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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]

Ways To Celebrate Earth Day As A Family

Earth Day is just a couple weeks away so I thought it would be fun to share some ideas of ways to celebrate Earth Day as a family. Whether you have toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged children, or teens, here are some ways to get your whole family involved in celebrating this place we call home. Make [Read On]

Hair Bow And Headband Storage For Girls (And Discount Codes For Our Favorite Bow Subscription Boxes)

This post contains affiliate links. Now that I’m a girl mom I can finally buy all the adorable girly accessories I’ve always wanted to. The problem I ran into was: how am I going to store all these baby girl bows?! We live in a tiny place and Emma just has a makeshift nursery so [Read On]

Autism & Sensory-Friendly Family Events In The Chicago Area April 2019

Today is World Autism Awareness Day (or Autism Acceptance Day to some though you can read why I’m sticking with “awareness” for now). As a mom of a child on the Autism Spectrum, every day is Autism Awareness Day in our home but I appreciate those that spend this month trying to learn a bit [Read On]

Innovative Camps For Kids

This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. The kids are just back to school, after a week off for spring break, and I’m already thinking about summer. Each year I try to pick one or two experiences that I think will benefit my kids and [Read On]

Our Favorite Baby Items For Baby’s First Three Months

This post contains affiliate links. Emma turned three months old yesterday! I feel like that time flew by (while at the same time thinking about how long each day sometimes seems to be…) Now that she is officially out of the newborn phase I wanted to share about some of our favorite things that got [Read On]

How To Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. More than 1 million children were victims of identity theft or fraud last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. ONE MILLION last year alone and two-thirds of those victims were 7 years old or younger. I was shocked to learn these statistics, mostly because I hadn’t really [Read On]

Baby Lullabies That Parents Will Enjoy Too

Now that I have a little one again we have been listening to a lot of lullabies. When my boys were younger I had lullaby CDs so we listened to the same songs over and over again. Nowadays, I typically tell Alexa to play baby lullabies when it’s time for Emma’s morning or afternoon nap [Read On]

Autism And The Special Olympics: Our Family’s Journey

It took a while to find the perfect sport for Lucas to participate in. He tried football but would meltdown every time the team intercepted the ball because, no matter how many times we explained the rules, he was convinced they were cheating by taking the ball. Soccer games were spent running around the edges [Read On]

ECOVACS Robotic Cleaners That Make Life Easier (Giveaway)

Thanks to ECOVACS for sponsoring this post. I love discovering new products that make my life easier so I was excited when ECOVACS invited me back for a second year to check out all the innovative products they were showcasing at the International Home & Housewares Show (IHHS). Their smart cleaning solutions reduce chore-induced stress [Read On]

How Families Can Celebrate Read Across America Day

This Saturday, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day so I wanted to share some reading resources, tips to help your children develop a love of reading, ideas for a Dr. Seuss party, and even an awesome freebie ($40 value)!  Early literacy has been a cause that’s been really important to me since my college [Read On]

The Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge

Cats do tend to sleep a lot (almost as much as my newborn!) but I also wanted to see them be more active and playful. I learned about the the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge and it sounded perfect for my cats. The challenge encourages people to try switching their pet’s food to Purina ONE® and suggests that pet owners can see visible differences with Purina ONE® in just 28 days!

How To Make It Through A Sick Day When You Are A Mom

One of the hardest things about being a mom is that we don’t really get any days off, even when we are not feeling well and could really use a “sick day”. Instead, we have to get through the day the best we can and consider ourselves lucky if we find a few minutes of rest while our children are at school, napping or otherwise occupied. I wanted to share a few ways that I make it through the day when I’m under the weather and hopefully these tips can help you the next time you are sick.

