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Enjoy A Family Staycation At Pheasant Run Resort

Thanks to Pheasant Run Resort for hosting our family for a staycation. Summer is in full swing and, if you have been longing to take a vacation but can’t afford to or haven’t been able to get away for a week long trip, I have the perfect option for you. Take a staycation! If you [Read On]

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Protect Your Memories With Picture Keeper {And A $300 BTS Shopping Spree Giveaway}

Thanks to Picture Keeper for sponsoring this post and giveaway. I know it’s only July but my mind is starting to think back-to-school already! It might be the school supplies in stores or it could be the realization, after looking at my calendar, that the first day of school is only about a month away. [Read On]

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Live Music And More At Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights

Thanks to Brookfield Zoo for sponsoring this post. Brookfield Zoo has always been a place I’ve enjoyed taking my family to but now there are even more reasons to visit with the return of their Summer Nights outdoor concert series. From 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays through August 12, guests of all [Read On]

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Parents, Now You Can Say Yes To The Drums

Thanks to Yamaha Drums for sponsoring this post. Last year we were looking into starting music lessons when Jacob announced that he wanted to learn to play the drums. The idea of drums sounded fun but when I thought about all of the loud practice time I’d have to endure I quickly steered him to [Read On]

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Backyard Updates To Brighten Summer Days

Thanks to Kmart for sponsoring this post! The boy’s baseball season is over which means our family is spending a lot more time relaxing at home instead of sitting at the baseball field. I love spending time in the backyard but our space was less than ideal for family time so we stocked up on [Read On]

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My OREO Creation? Nutty Caramel Apple Golden OREO Cookies!

Though I wish summer would last all year long, I can’t deny that school and the fall season are just around the corner. Stores have their back-to-school displays up already and I just registered Jake for football, my favorite fall pastime. Though I’m not looking forward to the colder weather, I am looking forward to [Read On]

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White Sox Family Sundays

Thanks to the Chicago White Sox for hosting my family at a game. Looking for something family-friendly to do in the Chicago area? White Sox fans can spend a Sunday afternoon at the Sox field enjoying the baseball game and many fun kid-friendly activities. Family Sundays, presented by Coca-Cola, cover all Sunday home games in [Read On]

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Summer Fun At Cedar Point

Thanks to Cedar Fair for sponsoring this post and providing this great mini-vacation to Cedar Point for our family. Happy 4th of July! Summer is in full swing which means our days are spent trying to get in as much outdoor fun as possible. We love going to theme parks and recently visited Cedar Point [Read On]

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The Zap Zap Math App Makes Learning Fun

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. When I was growing up, practicing math was done using flashcards and worksheets. It was boring and something I dreaded doing which led to math becoming my least favorite subject in school. Nowadays, math is more interactive which makes it fun for kids [Read On]

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No Kid Hungry This Summer

Summer can be the hungriest time of year for many low-income families. When schools close, students no longer get school meals, and families struggle to put food on the table. Families struggling to make ends meet are forced to make unthinkable decisions between whether to buy a bag of groceries or pay rent, whether to [Read On]

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Dad {Giveaway}

Thanks to Sears for sponsoring this post and giveaway. Father’s Day is this Sunday! Anyone still need to buy a gift for dad? My boys have reached the age where they like to help pick out gifts to give for occasions like this so we are headed to the store tomorrow for some last minute [Read On]

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The Assistant That Every Busy Family Needs

Thanks to Picniic for sponsoring this post. As a busy working mom of two boys I often dream that I have an assistant to help me with my everyday tasks. Since I’m not made of money though, I don’t see that happening any time soon. That’s okay because I’ve discovered Picniic, the app that acts [Read On]

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DIY Cat Wand Toy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CatsLoveNutrish #CollectiveBias It’s hard to believe that our fur babies, Peaches and Boomer, have been in our lives for two years this month. When we got them they were playful little ones who had been abandoned in a park [Read On]

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Diet Food That Actually Tastes Good {And Is Delivered Right To You!}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Years ago a friend was giving away some diet food she didn’t like and I excitedly took it off her hands. I remember taking a couple bites of the first meal and thinking that it was literally one of the worst things I [Read On]

