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10 Activities To Do This Winter

If you live in the Midwest like we do, the winter can get a little old. Sure, the snow is gorgeous...until it turns into the slushy gray mess we are so familiar with. Here are my top ten activities to do this winter to keep boredom at bay! 10. If you aren't type A and can handle a mess, packing peanuts make great fake snow! We recently received a package that came with millions of packing peanuts. My son dumped them out on the floor (yay?) and proceeded to make snow angels. He had a lovely time, and when he was done, I taught him how a broom and dustpan work.

9. Is it anyone else's secret dream to attend Monster Truck Jam? Just me? Ok, I guess it is more of a curiosity than anything else. What do they jam to? Music? Or is it just a bunch of trucks crunching cars? I  hear it is insanely loud, so make sure to bring earplugs/noise-reducing earphones for the kiddos. If you go, please get me a t-shirt!! Here is the schedule:

The website even has coloring pages for the kids. They are coming to Rosemont February 5th-8th, so geeeeeeeeet reeeeeeeeeady!

8. I am not built for cold weather, even though I was born and raised in Michigan. I was always outside when I was little- skiing, building snow forts, careening down sled hills, and even opening up my own sno cone stand with my Snoopy Sno Cone Machine (I didn't get many customers...). With my kids, I bring the cold inside by heaping snow on top of art trays and putting them on a vinyl tablecloth. I add in all of our beach toys and the kids are entertained until the snow melts!

7. I am probably the world's worst bowler, I just don't have the natural coordination to make the ball go straight or even stay in my alley. I still have a blast every time I go, and I think my kids would enjoy all the action that this activity has to offer. Pinstripes has Open Tot Bowling Monday-Friday 10am-12pm, designed just for preschoolers. Cost is $5/kid (caregivers are free) with a limit of 4 kids/adult. Check your specific location's calendar to make sure they got it goin' on!

6. What is so fascinating to kids about a car wash? My son asks to go EVERY day. I have to explain that: A. Our car will freeze and B. I will go broke. Since he has dozens of Matchbox cars at home (that constantly magically appear under my feet), I decided to open up a car wash of our own in the kitchen sink. If your kiddos are small enough, just plop them in a sink full of soapy water and let them go at it! Otherwise, a stool at the sink with sponges, scrubbers and soap is just as fun.

5. Want to expose your child to some "culture" but nervous about taking them to a live show? The whole family is welcome at Storytown, an "interactive and fully improvised adventure." I brought Bryson, my 3 year old, to see the show a few months back. Charlotte was also in tow, so I took a seat by the door just in case. The cast was amazing- they dealt with Bryson's outbursts ("I think Lightning McQueen should be in the show. He's red. You need red shirts. He races. He wins the race"...and on and on) like champs. The kids get to literally help design the set and participate in the acts. Ideal for ages 3-10, fun for the whole fam:

4. Remember when I made fun of myself in #8 about having a sno cone stand? Well, I might have failed at turning a profit, but I still think it was fun! How about making an indoor circus complete with sno cones, popcorn and acts of your own? Take whatever talent your kids have and turn into an act worthy of a 3 ring circus by setting the scene. Put up blankets hanging from the mantle for a backdrop, make top hats out of construction paper, and gather your stuffed animals for the main event. We even have an inexpensive tent that we purchased from IKEA- it doubles as a great book reading nook. This is a photo of my son when he was a few years younger putting together a circus, poor kid!

Circus Theme

3. Want to end your day on a (sugar) high? Hit up the Hershey's Store on Michigan Avenue. They have a number of experiences for your hopped up little to enjoy: Factory Worker for a Day, Wrap Happiness where they get their photo on a chocolate bar, and a visit to the Bake Shoppe- an assortment of freshly baked goodies topped with Hershey products. Check out the site for info:

2. Now that you have fully stocked up on chocolate, how about a little 60's/70's revival with a fondue party? If you are all chocolate-d out, go for cheese instead. Try crazy combinations, like chocolate with bacon (!!!) or cheese with grapes.

1. And my top pick for things to do this winter? Chicago Family Palooza in St. Charles! This event is sure to be a boredom buster and tire those kids out for a long winter nap after. This jam-packed event is coming up on February 28th and March 1st and runs from 10am to 6pm each day. Here is a sample of things for your family to enjoy:

  • Magic Acts
  • Zip Line
  • Rock Climbing
  • Jugglers
  • Train Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painters
  • Inflatables

Tickets are $8 for General Admission, and $15 for the Premium Wristband which includes GA activities and rock climbing, moon jumps, obstacles courses and more! You can save $2 off admission by purchasing online before the event. Check out the details here:


Chicago Family Palooza- Must-Do Winter Event

Want to attend this event with your family for FREE? We are giving away a family pack to one lucky winner that includes General Admission for each member, PLUS a bonus Premium Ticket for each member as well! The Premium Tickets are valid for activities such as Zip Line, Euro Bungee Jump, Face Painting, Sand Art and Caricature Portraits.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below and don't miss this spectacular way to get the family moving in the middle of winter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given passes to Chicago Family Palooza for review purposes; all opinions are honest and my own!



