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The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom
This is a sponsored post by Cars.com. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom

Car buying can be a scary prospect. I know every time I have to start the hunt I cringe a little. The reason? It’s a big purchase and can greatly affect your life. My oldest son is 24 and just recently bought his first car. I did share with him the 5 best first time car buying tips to make the whole process a lot easier and less overwhelming.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips  #CarsCom

Do Your Homework Before You Head Out

My son was just going to head out and just randomly roam around dealerships to look at cars. I told him not to waste his time with all that. Look online at Cars.com and research what’s available at what dealerships. Then you can contact the dealerships online too in order to verify that the car you actually want is in fact still available. Doing his research online really helped. He was so sure he wanted a brand new Honda or Toyota Sedan. In the end, he went a totally different route with what he bought after he did his research.

Know What You Can Afford

My son, like most college graduates has student loan debt. He makes good money and lives at home with us to pay his loans from school down faster. With all that though I still wanted him to know that most experts suggest your total car budget (payment, insurance, gasoline & maintenance) don’t total more than 15-25% of your gross income. You don’t want to end up car poor. My son had to take into account that while he was taking on a payment and picking up paying for his own insurance for the first time. He also needed to realize that a newer car would get him MUCH better gas mileage than his old car did and wouldn’t need the frequent repairs that had been hitting his wallet.

Know What You Have to Spend 

Walking into a dealership with a pre-approval from a bank makes car shopping SO much easier! I told my son to contact his bank and credit card companies to get pre-approved for a car loan. Walking in to a dealership with a number in your head makes the process easier. There’s no guessing at numbers or hoping you can get what you want. My son had no credit cards after graduation and had waited to open some. That meant he didn’t have as much credit history built up as some kids his age might have had. He was pre-approved for a decent amount $15,000 from one of his credit card banks. That’s not a bad amount but that a new car was out of the question and he then had to look at his other options. In the end he was able to find a car he loved and the paperwork took no time at all since he already had a bank approval.

New Isn’t Your Only Option

New cars are great and that new car smell is awesome! Buying a brand new car though is not the only option that’s out there for car shoppers though. You can get a really good, budget friendly, low mileage used car. The advantages of a used car is that the cost is way less. It also means you may be able to get more bells and whistles than you could afford on a new car. You may only be able to afford a base model car if you buy new. If you opt for the same car that’s got low miles and is a year or two older you may be able to get an upgraded model. Think leather seats over cloth. The other options is leasing. With a lease you get the brand new car that your basically renting on average for 24-36 months. The payments are generally lower than if you bought the same car. The other nice thing with a lease is that maintenance is usually included which reduces your out-of-pocket expenses.

Try It Before You Buy It

Once you’ve done all of your homework and think you know what you want it’s time for the real fun to begin. Head out to the dealerships that have the cars you’ve settled on. Take the cars for a test drive. You may find once you test drive a car that it’s not at all what you wanted. You may not find you like the dashboard layout. The ceiling height may not suit you. It can be all sorts of things. My son was so set on a sedan. He found after his initial search and test drives that he didn’t want a sedan at all.  

Buying your first car or any car is a huge step. It effects your budget, your family and can even change your life. Knowing how to make the process go more smoothly can take all the stress sand anxiety out of the car buying process.

So What Did My Son Buy?

My son was able to buy his very first car and he loves it! In the end the idea of new went out the window. Along with that he also bypassed his idea of a Toyota or Honda Sedan. He instead ended up with a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV. The one he purchased only had 21,000 miles on it and came with the remainder of the warranty.

The 5 Best First Time Car Buying Tips #CarsCom Now that he has this safe and awesome new car, I can have him do all sorts of things like run his younger siblings around for me or my sister can have him come babysit his godson. To make sure his siblings and godson are safe in his car. I’m going to have him learn all about car seat installation since this week is Car Seat Safety Week.

 

 

 


Festive Fun at Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago
Thank you to Fashion Outlets of Chicago for sponsoring today’s post!
Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is always the go to outlet mall for me. It’s packed with high-end and everyday stores and so many delish candy shops that any chocoholic will get their fix. This Christmas Fashion Outlets of Chicago is offering a top of the line Santa experience for you and your family. Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Santa HQ was designed and created by HGTV and just like all HGTV makeovers Santa’s house has been modernized. Visitors can download the Elf-Ray Vision app on their smartphones. You can then locate the gears around Santa’s house and workshop and see what those mischievous little elves are up to in the workshop. You can also get a 3-D view of all of Santa’s toy blueprints.

