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 […]

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review and Giveaway

We love electronics in our house. The kids are constantly asking to use my phone (that’s a big NO, mostly because I’m selfish and don’t trust them not to break it) or they’re staring over John’s shoulder when he’s using his tablet. A couple weeks ago we got a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet. […]

Moxie Jean – Upscale Resale for Kids

I love a good bargain, especially on children’s clothing. It seems like they outgrow it so fast and even with three boys and tons of hand-me-downs it seems like there are always clothes getting ripped or stained that need to be replaced. I shop sales when I can, and I love to shop at thrift […]

JORD Wooden Watches – Review & Giveaway

Every once in a while I get offers to try out new products. I try to choose really useful or unique products that I think other parents will be interested in reading about, and Jord wooden watches fit both of those categories. (Pictured above from left to right are watches from the Fieldcrest, the Sully, and […]

Ozeri Instavac Green Earth Food Storage Container Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I’m not a big fan of grocery shopping and, although I like cooking when I can relax and enjoy it, I don’t enjoy the dinnertime scramble every night. As a result, I like to do a lot of shopping all at once and I often […]

Citrus Lane Box Review and Promo Code

I love getting a package in the mail and it’s even more fun when the contents are a surprise, so Citrus Lane is right up my alley. Citrus Lane offers monthly boxes – like care packages – of products for parents, babies, and young children. You provide the age of the child the box is […]

Saving Time and Money with Zaycon Foods

A few months ago I posted some information about Zaycon Foods in a post called Fresher, Faster, & Cheaper with Zaycon Foods. The information I posted had been provided from Zaycon Foods and I indicated that I was excited to get my first order of chicken from Zaycon, and now I want to share a […]

20 Days of Deals at Modnique

  Christmas is coming and I’m sad to say I’m behind on my Christmas shopping. I like to have the majority of my shopping done before Thanksgiving, but I’ve barely started. Luckily, I checked out Modnique the other day and doubled my progress on my list, plus I got a little something for me! For […]

Yummi Pouch Review

I’ve been packing lunches for years now for family outings, but I’m always hesitant to pack things like yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies. I’m cheap so I don’t buy the single-serve packages of them so I have to pack them myself. On the rare occasion that I do pack yogurt or applesauce I have to pack […]

The Children’s Place: The Place for Back to School

I’m one of those nerdy people who gets all excited about back-to-school shopping. I love the displays of notebooks waiting to be filled, pens & markers full of fresh ink, and cute backpacks and lunch bags. And school clothes! As much as I love summer, the displays of jeans and long pants and bulky fall […]

Puritan’s Pride Summer Essentials – Review, Promo Code, & Giveaway

School may have started, but summer is not over yet! I tested out some great summer essentials recently from Puritan’s Pride. Here’s some information from the Puritan’s Pride website: Puritan’s Pride ( was founded over 40 years ago with a health and wellness mission that focused on making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the […]

Magic Moves Electronic Wand by Educational Insights (Review)

Cooper started full-day kindergarten recently and that made me worry about Dexter. Cooper is his constant playmate – they play with Legos, they race around the yard (and in the house despite my constant reminders not to run in the house), and they make up silly games that only they understand. I was concerned that […]

Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips Deliver #GiantFlavor

I recently had a chance to test out the new Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chip – Garden Ranch and Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chip – Barbecue. Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips won’t replace vegetables, but they’re tasty and a nice choice if I’m offering my kids a little treat. We brought some of the […]

Tummy Stuffers Review

Dexter is three and for the past year or so he’s been obsessed with packing bags. He loves storing stuff in backpacks, tote bags, pockets, buckets, hats… pretty much anything he can get his hands on. He carries the bag (or other vessel) around and pretends to be traveling. He also loves stuffed animals. His […]

Fresh Produce Brings Me Back to Me

It’s been 5 months since I had baby Campbell. (Oh, I can’t resist… if you want to read about his very unexpected entry into the world you can read about it here.) I’ve lost the baby weight, although I could stand to lose a bit more too. That’s an ongoing battle. I spent about 8 […]

