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Stream Your Favorite TV Shows {Netflix Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I’m on the Netflix Stream Team and enjoy complimentary service.) A couple weeks ago I confessed that I was a TV junkie and shared 5 shows I love watching. I enjoy discovering new shows and thought you all may have some favorite ones that I haven’t even heard of yet. To encourage you all [Read On]

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Family-Friendly Event: Run Or Dye Chicago {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I will receive compensation and admission to this event in exchange for this promotional post.) Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K, is headed to Toyota Park on May 24, 2014!  Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy [Read On]

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5 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas From Crayola

Can you believe Easter is this weekend already? Though it’s later in the year, it completely snuck up on me. We still have to see the Easter Bunny and color eggs! One other thing still on my list is to put together the Easter baskets for the boys. Every year I try to incorporate things [Read On]

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Join The #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party Tomorrow

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Kohl’s Disney Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.) Twitter is the place to be tomorrow afternoon! Join me at the #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party from 12-1pm CST tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th, to chat about kids fashion trends this season and how Kohl’s new Jumping Beans “Americana” line [Read On]

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Shake Your {Pirate’s} Booty With Rio 2 {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a case of product but all thoughts are my own.) Rio 2 came out in theaters last week and I’m excited to take the boys to see it. In the 2nd installment of the Rio movies, we follow Blu, Jewel and their three kids as they go from the city to the wilds of [Read On]

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Save On Healthy Essentials This Month

(Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.) This month, HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering [Read On]

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Easter Celebrations With HoneyBaked Ham

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) I love hosting celebrations. Creating a party around a theme, spending time with family, and enjoying good food makes me happy. Cooking though? Not so much. When it comes to food I tend to stick to easy to eat main course dishes. For [Read On]

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10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips From Kristi Yamaguchi {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Tips are from Kristi Yamaguchi but other thoughts are my own.) I was super excited to get a chance to attend a virtual webinar with Kristi Yamaguchi and Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese. I knew Kristi would have a ton of great tips for staying active and balanced. I love that she admitted [Read On]

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Views From Beaches Resort in Jamaica

A couple months ago I talked about our amazing sponsored stay at Beaches Resort in Negril, Jamaica and shared how kid-friendly the resort was. As the weather here in Chicago is teetering between Winter and Spring, I am daydreaming of the warm weather of Jamaica and Beaches Negril and wanted to share more pictures of [Read On]

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Sensory-Friendly Easter Bunny Visits {National Locations}

If you have a little one with sensory processing disorder or Autism you know how hard some things can be for our kiddos. Something as seemingly simple as standing in line or being in a large crowd can be very difficult for some. Knowing this, AbilityPath partners with Simon Malls across the country to host [Read On]

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Confession: I’m A Television Show Junkie

I am a huge TV junkie so when Netflix asked me to be on their Stream Team and write sponsored posts each month I of course said yes. I already used (and loved!) their service. For this month’s post I thought I’d share 5 TV shows I enjoy watching that you can find on Netflix. [Read On]

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New Sweet & Salty Snack {Costco Gift Card Giveaway}

Ever have those times when you are craving something to snack on but can’t decide between something sweet and something salty? If so, I have the perfect snack for you! Fisher Nuts recently sent me their new product to try out and share my thoughts with you all. They just launched a new snack product – [Read On]

Why I’m Still Fighting For Autism Awareness

Today, April 2nd, is Autism Awareness Day which many people have changed to Autism Acceptance Day. Here are my thoughts on why I’m still fighting for Autism awareness when many seem to have abandoned that cause in exchange for acceptance…. Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends posted about Autism saying that everyone is already aware [Read On]

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Flower Themed Activities For Kids {HOP}

I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. The linky will be posted each Tuesday. This week I’m sharing some of my favorite colorful sensory activities from bloggers that linked up to last week’s HOP linky. Flower Math Game from Fun-A-Day *** Bottle Flower [Read On]

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Lunch Combos At Applebee’s {Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Applebee’s. Thoughts are my own.) What did you have for lunch today? A sandwich? Leftovers? A TV dinner? Did you even eat at all? I normally skip my mid-day meal or I graze on whatever I can find in my fridge or pantry while I’m working. I try to [Read On]

