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Galileo Camps - Summer Science Fun!

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One week of this camp has been provided to my child free of charge.
I am sharing information about it in advance.

Hi there!

My #1 is really an amazing child. He's everything - cute as a button and smart as a whip. He's got a good ear for music, loves science, loves to play and makes friends so easily.  More than anything - he's got a HUGE heart and wants to help people solve their problems. Whether it's helping me match sock so I won't be sad (yes, I HATE matching socks!!!) to solving the water crisis in Africa, he just wants everyone to be taken care of.


 My little science lover!



My kids like to play in water. Honestly, they just plain waste it. They fill up bowls of water and just dump them over on the porch and do it all over again. Husband and I tried to explain to him that they shouldn't be so wasteful and that there are children in the world that don't even have enough water to drink, nonetheless dump out just for fun. 

This got his little heart and brain thinking about what he could do for those kids. And this is the solution he came up with - 
1 - Fill an airplane with water bottles
2 - Fly over Africa
3 - Dump the water bottles into a pre-dug pit
4 - The pit fills with water
5 - The people will come to the pit with their cups and drink the water

The simplest solution!

If only it was really this easy right? But he's a problem-solver. Which is why we think he will LOVE Galileo Camps!


"Since 2002, Galileo Camps has been shaping a new generation of innovators by teaching kids to explore, make mistakes and create without fear! Galileo’s curriculum packs serious substance and sparks kids’ imagination from pre-k through 8th grade."

This years themes are:

Galileo Amusement Park

Galileo Makers: Move It

Medieval Adventure

African Safari  

We are so excited to have a chance to send #1 here! We haven't chose our week yet, but I'm hoping he and his friend will be able to attend African Safari Week, because right now he's god a big obsession with Big Cats - he wore an Africa Leopard shirt to school today!
If you're in Chicago and looking for an innovative and transformative camp to send your child to, be sure to check out Galileo!  

And guess what! I have an exclusive discount code for you! Visit Galielo's Website and enter the code "CAMP17" for $40 off per family!

Let me know if you register!!! Or, if your child has gone to Galileo Camp let me know about your experience!  I'm excited for his week there and I'm sure he'll love it!

Until next time!

xoxo

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My Mother's Day Wish List

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Hi there!

Mother's Day is in a few days! Yea!!! 

I don't care. It's really just another day.  

But since what to get a Mother for Mother's Day is always a worry for husbands across the country, here are a few things I know I'd like for Mother's Day. Feel free to use it as inspiration.

1 - I want to sleep until at LEAST 8am. Preferably with no child in my bed kicking me in the back all night long or screaming out my name in their sleep waking me up for no reason.

2 - I'd like bacon for breakfast. From IHOP is fine. No need for a crowded Mother's Day brunch somewhere. That's annoying.
3 - Mother's Day is on Sunday.  So, I'd like to watch whatever Housewives series is airing on Bravo at the time it actually airs instead of having to stay up until midnight to catch up like I usually do.
Patomac is coming on, so everyone shut it.
5 - I don't want to have to wash the dishes.

6 - Can someone please match all these fucking socks????  I just can't keep up! Better yet - throw all these in the trash and buy new ones.  
7 - I'd like a chocolate cake from Portillo's. 

8 - A cleaning lady.

That's it. 

Well OK, if you WANT to buy me something, here's something I'd love to have:




That's it. I don't actually NEED this, but it's pretty. I'm good with hugs and kisses and handmade things from my kiddos. DO NOT BUY ME FLOWERS. OR CHOCOLATE. Gummy bears are OK though. You can skip the Hallmark card, too. 

Until next time,

xoxo





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Tips for Improving How You (and Your Kids) Sleep at Night

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Hi there!

This is a guest post by Ben Murray, a writer and researcher for sleep science hub Tuck.com. Hope you all find it useful!!!

"We all know that a good night's rest is important for our physical health and mental well-being, but the fact is that most people don't get enough sleep. A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that as many as 1 in 3 adults get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. The problem isn't isolated to grownups, either; the Child Mind Institute notes that 60% to 70% of teenagers have 'borderline to severe sleep debt', and similar trends have been reported in many children ages 11 and younger.


Thankfully, there are simple measures you can take to help you and the rest of your family members get the nightly sleep that you need. Read on to learn more about some of these strategies.


Tip #1: Establish a Healthy 'Pre-Bedtime' Routine
The hours before bedtime are crucial for winding down and getting in the right frame of mind for a healthy night's sleep. One way to achieve this is to limit ― if not outright ban ― television, video games and other electronic forms of entertainment for at least one hour before your kids go to bed. Cutting down exposure to tablets, smartphones and other smaller devices is recommended too. The reason: each of these items emits what is known as 'blue light', which can suppress the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate our sleep patterns. A good rule-of-thumb is to prohibit any blue-light-emitting device from your child's bedroom before they enter their teenage years ― and if you experience sleep issues, then it might be time to rethink that TV set in your bedroom, as well.


