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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]

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Practical Tips To Protect Your Car This Winter {Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I am working with the International Carwash Association and was compensated to share these tips.) Americans’ love affair with their cars is well documented, along with the dollars they spend each year to keep them running.  This is particularly evident in the winter time when the harsh elements can challenge even the most conscientious [Read On]

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What Matters Most During The Holidays

I have received information about the TYLENOL® For What Matters Most™ campaign from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. The best part about the holidays is all the quality family time and traditions it brings. I can still remember [Read On]

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Last-Minute Gift Idea: Sponsor A Homeless Pet

Did you check your list twice and realize you’re not done shopping? Don’t dash out to brave the crowds just yet: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has the perfect holiday gift. Sponsor a homeless pet! When you make a sponsorship gift, your loved ones receive an e-card with a photo and story about the animal you chose [Read On]

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10 New Cookie Recipes To Try

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is bake cookies with my family. I tend to make the same cookies year after year but [Read On]

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A Holiday Meal For Under $25

#spon: I’m one of the #SaveALotInsiders and am 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. Holiday dinners are some of the best meals of the year. They can also be some of the priciest. In an effort to save [Read On]

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My Festive Kitchen {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

Target is my favorite store so I’m excited to be working with them on this sponsored holiday post and giveaway. I can never seem to get out of Target without a cart full of goodies, so when I saw the holiday kitchen and entertaining aisles I knew I was in trouble. This is our first [Read On]

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Crayola Gift Ideas For Your Little Artist

Lucas loves anything to do with crafting, coloring or art so it’s a given that we have a huge variety of Crayola products at our home. From coloring supplies to tools to the easel in our living room, Crayola is the brand we trust to bring us quality and fun. The boys were really happy [Read On]

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The Christmas Pickle Tradition

(Disclosure: We received a gift set in exchange for writing this post but all thoughts are my own.) The Christmas Pickle Tradition is a wonderful holiday story that reminds us all about the true spirit of Christmas.  Follow the journey of Pickle Elf as he learns the magic of giving, and inspires Santa to begin [Read On]

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Holiday Bouquets From Teleflora And The Cake Boss

(Disclosure: I received a bouquet from Teleflora but all thoughts are my own.) Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, teamed up with the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to create a brand new line up of holiday bouquets perfect for decorating, gifting and entertaining. Buddy’s floral collection features three new bouquets that capture the authenticity [Read On]

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Surprise Your Family With The Ultimate Gift

Sometimes blogging offers such amazing opportunities for my family and I was lucky to be able to treat my boys to the best gift ever this summer- a fabulous Springfree trampoline courtesy of the company. Their faces when they saw it were priceless. They were so excited and I loved being able to give them [Read On]

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Winter Outdoor Fun Bucket List

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. This is such a busy time of year. Between buying gifts, attending holiday parties, and traveling to visit out-of-town family members, making time to stay active is easily forgotten. A few [Read On]

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Great Gift Ideas From Family Christian {Giveaway}

Still have some names to check off your shopping list? I’m happy to be working with Family Christian to share some of the amazing gifts you can find in their stores and online. Music- From Holiday CDs to the WOW series full of top hits to Casting Crowns, Family Christian has some great uplifting music. [Read On]

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New STEM Toy: brackitz

(Disclosure: My family received this toy for review but thoughts are my own.) When I taught preschool, almost every child loved playing in the block area. Each day they used wooden blocks to create towers, houses, roads and lots of other creative things. The one downfall to plain blocks though was that you could only [Read On]

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas: PEEPS {Now Minion Approved!}

Some of you may remember how I worked with PEEPS® last year and created a recipe for Chocolate Candy Cane Cake Pops with the PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks for their 24 Days of Peepsonality Advent Calendar. I had so much fun and am excited to be working with them again this year! This year PEEPS® has teamed [Read On]

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Finding Energy Without Caffeine

Thanks to Meijer for sponsoring this “healthy me” conversation. I am not a medical professional and nothing written in this post should be taken as medical advice. A few months ago I cut down my espresso filled drink intake from one to two Venti sized drinks a day to only one or two a week. [Read On]

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Give The Gift Of Hope To Families In Need This Holiday Season

For many, the holiday season is a time filled with festivity and fun. For the more than 800 million people in the world that go to bed hungry every night, however, this time of year isn’t filled with the joy that it should be. Together we can change that by giving a gift that can [Read On]

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Delicious Selections For Christmas Dinner

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) For many families, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without ham. In my family this hasn’t always been the case. See, I actually used to believe that I didn’t like ham because I had grown up eating salty ham. Enter HoneyBaked ham with their sweet, crunchy outsides and I discovered [Read On]

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Roaming Reindeer: Our New Christmas Tradition

(Disclosure: We received a copy of the book for review but thoughts are my own.) My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the extra family time and gift giving but one thing that really sets this holiday apart is all of the traditions that go along with it. From baking cookies to watching holiday movies [Read On]

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Baking Christmas Cookies With Betty Crocker {Prize Pack Giveaway}

Thanks to Betty Crocker for sponsoring this post and giveaway. One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. I still remember all the fun I had in the kitchen when I was growing up and love reminiscing as I bake cookies with my own boys. When I was younger my favorite cookies to [Read On]