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Remembering David Bowie

I think it’s safe to say everyone was sad to hear about the passing of David Bowie earlier this week. Here are just a few ways you can remember his music, fashion, and acting talent on your own or with your kids: Buy or rent Labyrinth on Amazon Video. (affiliate link) The New York Public […]

4 Fun Chicago Museum Sleepovers

4 Fun Chicago Museum Sleepovers – Winter 2016

An overnight is a great way to see some of your favorite museums in a totally new way. Move right in – you’ll feel like you own the place as you explore after hours and set up camp near your favorite exhibits. Looking for a group overnight? You’ll be a hero to the kids in […]

Museum of Science & Industry's 2016 Black Creativity Programming Kicks Off January 18

Museum of Science & Industry’s 2016 Black Creativity Programming Kicks Off January 18

The Museum of Science and Industry sent me some information about upcoming programming: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a Family Day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18, 2016. This annual program brings together students, families, teachers and the public to explore the […]

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Skates into Chicago

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic Skating Into Chicago

January and February in Chicago are full of ice – on the street, sidewalks, cars – and it’s not much fun to deal with. January and February also mean there’s lots of ice at the Allstate Arena and the United Center, but this ice is a lot more fun because it’s full of Disney characters. […]

Free Museum Days - Winter 2016

Free Museum Days – Winter 2016

New year, new chance to explore the city! Winter is a great time to visit Chicago museums because there aren’t the same crowds as in the summer and lots of them offer more free days during the winter months. Add these dates to your calendar and plan some family outings! Most free days only apply […]

New Year's Countdowns the Way You Want Them on Netflix 2015 [ad] #StreamTeam

New Year’s Countdowns When You Want Them on Netflix

It’s time to wrap up 2015 and welcome 2016! I’m working on reviewing 2015, preparing some financial records for taxes, and planning for 2016, but my kids have other priorities – they’re negotiating bedtime for tonight. Every New Year’s Eve we have a buffet of appetizers and snacks in place of dinner. In the past, […]

Target Curbside Pickup Arrives in Chicago [ad]

Target Curbside Pickup Arrives in Chicago

It’s cold out, you have a sick kid, and another who will fall asleep the minute the car starts moving, and you need some staples – diapers, peanut butter, Tylenol. And it’d be nice to have a bit of chocolate in the house or some fuzzy socks to treat yourself. And a dvd to keep […]

Chicago New Year's Eve Events for Families 2015

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2015

Looking to celebrate the end of 2015 and start of 2016 with a family-friendly event? Even if the kids can’t make it to midnight there are plenty of options for earlier celebrations in Chicago and the suburbs. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago  Wednesday, December 30 […]

Meet Grizzy, our new Fisher-Price Smart Toy [ad] #gift #kids

Meet Grizzy, Our New Fisher-Price Smart Toy

There are lots of choices for kids toys this holiday season, but I think you’ll be especially interested in meeting our new toy/friend, the Fisher-Price Smart Toy Monkey. Grizzy arrived at our door a few weeks ago and Campbell’s eyes grew wide when he saw the box and demanded we help him open it. Inside […]

Unique Gifts for Christmas 2015

Unique Gifts for Christmas (That You Still Have Time To Get!)

The holidays are about giving, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a gift that will really stand out and be something that will excite the recipient. I’ve created this list of some unique gifts that you can still get in time for Christmas that are sure to be outside the norm. BrickSwag Have […]

Great Gifts for Her #Christmas #gift #mom #friend #women

5 Great Gifts for Her

I have a lot of important women in my family – my mom, sisters-in-law, aunts, friends. I want to get them gifts they’ll really enjoy to let them know how important they are to me, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift. Here are a few of my favorites and maybe […]

5 Great Gifts for Guys

5 Great Gifts for Guys

It’s getting down to the wire now, but if you’re struggling for some ideas for a special guy in your life – husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, father, son – I have some suggestions. I’ll also say that I think any of these gifts could be great gifts for women too (well, except for one), but […]

WaterWipes for Wee Ones #WaterWipes #IC [ad]

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 […]

'Tis the Season To Be Streaming Netflix Giveaway #StreamTeam [ad]

