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Teaching Teens To Make Smart Money Choices

This article was sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111-0001. www.MassMutual.com. All opinions are those of the author. Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending Chicago’s FutureSmart event. This event, part of a series of events in cities across the country, was hosted by MassMutual in partnership with local NBA [Read On]

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Why You Should Visit Medieval Times This Winter (Even If You’ve Been There Before)

Thanks to Medieval Times for hosting my family for an evening of fun. Whether you’ve been to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament before or not, you are definitely going to want to visit this winter. For the folks that have visited the castle previously, you’ll discover some fun new changes in regards to the storyline. [Read On]

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An Easy Way To Send Love To A Child In The Hospital

Today I wanted to share a simple, quick, and free way to help brighten Valentine’s Day for a child in the hospital. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has created four specially designed cards for people to add a personalized note of encouragement in. The cards will then be given to children [Read On]

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Our Experience At Big Blue Swim School

This post is sponsored by Big Blue Swim School and The Motherhood. One thing that is really important to me is that my boys learn how to swim, so they’ve taken years of swim lessons. I’ve tried out at least a dozen different places, from park districts to swim schools to gym pools to highschools [Read On]

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Sick Day Essentials And The Best Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Campbell’s® , Lipton, Premium Crackers, Theraflu and TYLENOL®. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDaySolutions #CollectiveBias Raise your hand if you’ve been sick already this year ✋ I’ve been sick a handful of times myself and winter isn’t even halfway over yet! As a mom, being sick [Read On]

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Romantic Scavenger Hunt And A Game Night Date Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendingYourLove #CollectiveBias When Sinisa and I first started dating he went all out with the romantic gestures, from roses covering my car to mushy Hallmark cards on the regular. Now that we have kids (and have been together for [Read On]

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Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #YouPAMDoIt #PAMInControl #CollectiveBias One of my goals for this year is to take better care of myself and that includes starting each day with breakfast. As a busy mom I tend to skip breakfast because I’m trying to [Read On]

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15 Throwback Movies To Watch With Your Kids

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this post. Tampico is planning an exciting refresh to its brand later this spring, so in honor of its near 30-year history, we’re taking a look back with them on the past few decades and reliving our favorite moments. Join in with the nostalgia and fun and let us know [Read On]

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Charming Personalized Cat Food Bowl

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. Yay for winter break! Those couple weeks are my favorite time of the year because, after our holiday celebrations, we have very little to do until mid-January. We spend lots of time cuddling [Read On]

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An Awesome Program For Special Needs Families

Thanks to ABLEnow for sponsoring this post. In December of 2011, my youngest son, Lucas, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It came as no surprise to me since there were numerous red flags that had caused me to seek an Autism diagnosis in the first place, the most alarming of which was the loss [Read On]

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12 Things I Want To Do More Of With My Kids In 2018

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine. You may have noticed that I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution post this year. Usually I have a long list of goals that I want to work on throughout the year but this year I decided to keep [Read On]

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The Gift Of Sight

Thanks to Visionworks for sponsoring this post and giving me the gift of sight. Back in August I worked with Visionworks to promote back to school eye exams and took Lucas for an annual eye exam there. He didn’t need any glasses but I confirmed my suspicions about my own vision problems when I couldn’t read [Read On]

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Brighten Up Your New Year’s Eve Celebration With Strawberry Lemonade Champagne

Thanks to Mike’s Hard Lemonade for sponsoring this post. Please drink responsibly. I can’t believe Christmas is around the corner… and before we know it, it’ll be time to ring in the New Year! For the past ten years or so, we’ve done our New Year’s Eve celebrations at home; keeping things low key with [Read On]

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Awesome Monthly Craft Subscription Box For Adults

Thanks to Adults & Crafts for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to get crafty! Raise your hand if you have ever pinned crafts and DIY projects on Pinterest that you hope to do *someday* ✋ Guilty! I love crafting and projects but I tend to pin way more than I’ll ever be able to [Read On]

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Gift Ideas For All The Adults On Your Shopping List

Disclosure: Items were received for consideration and this post contains affiliate links. Over the past few weeks I’ve shared gift ideas for kids, gift ideas for tweens and games that make great gifts. With the holidays about a week and a half away I’m sharing the last of my gift ideas today- gifts for adults. [Read On]

