Archives for 2012

My Big Announcement

Well, it’s only about a pound, but it’s a BOY! It’s not exactly a huge secret (especially if you’ve seen me recently – I do not hide it well!), but I haven’t officially announced it yet – I’m pregnant! Just about 21 weeks now. Yep, baby #3 is due right around Christmas and we just […]

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove – Giveaway!

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Giveaway- website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, September 15 – 11:30, 3:30, 7:00 Sunday, September 16 – 11:30, 3:30, (7:00 Spanish) Ticket prices: $13-$70. Purchase tickets for opening night for only […]

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

2Toots Train Whistle Grill – website *** Note: There are two locations. We visited the Bartlett location so the photos and details about our experience are based on that location. Locations: 203 E. Main Street, Bartlett and 450 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn Phone: Bartlett – 630-213-6700, Glen Ellyn – 630-858-4300 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway I have a fantastic giveaway today – a family four-pack of tickets to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! And the best part is there will be two winners. I’m so excited that two families will have a fun-filled day at Santa’s Village. Read my previous post about Santa’s Village AZoosment […]

Schaumburg Boomers

Schaumburg Boomers – website Location: Boomers Staduim, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-461-FOWL (3695) Office hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (hours may vary by season) Schedule: The full schedule can be viewed online. The season starts in mid-May and ends in early September. Admission: Tickets are $7 for lawn seats, $10 for […]

Brick-tastic Birthday Bash at Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Celebrates Buddy’s Birthday! You’re Invited to the Brick-tastic Birthday Bash on Aug. 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is celebrating Buddy’s Birthday on Aug. 11, and everyone’s invited to join the brick-tastic celebration! We’ll be partying it up with goody bags, games and plenty of cake. But that’s not all! Kids who […]

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill – website Location: 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Phone: 630-480-9557 Hours: Check the website for movie times. Matinees start as early as 11:00 am. Admission: Weekday matinees are $5, weekend matinees are $8 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Evening movies are $9.75 for adults and $6 for children 10 […]

Christmas in July: Handmade and DIY Gifts

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 […]

Imagine Toys BBQ Blitz Review and Giveaway

Imagine Toys BBQ Blitz Review & Giveaway Imagine Toys asked me if my kids would be interested in trying out the new BBQ Blitz game recently and since we don’t really have any games they understand (seems like they even have trouble with Candyland) I was pretty excited about it. The BBQ Blitz game includes […]

Christmas in July: “Outside the Box” Gifts

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: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

This is the Post #3 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. We attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in 2011 so the post is based on our experiences there. I have included information about the 2012 Chicago Toy and Game Fair for those planning to attend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair […]

Christmas in July: Holiday Shopping on a Budget

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

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 […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Zealous Good: Helping Families Help Others

About six months ago my family moved from Chicago to the suburbs. Our Chicago house had been in my family for 30+ years and was bigger than we really needed. When we moved to our new house, which is smaller, we had a LOT of de-cluttering to do. A LOT. Like 30+ years worth. We […]

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In – website Location: Rollins Road & Washington Street, Fox Lake Phone: 847-587-6808 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Open March through November. Parking: There are at least 30 parking spaces. Bathrooms: There are men’s and women’s bathrooms available. Nursing: There is no designated nursing area, but you’re served […]

Wittlebee Review and Discount

Wittlebee is now closed. Wittlebee 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 […]

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest

I don’t know about you, but I could use a trip to the Bahamas. Shutterfly has a great summer contest right now and the grand prize is a trip to the Bahamas for 4 and a professional family photo shoot! There are some other great other prizes as well, and all you have to do […]

Winkiwoo Photo Album Review and Promotion

Winkiwoo and Plum District are both closed.   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 […]

Make A Messterpiece

Make A Messterpiece – website Location: The Glen Town Center, 2050 Tower Drive, Glenview Phone: 847-730-5275 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Messy Package – $15. Includes Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and two activities Messiest Package – $22. Include Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and four activities Admission – Free […]

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 […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Santa’s Village is closed on Tuesdays. Hours vary by day and according to school schedule. See the calendar online for hours. Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. […]

Disney’s Brave

Disney’s Brave Brave opens today in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Brave is playing near you, or purchase tickets online. Our experience: We were invited to an early screening of Brave but I wasn’t allowed to post anything about it until […]

Plum District Diamond Candles Giveaway

Yay! Today I have a quick, fun giveaway for all the mamas out there. Plum District, a deal site designed for and by moms, has a deal this week on Diamond Candles. Have you heard of Diamond Candles? They’re Earth friendly, all natural soy candles made here in the USA. Pretty cool, huh? What’s even […]

White Sox Host Second “Peanut Controlled Zone”

The Chicago White Sox hosted their first  peanut “friendly” game this season and based on the feedback they got they’ve decided to do it again. During this game, there will be an entire section that will be peanut free to allow families affected by peanut allergies to attend a Chicago White Sox game. The peanut […]

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee 2012

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee – website Location: Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI Dates & Sessions: June 15-17 Friday, June 15 4 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday, June 16 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, June 17 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session […]

Storyland Yoga – Review and Giveaway

 Storyland Yoga 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 so I […]

Fun LEGO facts – LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee

Are your kids LEGO fans? Mine are, and I’m not afraid to admit that my husband and I love LEGOs too. We’re all looking forward to LEGO KidsFest, which will be in Milwaukee this weekend, June 15-17. Have you purchased your tickets yet? Read my previous post about LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee for all the details about this […]

Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon

Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon – website Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 24 – September 3. Sunday 2:00pm, 4:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Thursday 2:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Additional shows: Sunday, […]

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