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Family-Friendly Halloween Movies To Stream

Thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post. Halloween time is always a favorite holiday for my kids because it means lots and lots of candy. It also means evenings curled up under blankets while we have spooktacular family movie nights at home. Here are 20 family-friendly movies to enjoy during the Halloween season: 1) Hocus [Read On]

Tailgating Essentials For Families

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. For sports loving families there is no better way to spend the weekend than watching sports together. While most games are spent home around the television it’s fun to get out and actually go to a game to enjoy the fun in person. Today I wanted to share some essentials [Read On]

How To Help Your Child With Special Needs Develop Play Skills

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayWithPlaymobil #CollectiveBias Did you know that play doesn’t come naturally for all children? Some children, especially those with developmental disabilities and specifically those on the Autism Spectrum, may find play challenging (especially pretend play). In fact, one of [Read On]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2018 (Giveaway)

Thanks to ChiTAG for sponsoring this post and hosting my family for the past several years. It’s hard to believe that the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (lovingly referred to as ChiTAG) is only about a month and a half away! The 2-day toy and game extravaganza will be held at Navy Pier, Festival Hall [Read On]

Tips For Hosting A Simple Last-Minute Football Party

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Football season is a great excuse to get together with friends and family. When it comes to party time I like to pick simple foods and decor that will let me enjoy the company and the football game [Read On]

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

It’s October which means it’s pumpkin time! I love taking my kids to the pumpkin patch and we always come home with a pumpkin for each kid. When they were younger we used to carve pumpkins but they weren’t huge fans of the texture and mess. Nowadays we don’t really have the time, nor the [Read On]

Keeping Little Ones Safe In Vehicles

Thanks to Chicco for sponsoring this post during Child Passenger Safety Week. Do you know when it’s time to turn your child’s car seat from rear to forward-facing? According to a recent study by baby gear brand Chicco, 1 in 4 parents around the country are still unaware of the appropriate time to turn their [Read On]

5 Pregnancy Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

This post contains affiliate links. Getting surprise packages in the mail is so fun! I love finding new products through subscription boxes so now that I’m pregnant I started looking into subscription boxes made exclusively for those expecting babies. Here are five fun ones to check out: Bump Boxes Bump Boxes is a monthly subscription [Read On]

Why I Love Football And A Simple T-Shirt DIY

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FootballFanGame #FiredUpFans I love the warm summer months but there is one thing I love more….football! (I’m sure you all could have guessed that since I talk about my obsession with football all year long!!) The cool, crisp [Read On]

3 Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Artistic Passions

This post is sponsored by The Brand Connection/Pentel. All ideas and opinions are my own. Jacob has always been interested in playing sports but, over the past couple of years, he has really gotten into the arts as well. From music to the visual arts, he’s taken an interest in all things artistic. As parents we [Read On]

Freebies For Kids

Everyone loves getting things in the mail, especially children who get really excited because they don’t yet equate the mailbox with bills. I thought it would be fun to share a list of FREE things that kids can get, either through the mail or in person at stores. Here are some of our favorites we [Read On]

3 Travel-Friendly Finds For New Parents

Thanks to Momtrends for sponsoring this post. This post contains affiliate links. This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Chicago Baby Show at Navy Pier with my family (including the two soon-to-be big brothers you see above). Since my oldest was born over 10 years ago and my youngest over 9 years ago [Read On]

Tips For Smoother School Day Mornings

I’m far from perfect as a mom… I can’t keep my van clean, stay on top of laundry, or get my youngest to love veggies. One thing I can do though? Get my kids to school early every day. I have had some moms in my mom’s groups ask for help and tips when it [Read On]

Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

Baby bath time gift basket for new moms. Moms will love having all the essentials for baby bath time in a durable container they can carry between bathrooms when it’s time to give baby a bath.

