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breast cancerSpringfield Moms is proud to be part of the Beautiful Bras fundraiser at BJ Salon.  It’s become a tradition in our community to raise funds and continued awareness in a creative, inspirational and overall feel-good campaign. We would appreciate your support and $5 Vote to show local moms we’re behind them and supporting them at every step.  As I was designing the bra and burning my fingers with my hot glue gun, I looked across my room at the Mother’s Day Medal my daughter had made me.  The pink ribbon and “Best Mom” medallion has hung on my jewelry stand since that day.  I decided to integrate this medal into my design.  We all know someone who has battled breast cancer and we’ve seen the effect it has not just on those strong women, but their families. Cancer is a word, not a sentence, and we’re here to support you! #Hope #Family.

You can vote for #329 online here!

There are numerous creative entries so feel free to spread your votes’s all for a wonderful cause! Proceeds from the Beautiful Bras event will be used to purchase hair loss accessories including wigs, hats, and scarves for wig boutiques in Champaign and Springfield, Illinois.

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Fall Family Fun Guide

Birthday Party Directory

Kids Eat Free Dining Guide

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SA_cat_inthe_hatAfter all of these years, I still want that fabulous clean-up contraption that the Cat in the Hat brought to their home to clean up all of their adventures right before the Mom came back home….genius!  We’re fortunate that UIS Sangamon Auditorium prioritizes Family programming in their season planning, so support this show and join the fun Thursday October 23rd!

FREE lobby activities start at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.  Youth tickets are $12…a fun and memorable night for all!

mini-share-and winIf you want a chance to WIN a family 4-pack of tickets, email us your favorite at home Birthday Party Games or Activities for Kids preK-Teens.  For example, we played “Ghost in the Graveyard” in the back and front yard and supplied the guests with flashlights as the party favor….lots of shrieks and tons of fun…and FREE!

Email your creative ideas to by Friday October 9th to enter!

If you’re ready to secure your reserved tickets now…buy tickets



ALPLM 10thAnnfwksLogoThis fall, embrace the jewel in our very own backyard. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is pulling out all the stops this year. Coming up are two events that will captivate your kids … and you! Both offer free admission.

October 3, 2015:  Cannon Fire.  Guns bursting. Screaming.  Yelling.  Battle was a loud place, and the best way to tell your troops where to go or what to do was by using bugles and drums.  Today we’ll experiment with the science of sound by playing musical​ instruments and learn about the young soldiers who took their musical talents to war. Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate. Students must be checked in with the Civil War Tech instructor before their parent or guardian leaves. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and museum thanks to generous support from At&T.  Event is from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Library classroom. There are a limited number of spaces available. Free  To reserve tickets.

Family Day on October 10, 2015

Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

The Library will merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected. Families are invited to see first-hand the science and innovation of Civil War technology. Free admission.

McAdamis 3How to Help Your Older Children Welcome Baby Into the Family

Emotions can run rampant when you are three or four years old, and change is in the air. It’s “baby this” and “baby that,” and everyone is so excited! Earlier this year, two SpringfieldMoms readers, Katie McAdamis (Chatham) and Natalie Van Dyke (Rochester) helped older siblings welcome babies into the family.

Here are some strategies they used to help prepare their young children for a new reality.

  • Casual conversations. Let the sibling set the pace. Natalie remembers how Ava (then 3) was somewhat quiet about the baby at first, and that was okay. Katie made sure to keep conversations light and in a positive light: “All of the differences would be good differences.”
  • Put it in perspective: Katie looked for ways to make comparisons that her little ones would understand. When you get your weekly emails updating the current size of the baby and what is happening that week, share it with your child. Trust me, he/she will share your enthusiasm as you hold a lemon and talk about how their baby brother or sister is that big!”
  • What to expect on Birth Day: Map out the plan for older siblings. If grandparents are coming to stay, play up how much fun it will be to stay with Grandma and Grandpa. Also, let the older sibling help prepare the nursery or the playroom for when the baby comes home.
  • Storybook Recommendations: Berenstain Bears Baby Makes Five by Stan and Jan Berenstain; I’m a Big Sister/Brother by Joanna Cole; Olivia, A Guide to being a Big Sister by Natalie Shaw; The New Baby by Mercer Mayer.
  • Sibling classes. Memorial Medical Center offers regular classes for “I’m Going to be a Big Brother/Big Sister” targeted to 3–7 year olds. An “Older Sibling” class for kids 8 – 11 is offered as well.

