Combat FORO with ReadyRefresh by Nestlé

Disclosure: Thank you ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.

If you’re anywhere in the Midwest – or maybe just about anywhere in the U.S. these days – you’d know that it has been hot, hot, HOT lately. Temps have reached the high 90’s near me, with the heat index topping over 110 degrees for the last week or so. So hot, it’s almost unbearable to step outside. I’m used to being out and about with the family most weekends, but lately I don’t even like venturing out to my own backyard! And that’s just for me – there’s also the kids and baby twins to think about! YOU try telling a 5-year-old that he can’t go outside and play on his slip ‘n slide to cool off! Not an easy task by a longshot.

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My son pretty much won’t let up. It feels like 110 degrees outside…of course he wants to go out and enjoy the weather in the water! And while I’m all for him getting out and being active, it’s also very important to me that he stays hydrated. For that matter, my whole family needs to stay hydrated too. That’s a lot of people in my house. Seven, to be exact. To make sure that we kept hydrated both at home and on the go, I found myself frequently purchasing bottled water. All the time. I ended up spending way too much time restocking at the grocery store, or buying at my local bulk warehouse store. Buying in bulk kept my shopping trips infrequent, but those cases are so stinkin’ heavy, and big box stores are energy-sapping (and cash-sapping) circuses.

Did you know that in 2014 bottled water volume sales in US supermarkets surpassed that of carbonated soft drinks, showing a shift of preference towards bottled water as opposed to beverages with added sugars? Refreshment is a business that’s changing dramatically as consumers think differently about how they keep their households and offices hydrated, refreshed and healthy. I know I don’t purchase soft drinks or carbonated beverages for my family. My five-year-old has yet to try soda! I always keep him hydrated with water. Only. I’ve been using ReadyRefresh to simply click & quenchSM !

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ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé® is a customizable beverage delivery service that provides your family with a variety of leading bottled water brands like Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, and San Pellegrino. What an easy way to bring a little more health into your home. Whether you choose the easy access of a water dispenser or the flexibility of small on-the-go sizes, when you choose ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé®, you’re setting a good example by encouraging everyone in your home to drink more water.

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The website is so easy to navigate, too. You pick your product, quantity, and delivery frequency.

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So easy to order! Now all you have to do is never run out. You’ve heard of the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), right? Well, you might be suffering from the Fear of Running Out (FORO)—that nagging feeling you get when you’re running low on everyday essentials like toilet paper, diapers, or pet food. When it comes to FORO of bottled water, you can keep your healthy hydration on track and put your distress to rest—ReadyRefresh to the rescue! With customizable deliveries of thirst-quenching water–from sparkling to still, in the brands you love most–you’ll never experience FORO for bottled water again.

In a recent FORO survey, more than half of all surveyed (52%) experience FORO at least once a week. 69% of those surveyed experience feelings such as stress, anxiety and worry when household items start to run low. And 69% of survey respondents run low on everyday household items at least once a week. This happens to me all the time, too (hello, toilet paper!) and at least now I never have to worry about my drinking water running out!

So now that you know all about FORO, and how to combat it with ReadyRefresh. To learn more, visit ReadyRefresh.com and use the hashtag  #NoMoreFORO on social media.

So tell me, when’s the last time you’ve experienced FORO?

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Spring has Sprung – It’s Time to Play!

*Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a serious case of cabin fever lately. The twins are now four months old, and I feel like we never get out of the house. In fact, the only times the babies get out of the house is for church, or for a doctor’s appointment. Sad, right? Well, with the change in the weather, it’s about time we start to change that.

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Last week, for the very first time, I took the twins out for something other than a doctor’s appointment. We went to the ZOO! And we had a great time too. We only stayed to see a few exhibits, and the outing was anything BUT stress-free, but it was still fun.

