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My Ideal Christmas Vacation

Thanks to Beaches Resorts for sponsoring this post. It’s cold and wet here in the suburbs of Chicago and I’m dreaming of warmer weather. I love the holiday season but as soon as Christmas passes I’m ready for it to be summer. I’m just not a cold weather girl! If I were to list my [Read On]

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Thanks to Caputo’s for sponsoring this post. Read on for an exclusive coupon code and a delicious recipe! I am all about simplifying life, especially during the busy holiday season. One way I like to do so is ordering online, which I do for everything from my Christmas gifts to my groceries. Besides avoiding the [Read On]

Give A Personalized Photo Locket This Holiday Season (Giveaway)

Thanks to Pictures on Gold for sponsoring this post. If you are shopping for a gift, and the recepient is a mom or grandma, it’s a pretty safe bet that she will LOVE anything with her child or grandchild’s face on it. And what woman doesn’t love jewelry? That’s what makes a locket, personalized just [Read On]

National Letter Writing Campaign To Thank Veterans And Deployed Service Members

Since today is Veteran’s Day (thank you to all who have served!!) I thought it was the perfect time to share a way to brighten the day of Veterans and those currently serving our country. America’s Adopt A Soldier® is holding their national letter writing campaign for the 9th year to thank the nation’s service [Read On]

Why Every Parent Of A Teen Needs A Network Of Little Birdies

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. When our kids are little we know everything that they do. We know what toys they play with, what they had for breakfast, what they watch, and who their friends are. Once they start school though, and aren’t with us all day long, we [Read On]

2019 Advent Calendars For Kids

It’s November 1st which means two things…. one, we made it through October! Whew. That is always an insane month with Halloween festivities, school events, and meetings galore! The second thing it means is that the holidays are just around the corner. I enjoy Thanksgiving but Christmas is my favorite holiday so I start planning [Read On]

Time To Get Pet Insurance

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Nationwide Pet.  It’s come to my attention that we have less than three months left in this decade, so I’ve decided to get some of the things done that have been sitting on my to-do list for a while. Many items on the list are important but [Read On]

10 Fun Ways For Preschoolers To Practice Writing The Alphabet

Learning how to write the letters of the alphabet is one of the main academic skills of early childhood education. Years ago this was mainly taught through having children practice by putting a pencil to paper but, nowadays, there are so many other creative ways to get practice time in. I wanted to share some [Read On]

Baby Food That My Infant Loves

This post is sponsored by Beech-Nut® but all thoughts are my own. #BeechNutPartner When I was pregnant with Emma I had all of these big ideas of things I was going to do when she was born. I was going to take a picture a day her first year, keep detailed records of all of her [Read On]

Kid-Friendly Fall Treats

Happy Fall! Yesterday I had cinnamon apples baking in the slow cooker all evening which made my house smell lovely. Apples are a favorite fall staple so, with October here, I thought it would be fun to share other kid-friendly fall treats. Here are some ones I’ve enjoyed making in the past and others that [Read On]

Urban Air Naperville Is Fun For All Ages (Birthday Party Package Giveaway)

Thanks to Urban Air Naperville for sponsoring this post. It’s the first day of fall so I’m doing what every mom does when the weather starts to cool down…I’m making a mental list of indoor activities to keep us busy through autumn and the long winter season that I know is just around the corner. [Read On]

Postpartum Essentials For New Moms

In December I was blessed to give birth to baby #3, a sweet girl who we named Emma Noelle. Labor with Emma was anything but easy. After a day and a half of labor that was not progressing, my doctors chose to do an emergency c-section because they feared both baby and mom had gotten an infection. This was my first cesarean birth and by far the hardest recovery I’ve had, partly due to the rigorous labor and surgery and partly due, I think, to the fact that my body was a decade older than when I’d had my first two children.

Fall Fun At Santa’s Village

Thanks to Santa’s Village for hosting my family for a day of fun at their amusement park. School may be back in session but the summer fun doesn’t need to end because Santa’s Village Amusement Park, an outdoor family theme and fun park in the Chicago area, is open on the weekends through October. All [Read On]

Couple’s Escape in Michigan (Giveaway)

Thanks to the H Hotel in Midland, Michigan for sponsoring this post and hosting my husband and I for a romantic weekend. For some couples, a vacation without the kids is an annual occurrence. Sadly for my husband and I though, that’s not the case. While we have traveled quite extensively over the years thanks [Read On]

Back-To-School Hacks For Busy Moms

This post contains affiliate links. It’s August which means back-to-school season is here! My tweens just got their teacher assignments yesterday and I’m busy with my new position as the Director of a preschool. It’s been interesting having one child headed off to middle school while preparing to welcome a whole group of preschoolers to [Read On]

