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Friday, July 24, 2015

Super League Gaming: First In-Theater Gaming League {Ticket Giveaway}

Gaming has just been taken to a whole new level!  Super League Gaming, is the world’s first in-theater video game league for kids.  Super League Gaming allows online gamers to meet in movie theaters to play the world’s most popular video game — Minecraft.  Meeting other kids with the same love and enthusiasm for Minecraft makes this awesome gaming experience as well as a social experience, and seriously, who wouldn't want to play video games on a huge movie theater screen.

Starting this month, Super League Gaming is hitting multiple Chicagoland movie theaters to bring together child gamers. All games will be from 4pm-5:40pm and tickets cost $20 to attend. 

Just announced today:  Super League Gaming would like to honor our Military families with 2 FREE tickets for your young gamers to play MINECRAFT INSIDE A MOVIE THEATER at AMC River East 21. 100 minutes of social gaming and creative building. Tuesday, July 28th. 4pm-540pm. To get your tickets, email SpecialEvents@SuperLeague.com, with "Military Minecraft" in the subject line. ****LIMITED FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE. MUST BRING FULLY CHARGED LAPTOP WITH MINECRAFT 1.8 or above installed.****

July 27  Chicago    Country Club Hills   AMC Country Club 16
July 27  Chicago    Evanston                   Cinemark Evanston 18
July 27  Chicago    South Barrington      iPic South Barrington
July 28  Chicago    Joliet                         Cinemark 14 
July 28  Chicago    Bollingbrook            iPic Bollingbrook
July 28  Chicago    Chicago                    AMC  River East 21
July 29  Chicago    Deerpark                  Cinemark Deer Park 16
July 29  Chicago    South Barrington     AMC  South Barrington 30 
July 29  Chicago    Lincolnshire            Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21



Come Play Minecraft in a Movie Theater, 
Along with the Big Screen!

*Prizes to top scorers
*Gamers bring their laptops, but we also have some for use.
*Parents can sit with their gamers for free.


One of my lucky readers will win tickets to the Super League Gaming event of their choice!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Subway Supporting Local Charities #YouShareWeShare #Rockford

When it comes to businesses and companies that I choose to support, I always lean towards the ones that give back to their community in some way. Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life and frankly, the world would be a much better place if we all did our part to help each other in some way.

Grabbing lunch is not usually what I think of when I think of helping a charity, but SUBWAY® Restaurants located in USA & Canada are joining forces with several charities to give back to their local communities. Starting now through August 31st, over than 7,800 local SUBWAY® Restaurants are participating in a campaign called “You Share. We Share.” which helps support different charities. My local Subway® is supporting the Rockford Rescue Mission in Rockford, IL. Rockford Rescue Mission is this area’s largest and longest operating assistance provider. They help the homeless, nearly homeless, addicted, and working poor with food, crisis and life recovery services. They also provide a community outreach program.

SUBWAY® is encouraging the community to share their weekends with Subway® Restaurants and their “You Share. We Share” campaign. SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Rockford area will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $10,000, directly to Rockford Rescue Mission. We know that most of these charities operate strictly on donations and this is a great way to support all that they do for our local residents. This is probably the easiest way to help a great cause, just go get some delicious lunch with your family or your friends and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to charity. It’s a win-win!

You can learn more about Rockford Rescue Mission by visiting their website HERE.

To find a SUBWAY® Restaurant near you, check out this store locator tool HERE

And to keep up with news and happenings, visit them on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/subway

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Awesome Deal on Medieval Times Tickets

If you have not feasted at Medieval Times yet, now is your opportunity to save BIG!  This is THE place to go when you want more than just dinner and a show, you get a whole experience!  Right now Medieval Times is launching a LIMITED Time Offer of a family Four Pack for JUST $128!

Ticket Pack includes:
Four Admission Tickets
Four Course Feast Fit for a King.. or Queen!
Two rounds of Select Beverages
Two Hour Action Packed Show
And Parking is ALWAYS FREE!

Great for ANY occasion Medieval Times is the perfect place for Birthdays! this summer thru July 31st Medieval Times is hosting Knight Training- where kids can go down into the arena and train with the knights. Large Groups can arrange to play their Team Building Game called ‘Storm The Castle’—and of course Medieval Times is always the best place for families, with something for everyone- ages 3-93!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Secure Your Family's Future by Cord Blood Banking with LifebankUSA

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents.  You plan and prepare, you want everything to be perfect when that little one arrives.  But beautiful nurseries and state of the art strollers are not the only thing that parents should be considering when it comes to a new baby.  There are other important things that should be considered when thinking of your child's, as well as your family's, future and well being.  We are so lucky to be living in a time when we are given a once in a lifetime opportunity to collect, process and preserve a baby's stem cells.  These stems cells can be stored for medical use in the future.  Choosing to bank your child’s cord blood with LifebankUSA can provide you with peace of mind and significant benefits for your baby and your family for many years to come.