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Some helpful tips for the next time you bring infants to the zoo:

  • Bring their bibs. Better yet – have a checklist of everything you need to bring. Somehow I forgot their bibs, hand sanitizer, thin blankets, and a few other items. I totally should’ve made a list.
  • Keep the sunscreen out of your baby’s eyes. Not proud of this one, but it happened. I think she must’ve rubbed her face while the sunscreen was still wet, and rubbed her eye at the same time. We got LOTS of stares during her scream-fest. Be real careful about this one.
  • Related – Keep babies out of direct sunlight. Another one of the things I forgot was sunhats, and the car seat covers I had were made out of thick material. It was TOUGH to keep them out of the sun. According to Dr. Dyan Hes, mom and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics, babies younger than 6 months, like mine, should be kept out of direct sunlight. You can protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
  • Don’t visit the zoo alone with infant twins. I had my mom with me, and there’s no way I would have survived the day without her.

Overall, though, it was a really good trip. Seeing some animals with the family, and being able to bring the twins was awesome. And the warm, sunny day sure didn’t hurt either.

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Although I’m loving the fact that the weather is getting nicer, I am aware that the spring season brings more allergens to the air and rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for little ones. Keeping this in mind, it’s important that we seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. My kids are no stranger to this either. They’ve had sensitive skin since birth, and I’m afraid the change in seasons might further irritate their skin. Couple that with our recent zoo trip where I forgot their bibs and they got super-dirty. All my fault, of course. But regardless, parenthood and babyhood is messy. But those messy and imperfect moments are often the most memorable and thanks to Dreft, we, as parents, can embrace the mess of #Amazinghood. Because, let’s face it- parenthood is pretty amazing.

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Thankfully, we do use Dreft* for all our baby laundry. Did you know that Dreft is the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians and the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for baby clothes? Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Cleaning our babies’ clothes with a gentle, hypoallergenic product, like Dreft, is one of the ways we help keep them comfortable, and their clothes clean, during the spring season.

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Fun and Learnin’ at the SciTech Hands On Museum

My son has – and probably always will – love science. And I’m not talking an it’s-cool-to-do-experiments kind of love, I’m talking more of an I’m-totally-obsessed-and-don’t-want-to-do-anything-else kind of love/obsession. I can almost guarantee (unless you’re kinda geeky too) that he can tell you more about certain scientific subjects than you have ever cared to know. I’m amazed by the kid every day.

So when I saw that there’s a museum in Illinois, located less than an hour from my house, called the SciTech Hands On Museum, I knew I totally had to take him. In fact, I’m surprised that I hadn’t taken him sooner. This place is totally up his alley.

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What I liked straight from the get-go, was the price. Admission is only $8 for anyone over 4. That’s a bargain for a museum in Illinois! Kids three and under are free.

The museum itself is a lot larger than I thought it was too. Two floors on the main levels, and then a smaller exhibit area in the basement. I thought it was going to be a small, local museum, but for the $8 you pay in admission, you get so much for your money.

With over 150 interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) exhibits, the SciTech Hands On Museum inspires education and imagination at every turn. One of the exhibits we spent the most time at was the KidSpace area.

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Kids can explore their inner engineer and use their imaginations to build with huge foam blocks. A house? Warehouse? Super cool special agent spy headquarters? Sure! Whatever they want!

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Another one of our favorite exhibits was the bubble play area. I mean, duh, right? What kid doesn’t like to surround themselves in a big ol’ bubble?

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There are exhibits at the SciTech Hands On Museum to satisfy any science explorer. So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and GO!

The SciTech Hands On Museum is located at 18 West Benton Street in Aurora, IL. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Keepin’ it Old School at Medieval Times in Schaumburg

Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to Medieval Times in order to facilitate this review. I was not asked to provide a particular point of view, and all opinions are 100% my own.

I have lived in the Chicago area my whole life and can honestly say that it’s been years since I’ve visited Medieval Times Chicago (actually located in Schaumburg, IL). My daughter, now a teenager, was probably no more than 5 or 6 years old the last time I was there so naturally, I wanted to take my 4-year-old to see the show too. And boy, I’m really glad I did!

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If you have never visited one of Medieval Times’ nine North American locations, you really have no idea what you’re missing. Medieval Times is a dinner and tournament show featuring a royal court, knights of the realm, jousting, and the crowning of a Queen of Love and Beauty taken straight from the audience. Definitely a sight to see!

