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!

My son couldn’t help but to ask to take a picture with the princess when we arrived. She was so sweet to oblige! Medieval Times_Princess

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!

My crew!

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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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Not a Runner? Do a Fun Run! The Color Run Chicago #TCRChicago #ShoutItOut #Happiest5K

There’s nothing like the start of warm weather to realize that you’re not feeling quite your best.  It seems like every belly roll is amplified by the tank tops we wear and every bit of cellulite can be seen when wearing shorts (at least for me anyway).  Knowing this, I knew I needed some motivation to kick-start my goal of moving more to get healthy.  I know I’m not a runner (as much as I want to think that I can be), but participating in a 5K sounded like a great way to start.

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I knew I didn’t want to do a timed race – I wasn’t ready for that – so I looked for a fun race to do and I got my daughter to commit to the race with me.  It was ON for The Color Run in Chicago!

Getting there I wasn’t sure what to expect.  First off – there was the parking situation.  Driving in to downtown Chicago is a trek in and of itself for me, but if I believed the parking apps and online parking websites I should have been expecting to pay upwards of $30 for parking.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case.  Sure, I parked farther than I would have liked, but it only cost me $12 so I’ll gladly walk the few extra blocks.  When we finally made it to the event, it was a quick trip to the registration tents (the lines seemed long but they went by really quickly) to pick up our race gear – tote bags, tattoos, race, bibs, t-shirts, headbands, and bracelets.  Great swag!

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Then it was off to line up for the race! This is when you really got a picture of just how many people were at the event.  The race started in waves, about every 3-4 minutes, and there were at least 5 waves that started before we did.  The music was jammin’ though and the emcees were really keeping the energy levels high.

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There were color stations set up throughout the course where you’d be doused with powdered color.  Those 3 miles fly by, and you end up looking something like this by the end of it:

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After the race, the party at the main stage was so fun to watch.  Participants receive a color pouch at the end of the race and every 15 minutes or so, the packets were unleashed and people threw them in the air.  The crowd danced and was completely covered in color by the end of it.  By far, the best time at the race.

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Shout, a sponsor of the race, had a booth at the race where they had a 360 camera to take a really fun video – and you could pick up more race swag in their tent.  I know I’m glad I had Shout® at home because it’s the only product that could remove all that cornstarch color from my clothes.  Believe me – I tried.  I put my clothes in the wash with just laundry detergent once just to see if the colors would come out on their own – they didn’t.  Then I sprayed the heck out of those clothes with Shout®, and every little spec was washed clean. I love Shout®!

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The Color Run 2014 Kaleidescope Tour was so much fun and I’m already excited to participate again next year.  There are still lots of cities left on the tour this year, so consider signing up if you see one near you.  From now until September 30, 2014, you can also have the opportunity to win a fun-filled, dream vacation to experience a The Color Run in New Zealand simply by posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShoutItOut #enter.

Have you participated in a fun run before?

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#ShoutItOut with Shout at the Color Run in Chicago on June 8th, 2014 {Giveaway}

I’ve been trying to focus more on my health lately and, months ago, I signed myself up for the Color Run in Chicago on June 8th.  It was my way to hold myself accountable and make sure that I didn’t remain sedentary over the last couple of months.  And it worked!  I’ve been trying to eat better and I’m hitting the gym a few times a week.  I’m feeling pretty good about it and I’m super-excited to be participating in such a fun run!  I mean, have you seen pics of this event?  It’s insane!

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As an official sponsor of the Color Run, Shout’s® new campaign, Shout It Out, is designed to inspire Americans to have actual, real, footloose and fancy-free fun and that taking time out for play and fun is important.  Like, really important.  For instance, did you know that today, Americans are overscheduled, overly uptight and under their fun quota with nearly 75% citing their responsibilities get in the way of being able to have fun.  I can totally relate!

So to help Americans find family-friendly, messy fun right in their own neighborhood, Shout® has worked in partnership with Yelp to launch the Shout It Out Fun Finder found on ShoutItOut.com, enabling fun for everyone. Users will get a list of fun activities served by nearby locations that is curated based on their IP address!

From now until September 30, 2014, you can also have the opportunity to win a fun-filled, dream vacation to experience a Color Run in New Zealand simply by posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShoutItOut #enter.

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So tell me, are you ready to find your fun again?

