Our 3 Favorite Baby Products from the Chicago Baby Show

We attended the Chicago Baby Show at Navy Pier and found out about some great products for new parents or those looking for gift ideas for parents. Our favorite products there are:

1. North States Superyard Colorplay for Baby

We used a version of the North States Superyard with each of our kids and it was such a big help to us. We were able to keep the kids safely within the gates with their toys while we were cooking dinner or doing some other household chores. It is also perfect to keep at the grandparents’ or babysitter’s home since it folds up easily. You can also use it outdoors. The perks of the North States Superyard are its portability, variety of colors, and definitely the locking mechanism.

2. Bloom Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib

When we first saw the Bloom Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib, we thought about all of the possibilities with this crib. It’s perfect for small spaces, especially if you live in an apartment or want a crib in your bedroom. It’s also space-saving if you need multiple cribs in one space. The best feature of the crib is the ability to fold it up and store it. Since it doesn’t take up too much room when it’s folded, it’s also convenient to have at the grandparents’ or babysitter’s home. When you have guests visiting with babies, you can use this and store it easily afterwards.

3. Bloom Fresco Chrome Special Edition High Chair

The look of high chairs and baby products have definitely changed since our oldest child was born 14 years ago. For example, style and design has become a big part of baby products. Nothing showcases this better than the Bloom Fresco Chrome Special Edition High Chair

. If you have this for a high chair, you can be guaranteed that it will be a gorgeous focal point in your home. Besides its beauty, it has functionality, such as the ability to recline the chair and the ability to adjust the chair all the way to breakfast bar height.

There were so many other brands at the Chicago Baby Show offering useful baby products, but too many to share in one post. Check out the other exhibitors here and let us know which ones are your favorites!

Special thanks goes to the MomTrends Blogger Lounge where we filmed our favorite finds.

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Free $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card with New Membership – Valpak Mailers

If you live in the Chicago-area, check your mailbox! You should soon see a Valpak envelope arriving in it.

In addition to household service and restaurant coupons, Valpak envelopes now contain great grocery savings and coupons for everyday household items. Make sure to look for the coupon for a free $20 gift card with purchase of $45 Sam’s Club membership. This is a fantastic savings!

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Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway

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Come out to Navy Pier for the 2017 Chicago Baby Show on August 26 and 27. It will be part of the largest show series for new and expectant parents in the country. Built off the 7 years of success with the New York Baby Show and the inaugural LA Baby Show last year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from Chicagoland, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood!

SPECIAL OFFER:

The normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) and $20 per individual. Save 50% off our tickets when you use this link to purchase them!

Enter to win one a family or an individual ticket to the 2017 Chicago Baby Show! Ten (10) winners will each receive their choice of a family ticket ($30 value) or an individual ticket ($20 value) for August 26 or August 27.

The prize:

Family or Individual Ticket to the 2017 Chicago Baby Show (10 Winners)

Enter to win:

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Be a Dinner Hero to Your Family

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Are you and your family juggling schedules? Are you looking for quick and easy meals to make? Would you like to be a dinner hero to your family? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a solution for you!

I was recently invited to find out more about Revolution Foods’ Dinner Hero Cooking Kits. We were treated to a meal made from the ingredients in the Dinner Hero meal kits. Chef Katie used the spices included in the kits to give us some different meal ideas. Our menu included:

My favorites were the Argentinian-Marinated Steak and the Pistachio Coconut Brittle. It really surprised me that you could make brittle using ingredients from the Coconut Curry Dinner Hero Cooking Kit!

Why You Should Buy the Dinner Hero Kits:

– The meal prep is easy (under 30 minutes)
– In just three steps and 30 minutes, you will have a hot and healthy meal for four
– They are healthy with over 40g of whole grains with no artificial colors or flavors
– Introduce new culinary flavors to kids
– It comes in four adult AND kid approved flavors: Sesame Garlic, Coconut Curry, Smoky Tomato and Fiesta Taco
– Just add protein!

About Revolution Foods:

Revolution Foods was founded 10 years ago by two moms who wanted to change the way that kids eat in America. They are the leading provider of healthy family meals across the nation, serving over 2 million school meals a week over 2 million freshly-prepared meal a week in 1000+ schools nationwide. They have a deep commitment to nutrition, childhood education and sustainable supply chains. They are now bringing their recipe for success to stores too, with convenient, healthy solutions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Breakfast Hero and Dinner Hero products are a healthy choice for busy parents, but still packed with fun and flavor for the whole family! Revolution Foods also donates 1% of their retail sales to schools to help provide fresh meals to their students every day. Revolution Foods mission is to build life-long healthy eaters by making family-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all.

Where to Buy It:

In the Chicago area, you can find the Dinner Hero meal kits at Jewel-Osco in the same aisle as Mac & Cheese. You can check the Revolution Foods website for more locations outside of Chicago.

Dinner Hero Coupon:

In the Chicago area, check your Jewel-Osco app for a possible $2 off coupon, good through July 26th! With the cooking kits priced at under $5, this is a great deal!

How We’ll Be Using the Dinner Hero Cooking Kits:

Since our kids love helping out with cooking meals, we’re excited to see what types of dishes they will come up with using these cooking kits. We have found that when our kids have a hand in making dinner, they are more excited to try new foods and spices. Let us know which kit you’re most looking forward to trying!

