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

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

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 […]

Hallmark Northpole Inspires New Holiday Traditions

Disclosure for #NorthpoleFun #CollectiveBias

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 […]

Toddler & Preschool Gift Guide

Gift Guide - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s getting down to the wire! If you are still looking for gifts for your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews here are a few items I’d recommend. All of the toys listed below are ones we own and love, unless otherwise specified. My kids are currently 11 months (Campbell), 4 years (Dexter), and 6 years […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Thanksgiving is late this year so get an early start on your visit with Santa!  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 in mind that Santa takes breaks; where the information was available I included […]

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum – Giveaway

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

See trees in a different light this winter during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Combining cutting-edge light technology with the beautiful, wooded landscapes of the Arboretum, Illumination is not your typical lights event. An experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, Illumination engages the senses with trees that respond to touch and sound, dazzling […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2013

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2013

Pumpkin time! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you go. Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, 630-966-7775 Open weekends […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun – 2013

St. Patrick's Day Family Fun header

  Put on some green because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with your family by attending a parade, hunting for clovers, or watching a waterfall turn green. As always, it’s a good idea to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be canceled.  We attended the dyeing […]

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 […]

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

Christmas in July - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Chicago Area Fireworks and Parades for the Fourth of July 2012


Looking for the 2013 list? Click here! Looking for a fireworks display or parade to see this week? There are several in the Chicago area! All the events listed below are FREE! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Because of dry conditions some events may be canceled and although I’ve listed the starting time for […]

Caring Bunny Coming to Orland Square Mall

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I thought I’d share this great information I received about the Caring Bunny who will be available for special needs: It’s common to see children lining up in the malls to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap — and just as common to hear the loud children’s music, bright lights and busy set that add […]

Upcoming Events

American Girl - Fashion Show

I love sharing fun weekend events each week and here are some special events coming up that really caught my eye: Chicagoland Kids Expo Saturday, March 3 from 9am-6pm Sunday, March 4 from 10am-5pm Adults $10 ($9 with this coupon), kids (3-12) $5, kids under 3 free Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Blvd, Schaumburg […]

Bring Joy to a Hospitalized Child at Children’s Memorial Hospital

Children's Memorial Hospital - Valentine's Day

One of the incredible benefits of living in the Chicago area is that we’re fortunate enough to have Children’s Memorial Hospital, the region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, right here. Children’s Memorial has served over 148,000 children in the past year and they treat children from all over the country and from more than […]

family with the grinch

Merry Christmas!

Tiny Prints Giveaway

Tiny prints - nice list

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 […]

Hanna Andersson Merry Little Photo Shoot

hanna andersson photo shoot

I’m SO not ready for Christmas to be here, but I’m warming up to the idea and there’s a great event at the Hanna Andersson at Oakbrook Center this Wednesday, November 9 that will help you get into the holiday spirit. Hanna Andersson and Windows Phone are working together to create the “Merry Little Cover […]