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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming

Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming #StreamTeam

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s hearing about how things used to be in the “olden days”. Okay, maybe they actually hate it. As much as I promised I’d never be THAT parent, I find myself telling my kids, “When I was a kid…” and “When I was younger…” Sometimes it’s just fun reminiscing […]

Preparing for Camp with Mabel’s Labels

Preparing for Camp with Mabel's Labels #ICCAMPMABEL #IC #ad

June means summer day camp for my son and we’re both pretty excited about it. He’ll be seeing some old friends, playing games, making crafts, and splashing in the water. As excited as we both are about it, there’s a bit of anxiety, too. He’ll be meeting new camp counselors and new kids, and there’s […]

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

When you’re a parent, it seems like there’s a new expense popping up each week – diapers, doctors appointments, school uniforms, music classes, car repairs… it never seems to end! And everywhere you turn, there are places and people offering quick and easy ways to make extra money, especially for stay-at-home moms. Unfortunately, most of […]

Reunited and It Feels So Good with Netflix

Reunited and it feels so good with Netflix #StreamTeam

We all have times in our life when we have to say goodbye to people that are important to us. For years, you see them regularly and they become part of your routine. You know their family, friends, job… everything about them. Sometimes you’re drawn to them because they remind you of yourself. Sometimes it’s because […]

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons #sponsored

I’ve been a Groupon groupie for years. I love that they have a huge selection of local deals on everything from show tickets to hotel stays to massages. I’m really excited because now Groupon is offering a whole new way to save money at places you already love to shop. Groupon recently launched Groupon Coupons, […]

Reinventing Yourself with Netflix

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  If there’s one thing that parenthood has taught me, it’s that sometimes you have to break out of your comfort zone. Part of it is because parenting changes you. I’m shy, and usually pretty quiet, and agreeable, but sometimes when I’m trying to protect or help my kids, Mama Bear comes out. For a […]

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break with Walmart Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break #MarchIntoSavings #cbias #shop

It was starting to feel like summer would never return, but with the snow melting, temperatures inching up, and the snow coming out, I can feel it coming. With spring comes spring break; kind of a little practice run for summer. It’s the perfect time to #MarchIntoSavings with Walmart Family Mobile and I’m excited to tell you […]

Create Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix

Choose Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix #StreamTeam

Sometimes watching shows and movies is just relaxing, but I love when a tv show or movie inspires me or my kids to get up and do something or try something new. One of the shows we love to watch as a family is Chopped. If you’re not familiar with it, Chopped is a reality […]

It’s Streaming Cats and Dogs on Netflix

Streaming Cats & Dogs - #StreamTeam #ad - little kids

John has been pestering me to get a dog lately. Something about kids needing a dog. I agree, I guess. I’ll admit, I miss having a dog greet us when we get home, and cuddle with us when we’re watching tv or sleeping, or playing with the kids. A dog isn’t very practical for us, […]

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

AvaStars Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of AvaStars? I hadn’t until recently. We were invited to try out the AvaStars experience and I have to admit – I was really curious! AvaStars recently opened a location in Oak Brook. They offer an entertainment experience as well as personalized dolls. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the […]

Pennzoil and Walmart Keep My Dirty Car Clean

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It’s been winter for at least 20 months now (or at least that’s what it feels like!) and my car is perpetually dirty. It’s covered in dirt and salt and is generally gross, but it’s too cold to wash it as often as I’d like. While it may not be pretty, the important thing is […]

Countdown with King Julien

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I can’t believe it, but we’ve arrived at the end of 2014. 2014 was a pretty good year for us, and I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year in 2015 too! We’ve always done pretty low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations, even before we became parents. Now that we have kids, we love to include […]

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 […]

Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle

Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle #ad

It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to a theatre for a family movie night so we decided it was time to take the kids to a movie. We originally planned to go together as a family, but finally decided Campbell, being a toddler, would probably enjoy spending some quality time with Grandma and […]

Hallmark Northpole Inspires New Holiday Traditions

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I love Christmas. Who doesn’t? I love Christmas songs, shopping for gifts, and all the traditions that come with Christmas – trimming the tree, baking cookies, seeing lights, etc. Hallmark and #CollectiveBias stepped in and inspired me to try a brand new tradition this year. Hallmark is offering a huge selection of Northpole Fun holiday items […]

Celebrating Friendship with Netflix Streaming


Thanksgiving is always a great reminder to be thankful for all the wonderful things we have, and right near the top of my list are all of the wonderful friends we have. Netflix Streaming has some really fun movies and shows that celebrate friendship. I try to be careful about how much tv my children watch, […]

Motorola Video Baby Monitor Review

6 Benefits of the Motorola Video Baby Monitor - Toddling Around Chicagoland #Spon #Clever Girls #MotorolaBabyMonitor

Campbell’s almost two years old, but that doesn’t mean he’s too big for a baby monitor. We got the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor. I love being able to keep an eye on him and know that he’s safe and sound while he’s sleeping so I can relax. When Cooper and Dexter were babies I […]

Sprint Gives Chicago Wireless a Boost

As a blogger and a busy mom, I rely on my cell phone a lot. I check emails, post to social media sites, take photos, use GPS, and keep in contact with family and friends. For several years now, I’ve trusted Sprint to provide reliable wireless service so when I was offered the opportunity to […]

Marking Mini Milestones with Netflix

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  I’ve had some really big milestones in my life – graduating college and law school, getting married, having my kids. Once you’re a parent, the milestones are small, but they mean so much more – first words, first steps, first day of school. Sometimes milestones can be really exciting, but sometimes they can be a little […]

KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway

KidStuff Coupon Book Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

Cooking up fun with Kidstir - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

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

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 […]

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 […]