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Fabulous {And Safe!} Fall Fun With Our Springfree Trampoline

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Springfree Trampoline but all thoughts are my own.) Ever since I was a kid I wished I had a trampoline in my backyard. It always looked like so much fun but we never had one because traditional trampolines aren’t very safe. I never understood the dangers when I was [Read On]

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Tray Talk: Learn More About Healthy School Lunches

This summer I had the privilege of attending the School Nutrition Association’s National School Lunch Conference on behalf of the SNA. I wrote about everything I learned here. I was amazed by how much school lunches have changed since I was in school. I am happy to partner with them to share this post. The [Read On]

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Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

I love planning elaborate parties but sometimes I just don’t have the time to do so. This season has been a perfect example with football, work, personal events and travel taking up so much of my time. I wanted to have a little Halloween party for the kids and decided it was just going to [Read On]

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Rockin’ With The Hard Rock Roxtars® {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.) Do you have a little rock star in your life? I do! My music lover is Lucas and with his long hair [Read On]

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Fun Active Halloween Games For Kids

(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.) Can you believe that it’s mid-October already!? Halloween is just around the corner, which means the planning of spooktacular parties is in full gear! Since this holiday involves lots of sweets, [Read On]

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Treat Kids To A Frosty This Halloween

It’s Halloween time which means the candy bowls are overflowing, costumes are being bought and the pumpkin patch is busy. On Halloween day, the boys will be bringing little treats to school for their friends. Since many children have allergies, the kids are not allowed to bring any food treats into the classroom. When I [Read On]

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Realizing That Cheap Isn’t Always The Best Option

My motto used to be “whatever is cheapest” when it came to expenses. I’d go to the grocery store and get the cheapest cut of meat, I’d shop at stores that sold $5 shirts and I chose restaurants for date nights by what was the most inexpensive or that I had a coupon for. This [Read On]

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How To Save Money On Your Heating Bills This Winter

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring this post. It is snowing in parts of the Chicago area this morning. SNOWING! On October 4th! That combined with reports that this winter is going to be even colder than last winter does not make me very happy. To be honest, we keep our house very warm in [Read On]

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An After-School Snack Kids And Moms Can Share

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.) This has been a busy season so far, with football taking up four to five days a week. Every Tuesday, Thursday and [Read On]

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Build An Adventure With The Boy Scouts Of America

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) When I was growing up, my mom was a boy scout leader for my brother’s den and I helped with child care and watched the siblings of the scouts. Scouting was always something I wanted to put Jacob and Lucas in so, sure [Read On]

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How To Use Swap.com To Sell Clothes Your Children Have Outgrown

I’ve tried many things over the years to get rid of the clothes my children have outgrown, all of which have taken a lot of time or made me no money. Countless hours were spent tagging items for group sales and then spent lugging the items to the sale. Selling on ebay, craigslist and Facebook [Read On]

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Love Is Greater Than Hate

Weeks ago a story emerged in the news that caught the attention of many people, myself included. It was the tale of an ALS Ice Bucket challenge gone wrong. In Bay Village, Ohio three teens challenged one of their fellow students, a fourteen-year-old boy with Autism to take the ALS Ice bucket challenge. But instead of [Read On]

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Enter The Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.) Ever have songs that come on the radio and you just can’t help but sing along with them? That’s how we were with Frozen’s “Let It Go” song. When [Read On]

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Crayola Fun During Football Season {Giveaway}

Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring this post and giveaway. It’s football season which means lots of fun family get-togethers. I love watching football but if you have kids who aren’t huge fans, I have a great idea to keep them busy! Make a fun craft bucket and give them the chance to let their imaginations [Read On]

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Gurnee Mills: Great Deals & Fun For Everyone {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card from Gurnee Mills but all thoughts are my own.) A couple weekends ago the boys and I headed to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall to do some shopping. What I love about Gurnee Mills is the great selection of stores with many of them having deep discounts on items. Being [Read On]

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Tailgating With McDonald’s

(Disclosure: My tailgating party was sponsored by McDonald’s, an official sponsor of the NFL.) I am so happy that football is back! There is little I enjoy more than spending time with family while watching the Bears (and now my oldest son!) play. It’s a Fall ritual! Last weekend both my son and my nephew [Read On]

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Twitter Party Alert: #Manwich #NoPhoneZone 9/18 7pm CST

(Disclosure: I’m being compensated to co-host this Twitter party but thoughts are my own.) I’m excited to be co-hosting the #Manwich #NoPhoneZone Twitter party promoting phone-free family time around the dinner table. The party is this Thursday, September 19th, at 7pm CST and is hosted by Johanna of Momma Cuisine, along with co-hosts Lisa, Tara, [Read On]

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What’s Your Morning Win?