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Kids can also get scanned to find out if they are the naughty or nice list with the big guy. After they are scanned their name will appear on either the naughty or nice list. You’ll have to work hard and hurry to get on the nice list though if you are on the naughty list because Christmas is just around the corner.

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The whole family can also take pictures of themselves with the Elfie Selfie app. The whole family will then be elfed and put into a cute little dance video you can email to yourself. It’s adorable!

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

What’s even better is that all of these fun activities above are free to do at Fashion Outlets of Chicago. You can make reservations for your family in advance at http://santa-hq.com/

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Just like all mall Santas you can have your picture taken with the big guy and purchase a photo package. They have a special right now through December 8th where you can get a photo package for $34.99 now through Dec. 8. This package includes one 5×7, two 4x6s and 8 wallet-sized photos and digital downloads. This package increase to $39.99 from Dec. 9 through Dec. 24.

Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes your typical Santa visit at the mall to a whole new interactive level. #SantaHQ #lovehgtv #fashionoutletsofchicago

Be a Christmas elf and help others in need!

Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened toy for Toys For Tots to Fashion Outlets of Chicago this season and help local children in need.

You’ll find the toy drop bin at the Concierge Services to donate your unopened and unwrapped gift benefiting Toys For Tots.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

PLUS as a thank you:

You will receive a complimentary general admission ticket to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago when you donate a toy!

 

 

 


Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season

by Jennifer Wieland

 

Beards on men are all the rage again in fashion. Having a beard though means extra care and time grooming. Whether the bearded man in your life is just starting to grow in his facial hair or if he is trying to make a statement with a beard that can be braided you can make the most of your man’s beard grooming with Lovely Beards this holiday season.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

What is Lovely Beards?

Lovely Beards is a brand of beard grooming products designed to bring good smelling TLC to keep your man’s beard looking it’s absolute best. There are two products available, beard balms and beard oils. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Balm is handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Shea Butter and Natural Ingredients. The Organic Beard Balm is ideal for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. The Lovely Beards Branded Beard Oil is also handmade in the USA with 100% Organic Oils and Essential Oils. The 100% Organic Beard Oil is perfect to use for moisture rich taming, grooming and conditioning of beards and facial hair. There are currently seven delicious, manly scents available.

Available Scents

Gingerbread
Vanilla & Sandalwood
Mandarin & Cedarwood
Bourbon
Nectarine Mint
Unscented
Black Pepper

How do you use Lovely Beards?

Beard Balm – The Beard Balm will help soften, condition, repair and nourish new growth – while at the same time help stop that irritable itching caused by new hair growth. Each day use a small amount of Lovely Beards balm and apply directly to your beard. The beard balm can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

Beard Oil – To make the most of the beard oil, use the dropper to put a small amount of Lovely Beards oil onto your palm and apply directly to your beard. The beard oil can be applied while the beard is damp or dry.

Gift the Men in Your Life Lovely Beards This Holiday Season #LovelyBeards #ad

Both products smell heavenly and when used daily can help your man achieve his own Lovely Beard!

For more information and to purchase head over to the Lovely Beards website.

Save 10% with promo code Beards10 when you buy online!

 

 

 


Getting Geared Up for Back to School with Groupon

by Jennifer Wieland
Back to School Shopping Just Got Quick, Easy & Cheap with #Groupon #ad
Thanks to Groupon for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August! This summer seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Now though comes the mad dash to get the kids geared up for the best back to school ever! Luckily, you can find phenomenal deals for getting geared up for back to school with Groupon!

That’s right! Groupon is not just your go to spot for great local and travel deals. You can also shop their Groupon Goods and find fabulous deals to use in your everyday life and have them shipped right to your door. That eliminates having to hit the mall and battle all of the other frantic parents trying to gear up their kids as well.

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If you are trying to find just what your college kid needs to have the best dorm life experience while moving from home for the first time all while keeping costs down then check out Groupon and search up the keyword dorm.

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Looking for the perfect for your headphones and tech toys for your teenager to make surviving the school bus ride to and from school more tolerable then head to Groupon and search technology or headphones. Another great find for your high school age child is class rings for your senior.

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Find the absolutely coolest school supplies or lunch boxes to make your elementary age kids the cool kids in class. Just search for school supplies or lunch boxes to find just what you need.

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Groupon is also your one stop shop for all of the awesome teachers trying to get their classrooms ready. You can find all kinds of amazing deals to make sure you have just what you need to make your classes year a success!

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To find out about specials and coupon codes from Groupon be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to make their already great deals even better!