In place of electronics, experiment with activities that you, your spouse and your kids all enjoy. Board games, light exercise, or reading (of traditional spine-and-paper books) are all good alternatives. If your kids are young enough, then a good ol' bedtime story may also do the trick.


Tip #2: Install Adjustable Lights
Tablets and TVs aren't the only household items that emit blue light; LED and fluorescent light bulbs also produce blue light, along with another sleep-depriver known as 'artificial light'. Studies have found that artificial light on its own can reduce melatonin production by as much as 85%. Artificial light can also throw our sleep patterns out of whack because our natural 24-hour sleep cycle ― also known as of circadian rhythm ― is regulated in part by natural sunlight. One solution to this problem: adjustable overhead lights that you can dim in the hours before bed. Exposure to low-setting lights will make us feel naturally tired, so this may be a good idea for reading lights on bedside tables too.      


Tip #3: Serve Healthy, Sleep-Friendly Meals
Certain minerals and nutrients found in everyday foods can induce feelings of sleepiness. The most obvious example is tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey that makes everyone groggy after Thanksgiving dinner has been served. Tryptophan is also found in chicken, beans, and dairy products. Whole grains rich in carbohydrates ― such as pastas, breads, bagels and crackers ― are a good supplement to tryptophan foods because they produce insulin, which accentuates the effect of tryptophan by reducing the impact of other amino acids.


Calcium and magnesium can also facilitate sleepiness before bed, so foods that contain both ― such as bananas and leafy greens ― are a good pre-bedtime option. Finally, many raw fruits ― especially tart cherries, grapes and pineapple ― can be a good source of melatonin, a hormone that is also produced in the human body that triggers feelings of tiredness.


This leaves you with several meal options that will help you and your family members sleep more soundly. These include whole-grain pasta topped with melted cheese, yogurt with fresh grapes, or chicken-and-bean burritos on whole-grain tortillas.


Tip #4: Evaluate Your Sleep Surface
For many adult and child sleepers, the mattress makes all the difference. Do you sleep on your side or back? Memory foam or latex mattresses will likely be your best bet because they feature an ultra-soft sleep surface that conforms to your figure and helps align your spine. Traditional innersprings, which do not conform to your body at all, are much firmer ― making them the most comfortable option for most growing children. If you share a bed with a partner, then consider a memory foam or latex mattress (as well as latex hybrids); these models are designed to reduce disruptive motion transfer, which occurs whenever someone shifts positions or gets up from bed. Innersprings cause much more motion transfer ― but they also sleep much cooler than other mattress types, and their bouncy surface is considered the best for sex.


Only you, your partner and your kids can decide which types of mattresses will work, and which ones won't. If you are in the market for a new mattress, be sure compare and contrast different mattresses models before buying ― and, if possible, visit a brick-and-mortar store to test out models in person."

Thanks for the post Ben!  

Until next time,

xoxo

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8 Reasons To See Cavalia!

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Hi there!

Did you see my InstaStory the night that I saw Cavalia at Soldier Field??? It was a really nice time, you guys!!!
Now, I'm going to tell you a few reasons you should see the show! And keep reading - at the end I'm going to give you a way to get a good price on your tickets!
1 - I got to go to the VIP tent for a lovely spread of food and desserts, free drinks and even popcorn to enjoy during the show. WOW - they know how to treat their VIPs!!! If you can, get the VIP tickets!!! It's totally worth it!!!
2 - The acrobatic are AMAZING!!! Cavalia is similar to Cirque du Soleil, but on horses. The horses are beautiful, but in my opinion the acrobatics are the reason to go. These people are STRONG!!! There is a carousel scene that is really amazing and beautiful!
3 - These guys on these bouncy stilt things, called Skyrunners, are freaking cool! These guys are doing crazy high flips over all sorts of things!  You will definitely gasp!


4 - The music is great. There is a live singer, singing in Spanish and the music has a Latin feel with changing rhythms, which will have you bobbing your head.

5 - The scenery is BEAUTIFUL!!! The whole stage is made of sand, which kind of looks like rolling green hill's with certain lighting scenery. It's gorgeous. There is also a huge screen with moving scenes - clouds, pyramids, mountains - it's really mesmerizing. 

6 - There are some super awesome African gymnasts and drummers. They have a great scene where they make the audience chant a phrase that no one understands - until they reveal it on the big screen - "No More War On Earth."

7 -
As I've already said, the scenery is amazing.  And then - they make it rain on stage. And THEN - they FILL THE STAGE WITH WATER! And the horses and cast perform in it. Beware - if you sit front row, you WILL get wet!
8 - The horses of course!!! This show is all about horses! These ponies prance so beautifully and the riders have such amazing control.  There is a group of small white horses dancing together that is seriously adorable.
The show is high energy, while still having a very ethereal feel. The end of Act 1 was bananas. The tricks they were doing! People bouncing on and off their horses, riding them backwards, doing flips underneath the horse??? OMG! It was kind of shocking! You will hear gasps of shock and lots of cheering and applauding. It's really cool.

