Be a Dinner Hero to Your Family

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Are you and your family juggling schedules? Are you looking for quick and easy meals to make? Would you like to be a dinner hero to your family? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a solution for you!

I was recently invited to find out more about Revolution Foods’ Dinner Hero Cooking Kits. We were treated to a meal made from the ingredients in the Dinner Hero meal kits. Chef Katie used the spices included in the kits to give us some different meal ideas. Our menu included:

My favorites were the Argentinian-Marinated Steak and the Pistachio Coconut Brittle. It really surprised me that you could make brittle using ingredients from the Coconut Curry Dinner Hero Cooking Kit!

Why You Should Buy the Dinner Hero Kits:

– The meal prep is easy (under 30 minutes)
– In just three steps and 30 minutes, you will have a hot and healthy meal for four
– They are healthy with over 40g of whole grains with no artificial colors or flavors
– Introduce new culinary flavors to kids
– It comes in four adult AND kid approved flavors: Sesame Garlic, Coconut Curry, Smoky Tomato and Fiesta Taco
– Just add protein!

About Revolution Foods:

Revolution Foods was founded 10 years ago by two moms who wanted to change the way that kids eat in America. They are the leading provider of healthy family meals across the nation, serving over 2 million school meals a week over 2 million freshly-prepared meal a week in 1000+ schools nationwide. They have a deep commitment to nutrition, childhood education and sustainable supply chains. They are now bringing their recipe for success to stores too, with convenient, healthy solutions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Breakfast Hero and Dinner Hero products are a healthy choice for busy parents, but still packed with fun and flavor for the whole family! Revolution Foods also donates 1% of their retail sales to schools to help provide fresh meals to their students every day. Revolution Foods mission is to build life-long healthy eaters by making family-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all.

Where to Buy It:

In the Chicago area, you can find the Dinner Hero meal kits at Jewel-Osco in the same aisle as Mac & Cheese. You can check the Revolution Foods website for more locations outside of Chicago.

Dinner Hero Coupon:

In the Chicago area, check your Jewel-Osco app for a possible $2 off coupon, good through July 26th! With the cooking kits priced at under $5, this is a great deal!

How We’ll Be Using the Dinner Hero Cooking Kits:

Since our kids love helping out with cooking meals, we’re excited to see what types of dishes they will come up with using these cooking kits. We have found that when our kids have a hand in making dinner, they are more excited to try new foods and spices. Let us know which kit you’re most looking forward to trying!

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Free S.T.E.M. Family Night Event

Are you looking for something fun (and free) to do with the family next week? Come out to the S.T.E.M. Family Night at St. Paul Lutheran School in Aurora, IL on Tuesday, March 21st.

Location and Time:

This event is open to everyone and is being held at St. Paul Lutheran School, 85 South Constitution Drive, Aurora, IL 60506 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the school gym.

More Information:

There will be exciting hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities for preschool through 8th grade students, their families, and the community.
Some of the activities include:
– Tesla coil robotics
– Egg drop catapult
– Aluminum foil boats
– Mini wind turbine
– Science of energy stations
– Games
– Prizes

Featuring:

Jerry Zimmerman, “Mr. Freeze of Fermilab”

As a mom to kids in a STEM school, I’ve found that events like this really helps kids explore the STEM fields while having fun doing so.

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Think About Others: Immunizations and Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot® Program

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It’s that time of the year again – back to school! Along with that are many parents, including myself, who need to make sure that their kids’ immunizations and required vaccines are up-to-date. My son needs a shot to be up-to-date, so I made an appointment at the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic to get his done.

What I love is that Walgreens has a program going on right now that when your child gets their back-to-school immunization there, they’ll help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Visiting the Shot@Life site, it was eye-opening to me to see that in other parts of the world, one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine. This program is such an easy way to give back to the world and have something done that is needed for your own family.

