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The Doctor Is Just A Click Away

DISCLOSURE:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.  However, all opinions are 100% my own. The internet is an amazing place. It gives me an outlet to be creative and earn a living, it lets me connect with friends and family near and far, and it lets me do a lot of [Read On]

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Fun Drawing Contest For Kids

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Do you have a little artist at home? If so, you will love this art contest that T.J.Maxx is hosting! To maximize what matters most, they are asking children to participate in an in-store art contest asking children to answer the following question with [Read On]

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Overhead Garage Storage Giveaway For Chicago Area {$329 Value!}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Do you have an insane amount of holiday decor in your garage? Or maybe you have shelves full of camping gear? If your garage is anything like mine, you have way too much you are trying to store alongside all the kid’s bikes and you can’t even fit both [Read On]

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Exploring Glenview, Illinois With Kids

Thanks to Go Roma for sponsoring this post. I love taking road trips and one of the best things about living in the Chicago area is the amount of fun things there are for families to do within just an hour or two of where we live. A few weeks ago we headed to a [Read On]

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Fun Reading Activities For Summer {Giveaway}

Thank you to Reading Is Fundamental for sponsoring this post! We’ve been working hard on the reading skills this summer. Every day, after playing at day camp, I have the boys pick out a few books and sit and read (if they need incentives check out this list of summer reading programs). Jacob reads out [Read On]

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Flavors Of Summer

Thanks to IHOP for providing a gift card to sample their new Summer Stacks. One of the things on our bucket list this summer was breakfast for dinner so we headed to our local IHOP restaurant to enjoy the special meal. While french toast and bacon are my ideal breakfast meal, Sinisa is all about [Read On]

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We Love Family Time Around The Campfire

Thanks to CustomInk for sponsoring our camping trip and providing us fun shirts to wear as we made great memories!   One of the best parts about summer is all of the quality family time that it brings. Every time we have a day or two without anything scheduled I try to schedule a road [Read On]

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I Was Born To Be A Parent

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Dad Ambassador for the March of Dimes #imbornto campaign. I am a father to two amazing boys. My goal is to guide them to grow up strong and instill the sense of power in them that they can do anything that they want to. I was [Read On]

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Keeping Up With Healthy Routines This Summer

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson  and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. It’s mid-June and our family has been enjoying everything the summer brings. [Read On]

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Discover it Miles® Card: Summer Travel

Thank you Discover for sponsoring this post! Click here to learn more about the amazing rewards and benefits of the Discover it Miles® credit card. Summer is a time for leisure and a worry free life.  As a family we love traveling in the warmer months, exploring quaint little towns and large cities alike. We [Read On]

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Making Reading Fun With Disney Story Central

Thank you Disney Story Central for sponsoring this post. Sign up for Disney Story Central‘s new subscription service today to access the largest collection of digital stories, featuring a wide array of beloved Disney stories and characters that kids and families know and love! Getting my kids to read is tricky business because my boys [Read On]

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Build A Minion

(Disclosure: My family received free products but all thoughts are my own.) Minions have arrived at Build-A-Bear Workshop! In anticipation of the upcoming Minions movie, my family and I headed to our local Build-A-Bear workshop to make our own little yellow friends. We love the Minions here at my home so the boys were so [Read On]

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New Uplifting Reality Show: The Briefcase

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I love a good reality show so I’m excited to share about a new one that premieres tonight, Wednesday May 27th, called THE BRIEFCASE. The show is created by Dave Broome (the man who brought us The Biggest Loser). This is another uplifting series that gives me hope for [Read On]

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List Of Free Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

Traveling to Chicago this summer? It’s possible to make the trip on a budget! Here is a list of FREE things to do in the city and the suburbs. 1) Walk around Navy Pier. Don’t miss the stained glass display! 2) Take a picture in front of “The Bean” 3) Enjoy the weekly fireworks display [Read On]

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25 Fun Summer Writing Activities For Kids

In planning our summer, one thing that I’m making sure to do is building in time for math, reading and writing exercises for my kids amongst our travel, summer camp and family activities. Since summer is all about having fun I wanted to find things my kids could do that wouldn’t seem like schoolwork but [Read On]

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March of Dimes Dad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post , but all thoughts are my own. I am a brother. I am a son. At work I am a manager. When I have time I am a soccer player. We all have many roles in our daily life. My favorite role above all is being a father. I [Read On]

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Everything We Need For An Active Summer

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Summertime is a very busy time [Read On]

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Bath-Time Fun On A Budget

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Save-A-Lot. This could include Save-A-Lot providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. It is nearly summer here and all my boys have been talking about lately has been going outside to play. Playing outside for boys means all kinds of sports [Read On]

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Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Jake learned to read this year and just recently has started reading for the fun of it, as opposed to reading because he has to. This has made my heart so happy. I want to do everything I can to encourage the boys to read over the summer so I will be signing them up [Read On]

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2015 Summer Bucket List (And Tips To Get The Most Out Of Summer)

I am so excited to share this year’s summer bucket list with you all! I have a general bucket list for kids and also am sharing some of my favorite Chicago area bucket list ideas as well. Before I share those though, I wanted to share some of my tips for getting the most out [Read On]

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Powering Up For The New Marvel Avengers Movie (Giveaway)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Meijer. When you are a parent there are countless movies you end up watching with your kids. One movie that both my kids and I absolutely love and watch over and over is MARVELS AVENGERS. Full of action and adventure and funny lines, it is a memorable family movie. [Read On]

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Mango Baked Beans Recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The National Mango Board. The easiest way to break out of a routine is to try something new. That is especially true for food. I enjoy trying new foods and introducing my boys to them. One fruit I recently introduced to my children were mangoes. In order to learn [Read On]

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Stock Up and Save At Walmart (Gift Card Giveaway)

Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. It is finally spring! For my family this means we are spending more time outdoors. The kids have sports and activities so we are constantly on the go and that means I have less time to run my typical errands, like going to [Read On]

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Pasta Carbonara and Tuna Cake Recipes

This post was sponsored by KRAFT and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use. Dining out at a nice restaurant can be one of the best experiences a family has together but, during the school year and [Read On]

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Wisconsin Getaway

Disclosure: I am receiving a free stay at the resort in exchange for a post. We’ve started planning our spring and summer trips and I’m so excited to visit some new places! Along with a couple longer trips we try to take smaller road trips that are just a day or two long because with [Read On]

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New Spring Books

My favorite books to read are books that are themed for special holidays or seasons. I like them because I think they put into words what children are feeling at a certain time of the year. Harper Collins Publishers sent me a bunch of books and I wanted to share my favorite ones that are [Read On]

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The Dovekeepers On CBS

This is a sponsored post. If you love history you will want to tune in to CBS tonight and tomorrow! THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The series stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the [Read On]

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Raising Kids To Thrive {New Parenting Book}

This review is sponsored but thoughts are my own. There is a saying that children don’t come with manuals. That is so true! Have you ever come across a parenting challenge and struggled to solve it yourself? I have had a few of those instances and am only six years in to my parenting journey [Read On]

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Baby’s First Easter (Babies”R”Us Events Nationwide)

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The biggest joy a parent gets is seeing their child’s firsts. No matter if it is their favorite holiday or baby’s first steps. those are the most precious memories. With spring underway all thoughts turn to Easter and a Baby’s first Easter is a [Read On]

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ROBOTS-4-U And Art & Design Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Planning your summer fun? I have two new camps to share with you today that are all about S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)! The first camp is ROBOTS-4-U - where fun, thinking and learning comes to life!  Campers will be learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent [Read On]