Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming

Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming #StreamTeam

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

Preparing for Camp with Mabel's Labels #ICCAMPMABEL #IC #ad

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

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

Reunited and it feels so good with Netflix #StreamTeam

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

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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

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  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

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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

Choose Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix #StreamTeam

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

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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

AvaStars Review & 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

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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

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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

Disney Planes to the Rescue - Tutorial for a DIY Runway #PlanesToTheRescue #CBias #shop

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

Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle #ad

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Sprint Gives Chicago Wireless a Boost

As a blogger and a busy mom, I rely on my cell phone a lot. I check emails, post to social media sites, take photos, use GPS, and keep in contact with family and friends. For several years now, I’ve trusted Sprint to provide reliable wireless service so when I was offered the opportunity to […]

Marking Mini Milestones with Netflix

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  I’ve had some really big milestones in my life – graduating college and law school, getting married, having my kids. Once you’re a parent, the milestones are small, but they mean so much more – first words, first steps, first day of school. Sometimes milestones can be really exciting, but sometimes they can be a little […]

KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway

KidStuff Coupon Book Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland

KidStuff is a coupon book created to raise money for daycares and schools, while saving families money. Schools (from preschool through high school, or even day care facilities) sell the KidStuff Coupon Book for $25, and they get to keep half of that. Sounds like a great deal! The books contain over 400 pages of coupons […]

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

Cooking up fun with Kidstir - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

I’m a sucker for fun mail and we got some recently – Kidstir sent us one of their monthly boxes, a hands-on kit to encourage cooking with kids and trying new foods. I opened our box and found two recipes, a binder with dividers to keep our recipes in, a shopping list, a kitchen artist […]

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

LeapFrog, maker of some of our favorite educational toys, recognizes the importance of keeping kids fit and active. To encourage kids (and remind parents) to stay active, they declared a Fit Made Fun Day this September. We participated in the Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog Leapbands and lots of Clif Kids protein bars to […]

Parenting Made Affordable with Parent’s Choice Diapers

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Parenting is an expensive job. Studies have estimated that it costs over $250,000 to raise a child and that number makes my  head hurt. It’s almost hard to believe that’s true, until you shop for diapers. Ouch! Thankfully, you can save as much as $240 a year by purchasing Parent’s Choice diapers at Walmart instead […]

KaBOOM! Go Out & Play Essentials Pack Review

Imagine Toys asked me if I wanted to get my kids outside to play and, of course, I said yes! They sent me a KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack so our family could get active. With each purchase of the KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack from Imagine Toys, a minimum of […]

Encouraging Kindness with Netflix Streaming

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My kids started school a couple weeks ago and the new school year always gets me thinking about what I want my kids to learn. Of course, things like math and literacy are important, but it’s more important to me that they learn to be understanding and helpful to others. In a word, I want […]

Walgreens – Get A Shot, Give A Shot

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  It seems like August always gets here a little sooner than we expect, doesn’t it? It’s still summer but you can feel it ending. School is coming which means back-to-school shopping and required vaccines. Of course, you planned to make that appointment for immunizations long ago, but somehow the summer slipped by. Now, the […]

Batkid Begins – Batkid Documentary Needs Your Support

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I spend a lot of time on social media. It’s part of being a blogger, but it’s also because I genuinely enjoy it. A lot of people think social media is a waste of time, or that it’s a little silly, and I guess it can be sometimes, but it can also be used to spread […]

Building Brain Power One Netflix Show at a Time

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Summer means freedom and fun for most kids. It’s a break from school and schedules, and it’s when they can have the whole day free to just play. My kids love to play dress up and pretend, read books, and, of course, watch tv. And by “tv”, I mean Netflix. The kids don’t know how […]

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #sponsored

I get to share a fun new giveaway today! Oubly.com is a stationery boutique in Los Angeles that offers event cards, stationery, and business cards. They have been in the printing, marketing, and design business for over two decades, but have recently launched their website, Oubly.com. Oubly’s mission says it all: Our mission is to […]

Huggies Slip-Ons Keep Your Standing Baby Covered

  Campbell will be 18 months this week and diaper changes have become a nightmare lately. There’s no way this kid is going to lay down to let me change him. When changing time comes around I have to find something he’ll really like to distract him, or enlist help from his older brothers to […]