Archives for 2011

Merry Christmas!

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 […]

Just Peachy Photography Review & Giveaway

Just Peachy Photography – Review and Giveaway We recently had the awesome opportunity to meet Erika Williams, the woman behind the camera at Just Peachy Photography, and have her photograph our family. I’m so excited to share all the details about our experience and share some adorable pictures with you, but let me give you […]

Mokena JumpZone Giveaway

Mokena JumpZone Giveaway Yay! I’ve got a great prize to give away today! Mokena JumpZone is offering a free 10-kid weekend party (valued at $195) to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is check out my blog post about Mokena JumpZone and let me know what inflatable you think your kid […]

Jump!Zone Mokena

Jump!Zone Mokena – website Location: 9951 W. 190th Street, Mokena Phone: 708-978-1229 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun 5pm-7:30pm Mon No open play Tues No open play Wed 10am-1pm Thurs 4pm-7:30pm Fri 10am-1pm Sat No open play There are often special open […]

Happy Feet Two: The Videogame Review and Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to test out the new Happy Feet Two videogame for Nintendo Wii and give one away to one of you! First read about the great video contest from Pump It Up and Happy Feet and then read my review and enter to win a game of your own. Pump […]

Holiday Giving (with kids!)

Christmas is the season of giving and although I try to remind myself that people are in need whether it’s Christmas time or the middle of July, I often find myself remembering to give more often during the holidays. About a week ago I heard about Operation Christmas Child for the first time. Operation Christmas […]

Goodnight Moon The Musical

Goodnight Moon The Musical – website Location: Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-871-3000 Hours:  Goodnight Moon The Musical runs through December 23. There are no shows on Mondays, but shows most other weekdays at 10:15 and, and weekends at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Admission: $26 for children, $36 for […]

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Fully Charged

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Fully Charged – website ** Note: Ringling Bros. was at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont November 3 through 13. Any specific information (such as location, parking, etc) is specific to the United Center, but my experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Allstate […]

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take The 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 just for voting! I am receiving a Melissa & Doug […]

Tiny Prints Giveaway

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

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 […]

Goodnight Moon The Musical – Giveaway and discount

Goodnight Moon The Musical Giveaway & Discount – website If you’ve got a young child, I’m betting you’re familiar with the book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The Chicago Children’s Theatre is currently presenting Goodnight Moon The Musical. This is an all-ages performance at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue […]

Nursing Moms Network

Nursing Moms Network – website The Nursing Moms Network is a weekly meeting at Palos Community Hospital that provides breastfeeding support to mothers with babies (birth to one year) from a certified lactation consultant and other mothers. Location:  Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Avenue, Palos Heights in the lower level meeting room of the […]

Eversave Giveaway

Eversave is now closed. I love a good deal; it may even be a bit of an addiction. There’s a certain thrill when you find something you want at a really spectacular price. One of my favorite ways to get a great bargain is buying a Save from daily deal site Eversave. What’s a “Save”? […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Coupon & Giveaways

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is coming to Navy Pier on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.  The Chicago Toy & Game Fair, or ChiTAG, will offer the opportunity to check out new toys and games and meet their inventors, and there will be contests, costumed characters, and stage events. There will also […]

Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Fully Charged coming to Chicago

Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey is coming to Chicago! Fully Charged will be at the Allstate Arena November 3 to November 13 and at the United Center from November 16 to November 27. Amazing animal training, stuntmen performing 3 stories high, and a man rocketing through the air are just some of the performances intended […]

Kookaburra Play Cafe

Kookaburra Play Cafe is closed. Click here to find other indoor play areas in the Chicago area. Kookaburra Play Cafe – website Location: 2267 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago Phone: 773-281-5400 Hours: Monday-Friday               9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday                             9:00 am – 12:00 pm Admission: $12 per child; $7 per sibling. Infants (non-crawlers) free with drink […]


KidGrade has closed. If you’re a regular visitor here, you may have noticed that I added a button to the blog recently. I’ve been chosen to be an KidGrade Ambassador for 2011-2012! If you haven’t check out KidGrade yet you should; it was started by a family frustrated with the lack of information about family […]

ScribbleMonster review and giveaway

I love music, but if you as me why I like what I like I’d probably tell you, “Um, ’cause it sounds good?” You’d ask me a follow up question like, “Why? What do you like about it?”, and I’d say, “Um, the music part? Maybe the singing, and the instruments.” My husband’s the music […]

Jonamac Orchard

Jonamac Orchard – website Location: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta Phone: 815-825-2158 Hours: August 17-November 23, 2011 Country Store Aug 17-Oct 31 – 9:00am – 5:30pm Nov 1-Nov 23 (Wednesday-Sunday) – 9:00am – 5:00 pm Apple picking 9:00am-5:00pm while in season (the season is over for 2011; apple picking is generally available early September to mid-October.) […]

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

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). […]

Medieval Times

This is a guest post written by Joslyn Gould, a friend of mine from the olden days (you know, long BEFORE kids). Joslyn has two daughters, Althea, who is 3 1/2 years old, and Autumn, who is almost two. The names may seem familiar to you and I’m sure the pictures will – Joslyn, Althea, […]

Kids Science Labs

Kids Science Labs – website Location: 1500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL The red line stop at North & Clybourn is a few blocks from Kids Science Labs. Phone: 312-846-1426 Hours & schedule: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm. Sundays are reserved for birthday parties and special events, and possibly classes during the academic year. A full schedule is available […]

Plum District school fundraiser

Plum District has closed. My kids are too young to be in school so I’m lucky to not have to deal with school fundraisers… yet. I remember overpriced sweets that my parents were guilted into selling it, felt guilty about selling to friends and family, and friends and family buying them (most likely out of […]

Jump!Zone Giveaway

***This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Paula of Frosted Fingers who won a 10-kid mini party at Jump!Zone! Special thanks to Jump!Zone for offering this great prize! Jump!Zone Giveaway Did you read my previous post about Jump!Zone Bolingbrook and our experience there? If you did I know you’re going to be excited about this: […]


Jump!Zone – website Location: 490 W. North Frontage Road, Bolingbrook Phone: 630-621-9620 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun    11am-6pm Mon  No open play Tues  10am-1pm Wed  No open play Thurs 10am-1pm Fri     10am-8pm Sat    11am-8pm There are often special […]

Chicago Bucket List

We’re moving! In the next couple months we’ll be moving out of the city of Chicago. Have no fear, we’ll still be “toddling around Chicagoland”, but with a different starting point for our adventures. I’m a Chicagoan since birth and I’ll require regular trips back into the city limits, but I also feel like I […]

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum – website    Location: 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle Phone: 630-968-0074 Hours: The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year from 7:00 am to sunset. Visitor Center: Jan-Feb 9am-4pm Mar-Apr 9am-5pm May-Oct 9am-6pm Nov-Dec 9am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3pm, & Christmas Day Children’s Garden Nov-Feb 9:30am-4pm Mar-Oct 9:30am-5pm Extended […]

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park – website Location: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton Phone: 630-668-5161 Hours: Gardens & Grounds: Mon-Sun, 9am-Sunset, Nov 1 – Apr 30 (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, & entire month of January)Mon-Sun, 7am-Sunset, May 1 – Oct 31Cantigny Park and Museums are closed Mon-Thu in February. Museums: Closed MondaysTues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, […]

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