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Codeverse Summer Camp

It is super cold in Chicago with the prediction of snow ❄️ every day this week. What other perfect time to start thinking about Summer camps. I found out every other parent was also looking and a lot of the best camp were already filling up fast. In my search I came across this great camp called Codeverse. Codeverse is a fully interactive coding studio for kids ages 6-13. They offer camps and classes.

Coding is not just a job but it’s now a required skill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1 million coding related jobs by 2020.

Whether your child is new to coding or has been grabbing for the family iPad since they could walk. The curriculum is designed to be engaging and easy to digest for children of all experience.

 

Codeverse has crafted their own computer language, named KidScript. The classes, during camp, focus on a new topic each day, culminating in a hands-on project. Topics include coding, 3D printing, robotics, and laser cutting. There will also be field trips to local businesses and time allotted for outdoor recreation.

With kids getting things like Hour of Coding in school and games like Minecraft at home; kids are surrounded by coding. My daughter is so excited to be going to Codeverse this summer, your kids will be too.

Location:
Lincoln Park
819 W. Eastman Street
Chicago IL 60642

Time:
‪Mon-Fri‬ ‪from 9am – 3pm‬
Offering complimentary one hour early drop off 8am and one hour late pick up 4pm
(for busy/working parents)

Camp Cost: 
$800 weekly (mention this blog for $200 OFF!)

Camp includes:
All coding activities, field trips, lunches and snacks

Ages:
Divide in two groups
Grades 1-4
Grades 5-8

https://www.codeverse.com/camps/

https://m.facebook.com/Codeverse-1741310786141107/

https://www.instagram.com/codeverse/

https://mobile.twitter.com/codeverse/

 

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Family Fun with The Wizard of Oz

This past Saturday I got to show my children a magical story I loved as a child. Growing up The Wizard of Oz was my favorite story and now my children love it just as much as I do.

We got to follow a yellow brick road with Dorothy & friends to Emerald City to meet the wonderful powerful OZ! Big Noise theater put on the greatest adaptation of a wonderful classic. The music and dancing will keep the audience of all ages entertain. Great your family together and go see this great show.

Price:
$15 All Ages

Dates:
January 13 – January 28, 2018

Times:
Saturdays at 10am & 12pm
Sundays at 10am
Wednesday, January 24 at 10am

Location:
Prairie Lakes Theater
515 E. Thacker Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016

http://bignoise.org/shows/2017-2018/wizard-oz

https://m.facebook.com/bntheatre/

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Mommycon equals Community

MommyCon is the largest natural parenting consumer show in North America.

To me Mommycon is more of Community, Friendships, parenting partners, non-judgment advice, mom dates, play dates and much more!

Mommycon has grown so much since the first event in 2013. One thing hasn’t changed, It’s still a way to connect with like-minded care givers. Care givers who are just like you & have no idea what they are doing. Care givers who want friends that are going through the same things they are. Who else knows what it feels like to wake multiple times a night to a teething baby. Or how to do matrix moves to avoid being peed on.

So,If you are going to any Mommycon/DaddyCon/gather event turn to your right or left and say hi. You might just meet your new best friends. I know I have!

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/mommyconbff/

https://www.facebook.com/mommyconusa/

https://mommycon.com/events/

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Unique Holiday Gifts for Unique Families

The Holidays can be a stressful time for some. People with big families stress on what to buy or what makes the best gift. Other people just hate shopping or don’t know what to get.
All those reason are why I have decided to put together this holiday guide.           What makes my holiday stand out over other holiday guides is most companies are mom made, mom ran, & mom owned. Also that most companies featured in this blog are offering my readers discount codes. Discounts will be listed at the end of the blog.

Gifts for the Kids who have it all 

Pearachute
Pearachute is changing the way parents and children share, discover, learn and play together. It’s the new way your child gets to enjoy classes they love and without being locked into a 5 week class that they end up hating. It gives you the freedom to try classes until you find one that you & your child love. They have gift cards, credits, and monthly membership. Pearachute is located in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
https://www.pearachutekids.com

AquaMermaid
Who doesn’t want to be a Mermaid!?! With AquaMermaid everyone can become one during this unique swimming class. AquaMermaid is a class that teaches you how to swim like a beautiful mermaid. AquaMermaid operates in six locations throughout the US and Canada. One location being my hometown Chicago.

