Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 2.01.55 PM

Win Your School Supply List!

The month of August is filled with all sorts of school related expenses. School supplies, new clothes, backpacks and lunchboxes, school physicals, and more seem to take up every spare penny we have this season. Because of this, I’m excited to share about a way that you can win your school supply list so that’s [Read On]

qvc5

Easy DIY Teacher’s Gifts

Looking for a creative gift for your child’s teacher? Today I wanted to share a couple easy DIY gifts I made for the kids to give. Not only are they easy, but they are quick and inexpensive, too! Thanks to QVC for sponsoring today’s crafts! Lately I have been kind of obsessed with Washi tape. [Read On]

me and grandpa

The Picture Of Me

So excited to be working with Ancestry.com this month because I want to share what I found with you all! I was poking around on Ancestry.com trying to fill out my family tree and I found my late Grandfather’s information and noticed someone had posted some pictures of him. As I was looking at them [Read On]

This outfit cost $10 and $4 went to support schools

Support Schools And Dress Your Child With Schoola

I shared a couple weeks ago how I was working with Schoola to support funding for a music program at a school in the Bronx. Thanks to everyone who has helped support the program along with me Today I wanted to share a little more about Schoola and how you can use the site to [Read On]

#LetsPlayChicago

Celebrate Play in the Windy City this Saturday with Let’s Play!

As many of you know, I’ve been working to help share the importance of play in the lives of children as a Play Ambassador for Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active by providing them with the tools, places and inspiration to make physical activity a [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 9.48.05 PM

The Promises We Make To Our Children

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) When I first became a mom I remember looking down at my son and instantly falling in love with the little swaddled child in my arms. Even though we had just met, I made many promises to him. Among those were the promise [Read On]

sna

The New School Lunch Offerings

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) What comes to mind when you hear the term “school lunch”? When I hear that, I think of the foods that were offered when I was in grade school- pizza, overcooked broccoli, meatloaf, taco salad, hamburgers and the like. So when I was [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 10.59.25 AM

Help Support The Music Program At KIPP Academy In The Bronx

Did you know that our tax money doesn’t always cover music and art programs in schools? I was surprised to learn this recently. I’m excited to be partnering with Schoola to share how you can earn money for schools in need. The best part is that busy parents like me (and like most of you [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 9.43.46 PM

Jake & Sofia Bring Magic To The Classroom

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.) How is the back-to-school shopping going? I’ve bought all the supplies and new backpacks but still have to get their first day of school outfits and some new [Read On]

dunes 33

Indiana Dunes ~ Summer 2014

Even though I live in the Midwest and am no where near an ocean, I still am able to enjoy the beach. Chicago has numerous beaches along the lakefront but I prefer to head to Indiana and visit the Indiana Dunes. Only an hour and a half away from my day-to-day life is my sandy [Read On]

label code

Labeling School Supplies Made Easy

My boys start school in less than a month and I am not ready at all! Starting to think of the new school year means that my shopping list and my to-do list is continuing to grow. Admittedly, school supply and clothing shopping is one of my favorite parts of the preparation. Labeling all the [Read On]

vacay gone cray cray

Share Your #VacayGoneCrayCray Story

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love going on vacation with my family. It’s nice to just get away and relax. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be at least! Have you ever went somewhere and had things go awry? I remember one time I was so excited [Read On]

Ritz Bits

Earn Money For Your Child’s Team With PearUp

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) One of my favorite ways to spend Saturdays in the warmer months is to watch my boys play soccer. They’ve played through our local park district, on a private league and are starting weekly indoor soccer classes next week. They love the game, especially when [Read On]

sports1

Four Benefits Of Team Sports

(Disclosure: I am currently serving as a “Play Ambassador” for Let’s Play. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed are my own.) One of my favorite places to be is on the sidelines cheering for my boys as they play sports. This summer Jacob was in baseball and both Jacob and Lucas were in [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 8.54.34 PM

Get $10 Off At Kohl’s With A Planes: Fire And Rescue Movie Ticket Stub

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.) I told you all last month that Planes: Fire & Rescue was coming to movie theaters soon. Well guess what? It’s coming out this Friday and Kohl’s has [Read On]

jacob collage

Jacob’s Summer Style

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Before I had boys I assumed that the only ones with cute clothes were girls. Once I became pregnant and started shopping though, I realized that boys had a great selection of clothes as well. Now that I am a mom of two [Read On]

Dash_Logos_NEW

Vote For Your Favorite “Dashionista” Recipe

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) I always love to check out how creative some people are, especially when it comes to creating new recipes in the kitchen. Recently, Mrs. Dash seasoning blends hosted a recipe challenge called the “Mrs. Dash Dashionista Recipe Challenge”. Fans of the brand submitted their favorite original recipes featuring Mrs. [Read On]

Look at that beautiful water! This picture was taken when the catamaran pulled up next to the private beach.