How would you and one friend like to participate in the upcoming SOLD OUT race in Chicago, IL on June 8th?

Got your attention yet?

Yes, YOU have the opportunity to attend this super-fun event and would receive 2 free tickets to the 2014 Chicago Color Run along with other great Shout products and race day swag! 

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Just follow the easy Giveaway Tools form below to enter.  Hope I see you at the race!

Indulge at the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, IL

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For me, not every date night begins and ends with dinner and a movie.  I like to do things that are a little unconventional and unique.  Well, there’s that…and the fact that sometimes I don’t want to pay the hefty price tag that can accompany a nice steak dinner.  Sometimes, my sweet tooth gets the better of me and all I crave is a decadent dessert.  Enter: All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, IL.

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I have visited the All Chocolate Kitchen twice now – once for a date night with my husband, and another time out with my teenager for some mom/daughter quality time.  I have not been disappointed at All Chocolate Kitchen, and have enjoyed myself both times.  The dining area is large enough that – even on a busy weekend – finding seating wasn’t an issue.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter All Chocolate Kitchen are the giant sculptures made entirely of chocolate.  Yes…chocolate.

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This entire tree is make up of chocolate! Even the counter is made from sugar. Talk about good enough to eat!

Then, there’s the desserts.  If I’m honest, choosing what you want and finding a spot to order can be a bit confusing.  There are lots of employees behind the counters, but patrons walking around deciding on what they want to order and lines of people waiting for a particular counter can cause a bit of a crowd near the desserts so it’s hard to find what you want and where to stand to order.  My first time there I was a little lost, but got the hang of it for my second go-round.  Walking around, you’ll see what I’m talking about, and you’ll also want to eat EVERY dessert you see.  It’s definitely a chocoholic’s heaven!

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The gelato station looked amazing, and you are allowed two samples per visit.  On a warmer day I would have opted for the gelato, but in the middle of a Chicago winter, I had to pass.

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When I saw that All Chocolate Kitchen offered crepes on Saturday nights, my dessert selection was easy…I can never turn down yummy crepes.  Especially ones with bananas and Nutella!  It comes with a shot of Apple Cider too.

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My daughter had the Devil’s Food Cake, as seen on the Martha Stewart Show.  It was served with a raspberry puree and was extremely rich and decadent.  Anytime you can please a picky teenager is a small victory if you ask me!

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While the desserts at All Chocolate Kitchen are undoubtedly mouthwatering and delicious, my favorite item on the menu is their Mocha Coffee.  Served in an oversized coffee mug, the flavor of the Mocha is out-of-this-world chocolaty and the best I’ve tried.  A must for me every time I visit now.  Yes, even at night.

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I loved how there are all kinds of seating here too.  You have your traditional tables and chairs, and you also have sofas and oversized comfy chairs…you can’t beat the laid-back atmosphere.  Totally random?  The old-fashioned phone booth in the dining area.  Cool, but so random.

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One thing I was not pleased with at the All Chocolate Kitchen was the condition of the restroom.  Granted, this is a food establishment, but someone should still look in on the restrooms from time to time.  I’ll spare you the photographs, but there was no toilet paper in the holder and the floors were filthy, filled with dirty paper towels and there was even paper in the sink.  Yuk!

But, if I didn’t have to go to the restroom I would never know…so let’s say I didn’t and move on, shall we?  I loved the All Chocolate Kitchen and I know I will be back.  Like the saying on the wall in their kitchen says, “Anything is good…if it’s made of chocolate.”

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So if you’re a chocolate fan, you must try the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, IL.  After all, anytime is Sugar Time.

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The All Chocolate Kitchen is located at 33 South Third Street in Geneva, IL.

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Get Fresh Ingredients Delivered with Relished Foods

I’ve been trying to cook a lot more lately – for both money-saving reasons and heath reasons.  I was sick of forever opting to pick up fast food on days when I just didn’t feel like cooking.  A pizza here, burgers there.  It all added up to lots of extra cash being spent each week…and even more unhealthy calories being consumed.   I mean, when your son’s favorite meal is chicken nuggets, you know you have to be doing something wrong…right?

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Luckily, I recently learned about a new Chicago-based subscription service that delivers the ingredients for three healthy meals each week, delivered right to your door: Relished Foods.  Perfect for busy families, you can skip the trip to the grocery store and the food prep and just focus on creating delicious meals.

