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10 Things New Parents Learn

I always knew I would be a dad someday. The plan was I would amass a great amount of wisdom and coolness first in order to be ready. Honestly nothing really prepares anyone for parenthood completely. I personally read books and asked around and truth be told when my first son was born I had [Read On]

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Summer Technology Camps For Kids And Teens

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world. Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry [Read On]

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Staying Confident With Listerine

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. For the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about personal health and wellness, especially oral health. It is completely true that great oral health leads to great health for the whole body and most importantly the heart. Brushing is easy, but when you just brush once [Read On]

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Two Websites Moms Can Use To Make Hundreds Online

Whether you are looking to make a full time income, or just want to make enough to have some fun money, the internet has a lot to offer. The majority of our family’s income comes from the online work we do specifically related to blogging and social media but since I realize that blogging isn’t [Read On]

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Trying A New Bedtime Routine

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. One of the toughest struggles a parent has is getting their kids to brush their teeth before bed. It takes time and discipline and yes tears are shed. My two boys are the most stubborn kids and I am always looking for ways to get them to develop better [Read On]

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Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. Getting started on a meal menu plan is not an easy task. When planning meals for the whole family there are so many things to consider especially when you have little kids. As much as I [Read On]

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My New Menu Board

Whenever I walk into Target I am drawn to the dollar spot. There are always cute things for the kids (and for me too). This week when I went to Target I discovered they had a number of Spring items out along with some things for the home. I found a cute chalkboard for $3 [Read On]

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70+ St. Patrick’s Day Ideas {Crafts, Activities, Recipes, Decor And More!}

Over the years I have posted a number of St. Patrick’s Day crafts, activities, recipes, gifts, decor and more to celebrate the holiday. Some have been my own ideas and some were found during my hours of searching the web. I wanted to share them all in one place and I will continue to update [Read On]

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Improving Breakfast With BelVita

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As the rooster crows, my two very hyper kids wake up (they probably woke up the rooster) and its time for breakfast. Let me tell you- breakfast is the most important meal of the day for us. It sets the mood and the tone for the day to come. [Read On]

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Free Kid’s Clubs For Chicago Sports Fans

Have a child who loves sports? I’ve rounded up all of the FREE kid’s clubs for Chicago teams. Most of these teams also have kid’s clubs with membership fees that offer more options. Know of another free one? Leave it in the comments below! Chicago Bears: http://www.chicagobears.com/kid-zone/kids-club.html Membership card Welcome letter and Staley autograph card Periodic [Read On]

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Menu Planning With The MyMixx App

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. These days life is too hectic. Making time for family dinners is very important, and making great tasting healthy meals is simplified with Jewel’s MyMixx. During Lent I want my boys age 6 and 5 to [Read On]

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How To Host A Playdate That Includes Children With Autism

What if your son comes home from school wanting to invite a new friend with autism over for a play date? Perhaps there is a new little girl with Asperger’s in your daughter’s class who could use a friend? For parents of non-autistic children, the idea of having a child on the autism spectrum over for a play [Read On]

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Dads Love Minivans Too

A big part of becoming a Dad for me was accepting ideas that were not my own to be successful at raising kids and leading a great family. One big rule I always stuck to though was “happy wife, happy life”. A big challenge to that rule came with a decision to buy a minivan. [Read On]

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Time To Start Thinking About Summer Camps

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. There is still snow on the ground but I’m already starting to plan for Spring and Summer. I just signed Jake up for baseball and soccer and tomorrow I go to register both boys for summer camp. Since moving recently, I have been looking [Read On]

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Discovering New Recipes With MyMixx And Jewel

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. I enjoy cooking and creating tasty memories but during the busy times, between working all day and kids activities, all the magic disappears. Home cooked meals are very important to me because they are the strong [Read On]

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10 Valentine’s Day Desserts

A few years ago I shared a post of 10 delicious Valentine’s Day treats and it’s one of my most read posts ever. I thought it was time to share another post with ten more of my favorites since the last one was so popular. Enjoy! Valentine’s Day Cookies from Family Fresh Meals Valentine’s Day [Read On]

