Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Family Visit to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is really the house that started it all for me. I remember learning about George Washington's magnificent estate as a child and eventually making a pilgrimage like so many before me. The estate was the first I ever toured and its majesty has captivated me ever since. Mount Vernon is very close to Washington, D.C., perched gracefully on the Potomac River. During our visit to DC, a trip to the estate seemed quite natural.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Holiday Events at Norton's U.S.A. for 2015!

The holidays are here and my favorite source of Made in USA products, Norton's U.S.A. has some great holiday events coming up! Right after Thanksgiving, Norton's will be holding is fun and festive Annual Christmas Open House! The event runs November 27-29 and will not only wow you with the large array of Christmas decor, treats and gifts made in the USA but will help you get into the merry spirit for the holidays! Plus there will be treats to try--who can resist? Shop with your AMEX on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and spend $50 or more at Norton's U.S.A. and you will receive a $20 gift certificate for a future purchase! Bring donation items for the Barrington Township Food Pantry and be entered in a raffle.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Liv on Life Green is Good Giveaway Winner!!!

Congrats to Chickie, our Liv on Life Green is Good giveaway winner! I will email Chickie and she will have 48 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. Thank you to everyone that entered this fun giveaway! We currently have a giveaway for Great Lakes Proud items going on, so check that out! We have a couple more coming soon as well! Curious about the Liv on Life series? Check our previous Green is Good review!

Great Lakes Proud Introduction and Giveaway {11/28/15}

**Disclosure: I did receive Great Lake Proud products to review for you. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Recently, I had the pleasure of learning about Great Lakes Proud--a really cool company out of Michigan. Great Lakes Proud sells stickers and other products highlighting the Great Lakes while simultaneously generating money for charities. The stickers are a neat way to display your pride for the Great Lakes region with quite a few color and size combinations available. Plus, they are printed in Northern Ohio--made in USA is always a plus in my book!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Holiday Lights,Owls, Star Wars, Crafts & More}

Image of Illumination via Morton Arboretum.

With all the kiddos amped up with anticipation, it is time to plan some activities to help them use that energy! Here are some picks for this weekend:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Date Night Idea: Champagne Tastings Coming to Vin Chicago in December

**Disclosure: I have been invited to attend one of the Vin Chicago Champagne Tastings and will be reviewing the event. No other compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own.

As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking about what type of wines we should serve during holiday festivities. Celebrating certainly means popping a bit of bubbly! If you are unsure about how to choose champagne or are just curious about trying different champagnes and sparking wines, Vin Chicago's December Champagne Tastings are for you! Plus, what a fun date night! Selections will include some of the usual suspects like Dom Perignon and Bollinger but I am pretty excited to try a selection from Oregon! Here is a run down on the info for Champagne Tastings at each Vin Chicago location. Be sure to reserve a spot!

VIN Chicago $50 Gift Card Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to our VIN $50 Gift Card Winner Janelle Thoma! I will email Janelle and she will have 48 hours to claim her prize! Thank you to all that entered! We currently have a giveaway for Green is Good--a children's book in the the Liv on Life series. We also have a couple more coming up--one later this week!