Catamaran Adventures In Jamaica and The Turks & Caicos

While at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos I got to enjoy Catamaran rides. Catamarans are medium sized boats that have netting towards the front that you can sit on and look at the ocean beneath you. A huge thank you to Island Routes for these amazing opportunities! I thought I’d share [Read On]

freezepops614

Freeze Pop Sabers {Easy Summer Craft}

I love the summer and all it brings: playing outside, swimming, sunshine and warm weather. Sometimes all I want is something cold to cool me off and freeze pops are a fun and colorful way to do so. Family Fun Magazine sent me this adorable craft to share with you all and it is perfect [Read On]

medieval times 4

Travel Back In Time At Medieval Times

Looking for something fun to do inside where it’s nice and cool? If you live near a Medieval Times this would be a great time to visit a castle! My family had the chance to go to a complimentary show a couple weeks ago as part of a blogger event and enjoyed our evening there. [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 8.02.50 PM

Creating A World Where No Child Goes Hungry

I am proud to be partnering with Feed the Children, an organization that exists to end childhood hunger. I’ve shared how important this cause is to me numerous times here on the blog and will continue to do so until all children have enough food to eat. It seems like a lofty goal but I truly [Read On]

summer collage 5

Our First Month Of Summer {In Pictures}

Summer break has been fantastic so far! I know I don’t share as many pictures as I used to so I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month. These are all taken in the evenings and weekends since the boys are in camp during the day. I can’t wait to see [Read On]

lalaloopsy

Lalaloopsy Babies Giveaway

Have a little one who loves Lalaloopsy? The LALALOOPSY BABIES 1-hour special will air on Nick Jr. this Saturday, June 26th at 1:30 p.m. To celebrate, one lucky reader will win a Lalaloopsy Babies™ – Crumbs Sugar Cookie™ doll. To enter, just leave a comment below sharing who you’d like to win the doll for. An extra entry [Read On]

applebees lunch

Time For Lunch At Applebee’s

What did you have for lunch today? Nothing? Your kid’s leftovers? A sandwich? Do you even remember? Occasionally I have something small or leftovers but normally I have nothing so I was really excited to partner with Applebee’s on a recent campaign. They gave me some gift cards to go out to lunch with my [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.14.59 PM

Babies “R” Us Happy Places Design Events {Nationwide}

When I found out the gender of my first child I did two things: buy a bunch of blue baby clothes and start planning the nursery. To help with the fun, but often overwhelming, task of designing the nursery, Babies“R”Us is launching a nationwide campaign to help expectant parents and I’m happy to be partnering [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 2.22.39 PM

New Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Collection {$100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.) I love celebrating special occasions, even the littlest of ones, with special outfits. I do this when we go to events, have themed parties and when new movies [Read On]

fourthpretzels614

4th of July Treat: Sweet & Salty Sparklers

Looking for a Fourth of July treat that is festive and everyone will enjoy? Family Fun magazine shared these sweet and salty “sparklers” with me and I just had to share them with you all! Layered with white chocolate and studded with sprinkles and M&M’s, these pretzel treats add flare to any party spread. Directions: [Read On]

psalm139

U-NEEKS Help Me Teach My Kids That Being Unique Is Great

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dayspring to promote their new U-NEEK collection. All thoughts are my own.) Having two children with special needs means that we talk about being “different” a lot and how great it is to be unique. I want them to know that God made them and they are perfect to [Read On]

2015 chevy suburban

Kick Off The Summer With Chevy And A $300 Spa Gift Card Giveaway

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chevrolet but all thoughts are my own.) Since Junior High, my dream vehicle has been a minivan. I was one of the few teenagers who loved driving my mom’s van and wasn’t embarrassed that I didn’t have a sports car or sedan. I always thought I preferred minivans to [Read On]

Screen Shot 2014-06-14 at 3.31.35 PM

Brighten The Day With A Colorful Snack

Chicago is gearing up for the Color Vibe race tomorrow and, to celebrate, I’m partnering with Tum-E Yummies for this sponsored post. The Color Vibe event is a fun event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the 5k. To go along with the theme, I thought I’d share a quick, colorful snack with you [Read On]