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Free Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show!

The 2018 Chicago Baby Show, on August 25 & 26, 2018 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 2nd year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from the Chicago area seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. 

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Last year was the first year for the Chicago Baby Show and we weren't sure what to expect.  Lauren, Felicity and I went to check it out. What we found was a day filled with parenting sessions, new products to discover and things to make life with a baby easier.

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Now Felicity is one and while she's getting to be more of a big girl every day, she is still very much still a baby. For this year's baby show things like becoming an independent eater and potty training will be more what Lauren is focused on.

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But no matter what stage of baby you are in - expecting, newborn or on your way to toddlerhood - the Chicago Baby Show is the place to be.

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We are so excited to be giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show!  There are 10 sets of tickets available so claim your tickets quickly by clicking HERE.  Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual but we also have tickets at a reduced rate available HERE.

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10 Reasons to visit the Shedd Aquarium this Summer

The Shedd Aquarium is one of our absolute favorite places in Chicago. I’ve been going since I was a kid and remember when the Oceanarium opened.  

A lot has changed since my fifth grade field trip to see the beluga whales. Here are ten reasons to visit the Shedd this summer.  

1. The View

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The outdoor patio st the Shedd could be the best view of the Chicago skyline. Summer days are great for eating outside and taking in our gorgeous city. 

 

2. Underwater Beauty

Underwater Beauty is a temporary exhibit at the Shedd. It really is breathtaking with creatures from the sea that you might not typically see.  

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3. Jazzin at the Shedd 

I don’t have any photos from our night that aren’t blurry because these kids never stopped dancing.  

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Music fills the Shedd indoors and outdoors every Wednesday night from 5pm-10pm all summer long.  

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4. Sharks

Viewing the sharks in the Wild Reef never gets old. The exhibit is beautiful beginning to end but the sharks really are amazing to see. 

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5. Dolphins

There is just something so majestic about the Pacific White Sided Dolphins.  We could just watch them all day!

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6. Stingray Touch

This seasonal exhibit is in full swing. The female stingrays swim about and if you put your hand in just right, you’ll be able to pet a stingray on the back.  

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Some our family was a little timid but Ellie was all in. Every time she touched a ray she got the biggest smile on her face. It was really hard to pull them away from their new friends. 

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7.  Polar Playground  

It is ridiculously hot outside. But do you know what’s cool? The Polar Playground. At this spot on the lower level of the oceanarium you can put on a penguin suit and stay cool sliding around. Plus the real penguins are just so cute. 

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8. You can find Nemo.  

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9. And Dory! 

When we were in the Underwater Beauty exhibit, our preschooler shouted, “I found her!!! I found Dory!!!!” And he was right. It was hilarious and so cute.  

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10. The view

i know this was also our number one reason but at night at Jazzin at the Shedd, you get the perfect view of the Navy Pier fireworks.  

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For more information on the Shedd, visit SheddAquarium.org.  

 

Is the Shedd Aquarium on your summer to do list? 

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road Chicago

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration on the Road Chicago

Every once in a while you get an email sprinkled with Pixie Dust that invites you to attend a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration event. The first time we received an email, Betsy and I had my little guy in tow.  Will was just a few weeks old and because he was so tiny, he came along for the ride and even got to meet Mickey. 

 

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Our next Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was at Disney World in 2016. It was the best time EVER and if we were ever lucky enough to be invited back, we would jump at it!

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This time we were back in a Chicago for another Disney Social Media Moms on the Road. The event is part learning what’s new at Disney, part motivational and part educational. The social media space is constantly evolving and it’s up to us to stay ahead of the trends and be ready for the next big thing. 

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All of the speakers were fabulous but we wanted to share a few key things we learned at the mini conference.

“Great Things never came from comfort zones,” is my new favorite quote. It was part of lessons on great story telling. All too often we (the general we) stick with what works and are maybe too scared to try something new. This was just the reminder needed to take a leap and try something new. More coming on that soon!

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Kristyn Merkley From Lil Luna blew our minds with her SEO talk. We are working on our web and are taking time behind the scenes to make sure The Little Style File is user friendly and giving helpful information to all of our readers. 

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Jeanette Kaplun from Hispana Global reminded us how not to lose our audiences. And we had a very interesting conversation on how chat bots and technology like Alexa are changing the future of our entire industry. 

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Connecting and networking with other social media moms is always so fun at this event. 

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But the best best part is being able to bring the Disney magic home. Thanks for having us, Disney! We hope to see you again soon!

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Disclosure: The Little Style File founders we’re invited to this complimentary event. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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How to Have an Easy Night Out After Kids

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How to Have an Easy Night Out After Kids

Before our daughter arrived, my husband and I had big ideas about how our lifestyle didn't need to change all that much in our post-baby world...we would still find time to go out just the two of us, we would still go to concerts and check out new restaurants, we would prioritize time together in order to be the best possible parents to our baby, we would still be cool, just with the added bonus of becoming a family of three. We vowed that we'd make it out at least two times a month, which seemed like a modest goal.

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