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Watch ‘Growing Up McGhee’ Tonight On UPtv

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I have two boys and I often feel like my hands are full with just a couple kids. Then I heard about a family with sextuplets who had a television show and I knew I had to tune in because that mom must [Read On]

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Summer Day Date Idea: Recreate Memories On A Local Road Trip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheLyrics #CollectiveBias Back before we had kids, Sinisa and I went on a lot of dates. A lack of money kept us from doing anything too expensive so we’d do things like walk around downtown, go star gazing, [Read On]

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How You Can Help Teachers {And Win A Chance To Meet Katy Perry}

I’m proud to be partnering with Staples this back-to-school season to share about some great things they are doing in the community. Did you know that most teachers spend their own money to equip their classrooms? The Education Market Association estimates that they spend more than $400 per year buying things they need. Staples wanted [Read On]

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Get Race Day Ready With Advil And A Fun Racetrack Craft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias On my travels recently I have had a lot of car related fun, including getting an up close look at rare corvettes and going to my first car race. Through these trips I’ve discovered the heart pounding [Read On]

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Baby Monitors Aren’t Just For Babies

This blog post is brought to you by VTech and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. For most new moms a baby monitor is a must have item. I remember setting mine on the nightstand next to me while I slept so I could hear my boys when they woke in the middle of [Read On]

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A Parent’s Fight For Special Education Services

There are many things in life that I take for granted and, before becoming a mom, I assumed that public education for my children would be one of them. I was wrong. My children go to public school but I no longer take their education for granted and that’s because I’ve had to go through [Read On]

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Best Places To Eat In Springfield, Missouri

My family had a great time visiting Springfield, Missouri last month. I’ve shared about where we stayed and the best things to do with your kids while you are there and today I wanted to share about the places to eat at. Below are six of our favorites that we went to while we were [Read On]

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10 Sports Essentials For Parents

Throughout ten months of the year most of my evenings and weekends are spent cheering on my kids at their various sports- from the baseball diamond to the football stands to the soccer fields to the basketball court, and even at karate, swimming and gymnastics. If there’s one thing I have learned as a sports [Read On]

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Easy Dinner Solution & Kid’s Placemat Craft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FindingDelicious #CollectiveBias Dinner time is usually rushed during the busy sports seasons of spring and fall so I need to find delicious options that are quick and easy to make. Soup is something both of my boys will eat [Read On]

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The LuLaRoe Obsession {Giveaway!}

Disclosure: I received a couple LuLaRoe pieces in return for posting. I live in comfy pants so when I heard about LuLaRoe I was intrigued. Leggings that are comfortable but also stylish and fun? That is this girl’s dream! They get bonus points for being versatile because you can pair them with everything from tshirts to [Read On]

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Best Places To Eat In Dubuque, Iowa

I love finding unique places to eat while I travel, whether it’s a mom & pop restaurant or a place with a great view. Recently I was in Dubuque, Iowa and I wanted to share five places I enjoyed eating at and would recommend for visitors to try. Some of these restaurants offered us a [Read On]

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Last Minute Gift Idea For The Techie Dad

Do you have a dad or husband who has to have the best and newest tech available? If so, you are going to want to read this post to learn about this Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle special. Thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post. Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived. Dad can [Read On]

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Blueberry Chicken Salad Recipe

I was challenged by Nature’s Harvest bread to come up with a Finding Dory themed sandwich recipe to share with my readers in this sponsored post. Disney – Pixar’s “Finding Dory” is almost out in theaters! Are your kids as excited as mine? I wanted to add a little Dory fun into our typical chicken [Read On]

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10 Things For Families To Do In Springfield, Missouri

If you are looking for a family friendly town that also has some history, you’ll want to visit Springfield, Missouri. I recently went there with my mom and kids on a sponsored press trip and found it was the perfect mix of learning and fun. Here are some of the things our family enjoyed doing [Read On]

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5 Gift Ideas For Dads

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are still looking for a gift for the dads in your life, don’t worry. I have you covered! Here are 5 gifts that I think any dad would love. Thanks to the companies featured in this post for sending me samples so I can make Sinisa’s Father’s [Read On]

