Stephanie Wagner
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Pampers Cruisers #SAGTOSWAG TOUR is making it's Chicago stop this Sunday!


Frequent readers know that I am a member of the Pampers Blogger Panel, known as the Pampers Baby Board. The relationship continues to be a natural fit for my blog as we have a shared loved for little ones. So, I'm happy to share Pampers latest news, Pampers is introducing new and improved Pampers Cruisers diapers with extra absorb channels. This new design reduces diaper sag and helps babies stay drier.
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Review of My Stitch Fix Box 6 #stitchfix

Stitch Fix Brixon Ivy Marcio Scalloped Camisole Blouse (Light Purple) 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Cami Blouse (Orange)
If you've been keeping up with my blog lately, you know I am a bit obsessed with a personal stylist based shopping site known as Stitch Fix.  My 6th Stitch Fix box arrived just before I was leaving on our big family summer vacation and I was really hoping to score I few items I could bring with me.
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A Dream Vacation, ProFlowers #MySummerStaycation Campaign


ProFlowers recently challenged me to draw inspiration from one of their arrangements on a dream vacation.  Having just returned from a 2 week family vacation in the mountains I found myself craving the opposite.  A night with just my husband to some place hip and urban much like this chic succulent arrangement I received.
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Fall 2015 Back to School Shopping with PS Aero #backtoschool #kidsapparel #psAeroVIPBlogger




Frequent readers likely recall that I am a VIP blog ambassador for P.S. Aeropostale and adore this opportunity. Each season I am provided with a gift card so I can feature some of my favorite looks on my twin boys and I'm excited to share my 2015 Fall / Back to School picks.
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A Summer filled with Adventures, Netflix #StreamTeam


Our summer break has been filled with adventures big and small.  We've gone into the city to see a show, we've attended multiple camps, we've spent hours in the pool, we've gone rock climbing, and bungee jumped, played mini golf, and watched some epic adventures for some inspiration on Netflix as well.
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Our Summer Day Camp Adventure with the Boy Scouts #Sponsored

Boy Scouts Summer Camp

A few weeks ago the twins and I were invited to attend a Boy Scouts summer camp so that we could share our experiences.  I learned that there are a variety of different Boy Scouts camps taking place across the country, each offering a varying range of summer adventures.  Day & overnight camp activities can include hiking, archery, sling shots, obstacle courses, swimming, arts & crafts, field sports, roasting marshmallows, or other themed-oriented fun.  We attended a cub scout twilight camp organized by the Rainbow Council.
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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney opens at Morton Arboretum Today #NatureConnectsTMA

#natureconnectsTMA Sean Kenney LEGO Art

Last evening the twins, my husband, and I attended the media preview for the Morton Arboretum's latest temporary exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney.  As a special treat, the artist himself was there to introduce himself, answer questions, and sign copies of one of his children's model building books.  Sean Kenney also took the time to personally walk with us in the rain through 4 of his 13 pieces on display throughout the Arboretum’s east side landscapes.  Rain or shine, Sean Kenney's brick sculptures displayed within the natural landscapes of this beautiful arboretum are most impressive and a definite must see for anyone who's ever snapped a LEGO brick or two together.  Sean Kenney and his team actually snapped 464,770 LEGO bricks together for this exhibit.
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A Little Summer Fun on Chicago's Navy Pier #FamilyTravel #Chicago

A video posted by Stephanie Wagner (@andtwinsmake5) on Jul 11, 2015 at 3:44pm PDT

Disney's The Little Mermaid @ Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier #CSTMermaid #Chicago

Disney's The Little Mermaid @ Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier now through August 16, 2015.

Saturday morning my husband and I along with our 3 youngest children headed to Navy Pier in Chicago to see Chicago Shakespeare Theater's presentation of The Little Mermaid.  CST's Courtyard Theater is one of my absolute favorite venues to see a show.  I've seen close to a dozen productions in this intimate house and have yet to find a bad seat.  Additionally, what's not to love about a location on Navy Pier?  Chicago Shakespeare Theater's summer tradition of bringing family entertainment to Chicago has become an annual ritual for many families like my own and this year's show was one of our all time favorites.
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Plan an Omaha Family Adventure & Save $ w/ the App #Giveaway #Omaha

Visit Omaha

Last summer we had the chance to spend a day and evening in the city of Omaha while on our summertime family road trip.  We had a great time and hope to go back again sometime soon.  We stayed an evening in a hotel downtown, went out to dinner, and even topped the night off with some ice cream at a top local spot.  The highlight of our time there was a trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium the next morning before heading home to our home in Chicagoland.
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Review of My Stitch Fix Box 5 #stitchfix

Stitch Fix Review, Ivy + Blu Joy Eyelet Dress, Crescent Murrey Embroidered Hem Top, Maggy London Archie Dress, Papermoon Leon Knit Top, Papermoon Janessa Lace Detail Knit Top, Personal Stylist

An email with the subject line "Your Fix is On its Way!" has become one of my favorites as of late.  It's right up there with the occasional sweet "just because" emails from my husband.  There is just something about the element of surprise I so adore.  Continue Reading This Post ...