If the idea of taking stem cells from your newborn sounds scary, know that it is quite the opposite. The process of collecting the cells from your baby's cord blood is easy and safe.  The whole procedure takes about five minutes and is done right after your baby's birth.  The cord blood is collected and packaged for shipment to a facility in New Jersey.  LifebankUSA now offers you the ability to bank your baby's placenta blood as well. Banking placenta blood in addition to cord blood gives you the ability to preserve significantly more of your baby’s stem cells.  These amazing little cells can be used to save the life of a close family member in the future.  When it comes to stem cells, more is better because studies show that that transplanting more cells significantly improves success and survival rates.

When you bank your placenta AND cord blood with LifebankUSA, you reserve 60-70% more CD34+ stem cells.  These are the cells that medical journals have reported as the most important for rebuilding diseased blood with healthy blood. 

Another huge leap in cord blood banking, which gives your family another layer of protection, is tissue banking.  If you need another reason to choose LifebankUSA, just know that they are the only cord blood bank processing material for FDA-approved clinical trials using stem cells from placental tissue. These stem cells are being used to treat patients with serious conditions, including Crohn’s disease and diabetic foot ulcers.  

LifebankUSA is proud to say that they achieve the the purest collection of cord blood stem cells through their unique red blood cell depletion process, resulting in over a 99% purity level.  Once the cells are collected and your collection kit arrives at LifebankUSA, until the time it gets stored at their state-of-the-art facility, their technicians process your baby’s stem cells using the latest technology in their highly-controlled and sterile lab.

What happens during the processing proceedure is the stem cells are separated and collected from the plasma.  Next, there are some tests done to determine the cell count, viability and the number of CD34+ stem cells. After processing , the specialists trasfer the cells to a transplant cartridge for preservation.  Here they cryopreserved in a vapor-phase liquid nitrogen storage tank at approximately -190°C. The taks and temperature is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are already aware of the benefits of banking your baby's cord blood with LifebankUSA, or are already a customer, remember to refer them to your friends and family members who are expecting a child.  With their Pass it On Program, as a special thank you from LifebankUSA, you’ll receive a free year of stem cell storage for each referral who signs up and banks with them.

When your family welcomes the addition of a new baby, consider something more valuable than the newest and greatest baby monitor, consider cord blood banking with LifebankUSA and feel at ease that your family's medical future is protected.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Awesome Discount on a HUGE 17ft. Trampoline!

Skywalker Trampolines 17 ft. Oval Trampoline with Safety Enclosure is only $398.83 on Amazon, regular price is $719.99. We just bought one of these and it is huge.  Keep in mind that only the BLUE one is available at this price.  Select 17ft. under size then the color blue for the clearance price.

Keep in mind that Amazon prices change frequently and without notice so if you are in the market for one of these babies I would act fast!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chicagoland Summer of Fun: Medieval Times #Chicago #MedievalSummer

This summer has been a busy one for us, but we have not gone on any lavish family vacations.  This year we opted to not travel anywhere but still enjoy every second of our summer break, after all, Chicagoland has so much to offer.

If you are looking for a place that will give you a feast as well as an action packed show, look no further than Medieval Times in Schaumburg.  This is one of our favorite places to take the kids, the show is action packed and the food is delicious!

Our little man celebrated his birthday in style this year as an honorary king at Medieval Times.  If you are heading there for a show, make sure you get there early because you do not want to miss the King and his men walk through and make some very important announcements.  You can also walk over to the stable area and look at the beautiful horses that are part of the show.  Once your section is called to be seated its not long before the action begins.  The kids love waving their little flags and cheering on their knight.  During the feast the king and princess announce names of people and groups that are celebrating and Maddox had his birthday announced when we went, he felt really special.

Dinner is served in real Medieval fashion, without utensils!  The "Dragon Blood" soup is my favorite part.  The portions are big, just like a feast should be, and you get soup, the main course as well as desert.

The show itself is an amazing display of horsemanship, falconry, jousting, sword fighting and much more.  I can't imagine how much these knights have to practice to make it look so good.  Our knight was doing great and ended up winning the tournament, so of course little man was screaming with excitement.  That is another great part of dining at this castle, you can be loud and cheer the whole time and no one will shush you, they will actually encourage it.

Since we were celebrating Maddox's birthday, there had to be some cake!  Medieval Times offers a Celebration package which includes birthday (or other special day) announcements, cake, a souvenir photo, VIP seating and much more.

Check out this awesome deal that Medieval Times has going on right now, if you have ever wanted to go, this is your chance!