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How Toys”R”Us Helps Children Celebrate Their Birthdays

Both of my boys have June birthdays so I’m very excited to be working with Toys”R”Us to share about the changes coming to their Birthday Club this month, just in time for summer celebrations. The boys had their birthday party at the beginning of the month and the first thing they wanted to do with [Read On]

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Fun Activity To Help Kids Learn The Alphabet

Children spend years developing the skills they need to start reading, from learning to identify the letters of the alphabet and learning what sounds the letters make to memorizing sight words and being able to string letters together to make words. One thing that will help children on their journey to reading is memorizing the [Read On]

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Waterfront Views At Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark In Dubuque

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay but all opinions are my own. Every time I wake up in a hotel room with a waterfront view I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I recently stayed at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark in Dubuque, Iowa and loved waking up to the [Read On]

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Where To Find Actually Free Apps {With No In-App Charges!}

The other day I opened up the credit card bill to find charges from an app. Turns out Jacob asked Sinisa if he could get some “gems” for a dragon game and Sinisa said yes, thinking it was just a one time charge and not realizing that it was something that Jacob had to keep [Read On]

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Brunch At Grand Lux Cafe In Downtown Chicago

When we aren’t at an early morning game there is nothing I love more than enjoying a good breakfast (well, okay, maybe sleeping in is more enjoyable but that doesn’t happen anymore with kids so a delicious breakfast- that I don’t have to clean up- is the next best thing). A couple weekends ago we [Read On]

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Family Guide To Visiting Bowling Green, Kentucky

I recently had the chance to visit Bowling Green, Kentucky as a guest of the CVB and it was very different from what I was expecting. Instead of a small farming community I found a town very similar to my own Chicago suburb that had plenty of things to do for the whole family. Bowling [Read On]

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How to Be a Benevolent Role Model: Raising Generous Kids Through Example

Disclosure: The following is a guest post. Kind, compassionate, caring, charitable ― there are qualities every parent wants to see in his or her kid. However, most kids won’t naturally develop these altruistic traits without help from parents and guardians to develop charity. Many experts ― let alone parents ― are divided when it comes [Read On]

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18 Summer STEM Activities Suggested By K-12 Teachers

My boys have only been out of school since Thursday and I already feel like it’s going to be a long summer. I’m so excited to share 15 STEM activities that were suggested by a handful of K-12 teachers. These fun activities will keep kids busy this summer and keep kids learning at the same [Read On]

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Teach Kids Healthy Skin Care Habits This Summer

As a mom I have learned that my children are watching and listening, even when I don’t think they are. They are listening to conversations I have with other adults, they are watching how I treat people when we are out and about and they are watching the things that I do. They are not [Read On]

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‘I Need Vitamin Sea’ Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CentrumFunFlavors #CollectiveBias Life is typically very busy but I find that things can get really chaotic during the spring and summer seasons when I’m traveling a few times a month. This past month was no exception- I traveled to Missouri, [Read On]

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Swim Lessons At British Swim School

Did you know that the number one cause of death for children five years old and younger is drowning? Children with Autism are even more likely to drown, a chilling fact that I’m well aware of as a mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum. I’ve done everything I can to protect my kids [Read On]

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Memorial Day Party Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipintoMeze #CollectiveBias This coming Monday is Memorial Day. It’s both a day to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country and the unofficial start of Summer for many. I couldn’t be more excited to start my favorite season [Read On]

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The Historic Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven Motel

A few weeks ago I visited Springfield, Missouri with my mom and children. Visiting as a guest of the CVB, we received a complimentary stay at the historic Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven Motel. According to their website, the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven motel features eight original sandstone cottages that were built [Read On]

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10 Road Trip Preparation Tips For Parents

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DotComDIY #CollectiveBias My family loves going on road trips. We do a lot of travel around the Midwest but we also drive the car for other vacations as well and have traveled as far as Miami and New York City [Read On]

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Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour

One of our favorite restaurants to eat at in the Summer is the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. I love the outdoor patio and the atmosphere of the restaurant and so does my family! I worked with them a couple years ago to share about a new kid’s program they had and I’m happy to [Read On]