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When you first enter the large arena, you are taken to your seats. Seats are color-coded based on the knight you’ll be supporting. We had the red and yellow knight.

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Before the jousting began, the crowd is treated with a showing of the horses’ skills and the Lord Chancellor introduces the crowd to the knights. The whole crowd is really into it and the arena will be very loud. (Please keep this in mind if bringing kids with special needs or sensory issues.) Then the jousting begins and the crowd cheers for their knight. We were in the lucky section because ours just so happened to win – hurray!

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While the jousting is going on, your food will be served. Just like in medieval times, silverware is not provided. I remembered this from my first visit years ago and brought some from home for my son because I knew he’d have a hard time eating without a fork and spoon. And the food is absolutely fantastic! Full bar service is available during the show, but be aware that the cost of any alcohol is not included in your ticket price and will be billed separately. Also, remember to bring some cash to tip your server!

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Overall, we had a great time at Medieval Times, and I was happy to see that the attraction is still so popular. The place was almost packed on a Sunday afternoon!

Added bonus to head to Medieval Times, now through September 7, 2015, kids under 12 are FREE with the purchase of a full-priced adult admission. See website for full promotional details.

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Planning a Family Road Trip to Sheboygan, WI!

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I am so excited about all the traveling my family plans to do this year. Family travel is so important to me (and I’m slowly starting to convince my husband of this too) and there’s no better education you can give your kids than out on the road. We have been blessed this year with a long trip planned, and a few Midwest road trips up our sleeve too. One destination that I can’t wait to see is the Blue Harbor Resort & Spa in Sheboygan, WI. Living in the Chicago area, I’ve traveled to Wisconsin many, many times with my family, both as a kid and as an adult with my own family. But I can honestly say that I’ve never spent any time in Sheboygan – and it’s only about 2 and a half hours from Chicago!

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Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast. With stunning beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor Resort features 182 suites, 64 villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area including a mini glow golf course, a full service spa, three restaurants, and recreation amenities including watersports and access to the Bull golf course. This award winning resort is located just two hours north in nearby and scenic Sheboygan, WI, known as the “Malibu of the Midwest.”

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Disclosure: My family will receive a complimentary one-night stay in exchange for this post.

Moochie Kalala: A New Chicago-Based WTTW Show

Hey – have you heard? There’s a new kids show on WTTW (Channel 11) that just started and it inspires Chicagoland kids to discover science – Moochie Kalala!

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The show follows two kids and Chicagoland residents, Mandy (Evelyn Alumbreros) and Kyle (Gregory Vasquez) as they form a “detectives club” to uncover the scientific truth behind their grandpa’s (Police Academy star and Saturday Night Live original, Tim Kazurinsky) wild folk stories.

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“Moochie Kalala Detectives Club” follows two Chicagoland kids who go on fact-finding missions to local museums – like the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo and more – and get help from their real scientists!

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Plus, each episode is followed by a real Chicagoland elementary classroom leading kids through a hands-on experiment.  Many Chicagoland institutions came together to make the show possible.

My son is a little young to understand the full concepts discussed on the show (I’d say the ideal audience would be kids aged 7-12), but my son is obsessed with all things galaxy-related, so he loved hearing about the question discussed on the first show that aired January 18 – Is there water on Mars?

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At the end of the show, their discoveries are tested at a local Chicagoland school.  The show selected six local teachers and their students to appear during the last few minutes of the show leading kids through fun, hands-on experiments! The first school selected was Winfield Central School in Winfield, IL. What I love most is that the producers of the show, Dreaming Tree Films, will also host “Moochie Kalala Detectives Club”-themed, in-school science events at numerous schools across Chicagoland this spring, and is delivering 1,000 complimentary DVDs to local public schools. I LOVE THIS!

My son is a smart cookie, and I will definitely support him in all of his STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) interests. I could be bringing up the next great scientist!

Episode Names and Broadcast Dates

The full synopsis for each episode is available HERE.

