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Build An Adventure With The Boy Scouts Of America

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) When I was growing up, my mom was a boy scout leader for my brother’s den and I helped with child care and watched the siblings of the scouts. Scouting was always something I wanted to put Jacob and Lucas in so, sure [Read On]

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How To Use Swap.com To Sell Clothes Your Children Have Outgrown

I’ve tried many things over the years to get rid of the clothes my children have outgrown, all of which have taken a lot of time or made me no money. Countless hours were spent tagging items for group sales and then spent lugging the items to the sale. Selling on ebay, craigslist and Facebook [Read On]

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Love Is Greater Than Hate

Weeks ago a story emerged in the news that caught the attention of many people, myself included. It was the tale of an ALS Ice Bucket challenge gone wrong. In Bay Village, Ohio three teens challenged one of their fellow students, a fourteen-year-old boy with Autism to take the ALS Ice bucket challenge. But instead of [Read On]

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Enter The Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.) Ever have songs that come on the radio and you just can’t help but sing along with them? That’s how we were with Frozen’s “Let It Go” song. When [Read On]

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Crayola Fun During Football Season {Giveaway}

Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring this post and giveaway. It’s football season which means lots of fun family get-togethers. I love watching football but if you have kids who aren’t huge fans, I have a great idea to keep them busy! Make a fun craft bucket and give them the chance to let their imaginations [Read On]

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Gurnee Mills: Great Deals & Fun For Everyone {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card from Gurnee Mills but all thoughts are my own.) A couple weekends ago the boys and I headed to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall to do some shopping. What I love about Gurnee Mills is the great selection of stores with many of them having deep discounts on items. Being [Read On]

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Tailgating With McDonald’s

(Disclosure: My tailgating party was sponsored by McDonald’s, an official sponsor of the NFL.) I am so happy that football is back! There is little I enjoy more than spending time with family while watching the Bears (and now my oldest son!) play. It’s a Fall ritual! Last weekend both my son and my nephew [Read On]

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Twitter Party Alert: #Manwich #NoPhoneZone 9/18 7pm CST

(Disclosure: I’m being compensated to co-host this Twitter party but thoughts are my own.) I’m excited to be co-hosting the #Manwich #NoPhoneZone Twitter party promoting phone-free family time around the dinner table. The party is this Thursday, September 19th, at 7pm CST and is hosted by Johanna of Momma Cuisine, along with co-hosts Lisa, Tara, [Read On]

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What’s Your Morning Win?

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Some mornings I get so much accomplished, while others I’m just lucky to get the kids ready for the school bus in time. Ever have those days? Of course you all do! This week, join me in celebrating the small wins and tweet [Read On]

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How Do You Share Awesome?

Lucas announced last week that he wanted a computer so he could be a blogger. He’s five years old. While I laughed at his request originally, this subject of blogging has been brought up a handful of times since he first told me. Our Christmas budget doesn’t include buying a new computer, nor do I [Read On]

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Don’t Forget The Eye Exams

(Thanks to VSP Vision Care for sponsoring today’s conversation.) The kids are all back in school! Whew! We made it mommas! We got the new school clothes, loaded the backpacks with school supplies, visited the Doctor for the physical, took those first day of school pictures…everything is done right? If you are like me you [Read On]

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New School Year For Kids Means New Beauty Regimen For Mom

The new school year always brings as much promise for me as the New Year does. It’s a time to start new traditions and new routines. While that means new classes and activities for the boys, it means a new beauty regimen for me this year. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring this post [Read On]

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Walking Around Chicago {$50 Aerosoles Gift Card Giveaway}

Sinisa and I got to go on a date this past weekend which was so nice because quality one-on-one time is so rare. AEROSOLES sent me a pair of shoes and gave me some spending money to go out so we headed to Chicago to enjoy the warm, sunny weather before Chicago turns into “Chiberia” [Read On]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]