#StylishHoliday Twitter Party 11/19

It's that time shopping time! We're gearing up for our third annual Very Merry Holiday Gift Guide and we thought a Twitter Party would be a great way to celebrate it! Join the BonBon Rose Girls, The Little Style File and Baby Shopaholic for our #StylishHoliday Twitter Party to get you ready for the spring season! We want to inspire you to be stylish this special season!

DATE: Wednesday, November 19th


HASHTAG: #StylishHoliday

HOSTS: @BonBonRoseGirls, @lilstylefile and @BabyShopa

SPONSOR: @StokkeBaby, @PearTreeGreet, @shop_pyschobaby and @Little_Gloriana

PRIZES: Stokke Tripp Trapp ($249), 3 $100 Pear Tree Greetings gift codes + free shipping, $100 Psychobaby gift code, Little Gloriana dress ($65)

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to win our prizing during the party, please follow your hosts, Pear Tree Greetings and Stokke on Twitter!

To qualify to win the giveaway prizes, please answer questions posed by the party hosts with the hashtag #StylishHoliday. Winners will be selected at random using Twitterdraw. Each winner will be announced by one of the hosts during the party, will receive a Direct Message requesting contact/mailing information, and will have 24 hours to respond or the next person randomly selected will be contacted as a winner.

Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (“United States”) and Canada who are 18 years of age or older and who currently reside in the United States or Canada at time of entry are eligible for prizes. No substitutions and prizes are non-transferable. Void in states that prohibit such sweepstakes.

We can't wait to party with you!

Disclosure: We were compensated for our participation, but the opinions expressed are our own.



Mani's & Mimosa's #perfectpairsweeps #miraclemani

I came home from a great ten year anniversary trip from NYC with my husband last Sunday. It was hard to adjust to my mommy duties. Luckily this Monday morning was a little more fun! I threw a Mani's & Mimosa party for a few of my mommy friends. It was a perfect time to get together, relax, talk, pamper ourselves and enjoy some good food and drinks. We need to kick of the week like that more often!

I love finding ways to entertain my friends and family with recipes that are easy and delicious. The less stress in entertaining the better.

If there is one thing that I need to do more in my life, is take care of my nails and pamper myself.:) I don't have a lot of time for manicures and when I do it seems like they chip within 24 hours. It seems like it is just a waste of my money. I was beyond excited at the opportunity to try out Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ . I wanted my guests to have everything they needed to create a Mani at home at their finger tips. I set up a station for each of my guest. It was a perfect way enjoy conversation, do our nails and a mimosa.

We loved the colors of the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™  and how easy it was to use! I am loving the pink and happy to report I have no chips yet.  We all used 2 coats of the color and one of the top coat. The best part that it isn't time consuming! There is no heat involved which makes it nice and easy for the mom on the go!

Show off your #perfectpair  and #miraclemani  on  Instagram . You will have a chance to win the top 10 Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™  colors. All details for the sweepstakes can be found here.

Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ At Last!  Gel without the light!


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.



Funky Legs Draw Your Dream Tights Contest!

We are thrilled to be a part of an amazing contest that our friends at Funky Legs are throwing! Funky Legs are known for their fun tights. Our kids are always looking for accessories that will make their outfit stand out, that is easily done with Funky Legs.

Let your little ones creativity flow and have them design their DREAM Funky Legs tights! Are their a pair of tights you have been on the lookout for but can't find the right pattern? Now is the time to draw your kids dream tights!

Here is how you enter the contest.

1. Draw your dream tights.

2. Take a Photo.

3. Tag #funkylegs and #lilstylefile on instagram.

4. Email us your funky legs photo to

It's that simple!

Contest ends on 9.29.14. We will need all drawings sent to our email by that date.

Winner will be announced on 10.3.14.

One winner will receive 7 pairs of Funky Legs Tights!

The grand winner will have their design produced for their F/W 15 line and 7 pairs of tights!




Win A Trip to Costa Rica with Nature's Path! #EnviroTripz

We love discovering companies that not only are trying to help our kids and family be healthy but also gives back.  We recently introduced to Nature's Path, EnviroKidz line, which was perfect timing for the new school year!

They provide organic, gluten free, Non GMO options for kids and teaches them about protecting the environment by donating one percent of sales towards endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids. Nature's Path is a fiercely independent family business that has been committed to organics and sustainability for 30 years. The entire Envirokidz line is gluten free, so everyone in the family can enjoy breakfast together.

We are excited to tell you that EnviroKidz is sending  three  lucky families on an Enviro Trip to Costa Rica to help save the sea turtles at SEE Turtles, a non profit wildlife conservation travel operator in the beautiful OSA peninsula. Three lucky winners and their families (three groups of 4 people) will get an all expense paid trip to Costa Rica in March 2015. They will spend three days working with Costa Rican organization Latin American Sea Turtles to catch endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles in the Golf Dulce. Which is a beautiful gulf located alongside the Osa Peninsula. The winners will help researches set out nets, measure and collect important data before releasing them back into the water. The families will also participate in a mangrove restoration project, helping to plant two species of mangrove trees that are critical to turtles and other wildlife of the gulf. Finally the winners will visit a chocolate farm to see how the world's favorite treat is made!

Ten runners up will receive EnviroKidz gift baskets. Please visit for official rules.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nature’s Path via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Nature’s Path or MomTrends.