  • Episode 1 – Featuring the Adler Planetarium, “Space Dragon of Oceanic Mars”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 18
  • Episode 2 – Featuring Museum of Science and Industry, “The Grabinators & Hoagies of Skunksville”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 25
  • Episode 3 – Featuring Lincoln Park Zoo, “We’re All Good at Something”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 1
  • Episode 4 – Featuring The Field Museum, “Cave Girl & The T-Rex”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 8
  • Episode 5 – Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, “Magic Blocks of Creation”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15
  • Episode 6 – Featuring Shedd Aquarium, “A Whale of a Tale”; launches 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 22
    **Each episode repeats on Saturdays at 7am and also runs March-June 2015 on WTTW Kids.

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I Got to #CelebrateEveryGoal with Johnson & Johnson at Walgreens! #CollectiveBias

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Ever since moving to the suburbs almost 4 years ago, I hardly ever venture back to my old neighborhood in the city.  It’s kinda sad since I’ve lived there my whole life (until uprooting to the ‘burbs) and I don’t really like driving back.  Not to say that I didn’t like living there – the food, for one, was outstanding!  I still crave some of my favorite taquerias, a jibarito sandwich (a Puerto Rican sandwich made with flattened fried plantains instead of bread) and my favorite spot for Cuban sandwiches.  Aah…I miss my old neighborhood!

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This weekend I had the priviledge to attend an amazing event located blocks from where I grew up.  Johnson & Johnson was hosting a “2014 FIFA World Cup Wellness Tour” at the local Walgreens in Chicago to #CelebrateEveryGoal and I was so excited to attend.  The purpose of the event was to promote wellness while having some soccer fun!

The event was held in the Walgreens parking lot, and I was surprised to see all the booths represented.  There were samples of Tampico juice (that were really yummy, by the way).

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A Johnson & Johnson booth handing out swag bags full of lots of samples like Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion; Aveeno lotion, sunscreen, shampoo, and conditioner; Lubriderm lotion; and Desitin; along with lots of coupons for Johnson & Johnson products.

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There were also Futboleros doing a freestyle soccer exhibition along with Fuleco®, the official FIFA mascot!  The kids at the event really got into the performance too.  The Futboleros did a few activities with them and even got the audience involved.  At one point, for instance, they were asking members of the crowd who they were rooting for in the games and lots of people shouted countries like “Brazil!”, “Spain!”, etc.  Then one guy was asked and he enthusiastically shouted “Chicago!”.  The crown laughed when the Futboleros said “Chicago no es un país, hombre!”  (Dude, Chicago isn’t a country!) It was so funny!

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They put on an amazing show too!

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But probably my favorite part of the event was the FREE wellness screenings offered at the event.  The whole process took about 20 minutes and it starts with filling out some info at the Way to Well Health Tour booth.

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Then they take your blood pressure and you’re off to the bus!

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On the bus, you get a quick finger prick to test your blood for glucose and cholesterol, and you’re weighed to determine your BMI and body fat levels.  Thankfully my glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure levels were all within the normal range.  I just think it’s so awesome that Walgreens offered these screenings to all people in the community at the event free of charge, no insurance necessary.  And it’s nice that is was located right outside the Walgreens where you could pick up all your healthy essentials!

Overall, I’d say the event was a huge success.  Lots of people had a great time enjoying the activities and the beautiful Chicago weather.  Thanks to Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring such a fantastic event!

Celebrate the Big Game with Walgreens! #CelebrateEveryGoal #CollectiveBias

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GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!  Let the games begin!   My son has been showing a bit of an interest in soccer lately.  Always kicking the ball around and asking to go outside to the backyard to play.  He’s never been interested in any sport before, really, so I’m excited to see that he has started to show a bit of interest in one.  In fact, I’m so excited about his new-found interest that I even signed him up for a soccer class that starts next week!  Starting June 12th, 2014, my son can share his new love of soccer with the rest of the soccer lovers around the world as everyone will be getting together and rooting for their favorite teams in the renowned games.  It’s going to be so exciting!  To show their support and celebrate the games, Walgreens is having a 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Wellness Tour at their location at 5158 N. Lincoln Ave (& Foster) in Chicago on Saturday, June 7th from noon – 6pm.  Walgreens is the place for all your healthy essentials, and they also want you to have some fun at their event – it’s fun for the whole family!