I tried Relished Foods for a week and was surprised at how seemingly complex, yet surprisingly simple each recipe was.  My menu consisted of: Sautéed Shrimp and Baby Spinach Salad, Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken, and Pan Seared Strip Steak.  We received the 2 serving menu, but the portion sizes were so large that we were all able to get our fill.  All meals were 100% family tested and approved!  My family couldn’t get enough of these meals.  And I loved how easy Relished Foods made dinnertime.

When you sign up for Relished Foods’ weekly subscription (3 new meals with 2, 4 or 6 servings for only $9.95 per serving), you’ll receive fresh, local ingredients delivered to your door every Wednesday.  Everything you’ll need to make each recipe is included in a cold storage box, in clearly labeled bags and containers.

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You’ll also receive recipe cards with your ingredients.

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It’s important to note that the ingredients you receive are definitely fresh and of good quality – Relished Foods won’t send you sub-par produce.

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I enlisted my teenage daughter’s help to make the recipes, and figured it would be easy for her to follow along since each recipe card is filled with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the whole cooking process.  Overall, we were extremely pleased with the taste of each recipe – each one was extremely flavorful!

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I did notice a few instances where the recipe card photos did not reflect the recipe steps, and where a crucial step (like, add oil to the pan) was omitted, but nothing we couldn’t work around.  I also wish that the calorie counts were included on each recipe card, but I know you can find that information on the Relished site.

Relished Foods is a great new Chicago-based meal subscription service.  Yummy ingredients delivered right to your door.

If you’re just getting into cooking, or are looking to add more easy, gourmet-style recipes to your repertoire, I highly recommend Relished Foods.  In fact, if you’re thinking about giving Relished Foods a try, use the code “relished30” to get 30% off your first order!  Relished Foods is a fairly new company, but they deliver to about 1/2 of the U. S. – just about every state east of Colorado.  Just make sure to use the zip code checker on their website during checkout to confirm availability.

To learn more about Relished Foods, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure Coming Soon to Chicago March 14-17, 2014!

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I love the theme of the new Disney Junior Live! show: Pirate & Princess Adventure.  Whether you have a boy or a girl, all kids will find something to love at this brand-new show.  Disney has, one again, found a way to captivate children across the U.S.

Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure is coming soon to the Chicago area: March 14-17, 2014!

So grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure . Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior’s hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates . Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella.

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Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into Rosemont March 14-17.

As a special bonus, starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

This show was SO POPULAR  that an additional performance was added for Monday, March 17th!  Tickets are ON SALE NOW and you can use the promo code MOM2 for discounted tickets.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Rosemont Theatre

Fri, March 14 @ 6:30pm

Saturday, March 15 @ 11am, 2pm & 5pm

Sunday, March 16 @ 11am, 2pm & 5pm

Monday, March 17 @ 6:30pm

Parking is available at the Rosemont Theater for $14.

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Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! {Review}

There’s just something about watching Disney characters dancing and spinning on the ice that fascinates my son.  Never in a million years would I think that he was capable of sitting still (well, other than the frequent clapping) for so long without uttering a word of complaint.  He loves Disney characters, of course, and gets really excited when he gets to see Mickey and the gang up close.

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This year, Disney on Ice returned to the Chicago area with it’s newest production, Let’s Celebrate!.  In this show, your favorite cast of Disney characters take it to the ice for an evening of a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the world.

The show kicks off with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy & Pluto.  The audience loves to see their favorite characters on the ice!  They are soon joined by Alice in Wonderland for a festive birthday celebration.

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A Halloween was next and, truth be told, it is a little dark.  Jack Skellington from Disney’s The Nightmare before Christmas throws a Halloween party and some of our favorite Disney villains are in attendance: Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Jafar from Aladdin, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and a few others participate in a few numbers.Some younger kids might be frightened from the loud ominous music, the giant spider webs hanging from the ceiling, and the scary villain costumes.  In fact, a little girl (dressed in her adorable princess best) sitting a few rows up from us cried and wailed through that entire performance.  I almost wish it was either scheduled for the last show before intermission, or the first number after intermission.  At least that way the kids that are a little scared can hang out in the hallways until it’s over without much interruption.  Just my two cents.

