Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Disney Live Mickey's Magic Show

Looking for something less spooky to do today?

There's still time to catch the last show of the Disney Live Mickey's Magic Show at the Rosemont Theater! My family attended yesterday and, though parts of the show were geared towards a very young crowd, even my 8 and 11 year olds had a good time. The second half included some really detailed magic tricks including cutting and splicing together 2 different women! Very cool.

I'd definitely recommend this show for anyone with kids under 7 or big Disney fans. Hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dragon Art Evolution Review

Kid books are SO fun to review! First on our list is DragonArt Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon.

What Fun! There are over 20 different dragons broken into easy diagrams in addition to countless step-by-step instructions on scales, eyes, wings, etc. The construction of each drawing makes so much more sense when you look at their basic shapes. I so wish I had learned to draw this way. I am a decent sketcher/artist but each drawing for me takes forever to complete as I tend to focus on the overall picture instead of the basic shapes within the object.

When I applied the rules for the drawings, I tried to be fast and just go with the descriptions. It was a piece of CAKE. I totally whipped out a dragon's head in about 2 minutes with a pen (I didn't want to let myself erase and erase and perfect it). It is SO cool. Perfect for a kid of about 9 and up who is interested in drawing or mythological creatures. I'd definitely recommend this one for a Christmas or birthday present!

Check back tomorrow for another kid book review!

2 new winners!

Musselman's winner is... #6! Louis H.

Chicago Toy and Game Fair ticket winner is... #2! Matt0701

Congratulations to you both and keep watching the site for more giveaways!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picture It review

These books have been some of Corinne's favorite things that I've received to review. Picture It books are whole stories that the child illustrates for themselves.

We've done the Alphabet book so far and she's now working on a book all about herself and her life. It's pretty adorable, if I do say so... There are plenty of other stories to choose from, with characters and storylines that are engaging and encourage creativity.
I like them as a supplement for our homeschooling days, but they're obviously a fun activity for any child who enjoys drawing. At about $8 a book, you could pair up a couple of books and some nice drawing supplies for a Christmas or birthday present for a child you know.
Picture It books get a huge thumbs up from this mom and her preschooler!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Giveaway linkup...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I can practically smell the popcorn and cotton candy from here...

It's that time of the year again...Does anyone else love the circus as much as we do?

I wonder...

I VIVIDLY remember having dreams of that cat tamer guy from the 80's. As a pre-teen, his long blond locks, control over wild animals and strange accent (Russia? Yugoslavia?) made my little heart swoon. In my mind, all Gunther would need would be one glimpse of me in the audience to realize that I was the missing piece of his daring act and that I simply MUST join the circus and be the next star!

I guess the lights were too bright in the arena because he never saw me. That must be the reason I never got to run away to the circus...

Ringling Brothers is coming to Chicago from November 4 - 28 at the Allstate Arena and United Center!

You can purchase a 4 pack of tickets for $44 (valid Monday-Thursday and Friday Matinees, excluding holidays) and save $4 on all weekend shows by logging onto and entering the coupon code: MOM* (enter code in the MC Productions box on Ticketmaster).

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Musselman review and giveaway!

My ongoing love for Musselman's Applesauces continues with their new flavors;

Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith.


In fact, SO yum, that the applesauce we were sent to review kind of, um, disappeared before I could photograph us enjoying it!

My bad.

But it was really delicious!! Corinne and I adore apple sauce and the Totally Fruit brand is her favorite. I prefer my apple sauce to be more apple-y so I liked the Granny Smith better but she LOVED the Mixed Fruit. Best part: No High Fructose Corn Syrup!! Just fruit juice for sweeteners. Nice...

Even though I slacked off on my camera usage, 1 reader still gets to win the same package that I reviewed. Thanks, Musselman's!

To win:

~ Visit Musselman's website and tell me which flavor sounds delicious.

~ Follow me on Twitter.

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~ Subscribe to my blog.

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~ Use your imagination and post about this on other social media sites. Let me know where you linked me to!

We'll pick the winner on Friday, October 22nd.

Good luck!


Winner of Baby GoGo

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mickey's Magic Show!

I am SO excited about the next show being presented by Feld Entertainment:

Mickey's Magic Show!

The Rosemont Theater (not to be confused with the Allstate Arena!) will be hosting this unique show for 1 weekend only. Have a fabulous Halloween weekend with a lot of Disney Magic!

Tickets just $15:
Friday, Oct. 29th at 6:30PM

Save $5 on tickets:
Saturday, Oct. 30th 11:00AM, 2:00PM & 5:00PM and
Sunday Oct. 31st at 12:00PM

Receive $5 savings by logging onto and entering the coupon code: MOM*
Enter Code in the “Advance or Promotion Ticket” selection on Ticketmaster.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Chicago Toy and Game Fair giveaway

Have you ever heard of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair? I hadn't before, but this event sounds so interesting that I just have to participate.

We'll be going on November 20 to check out the latest toys and games from companies like Hasbro, Out of the Box, Fundex, Top Trumps and more while listening to Radio Disney and munching on a Star Wars breakfast. There will be chess tournaments and the latest Eurogames from the world's largest toy fair in Essen, Germany plus much, much more!

They would love to offer one reader a Family Fun Prize Pack, including admission for two adults and two kids for both days of the fair -- a $60 value!

All you have to do is comment below and we'll pick the winner on Friday, October 22.

Good luck!

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According to, the winner for the Jolly Llama's drawing is: #1 Wigget

The winner for the Baby GoGo drawing is: #19 Ashlower

Congratulations to you both and thanks to everyone for entering. Don't forget about the designer shoe giveaway that ends on October 15 and keep coming back for some more giveaways that will be up this week!!

Plea for help: How do I put the picture on my post to verify the number? If I link back to the site, it just kicks back an empty number generator! This? This is why I like to draw from a hat!