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My Happy Tots with their Veggie Bowls

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This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but
the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Hi there!
I was recently introduced to the Happy Tot Love My Veggie Bowls, and my kid LOVES them! I just wanted to share them with you.

I grabbed some from Target the other day. Since they don't need to be cooked, I can basically carry them anywhere.
I picked the kiddies up from camp and went to the park. They wanted a snack. I had these with me just to test them out and pulled them out for them to try (along with some backups just in case LOL!). While my oldest was hesitant, would you believe he actually LOVED it??!?? He's a picky eater, so I was positive he wouldn't even try it. 
The kids thought they were another brand of ravioli that I used to buy a lot. Even though they weren't what they were used to, they still ate them ALL!
I made a little video to show how cute it was watching them enjoy their Veggie Bowls :) 
These Veggie Bowls are ready-to-eat. You can heat them if you want, but it's not necessary, which is why I was able to bring them to the park. They are organic and non-GMO with nothing artificial. Each bowl includes a full serving of veggies, so when we went home for dinner I didn't force them to eat their carrots LOL!
If you'd like to try these, HERE is a COUPON for $1 off any bowl. 
Tag me in pictures of your kids enjoying their Veggie Bowls!
Until next time,

xoxo


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Double Wearing this White Moto Jacket

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Hi there!
I just wanted to share this jacket I got from Fashion Nova a few weeks ago.

Basically, it's one of the coolest tops I've ever worn.
I wore this and felt super cute when I attended Tuesday Toast at Le Colonial with my Sister in Law Teka. The event was to benefit Jackson's Chance Foundation, which a seriously worthy cause. After the bar portion we had dinner at Trubluck's.
It was just OK.

BUT their entertainer for the night - Nyla McDaniel - was freaking AMAZING!!!
I spoke to her after her set and she gave me some helpful tips for me and husband's next little gig. I can't wait to try them out for you guys to see! Follow her on Instagram.
I loved this jacket so much that I decided to wear it AGAIN on Saturday for a quick dinner with husband at Stefani Prime, a newer fine dining restaurant not far from where we live. It was nice to not have to go allllll the way downtown for a nice restaurant! Id go back, just for the atmosphere. The food was decent. Better than Trubluck's, but nothing amazing.
One note about this jacket - the only complaint. It's HOT!!! I mean, it's pleather. It doesn't breath at all. I wasn't noticeably sweating, but I was definitely feeling like I needed to air out after being in it for a while LOL! But the style was worth the heat!
Find my exact jacket HERE.

And I've linked a few others in various sizes and colors from other retailers below:


Until next time!

xoxo

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Santa and The Arc

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Hi there!

I'm trying something new. I'm blogging from my phone. Which is a pain in the butt. But I haven't blogged in so long because I don't have a ton of time to sit at my computer. So I'm gonna try this and see.
When I wore this top 2 days ago, a cutie in my #3's preschool class told me I looked like Santa. Right afterward, I helped in a effort to save some ducklings who lost their mama. They ran out into traffic and we ended up carrying them to safety.
Screenshot of me and one of the duckies
And I finally got to use my knock-off Arc bag. (Yes - most people are carrying knock-offs.)
That was a good day.

I linked some good Arc knock-offs for you on Amazon and LikeToKnowIt 😘

 Amazon Options!




Until next time!

xoxo


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Reppin' The Chi!

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Hi there!

So, I'm trying to catch up on the new Showtime series The Chi. It's hard for me to find time to watch television, but I'm finally caught up on the Housewives, so I'm on to this one! Episode 1, and I was hooked! I love a good drama! And this one is about my city, starring local talent (some of which I've actually met!), so I HAVE to support!!!
A funny little tidbit before I begin - Last week I went to an event with some friends at Joy District. Beforehand, we went to a place called The Hubbard Inn for dinner and drinks. My Sister-In-Law saw our bartender and said she knew him from somewhere. She asked him and he said they'd never met. But she was certain she'd seen him around. She texted me a few days later and said she remembered how she knew him. He was on TheChi!!! As I watched the first episode - there he was, working in the restaurant!!! Funny! You never know who could turn up on your tv screen LOL!
I degress.

1 episode in, and I was hooked.
It's sad, you guys; the violence in our city. It's a vicious cycle. Innocent kids dying for nothing. Over sneakers and chains and nonsense. Yes, this is a TV show. But this is also real life. And it's sad.
But behind all this sadness is the story line, there is love. Jason's dad,Ronnie, loved him. Coogie loved that dog which caused him to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. His brother, Brandon, loved him. The cycle of love caused the cycle of violence. Ugh. It's kind of crazy! I'm on episode 3 now and plan to be caught up before the next new episode airs.
I will say that I noticed one character, Andrea, has a jacket that I have that I haven't worn in forever!!! And it inspired me to wear it the day after I started watching the show LOL! I felt inspired to rep my city, hence the outfit! I picked up this Chicago Flag necklace while I was at the Chicago History Museum for a play date a few weeks ago and have worn it a a bunch of times since. My kids love it also! 
And even though they suck, I'll still support the Bulls lol! 
But only because this shirt is cute and the United Center has good food LOL! I've linked pieces similar to my outfit for you below.




So listen, you need to watch this show. I have Showtime, so I'm able to catch up with no problem. But if you don't have Showtime, no problem for YOU!!! Because starting now, you can stream The Chi online!!!
Check out Showtime's streaming service using the free trial! Plus when you use my code your free trial will be extended from 7 days to 30 days!
You don't need cable! You can watch shows like The Chi,Homeland, Shameless and more right on your favorite device! To start your free trial (available to new customers only) - and extend it from 7 days to 30 DAYS!!! - use code THECHI30. And catch up on the first 8 episodes of The Chi ASAP!!! Episode 9 airs on SundayMarch 11th. I'm def going to be caught up by then!

