Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s not often that you get to meet a truly magical legend, but that time of year is approaching. Everyone has fond memories of talking to Santa and making special Christmas requests, and it’s even more fun watching your kids share a few special moments with him and getting photos to commemorate the day. I’m […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Guide 2013

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All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 29. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot chocolate, […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events Guide – 2013

Special Needs Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

I posted a guide last week of places you can visit Santa. Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to […]

I Caught Santa!

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Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will […]

Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway

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Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway It’s holiday card time! I just discovered Minted and I’m excited to tell you about it. Minted offers cards for every occasion, stationery, journals, calendars, and much more. Something that I love about Minted is that they use designs from independent graphic designers from around the world, allowing these independent designers the […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

Special Needs Santa Visits

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early.  Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms

All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot […]

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty  2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

With the holidays approaching, Melissa & Doug compiled a list of their Terrific Twenty list of their top toys. To celebrate they’re running a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page. Visit the Melissa & Doug Facebook page to enter to win a gift every day from the Terrific Twenty list! You […]

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway

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Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway It’s fall and Halloween is right around the corner. I’m still in mourning because the summer is gone, but I’m trying to embrace the chill in the air and the falling leaves. I am excited to know that the holidays are right around the corner! I’ve started my Christmas shopping and […]

Christmas in July: Handmade and DIY Gifts

Christmas in July - Handmade and DIY gifts - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This is post #5 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift? There’s something extra special about a gift that someone put extra time, thought, and effort into making just for you. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly crafty there are still plenty of handmade and do-it-yourself gifts […]

Christmas in July: “Outside the Box” Gifts

Christmas in July

This is post #4 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. When shopping for Christmas gifts it’s tempting to run out and buy the newest, shiniest, most popular toy you can find with flashing lights and lots of sound effects. It’s the one you know will get a big reaction when your child (or […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Shopping on a Budget

Christmas in July

This is the Post #2 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. One of the best ways to have a happy holiday is to get all your shopping done AND be within your budget. It’s no fun paying for Christmas gifts for the rest of the next year! Make a list of everyone you need to […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Giving with Kids

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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 […]

Christmas in July Series

It’s 100 degrees out as I type this and Christmas seems SO far away, but it always seems to sneak up on me. In the weeks before Christmas I’m desperately trying to finish shopping for gifts, trying to think of ways I can donate or help during the holiday season, and trying to have holiday […]

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Merry Christmas!

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Last minute Christmas gifts for kids

It’s less than 48 hours until Christmas. This is not exactly the time you want to be rushing out to the mall or toy store for a last minute gift for one of the kids in your life. If you’re looking to please a kid and avoid the crowds, here are a couple ideas for […]

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take The North “Poll”

Melissa and Doug North Poll

Melissa & Doug want you to tell them which of their educational toys you think is the best! Just click on the image below to place your vote in the North “Poll!” You’ll Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon** to use at MelissaAndDoug.com just for voting! I am receiving a Melissa & Doug […]

Tiny Prints Giveaway

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About a month ago I wrote a post about holiday cards from Tiny Prints and now I have 50 Christmas or holiday cards to give away to one of you! Stop by Tiny Prints Christmas collection to see all the great cards you can choose from. Tiny Prints also has a special promotion going on […]

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

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I know it’s only October, but Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I love Christmas cards and I spend hours online searching multiple sites for just the right cards. I spend an equal amount of time trying to stage some crazy photos of my kids (which never come out the way I imagine). […]