nearly here! Are you done shopping? It seems like I always need a few extra gifts in the last few days before Christmas. Luckily, Walmart has Disney Planes toys on Rollback right now! Disney #PlanesToTheRescue! (And thanks for #CollectiveBias for this opportunity!) The prices of these Disney Planes toys have been rolled back […]

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

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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 […]

Pizza and a Movie with Netflix Streaming

Little Kids September - Netflix #StreamTeam - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comfort Food – Peanut Butter, Cheese, & Egg Sandwiches

Peanut Butter, Cheese, & Egg Sandwich recipe - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Surviving Snow Days – 101 Things to Do With Kids

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The Polar Vortex is back here in Chicagoland and, once again, school is cancelled for two days and we’re stuck in the house. Between blizzards, bad road conditions, illness, and severe cold we’ve spent a lot more time inside than I would like, but I came up with this list of things to do when […]

Celebrate Earth Day Everyday With Green Kid Crafts

By the time I get this posted Earth Day will be nearly over. I planned to have it posted sooner, but with the weather FINALLY warming up we spent most of Earth Day outside! No problem – Earth Day should be everyday, right? Green Kid Crafts is a monthly subscription program that offers “green” crafts […]

Wildlife Explorer and Gardening Made Easy

It’s Spring and the weather will be getting warmer soon (I hope!) and I’m always looking for fun stuff to do in the yard with the kids. Here are two great deals to help take advantage of this nice days – one for your kid(s) and one for you! Order both and you’ll have something […]

Little Passports Review and Giveaway

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As much as we travel and explore, we haven’t been able to take the kids out of the country yet. In fact, we’ve only made it out of the state a couple times. I’d love for my kids to learn about new places though, and Little Passports is a great way to do that. Little […]

Family Night with Ice Age 3 and Stouffer’s

Ice Age 3 - Cooper - Toddling Around Chicagoland

The holidays are a stressful time. Add to that the fact that I’m expecting a new baby in less than four weeks and my oldest was sick and stuck in the house for a couple days, and everyone in the family has been a little on edge. So yesterday I took the boys to Wal-Mart […]

The Happy Trunk – Creative Fun Delivered To Your Kids

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Have you heard of The Happy Trunk? My kids love creative projects so I’m excited about this idea, and I think it would make a great Christmas gift! I’ve been asked to share the information below and the special offer – you can receive 50% off The Happy Trunk now! Special delivery! Mail carriers be warned, […]

I’m hosting a Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate!

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 Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate I’ve been selected to host a Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate! I registered on a site called House Party (more information about House Party below) and applied to host a Fisher-Price playdate. There are a limited number of hosts selected, but I was lucky enough to be one of them! […]

Trivia from Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

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Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales at the Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theatre) Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18. Get your tickets now, and use the code MOM to receive $5 off tickets to the shows on Fri., Mar. 16 at 10:30 am, Sat., Mar. 17 at 11 am, or Sat., Mar. 17 at […]

Green Eggs (2 Ways) and “Ham”

Green Eggs (2 ways) & Ham - Dr. Seuss food

I’m in a Seuss-y kind of mood today. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and The Lorax is in theatres today! What better way to start a Seussy day than with green eggs and ham. Here’s my version: I made two kinds of green eggs – scrambled (“Daddy eggs” in our house) and over-easy (“Mommy eggs” or […]

Putting Your Heart In The Right Place – Easy & Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Surprises


Valentine’s Day is almost here! I’m always trying to come up with creative (& inexpensive) ways to celebrate and show John that I think he’s a great husband and father. I thought I’d share a couple of the ideas to help inspire you this Valentine’s Day. A few years ago I decided to surprise John […]

DIY I-Spy Travel Game

DIY I-Spy Travel Game A couple weeks ago I did a post about Chiquita’s new crushed fruit snack product. We finished them and I rinsed the bottles to put them in our recycling bin, but they were kinda cute, so I left them sitting on the kitchen counter. I was trying to decide what to […]