Until next time,


xoxo

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Avoiding Summer Brain Drain with Galileo Camps

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Hi there!!!

I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I've just been SO. DARN. BUSY. I know I said I was going to try to post more, but I just haven't had time to. But I'm squeezing in this quick post before I put the kids to bed. It's already almost 8:30, so this is going to be quick!!!

It's kind of crazy that we already have to think about SUMMER CAMP!!! It's only February 18th! It SNOWED yesterday!!! But, lots of camps are already taking registration and filling up!
My #1 attended 2 camps last summer and he had the BEST TIME at both. He has been talking about going back to science camp ever since he left!!! He absolutely LOVED attending Camp Galileo's Nebula program last summer. Every day he would come back from camp RAVING about the activities he did and the games they played. Not only did they have lots of indoor science activity, they had lots of outdoor time, running around and playing team games. There is no question that we will be sending him back again this summer for their Stars program. We will also probably send #2, as she will be 5 in April and old enough to attend camp also.
Now that our kids are all in school all day long, we want to make sure that they don't lose everything they've been working on all school year. Did you know that "on average, students lose 2 months of reading skills over the summer"? #1 has been working SO HARD on his reading this year and #2 has really gotten a great grasp on her phonics. And I'll be honest - I'm not the best at keeping them working on educational things at home. I like to keep them busy, yes. But I like to get them out of the house being active. I'm not great about keeping them working on educational things. So a camp like Galileo is great! It will keep their brains moving, but also their bodies!
It will take 2-3 hours of learning activities per week to prevent any summer "brain drain." (LINK) Galileo Camps fill this need and then some! Let's be honest - it takes the pressure off of me!!! They are having fun AND learning and helping keep them prepped for the upcoming school year.

I love that I can send my kid to camp and he can learn AND have fun!!! #1 LOVES to learn. It's kind of ridiculous. He's seriously the most curious kid. He wants to know how everything works. This camp is perfect for him! #2 needs a little more...motivation. I think Camp Galileo will be great for her as well. Galileo works to incorporation seven components of creativity into their programing.
Courage, collaboration and determination are just a few. I want to see my #2 be brave in asking questions and trying out new activities. I want to see her work well with other children and I want her to work with full intention of achieving her goals. These are characteristics that #1 naturally possess. But #2 needs a little more of a push. I think a camp like this will be great for her.
Camp Galileo sent #1 this activity to do. It had no instructions. It was so fun to watch him tinker around with the parts to see what he could creates. In the end, he created a "CD Player" with using a few other thing from around the house.
One of #1's classmates was in his camp group last year, so I'm hopeful that some more of his school friends will join him this year! If you'd like to join him also, click HERE to register and use code INNOVATE18 at checkout to receive $30 off your week! I hope I'll see some of you there!!!

Until next time!

xoxo







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Hey 2018!!! And - Stage Mom Life

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Hi there!!!
This is actually my first blog post of 2018! I don't have any grand resolutions to proclaim. I never keep them anyway. But I can say 2017 was a really good year, and I'm hoping 2018 is just the same for my whole family.

I just figured I'd write a post about what I did today, because my #1 took some cute photos of my top for me and he had a pretty busy day himself.
Many of you know, my kids model occasionally. They all have an agent and have worked for local Midwest brands such as Kohl's and Sears. They don't get called often, but that's ok. But I try to take any opportunities they are offered because obviously I think my kids are the cutest in the whole world LOL!
Today #1 booked a job modeling HOSPITAL GOWNS. It was not what I was expecting. He wasn't either. And let me tell you he was NOT happy when he put the first gown on LOL! He said it looked like a dress. 
He went into his shoot with a BAD attitude.
I had to remind him that he was being paid to be there and to keep telling the crew he wasn't having fun was disrespectful. I also explained to him WHY child-size hospital gowns are needed. He is a really empathetic child, and when he heard that there are sick kids who look for gowns like the ones he was modeling as a little bit of happiness for them during their hospital stay, he straightened out. He's really the best kid.
He did a great job. They actually loved his wild ways, and let him pose however he wanted.
So after we left, I asked him to earn an extra pack of fruit snacks by snapping some shots of my top for my blog. Of course he did a great job, as always. This red top from Eloquii is available now for under $17! And there is a burgundy version that is on sale for 40% off if you use the code DAY2!!! So get to shopping!!!
Why on earth would I use another photographer??? He has the most reasonable rates ever! All he asks for as compensation is CANDY LOL!!!
 I'm actually thinking of giving him his own camera and starting him an Instagram of his own! He's really a phenomenal child. He always gives his all when he's given a task. We could all take lessons in hard work from this kid!
We took these shots in the parking lot of a townhouse sub-division. That building in the background is the nursing home where his photo shoot took place.

After we'd already arrived home, I got a voicemail from his agent telling me that we'd forgotten his backpack at the shoot. Which was in Milwaukee. 1.5 hours from our house. It was too late to go back, even though he asked me to. He really wanted his favorite National Geographic books that were inside. But he knows he just has to be patient. I'll get it back for him as soon as possible.

I always say this, but I'll try to blog more!!! I just find that I have a hard time getting posts done when I have so many other responsibilities. But, I will TRY!!

Until next time!

xoxo

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