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Chicago Toy and Game Fair Giveaway

Want to find the coolest toys and games for the holidays this year? At the best prices? Don’t wait for Black Friday, because the Chicago Toy & Game Fair has it all this weekend. Also known as ChiTAG, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair is North America’s biggest toy & game fair and it’s open […]

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Chicago Christmas Tree Farms

Family traditions make holidays special, and Christmas is one of those holidays that is overflowing with traditions for most families. If cutting your own tree isn’t one of your traditions yet, it should be! Choose from one of the many Chicago Christmas tree farms. All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, […]

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Chicago Area Santa Guide

Get those wishlists ready because Santa is in Chicago! As kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas, it’s a great time to get some great photos for your holiday cards, photo albums, and to post on social media. Many locations even offer special events for things like holiday pj’s, ugly sweaters, and pets for […]

A Year with Frog & Toad at the Chicago Children's Theatre extended to Nov 12

Last Chance: A Year with Frog and Toad – Chicago Children’s Theatre

Family activities can always create special days and special memories, but even more so when includes a part of your childhood you can share with your children. A Year with Frog & Toad was one of my favorite books when I was growing up and I remember it fondly. I kept a very old and […]

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Refreshing and Recharging on a Busy Day: A Step by Step Guide

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Schnucks #CollectiveBias As a mom, I often feel like I’m moving a hundred miles an hour in twelve different directions. There are times that my day is so busy and I’m so frazzled from making sure everyone […]

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Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

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Chicago Area Trick-or-Treat Hours

Halloween is the craziest holiday and I love it. Dress up like someone (or some thing) else and go door-to-door asking for treats. Does it get any better than that? Get those costumes ready and find out trick-or-treat hours for your area. Sunday, October 29, 2017 Northwest Suburbs Round Lake – Sunday, October 29 from […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project with Free Printable Pumpkin Sign

Food allergies are on the rise and Halloween can be a particularly difficult time for families of children with food allergies. To help families who are dealing with allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging people to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Paint a pumpkin teal, or hang a sign with a […]

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Indoor Trick-or-Treating in the Chicago Area

You can never tell what to expect from the weather in the Midwest on Halloween, so it’s always nice to have a backup plan. And whatever the weather, sometimes it’s nice to be warm and cozy inside. This list includes many of the places you can trick-or-treat inside in Chicago and the suburbs. As always, […]

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Stranger Things on Netflix Streaming

I have a confession: I haven’t finished watching season 1 of Stranger Things. I’ve watched a couple episodes, but got busy with life and didn’t get back to it, even though I really want to.  It’s been long enough that I don’t want to pick up where I left off, but go back and start […]

Pumpkins on table - Chicago Area Halloween Events 2017

Chicago Area Halloween Events

Halloween only lasts one day, but doesn’t it seem like it should be more? I know I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Know of any other fun events coming up? I’d love to hear about them! Please note that […]

All Seasons Apple Orchard

Autumn in the Parisi household means apple picking. We have gone apple picking every year since Cooper was born and some of my favorite photos of the kids are from our apple picking adventures through the years. If apple picking isn’t a tradition in your household you should consider starting it now. One of our […]

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Chicago Pumpkin Patch Guide 2017

It’s pumpkin time! The weather hasn’t been very autumn-y lately, but the leaves are changing and Halloween is approaching. Grab those sweaters (or maybe sunscreen) and spend the day at a Chicago pumpkin patch choosing the perfect pumpkin for your family and enjoying some autumn farm activities. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of […]

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Peppa Pig’s Surprise Live Show Coming to Chicago

Peppa Pig’s Surprise Ready to blow your preschooler’s mind? Peppa Pig Surprise, a live show, is coming to Chicago for a live show this November. Up until now your preschooler has probably only seen Peppa Pig on Nick, Jr., but that can change. The Peppa Pig live tour is traveling the United States, visiting 60 […]

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LEGO Ninjago Movie Comes to Theatres and Legoland Discovery Center is Celebrating

We had an opportunity to see a the newest LEGO movie – the LEGO NINJAGO Movie. LEGO NINJAGO Movie The LEGO NINJAGO Movie arrived in movie theaters on September 22. The movie is set in Ninjago City where Master Builder Lloyd struggles because he’s the son of evil Lord Garmadon who is constantly attacking the […]

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Celebration of Life Dinner in Chicago

Hyundai Hope on Wheels says that “pediatric” and “cancer” are two words that should never go together. It’s so true. It almost sounds like an oxymoron. When I think of “pediatric” I think of lively, happy kids bursting with energy and life. I think of colorful play areas and playful doctors with lollipops. “Cancer” makes […]