McAdamis 2Once the baby is born, the real relationship-building (and fun!) begins.

“When Ally (4) and Grace (2) met their brother, Liam, for the first time, the looks on their faces were complete and utter awe,” Katie said. “Ally came right up to him and said, ‘Hi there, little cowboy.’ Gracie kept looking at me, saying,‘Hug? Hug?’ because she wanted to know if she could give Liam a hug.”

For Ava, it was a polite “hello” to her new brother at the hospital, although early on, when he was crying, she told him “Oh, Judah! Stop crying. It’s just a poopy diaper!” laughed Natalie.

The sibling adjustments will continue – for a lifetime! But a positive beginning is a great start.

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This Saturday, pack up your pet and head to Union Square Park, across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum from 11 am – 2 pm

While there, be sure to:

  • Meet Captain Canine of the APL and Smokey, the Jacksonville firehouse dogPitWH_WebBanner
  • Participate in the pet parade (patriot theme) – (Prize package from Scheels)
  • Pose in the photo booth
  • Have your face painted
  • Watch canine demonstrations
  • Have your pet’s nails trimmed
  • Make a toy for your cat or dog
  • Learn about Presidental Pets
  • Buy local pet treats, clothes & gifts

Vaccinated and leashed pets are welcome.

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bday party 5Eleven years of birthdays! Have you done it all in terms of birthday parties? Springfield Moms reader Holly Dahlquist shares details from her tween daughter’s recent party.

“We have held family parties, swim parties, Chuck E Cheese parties, Glow Golf, Bounce House, bowling, Skateland, the Nelson Center and Washington Park.

This year, my daughter wanted a sleepover with a few of her closest friends, but we wanted something fun that would be different than years past. What does every preteen girl like to do? Shop! So, I offered to take them to the mall, but I took it a step further and hosted her actual party at the mall complete with dinner in the food court, cake, presents, shopping and a scavenger hunt. Below is how I put our plan into action.

  • Pick a non-crowded night so the workers might be more willing to help in the scavenger hunt if not super busy with other customers.  We got there around 5:45 p.m.
  • bday party 1Explain the rules. Ours were basic. The girls had to stay together, not run or be overly loud, and be courteous to anyone not on board with their scavenger hunt. (Side note: I was extremely surprised at how excited the sales associates were to help the girls. Employees loved reading the list and even offered suggestions!) I did not place a time limit on the hunt and told them they could also shop while doing the hunt.
  • In lieu of party favors/treat bags, I gave each girl $11 since the birthday girl would turn 11. One girl immediately quipped, “Best take home favor ever!”

Off they went with their list and cash. The girls did half the list in 45 minutes, and then we had dinner/pizza in the food court. (I brought drinks to save money). They took another 45 minutes to finish the list. We then had cake/presents back at the food court. The rest of the night was spent shopping! We closed the mall down at 9:00 p.m., which I would call a successful evening. We arrived home for a traditional sleep over with dancing, ghost stories, giggling and fun.

The highlight for me was when my daughter hugged me tight and thanked me for giving her a great night.”


Scavenger Hunt List

  • How many bathroom stalls are in the food court restrooms?
  • How many dressing rooms are in Gymboree?
  • bday party 4Find out what the most expensive piece of jewelry is at Kay’s Jewelers.
  • Get a Kay’s Jewelers credit card application.
  • Have a random shopper take a group picture in the elevator.
  • Get a shoppers autograph with words of advice.
  • Get a shopping bag from Build A Bear.
  • Everyone must high five a sales person in Aeropostle.
  • Ask to sample a pickle at Subway.
  • Ask for a price tag from any store.
  • Make a duck face holding an item with a duck on it.
  • Perfume sample from Macy’s.
  • Buy something under a $1.00 and pay with all pennies.
  • Spell out YMCA with the help of two people you do not know.
  • Have one person try on the same outfit as a window mannequin in Justice.
  • Get a napkin from a food court restaurant (not Subway).
  • Get an employment application from Tilly’s.
  • Buy something that you can all share for under $10 from Bath and Body.
  • Sample of tea.
  • Get a mall directory.