 

 

 


Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

by Jennifer Wieland
Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons
I received compensation for sharing information about Groupon Coupons. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

I don’t know about all of you but retail therapy is to me the best kind of therapy there. Just ask my poor husband. He can attest to my love of a good shopping spree to boost my mood. He will also tell you though that I am cheap at the same time. I’m a clearance rack, sales, coupon kind of gal. I recently discovered Groupon Coupons and love that my favorite stores to shop at offer up great coupons I can use in-store and online for some really nice discounts. 

Get a Jump on Summer Clothes Shopping with Groupon Coupons

With summer right around the corner and the warmer weather starting to show up more and more it’s so nice to know that I can save money while shopping to refresh my family’s summer clothing and shoe wardrobes. With a house full of children most of the younger ones have outgrown everything from last year and the older ones and myself just want to be in fashion for each season. 

Groupon Coupons is a great resource whether you are shopping at home in front of your computer or hopping from store to store at the mall. Groupon Coupons conveniently links you to some of the best online coupon codes and in-store printable coupons out there. You can search for coupons by store, category or featured offers. Some of the great stores offered are  Target, Macys, TJMaxx & Sears. Not looking for clothing? Don’t worry Groupon Coupons has you covered. With everything from toys and electronics to restaurants believe me when I say that there is something for everyone.

Ready to start saving? Find your best Groupon Coupons by heading on over HERE to their website. 

Never miss out on a great deal again! Keep up to date with all of the new Groupon deals added daily by following along on Facebook and Twitter

 

 


Rosemont| It’s All Here

by Jennifer Wieland
MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere
I was part of a media event invited to experience all that Rosemont has to offer visitors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Just northwest of Chicago is the town of Rosemont and it just so happens to be neighbors with O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Rosemont sees guests from all over the world and locals as well. As a result they have strived to turn Rosemont into a place with something to entertain and delight everyone and they have achieved it with great success because it’s all here in Rosemont. The town is now celebrating its 60th birthday and it is home to the MB Financial Park, which is home to 13 venues featuring international cuisine, nightlife, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film and bowling venues and so much more. Across the street from that is Fashion Outlets of Chicago. This indoor outlet mall houses high-end stores and amenities along with a stunning contemporary art collection. Rosemont is also home to Loews Chicago O’Hare, a gorgeous, world-class hotel.

MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere

The Loews Chicago O’Hare is a decadent and contemporary hotel. What sets it apart from its competitors is the vast display of art throughout the first floor of the building. After speaking with the general manager, I learned that this specific Loews hotel has a n agreement with a local art studio. The hotel displays and advertises the art for sale from the art studio. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement since the artists get exposure to their work and the hotel improves its aesthetics. 

Loews Chicago O'Hare - #Rosemont It's All Here! #VisitRosemont #LoewsHotels

One of the great restaurants in MB FInancial Park is Hofbräuhaus Chicago. This classic Bavarian bier hall brings more than 400 years of beer brewing and dining expertise to the Chicagoland area. The German themed restaurant is home to a German micro-brewery and beer hall. Guests are offered in-house brewed beers along with a huge selection of both domestic and imported beer options.

 

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago Image by Leigh Loftus Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus www.thinkleigh.com

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The restaurant flies in its pretzels from a bakery overseas and then bakes them fresh for each order. The staff is outfitted in fun German based Oktoberfest garments and the restaurant and staff provide for a lively outing full of genuine German cheer. 

Hofbrauhaus Chicago - Rosemont, It's all here! #MBFinancialPark #Hofbrauhaus #visitRosemont

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a shopping mecca that draws in locals and world travelers alike. From whimsical candy shops to high-end clothing stores this two-story mall will thrill and delight everyone. With more than 130 outlet stores there will be something there for everyone.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

It’s convenient indoor parking garage helps protect visitors from the elements. The artwork throughout the mall is eye-catching and a delight of form and color.Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

For more information on these and the numerous other dining, hotel and entertainment options that Rosemont has to offer visit Rosemont.com.

 

 


Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars

by Jennifer Wieland
Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGSeason #BigLots #CollectiveBias

 

S’mores are a summer and fall staple treat in our house. The crunch of the graham crackers, the gooey roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate make for a simple and yet delicious fireside treat.What do you do though when it’s to cold to sit outside and make s’mores around a campfire or fire pit? Why you make these deliciously, decadent S’mores Truffle Bars of course!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars take a simple childhood treat and elevate them to an adult bit of heaven! To make them though you need to get all of the ingredients. For that, I like to head to Big Lots. Big Lots is one of my favorite places to do some damage to my bank account!