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Escape Strategy Mad Hatter Escape Room

Escape rooms are popping up everywhere and for good reason – they’re fun! What is an escape room? For anyone who hasn’t visited one yet, let me tell you a little about how an escape room works. Most escape room facilities have multiple rooms and each room has a theme. Themes can be general (like […]

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Creating a Baby Gift Basket at Marshall’s

September often brings to mind school, changing leaves, and football, but what about birthdays? Did you know that September is the most common birthday month in the United States? I didn’t until I saw this heat map, but I do see a lot of birthday notifications lately! Of course, birthdays mean babies. It’s not statistically […]

A Year with Frog & Toad at the Chicago Children's Theatre

“A Year with Frog and Toad” Comes to Chicago Children’s Theatre

A Year with Frog & Toad brings great memories for me. It was one of my favorite books as a child and I’m so excited because the Chicago Children’s Theatre is bringing it to the stage this fall. A Year with Frog & Toad brings lots of happy memories not only to parents and children, […]

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Top Baby Products from the Chicago Baby Show 2017

A couple weeks ago, Navy Pier was the site of the first Chicago Baby Show and I was lucky enough to attend. Other Baby Shows have taken place in Los Angeles, Anaheim, and New York. What is the Chicago Baby Show? It’s the “Largest Show for New and Expectant Parents in the Country”, featuring over […]

Legoland Discovery Center is hosting a Back-to-School Party on Labor Day 2017.

Legoland Discovery Center Hosts Back-to-School Party

It’s back to school time and whether your kids started a couple weeks ago or won’t start until this Tuesday you can celebrate at Legoland Discovery Center this weekend. Legoland is at Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg, located at 601 N. Martingale Road. From Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, Legoland is hosting a […]

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Netflix PersuAsion, Pretty Little LiArs Style

There are lots of reasons you might want to convince someone to watch a show you love; maybe you want to sit next to them and watch it together, or you just need someone to talk to about it, or you just know they’ll love it. Now that John and I have been married more […]

Chicago Six Flags Great America World's Largest Loop Coaster 2018

World’s Largest Loop Coaster Coming to Six Flags Great America

If you’re a coaster fan, hold on to your hat! Six Flags Great America just made a huge announcement. In 2018 the “Thrill Capital of the Midwest” will introduce a record-breaking attraction – the world’s largest loop coaster. Thrill riders will “face-off” in a unique seating configuration. Guests will be seated back-to-back and face-to-face. They’ll […]

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Force Friday II Midnight Madness Release Party

It’s almost Force Friday II weekend! New products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released tomorrow, Friday, September 1 and to celebrate Disney Store locations in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco will have a midnight madness party. Chicago’s Michigan Avenue Disney Store, located at 717 N. Michigan Avenue, will open at […]

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Shopkins Live! Giveaway

Back to school often means less time to play. If you’re kids are missing their favorite toys this might cheer them up a whole lot! The #1 kids toy in North America are those tiny Shopkins dolls and accessories and now they’re big and on the move. In Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their […]

Go Ape Treetop Junior at Bemis Woods

Website: Go Ape Chicago Social media: Go Ape USA on Facebook, @GoApeUSA on Twitter, and @GoApeUSA on Instagram Location: Bemis Woods, 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs Phone: 800-971-8271 Hours: Open April through November. Hours can vary; it’s best to book your adventure online.  Admission: $28 per person.  Specials: Sign up for the Go Ape email newsletter to receive news and discounts. Parking: Free […]

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Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2017

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I think fall – especially early fall – is the sweet spot when it comes to visiting museums and other attractions in the Chicago area. Summer tourists are gone, kids are back in school, and school field trips are rare in the beginning of the school year. All this […]

Goldstar Comp Train: Get Free Tickets to Theater, Dance, Comedy, & More

Interested in cheap local entertainment? Goldstar’s Comp Train promotion starts today (Wednesday, Aug 23) in which you can get complimentary tickets to live theater, concerts, dance, comedy and more! Note that service fees do apply to each ticket you order, but even with the fees it’s still a deep discount from the regular price. Goldstar […]

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Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2017

I’ll confess that I’m not a huge fan of fall. It’s fine and all, but I prefer spring and summer and I’m not enthusiastic about the approach of cold weather. However, I LOVE apple picking. It almost makes up for the fact that summer is ending. It’s a tradition in our family to go apple […]

Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway

The 2017 Chicago Baby Show on August 26 & 27 at Navy Pier will be part of the largest show series for new and expectant parents in the country. Built off the 7 years of success with the New York Baby Show and the inaugural LA Baby Show last year, this event will provide an amazing experience […]

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