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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]

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Some Words Of Advice: Tackling Three Concerns Parents Have For Teens

The following is a guest post courtesy of Mercury Insurance. Keeping our kids healthy, safe and thriving is a top priority for parents in today’s fast-paced world. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the risks out there for our children, and we can’t be with them every moment of every [Read On]

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Purse Organization Tips For Busy Moms

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBias As a mom my purse is many things. It’s a bag for all of my important things like my money and my smartphone. It’s a place for everything my kids hand me that they don’t want [Read On]

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PURRfect Cat Food Storage And Feeding Schedule

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NutrishCatCrafts #CollectiveBias Last Summer I unexpectedly became a fur mommy when we adopted two kittens. I had been wanting to get a cat for a while but hadn’t had the chance to find one so when a friend posted [Read On]

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Flipp Is Celebrating Moms All Month Long {Gift Card Giveaway}

Thanks to Flipp for sponsoring this post and giveaway. Last Sunday may have been Mother’s Day but Flipp is celebrating moms all month long! Flipp is a free location-based app that brings the most circulars right to your mobile device, delivering all the latest sales from your favorite stores right to your pocket. With Flipp’s in-app [Read On]

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Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

The following is a guest post by Katie Pitts, M.S. CCC-SLP, CSSC, a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. I met Katie when I was at the Baby & Beyond conference a couple weeks ago and she had some great tips for getting Lucas to sleep easily so I invited her to share here on the blog. [Read On]

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The Ultimate Summer Guide For Families

Summer is my favorite time of year and I’ve written a lot of posts about how to squeeze every last bit of enjoyment out of the season. I figured I’d gather them all up in one place, and then continue to add to the list all year long, for the ultimate Summer guide that will [Read On]

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50 Ways Moms Can Enjoy “Me” Time

With Mother’s Day coming up I hope many of you will have a day of rest and relaxation. One day is not enough time to have to yourself so I wanted to encourage all of you to make time for yourself daily and encourage your friends to do the same. Whether it’s something small you [Read On]

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How To Have A FISHtastic Family Fun Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #FishAndFlicks #CollectiveBias I shared recently how much I love Friday nights because it is our family fun night where we play games and cuddle while watching a movie. For this family fun night we [Read On]

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Baby Shower Memories {Giveaway}

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. Some parts of my pregnancies I’d like to forget- like the morning sickness, food aversions and puffy feet. Other things though, I remember fondly, like my baby shower that was thrown [Read On]

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Gifts For Kids That Give Back

I love purchasing products that give back to charity and throughout the years some of my favorite items have been part of Kohl’s Cares® collections. I’m happy to be working with them to share about their newest collection that is here just in time for Summer. Kohl’s Cares® donates 100 percent of the net profits of [Read On]

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Kids Can Learn And Discover With Tumble Leaf

Thanks to KidzVuz for introducing us to this show and sponsoring this post to help encourage lifelong creative learning. This Friday, May 6th, new episodes from the second season of the Amazon Original Series, Tumble Leaf will be available for Prime members on Amazon Prime Video. Though we have had Amazon Prime for a while, we just recently [Read On]

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The Importance Of Everyday Moments With Our Children

I am happy to be working with the Bezos Foundation to support their Vroom initiative which was developed based on the premise that every child is born with enormous potential, and every parent can help them realize that potential. I recently spoke at a parenting event and shared about the importance of moms cherishing the [Read On]

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The KIDZ BOP Concert Is Coming To Chicago {Giveaway}

Thanks to Live Nation Chicago for sponsoring this post and giveaway for my readers. The boys are both huge fans of KIDZ BOP and are really excited that their ‘The Life Of The Party Tour’ concert is coming to the Chicago area this Summer. They have never been to a concert other than when they [Read On]

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Encourage Your Child’s Creativity This Summer

I’m proud to share that I have a little budding inventor! Jacob had announced a while ago that he wanted to create video games when he grows up (along with playing professional football) but recently he has also shown an interest in becoming an inventor. Last week we were sitting in the drop off line [Read On]

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10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up and with it families are trying to think of gifts they can give mom on this special holiday. I recently shared some gift ideas but some of my favorite gifts to receive can’t be found in stores. Instead, they are things that are personalized and made with love from my [Read On]

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Three Dream Places We’d Consider Moving To

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I was recently asked where I’d move if given the chance. Sinisa and I talk about this sometimes and, while we agree that we want to stay in the Chicago area for now, we do have a few places we’d consider moving if we [Read On]

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How To Plan An Easy Mother’s Day Brunch

Thank you to Tampico for sponsoring this post. Mother’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share a few tips for planning an easy Mother’s Day brunch for your mom or another special woman in your life. Hoping to enjoy a homemade brunch yourself this year? You could always send this post to your [Read On]

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Motherhood: The Toughest (But Most Rewarding) Job

Thanks to Teleflora for sponsoring this post. I have held numerous jobs in my thirty two years of life but none of them has been as rewarding, or as difficult, as this one called motherhood. This job, where my bosses pay in hugs and kisses and my job description consists of chauffeur and bedtime story [Read On]

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Don’t worry because I have some amazing ideas that mom or grandma will love no matter what she enjoys! Please note: This is a sponsored post and contains some affiliate links but all thoughts on the products are my own. For the active mom Mio FUSE, is [Read On]

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Tips For Potty Training Success

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. The weather is getting warmer and for many parents of toddlers that means it’s potty training season. Though my family is out of this season of our lives I know many [Read On]

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Robots-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Have you made your summer plans yet? If you want to put your child in camp this summer the time to register is now. I know it seems crazy since it’s only April but many camps start to fill up this early so you don’t want to delay! Thanks to Robots-4-U for sponsoring this post [Read On]

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How To Make Bathroom Recycling Easy

Many families recycle bottles, cans and paper products in the kitchen but it’s harder to do throughout the rest of the house. One place we use a lot of plastic bottles is in the bathroom and they tend to end up in the trashcan along with other things that can be reused, like toilet paper [Read On]

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Real Inspiration

Thanks to T.J.Maxx for sponsoring this post and creating this inspirational video. “Real inspiration comes from real women.” That’s the basis for the new campaign from T.J.Maxx this Spring and I love it. As a blogger I try to be as open as possible because that’s what I like to see when I visit other blogs [Read On]

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Kid Friendly Snacks For Earth Day

One of my favorite things to do on special holidays is find themed snacks for the kids. With Earth Day coming up in a few days I thought I’d share some fun ideas for Earth Day snacks that are kid-friendly. Earth Day Popcorn & Cute Treat Cups from Simple as That *** Earth Day Yogurt [Read On]

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Free To Play Without Worries

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allfreeclear #CollectiveBias With two boys I always have tons of laundry but during Spring and Summer they seem to make double or even triple the normal amount of dirty clothes. Last week started baseball and soccer season which means we [Read On]