Moms Love Mombo™ – Nursing Pillow Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have an (almost) 5-month-old son. I breastfeed him, which means that I spend a few hours a day planted on the couch (or sometimes or chair or the floor) nursing him. Before him […]

The Bear and the Bug Shop – Review and Giveaway

I love working with local businesses so when I was contacted by The Bear & the Bug Shop to do a review I was really excited. The Bear & the Bug is an Etsy shop created by Angela Pinelli, a graphic designer and a mom of three children under the age of three who lives […]

Winter Wardrobe Shopping with Cookie’s Kids

 Winter Wardrobe Shopping with #CookiesKids It’s cold and snowy outside and it’s a great time to perk up my boys’ winter wardrobe with some new outfits. Rather than run out to the store during the holidays (NO thank you!), I did some online shopping at Cookie’s Kids sells a huge selection of kids clothes, […]

Highlights from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Last month we attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and had the opportunity to learn about lots of fun new toys and games. Here are a few of our favorite new (and some not-so-new) discoveries: Buster Balloon Recommended for ages 8+, but my 3 & 5-year-old love it! This is a fun game for […]

Imagine Toys Super Moose Game Review

Imagine Toys Super Moose Game Review My kids love to play games, but at 3 and 5 they seem to be a bit young for most games, even the ones that are supposed to be for kids their age. Super Moose arrived from Imagine Toys recently and it looked really cute, but I had my […]

Printcopia Canvas Prints Review and Giveaway

I’m a sucker for pictures – I can’t stop taking them and I love having pictures hanging all over our house. I also think they make a great gift for the holidays for family and friends. We have framed pictures all over, but I love canvas prints even more. I had the chance to try […]

Power the Creativity

Power the Creativity with Energizer and Crayola I recently had the opportunity to attend a Power the Creativity event with Energizer and Crayola and I’m excited to tell you about it! Cooper spends hours every day coloring and drawing pictures and he loves doing artwork of any kind so Crayola is a huge favorite in […] Review

Custom QR Codes from and Why You Need Them Have you heard of QR codes? Even if you haven’t, you have seen them. You’ll find them on business cards, packaging for different products (including food), and advertising. QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes, are like UPC codes. They are patterns of square dots that […]

Wittlebee Review and Discount

Wittlebee – website I recently heard about Wittlebee boxes and I was intrigued. Wittlebee’s offers monthly, customized boxes of clothing for kids. For $39.99 a month (shipping included!) you receive clothing with a retail value of about $100, and you don’t have to go shopping! Best of all, for every box ordered, Wittlebee’s donates a […]

Winkiwoo Photo Album Review and Promotion

Note: There is a Winkiwoo voucher available on Plum District right now if you’d like to try it out – only $5 for a $15 book (plus $4.99 flat rate shipping). I’m going to make a confession. I have been absolutely terrible about filling out the baby books for both of my sons. I tried […]

Storyland Yoga – Review and Giveaway

 Storyland Yoga – website In case you couldn’t tell from reading my blog, I love getting out with the kids and going on “adventures”, but there are times we just need to relax at home too. Cooper, my 4-year-old, tends to be pretty active and… hmm… intense. I’m always on the lookout for calming activities […]

Pure Matters for Kids Review

Pure Matters for Kids – website My kids take a multi-vitamin each night before bed and we’ve tried a little of everything from Flintstones vitamins to vitamins we bought at a local health food store. They seem to like any kind of vitamin, but when we tried Pure Matters Sugar-Free Multi-Vitamin recently they really loved […]

WallPops Review and Giveaway

WallPops Review and Giveaway – website *** If you do not see the entry form below, click on the title of this post. I love decorating our walls, but I don’t always like having to nail things to the wall. I’m not very good at it and I don’t like having holes in the wall […]

Baby Banz Review and Giveaway

It’s only April but we’ve already experienced a couple weeks of summertime here in Chicago. The warm weather usually reminds me that I need to start shopping for summer items like shorts, swimsuits, sand toys, and sunglasses. I recently read a very informative article on that says that until kids are about 10, the […]

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