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Disclosure: I received samples of all products featured but all thoughts are my own. Father’s Day is in a few weeks and, if you are like me, you probably still need to find the perfect gift. Let’s skip the tie and socks this year, okay? Today I’m sharing 8 gift ideas that might be just [Read On]

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Family Fun In Lake Geneva

We spent Memorial Day weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and there was a lot more to do with kids than I thought there was going to be. It’s definitely a town I’d recommend if you are looking for a quick vacation this summer! I wanted to share some of our favorite activities that we did [Read On]

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Sensory-Friendly Fun For Families At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

As a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, I am so excited to share about the newest sensory-friendly event in the Chicago area for families affected by autism and other sensory sensitive disorders! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is teaming up with Autism Speaks, a non-profit dedicated to autism advocacy, to host Play Well Days – a series [Read On]

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Afterschoolz: An Activity Finder For Chicago Area Families

Thanks to Afterschoolz for sponsoring this post. At the beginning of this year I shared about a helpful resource called Afterschoolz, a website that helped caregivers find activities for their kids in the Chicago area. The site was pretty new at the time but had such a great variety of activities listed and new ones being [Read On]

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Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Family’s Summer

This is the first summer that my boys are not going to be in summer camp and I’m not going to be tied to my computer working so I’m excited to have a little freedom in our schedule now. Today I wanted to share tips about how we get the most out of our summer [Read On]

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Attention All Puzzle Loving Families

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I have a hard time sitting still and doing nothing so years ago I’d relax in the evenings by doing a puzzle while watching tv. Once I had children though, aka beings with tiny hands that like to get into everything, my relaxing [Read On]

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DIY Decorative Mirror And Clear Skin Dreams

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeforeDifferin #CollectiveBias This July, I will be turning 34. Now that I’m well into my 30s and have bought a home, have two kids and drive a minivan, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m [Read On]

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Waterfall Hiking Fun {And Family Hike Essentials}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBias I love finding new places to explore with my family. Whether it’s sitting by the ocean, walking around a small town or going out on the lake in a paddleboat, spending time with my family brings me [Read On]

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How Busy Families Can Make Dinner Time Count

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidfreshFavorites #CollectiveBias One of my favorite traditions from my childhood was sitting down to a family dinner every evening. We’d talk about our day as we ate a meal together. This was always a tradition that I knew [Read On]

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Superhero Fun With Tampico

Thanks to Tampico for sponsoring this post. It’s been raining a lot here in Chicago so we’ve been trying to find indoor activities to do together like playing games, watching movies, and crafting. With the new Captain Underpants Movie coming out, I thought it would be fun to do a superhero themed craft together. My [Read On]

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A Cute Way To Declutter Your Kitchen Counters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleanMyWay #TeamSponge #CollectiveBias We are still in spring cleaning mode here so I’ve been organizing and cleaning everything. My focus this past weekend was on our kitchen. Since it’s the most used room in our home it’s the [Read On]

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Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson® Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. Other than being able to sleep in, there’s no better way to start off Mother’s Day than with a delicious brunch (that mom didn’t have to cook) and some coffee. (Please….don’t forget the coffee!) Make this special brunch for [Read On]

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Self-Watering Herb Planters Made From Upcycled Plastic Bottles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #HonestSustainabiliTEA #RefreshinglyHonest #CollectiveBias This past weekend it was gorgeous outside so I tried to soak up the warmth and sunshine as much as possible. While doing so, I thought about everything I wanted to do to prepare [Read On]

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Teaching Children To Code

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. As a parent, I want my children to have the best chance at success as possible. Nowadays, that means learning tech skills like coding. Though my children are young, I think it’s vital for them to learn how to use technology in as [Read On]

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Make A Wish In The BMO200 Fountain

I am proud to be partnering with BMO Harris Bank again and happy to share about their new #BMO200 fountain in this sponsored post. BMO Harris Bank is celebrating their 200th year by granting some wishes made in their interactive wishing fountain, continuing the bank’s legacy of giving back to the communities in which it does [Read On]

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Help Kids Learn How To Handle Money Wisely

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. When I was growing up I wasn’t taught much about money and, as a result, I struggled with money issues through my college and early adult years. Because of this, it’s really important to me that my boys learn how to handle money. I [Read On]