It was pretty easy to find out which Walgreens locations in my area have a Healthcare Clinic in them. All I had to do was go on Walgreens.com, select the store locator, and select “Healthcare Clinic” under “Popular Services.” It came up with a good-sized list of locations, one of which is only a few minutes away from me. I was also given the option to make an appointment online, which I love. However, Walgreens makes it quick and easy because no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are welcome. They also accept most insurance. I had called the phone number listed on the website because I couldn’t find an appointment time that worked well for us. The person that answered my call was able to schedule an appointment and check to see if our insurance is accepted. It’s good to know that ahead of time so you can prepare for your out-of-pocket cost. Luckily, our insurance is accepted and the immunizations are fully covered under our plan. I also found out that the Walgreens pharmacists will report back to our primary care physician so our records can be fully updated.

When we arrived at our Walgreens location, it was pretty easy to find where the Healthcare Clinic was located in the store. There were huge banners hanging from the ceiling that led us to it.

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Our clinic was located in the back corner near the pharmacy. Once we got to Healthcare Clinic, the sign in process was very easy. Since we had scheduled an appointment, all I had to do was look up the appointment and sign in.

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Also, while I was waiting, I saw the sign which showed the “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” campaign. It also had more information about ways to stay healthy.

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Unfortunately, on this day, I had a bit of a mom fail. I forgot to bring the rest of my son’s immunization records so they could give him the other shot he needed. I didn’t realize I needed it with me. However, I will be sure to bring him back once I have that in hand since I know how easy the process was to do and how it will also be an opportunity for Walgreens to donate an immunization to someone who may otherwise never receive one.

Visit your local Walgreens Healthcare Clinic to find out more about this program and everything else they have to offer your family to stay healthy throughout the year.

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Staycation Idea: Enter to Win Free Tickets to a Kane County Cougars Game on 8/18/14

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Through August 6th at 11:59 pm, enter to win the Chicago Tribune’s Free Ticket Giveaway to the Kane County Cougars game on August 18th. The game is at the 6:30 pm at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, IL. You can request up to 5 tickets.

Fine print: You must be IL resident & 18+ to request tix. A limited number of tickets are available for this offer (including team tix offer) & tix will be distributed on first come/served ba sis. Offer valid until all tix claimed. Limit 5 tix per family. Tix valid for admission to 8/18/14 game at Fifth Third Ballpark only. Lost/stolen/mutilated tix will not be replaced or honored. All tix subject to terms/conditions printed thereon & to KC Cougars/ballpark policies. For more information, visit kccougars.com or call (630) 232-8811. Void where prohibited. Chicago Cubs trademarks and copyrights used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Tuesday Tunes: A Girl and Her Grandpa Singing "You Are My Sunshine"

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In our family, we’ve learned to appreciate the special moments that happen in life. I’d like to share the impromptu jam session that happened between my daughter and my dad the other day when she asked him to help her tune her guitar:

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Staycation Ideas: Chicago and Suburbs

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There are so many free and inexpensive things to do around Chicago and the suburbs that you can take a “staycation” doing any of the following things.

Museums and Other Attractions:

– Aurora – Blackberry Farm – Illinois residents get free admission on Family Fun Days on May 23, June 6, June 20, July 18, August 12, and August 27.

– Aurora – Red Oak Nature Center – Admission is always free.

– Aurora – Sci-Tech Museum

– Bensenville – Fischer Farm – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Adler Planetarium – Illinois residents get complimentary general admission on June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.

– Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago – Illinois residents get free general admission every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission is available to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and homeschool parents.

– Chicago – Chicago Botanic Garden – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Chicago Children’s Museum

– Chicago – Chicago History Museum – Illinois residents get free admission on July 4, August 19, August 20, August 21, August 25, August 26, August 27, August 28, and every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in September.

– Chicago – The DuSable Museum of African History – Illinois residents get free admission on Sundays. Children under 5 years old are always free.

– Chicago – The Field Museum – Illinois residents receive complimentary basic admission on June 4, June 5, and June 9. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel always receive free basic admission.

– Chicago – Friends of the Chicago River – Admission is free on Sundays.

– Chicago – Garfield Park Conservatory – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Millenium Park – Always free.

– Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Art – Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

– Chicago – Museum of Science and Industry – Illinois residents receive free admission from June 1st through June 6th. Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) always get free admission.

– Chicago – Navy Pier – Admission is always free. You just have to pay for the activities or meals there.

– Chicago – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents. Children under 3 years old are always free.