Some of the family-friendly activities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Wellness Tour at Walgreens include:

• Germán Villa, Mex/Nat’& FIFA Champ. Autograph signing
• Official FIFA Mascot appearance, Fuleco®
• Futboleros Freestyle soccer exhibition
• Panini Trading Post: Trade stickers and fill albums
• Spend $15 on select* J&J products, get 3,000 Balance Rewards Points
• Live DJ broadcast remote
• SAFE KIDS Sports Injury Prevention demonstration, games
• Walgreens Way to Well Tour Bus—Free health check over $100
• Free J&J Product Sampling and giveaways

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Wellness Tour will be stopping in select Walgreens stores in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. You and your family can #CelebrateEveryGoal with live music, giveaways and product samples, autograph signing with former Mexican National champion player Germán Villa, appearances by FULECO® mascot, PANINI® album and sticker trading and Sports injury prevention activities free health checks valued at $100 provided by Walgreens.

In Chicago:  at 5158 N Lincoln Ave on 6/7 and on 5600 W. Fullerton Ave on 6/8
In Miami:  at 1751 Bonaventure Blvd in Westin on 6/21 and at 9675 NW 41st St. in Doral on 6/22
In Los Angeles: at 98 Long Beach Blvd in South Gate on 6/28 and at 1625 West Sunset in Los Angeles on 6/29

I am so pumped to attend this event. Will I see you there?

Kids will Love the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum! #ExperienceGR

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, and just a short walk from other attractions in the area. I knew my toddler would love the activities there, but had no idea that my teen would have a good time there too! (I was just as shocked as you probably are by reading that.)

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My family visited the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and the museum opened at noon. Admission is $8.00 for ages 1-64 and $7.00 for ages 65 and up. Children under 1 are free. There was a bit of construction going on at the intersection where the museum was located when we visited, but I noticed a few open parking spots right out front. Upon entering, there is a fairly large closet area where we were able to park our stroller. They do not sell food items here and I didn’t see an eating/snack area either. You could, however, rent a room for a birthday party.

Our first impression of the museum was that it was MUCH larger inside than we thought it would be. The two-story museum features some permanent exhibits, along with some rotating ones to change it up a bit. Some of my toddler’s favorites were the Construction Zone area where he built a foam “brick wall”, the bubbles exhibit (because, what kid doesn’t love playing with bubbles?!?!), the train table (always a favorite), the alphabet carpet squares, and hanging apples on the apple tree.

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Surprisingly, some favorites for my teenage daughter were the Mom & Pop Store (she relived the times when I used to take her to children’s museums), the Wee Bank (where I determined that she should NEVER work for a bank because I asked to withdraw $1,000 and she proceeded to give me the money WITHOUT asking for identification… LOL), and the Play Day Café where she was the waitress and I was her customer. I thought she would be bored to tears here while her brother played, but she surprised me by making the most of it.

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One aspect of the museum that I couldn’t take my eyes off of was the bee exhibit with REAL, LIVE BEES! I was fascinated because I have never seen so many live bees before. My whole family tried to locate the queen, with no luck. The elusive queen was nowhere to be found. We all thought that it was really cool to see a bee colony in action – though we were thankful that they were all behind the glass!

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Overall, we enjoyed our time at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum immensely. If you’re visiting the Grand Rapids area with kids, I’d put this attraction at the top of your list. Kids of all ages will find something to do and, chances are, will learn something new too.

Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to facilitate this review, and I was not asked to provide a particular point of view. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Kids

This post is part of 14 Days of Valentines on The Princess & Her Cowboys.  Check out the rest of the posts!

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It’s not just for lovers anymore!  These days Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating with those you love – and that often includes the kids.  Don’t believe me?  Just check out the holiday aisle at your local Target.  It’s full of cheesy stuffed bears, kiddie cards, and all kinds of chocolate.  Things all kids love.

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Are you celebrating with the kids this year?  Here are a few ways you can make it special for them.

Order in.  Usually my family orders pizza on Valentine’s Day.  Many local pizza joints even shape your pizza to look like a heart – at no extra charge!  But no matter what you decide to eat, just make sure it something the kids will love.  If McDonald’s is a special treat for your family, go for it!  It’s only one day, and the kids will be forever grateful.