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Chicago and Suburbs Attractions

Chicago is a city filled with lots of fun things to do. Whether you grew up in the city or suburbs like us or plan to visit on your next vacation, check out our list – most of them are free or inexpensive!

Museums and Other Attractions:

– Aurora – Blackberry Farm – Illinois residents get free admission on Family Fun Days on May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21, July 6, and August 9.

– Aurora – Red Oak Nature Center – Admission is always free.

– Aurora – Sci-Tech Museum

– Bensenville – Fischer Farm – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Adler Planetarium – Illinois residents get complimentary general admission on June 5 to 9. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.

– Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago – Illinois residents get free general admission every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Admission is always free for children under 14. Admission is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18. Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Current Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, and homeschool parents.

– Chicago – Chicago Botanic Garden – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Chicago Children’s Museum

– Chicago – Chicago History Museum – Illinois residents get free admission on July 4 and every Tuesday* from 12:30 to 7:30 pm (excluding December 19 and 26).

– Chicago – The DuSable Museum of African History – Illinois residents get free admission on Tuesdays. All Military Duty Personnel, all Branches, receive complimentary admission. Children under 5 years old are always free.

– Chicago – The Field Museum – Illinois residents receive complimentary basic admission on June 21, 22, and 23.

– Chicago – Garfield Park Conservatory – Admission is always free.

– Chicago – Millenium Park – Always free.

– Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Art – Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round. Admission is free for members of the military, police and fire departments and veterans.

– Chicago – Museum of Science and Industry – Illinois residents receive free admission from June 5 to 9, June 12, September 5 to 8, September 11 to 15, September 18 to 22, September 25 to 29, and October 2 to 5. Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free admission.

– Chicago – Navy Pier – Admission is always free. You just have to pay for the activities or meals there.

– Chicago – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents. Children under 3 years old are always free. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, active duty service members and their families can enjoy free admission.

– Chicago – Shedd Aquarium – Illinois residents receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission on June 5, 6, 12, 13, August 28, 29, September 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. Active-duty military personnel, Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID. Guests who present a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch ATM, credit, or debit card, along with photo identification, will receive one free general admission on the first full weekend of every month: May 6-7, June 3-4, July 1-2, August 5-6, September 2-3, October 7-8, November 4-5, and December 2-3.

– Elmhurst – Elmhurst Historical Museum – Admission is always free.

– Glenview – Kohl’s Children’s Museum – Children under 3 are always free. Military receive buy one, get one free admission for their entire party.

– Glenview – Wagner Farm

– Libertyville – Lambs Farm

– Naperville – DuPage Children’s Museum – Free admission for children under 1 year old.

– Naperville – Naper Settlement – Free admission for children under 4 years old. Naperville residents get free admission with proof of residency. Active duty military personnel and their families are eligible for free admission to Naper Settlement between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

– Rockford – Discovery Center Museum – Free admission for children 1 year old and younger.

– Wheaton – Cantigny Park

– There are per car parking fees.

* Borrow the Museum Adventure Pass from a participating library and get free admission to select museums and attractions.

Movies:

– Aurora – Movies in the Park – Paramount Theatre – Classic movies on Mondays for only $1 per ticket.

– Aurora – Movies in the Park – Phillips Park – Always free admission.

– Chicago – Movies in the Park – Always free admission.

– West Chicago – Cascade Drive-In – Children under 5 years old and pets are admitted free.

– Everywhere – Marcus Theatres – Two free passes to Kids Dream movies.

– Everywhere – Classic Cinemas – Wednesday Morning Movie Series.

– Everywhere – Regal Entertainment Group – Movies for only $1 per ticket.

Sports:

– Everywhere – Kids Bowl Free – Sign up to receive 2 free bowling passes per day per child.

– Everywhere – Kids Skate Free – Sign up to receive 2 free roller skating passes per week per child.

– Chicago – Chicago Cubs

– Chicago – White Sox Kids Club – Sign up for a free 2017 Kids Club Slugger Membership and receive a voucher to get two free Upper Reserved game tickets to one of select White Sox game dates.

– Geneva – Kane County Cougars

– Schaumburg – Schaumburg Boomers – There is a Family Sunday Deal where you’ll receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas for only $44.

Water Parks:

– Aurora – Splash Country Water Park – Free admission for hildren under 2 years old. There are Twilight discount admissions.

– Des Plaines – Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center – Free admission for children 2 years old and younger.

– Gurnee – Hurricane Harbor

– Gurnee – Key Lime Cove – There are many special packages, which include waterpark admission.

– Rockford – Magic Waters Waterpark – Free admission for children under 1 year old. Tuesdays all admissions are $12.

– Yorkville – Raging Waves – Free admission for children 2 years old and under.

Zoos:

– Aurora – Phillips Park – Always free admission.

– Brookfield – Brookfield Zoo – Free admission for children under 3 years old. Free admission for all active, reservist, and retired members of the military.

– Chicago – Lincoln Park Zoo – Always free admission.

– Wheaton – Cosley Zoo – Free admission for children 17 years old and younger. Free admission with a Wheaton Park District Universal Resident ID.

* We’ll continue to add more to this list as we find more events and attractions in the Chicago-area to help you have a wonderful vacation or staycation! Check back often for our updates. Leave a comment for us if you have any ideas on what to add to our list.

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