“You’ll Want to Play With These, Too” Holiday Gift Guide & Book Giveaway!

Usually I let my kids do the fun stuff; the reviewing, the taste-testing, and the experiencing. Not today. I’ve gotta tell you- as soon as these gems arrived on my front porch, I knew that not only were these the kind of toys I wanted to play with, but that this season seemed to be ushering in a renewed love of free play with never-ending options. How awesome is that? (Disclosure: Although I’ve been compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and toys {Read More}

Ready for literally anything with Netflix & the #StreamTeam

Disclosure: As a member of Netflix’s #StreamTeam, I take my role of sharing potentially autumn-saving media with you extremely seriously. Read to the end of this post for a pretty rare, pretty awesome Netflix subscription giveaway! Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and organizational tendencies are entirely my own. *** Fall can be an incredibly fast-paced, ridiculously intense month if you’re not too careful. I am generally careful. Alongside my supply of extra hoodies (because I swear my kids leave them {Read More}

A summer faves roundup- and a giveaway!

Disclosure: These companies and products are better than the last hour of the last day of school. Although I’ve been compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and dreams of endless summer are entirely my own.  Okay- the days are blissfully warm, bedtimes are nonexistent, and the kids are finally out of school. Happy summer! Ready to hear about my new favorite goodies? (I knew you would be.) Plywerk I’ve gotten into the really, really good habit lately of printing, framing, and displaying {Read More}

Spring’s must-haves (and giveaways)!

Disclosure: These hand-picked, wonderfully curated products are sponsored posts that I’m fairly certain you guys are going to adore. Although I’m compensated, all thoughts, opinions, and Spring fevers are entirely my own. *** Know what’s better than warm weather and sunshiny days? Great stuff to help you enjoy the heck out of that warm weather and those sunshiny days. Read on, friends. Ollies Blocks We like to think of ourselves as blocks connoisseur ‘round here. We have lots of them, all {Read More}

5 of my favorite holiday gifts & a giveaway!

Disclosure: Sometimes I get things for free! Sometimes I just love to promote people and things and require no more compensation than a hearty (virtual) handshake. Neither scenario impacts my words in the slightest, as all thoughts, opinions, and gingerbread feelings are entirely my own. *** One of my favorite parts of blogging is- and has always been- sharing my favorite companies and products with people whom I’m 99% certain would be hanging out with me and buying the same {Read More}

Giveaway! $70 Rodan + Fields summer essentials!

Guys, this is a good one. Recently, I’ve been working with my friend Jacqueline to promote her fabulous Rodan + Fields biz– and she really knows her stuff. (Plus, she’s flawless. Which is a) totally unfair at preschool pickup and b) totally how you’d want your R+F consultant to look, amiright?) And hey, Chicago, you know how it’s a gazillion degrees and sticky right here on the surface of the sun (which, again, we wouldn’t change because= winter is about {Read More}

You deserve this bling from Heidi J. Hale Design Studio (a giveaway)!

Disclosure: This post- and stupendous giveaway- is written on behalf of the Heidi J. Hale Design Studio, but all thoughts, opinions, and Gollum-like grips on my new bling are entirely my own. *** ‘Round here, we’re halfway through a really exciting time. At least for me. The beginning of May is Mother’s Day and the beginning of June is my birthday. Somewhere in there is the ol’ anniversary. I truly, truly, ridiculously, enjoy all three of those holidays, if only {Read More}

Chicago holiday events and an app-happy giveaway!

Happy third Wednesday in my borderline linear holiday event and giveaway series! Settle in, folks; there’s a lot of stuff you need to know about this week. (Disclaimer: Some of these products and events are given to me for review purposes, but most are things I just really, really like talking about.) Tallyho! Places to go: It’s no secret that the Morton Arboretum is one of the coolest places, ever. Ready to wow your kids (or, you know, your legitimately {Read More}