Ross brought out the budget fashionista in me!

Two weeks I was blessed to attend an amazing event held at The Roof on theWit Downtown here in Chicago for Ross: Dress for less! I really had a blast. The food was plentiful and so was the champagne. The venue was astounding! Can we talk about the view? Even though it was a chilly day here in the Chi the heated outdoor roof patio was nice and cozy. The clear walls showcased the amazing Lake Michigan and the detailed Chicago skyline.

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Bloggers and the executive team from Ross were able to talk and we learned about how Ross started and grew to the Midwest. The Ross team members were warm, inviting, and very transparent. Many of them talked about their move to Chicago from the West coast and their families which always wins me over. At the end of the day a brand that has a real person approach is what most bloggers want.

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When we made it to Ross (Which was around the corner on Randolph) I was super excited. I had $100 to use and I had a plan in tact. Since Dereon is growing like weeds I knew I had to stop by the children’s section and grab him a few items. What I didn’t know was I would fall in love with some many nice shirts, slacks, jeans, and sweaters. I was in my fashion zone. Dereon’s taste is pretty cool for a 7 year old. He likes to dress casual; slacks, shirt, tie, and loafers. Yes, he is 7 I am sure. LOL. I wanted to make sure I picked some things he would like and also some practical pieces that he was currently out growing. I was happy to find some great name brand jeans for his weekend wear, a really button up shirt with a tie, a Bears football jersey, some cute jogging pants for his basketball class, and much more. The prices of the clothes were very reasonable. I mean I got some Levi jeans for the kiddo for only $16.99 and they look super cute on him.

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When I finally snapped out of my daze I left the children’s section and ventured off to see what other goodies Ross had in stock. Sense we were the first to shop in the store the options were plentiful. I mean home décor, purses, jewelry, shoes, perfume, coats, luggage, and the list goes on. My mother was able to score some UGG boats for under $65 dollars! Can you say a steal?
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Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes kept me laughing the whole night and so did Raijean from SwaiRai. Check out our pictures below:

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Overall my trip to the new Ross on 26 E. Randolph was amazing and I’ll be back soon!

Want to get a chance to shop at Ross yourself? Comment below on what you would grab from such an awesome place like Ross and I’ll pick the best answer! Winner will win a $25 Ross Gift card. (Contest ends Nov. 14th)

P.S. I can’t forget to post a picture of the tasty cupcakes they offered everyone while shopping. I need another just thinking about them.
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Boo! At the Zoo: Halloween fun

Happy Sunday!!

If you are in the Chicagoland area I want to invite you out to the last day of Boo! At the Zoo which is going on now at Brookfield Zoo. Today I’ll be one of the judges for their annual costume contest. I hope to see you and your wonderful family there. Here’s some more information regarding the event:

Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration will be filled with more tricks, treats, and hocus pocus than ever before. The whole family will have a howlin’ good time October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.each day.

Pumpkins will be getting crushed and carved throughout the Halloween celebration. Head over to the West Mall from 11:00 a.m. to4:00 p.m. to witness the Pumpkin Smasher destroying pumpkins into tiny pieces every hour on the hour. Then watch Steve Dahlke, professional pumpkin carver, as he uses a variety of tools to create masterpieces out of gigantic pumpkins that weigh about 1,000 pounds each. Pick up carving tips and tricks during his demonstrations, and you can even carve your own pumpkins.

The ever-popular Boo! at the Zoo costume parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in front of Discovery Center. Kids of all ages and their families can join in and show off their Halloween attire. Leading the parade on October 18 will be S.T.A.T of Illinois Baton/Dance Team, and on October 19 Evergreen Park Community High School Cheerleaders will get the parade started. The Bearettes & Twirling Bears from Midlothian and Oak Lawn and the marching band from Reavis High School in Burbank will kick the parade off on October 25. And on October 26, the Hinsdale Central High School Red Devil Marching Band will lead the procession.

Afterwards, you can enter the costume showcase that begins at 1:30 p.m. at the West Mall. Judges will choose winners in four categories: scariest, best animal theme, most original, and best group theme. Radio Flyer and Dulcelandia will provide costume prizes.

