Mother’s Day at Medieval Times!

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Do you have plans for Mother’s Day yet? My ideal day would start the night before – when NO ONE would wake me up until something crazy like 7 am! I’d walk around the house and it would have magically cleaned itself. After breakfast with my family, they’d send me away to spend the day shopping (solo) before coming home to a yummy meal and someone else doing the dishes.

But this is reality.  :)  And in reality, I’ll likely be doing something a little more family-friendly on my Mother’s Day. If you don’t have plans yet, what about Medieval Times?? Action, food, horses, knights – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! And even better – Mom’s ticket is FREE when you buy one full-price adult ticket using the code MOMWeb through May 11. Check out more info about Medieval Times in Schaumburg and purchase your tickets online here!

4-H in the suburbs

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This post is compensated as part of my ongoing collaboration with Illinois Farm Families; as always, all opinions are my own.

Since getting involved with Illinois Farm Families a number of years ago, I’ve had the great fortune to meet many awesome farmers, both men and women (and their equally awesome kids). One thing that comes up over and over when talking to them about experiences that have shaped their lives has been the 4-H program. 4-H is a voluntary, informal education program for boys and girls from third grade to age 18 (there’s also a program for younger kids named Cloverbuds).

Growing up, I heard about 4-H in this vague sort of way – knowing it only as a program for rural kids to raise animals and show them at fairs. I was surprised to learn recently that 4-H is not just for kids living in rural areas – we actually have a 4-H program right here in the suburbs! I had a chance to chat with Deanna Roby, who works for the University of Illinois Extension program with 4-H Youth Development. [Read more...]

Disneynature’s BEARS

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Whew! Things have been crazy around here lately – we traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break, work’s been nuts, and now spring sports have started and have really whacked out our schedules. Luckily we still find time to squeeze in some fun. This weekend I took Sophie to see Disneynature’s Bears. It was a GREAT move. Really great. There are spoilers below – so if you don’t want to know whether the bears live or die – run away now!

So first of all, I have to say that I absolutely love these non-animated, “real” nature movies, and I think they’re perfect for the kids. I also love that Disney makes them, because they do a great job (as they do with everything they touch). We took Sophie and Daniel to see Chimpanzee when that came out, and liked that one as well. I liked Bears better though – the scenery was gorgeous, the baby bears were adorable and total bonus – no one dies! Well, fish and clams and bugs do – but the baby bears and their mama pull through.

That’s not to say there aren’t sad, scary and tense moments. It’s real life (well – as real as real life can be when it’s shot and narrated by Disney). So would I recommend taking a two year old to this? Probably not. A sensitive kid who’s deathly afraid of bears? Leave her at home. But I think for most kids it’s going to be a thought-provoking journey that will ultimately leave them (and you) with a sense of wonder and awe at the struggles and triumphs these beautiful animals encounter. Highly recommend!

Disney Movies Anywhere

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Do you like Disney movies? Do you like free stuff? You should download Disney Movies Anywhere.  :)

Disney Movies Anywhere is a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch (there’s also a web version) that gives you access to Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies wherever you are. You can connect previously purchased digital copies of movies, and movies can either be streamed or downloaded to your device.

For a limited time, app users who activate and connect their Disney Movies Anywhere account to their iTunes account will receive a free digital copy of Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Awesome!

I did this yesterday in about five minutes despite the fact that my phone is on its last leg and my wifi was spotty. It’s a free movie, and a great way to keep all of your Disney-related purchases in one place. You can find out more and sign up by clicking the logo above to go to the Disney Movies Anywhere website. Enjoy!

Not funny, Chipotle

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This post is compensated as part of my ongoing collaboration with Illinois Farm Families; as always, all opinions are my own.

I just got done watching the first episode of Chipotle’s new advertising mechanism, a show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous. I guess I should be feeling like eating a delicious burrito on my way to hold a picket sign in front of Monsanto or something, but instead I feel defeated. Sad. And my involvement with agriculture only goes back a few years, so I can’t even imagine what my friends who have been on a farm since birth feel after watching it.

So basically the show is this – a group called the Industrial Food Image Bureau (I.F.I.B. – ha), led by Buck Marshall and his daughter Sophia, is tasked with handling PR for a company called Animoil, which has introduced “PetroPellets” – basically feeding cows pellets made of oil. And oops, the cows explode. Which, of course, someone caught on video, and a young, dashingly attractive advocate named Chip Randolph has posted online for all to see. Sophia attempts to use her feminine charms on Chip to get him to take down the video in the first episode. [Read more...]

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