‘Tis the Season to Be Streaming {+ Giveaway!}

‘Tis the season of holiday lights, giving, shopping, parties, and family time! Unfortunately, it’s also the season of germs, colds, and flu. We’ve been experiencing a little of this (okay, a LOT of this) lately. We’ve been using our Netflix account a lot lately, whether it’s to unwind after a busy day, to catch up […]

Battling the Bedtime Staller - Netflix #StreamTeam [ad] #Dinotrux

Battling the Bedtime Staller

There’s one word that strikes joy and fear into every parents heart: Bedtime. It’s a lovely time when you get to relax and unwind after a long day, watch tv shows and movies that aren’t appropriate for kids, and eat whatever you want without having to share. But to get to that, you often have […]

Things to do Nov 21-22, 2015

Fun Things To Do This Weekend – November 21-22, 2015

Woah! It’s snow! It might make travel a little less convenient, but it’s so beautiful and makes holiday activities even more fun. Is there anything prettier than holiday lights and snow? I don’t think so. Here are some fun things to do this weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house: Christmas Around the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2015 #Chicago #Christmas #tree #pickyourown

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2015

Sure, you could get your real Christmas tree from a cut tree lot at a strip mall, but that’s no fun. Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one; bundle up, find a farm, and let the whole family choose the perfect tree. Celebrate with cocoa or cider and then bring your special tree […]

Brick Swag - The Monthly Subscription Box for Lego Lovers #BrickSwag [ad] #LEGO #subscriptionbox

Brick Swag: The Monthly Subscription Box for LEGO Lovers [plus discount code]

As a long-time LEGO fan, and wife and mother to even bigger LEGO fans, I’m pretty excited to tell you about Brick Swag. BrickSwag is a monthly subscription box that is the #1 membership for LEGO fans. Each month includes official LEGO kits to build and keep, exclusive t-shirt (in the size you choose), Build […]

Chicago Union Station The Polar Express Train Ride 2015

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

Well this is pretty exciting! I just found out that The Polar Express is coming to Union Station in Chicago December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event and often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale in the August. The Polar Express at the […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2015 #Santa #Chicago

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2015

It’s the season of magic and the symbol of that for lots of kids is Santa. Plan some magic with your kids with this Chicago Area Santa Guide.  Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. Please keep […]

Home is in the Air with Air Wick's Life Scents Holiday Collection #IC [ad] @AirWickUS

Home Is In the Air with Air Wick’s Life Scents Holiday Collection

The holidays are quickly approaching and like most people I have a list of activities and traditions they we have to do so it feels like Christmas. In a couple weeks we’ll be decorating the tree, playing Christmas carols, and driving around the area looking at Christmas lights. We’ll probably do a little baking, and […]

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with Building Blocks Toy Store

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with Building Blocks

Saturday, November 14 (tomorrow!) is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day to support your local toy store and for local toy stores to connect with the community. Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating with a special event at both of their locations. The Lakeview location will be hosting Hogwarts Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 […]

Holiday Performances 2015 #Christmas #holiday #shows

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Around Chicago

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Near Chicago

Autumn announces itself with yellows, oranges, reds, and purples and it’s officially here. Take the kids out to explore all the changes autumn brings and enjoy the beautiful foliage at these four spots near Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden With 26 different gardens on over 300 acres, you’re sure to see plenty of autumn foliage at […]

Halloween Inspired by Netflix Streaming #StreamTeam [ad] #Halloween

Halloween Inspired by Netflix Streaming

  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays – I love the idea of adopting a different character (or thing) for the day. I wish we had Halloween ever couple of months instead of just once a year. I love helping the kids come up with costume ideas and putting the costumes together. This year, […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2015 - Toddling Around Chicagoland #Chicago #Halloween

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2015

The forecast for Halloween calls for a bit of rain. If the weather’s not cooperating for outdoor trick-or-treating, or you just prefer to be indoors, here are places you can trick-or-treat inside in Chicago and the suburbs. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Friday, October 30 Westfield Hawthorne Mall from 11 am-1 pm (ages 6 & […]

Tea Time Getting a Boost from Bigelow #MeandMyTea #SwapYourCup #WakeUpCall [ad] #cbias

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 #FreshThymeChi #ad

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, […]

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

Chicago Area Halloween Events – 2015

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

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

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 […]

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