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

While I do love Big Lots for all of the housewares, health & beauty, furniture and seasonal items they carry, it’s always the grocery department that has me coming back again and again. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

 

If you aren’t familiar with Big Lots grocery section then let me tell you a bit about why I love it! For a baker like me they carry all of the staples and brands including a huge selection of Bob’s Red Mill products  I need to make my tasty treats and wow family and friends. Styles and assortment vary by store.

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Big Lots always has a great selection of holiday and seasonal food items. Food items that are sure to make any celebration you throw a hit. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

That’s not all though, Big Lots has the best selection of foods from around the world in my area. I always head there when I am looking for European, Hispanic and Italian foods that my regular grocery store doesn’t stock. 

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

The last time I went I was able to pick up the ingredients to make my Decadent S’mores Truffle Bars recipe. This dessert is so good that you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Am I the only one that thinks crushing stuff by hand is so much better than using a food processor? Oh, the blessed stress relief!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Brown sugar, cinnamon, crushed graham crackers and melted butter create the crust.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

I prefer to use brown sugar and cinnamon over regular sugar in my graham cracker crusts because it gives it a better flavor in my opinion.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

The truffle center is so easy you will not even believe it! Some semi-sweet chocolate chips, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk are all you need.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

To make it even simpler you can melt the truffle mixture in the microwave.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

No s’mores treat would be complete without gooey, toasted marshmallows. 

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Once everything has time to set you get three, delicious layers of YUM!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Slice the bars into 16 2″ squares and prepare to WOW those lucky people in your life you chose to share them with!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

These S’mores Truffle Bars even make a great gift! Just pick up some holiday food packaging items at Big Lots

Big Lots - A great selection for all of my baking needs!

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars
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4119 calories
594 g
261 g
204 g
44 g
119 g
958 g
1040 g
479 g
3 g
75 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
958g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4119
Calories from Fat 1764
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 204g
314%
Saturated Fat 119g
593%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 63g
Cholesterol 261mg
87%
Sodium 1040mg
43%
Total Carbohydrates 594g
198%
Dietary Fiber 24g
98%
Sugars 479g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
89%
Iron
93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 1 1/2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs, ground or crushed
  2. 1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
  3. 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
For the truffle filling
  1. 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  1. 2 c. mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line an 8" x 8" or 9" x 9" pan with parchment paper so that you have an overhang of a few inches on two sides. This will help with removing the dessert from the pan later. Spray the sides of the pan and the parchment paper with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. Using a fork or your hands combine all of the ingredients. Everything should be coated in butter and damp.
  3. Pour the graham cracker mix into the prepared pan. Press firmly into place. The bottom of a glass should help to make this easier. Bake for seven minutes. Do not over bake! Cool completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds. Stir the mixture. If not completely melted microwave again on 50% for another 30 seconds. Do this until you can stir it and everything is melted and smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Top with the marshmallows.
  6. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows are browned and toasted. Watch this carefully so they do not burn.
  7. Let the dessert set for a few hours so that the chocolate layer can firm up. Cut into 16 2" squares and serve.
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The Party Continues with Another Giveaway – $50 Whole Foods Gift Card

by Jennifer Wieland
Enter a #giveaway to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card!

 

 

I’m letting the blog birthday party continue this week with another giveaway. This week it’s a gift card to one of my favorite grocery stores. Whole Foods is one of the only places around me where I can get a great selection of organic foods, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. In other words, it’s a place I go to make sure that my family gets the best quality I can get that my other stores don’t offer as well. I know I’m not alone in shopping at Whole Foods so this week’s giveaway is going to be for a $50 Whole Foods gift card. 

Enter a #giveaway to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card!

So who wants to win and go get some shopping done for the upcoming holidays? All you need to do to enter is follow the steps below for all of the entry options for your chance to win! Don’t forget that last week the first birthday giveaway was announced. It’s for a KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer. Click on the picture below to head over and enter that giveaway too if you haven’t already done so.

Happy 3rd Birthday My Sweet Sanity! To celebrate we are giving away a #KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer. #giveaway

 
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Don’t forget to check back throughout the month of October for even more giveaways to celebrate My Sweet Sanity’s third birthday where you my readers can win the gifts!


Keep Kids Trendy for Back-to-School with OshKosh B’gosh

by Jennifer Wieland
OshKosh B'gosh Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius
I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

 

It’s that wonderfully, glorious time of year that kids dread and parents can’t wait for. That’s right, that’s just how back-to-school works. The only thing that both parties can agree on at this time of year is that new clothes are needed for the coming cooler weather. This year it’s easy to keep kids trendy for back-to-school with OshKosh B’gosh

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

OshKosh B’gosh is a staple in my house with its quality clothing and fun and hip styles that my kids love. 

