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Indiana Dunes ~ Summer 2014

Even though I live in the Midwest and am no where near an ocean, I still am able to enjoy the beach. Chicago has numerous beaches along the lakefront but I prefer to head to Indiana and visit the Indiana Dunes. Only an hour and a half away from my day-to-day life is my sandy [Read On]

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Labeling School Supplies Made Easy

My boys start school in less than a month and I am not ready at all! Starting to think of the new school year means that my shopping list and my to-do list is continuing to grow. Admittedly, school supply and clothing shopping is one of my favorite parts of the preparation. Labeling all the [Read On]

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Share Your #VacayGoneCrayCray Story

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love going on vacation with my family. It’s nice to just get away and relax. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to be at least! Have you ever went somewhere and had things go awry? I remember one time I was so excited [Read On]

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Earn Money For Your Child’s Team With PearUp

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) One of my favorite ways to spend Saturdays in the warmer months is to watch my boys play soccer. They’ve played through our local park district, on a private league and are starting weekly indoor soccer classes next week. They love the game, especially when [Read On]

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Four Benefits Of Team Sports

(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.) One of my favorite places to be is on the sidelines cheering for my boys as they play sports. This summer Jacob was in baseball and both Jacob and Lucas were in [Read On]

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Get $10 Off At Kohl’s With A Planes: Fire And Rescue Movie Ticket Stub

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.) I told you all last month that Planes: Fire & Rescue was coming to movie theaters soon. Well guess what? It’s coming out this Friday and Kohl’s has [Read On]

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Jacob’s Summer Style

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Before I had boys I assumed that the only ones with cute clothes were girls. Once I became pregnant and started shopping though, I realized that boys had a great selection of clothes as well. Now that I am a mom of two [Read On]

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Vote For Your Favorite “Dashionista” Recipe

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) I always love to check out how creative some people are, especially when it comes to creating new recipes in the kitchen. Recently, Mrs. Dash seasoning blends hosted a recipe challenge called the “Mrs. Dash Dashionista Recipe Challenge”. Fans of the brand submitted their favorite original recipes featuring Mrs. [Read On]

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Catamaran Adventures In Jamaica and The Turks & Caicos

While at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos I got to enjoy Catamaran rides. Catamarans are medium sized boats that have netting towards the front that you can sit on and look at the ocean beneath you. A huge thank you to Island Routes for these amazing opportunities! I thought I’d share [Read On]

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Freeze Pop Sabers {Easy Summer Craft}

I love the summer and all it brings: playing outside, swimming, sunshine and warm weather. Sometimes all I want is something cold to cool me off and freeze pops are a fun and colorful way to do so. Family Fun Magazine sent me this adorable craft to share with you all and it is perfect [Read On]

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Travel Back In Time At Medieval Times

Looking for something fun to do inside where it’s nice and cool? If you live near a Medieval Times this would be a great time to visit a castle! My family had the chance to go to a complimentary show a couple weeks ago as part of a blogger event and enjoyed our evening there. [Read On]

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Creating A World Where No Child Goes Hungry

I am proud to be partnering with Feed the Children, an organization that exists to end childhood hunger. I’ve shared how important this cause is to me numerous times here on the blog and will continue to do so until all children have enough food to eat. It seems like a lofty goal but I truly [Read On]

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Our First Month Of Summer {In Pictures}

Summer break has been fantastic so far! I know I don’t share as many pictures as I used to so I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month. These are all taken in the evenings and weekends since the boys are in camp during the day. I can’t wait to see [Read On]

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Lalaloopsy Babies Giveaway

Have a little one who loves Lalaloopsy? The LALALOOPSY BABIES 1-hour special will air on Nick Jr. this Saturday, June 26th at 1:30 p.m. To celebrate, one lucky reader will win a Lalaloopsy Babies™ – Crumbs Sugar Cookie™ doll. To enter, just leave a comment below sharing who you’d like to win the doll for. An extra entry [Read On]

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Time For Lunch At Applebee’s

What did you have for lunch today? Nothing? Your kid’s leftovers? A sandwich? Do you even remember? Occasionally I have something small or leftovers but normally I have nothing so I was really excited to partner with Applebee’s on a recent campaign. They gave me some gift cards to go out to lunch with my [Read On]

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Babies “R” Us Happy Places Design Events {Nationwide}