Math Made Fun With Online Classes From Revolution Math

Thanks to Revolution Math for sponsoring this post and offering this amazing offer to my readers. Math was never my strong subject in school so when it comes to homework time I’m not much help. Luckily, thanks to amazing teachers, my two boys have found math much easier than I did but they still struggle [Read On]

15 Family Friendly Things To Do In Chicago And The Suburbs This Summer

Disclosure: While this is not a sponsored post, I have partnered with most of these attractions over the years or have ongoing relationships with them. Thanks to all of the Chicago and suburban attractions that support this blog and provide my family with amazing experiences! Regardless of relationship though, all thoughts are my own honest [Read On]

A Fun Game To Play When You Need Some “Me” Time

This post is sponsored by Zynga, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. When I started this blog in 2008 I did so to carve a little time out of my day for myself. I had just given birth to my first child and was looking for a hobby. I loved to [Read On]

50 Summer Boredom Busters Tweens Can Do At Home

Now that the novelty of summer has worn off I’m sure you’ve probably heard the words “I’m bored” come out of your tween’s mouth (or you will soon enough). I know Lucas has already said it a few times! I decided to put together a list of 50 things tweens can do at home when [Read On]

The Best Universal Gift Registry For Those Engaged Or Expecting

Thanks to MyRegistry for sponsoring this post. Out of all the things there are to do when you are engaged or expecting, one of the more exciting tasks on the to-do list is setting up a registry. Whether you are having a bridal or baby shower, or just have family and friends wanting to buy [Read On]

It Is Okay If This Summer Is Not The Best Summer Ever

I’m sure you have all seen the meme that has been going around Facebook reminding us that we only have 18 summers with our kids. It reminds us of how fleeting our time is and how our children will only be little for a short period of time so we should make this summer count. With my [Read On]

10 Birthday Traditions To Make Birthdays Special For Your Child

With both my boys’ birthdays in June we’ve been busy celebrating here in my house this past month. We have some special traditions that their dad and I have kept going from our childhoods but we’ve also created some new traditions for our little family. I thought it would be fun to share some of [Read On]

Our Big News! (And Chicago Baby Show Tickets Giveaway)

Thanks to MomTrends and the Chicago Baby Show for sponsoring this post. Those that follow me on social media already heard the news but, in case you missed it, we announced a couple weeks ago that we are expecting a baby in January 2019! I figured I should officially announce it here :) We are [Read On]

Does Your Child Dream Of Becoming An Olympian? Free Recruitment Clinics With USA Luge

While we were watching the Winter Olympics this year, Lucas said he wanted to try Luge. Finding sports that are a good fit for my little guy has been difficult so I had briefly looked into Luge since he’d shown interest and was dissapointed that I hadn’t found any place nearby for him to try [Read On]

Burger Bar Party Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeYourSummer #MADEFORDOERS #CollectiveBias One of the best things about summer is all the grilled food, from burgers to kabobs to corn on the cob. I love celebrating special events with barbeques so I thought it would be fun [Read On]

Our Responsibility To Children Who Play Youth Sports

I’ve shared before how involved my kids are in youth sports and how many benefits to being involved in team sports that I think there are. Sports have helped my boys work on their social skills, learn the importance of teamwork, given them a chance to learn about responsibility, provided a fun means of exercise [Read On]

How To Save On Prescription Medications

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LifeInCheck #CollectiveBias (LifeInCheck™ is brought to you by Inmar, a data and technology analytics company. Over the past 15 years, Inmar has created relationships with brands and retailers to provide consumers with the lowest price on prescribed [Read On]

Peter Rabbit Family Movie Night With A Mr. McGregor’s Garden Themed Popcorn Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WelcomeToFamilyNight #PeterRabbit #CollectiveBias Our family loves having family movie nights. It’s a nice break from our busy sports and work schedules and the perfect way to spend time together as a family. There’s nothing better than cuddling up [Read On]

Guide To Visiting Put-In-Bay With Kids

Last summer we went to Cedar Point and decided to spend an extra day exploring Put-In-Bay, Ohio, before we headed home to the Chicago suburbs. I am so glad we decided to extend our stay because that has been one of my favorite vacations to date. Put-In-Bay provides an atmosphere much like one you’d find [Read On]

Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Grass Allergies

This post is sponsored by Stallergenes Greer. Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before starting this, or any other, medication or treatment plan. I am not on ORALAIR® (Sweet Vernal, Orchard, Perennial Rye, Timothy, and Kentucky Blue Grass Mixed Pollens Allergen Extract) Tablet [Read On]

Iced Tea Gift Basket For Mom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias Mother’s Day is coming up and I have the perfect gift for you to give to your mom….time with you! My mom always says she wants time to spend with her daughter and it makes sense. [Read On]