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

This year for my daughter I went with some adorable, fun and funky yet super functional tunics and leggings. She loves her boots and high-tops which pair perfectly with this look.

OshKosh B'gosh  Fall 2015 Back-to-School coupon #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

I love the little attentions to detail that you get with OshKosh B’gosh that you don’t see in many other brands.

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For my boys it was a combination of OshKosh Original Tees, active wear and denim. OshKosh denim is a must for my boys since both need special sizing, one in slim and the other in husky. My 11-year-old due to being Autistic can only manage snap closures and not button ones. Thanks to OshKosh they make snap closures in his size when most places don’t.

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Right now while getting your own kids ready for the new school year you can help kinds in need also get the school clothing they need by contributing to the B’gosh Jeanius Campaign. Through this campaign you can give kids a leg up this year by donating a new pair of jeans or making a cash donation during checkout in store or online now through Septmeber 16th. 

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Now you can get your kid crew geared up in today’s hottest kid fashions and save yourself some money too. Before you head to your local OshKosh B’gosh store to shop just print off this valuable coupon or use the online code to shop from home. 

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Be sure to follow OshKosh B’gosh on Facebook and Twitter for more fabulous, fun kid’s fashions and hot deals. 

 

 


Fashion Outlets of Chicago – A Girl’s Shopping Dream

by Jennifer Wieland
Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

 

 

I recently got an invite to come and check out the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, an award-winning 530,000 square-foot shopping center that’s complete with 130 designer outlets, an eye-catching contemporary art collection and high-end amenities that will leave you asking where has this shopping experience been all of my life?

Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

Walking in there is no dull and drab decorations that are standard fare at most shopping outlets. There are bright, bold and vivid displays of color and pattern found throughout to grab your attention and take your trip from just shopping to an extended visual feast. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Children's Wing

The shopping has something for everyone. From kid’s stores to high-end retailers you will find just what you are looking for at great prices. The layout of Fashion Outlets of Chicago is also unique in that they took families into consideration. Busy parents can make shopping easier by parking by and entering the mall at the children’s wing. That’s right, they have a children’s wing that has family friendly retailers that include the Disney Outlet, Oshkosh B-gosh, Stride Rite and the Gymboree Outlet to name a few. This way families can pop in and get what they need for the kids without having to trudge through an entire mall to go to a handful of stores.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Food Court

Another advantage to the children’s wing is that it is right next to the food court. The food court is a bright and clean area that is inviting and filled with a good selection of food options. Chicago Burger Company, Chicken Now, China Max, DJ’s Taco Bar, Freshii, Haagen-Dazs, Little Tokyo, Maoz Vegetarian, Sbarro, South Philly Steak and Fries and Wetzel’s Pretzels round out the food fare in the food court. The food court also houses a family-friendly area in the back where kids can ride on some coin operated ride on machines. 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Sweet Treats

Regular food court fare not going to cut it? Do you need something sweeter or with a jolt of caffeine to see you through an in-depth shopping trip? Never fear, Fashion Outlets of Chicago has you covered with three candy stores. Lindt Chocolates, Godiva Chocolatier and Lolli and Pops can cater to any sweet tooth you may have. If caffeine is your thing you can grab a drink at Starbucks or the only Lindt Bar in the country. That’s right cover your sweet tooth and your need for caffeine with a drink made with Lindt Truffles. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Concierge Service

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes customer service to a whole new level with their Concierge Services. No basic customer service here. No, they go above and beyond by making restaurant reservations, checking coats and their “Text Concierge” program which allows shoppers to text representatives questions. Since the Fashion Outlets of Chicago is right by O’Hare airport visitors who are on a layover can pass the time shopping and dining. Through a partnership with Go Airport Express you can access shuttles between the airport’s terminals and Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The shuttles also work to transport the center’s shoppers to and from downtown Chicago hotels. TSA-certified BAGS Inc. has partnered with Fashion Outlets of Chicago so that travelers have luggage held, print out boarding passes and even get your bags checked for your flight on site at the center. Did you just fly in from overseas and want to kick off your trip by doing some shopping or grabbing a bite? No problem there, international travelers can use the currency exchange and translation services. 

Ready to do some fall shopping or maybe you need a girl’s day out. Then visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website for more information on stores, hours and services or use the “Text Concierge” service and ask a representative any questions you may have at 847-957-4600.

 

 


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