Archives for 2015

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

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

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 […]

Kids Bowl Free 2015

For the 8th year, the Kids Bowl Free program is offering a summer of free bowling for kids at 1,100 participating bowling alleys in the United States and Canada. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to choose a bowling alley close to you and then register your child or children; you’ll receive a weekly email […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

Earth Day Events 2015

Spring brings fresh new flowers and reawakened trees, and it’s also a great reminder of the beauty and fragility of nature and the Earth. Make Earth Day a family holiday to combat all the damage that people do to our planet, and remember the immortal words of The Lorax (and Dr. Seuss): “Unless someone like […]

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance

Website: Sesame Street Live Location: Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates Phone: 847-649-2270 Show times: Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 5:30 pm Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Sesame Street live will also be showing in Joliet on April 21, and in Merrillville, Indiana, April 23 through 26. […]

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review and Giveaway

It’s not usually big news when we get a new coloring book in our house – with three kids under 8 we have a lot of them – but we got one recently that’s different from the others. Coloring Animal Mandalas is a coloring book for adults, with intricate designs. Full disclosure here: I received […]

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons

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, […]

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

  UPDATE: The Village of Kirkland is now reporting they are not currently in need of any donations of goods or any volunteers to assist Fairdale. Last night was scary for residents of Northern Illinois, and I think most of us are hugging our kids a little tighter today and feeling very thankful for everything […]

It’s Better At The Blue

  It’s Better At The Blue. Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast. With stunning beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor Resort features 182 suites, 64 villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area including a mini glow […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

Reinventing Yourself with Netflix

  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 […]

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

  Click here to check out the updated Summer 2015 Free Chicago Museum Days Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, […]

Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek is a brand new event this year where museums from all over the world will be celebrating culture on Twitter Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Learn about your favorite museums, whether they’re local or international, and join in the conversation. Each day of the week will have a different topic: Monday, March 23 […]

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break with Walmart Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans

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 […]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I Are Catching Up on the Present

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. If you haven’t heard of it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original show starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (from 30 Rock), and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock). Ellie plays Kimmy, a women rescued from an underground bunker where she lived for 15 years with three other […]

Reaching New Heights at iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! The Toddling family loves Dr. Seuss, and today is his birthday. If you’re looking to celebrate you could: Read some Dr. Seuss book (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Horton Hears a Who are favorites of ours) Watch a Seuss movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, or […]

Create Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix

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 […]

Chicago Family Palooza 2015 Giveaway

Chicago Family Palooza is coming back again and I’ve got tickets to give away! Saturday AND Sunday, February 28+March 1, 2015 Chicago Family Palooza presents a 51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun! Chicago Family Palooza is proud to be the solution to that every day winter dilemma for Chicagoland families of “what can […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

It’s Streaming Cats and Dogs on Netflix

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, […]

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