Archives for August 2013

Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages – Review and Giveaway

Chicago-style hot dogs are legendary and giardiniera is a favorite topping of many Chicagoans. Johnsonville combined giardiniera with smoked sausage to make Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages and offer to let us try some, so Toddling Dad is taking over: Toddling Dad Here. Toddling mom recently asked me to try Johnsonville Chicago Recipe Giardiniera Sausages. I have […]

Meijer’s Back-to-School Photo Sweepstakes

I love trying to imagine what my kids will be like when they’re grown. I wonder what characteristics, interests, and personality quirks will fade away and which ones will stick with them into adulthood. Every day I see the things they do and wonder if that’s a hint to what they’ll be. Maybe Dexter will […]

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 […] Enhance Your Family Calendar

When Cooper was a baby and toddler, before Dexter and Campbell came along, I spent a lot of time at home with him. I wasn’t used to being home on weekdays and I was new to the whole mommy thing and I had a hard time finding stuff to do and places to go. I […]

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 […]

Skydeck Chicago (with Giveaway!)

Website: Skydeck Chicago Location: Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me), 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Phone: 877-SKYDECK Hours: Open 365 days a year. April-September 9:00 am-10:00 pm October-March 10:00 am-8:00 pm Last entry 30 minutes prior to close. Admission: $18/adult (12 & up), $12/child (3-11) FastPass $40/person (VIP access to elevators) Tickets can […]

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 […]

What Makes You Smile? Floss & Brush Review & Giveaway

  There are a lot of things that make me smile lately. I have a wonderful husband who is my best friend and three fun little boys; I like where we live and the our day-to-day lives; we have a fantastic family and amazing friends. These photos are not very good; they’re dark or blurry […]

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic – Activities & Giveaway

I posted earlier about Disney On Ice celebrating 100 Years of Magic in Chicago next month (see the post for all the detail about the show!) and now I’ve got some fun stuff to share! Click to download a Disney coloring page and Mickey and Minnie Ears! I also have tickets to give away! Enter below. Winner will […]

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic in Chicago

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago next month and they’re celebrating 100 years! Where: The United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Sunday, September 15, 2013 Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm Friday, Sept 13 at 7:00 pm Saturday, Sept 14 at 11:30 […]

Cissna Park’s Old Settlers

This one’s a bit of the beaten path but if you’re thinking to yourself, Hmm… I’d like to take a bit of a road trip for some small town family fun, then this is it! Other things of interest on your way or in the area: The Heartland Spa in Gilman, Exploration Station Children’s Museum in Bourbonnais, […]

Back-to-School Physicals with Walgreens Healthcare Clinic

My 5-year-old, Cooper, is starting kindergarten this year so we got him his school physical recently with our regular pediatrician, but I forgot that Dexter, who’s starting preschool, would need one too. It’s already August and school starts soon so I knew it would be difficult to get an appointment for Dexter. Then I heard […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway – 2013

Enter to win a family pass, good for up to 4 people, for Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! There will be two winners and the passes are good until the end of the 2013 season in October. Want more information about Santa’s Village AZoosment Park? See my 2011, 2012, and 2013 posts about our experiences. a […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2013 Season

Website: Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Santa’s Village is closed on Mondays. Hours vary; a full schedule is available online. Admission: $18.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $15.75/senior (65+). A 5% tax will be added to every admission fee. Active duty military […]

Summer Bucket List {with Free Printable!}

It’s officially August now and that’s about the time each summer that I start to panic. It’s all ending so soon! Have we done enough? There’s a little extra pressure this year because Cooper, my baby (yes, he’s my oldest, but still my baby of course), is starting kindergarten. This is pretty much how summer […]

Skokie Park District Exploritorium

Website: Skokie Parks Exploratorium Location: 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie Phone: 847-674-1500, ext. 2700 Hours: Monday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Thursday – Closed Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Sunday – Closed […]

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