Make each other Valentine’s Day cards…together.  How fun would it be if you gathered up all your craft supplies on the dining room table and had family craft time while making each other special cards?  You could even draw names out of a hat so that everyone only had to make one card.   And you could make it a contest too to see who make the coolest card.  Hours of fun to be had here.

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Find a teaching moment.  You can find a teachable moment in just about any activity.  For Valentine’s Day recently, my son and I made this awesome Valentine’s Day craft that helps develop fine motor skills and cognitive abilities.  Fin, crafty, and educational…a win-win all around.

Love, love, love.  While you don’t need a reason to shower your kids with love, on this day – especially this day – make sure you let them know just how much they mean to you.  Make them heart-shaped pancakes or heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and just give them a huge squeeze multiple times – especially on Valentine’s Day.

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Get Your Classic Cars Fix at the Volo Auto Museum!

Cars have never exactly been my thing.  I can’t see headlights in the distance and say, “Ooh, that’s a nice 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 right there!”  I say that because that’s exactly something my husband would say.  He goes absolutely gaga for classic muscle cars.  His affection for them and knowledge of classic cars is pretty remarkable.  I, on the other hand, can’t tell the difference between a Honda Odyssey and a Toyota Sienna (minivans in case you didn’t know…I Googled it).

Now that I’m a mom of a little dude, some things have got to change.  Just because I’m not crazy about cars, doesn’t mean I’m not going to expose my son to something he might actually love one day.  Like father, like son after all!

So…drum roll…

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We visited the Volo Auto Museum!  Having a son has certainly changed my view on lots of things.  Never before would you catch me at a car museum.  But now, having been there, I can honestly say –

I LOVED IT!

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You’ll receive a map when you pay for your admission.  Keep this!  You’ll need it.  When I think of a museum, it’s singular.  One building.  The vehicles at the Volo Auto Museum are housed in five separate buildings, well, six if you count the Military Museum.  We visited recently (in the winter) so that meant keeping our coats on because you had to venture outside to enter the other buildings.

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The Volo Auto Museum is home to lots of vehicles used in popular movies: the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Hearse from Terminator 3, “Grease Lightening” from the movie Grease, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, and SO MANY MORE!

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There’s also plenty for kids to love with cars from their favorite movies: Herbie the Love Bug, Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater from Cars, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, the strange-looking vehicle from Cat in the Hat, and you can even take a picture in the Flinstone’s vehicle that was used in the movie starring John Goodman & Rosie O’Donnell!

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For a couple of quarters you can also take a spin in some of the kiddie cars on display in the kid’s building, Cars in Wonderland.

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On your way to the Cars in Wonderland exhibit, you’ll be greeted by scenes from two of my son’s favorite movies, Finding Nemo and Monster’s Inc.!

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Have a car fanatic in your family?  The Volo Auto Museum is also an auto dealership!  Hundreds of restored, classic cars are for sale.  And for not being much of a car buff myself, even I wanted to buy one to take home!

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Hungry?  Don’t forget to visit the whimsical Betty Boop Grill.  Reminiscent of an old diner from the past, you can order up burgers, pizza, hot dogs and other seasonal items to chow down.

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There are plenty of opportunities here for a cute photo op too, so make sure you bring your cameras and a SMILE!

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We visited in the winter, but I noticed several areas and playgrounds for kids to run around and play in warmer weather.  We’ll be back in the spring for sure!

Volo Auto Museum

Before you go, make sure you visit the HUGE Antique Mall located right next door!  Over 400 dealers sell their wares at the Antique Mall.  Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s definitely worth the visit.

General admission* is $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids ages 5-11.  The Volo Auto Museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm.  Connect with the Volo Auto Museum on Facebook and Twitter!  The Volo Auto Museum is located at 27582 Volo Village Road in Volo, IL.

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*General admission verified February 2014.

Disclosure:  I received complimentary admission to the Volo Auto Museum to facilitate this review.  I was not asked to provide a particular point of view, and all opinions are 100% my own.

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