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It was smooth sailing after that with performances celebrating summer (with a Hawaiian luau), Carnivale, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and our all-time favorite holiday – Christmas!

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Disney on Ice has yet to disappoint us, and the Let’s Celebrate! show was no exception.  We absolutely loved the show and can’t wait for the next one!

If you’re in the Chicago area, Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! runs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Jan 22 – Jan 26, 2014 and at the United Center in Chicago Jan 29 – Feb 9, 2014.  Don’t miss the show!

My readers can still save 40% on all weekday* shows and Save 20% on all weekend shows using code MOM. Get your discount Tickets Now!

*Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee, not including holidays. Discount does not apply to Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

Disclosure:  My family received complimentary admission to the show to facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Jan. 22–26, 2014

Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! is coming to the Chicago area!  Let’s Celebrate! runs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Jan 22 – Jan 26, 2014 & at the United Center in Chicago Jan 29 – Feb 9, 2014.

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; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; 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 festivals from around the globe.  Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!

Parking is FREE in all official arena parking lots. Visit official arena websites for more information.

Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Jan 22 – Jan 26, 2014
United Center in Chicago, IL. Jan 29 – Feb 9, 2014

Save 40% on all weekday* shows and Save 20% on all weekend shows using code MOM. Get your discount Tickets Now!

*Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee, not including holidays. Discount does not apply to Front Row or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

Disclosure:  My family will receive complimentary admission to the show in exchange for this post.

Chicago, IL: The Field Museum #ChicagoWorldsFair


The Field Museum, located in the heart of Chicago’s Museum Campus, has been a top tourist attraction in the city for many years and is a must see if you plan on visiting the city.  Filled with rich, cultural artifacts from around the world, The Field Museum offers a fun and educational way for all ages to spend the day in Chicago.

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The Field Museum originally started as an extension of the 1893 World’s Fair as a way to commemorate the event, and they recently unveiled a new temporary exhibit titled Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.  The exhibit highlights some of the artifacts that were displayed at the World’s Fair, and many that haven’t been seen since!

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At this exciting new exhibit, visitors can expect to see more than 200 artifacts and specimens from every corner of the Fair’s grounds—from the Midway villages to a nautical exhibit moored in Fair’s pond. Some exhibit highlights include:

  • Fair memorabilia, such as one of the financial ledgers and tickets
  • Peruvian mummies, and 3D printed replicas of figurines found inside one of the mummy bundles
  • Instruments from the gamelan played at the Javanese village on the Fair’s Midway
  • Large-scale murals and atmospheric projections that will take visitors into the Fair’s grounds.

An innovative feature of the Wonders of the World’s Fair is the use of a brand-new The Field Museum Tours mobile app that’s loaded with exclusive content, experiences and curated tours – everything you need to get a deeper understanding of the objects in the museum’s collection.

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Unfortunately, at the time of my visit the app had only been released for a day or two and the museum’s employees didn’t have enough information to help me navigate a tour on the app.  I was, however, able to view additional information on a Glass Sea Cucumber that was part of the Wonders of the World’s Fair Exhibit.  Download The Field Museum Tours app to check it out for yourself!

For those of you traveling to the museum with children, the Wonders of the World’s Fair exhibit also has an interactive music table that kids will love.  The giant touch screen allows kids to drag an instrument to their section and tap the screen to play.  The table can accommodate up to six instruments playing at the same time and it’s guaranteed to hold your child’s attention!

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Overall, the Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit proved to be both interesting and entertaining.  If you plan to visit The Field Museum, you will have to purchase a museum Discovery Pass to enter the World’s Fair exhibit.  The Discovery Pass grants you general museum admission, along with entrance to one special exhibition or 3-D film.  Discovery Pass prices are $23 for adults, $16 for children (3-11), and $19 for students and seniors (65+). Chicago residents may receive an additional discount ($20 ticket price for adults) by showing ID, or proof of residency.

The Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair exhibit runs through September 7, 2014 so be sure to check it out before it’s gone!

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My Vero Moment: An Afternoon Date with my Hubby

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.  All opinions are 100% my own.

