Boo! at the Zoo with Ferrara Candy Company

I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween because I know we did! This weekend we went to Brookfield Zoo for Boo! at the Zoo as guests of the Ferrara Candy Company. Captain America, the Crypt Keeper, and A.J. from Blaze and the Monster Machines arrived ready for action: They didn’t seem to mind starting out […]

Chicago City Guide sponsored by Chicco + Giveaway

Warm weather has arrived! We adventure year-round, but spring and summer are my  favorite because there are so many gorgeous outdoor things to do in Chicago. In fact, thanks to Chicco, I’m sharing some of the best places to visit with your family. Chicco is now offering a brand new travel system called the Viaro which […]

KEEN Introduces Kids’ Encanto Collection

I have a bit of a shoe problem. I shoes so I buy them more than I should and I’ve amassed quite the collection. A few years ago my friend posted a photo on Facebook of her new shoes – KEEN Harvest MJ Woven Rice Bag – and I fell in love with them. I’m […]

WaterWipes for Wee Ones

Having a baby means lots of diaper changes, which means lots of diapers and even more wipes. I can’t even imagine how many wipes we’ve used in the 8 years since I became a mother, and I thought once the diaper stage was over we’d be done with wipes too, but it turns out we […]

Tea Time: Getting a Boost from Bigelow

#MeAndMyTea #SwapYourCup #CollectiveBias In the eight years since I became a parent I still struggle with one thing more than anything else – taking care of myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in making meals, helping the kids, chauffeuring kids to activities, participating in school fundraisers and events, and taking care of the […]

Fresh Thyme Celebrates Three New Chicago Area Stores

Today, October 14, 2015, Fresh Thyme celebrated the Grand Opening of three new locations in the Chicago area in Midtown/Lincoln Park, Crystal Lake, and Naperville. Each location is open 7am-10pm daily. Midtown/Lincoln Park, 2500 N. Elston Ave. Naperville, 790 Royal Saint George Dr. Crystal Lake, 5340 Northwest Hwy. Fresh Thyme is a full-service specialty retailer focused on providing fresh, […]

Dust Off Your Shelfies on Netflix Streaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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