AquaMermaid also has this great mermaid tail which makes a great gift. They come in 3 lovely colors blue, pink and green. The mermaid tails come in kids and adults sizes.
https://aquamermaid.com

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Babies, Toddlers, Toys and more

Kleynimals 
Stainless steal rattles, teethers & flatware sets. I love that you can get the Kleynimals toy keys personalized, making them a perfectly unique & keepsake gift.
https://kleynimals.com

Chompy Chic Chewlery
Chompy Chic Chewlery are Teething necklace and other teething accessories. When you think teeth necklace you think female caregivers/baby gift. That is true but I have to say they make great male caregivers/dad gifts also. My husband has a great custom-made teething necklace. The owner listened to what he wanted and put it together prefect. Great for all ages
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChompyChicChewlery

People Toy Company
This company has these great educational toys for all ages.
The infant toys help with brain developmental. They help your infant achieve cognitive and physical skills through fun, interactive and connected play.
People Blocks are great magnet blocks. They get you toddlers and preschooler’s brain working on what they will be building.
http://www.peopletoy.co/

Olie
Olie’s is a kids fashion and accessories. My favorite item by this company has to be the Minkey. It’s a hat, scarf and glove combination. It’s great for the winter and great alternative instead of a jacket in the car seats. Size NB to 4T
https://oliebaby.com

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Check Designs
Check Design is Custom made sewn gifts. I’m a big fan of the sport team slippers. They also has great poncho coats, that work great with the car seat.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CheckDesigns

YuriBib
This bib is the best. It’s mom made so she gets how hard it is to keep babies clean during meal time. What other bib keeps the baby clean and your high chair. Just take off and shake out.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/YuriBib

Spoon Cocoon
This product Is really for the family on the go. It makes meal either at restaurants, visiting family or friends easier. It’s great for traveling also.
http://www.babyintow.com

Evenflo Feeding
The BALANCE + WIDE NECK BOTTLE are providing a complete line of feeding solutions for your baby’s changing needs. This bottle is the best for all babies; even breastfeed babies.
https://www.evenflofeeding.com

Gifts for Adults/ Parents/ Nanny

Mommycon 
MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.
MommyCon is a place you can build a community that understands what motherhood is not what instagram makes it look like.
https://mommycon.com/events/

If conferences are not your thing MommyCon also has a great shoppe. That includes everything tee-shirts, toys, teethers, menstrual cup etc.
https://shoppe.mommycon.com

DaddyCon
DaddyCon is the ultimate dad focused parenting convention. Dads need a community also. They are the only other person who know what your child is asking for when the say “ogurt”

The very First DaddyCon is in Chicago on March 3-4. With more locations and dates to be announced.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daddycon-chicago-2018-tickets-38114715139/amp

Feminist inc
Tee shirts for all the family. My whole family has shirts from this company. They have great strong messages on all shirts.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeministInc?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Little Oak
Wood watches hand crafted with styles for women and men. You can get the watches personalize engraved. For every wood watch sold 10 trees are re-planted.
https://www.littleoak.store

If you have been following my sites you know I love everything in this guide.

Nanny Tee
Humorous Tee-shirts, apparel and other accessories for the Nanny in your life. https://www.nannytees.com

Discount codes
Use RHONDA2017 to receive 4 credits for $1 or a special discount off other memberships.
https://www.pearachutekids.com

Mommycon and DaddyCon
Use STRC18 to receive 10% off any ticket at any location
https://mommycon.com/events/

Little Oak Store Use RHONDA15 for 15%off
https://www.littleoak.store

AquaMermaid is offering 10% off mermaid tails with promo code CHICAGO
Mermaid tails for Kids and Adults

Chompy Chic Chewlery use Nannyrhonda for 20% off
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChompyChicChewlery

Nanny Tee
Use coupon code RHONDA to save 10% on apparel valid ‪11/27-12/3‬
https://www.nannytees.com

You also check out my FB page for more discount codes for other companies and I’m always updating those codes.

NOTE: Head over to my FB Page to enter the mega giveaway with some of these great companies.  Will be posting shortly

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1bd9069f5/?

https://facebook.com/Nannymomrhonda/

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ChiTAG

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ChiTAG is celebrate their 15th Anniversary!