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Some mornings I get so much accomplished, while others I’m just lucky to get the kids ready for the school bus in time. Ever have those days? Of course you all do! This week, join me in celebrating the small wins and tweet [Read On]

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How Do You Share Awesome?

Lucas announced last week that he wanted a computer so he could be a blogger. He’s five years old. While I laughed at his request originally, this subject of blogging has been brought up a handful of times since he first told me. Our Christmas budget doesn’t include buying a new computer, nor do I [Read On]

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Don’t Forget The Eye Exams

(Thanks to VSP Vision Care for sponsoring today’s conversation.) The kids are all back in school! Whew! We made it mommas! We got the new school clothes, loaded the backpacks with school supplies, visited the Doctor for the physical, took those first day of school pictures…everything is done right? If you are like me you [Read On]

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New School Year For Kids Means New Beauty Regimen For Mom

The new school year always brings as much promise for me as the New Year does. It’s a time to start new traditions and new routines. While that means new classes and activities for the boys, it means a new beauty regimen for me this year. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring this post [Read On]

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Walking Around Chicago {$50 Aerosoles Gift Card Giveaway}

Sinisa and I got to go on a date this past weekend which was so nice because quality one-on-one time is so rare. AEROSOLES sent me a pair of shoes and gave me some spending money to go out so we headed to Chicago to enjoy the warm, sunny weather before Chicago turns into “Chiberia” [Read On]

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Win Your School Supply List!

The month of August is filled with all sorts of school related expenses. School supplies, new clothes, backpacks and lunchboxes, school physicals, and more seem to take up every spare penny we have this season. Because of this, I’m excited to share about a way that you can win your school supply list so that’s [Read On]

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Easy DIY Teacher’s Gifts

Looking for a creative gift for your child’s teacher? Today I wanted to share a couple easy DIY gifts I made for the kids to give. Not only are they easy, but they are quick and inexpensive, too! Thanks to QVC for sponsoring today’s crafts! Lately I have been kind of obsessed with Washi tape. [Read On]

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The Picture Of Me

So excited to be working with Ancestry.com this month because I want to share what I found with you all! I was poking around on Ancestry.com trying to fill out my family tree and I found my late Grandfather’s information and noticed someone had posted some pictures of him. As I was looking at them [Read On]

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Support Schools And Dress Your Child With Schoola

I shared a couple weeks ago how I was working with Schoola to support funding for a music program at a school in the Bronx. Thanks to everyone who has helped support the program along with me Today I wanted to share a little more about Schoola and how you can use the site to [Read On]

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Celebrate Play in the Windy City this Saturday with Let’s Play!

As many of you know, I’ve been working to help share the importance of play in the lives of children as a Play Ambassador for Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active by providing them with the tools, places and inspiration to make physical activity a [Read On]

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The Promises We Make To Our Children

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) When I first became a mom I remember looking down at my son and instantly falling in love with the little swaddled child in my arms. Even though we had just met, I made many promises to him. Among those were the promise [Read On]

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The New School Lunch Offerings

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) What comes to mind when you hear the term “school lunch”? When I hear that, I think of the foods that were offered when I was in grade school- pizza, overcooked broccoli, meatloaf, taco salad, hamburgers and the like. So when I was [Read On]

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Help Support The Music Program At KIPP Academy In The Bronx

Did you know that our tax money doesn’t always cover music and art programs in schools? I was surprised to learn this recently. I’m excited to be partnering with Schoola to share how you can earn money for schools in need. The best part is that busy parents like me (and like most of you [Read On]