Additional activities include finding your way through the more than 7,000-square-foot Crazy Maize corn maze, taking a spin on the Creepy Cowboy Carousel, building a scarecrow at Hamill Family Play Zoo, decorating cookies, and taking memorable photos at the pumpkin patches located throughout the park. New this year, kids can stop by treat stations to receive goodies provided by Dulcelandia (while supplies last). The candy company will also have Halloween-themed piñatas for kids to smash open.

Halloween would not be complete without creepy critters like bats, scorpions, and spiders—oh my! Learn about them and other animals during special Zoo Chats that will be held each weekend. Glide over to Australia House at 11:30 a.m. to learn about Rodrigues fruit bats, which have a 3-foot wingspan. At high noon, staff will share information about the zoo’s Mexican gray wolves, including Ernesta, who recently was released to the wild with her four pups and mate. A 12:30 p.m.spider Zoo Chat will take place at The Swamp. From there, a hoot of a good time awaits at the Hamill Family Play Zoo for a 1:00 p.m. chat about a great horned owl. At 2:00 p.m., discover some unique characteristics about the scorpion at Feathers and Scales. To round out the chats, slither over to Reptiles and Birds at2:30 p.m. to see one of the zoo’s large snakes. And everyone can flock to Hamill Family Play Zoo for a 3:00 p.m. chat about the raven.

Several of the zoo’s animals will receive pumpkins as Halloween treats—. See if the rhinos crush their festive squash at 11:00 a.m.on October 18. The following day, October 19, the orangutans will be treated to pumpkins at10:00 a.m. The grizzly, polar, and sloth bears will receive pumpkins at 11:00 a.m. on October 25, and the lions will be able to enjoy them on October 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Boo! at the Zoo is presented by Bright Start® College Savings and proudly supported by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. General zoo admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10. (Additional fees apply to some activities.) For further information, visit www.CZS.org/events or call (708) 688-8000.

Snuggle celebrates 30 years + Giveaway!

It’s #ThrowbackThursday so let me take you way back. LOL. I am a 80s baby and I am proud of it! So much has changed in the world from when I was a kid. Looking at certain things brings back childhood memories like Snuggle I remember that bear so vividly. SO cute and cuddly and I recall my parents using the product and my clothes smelling so amazing. As an adult I chose to use Snuggle for my family’s laundry because its a brand I can trust and it leaves our clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft.

A cool fact about Snuggle is that we are around the same age. Snuggle Bear just turned 30 this September and he had a huge celebration on Twitter. On Septem”bear” 17th 2014 Snuggle Bear celebrated turning 30 and gave away cool prizes and Snugs! So many people tweeted about how they remember Snuggle Bear as a kid and how they still love the brand and product now. You can actually check Snuggle bear out on Twitter.

Jim Hensen Company created Snuggle to represent the snuggable softness and fabric softner freshness of Snuggle Fabric softener and sheets. Snuggle Bear became a rock star of his time. I remember seeing him on TV and wanting to have a pet bear just like him, I also think about the times I jumped into my laundry bin of clean clothes copying Snuggle Bear moves off the commercial. I didn’t bounce effortlessly like he did, but it was still fun.

Snuggle sent me some of their liquid fabric softeners and fabric softener sheets. Normally I buy the classic box of Blue Sparkle and bottle since I am the only lady in my household and my two men don’t like smelling too fruity. However I was pleasantly surprised to see and smell two different scents that I am now obsessed with. The Snuggle Exhilarations in White Lavender and Sandalwood smells like a bottle of happiness! Its not over powering and it makes your clothes very soft. I can see a huge difference in our towels and sheets since using a cupful in my loads. Snuggle also has a Exhilarations in Blue Iris and Bamboo Silk this fragrance is perfect for work out clothes, jeans, shirts and pjs. Makes the clothes soft and the smell is light and it softly lingers.

It is hard to chose which one is my favorite because they all smell divine and they all keep my clothes soft. The fact that I use both, the liquid form and sheet form is awesome because sometimes I make my own scent by mixing them together. The possibilities are endless. Snuggle is available at all grocery stores and retailers. I want to give you the chance to experience Snuggle’s softness and fresh scents. To win some Snuggle goodies all you have to do is post below a #ThrowBack memory of an item or place that is still around today. A random name will be pulled Monday October 6th 2014. Good luck!