When I found out the gender of my first child I did two things: buy a bunch of blue baby clothes and start planning the nursery. To help with the fun, but often overwhelming, task of designing the nursery, Babies“R”Us is launching a nationwide campaign to help expectant parents and I’m happy to be partnering [Read On]

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New Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Collection {$100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.) I love celebrating special occasions, even the littlest of ones, with special outfits. I do this when we go to events, have themed parties and when new movies [Read On]

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4th of July Treat: Sweet & Salty Sparklers

Looking for a Fourth of July treat that is festive and everyone will enjoy? Family Fun magazine shared these sweet and salty “sparklers” with me and I just had to share them with you all! Layered with white chocolate and studded with sprinkles and M&M’s, these pretzel treats add flare to any party spread. Directions: [Read On]

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U-NEEKS Help Me Teach My Kids That Being Unique Is Great

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dayspring to promote their new U-NEEK collection. All thoughts are my own.) Having two children with special needs means that we talk about being “different” a lot and how great it is to be unique. I want them to know that God made them and they are perfect to [Read On]

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Kick Off The Summer With Chevy And A $300 Spa Gift Card Giveaway

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chevrolet but all thoughts are my own.) Since Junior High, my dream vehicle has been a minivan. I was one of the few teenagers who loved driving my mom’s van and wasn’t embarrassed that I didn’t have a sports car or sedan. I always thought I preferred minivans to [Read On]

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Brighten The Day With A Colorful Snack

Chicago is gearing up for the Color Vibe race tomorrow and, to celebrate, I’m partnering with Tum-E Yummies for this sponsored post. The Color Vibe event is a fun event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the 5k. To go along with the theme, I thought I’d share a quick, colorful snack with you [Read On]

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Bread & Butter: My Italian Dinner Staple

Today I’m partnering with La Brea Bakery, as part of their Breaking Bread with La Brea Bakery tour stop in Chicago, to show how easy it is to make flavored butter and create a bread banquet for a large Italian meal. I’m not Italian but I love eating pasta (like my mom’s homemade cheese lasagna recipe). To start I [Read On]

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World’s Toughest Job

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Can you all believe it’s June already?! The whole month of May just flew by and now we are into June which means Father’s Day is just around the corner. Father’s Day celebrates dads who have one of the World’s toughest jobs. Check [Read On]

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Celebrate Summer With Nickelodeon {Giveaway}

Celebrate the beginning of summer with six new DVD titles from Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon’s animated stars know how to have fun in the sun, so join favorite characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Bubble Guppies, and the PAW Patrol pups for some summertime adventures.  Each of these DVDs are available at retailers now and one lucky winner will receive a prize pack of all [Read On]

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My Experience At Awana Headquarters

(Disclosure: I was compensated for my time but all thoughts are my own.) If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I love the Awana Ministry. Earlier this month my boys finished up their third year of the program and the boys can’t wait for next year to start up. I [Read On]

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Free Fun At The St. Louis Zoo

I love finding free activities in towns that I visit so I was really excited to be in St. Louis last weekend and discover that their zoo had no entrance fee. Not only was it free, but it’s a fan favorite. It was just announced that is had been voted the second best U.S. zoo [Read On]

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Join Me In Taking The “Let’s Play” Pledge

(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.) I’m excited to share that I’ve recently been chosen to be a Play Ambassador for Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families [Read On]

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Energizer Night Race For A Brighter World {Giveaway For Chicago Race Registration}

(Disclosure: I am a Blogger Ambassador for the Energizer Night Race but all thoughts are my own.) Did you know that 1.3 billion people lack access to clean lighting, forcing them to rely on kerosene lamps? It sounds innocent, but kerosene is actually responsible for 1.5 million deaths annually. Without adequate lighting, children in these [Read On]

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Beaches Turks & Caicos Debuts Key West Luxury Village

(Disclosure: I was invited to Beaches Turks & Caicos for the opening of their Key West village but all thoughts are my own.) I was so excited to head to Beaches Turks & Caicos earlier this week. Not only was I headed to check out a resort, but it was the first trip that Sinisa [Read On]

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Help End Child Hunger

(Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.) As I sit down to write this post I think about how hungry I am. My stomach rumbles and I realize I forgot to eat lunch and it’s now way past dinner time and I haven’t had [Read On]