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Gift Ideas For Tweens

Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration and this post confains affiliate links. Little kids are so easy to buy for (gift ideas here) but, as they get older and turn into tweens and teens, I feel it gets harder and harder to find things they want. To help you finish your shopping I’ve put together [Read On]

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Great Gifts For Kids

(Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration and this post includes affiliate links.) Raise your hand if you are still looking for gift ideas! ✋ Christmas will be here before we know it so I thought it would be helpful to share some gift ideas with you all that are perfect for kids. I’m also including [Read On]

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The Best Place To See Santa This Season

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Seeing Santa is a yearly holiday tradition that many families partake in. The first couple years of my boys’ lives I enjoyed taking them to see the jolly man in the red suit but then, as the years went on, it was one holiday [Read On]

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Christmas Crafting Fun And Homemade Ornaments

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this post. I love the holidays and one of the main reasons why is all of the extra family fun Christmastime brings. From cuddling on the couch while we watch Christmas movies to decorating our home for the holidays and having special drinks and treats. Tampico is a staple in [Read On]

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3 Benefits Of Some Spa Time

Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring this post. As moms I think many of us tend to put others before ourselves. Whether it’s our kids, our spouses or other commitments, it’s hard to prioritize time for ourselves and our needs- especially during this busy holiday season. I recently got out of the house for a couple [Read On]

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Mommy To “Bee” Gift Basket

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadePrenatalDHA #CollectiveBias I think that one of life’s greatest blessings is children so it’s no wonder that pregnancy is celebrated like it is in our culture. From baby showers to gifts, moms to be are often overwhelmed [Read On]

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Kinzie Hotel Brings The Holidays To Their Guests With The Holiday North Pole Express Package

Disclosure: My family enjoyed a complimentary stay at the Kinzie Hotel but all thoughts are my own. The holidays are here! It’s a magical time of year and Kinzie Hotel, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, wants to help their guests celebrate the holidays when they are away from home. To embrace the spirit of the season, [Read On]

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How To Easily Book Spa & Salon Services In The Chicago Area With The Groupon App

Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring this post. In the past when I’ve wanted to get my nails done I’ve had two options. I could call during business hours and try to book the appointment or I could walk in and hope the wait wasn’t too long. Neither of these options is very convenient for me [Read On]

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Easy Ways To Help New Moms This Holiday Season

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. This post is sponsored by Huggies. All opinions are mine alone. #DiaperNeed #Hugs4Huggies #Sweepstakes #CollectiveBias The holidays are the busiest time of the year for most people but, new parents especially, may find themselves easily overwhelmed as they try to take care of [Read On]

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30 Things You Can Do With 30 Minutes Of “Me” Time

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. When I started this blog back in 2008, one of it’s main purposes was to give me a creative outlet and a way to make time for myself. I had just become a mom and spent my days alone with my baby so I [Read On]

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Games For Everyone On Your Gift List

Disclosure: Games were received for consideration and this post contains some affiliate links.   Our family loves playing board games and we try to have game night at least a few times a month. I think games make great gifts for the holidays and the boys always get a few new ones on Christmas morning. [Read On]

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Our Classic Christmas Decorations

Thanks to At Home Stores for sponsoring this post. I love decorating for the holidays. From putting up our Christmas tree with all of it’s special ornaments to hanging our personalized stockings above the fireplace, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love it so much in fact, that I’ve been known to [Read On]

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Chicago Staycation With The Family At Radisson Blu Aqua

Thanks to Radisson Blu Aqua for hosting my family for a complimentary stay at their hotel. I’m always on the lookout for getaways close to where we live in the Chicago suburbs and our recent stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua did not dissapoint. I was happy to find so much to do inside the hotel [Read On]

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Sensory-Friendly Gift Ideas

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links. When my boys were first diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder I spent hours searching for the best items that would help them regulate their little bodies. Now years later, we’ve tried a number of things- some we’ve loved and some they didn’t really use. Today [Read On]

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New Christmas Books For 2017

Disclosure: Samples were received for consideration and this post contains affiliate links. Every November we get in the holiday mood by watching Christmas themed shows and movies and reading Christmas themed books. We have our old favorites that we pull out each holiday season, but each year new ones come out that we like to [Read On]