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Personalized Gifts from Minted


Personalized Gifts from Minted

It's the middle of November and the cold weather has officially hit Chicago. One thing that warms me up is thinking about decorating and giving gifts for the holiday season! We have been fans of Minted for years. Every year we create our holiday cards from Minted's amazing selection.  I didn't think it was possible but every year Minted products get better and better. They now have home decor, personalized gifts and artwork. foil pressed art

We are obsessed with their foil pressed products. They are gorgeous and unique.

minted Christmas ornaments

I love vintage ornaments. I have a collection from my husband's grandmother that I cherish. These vintage metallic ornaments need to find a place on my tree.

Kids art holiday card

If you don't have time to take family photos this year for your holiday cards, no worries! Create your own custom holiday card as a family.

personalized silhouette artwork

Silhouette artwork is classic. My mom still hangs the silhouette's of my sister and I from when we were young. A gift that any parent or grandparent would cherish for years to come.  Minted makes it simple and easy to create a silhouette. personalized holiday wrapping paper How awesome would this personalized wrapping paper look under the Christmas tree! This is wrapping paper you won't want to throw away!

You can save on Minted holiday cards and foil products until 11/16. You can find the deals here.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own. 


Playchic Fashion Show


Playchic Fashion Show

For the past few years I have attended Chicago Toy & Game Fair with my family. Its a fun event that allows us to check out the hottest toys up close and personal! It's a great way to find out what the kids want to put on their holiday wish list.  My kids and husband look forward to attending it every year. My personal favorite event during Chicago Toy & Game Week is playChic an  innovative runway show that combines fierce fashion with top toys. We are excited to announce this year's playCHIC Fashion Ambassador Panel comprised of some of the most influential Chicago bloggers.


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If you've never attended playChic it's like no other fashion show in Chicago. Founder Mary Couzin had the most unique vision, creating a runway show that pairs the hottest fashion designers with world-famous toy brands to create an unforgettable evening.

playChic Fashion Show 2015 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

What to expect at playCHIC?

Much like "Project Runway" playCHIC challenges each designer to create a runway look inspired by a toy and game partner. Renowned designers including Peach Carr, Michelle Tan will showcase their most recent and playful look followed by a video presentation of the designer on location at their studio creating their playCHIC masterpiece.

The 2015 playCHIC fashion show will hit the catwalk on Thursday, November 19th at Alhambra Palace Restaurant.

playChic Fashion Show Chicago

GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY! Hosted at Alhambra Palace {1240 W Randoph Street}, Chicago’s most creative and unforgettable fashion experience will kick off with cocktails at 7 p.m. and a runway show following at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $45, and for more information, visit a Rafflecopter giveaway I was selected to be a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador. All content and opinions expressed here are honest and all my own.


SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot


SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot

Meet our new buddy, SPRK!sphero 4

Sphero SPRK Edition is an app-enabled robot that has changed the way Ellie is learning...and playing.  Sphero SPRK Edition and the SPRK app are designed to inspire a love of robotics, coding and STEM principles while teaching the power of cause, effect and conditions in programming - all through play.

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Ellie is in 3rd grade this year and will start to learn coding in computer class this year and SPRK has really ignited excitement about writing programs.  Sphero SPRK Edition comes with sample programs loaded for those just starting out on their coding journey.  Or you can create your own programs if you are more advanced.  SPRK even comes with a protractor, pencil and notebook.



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Sphero SPRK Edition does so many cool things.  He (we made it a him) can roll in a many different shapes and configurations.  Figure 8's are no biggie for SPRK.  He can also change colors on command and even jump.  So cool!sphero 2 Even when the student is using built in programs, you can always tap the code symbol and see all of the code that runs the program.  I admit that sometimes toys like this overwhelm me or easily frustrate the kids.  But everything about the Sphero SPRK Edition is so easy and user friendly.  Ellie downloaded the app, plugged it in to charge and was having our SPRK do tricks all over the house a few minutes later!

sphero 1

Our Sphero SPRK Edition will be visiting Ellie's 3rd grade class later this month.  Her computer teacher is going to use it to demonstrate coding to the class.  How cool is that?!

The Sphero SPRK Edition robot retails for $129.99 on the Sphero website.

To learn more about this cool little robot, check out Sphero on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Thanks to Orbotix for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are honest and our own.



Personalized Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Love

Father's Day is just a few weeks away. Have your bought your husband or dad a gift yet? I prefer to give gifts that are personal and special. Some of my favorite gifts I have received were made by my kids. I searched Etsy for my favorite gifts that will make Dad happy on Father's Day and for years to come.

 personalized sports key chain

 Personalized Pocket Square with kids art

 Personalized engraved wood watch

Personalized Father's Day Frame

Personalized wall mount bottle opener

Personalized cuff links

Pillow with your kids art

What do you plan to give the dad in your life this year?


American Girl #TrulyMe

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American Girl #TrulyMe

We (and by we I mean the girls and moms) are excited to share the launch of a new line of look-like-me dolls from American Girl called Truly Me!   The Truly Me line allows girls to choose their doll from 40 different combinations of eye color, hair color and style and skin color. Each Truly Me doll will now come with exclusive play-based content directly in the doll box (48+ ideas for girls to do with their dolls) as well as a new, free digital play experience online that will accessible to all girls on all devices.

Ellie chose the blond doll with wavy hair and brown eyes.  The blond on this doll is a darker blond, not super light, which is perfect for her.  She has been waiting for a doll with her features and was so excited find Truly Me doll #24.

American Girl Doll

Here is a video Ellie made of of her new American Girl Truly Me doll.

Truly Me really encourages girls to think about what makes them special and unique.  Ellie was ecstatic to be part of the #TrulyMe campaign that started today on and will featured on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter this Saturday!

American Girl Truly Me

To encourage your daughter to think about what makes them unique, you can have them create their own Truly Me poster.  Just click below to print and upload a photo of your daughter with her poster and the hashtag #TrulyMe to get in on the fun!

Stay tuned because we have an inside scoop on much more of the American Girl Truly Me fun!  We can't wait to share it with you!

This post was created in partnership with American Girl but all opinions expressed are my own.

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