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7 DIY Valentines With Printables

Valentine’s Day is about a week away so I wanted to share 7 DIY valentines that you can put together last minute. These are perfect for your kids to take to school because all of these are candy-free and have printables you can easily print out! SILLY GLASSES Print the greetings onto card stock; cut out. [Read On]

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BabyGap Mr Men Little Miss Events This Weekend

I am so excited to share that I am working with Milk & Bookies and Gap to help celebrate the launch of BabyGap’s Mr. Men Little Miss clothing line collection! I will be at the Chicago event at Water Tower Place this Saturday morning as the guest reader at their special event. BabyGap is collaborating [Read On]

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A Chevy Full Of Love

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The past few months have been difficult for me. It started around Thanksgiving when I lost a family member and also developed a severe illness that attacked the tissues of my body causing inflammation and excruciating pain. For weeks it hurt to stand, sit and walk. I struggled with [Read On]

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Safer Car Rides

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Our family loves road trips, whether it’s to visit family or to discover a new town. In the summer we love to drive with the windows down to enjoy the warm breeze on our way to the beach. In the Fall we enjoy driving through the nearby forest preserves [Read On]

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What I Learned About My Kids While Away From My Kids

The summer of 2015 flew by too quickly for me. Most people say the older one gets, the faster the time goes by. I find that to be true now that I am a parent more than ever before. The summer of 2015 was going to be a great summer for me and my boys. [Read On]

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More Time To Make Memories

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) Food is a big part of the holidays and usually what I’m still needing to shop for the couple days before Christmas. Creating delicious meals and party favorites brings joy to many but unfortunately, shopping and preparing foods during the holidays can get hectic and add more stress to [Read On]

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Holiday Looks From The Children’s Place

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) I love the Holiday season! I enjoy decorating the house, baking Christmas cookies, giving gifts and all the extra time spent with family. The holidays are also a time to get dressed up, whether it’s for Church on Christmas Eve, pictures with cousins, or Holiday parties. One of my [Read On]

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Two Gift Ideas For Creative Kids

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. With the holidays here my mind has been on Christmas shopping. Each of my kids has a list of things that they hope to get. From video games to building sets to puzzles, everything they see in the commercials seems to end up on their lists. Most of their [Read On]

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50 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

The Christmas season is here! All of the crazy Black Friday videos online made me realize today would be a great day to share my list of ways to give back during the holiday season. It’s important to remember this is a season of giving more than it is a season of getting. My family’s [Read On]

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Fresh Seafood Anytime

Seafood meals are my favorite. Something about seafood reminds me of home and summers spent on the Adriatic Sea riviera. Fish and seafood always sounds great for lunch or dinner. I love going out to seafood restaurants but since I have a busy schedule that’s very rare and only reserved for special occasions. Recently I [Read On]

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An Easy Way To Support Great Causes In Chicago

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love sharing about easy ways to support worthy causes so I’m excited to share about the new way that you can help support the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). EFGC is particularly close to my heart [Read On]

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Feeling At Home With Endless Shrimp

As a boy I loved going to the fish market. Looking at all the varieties of fish and thinking of the great ways to prepare it was almost more fun than eating the fish. No matter what the occasion, shrimp has always been a food I could not turn down. As I have my own [Read On]

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My Gourmet Inclusive Nickelodeon Getaway In Mexico {AKA That Time I Got Slimed}

I am thankful to have had the chance to be invited on a press trip to Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. If your family is looking for your next vacation spot, read on below for all the slime-tastic fun that you can experience in a beautiful all-inclusive resort. ABOUT THE RESORT Azul Beach [Read On]

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Red Robin’s Burgers For Better Schools Program {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin but all thoughts are my own.) As a member of the PTA at my boy’s school, I know that raising funds for schools is a lot of work. It seems that our school is constantly doing [Read On]

