Archives for 2014

Parenting Made Affordable with Parent’s Choice Diapers

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 […]

Family Sundays with the Chicago White Sox

It’s not hot and muggy anymore, and you can gorge on apple and pumpkin flavored everything, but summer’s not totally over yet. There’s still time to catch an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime with (one of) Chicago’s favorite team(s), the Chicago White Sox! There are still games through the month of September, and just ONE more […]

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

  With cool weather it’s the perfect time for a trip to Santa’s Village! You might think of an amusement (or AZoosment, in this case) park as a summer activity, but Santa’s Village is open on the weekends until the end of October. That’s a lot of time for taking kids on rides you remember […]

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

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 […]

Disney On Ice Presents Princesses and Heroes {Giveaway}

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago in September with a new show: Princesses and Heroes! From September 10-14, 2014, at the United Center in Chicago, Princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana will come to life, along with heroes Prince Eric, Prince Philip, and Aladdin. Enter a world of wonder where heroes […]

Pinstripes

Website: Pinstripes.com Location: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington Pinstripes also has locations in Northbrook (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook), and Oak Brook (7 Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook). Phone: 847-844-9300 Hours:  Monday- Thursday – 11:30 am-11:00 pm Friday – 11:30 am-12:30 am Saturday – 10:00 am-12:30 am Sunday – 10:00 am-10:00 pm Admission: None. […]

Walgreens – Get A Shot, Give A Shot

  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

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

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

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 […]

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Introduces Ask Alfred Concierge

Traveling can be fun for kids, but sometimes it can be difficult, too, especially dealing with the change in a normal schedule and unfamiliar surroundings. All little special treatment makes traveling more fun and the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel here in Chicago, and in all their locations around the country, are now offering Ask Alfred Concierge, […]

Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves is the largest waterpark in Illinois, located in Yorkville. Website: Raging Waves Waterpark Social media: Raging Waves Facebook page, @RagingWaves on Twitter, Raging Waves on Instagram Location: 4000 N. Bridge Street, Yorkville Phone: 630-882-6575 Hours:  Daily schedule is available online. 10 am – 7 pm everyday through August 2nd. August 3 through September […]

Nighttime Is the Right Time for Recharging with Netflix #StreamTeam

I won’t lie – having three young boys is exhausting. I try to embrace the chaos and enjoy my time with them most days, but there are also days I’m just hoping to survive. Whether it’s a great day or one I’ve barely made it through, I feel like doing a little dance every night […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before […]

Great Times at Medieval Times {and a Giveaway!} #MedievalTimesChi

  It’s summer! The kids are out of school and you’re looking for new and exciting things to do and Medieval Times is a perfect choice. Visit this amazing castle in Schaumburg for a yummy meal that you’ll eat with your hands while you watch an exciting show. For updates, information, and ticket giveaways, like the Medieval […]

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 […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest, where I am an Expert Mom. After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s hard to imagine wanting to spend a minute of summer indoors. But when the temperature and humidity rise, you and the kids will be thrilled to spend a couple of hours […]

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. After a long and cold winter, we’re all looking forward for summer to begin and for our kids to get the chance to swim, run and play outside. While these physical activities are a big part of the warm weather season, it’s also important to […]

Sweet Home Chicago #CHIWomenBuild

Since it was created in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people. Amazing! Habitat for Humanity works with churches, community groups, businesses and individuals to help create safe, affordable housing for families who need it. A common misconception about Habitat for Humanity is that they […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 on IMAX

I received this information from IMAX and couldn’t wait to share it. I love How to Train Your Dragon and can’t wait to see the sequel on an IMAX screen! Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. With summer comes berry season. Strawberries are up first and there are several places around Chicago where you can pick them yourself. Please remember that ripeness dates are not exact and it’s always a good idea to call first to verify the fruit you’d like […]

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available […]

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No […]

Why You Should Visit Santa’s Village AZoosment Park This Season

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest. If you grew up in the Chicago area, there’s a good chance you remember visiting Santa’s Village as a kid. Sliding down Santa’s Tree House Slide, taking a spin on the Candy Cane Sleigh Ride, and, of course, touching the frozen North Pole (yep, it’s really frozen, even on […]

Netflix Streaming That Will Make You Sing

  It’s Spring! Time for graduations, plays, and musicals. In case you don’t get enough of them at school, Netflix has plenty of musicals so you can continue the fun this summer. For the older kids, check out these great options: 1. Shrek the Musical 2. High School Musical 3. Grease 4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 5. Footloose 6. The Phantom of […]

Disney’s Frozen Is Coming to Ice

What happens when Disney has a super-successful animated movie filled with ice? It becomes a part of Disney On Ice, of course. Disney has announced that Disney On Ice will feature Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and (my personal favorite) Olaf. Expect to hear some of your favorite Frozen songs – “Let It Go”, […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2014

  Take me out to the ball game… It’s about time for America’s favorite past time. Add to the excitement for your kids by signing them up for a kids club with their favorite baseball team. Lots of these clubs are free to join and you get free tickets to games! A version of this […]

Mother’s Day Style Candles Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I have a special giveaway for the mom out there today. Style Candles is a family-owned business run by Sean and Andrea, a husband and wife team in Maine. Each Style Candle, besides being scented, contains a surprise. After 10-15 hours of burning, the wax will reveal a piece of jewelry, either […]

Safe Motherhood Quilt Showing in Chicago

Mother Me Inc and the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives are presenting Ina May Gaskin’s Motherhood Quilt Project this Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago. The Safe Motherhood Quilt was created to bring awareness to the rising maternal death rate in the United States and the underreporting of these deaths, and to remember the mothers […]

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