ECOVACS ROBOTICS Prime Day Deal

Thanks to ECOVACS ROBOTICS for sponsoring this post. If you like saving money you are probably well aware that today and tomorrow are the epic deal days on Amazon.com. This Amazon Prime Day sale has deals on everything from electronics to fashion to home decor. One thing you will want to grab during the sale? [Read On]

Fun Birthday Morning Waffle Bar

Thanks to SCS Direct for sponsoring this post. Lucas, my youngest son, just turned 10 this week. TEN! Birthdays are a big deal in our home and each child gets to pick how we spend the day. Not surprisingly, Lucas always arranges his birthday day around food. The kid is seriously such a little foodie! [Read On]

Nintendo Switch Road Trip Tour Traveling Across The Country

Thanks to Nintendo for sponsoring this post and inviting my family for an evening of fun. Calling all Nintendo fans! The Nintendo Switch Road Trip tour just hit the road in Chicago, IL and it might be coming to a town near you! The tour brings demos of the latest games to you with hands-on [Read On]

Meal Kits From Peapod Make Dinner Prep Simple

Thanks to Peapod for sponsoring this post. As a busy mom I am all about things that make my life easier. The time of day I really appreciate saving time the most is at dinner time because usually we are squeezing in a meal before or after a ball game or have just a bit [Read On]

25 Fun Summer Writing Activities For Kids

I can’t believe my big kids will be out of school in one week! I am ready for the lighter schedule and thankful to be done with the car rider line but I’m not sure that I’m mentally prepared for my always hungry, loud, energetic tweens to be home 24/7 while I attempt to work with [Read On]

Easy Cookies And Cream Pudding Parfaits

This post is sponsored by Torani but all opinions are mine. Summer is (unofficially) here and that means warm weather and doing anything I can to avoid turning the oven on. I’m a huge fan of no-bake desserts anyway since I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. Plus, since it’s “May-cember” (aka the [Read On]

Water Park Fun For Little Ones At Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Thanks to Grizzly Jack’s for hosting my family for a weekend stay and for making my Mother’s Day special. All thoughts are my own. A couple weekends ago my mom and I took my three kids to Utica, Illinois for a memorable Mother’s Day weekend celebration at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort. Grizzly Jack’s is [Read On]

Fun Family Learning Events Happening This Weekend

This post is brought to you by Remake Learning Days and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Today I’m excited to share about Remake Learning Days Across America and the special events happening around the country, including here in Chicago, this weekend. From Remake Learning (which began in 2007), the festival Remake Learning Days was [Read On]

50 Ways To Spend A Spring Afternoon With Your Tween

When my boys were younger it was so simple to figure out how to spend a sunny spring day together as a family. Now that my oldest kids are tweens, those afternoons spent together seem to happen less these days. Between sports and school activities and electronics, “time with mom” has been bumped down on [Read On]

Mom-Owned Small Businesses To Shop At Online

Happy National Small Business Week! Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? I had no idea! As a small business owner myself, I wanted to celebrate by featuring other small businesses that are owned by moms (it is Mother’s Day week after all). Whether you [Read On]

Things I’m Loving This Spring

This post contains affiliate and referrral links but I’m not linking to anything I don’t use and love. It’s a rainy day here in Chicago so I thought I’d brighten it up by sharing about all of the things I’m loving this spring season! Number one on my list is sunny, warm days lol :) [Read On]

Tips For New Moms

I had someone call me a parenting “expert” before and I had to laugh. I don’t know if it’s because I have a parenting blog, I’ve spoken at parenting conferences, or because I had more than one child, but let me just start by saying I’m not an expert. I’m just a mom who has been there, done that and I’m still learning how to be successful at this parenting thing. I think I could be one of those tv moms with a couple dozen kids and still not be an expert because every child is so different! While I’m not an expert though, having just left the newborn stage with my third child means I do have a few tricks and tips I’ve discovered that have worked for our family.

Outdoor Activities To Do With A Young Baby This Spring

This post contains affiliate links. Emma was born at the end of December so she hasn’t spent a whole lot of time outside in the short three and a half months she’s been alive. Now that the weather is getting nicer I’m trying to get outside with her on a daily basis. Most of the [Read On]

How My Family Is Reducing Food Waste In Our Home

This post contains affiliate links. Food waste is a serious issue in the United States. I wish I could say that my family hasn’t been contributing to the problem but that would be a lie. I’m embarrased by the amount of food that we’ve thrown away over the years. I’m on a mission to reduce [Read On]

Fun Summer Day Camp In Chicago

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. My children’s favorite summers have been the ones when they attended day camp while I worked. They loved making new friends, playing all day, and spending hours outside. If you are still thinking about what to do with your kids this summer I’d encourage [Read On]