So! If you want to check it out - use the code SOCIAL to get 15% off your tickets on Cavalia.com! The show closes May 21st, so don't wait!

BUT WAIT!!!  

Mathieu from the Cavalia crew has given me 4 TICKETS TO GIVEAWAY!!! They are for this coming Saturday, May 6th at 7:30. Want to win them??? Leave me a comment  below, on this blog post about what part of this show you'd love to see in person! I will pick the winner Friday (5/5/17) at 9PM!

Let me know if you have any questions about the show! And good luck on the giveaway!!!

Until next time!

xoxo


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The Bombox Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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These products were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.
Hi there!

I just wanted to share these ADORABLE bath bombs with you!!!

Victoria from TheBombox.com sent me a few of her homemade bath bombs to test out and they are SO FUN!
I tested them all on my kids and they absolutely LOVED them!

We used them over a 2 week span. My kids were right next to me when I took all the photos and also with me when I made videos for Snapchat or Instagram. They watched the magic happen and there were a lot of "oohs" and "aahhs".

I wasn't worried about using them on my kids because they are made with good, clean ingredients like Organic Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Shea butter and scented with essential oils.

First we tested the Chocolate Bubble Bath Bomb.
I'll be honest -the day we tested this was a day that I just really wanted to watch an episode of Game of Thrones so I made my #1 take an extra long bath so I could have some quiet time. The chocolate was all I needed to lure him into that bath*! This bomb smells so yummy! My son LOVED it!
*One note on this one - it left chocolate residue in my tub and I did have to put some effort into cleaning it up. No big deal - it was easy to clean up! Only, it required more than just rinsing it off - especially in the jets of my tub.

My kids LOVED the Kiss Me Down Lake Shore Drive  Bubble Cupcake! It left the water tinted green, which the kids thought was cool and it smells delicious! I learned with this one - you have to take the wrapper off first!  
The Mini Vanilla Spice Bubble Cupcake was their favorite.  Great scent and when I put it in the tub, it started to spin, which was fun. They were so excited when it started to spin!
The last one we tried, the Jasmin Rose Bubble Bath Bomb, was my personal favorite. I LOVED the flora scent of this one. I was feeling kind of bummed I didn't use this one for myself! It smelled so nice!
As you can see, it made a TON of bubbles and they lasted for a long time! My kids were in heaven! And yes, my daughter wears a shower cap sometimes haha!

So now, here's the fun part.  Victoria wants to gift 3 BATH BOMBS to one of my readers!!! 

It's super easy to enter - 
1 - Follow me on Instagram @theglammom
2 - Follow Victoria on Instagram @_thebombox
3 - Leave a comment on this post about why you want to try these bath bombs.

And, DONE!

Wait, there's MORE!!! If you don't win the giveaway, Victoria is offering you all a 20% off discount code to use on her site. Just enter GLAMMOMBOX at checkout for your discount!

In the meantime, check out Victoria's site - www.thebombox.com - and check out her Instagram for pretty photos and videos of her bombs in action!

Until next time,

xoxo


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Want to win $1000 CASH??? Keep reading!

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Hi there!

I've teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to be able to offer our followers $1000 CASH!!!

How amazing is that prize???

It's SO easy to enter? So don't miss out on this chance!

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This giveaway ends on 4/29 at 12am, so make sure you follow everyone by then!

Good luck!!!!

Until next time,

xoxo



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Fun With My Mini with #VBxTarget

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Hi there!
My kids are work. But my girl is work plus DRAMA!!! OMG the tears. All. The. Time. But, we adore her, obviously. And one of my favorite things about my girl is that she's a real girly-girl.
She wants to wear a dress or costume every day; Loves having her nails painted; She tells me how to style her hair each morning (but cue drama as soon as the brush hits the slightest tangle!); She's ALWAYS in my lipstick. And I seriously LOVE IT!!! I've created a monster lol!
Luckily, my girly-girl is usually willing to be twinsies with mommy if I ask her to. I make no secret of the fact that I LOVE to dress her just like me. I've been doing it since she was a baby and I will keep doing it as long as she's willing! So I took full advantage of the Victoria Beckham for Target Collection since it had "Mommy and Me" pieces.
How cute are these matching bomber jackets??? The embroidery is so pretty. The color is so great for spring and this one can be dressed up or dressed down.
I really wanted to wear jeans, but of course she insisted on a dress. I had to choose something from her closet that I could easily match in mine. She just got the dress she's wearing from my mom for her birthday and I pulled this older, light chambray dress from Old Navy that I was reminded I had after my friend Joelle helped me clean out my closet a few days ago!
A bomber jacket is an easy addition to any outfit. I have a few, but I think they are all black lol! So I'm glad my girl and I have these to pull from our closets now. 

Sadly the adult jacket is sold out now, but the girls jacket is still available in sizes Small, Medium and Large


Until next time, 

xoxo
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