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Writer’s Block

So, every time I open a new, blank post, I sit and stare, then I go to Facebook for 20 minutes, then I go to my email, then back to Facebook. I pop over here and look at the blank screen again… Then a kid wants me. Next thing I know, my laptop has been […]

Four Things to Know Before Opening a Restaurant

Opening a restaurant isn’t always as easy as it might look on television or in films. Statistics show that half of all new businesses fail within the first year and that the likelihood of a restaurant succeeding is even lower. Don’t let that stop you from opening a brand new restaurant of your own though. […]

Rain, Rain Go Away

A photo posted by Kimberly Grabinski (@whatsthatsmell) on Jun 10, 2015 at 6:10am PDT Our June has been constantly wet here in Chicago. I wouldn’t mind so much but it is our busiest month for the kids and day camps. When all your camps are outside, you don’t want it to be wet! I know […]

Mix It Up: New(ish) Summertime Cocktails

Summer time is the season when cocktails rule. Their refreshing and cool combinations can take a bite out of our overheated selves, and their bright colors evoke the sunny skies. We all love a good daiquiri or margarita, two classics that blend well with fruit flavors and can be served blended or on the rocks. […]

Help Children’s Miracle Network by shopping at Walmart Plus Giveaway

With one in diapers and another on the way, I spend a lot of money on Pampers and when I do, I do it at Walmart! This month Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to Children’s Miracle Network. You can visit for more information and to make your own donation. Your donation helps provide 32 million […]

Serving up Fun: Food Festival 101

The culinary industry has more varied and creative products to offer consumers than ever before. From food-as-science “molecular gastronomy” to organic, local, and seasonal fare, there are options available to please every palate. One way the industry introduces consumers to its most inventive, delectable, and popular offerings is through seasonal food festivals. Whether you’re a […]

Get the new GoPro HERO+ for Father’s Day

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. My husband has been really into videotaping everything lately. He likes to record himself talking on the way home from work and family moments. His camera is a little old and […]

Potty train with Pampers EasyUps

This post has been sponsored by Pampers but all opinions are my own. We are still a little while off from potty training BabyQ since she’s only 16 months old, but I have been around that block 3 times before with my other kiddos. BabyQ and I were able to share some potty training excitement […]

Growing Popularity of Garagiste Wine

While the craft beer movement has exploded in recent years in the United States and elsewhere, the different types of wine available have remained quite static. While this may be seen as a benefit for traditionalists everywhere, those with more adventurous palates and less concern for the history of wine may find all this sameness […]

College Graduation Cheat Sheet

Win a fun gift basket from Batman Unlimited, DC Friends or Scooby-Doo!

I loved watching Scooby-Doo when I was younger. I grew up watching and reading mysteries, so it was a great cartoon for me. My kids are developing a love for Scooby-Doo as well. Little Man still gets scared sometimes when watching the shows, but the other two big kids like watching it. As you can […]

Create the Perfect Family Vacation with the Right Resort

Family vacations can cost a lot of money, and the investment in the trip has to pay dividends in the form of relaxation and the creation of memories. Traveling can be a rewarding experience for every member of the family if the right resort or hotel is chosen. Every member of the family has different […]

Remember a Soldier this Memorial Day

I can’t believe Memorial Day is this weekend. This year is flying by! A lot of people don’t really think about what Memorial Day means and just see it as the end of the school year and beginning of summer. While I really don’t have any Vets in my family, I feel it’s important that […]

City Break: Florence

Florence is thought of by many as Italy’s most beautiful city and just one glimpse of the skyline as dusk falls will help you to understand why. Around 10 million people per year come to marvel at the historic buildings, enjoy the art galleries and soak up the atmosphere in Florence’s cafes and restaurants. Florence […]

Chicken Fajitas Recipe made with Zaycon Fresh Chicken

Zaycon Fresh provided me with complimentary products. The opinions I have expressed are my own. #ad  If you are like my family, you go through a lot of meat. We like meat in our family: chicken, beef, sausage, bacon… yum! I have found that Zaycon Fresh is the way to go for buying in bulk for […]