Asleep With The Fishes Overnight At The Shedd Aquarium (Giveaway)

Have you ever walked through the aquarium and wondered what life is like for the fishes when they don’t have hundreds of eyes on them? The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is giving families an opportunity to answer this question by observing the animal behavior that takes place after hours during their Asleep with the Fishes [Read On]

5 Things To Look For When Choosing Swim Lessons

Thanks to Big Blue Swim School for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts are my own. Having tried out swim lessons at about a dozen places, I’m amazed at how different swim lesson programs can be. Considering all the options that are available to families I thought it would be helpful to put together [Read On]

Baby Shower Gift Guide

This gift guide contains affiliate links and some samples were received but all thoughts are my own and I’ve only included items I personally recommend. Looking for that perfect gift to give a mom-to-be at the next baby shower you attend? I’m sharing some of my favorite picks, including some you might not think about [Read On]

Slime Bash Chicago (Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post. Calling all parents of children and tweens who LOVE slime…. Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash Chicago! The World’s Largest Slime Convention is Chicago bound. Created by Maddie Rae, a 13-year-old entrepreneur who launched Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue, this is one slime-tastic event that is not to be missed. This two day event will [Read On]

Date Night Gift Baskets

With Valentine’s Day coming up in a couple weeks I’m thinking about date nights and sweet gifts so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some ideas that combine both! Giving a gift basket that has a date night activity is a thoughtful gift that shows your loved ones that you value time [Read On]

Essentials For New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. Having just had my third child over nine years after the birth of my second one, I feel like there are so many new products on the market so I was excited to receive BabbleBoxx’s New Mom, New Year box full of essentials. Read on to learn about my favorite [Read On]

How You Can Help Brighten Valentine’s Day For A Child In The Hospital

The Handfuls of Love campaign that I shared about last year is back! I’m excited to spread the news about this easy, free way to help brighten Valentine’s Day for a child in the hospital. Just imagine the young child’s face when they receive your message! Participating is as easy as going to their website, [Read On]

Football Party Food Bars

Football games are the perfect excuse to throw a party! Fans will not want to miss a minute of the game which is why food bars make the perfect food choice. Not only are they pretty easy to setup and require minimal cooking, but most of the prep can be done ahead of time so [Read On]

How To Help Your Child Develop Soccer Skills This Summer

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I know it’s not even February but it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! One of the best things I’ve done for my oldest, who plays league soccer during the winter and spring seasons, is enroll him in Challenger Sports’ soccer camp every [Read On]

Introducing Emma Noelle

On December 29th we welcomed our daughter, Emma Noelle, into the world. She was due January 9th but, like was par for the course this pregnancy, did things on her own terms. After being sent to the emergency room four times in a two and a half week period of time for tachycardia (twice) and [Read On]

Gift Ideas For The Hard To Buy For Adults On Your List

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? I’m not ready! I have so much on my to-do list still and I know I’m not alone. Whether you have all your shopping to do still or you have some hard-to-shop-for people you are still [Read On]

Weekly Kids Meal Subscription Service To Make Life Easier

Thanks to Yumble for sponsoring this post. As a busy mom, I’m always looking for things that will help save me time (and my sanity). I recently discovered Yumble, a weekly subscription service that delivers prepared, healthy, and delicious kids meals right to your front door. My family has tried the service for two weeks [Read On]

Why Santa HQ Is The Best Place To Visit Santa This Year

This is a sponsored blog post. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Santa HQ to review this product. One of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions is visiting Santa at the mall. It’s actually a tradition that I’ve done since I was a little girl growing up. In years [Read On]

Ideas For Creating More Family Time This Winter

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I know it’s not technically winter but my boys had a snow day earlier this week and the holidays are upon us so it’s wintertime in my book! With as busy as this season can get it’s important to make sure that family time [Read On]

Tips For Gifting Tech This Holiday Season

Thanks to the Consumer Technology Association for hosting a lunch & learn and giving me some amazing technology to try with my family. This post contains affiliate links. Every year so many new tech products come out on the market and sometimes it’s hard to know which to buy, especially when you are shopping for [Read On]

Great Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Ages

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. The holidays are here which means it’s gift giving season! I’ve gathered up a variety of gift ideas for kids of all ages- from newborns to tweens! Bookmark this post because I’ll be sharing more great gift ideas as I discover them! Bobbi-Toads Bobbi-Toads is a [Read On]