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Creating A Nursing Home Care Package

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias It’s important for me that my boys grow up to be kind to others. I believe teaching this character trait is not something that can be done only with words but has to be modeled through actions. [Read On]

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15 Back To School Hacks That Make Life Easier

The end of August means busier schedules and more items on our to-do lists so I wanted to share 15 hacks to make this school year the best one yet. From making mornings run smoother to helping kids become self-sufficient to spending less time running errands, I hope you’ll find a couple ideas to try [Read On]

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Boy’s Sporty Looks {For Less!}

Thanks to Marshalls for sending me a gift card to do some back-to-school shopping. When shorts weather came around a few months ago, Jacob began to ask if he could wear basketball shorts as opposed to the jean shorts and plaid shorts he normally wore. Almost every day this summer he wore athletic shorts with [Read On]

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Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday

Baby’s first birthday is such an exciting time for parents and one of the biggest celebrations during childhood. Today I’m partnering with Babies“R”Us to share about a baby’s first birthday celebration they are hosting in their stores this weekend. I remember both of my boy’s first birthday celebrations. My oldest, Jacob’s, party was hosted in the [Read On]

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Autumn Snack Mix For Happy Snacking

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixMatchMunch #CollectiveBias In preparation for back-to-school I decided to come up with some new after school snack ideas. I wanted to make something that we could easily bring with us to afternoon sports and activities. Since Lucas loves Goldfish® crackers [Read On]

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Tips To Prepare For Your Child’s Fall Sports Season

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with MinuteClinic as part of their Back to School #GoBackHealthy campaign. As part of my involvement, I have received sponsorship from MinuteClinic for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are purely my own. The end of August means back-to-school season and also the beginning of the fall sports [Read On]

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Ghostbusters Themed College Care Package

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSSpirit #CollectiveBias This year my little sister will be a junior in college. It’s hard to believe because I can still remember the morning my mom went into labor and the months of hospital trips to the NICU that [Read On]

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Preparing For Sleepovers With A DIY Personalized Pillowcase

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RestEasySolutions #CollectiveBias  Read on to learn why we love GoodNites products and how they will help my bed wetter feel confident enough to go to sleepovers this school year! (If only his mom was as ready as he is….) [Read On]

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Powering The Dreams Of My Little Gymnast

This is a sponsored post through SheSpeaks for P&G. About a year ago, Lucas told me that he wanted to try gymnastics. Since we had tried a few different sports that just weren’t the right fit for his special needs, I was excited that he wanted to do gymnastics and enrolled him in our park [Read On]

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Support Teachers This Back-To-School Season

Thanks to Staples for sponsoring this post and supporting teachers in our community. With the new school year around the corner many parents are busy buying school supplies. I know sometimes as a parent I look at the list of supplies needed and wonder why we have to purchase so many things and I know [Read On]

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Cereal Coated Fruit Pops Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealDelicious #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias We love cereal for breakfast but one of the best things about cereal is that it’s really perfect for anytime of day! I love snacking on cereal while I work and the boys like eating it [Read On]

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Angry Birds Movie Night Party Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias Our family loves having movie and game nights as often as we can. We enjoy spending time together and I enjoy planning fun evenings. Our family night is always the highlight of our [Read On]

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DIY Decorative Scissor Holder For Your Homework Station

I just went out and bought all of my boy’s school supplies and the aisles were packed with other moms doing the same. Since back-to-school season is upon us I wanted to share a fun craft that you can do with your kids. Thanks to Fiskars for sponsoring this post and our crafting time. Along [Read On]

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California Pizza Kitchen’s New Menu

My family loves going out to eat. Not only is it a time to relax together but it means no dishes to clean afterwards. We were hosted for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen in Oakbrook, IL to check out their recently expanded menu and I wanted to share about it with all of you. Though [Read On]

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Making Memories At Brookfield Zoo

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. One of the great things about the Chicago area is that there are so many fun family-friendly things to do. One of the places we enjoy going as a family is the Brookfield Zoo. Some of my favorite zoo memories are pictured below, [Read On]