Naperville Ribfest 2015 #familyfun #Chicago #foodie

Ribfest Naperville

Our 4th of July weekend was filled with plenty of family fun and even a good deed or two.  Thanks to plenty of sunny weather we were able to spend most of it outside.  We rode bikes, swam, played tennis and basketball, found and eventually returned a local families' dog, and ate lots and lots of good food.  One of our yummiest meals took place at the Naperville, Illinois Ribfest.
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Hamill Family Wild Encounters now Open at Brookfield Zoo #Chicago #Zoo

Hamill Family Wild Encounters Exhibit at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago


We visited Brookfield Zoo again yesterday and had the chance to check out the Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit on it's opening day.  The new Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit is designed to give guests up close experiences with some of the animals including reindeer, goats, llamas, alpacas, parakeets, Wallabies, Emus, and red pandas.
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New on Netflix for Kids & Must Watch Throwbacks #StreamTeam


Netflix is melding the old with the new this summer with some new releases, a couple reboots, and some childhood classics all available for current streaming now.  My twins June Netflix favorite is the release of The Netflix Original "Dragons: Race to The Edge".
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4th of July Patriotic Apparel #July4th


With 4th of July just over a week away, it's the perfect time to gear up with some new USA themed clothing.  
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Toca Boca unveils fun new kid's app, Toca Life: City #TocaLifeCity

Just in time for those long family road trips and rainy summer days comes a new app app from one of our very favorite kid's app producers, Toca Boca.

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The Marvel Experience. Now it’s your turn to save the world Chicago! #tmxChicago #giveaway


7/8/2015 UPDATE:

THE MARVEL EXPERIENCE TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  The winner of our giveaway will  instead receive tickets to the Chicago Marvel Universe Live Show on Friday, September 18th at 7:30pm @ Allstate Arena.

Have you heard?  The Marvel Experience is headed to Chicago at McCormick Place from July 11 through August 2 and since we are huge Marvel fans we have all the info along with a ticket giveaway for our readers to enter.
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A Visit to The Field Museum in Chicago #TheFieldMuseum #SuetheTrex #Chicago

Sue The TRex, The Field Museum, Chicago

The twins 7th birthday was a day based on all things dinosaur related and it included a family trip to The Field Museum in nearby Chicago to see Sue the T-Rex!  We also said hi to all the other dinosaurs found in the museum's large Evolving Planet exhibit.
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The Twins turn 7 and celebrate with all things Dinosaur


The twins turned 7 this past weekend and this year's dinosaur birthday theme was kept a surprise to both boys.
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"Here's a list of the current giveaways found on my blog, And Twins make 5! $50 Bug & Pickle Gift Certificate 8 Simple Rules DVD aden + anais towel set Kernel Season's Party Popping Popcorn Nowali Moccasins SinuCleanse Kids…"
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"Hello, My blog And Twins make 5! is holding a giveaway for a $25 Gift certificate to KozyPal Cart Covers. We will also be hosting a giveaway for a TableTot Portable baby high chair and travel seat in the near future. I hope you will come check us…"
Feb 19, 2009
Stephanie Wagner replied to Mommy Meryl's discussion 'Are you hosting a giveaway/contest on your blog?' in the group Contests and Giveaways Galore!
"Hello, My blog andtwinsmake4.blogspot.com is holding a giveaway for a $25 Gift certificate to KozyPal Cart Covers. We will also be hosting a giveaway for a TableTot Portable baby high chair and travel seat in the near future. I hope you will come…"
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Feb 19, 2009
Annette Piper left a comment for Stephanie Wagner
"G'day Stephanie and welcome aboard :) Wow, five children including twins, I only have three including twins and that's more than enough for me!!!"
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"So nice of you to welcome me! Come visit my blog sometime. Take Care, Stephanie of And Twins Make 5!"
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"Thanks for the welcome and the friend invitation. Your blog looks cute. Hope you have a chance to visit mine. Take Care, Stephanie of And Twins Make 5!"
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"Welcome to MBC! I just joined recently and am looking forward to meeting lots of new and interesting people. I love sharing useful information with other moms: free samples, recipes, reviews, giveaways, and chit-chat. Please feel free to enter my…"
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Rebecca Sprouse left a comment for Stephanie Wagner
"Welcome! Glad to have you here! If ya ever need anything...don't hesitate to ask! Look forward to getting to know you! Sincerely, Rebecca http://www.mythirtyone.com/rebecca25 http://www.marykay.com/rebecca.sprouse"
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http://andtwinsmake5.blogspot.com/
Share a little something about yourself with other moms.
I am a mommy of 5 including twin 7 month old boys. I love checking out all the gear available for kids and moms. I research everything before I buy. Blog reviews are lots more fun than window shopping.
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I talk about all the stuff I wanted to know before I knew it. I only blog about stuff I like.
I have been blogging since...
couple weeks ago, very new to blogging, but I've been a mom for 14 years

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At 6:23am on July 10, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)


Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help


At 12:17am on August 18, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time. I just love this site. The women are so embracing and I hope you are enjoying your experience as much as I.
At 9:58am on February 19, 2009, Maria said…
Hello Stephanie, welcome to MBC!
At 9:45pm on February 13, 2009, Annette Piper said…
G'day Stephanie and welcome aboard :) Wow, five children including twins, I only have three including twins and that's more than enough for me!!!
At 11:10pm on February 12, 2009, Mom Bloggers Club said…
Welcome to the club! Thank you for joining us.

Jennifer James
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At 2:08pm on February 12, 2009, Lisa Samples said…
Welcome to MBC! I just joined recently and am looking forward to meeting lots of new and interesting people. I love sharing useful information with other moms: free samples, recipes, reviews, giveaways, and chit-chat.
Please feel free to enter my giveaway for a The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein at Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1!
Lisa
At 9:43am on February 12, 2009, Rebecca Sprouse said…
Welcome! Glad to have you here! If ya ever need anything...don't hesitate to ask! Look forward to getting to know you!

Sincerely,
Rebecca
http://www.mythirtyone.com/rebecca25
http://www.marykay.com/rebecca.sprouse
 
 
 

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