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How to Travel Safely With Children During the Holidays

This is the time of year when travel increases dramatically. Taking trips to see family and friends are perfect during the holidays as parents and children have time off of work and school to simply enjoy December. But as you travel you need to make sure your children are as safe as possible. 

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6 Tips on How to Find Your Forever Home

Looking for a new home is both an exciting and challenging time in any person’s life. When you’re specifically looking for your “forever home”, your stress levels can start to peak. Studies are showing that people are starting to look for their “forever home” from an earlier age. Buyers are no longer taking the housing…

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My Fuzzy Love Valentine Heart Craft

You can lose track of time with these 3 EASY Valentine Heart Crafts! :)

Celebrate the Valentine's Day holiday with your little ones by making this adorable craft. Hang the finish project in your home or give it away to a friend to share the love. Nothing really beats a gift made with love. :)

My Fuzzy Love Valentine Heart Craft

materials needed:

  • Blank White Canvas
  • Hot Glue…
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Added by Jazelle on February 10, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

How to Survive Holiday Travel

7 Ways to Survive Holiday Travel

Holidays aren't complete without the ones we love. If your family lives near, everyone will probably gather at a central location to celebrate. If you have family out of town, travel will more than likely be apart of your plans. Traveling with kids during the holiday season can seem pretty complicated, but it's totally doable! Use these 7 ways to survive holiday travel with the family and you'll…

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Added by Jazelle on December 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

"Don't Be Hungry" Box

Our "Don't Be Hungry" box is a wonderful way for children to take part in sharing with others with those who are hungry and homeless.

"... and a little child shall lead the way."

One day, the kids and I were running errands when we came to a stop light where a hungry and homeless man was standing and asking for change. Normally, I'd grab some coins to give, but didn't have anything in our usual spot. I started fumbling around to find more change when he decided to move on down the line of cars. Before I could catch…

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Added by Jazelle on November 18, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

5 Reasons To Have a Tea Party

5 Reasons to Have a Tea Party With Your Daughter

My daughter loooves tea parties! She'll have tea parties with all the animals in her room, including any of her brother's toys that may have somehow gotten mixed in. Illy will throw parties for her brothers or bring me little cups of "tea" and "soup" (lukewarm water) while I'm working. She's even gotten the whole family to sit on the floor in the living room for a tea…

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Added by Jazelle on November 11, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Just Go Already

go there

While spending some time wandering on the internet, I came across this picture on Mseffie.com. At first glance, I noticed that they are using scrabble pieces and a globe to get their message across. Cute. Artsy. I really enjoy the antique effect they used to bring the picture together. However, before I could click on to another page, the message caught my attention again. Rather than the letters that spelled "Go There," I saw "Just Go Already!" 

How many times have…

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Added by Jazelle on September 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Easy Bookmark Craft for Kids

Establishing a love of reading can be tricky sometimes. Children who would rather run around and be active physically may not see the "fun" in exploring through a story... at first. The key is to choose books that speaks specifically to their interest and personality. Allow them to select which books stand out to them - superheroes, all things locomotives, comedies, comics, holiday themed, etc. As they become excited about what they're reading, they'll want to do it more! Go a step further…

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Added by Jazelle on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

S'mores Recipe for Kids

Camping isn't on our list of trips for this year (maybe next year), but I still wanted to introduce my kids to one of the great camping experiences ever... S'mores! There's just something about the ooey, gooey, stickiness of the marshmallows and the sweet, smooth chocolate that is enough for me to deem camping as one adventure that everyone must try... at least once in their life. (Of course, there is the beauty of nature and all the creatures you may not normally see, but I'm speaking…

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Added by Jazelle on September 10, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mini Pizza Recipe

Mini Pizza Recipe

Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack... Repeat. There are days when I’m not exciting about having to prepare another meal. Eating is important, I know, but its nice to have a break sometimes... even if its only for one meal. This is mini pizza recipe is one that the kids can completely make themselves! All you have to do is place it in the oven, set the timer, and take it out!…

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Added by Jazelle on August 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The One and Only... Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, IL

The one and only Maggie Daley Park is located in the loop or downtown area of Chicago, IL. It is a FREE public park and is 20 acres! The playground is near the Lake Michigan shoreline so not only are you getting great views of the city, you're also getting amazing views of the lakeshore.

Maggie Daley Park

The first thing you see when walking…

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Added by Jazelle on August 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Avenue Ale House- Where Kids Eat Free!