Disclosure:  I received complementary tickets to Medieval Times, all opinions are my own. #medievalsummer

Sunday, June 21, 2015

3DRobotics Solo Drone Now Available at Best Buy

I'm always amazed at how quickly technology changes and improves.  It seems like everyday there is a new gadget out that literally blows you away and you just have to have it.  There is a new tech gadget that I am dying to try out, it's called the 3DRobotics Solo Drone.

The 3DR Solo Drone works with your GoPro Camera and it is pretty amazing.  Solo is a smart drone that's designed for easy flying, and built to capture stunning video and photography. With features like push-button flight, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get off the ground quickly. It can also define its own flight, freeing users to focus on getting the shot. With computer-assisted Smart Shots and the GoPro frame, you can capture professional-style aerial photos and video in Full HD quality.

I bought my husband a GoPro for last Christmas and I think that this little Drone is what he will be wishing for this year. Solo arrived in over 400 Best Buy stores on June 8, just in time for Father’s Day. It’s the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers, making capturing the perfect shot easy for anyone. And because, seriously, how cool would it be to have your own little drone to fly around and capture all your fun memories.

If you think the Solo Drone is only for adventure seekers, think about how cool it would be to capture your son's home run at the game from up above!  The Solo retails for $999 and is available for purchase at Best Buy.

Special Offer!  Right now you can get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (Reg. Price: $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Sku: 5354101). Valid 6/7-7/11 at Best Buy. Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free #AD #SoloatBestBuy

Monday, June 15, 2015

Digital Media Academy Camps are the Hottest Camps this Summer!

Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world!

Right now you can save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. If you sign up up for multiple weeks and save even more! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by June 30th to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

If you have any questions about the camp or the registration process please call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

Friday, June 12, 2015

What to do With All Those Old T-Shirts? Project Repat has the Answer! @ProjectRepat

You fold them up and stack them away, all those t-shirts from sports, camps and concerts....but why just pile them up when you can give them new life!  T-shirt quilts are an amazing way to relive those favorite memories every day and keep you warm and cozy.  Although I know how to sew, I do not have the time for another project, fortunately for me Project Repat can do all the work for me.

The process is super simple, you just go to their website and choose the size of quilt you want.  You can also choose the color of the backing, and they can even make quilts out of baby clothes!  Purchase the quilt size that you want and they will email you some specific instructions on what size shirt panels to send.  We did standard 12x12 panels but we did not have to cut them to size ourselves.  All we had to do is cut the shirts apart (front and back) and mail the sides that we wanted included.  You can pretty much send them anything from sweatshirts to jerseys and even button ups, they can cut up and sew just about anything.

I sent in a pile of my daughters shirts and jerseys from various sports that she participated in.  We ordered the lap quilt which consists of 16 panels.  I just put the cut shirts in a big envelope and dropped it in the mail.  I expected to have to wait quite some time for my quilt to come in, but the turnaround was pretty quick.  My daughter LOVES her new quilt.  She uses it all the time and it's the perfect size to snuggle with on the couch and in bed.

These quilts are great graduation gifts, wedding gifts, or just because gifts.  And if you need another reason to have your memory quilt made by Project Repat, know that they are made right here in the USA by employees that are earning fair wages, full benefits and paid vacations.  Also, t-shirt quilts help the environment by reusing and recycling shirts into blankets that will be used for many, many years.

To order your one of a kind t-shirt memory quilt, visit Project Repat here

Disclosure:  I was sent a memory quilt free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Guess What White Sox Fans? It's Southpaws Birthday! @whitesox #chicago #whitesox

And there will be a PARTY!

The White Sox invite you to celebrate your favorite lefty's birthday at the ballpark with specially priced tickets, an on-field parade, and a special T-shirt! The first 1,300 kids to purchase tickets will have a chance to participate in the on-field Southpaw Parade.  The parade starts at approximately 5:15 p.m. and all participants' family/friends are encouraged to join (weather permitting). Must have parade pass to enter parade.

In celebration of Southpaw’s 11th birthday, the White Sox Wives and White Sox Volunteer Corps will host Southpaw’s Birthday Toy Drive. Fans are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to drop-off locations at any gate at U.S. Cellular Field. All donated toys will be given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Families from Ronald McDonald House also will be hosted in a suite during the game to celebrate Southpaw’s birthday. Southpaw will be joined by Chicago Bulls, Chicago Sky, Chicago Bears, Northwestern University and DePaul University mascots.

You can find specially priced tickets to the game here. 

Additionally, the first 5,000 children ages 13 and under at the ballpark will receive a White Sox XL Kids Hooded Sweatshirt, presented by Aquafina.

The Chicago White Sox are an amazing, family and charity oriented team.  Their games are action packed, exciting and affordable. What better way to spend the day than at the ball game!