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25 Fun Summer Writing Activities For Kids

In planning our summer, one thing that I’m making sure to do is building in time for math, reading and writing exercises for my kids amongst our travel, summer camp and family activities. Since summer is all about having fun I wanted to find things my kids could do that wouldn’t seem like schoolwork but [Read On]

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March of Dimes Dad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post , but all thoughts are my own. I am a brother. I am a son. At work I am a manager. When I have time I am a soccer player. We all have many roles in our daily life. My favorite role above all is being a father. I [Read On]

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Everything We Need For An Active Summer

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Summertime is a very busy time [Read On]

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Bath-Time Fun On A Budget

#spon: I’m 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. It is nearly summer here and all my boys have been talking about lately has been going outside to play. Playing outside for boys means all kinds of sports [Read On]

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Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Jake learned to read this year and just recently has started reading for the fun of it, as opposed to reading because he has to. This has made my heart so happy. I want to do everything I can to encourage the boys to read over the summer so I will be signing them up [Read On]

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2015 Summer Bucket List (And Tips To Get The Most Out Of Summer)

I am so excited to share this year’s summer bucket list with you all! I have a general bucket list for kids and also am sharing some of my favorite Chicago area bucket list ideas as well. Before I share those though, I wanted to share some of my tips for getting the most out [Read On]

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Powering Up For The New Marvel Avengers Movie (Giveaway)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Meijer. When you are a parent there are countless movies you end up watching with your kids. One movie that both my kids and I absolutely love and watch over and over is MARVELS AVENGERS. Full of action and adventure and funny lines, it is a memorable family movie. [Read On]

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Mango Baked Beans Recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The National Mango Board. The easiest way to break out of a routine is to try something new. That is especially true for food. I enjoy trying new foods and introducing my boys to them. One fruit I recently introduced to my children were mangoes. In order to learn [Read On]

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Stock Up and Save At Walmart (Gift Card Giveaway)

Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. It is finally spring! For my family this means we are spending more time outdoors. The kids have sports and activities so we are constantly on the go and that means I have less time to run my typical errands, like going to [Read On]

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Pasta Carbonara and Tuna Cake Recipes

This post was sponsored by KRAFT and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use. Dining out at a nice restaurant can be one of the best experiences a family has together but, during the school year and [Read On]

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Wisconsin Getaway

Disclosure: I am receiving a free stay at the resort in exchange for a post. We’ve started planning our spring and summer trips and I’m so excited to visit some new places! Along with a couple longer trips we try to take smaller road trips that are just a day or two long because with [Read On]

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New Spring Books

My favorite books to read are books that are themed for special holidays or seasons. I like them because I think they put into words what children are feeling at a certain time of the year. Harper Collins Publishers sent me a bunch of books and I wanted to share my favorite ones that are [Read On]

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The Dovekeepers On CBS

This is a sponsored post. If you love history you will want to tune in to CBS tonight and tomorrow! THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The series stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the [Read On]

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Raising Kids To Thrive {New Parenting Book}

This review is sponsored but thoughts are my own. There is a saying that children don’t come with manuals. That is so true! Have you ever come across a parenting challenge and struggled to solve it yourself? I have had a few of those instances and am only six years in to my parenting journey [Read On]

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Baby’s First Easter (Babies”R”Us Events Nationwide)

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The biggest joy a parent gets is seeing their child’s firsts. No matter if it is their favorite holiday or baby’s first steps. those are the most precious memories. With spring underway all thoughts turn to Easter and a Baby’s first Easter is a [Read On]

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ROBOTS-4-U And Art & Design Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Planning your summer fun? I have two new camps to share with you today that are all about S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)! The first camp is ROBOTS-4-U - where fun, thinking and learning comes to life!  Campers will be learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent [Read On]

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Worry Free Outdoor Fun

This is a product-sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. The opinions and text are all mine. Today the temperature outside reached 64 in our Chicago suburb. This is very exciting for everyone, especially for active families that will be thrilled to go hiking and biking and [Read On]

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Making Breakfast A Habit

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Today I jumped out of bed at 4:30am. Most of my mornings don’t start that early but even on the days I get an hour or two more of sleep, mornings are too hectic to sit down and eat breakfast. Luckily I have discovered belVita Bites. A delicious healthy [Read On]

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10 Things New Parents Learn

I always knew I would be a dad someday. The plan was I would amass a great amount of wisdom and coolness first in order to be ready. Honestly nothing really prepares anyone for parenthood completely. I personally read books and asked around and truth be told when my first son was born I had [Read On]

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Summer Technology Camps For Kids And Teens

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world. Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry [Read On]

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Staying Confident With Listerine

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. For the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about personal health and wellness, especially oral health. It is completely true that great oral health leads to great health for the whole body and most importantly the heart. Brushing is easy, but when you just brush once [Read On]

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Two Websites Moms Can Use To Make Hundreds Online

Whether you are looking to make a full time income, or just want to make enough to have some fun money, the internet has a lot to offer. The majority of our family’s income comes from the online work we do specifically related to blogging and social media but since I realize that blogging isn’t [Read On]

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Trying A New Bedtime Routine

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. One of the toughest struggles a parent has is getting their kids to brush their teeth before bed. It takes time and discipline and yes tears are shed. My two boys are the most stubborn kids and I am always looking for ways to get them to develop better [Read On]

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Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa Recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. Getting started on a meal menu plan is not an easy task. When planning meals for the whole family there are so many things to consider especially when you have little kids. As much as I [Read On]

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My New Menu Board

Whenever I walk into Target I am drawn to the dollar spot. There are always cute things for the kids (and for me too). This week when I went to Target I discovered they had a number of Spring items out along with some things for the home. I found a cute chalkboard for $3 [Read On]

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70+ St. Patrick’s Day Ideas {Crafts, Activities, Recipes, Decor And More!}

Over the years I have posted a number of St. Patrick’s Day crafts, activities, recipes, gifts, decor and more to celebrate the holiday. Some have been my own ideas and some were found during my hours of searching the web. I wanted to share them all in one place and I will continue to update [Read On]

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Improving Breakfast With BelVita

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As the rooster crows, my very hectic day starts (I actually woke up the rooster) and its time for breakfast. Let me tell you- breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me because its gets my energy flowing. It sets the mood and the tone for [Read On]

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Free Kid’s Clubs For Chicago Sports Fans

Have a child who loves sports? I’ve rounded up all of the FREE kid’s clubs for Chicago teams. Most of these teams also have kid’s clubs with membership fees that offer more options. Know of another free one? Leave it in the comments below! Chicago Bears: http://www.chicagobears.com/kid-zone/kids-club.html Membership card Welcome letter and Staley autograph card Periodic [Read On]

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Menu Planning With The MyMixx App

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine. These days life is too hectic. Making time for family dinners is very important, and making great tasting healthy meals is simplified with Jewel’s MyMixx. During Lent I want my boys age 6 and 5 to [Read On]

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How To Host A Playdate That Includes Children With Autism

What if your son comes home from school wanting to invite a new friend with autism over for a play date? Perhaps there is a new little girl with Asperger’s in your daughter’s class who could use a friend? For parents of non-autistic children, the idea of having a child on the autism spectrum over for a play [Read On]