American Girl's 2017 Girl of the Year Is Gabriela McBride, Dancer and Poet

American Girl is ringing in 2017 with the debut of Gabriela McBride™, the2017 Girl of the Year™! Gabriela is a true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her break down barriers. American Girl’s doll of the year for 2017 is a poet and dancer, who uses two art forms to help overcome her stuttering. This is American Girl's 15th Doll of the Year!!

Gabriela is the newest doll in American Girl’s line of dolls, which depicts girls of diverse backgrounds and interests. Gabriela comes to life for my daughters with a beautiful 18-inch Gabriela™ doll. She has curly dark-brown hair and warm brown eyes, and is wearing an outfit that reflects her creative side.  

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Netflix News: Introducing Downloads

Are you a Netflix member? I have been for years and have told all my family members, who are now avid fans of Netflix. My brother, who lives in the country in a rural are can not even get cable, but after I told him about Netflix, they have been able to enjoy amazing series and films again. We gift my husband's brother's family with Netflix a few years ago and every Christmas they request a renewal gift! My friends and I at work chat about what Netflix series to watch. (hint: The Crown - so good!!)

Christmas Activity: Gingerbread House

I love to see what ideas my kids come up with from one year to the next. Each year I try to do something a bit different, so we are not always creating the same old gingerbread house. One year we made an entire tiny village of tiny gingerbread houses. The next year we made one bit house with an entire family of gingerbread men. Another year, we created a gingerbread train that was full of tiny presents for my kids.

There is so much creativity that comes out of my children when they have a vision for their gingerbread house and I love that with this one family Christmas activity we are creating happy, lasting memories.

Stay Fashion-Forward this Winter with Rhea Footware

Holiday outfit missing something? Complete the look with a perfect pair of flats!

Yes, I totally just said flats! Now that the official party season is a underway, this flat-loving girl has decided that she will not be teetering around in high heels during the silly season. I have found the older I get, the less I enjoy walking about in high heels. Although I will wear a pair every now and then just to tower over my son for a bit.

Medieval Times | The Perfect Winter Celebration

The perfect celebration over the winter holiday break is a trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is a full 11th century experience.

SPECIAL WINTER BREAK OFFER: Take advantage of US Family Guide Blogger Fan Discount Medieval Time’s special Winter Break Discount and save using the promo code MT3629 through 2/28/17!  The Winter Break Offer is adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17.

Brentwood Home Sleep Wellness Bundle + Brentwood Home Coupon

Sleeplessness has a long history in my life. I have been a bad sleeper since I was a teenager and it has carried well into my adult life. I never get enough sleep and am always on a quest for more of it. Personally, I think a good night's sleep has everything to do with your pillow! Pillows can totally assist or hinder a good night's sleep.

I Finally Watched the Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life

After nearly a two decades of having no clue what everyone was talking about, I decided to watch The Gilmore Girls with my daughters. The Gilmore Girls were officially back. I certainly had a lot of catching up to do. So I settled myself in my comfy chair and began the show. I was not prepared for the fast-talking fun with Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore.

Holiday Bar Cart Ideas & Tips

Everyone knows the most important thing about holiday gatherings are the guests. But the secret to hosting festive holiday gatherings is a well stocked bar! If your home bar is well stocked, your parties will be beautiful and fun. Get ready for the holidays by setting up and stocking your home bar with Drizly.

Lasagna Anyone?

Fall isn't just the season of holidays. It is the season of gathering together with family and close friends. Fewer and fewer of us have a big family dinner these days. I remember when I was a child growing up in rural Iowa, we visited my grandmother every Sunday after church. My brothers and I rode horses, climbed trees, played in the meadow, scoured the windmill tower and then after we had explored everything, we were called indoors for a delicious dinner. This was my Sunday and I loved every part of that day each week.

Medieval Times | Winter Break Specials in Chicago

Winter break is fast approaching and I am so looking forward to a bit of a rest and reprieve from school and activities. We are ready to have a blast over winter break and be taken back to the 11th century at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Which is perfect because we have been studying all about the 11th century in Omnibus this semester. My daughters are so excited to see the gorgeous Andalusian horse show, and swoon over the knights defending their realm. We all can't wait to see abeautiful princess and a king try to save their kingdom. are only some of the wonders the family can enjoy together.

Just Porter: Family Hazen Professional Backpack

The fall has been lingering here in Chicago and giving us a wonderful break from an early winter. Winter break will be on us all soon enough and I for one am not the least bit prepared. The schedules my children have this school year ramped up so quickly, I have yet been able to catch my breath.

I really thought we would be easing into the school year and all their work was at a sprinting pace from day one. I really never had the opportunity to sort, purchase and label everything my children and myself need for the new school year because we have been at warp speed. I realized this past month that all my kids backpacks are in dire need of replacement. 

How to Host a Halloween Party with Netflix

Did you know that approximately 68 million people will dress in costumes this Halloween? And that about 49 million of that group of select individuals will attend a Halloween party.  Are you attending a Halloween Bash this weekend? Are you hosting a party?

If you are one of these spooky persons who gets all dressed up and attend a monster bash or hosting a party for your friends and family . . . I have a few tips for you.