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Learning More About Gluten-Free Food Options

(Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Udi’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.) Most people go Gluten-Free because they have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance but I have considered going gluten-free (and casein-free) in the past because some people say it is a good diet for children who have Autism. The biggest thing [Read On]

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10 Things I’m Loving This Week

(Disclosure: Some of the items in this post I have received from companies but most I’ve paid for myself or they aren’t *things* at all.) Here’s what I am loving this week… 1) 2048 (a smartphone app)- I just uploaded this game to my phone and it’s fun and addictive! If you like number puzzles [Read On]

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Colorful Sensory Activities {HOP}

I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. The linky will be posted each Tuesday. This week I’m sharing some of my favorite colorful sensory activities from bloggers that linked up to last week’s HOP linky. Rainbow Finger Bath Paint from Frogs, Snails and [Read On]

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Exploring Scientific Concepts With Kids

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Netflix. I am a member of their Stream Team but all thoughts are my own.) When I taught preschool I loved doing hands on learning activities with my kids. One of my favorite memories was doing a simple ice melting experiment with the kids on a very long winter [Read On]

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7 Ideas For An Active Spring Break Staycation

Spring break starts today for my kids. One and a half weeks of time off from school. We were thinking about going away for a weekend but decided to skip it and save the money. Should be an interesting time as I work full-time from home along with running this blog. The boys will probably [Read On]

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Scented Sensory Bins {HOP}

I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. This linky will be posted each Tuesday. I will be sharing some of my own activities for kids plus sharing some other great ideas from bloggers that link up each week. This week I’m sharing some [Read On]

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Winter Is Almost Over!

(Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Campbell Soup Company and I am being compensated as an Ambassador.) Exciting news!! Winter is ALMOST OVER! It was 56 degrees here today! 56! See all of the exclamation points in the previous statements? That is how excited I am. Along with winter, my time as a Campbell [Read On]

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How Big Is A Billion? Contest For Teachers

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by H&R Block but all opinions are my own.) We all know that a Billion dollars is a lot of money but just how much is it in terms that we can easily imagine? H&R Block’s “How Big is a Billion?” contest is a new educational program that asks teachers to [Read On]

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Gold At The End Of The Rainbow Sensory Bin

I love sensory tables and if you do as well I have something fun to share with you! I’m participating in a 40 day series all about sensory bin fillers. 40 bloggers, 40 days, and 40 different items you can add to your sensory tables! Today, I am sharing about feathers. I love using feathers [Read On]

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Free Coloring Book Download Benefits Nonprofit

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Last month I shared how Tom’s of Maine was raising awareness about the importance of oral health during National Children’s Dental Health Month. Though the special month may be over, their coloring and activity book called “Brushing Fun” is still available. The free coloring [Read On]

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Hearts For Home Blog Hop #58

Welcome to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! I am joining a great group of ladies and each Thursday we want you to share your favorite post about anything that shows your heart is for your home: homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, crafts, etc. For those of you that aren’t bloggers I am glad you [Read On]

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A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families E-Book

(Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links but all thoughts are my own.) I have super exciting news!! I just found out this morning that Amanda, who created the Truth in the Tinsel e-book that myself and so many of my friends and readers LOVED, has come out with an Easter e-book! The [Read On]

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5 St. Patrick’s Day Themed Activities {HOP}

I’m really excited to be joining in as a host of the Hands-On Play Party with some fabulous bloggers. This linky will be posted each Tuesday. I will be sharing some of my own activities for kids plus sharing some other great ideas from bloggers that link up each week. This week I’m sharing five [Read On]

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What Do Farmers Do In The Winter?

(Disclosure: I am an Illinois Farm Families Ambassador. All thoughts are my own other than italicized writing which is that of the farmers.) When it’s cold out I want to do nothing but stay inside. Driving out to my mom’s house I pass fields and I’ve always wondered what Farmers did during the winter. I [Read On]

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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I wanted to create a fun themed sensory bin for my boys. After checking both Walmart and Target for fillers and not finding much, I checked Michael’s and hit the jackpot. All their St. Patrick’s Day items were 40% off! *** *** *** Items in the bin [Read On]