– Chicago – Shedd Aquarium – Illinois residents receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission on June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. Active-duty military personnel, Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

– Elmhurst – Elmhurst Historical Museum – Admission is always free.

– Glenview – Kohl’s Children’s Museum

– Glenview – Wagner Farm

– Libertyville – Lambs Farm

– Naperville – DuPage Children’s Museum

– Naperville – Naper Settlement – Naperville residents get free admission with proof of residency.

– Rockford – Discovery Center Museum

– Wheaton – Cantigny Park

– There are per car parking fees.

* Borrow the Museum Adventure Pass from a participating library and get free admission to select museums and attractions.

Movies:

– Aurora – Movies in the Park – Phillips Park – Always free admission.

– Chicago – Movies in the Park – Always free admission.

Sports:

– Chicago – Chicago Cubs

– Chicago – White Sox Kids Club – Sign up for a free 2014 Kids Club Slugger Membership and receive a voucher to get free tickets to one of the following White Sox game dates: May 26, May 27, May 28, June 9, June 10, June 11, June 17, June 18, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 4, July 21, July 22, July 23, August 4, August 5, August 18, August 19, August 20, August 26, August 27, August 28, September 8, September 9, September 10, September 12, September 25, and September 26.

– Geneva – Kane County Cougars

– Schaumburg – Schaumburg Boomers – There is a Family Sunday Deal where you’ll receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas on any of the following dates: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24.

Water Parks:

– Aurora – Splash Country Water Park – There are Twilight discount admissions.

– Des Plaines – Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center

– Gurnee – Hurricane Harbor – Admission is only $5 when added to your Six Flags Great America Admission Ticket.

– Gurnee – Magic Waters Waterpark – There are many special packages, which include waterpark admission.

– Rockford – Magic Waters Waterpark – Children under 12 months are always free. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are bargain days where admission is only $12.

– Yorkville – Raging Waves – Children 2 years old and under are always free.

Zoos:

– Aurora – Phillips Park

– Brookfield – Brookfield Zoo

– Chicago – Lincoln Park Zoo

– Wheaton – Cosley Zoo

* We’ll continue to add more to this list as we find more events and attractions in the Chicago-area to help you have a wonderful staycation!  Check back often for our updates.  Leave a comment for us if you have any ideas on what to add to our list.

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GIVEAWAY: Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! 4-Pack of Tickets (Ends 1/20/14) and Discount Code

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About Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the party when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! visits your hometown. It will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL from January 22nd through January 26th and at the United Center in Chicago, IL from January 29th through February 8th. Get your tickets today!

Check out this Sneak Peek of Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

Ticket information:

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL from January 22nd through January 26th and at the United Center in Chicago, IL from January 29th through February 8th. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 20% on weekend shows and 40% on weekday shows with the code MOM at Ticketmaster.com. Weekday shows include Thursday evening and Friday matinee shows and weekend includes all shows Friday evening through Sunday evening. Savings offer not valid on Front Row or VIP Seating. No Double Discounts. Service Charges and Handling Fees may apply.

Plan for a snacks! Take advantage of this special family offer – you can get FREE concessions meals for four (4), with purchase of four (4) Lower Level tickets. Get a great family 4 pack of tickets along with 4 hot & 4 sodas! Use the interactive seating map to ensure you’ve selected lower bowl seats, then enter the code: FAMILY at Ticketmaster.com. Savings offer not valid on Front Row, VIP or upper bowl Seating. No Double Discounts. Service Charges and Handling Fees may apply.

Enter to win this prize:

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! 4-Pack of Tickets to the January 22, 2014 performance at 7:00 PM or the January 29, 2014 performance at 7:00 PM

To enter, complete the mandatory entry in the Rafflecopter form below.  Complete the other optional entries for more chances to win!

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Save Up To 40% on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! 11/1-12/1/13

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About Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of The Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over-the-top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. Celebrate the tradition TODAY and experience its modern flair of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes.

From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! It will be at the Allstate Arena and the United Center in Chicago, IL from November 1st through December 1st. Get your tickets today!