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25 After School Snack Ideas

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this after school snack ideas post. Back-to-school season is almost here which means shopping for new clothes and school supplies and getting back into routine. Our daily routine varies greatly depending on what sport or activity my kids have that day but one thing that is a given is my [Read On]

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Summer Festival Must-Haves {Giveaway}

Festival season is in full gear and here in Chicago we are gearing up for one of the biggest music festivals of the summer season- Lollapalooza (more affectionately known as Lolla). I’m not going to be able to make it this year but I thought I’d put together a list of some festival must-haves so [Read On]

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DIY No-Sew Heating Pad {And Other Period Necessities}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #WhatMattersToU #CollectiveBias I’m usually always on the go. From my kid’s activities and sports to volunteering to running errands, I’m normally not home that often. I love it that way but I find there are a couple days of [Read On]

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How We Fill Our Home With Travel Memories

Do you love to travel? So do I! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do- whether I’m exploring a new place or visiting somewhere I’ve been a dozen times. I thought it would be fun to share about ways our family remembers our special vacations by filling our home with travel memories. The [Read On]

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How To Recreate The Summer Games In Your Own Backyard

I’m excited to be partnering with Meijer this summer to celebrate the summer games. Check out our fun idea and more ideas from other bloggers on the Meijer website! Every four years, countries get to show off their best athletes in the Summer Games. The whole world watches as athletes in numerous sports compete in [Read On]

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3 Cat Parent Necessities I Didn’t Know I Needed

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LitterOdorRevolution #CollectiveBias I love my two cats, Boomer and Peaches, and consider them my fur babies. Our family has had them for a little over a year and when we first adopted them I went to the store with [Read On]

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Embrace Messy Fun With Mud Creations

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Clean2TheCore #CollectiveBias Lucas loves messy activities, whether it’s painting, playing with playdough, digging in a sensory bin or building castles in the sandbox outside. I thought making mud creations would be a fun activity for him so we gathered everything [Read On]

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10 Things For Families To Do In Dubuque, Iowa

Thanks to Dubuque CVB for hosting me in their town. I have shared about where to stay and where to eat in Dubuque, Iowa and now I’m sharing about what there is for families to do in Dubuque. 1. Splash around in the indoor water park at Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark. Whether your little [Read On]

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30 Ideas For Outdoor Summer Fun At Home

Summer is in full swing now and if your kids are anything like mine you’ve either heard “I’m bored” at least a couple times already or they’ve spent a bit too much time on electronics. Either way, with the long weekend coming up, I wanted to share a bunch of tech-free ideas for things kids [Read On]

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Easy 4th Of July Crafts For Kids

Making homemade decorations for holidays is something I love doing with the kids. We sat outside the other day in the shade of our front porch and crafted. Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring our crafting time and this post. I wanted to share a couple of easy 4th of July decorations that we made. Both [Read On]

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Watch ‘Growing Up McGhee’ Tonight On UPtv

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I have two boys and I often feel like my hands are full with just a couple kids. Then I heard about a family with sextuplets who had a television show and I knew I had to tune in because that mom must [Read On]

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Summer Day Date Idea: Recreate Memories On A Local Road Trip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheLyrics #CollectiveBias Back before we had kids, Sinisa and I went on a lot of dates. A lack of money kept us from doing anything too expensive so we’d do things like walk around downtown, go star gazing, [Read On]

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How You Can Help Teachers {And Win A Chance To Meet Katy Perry}

I’m proud to be partnering with Staples this back-to-school season to share about some great things they are doing in the community. Did you know that most teachers spend their own money to equip their classrooms? The Education Market Association estimates that they spend more than $400 per year buying things they need. Staples wanted [Read On]

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Get Race Day Ready With Advil And A Fun Racetrack Craft

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias On my travels recently I have had a lot of car related fun, including getting an up close look at rare corvettes and going to my first car race. Through these trips I’ve discovered the heart pounding [Read On]

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Baby Monitors Aren’t Just For Babies

This blog post is brought to you by VTech and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. For most new moms a baby monitor is a must have item. I remember setting mine on the nightstand next to me while I slept so I could hear my boys when they woke in the middle of [Read On]