What is ChiTAG?
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair
ChiTAG is North America’s Biggest Toy & Game Fair Open to Kids of All Ages!
LOCATION: Navy Pier Festival Hall A & B 840 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
DATE AND TIME: Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, Nov 19, 2017, 5:00 PM CST

For ChiTAG 15th Anniversary they are bring more fun!
Come join the all the fun! Preview, play with and test the hottest toys and games from around the world.
Your family, friends and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Marbleocity, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, Ice Cool, King Frog, Reef Route, Woo-Hoo, Flower Fairies, Peter Rabbit Secret Garden, 8-Bit Art Mario and many more!
Meet Toy and Game Inventors, take your photo with Star Wars characters and Princess Etch, enjoy live Stage Events with The Good Time Kids and Élan Dance Company – catch Ben’s Bubble Show, Mercy Magic, Contests, Giveaways, Ride-on Vehicles, Young Inventor Challenge, and so much more!

 

IMG_5835Last year was my first year attending ChiTAG. My family had tons of fun mostly playing with all the toys. We also got to meet Star Wars characters and my kids got to test drive some cars 🚗.

GIVEAWAY: Nannymomrhonda has four-weekend family passes (can be used for up to 6 family members) to give away! To enter, please Head over to
https://facebook.com/Nannymomrhonda/

If you don’t care to enter and still want to attend use code ChiTAGPLAY for 50% off your ticket https://2017chitagfairtickets.eventbrite.com

Parking:
It’s highly Recommended to reserving parking in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking!

Visit the Chicago Toy and Game Fair Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Enter promo code CHITAG at checkout for $5 off your parking reservation!

 

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Worst Part of Being a Nanny

As a nanny, every-time I interviewed with a new family there is that one question I’m sure I will be asked. It’s the question that I dread every time. The question that reminds me of so much joy but also beings me so much heartbreaking pain.

That question is:
What is the most difficult thing about being a nanny?

I always answer this question the exact same.
I fall in love with the child I’m caring for. Then for whatever reason sooner or later sadly that child won’t be in my life. The family moves or starts daycare.

The plan is always the same; we will stay in touch. We say we will meet up for lunch, email, text, call etc. The first couple weeks sure those things happen easily. Then time and life gets in the way. As a nanny I have a new child to care for, that new child has now took hold of my heart and is pulling at it.
Being a nanny is so rewarding in so many ways. But When the job ends its by far the worst part of my job.

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The first families I had to stay goodbye to! I still think of them all the time.

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Little Oak Wood Watches

THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH TIME IN A DAY!

As a caregiver I’m always checking the time. Is it time to leave, will we be on time for class, is it time for a snack, and best of all, is it time for bed yet 😂!!! As a wife and mother I’m checking to see if it’s time for laundry to be done, time to cook dinner, time for school, time for the movie, time for a date night, family time etc. The hours, minutes, and seconds go by so fast or slow depending on the day you are having. Being on time is a big part of every bodies day.

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Little Oak

Why not check if you are on time with the very stylish wood watches made by Little Oak?!?! I had the pleasure of receiving the new trendy fashion accessory. I’ve heard a lot about wood watches ⌚️ but never seen one up close until now. Little Oak watches are made with organic wood. This makes each watch different and unique, something Little Oak is most proud of.

Let me tell you a little about Little Oaks wood watches.
Little Oak makes both men’s watches and women’s watches. All wristwatches come with a nice wooden gift box. You can get your Wood Watch Personalization engraving! It will need to be approved to ensure they meet the character requirements. Also there will be an additional 3 – 5 day shipping time. Little Oak watch company re-plants 10 trees for every wood watch sold. They work with the great company Retree to do that.

https://retree.com

Little Oak wood watches make great gifts for everyone or if you just want to pick yourself up something nice and unique. The other day in a mom’s group someone asked about 5th wedding anniversary gift which is wood. I gladly recommended Little Oak Watches.

I don’t see any better way to check the time, then with this great wood watch ⌚️ from Little Oak!

To receive 15% off your watch use
Discount code: RHONDA15

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Little Oak

https://www.littleoak.store
https://www.instagram.com/littleoakstyle/
https://m.facebook.com/littleoakstore/