Be Aware 2Breast cancer is personal, and it touches every family in one way or another. That’s why Memorial Medical Center’s Be Aware Women’s Fair was created six years ago – to fight back by providing women with a fun and informative day devoted to their physical, emotional and financial health and fitness.

The Be Aware Women’s Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Orr Building at the Illinios State Fairgrounds. A $4 admission covers all exhibits and health screenings. A coupon for $1 off the admission price is available at

“Many women are often juggling careers, taking care of elderly parents and taking charge of their families’ healthcare needs,” said Tiffany Lowers, chair of the Be Aware Women’s Fair organizing committee. “Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair allows them to take some much-needed time for themselves.”

Highlights will include:

  • Makeover reveal! The three women chosen as this year’s Super Survivors will reveal their makeovers at noon. The women are breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an inspiration to others.
  • More than 100 exhibitors including clothing, finance, fitness, health, beauty, fashion, home decoration and education.
  • Kids’ Corner, sponsored by Memorial Child Care, which will feature craft activities for different age levels of children and an exotic petting zoo.
  • Be Aware 1Girls Love Mail booth where participants can write an encouraging letter to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Volunteers will have tips and guidelines for people on how to compose their letters on the day of the fair. Hy-Vee will donate desserts for people who participate in Girls Love Mail.
  • Raffle drawings will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 80 different prizes. Winners must be present to win.
  • Nearly 30 free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat analysis, body mass index, blood sugar, spine health, depression and lung function.
  • A 3D mammography unit where participants will be able to see how the unit moves and works, and a technologist will be on hand to answer questions. Women will be able to schedule their mammograms while at the fair.
  • Also included are fitness evaluations from Memorial’s SportsCare, stroke risk assessments by Memorial Stroke Center, bone density evaluations by Memorial Orthopedic Services, and shoe fittings by the Springfield Running Center.

The best part? Proceeds from Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair support the mammography patient assistance fund at Memorial Medical Center. This fund helps women who may need more tests after receiving a positive result from a mammogram but can’t afford the additional expenses.

For more information, visit

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It’s our busiest time online and we are proud to be your choice for our 2015 Fall Family Fun Guide. You can count on as your go-to resource for everything fall! We’ve compiled a list of fun options for you and your family, including:Picking Pumpkins

Keep checking back through the next two months as we keep the resources updated for you and your family. Enjoy!


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The American Heart Association’s Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ slated to return this September

The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty. Today, about one in three American kids is considered overweight or obese. To help raise awareness and make parents and caregivers more conscious of their lifestyle choices during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ will help them take the “controls” back, leaving them feeling empowered to make small moderations in their lifestyle that  will lead to bigger, heart-healthy changes down the road.

Broken down into four themed weeks, the challenge is offered by the American Heart Association on its Facebook page, listed as an event, and encourages parents and caregivers, to take the challenge online, with the help of free tools and resources provided to them throughout the week in the forum. This online group also allows parents and caregivers to act as supports to one another during the challenge and participate in peer-to-peer conversations as they share their successes and address areas they feel they may be lacking.Facebook

  • The week-by-week overview of the challenge includes:
    Week 1 –“My Cart is Why”– The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of fruit and vegetable servings every day. Learn how to increase your fruit and veggie consumption on a budget. Make shopping a fun and easy activity for you and your kids.
  • Week 2 – “My Glass is Why” – Sugary drinks can cost you your energy and your health, don’t let others sugarcoat your future and let’s make sugary drinks a thing of the past without feeling thirsty.
  • Week 3 – “My Taste is Why” – Most adults eat more than double the amount of sodium recommended by the AHA. Tame your taste buds by reducing the sodium in your foods and on your plate. Be sodium aware…if you dare!
  • Week 4 – “My Movement is Why” – AHA recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every day. Make physical activity fun, simple and memorable with your family. Quick activities that easily integrate into your daily life – no matter your schedule.

By the end of the challenge, families should finish out the month feeling accomplished and realizing that adopting these four areas into their everyday lives is something that’s easy to attain.

This September, join the American Heart Association, and families across the country, to make a change in your life and the lives of your loved ones. Visit to learn more about the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ and access the free activities and templates today. Remember, change starts at home and it starts with you as the caregiver of your home.