While the temperature here in Chicago is still hovering at around 90 degrees, school has officially been back in session for a few weeks now.  Thank goodness the back-to-school shopping and paying all the school fees are over!  (Side Note: School fees are astronomical where I live.  Way too much for a public school…but I digress.)  Open houses and orientations are over and life around here is finally starting to get back to normal, and I’m so glad because I have been burnt out!  My oldest has started high school (YIKES!) and I have been in desperate need of a break.  Enter: Mariano’s!

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The other day, my husband and I were able to sneak away for an afternoon break at my all-time favorite store, Mariano’s.  Hey – who says running errands isn’t a romantic date?!?! Smile  (If you want to see more photos from my Mariano’s visit, you can view my full album on Google+.)

I absolutely love the quality of food at #MyMarianos.  Everything is really fresh and delicious (and they also serve the best mac ‘n cheese).

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One of the things I love about shopping and eating at Mariano’s is their dining area.  It’s so nice to take some time away while you’re shopping to sit and enjoy a meal too.  Say hi to the hubby…

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For me, the very best part of visiting Mariano’s is the Vero Coffee & Gelato shop.

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It’s located right and the front of the store (yeah, you know how to get us, Mariano’s) and I can never leave the store without some of their yummy coconut gelato.

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And this time, I also decided to try their Café Mocha too.  I’ve never ordered coffee here before – and, boy was that a mistake!  It was seriously the best café mocha I have ever had.  Don’t believe me, my husband stopped back at the Vero counter before we left to pick up another cup!

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If you’re planning to visit a Mariano’s store, don’t forget to sign up for their Mariano’s Rewards Card!  (The kiosks to sign up are located near the registers.)  In addition to exclusive savings and personalized offers, the Mariano’s Rewards Card also offers you rewards at Vero’s too!  When you buy 10 gelatos you get one FREE!

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Overall, I had a great afternoon date with my husband, and it was nice to catch-up on things while our teenager is back in school.  Definitely a My Vero Moment to remember!

And, speaking of memorable moments, have you checked out this cool video of a flash mob opera at a Chicagoland Mariano’s.  It’s so cool and I wish I was there!

To learn more about Mariano’s, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter, and you can also check out the Mariano’s Community where you’ll find more ways to save at Mariano’s!

Chicagoland Spots: Pioneer Farm

Venue: Pioneer Farm {Lambing Days}

Website: http://www.enjoypioneerfarm.com/

Location: 17N400 Big Timber Road, Hampshire, IL  60140.

Hours: Open March-May; Sa & Su 9am – 3pm

Admission:  $5.00 per person; $11.00 for a family of 4

Parking: Free

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Our Experience:  I’ll say it first here that we were a bit skeptical when we pulled into the driveway at Pioneer Farm.  Make no mistake – you are visiting an actual, working farm, not some Disney version of what one should look like.  There was stuff lying everywhere and some homemade contraptions in various spots on the property.  My husband even contemplated turning around and driving back home.  But once I saw the sheep in a pen ahead of us, I knew we had to give it a shot.  I figured that the cost is low enough that we wouldn’t be losing out on too much, ya know?  And I’ll be forever thankful that we stayed.

As we stepped into the barn we were greeted by Carol, one of the farm’s owners.  She was so sweet and kind and I knew I’d like her immediately.  If there’s one thing you need to know about Pioneer Farm, it’s that you are about to have an experience, and not just a glimpse of the animals from afar.  My 2-year-old was completely drawn in by the sights and sounds of the animals.  And – he needed help, of course – was able to hold a baby chick, a bunny, a lamb, and a goat.  He also got up close and personal with a chicken and a duck.  He was thrilled!  The very best part of our visit – he got to feed a calf with a bottle all by himself!  It was slobbery and messy, but my son had a blast!

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We even got to see Lane, Carol’s husband, shear a sheep (which is a lot harder than it sounds – trust me!).  The owners went into great detail about the process of shearing sheep and even showed us the lanolin secreted by the sheep that is used in lotions and lip balms.  They were happy to answer all of our questions and just made our visit all the more enjoyable.  We had such a great time and can’t wait to go back!

Helpful Tips:

  • No need to plan an entire day at Pioneer Farm.  An hour or so is sufficient time to see it all.
  • Feeding the calf is an extra $1.00 charge.
  • Don’t judge a book (or a farm) by its cover.  Pioneer Farm has a lot to offer, and the kids will have a great time.

Hope you get to Enjoy Pioneer Farm for Lambing Days (weekends through May)!

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