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The Power Of Unlimited Data

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MoveForward #SprintMom Or really- #SprintDad I am someone who uses over 30 gigs of data monthly. There is almost nothing I do not [Read On]

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Fun Fall Activities Across The US, UK And Canada

The weather is getting colder, leaves are starting to change colors and my boys are talking about Halloween costumes so it must be Fall! I’m looking forward to going apple picking this weekend and we have plans to go to the pumpkin patch, too. Fall is such a fun season. Our Social Fabric community of [Read On]

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Fueling Up On Game Day

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) We made it through another busy football Sunday. We raced out the door this morning at eight, went through the drive thu for some caffeine, and got Jake to his pre-game practice just on time. By the time the game was starting Lucas [Read On]

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Getting Ready For Game Day

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Sundays during the Fall for our family mean one thing- FOOTBALL SEASON! Not only do we love to watch it but my children both play on youth football teams. We love our busy schedule but some days Sundays can get a bit hectic [Read On]

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Get Paid To Participate In Focus Groups Or Test Products

The following is a sponsored post from Focus Pointe Global that I’m sharing in hopes that it can help someone For moms, it can be tough to make extra money and, as expenses pile up, opportunities can be really hard to come by. One way to earn extra money is by registering to participate in [Read On]

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Finding Relaxation In The Chicago Suburbs

(Disclosure: I received a free stay and spa service but all thoughts are my own.) Now that school is back in full swing I find myself wishing I had a break from the craziness to relax and take time for myself. While I don’t have time for a vacation right now I definitely think that [Read On]

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The Importance Of Using Sunscreen Year Round

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) In the heat of summer we all know to use sunscreen all the time but as the summer draws to an end, and even through the Fall, most people stop using sun protection. UV rays are just as harmful in the Fall and [Read On]

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Help Me End “Mommy Wars”

I’m proud to be working with Similac on a sponsored campaign to help end “mommy wars”. This week I’m sharing about a time I felt judged by another mom because of a parenting choice I make. Hope you’ll watch the video below and be able to relate! In the video above I share that another [Read On]

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Five Signs A Loved One May Be Considering Suicide

Did you know that in the United States, one person dies from suicide approximately every 13 minutes, resulting in 40,000 deaths each year? Today is World Suicide Prevention Day so I wanted to share some information from NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health care provider. Often, those who commit suicide feel hopeless, as if [Read On]

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Adding Variety To The Lunchbox (Gift Card Giveaway)

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Back to school is a special time of year for our family. The boys love making new friends and all of the activities the school year brings. They especially love two times of the school day: recess and lunch. We spent weeks preparing [Read On]

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Sandwiches Are Cool Again (Gift Card Giveaway)

(Disclosure: Nature’s Harvest® provided me with a gift card and coupons for ingredients so that I could share my thoughts and information about Nature’s Harvest® bread.) Back to school presents certain challenges. For me, one of the biggest challenges is making the kids school lunches in ways they are always eaten and never boring. Kids [Read On]

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Let’s Stop Judging Each Other

(Disclosure: I am partnering with Similac on their “Sisterhood of Motherhood” #SisterhoodUnite campaign but all thoughts are my own.) Seven years ago this past June I became a mom for the first time. I was excited, overwhelmed, in love, tired and nervous all at the same time. Since I only knew one other local mom my age I dove [Read On]

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Illinois Residents: Reclaim Your Money

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored but all thoughts are my own.) Have you ever found money in a pocket of your coat, or the bottom of your purse, that you had forgotten was there? Isn’t that a great feeling? Now imagine for a minute that it was $10, $100 or even $1,000! Wouldn’t that be [Read On]

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This Weekend I Broke Lots Of My “Mom Rules”

I’m proud to announce that I am partnering with Similac in their “Sisterhood of Motherhood” #UniteMonday campaign. I love that this campaign aims to unite moms and am happy to share my stories in hopes that you all will share yours, too because we are all alike more than we are different! So this weekend [Read On]

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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]