Meet one of the performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!:

Ticket information:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! will be at the Allstate Arena and the United Center in Chicago, IL from November 1st through December 1st. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 20% on weekend shows and 40% on weekday shows with the code MOM at Ticketmaster.com. Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee, not including holidays such as the day after Thanksgiving. Discount does not apply to Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

OPENING NIGHT: Tickets are only $15 each on opening night at the Allstate Arena on November 1st at 7 pm. Tickets are only $12 each on opening night at the United Center on November 20th at 7 pm!

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Amazing Ringling Carvings:

MOM! DAD! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! invites you to create Amazing Ringling Pumpkin Carvings for a FREE Ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! Simply follow these steps:
– Print one of the three Ringling carving templates here
– Carve your Ringling pumpkin
– Post a picture of your carved Ringling pumpkin to Twitter with the #ChiRingling tag
– A Ringling representative will respond to your #ChiRingling tag directly to send you information about how to redeem your voucher

Note to Parents: Only adults should handle carving tools. A legal guardian, 18 Years or older, must post photos to receive the free kids ticket voucher. Free Kids Ticket Voucher is valid for children between the ages of 2 and 12. Voucher is redeemable for a ticket to any Monday – Friday performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! at Allstate Arena and United Center through Dec. 1, 2013, while supplies last. Voucher must be redeemed for Kid’s Ticket at the arena box office. Additional tickets and adjoining seats may be purchased at that time if available. Free Kid’s Ticket Vouchers will be issued through Nov. 1, 2013. One voucher issued per photo with #ChiRingling tag. Pumpkin photo must be Ringling Carving Template. Winners will be notified via direct message on Twitter. Users must be following @RinglingBros at http://www.twitter.com/RinglingBros to receive a direct message.

Trick or Ringling Treat:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! invites you to Trick or Treat for a FREE Ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! Simply visit one of the 5 Halloween Ringling Treat Houses during their Ringling Treat hour:

House 1 – 4108 S. King Drive, Chicago – 3pm – 4pm
House 2 – 2425 N. Burling Ave, Chicago – 4pm – 5pm
House 3 – 1261 N. Jack Pine Ct., Palatine – 4pm – 5pm
House 4 – 453 Nassau Ave, Bolingbrook – 4pm – 5pm
House 5 – 8824 Nashville Avenue, Oak Lawn – 5pm – 6pm

Parents who visit a Ringling Treat House with children between the ages of 2 and 12 will receive one voucher for a FREE Kid’s Ticket for each child present, while supplies last. Voucher is redeemable for a ticket to any Monday – Friday performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! at Allstate Arena and United Center. Voucher must be redeemed for Kid’s Ticket at the arena box office. Additional tickets and adjoining seats may be purchased at that time. Trick-or-Ringling Treating is available on Oct. 31 until the end of the hour noted or until 100 FREE Kids’ Vouchers are distributed at each house, whichever occurs first.

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Free Sparky’s Birthday Surprise App – Teach Kids About Fire Safety

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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise is a free, educational app that you can download on iTunes. It not only teaches kids about fire safety in a fun way, it also includes fun games and activities for kids to play. We loved the three storytelling modes because you can either have the kids read the stories themselves, read and play, or have the story read to them. Our youngest child is still learning how to read, so she really enjoyed the “Read to Me” mode. It highlighted the words as the story was being told and she could click on the pictures for different actions or sounds. It made the story engaging and interactive for her while she learned about fire safety. She loved it so much, she’s already asking us to download other Sparky apps.

Where to find the Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app:
– Download it on iTunes.
– Visit Cupcake Digital’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.

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Free Family Event at Goldfish Swim School Grand Opening 9/15/13

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We can’t even stress enough the importance of teaching your kids how to swim. Our oldest son almost drowned in a pond when he was just two years old. Goldfish Swim School is opening up some locations in the Chicago-area and having a grand opening event at their Naperville location tomorrow.  They offer a variety of programs to teach children of all ages and varying stages.

Visit Goldfish Swim School at 1688 Quincy Avenue in Naperville, IL, tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th between 3 PM and 7 PM for some fun, free, family activities and to check out their facility. They ill be offering free family swim, delicious snacks, balloon twisting, bounce houses, face painting and more! You can RSVP for the event on Gold Fish Swim School’s Facebook page.

We can’t wait for our kids to start with their swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School because we want to make sure they know how to swim well, not only for their own safety, but for those around them as well.

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