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Getting Excited About Oral Care With Listerine

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® products and a gfit card from The Motherhood as part of my participation in the 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Confidence makes the world go round. The simplest way to have a great deal of confidence for me is to have great oral [Read On]

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7 Tips For Introducing Kids To The Joys Of Cooking

Between school, sports, and other extracurricular activities, it can be hard for parents to find quality time to spend with their kids. One of Sinisa’s favorite ways to bond with the boys is by inviting them to help out in the kitchen. It can be a fun and educational experience. Having grown up in the [Read On]

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Jewel-Osco’s New Savings App: MyMixx

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. I am a full time working parent and always short on time to do my grocery shopping. Recently I have discovered a brand new mobile app by Jewel- Osco called MyMixx that will revolutionize my shopping [Read On]

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Free Chicago Museum Days This Month {February 2015}

One of my favorite things to do when I head to the city is visit the many fabulous museums we have. Every month some of the museums have free days but this month, two of the best are free for the whole month of February. It’s the perfect thing to do on a cold day [Read On]

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Art Exhibit Encourages Parents To Talk About Tough Topics

As a mom of young kids, the hardest topics I have to talk to my children about these days are sharing, being kind to others and taking turns. In a few years though, I know I will have to tackle tougher topics like drinking, drugs, and physical intimacy. I’m actually very nervous about those talks [Read On]

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Date Night Ideas {One For Every Week Of The Year}

One of my goals for 2015 is to go on a date with Sinisa once a month. Since our {rare} date nights normally consist of dinner and a movie I thought it was time to do a little brainstorming and come up with some unique date ideas so we had a little variety. Of course [Read On]

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Making Time For Mommy…And Daddy, Too!!

Happy Thursday everyone! I have some really exciting news to share today. Since 2008 I have been running this blog all on my own but as of this week I’m going to have some help… “Daddy” will be joining me! Sinisa will be working at a location that is much closer to our home so [Read On]

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Easy Pantry Organization

I was so excited to move into a home with an actual pantry. In our old home we only had a cabinet and it was so hard to find anything in it because of it’s size and location in our laundry room. Our new pantry is just a closet but it has space galore compared [Read On]

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Chocolate Lovebug Cupcakes {Recipe}

Valentine’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with these adorable Chocolate ‘Lovebug’ Cupcakes! Enjoy! active 15 min  total 25 min (plus decorating) makes 24 mini cupcakes cost per cupcake 27¢ Ingredients: Mini paper liners ⅔ cup granulated sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa (not Dutch-processed) 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp [Read On]

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Pizza Making And Fun At Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

(Disclosure: My family and I received accommodations courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago but all thoughts are my own.) What’s more fun than eating pizza? Making it! My boys stepped into the kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago during our recent stay there and had a lot of fun creating their very own [Read On]

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10 Things I’m Loving This Month

It’s mid-January which means I have been enjoying a couple weeks of quiet time at home like I do every year between the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the crazy Spring sports schedule. Though I love being busy and keeping my kid’s active with sports and activities, I really crave this time each year [Read On]

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Escape The Cold At Wilderness Resort {Wisconsin Dells}

My family and I received a complimentary stay at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells but thoughts are my own. During the winter, on frigid Chicago days, we like to escape to the indoor water parks of Wisconsin Dells. We recently visited the Wilderness Resort to explore all the new indoor fun they had from [Read On]

10 Heart Shaped Crafts

10 Heart Shaped Crafts

With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought a roundup of heart shaped crafts would be fun to share. Not only do they make beautiful things to keep for years, they can be used to make your home festive during the February holiday. The first one I wanted to share is one Lucas made in school [Read On]

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Vacation With A Purpose At Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

(Disclosure: Best Friends invited me on an all expenses paid press trip to experience the sanctuary first hand but all thoughts about the sanctuary and charity are my own.) Recently I went on an amazing trip to Utah. It was my first time in the state and I was there for a very special reason- [Read On]