Kids Eat Free at Avenue Ale House in Oak Park, IL! They have great burgers, seafood, and children menu options. Get 2 free kid's meal with the purchase of 1 adult meal!

Ever have a day when you're just craving a good burger? The burger that's not for neat freaks or for the "first dates" (unless you roll like that ;) ), but the kind that is thick and juicy and barely fits into your mouth as you take a bite! The close-your-eyes, sigh-as-you-chew, "I know I have sauce all over my face - I'll get it soon," type of burger... Yeah. Well, I was having one of those…

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Added by Jazelle on August 18, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Let It Go! Disney's Frozen On Ice

Mommy & Me: Disney's Frozen on Ice

Recently I had the privilege of taking Illy out on a date. We'd been talking about it for a while and were long past due for an outing, but there always seemed to be something else going. "Dates" don't always have to be a big outing, in fact, some of our dates have been a sweet treat and girlie movie. No BOYS allowed! ;) This time, however, I wanted to do something special and…

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Added by Jazelle on August 11, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Pass

 

In addition to tons of books, games, puzzles, and family programs; the library is also the place to get your Museum Adventure Pass!

The Museum Adventure Pass is made possible through the wonderful partnership between local libraries and various zoos and museums. This partnership gives families an opportunity to visit each location at a discounted admission rate or for FREE!

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Added by Jazelle on August 6, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

One Recipe, Three Meals

One Recipe, Three Meals

My crockpot has become a dear friend over the past 6 years... Pretty much when I started having kids. Its so easy to throw all your ingredients in, cover, and the let magic happen. Whether you work outside the home or from inside the home, there's nothing better than to smell the wonderful aroma of your dinner cooking and to know that all you have to do is grab a plate and fork. Sigh. There are a plethora…

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Added by Jazelle on July 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

10 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

I walked into a store today to pick up a picture frame and other nicknacks. After gathering my items and getting in line, an older lady looked down at my children (who were bouncing around like a couple of sugar-high human jumping jacks) and said, “I have two just like that. Well, my son has two just like that. I really think they should just have school all year round. Being out for the summer…

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Added by Jazelle on July 28, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cheap Board Games for Kids

Cheap Board Games for Kids

One day after school, I took the munchkins out for a treat. It was a sunny day and, as you may know, sunlight can do wonders for a person's mood! We stopped for a snack of cheese fries and ice cream- not the healthiest snack, but it's nice to splurge occasionally ;) After we'd filled our bellies and satisfied our cravings, we walked over to a Goodwill store nearby. The plan was to find me a good book…

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Added by Jazelle on July 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Packing For Tomorrow

Packing for tomorrow

Last night, the kids and I had the opportunity to pack some lunches for the West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization. This non-profit agency gives emergency food and shelter to individuals and families in the West Suburban Cook County area. They operate a shelter every Tuesday night and provide lunches for the next day. There are many PADS programs available all over with some even supplying permanent housing and supportive services for their…

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Added by Jazelle on July 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Dance Party

dance party

It's a weekday and I don't feel like cleaning or cooking... although both of those things need to be done at some point! No, I feel the need to do something fun. Something that I don't really have to set up or tear down. Something that will make me laugh and possibly get in a little exercise at the same time. It's time for a dance party!

I have had multiple occasions when my children look at me as if to say,…

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Added by Jazelle on July 16, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

A Trip To The Mall

A Trip to the Mall

It had been a while since the last time Illy and I had gone on a date. Sure, we'd done things together as a family, but it wasn't concentrated time with just us. We checked out the calendar, selected a date, and put our names in the box. This was our date and Nothing was going to change that... hopefully. Well, the day finally arrived and, although I was already tired from a full day out with all three…

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Added by Jazelle on July 14, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

5 Educational Online Games for Kids

6 Educational Online Games for Kids

Whether you're in the midst of the school year, on summer vacation, or just looking for some fun and interactive activities, these 5 educational online games for kids can be a lifesaver! Online games are convenient because they can be played wherever you have internet connection and a phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop. I find them to be a great option to cartoons (although wonderful) and…

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Added by Jazelle on July 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Homemade Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of those snacks that you can eat almost anywhere whether at a party, on the go, or while you're sitting at your desk at work. It's not only tasty but healthy, too! Here is a simple but wonderful homemade trail mix recipe.

Homemade Trail Mix

  1. what you need:
  2. dried mixed berries, 5oz bag
  3. vanilla yogurt covered raisins, 5oz bag
  4. dried tropical fruit medley,…
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Added by Jazelle on July 2, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

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