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Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Resources

For many Central Ohio school districts, summer is here.  Kids (and teachers!) are in summer mode and time spent on learning seems to be taking a back seat to sports (at least in our house).  This summer, however, I plan on keeping my kids’ skills strong by planning ahead and using lots of community resources.   This […]

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kid friendly live performance spring 2017

Spring 2017 Kid Friendly Live Performance

Spring is a great time to take the kids to live performances.  The high schools are gearing up for their spring musicals, and our local theaters and concert venues are planning lots of kid-friendly performances as school winds down for the year.  If you are unsure about bringing the littles to live theater, check out […]

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The Pursuit of Less

THE PROBLEM Stuff.  I’ve begun to loathe our “stuff.”  It’s weird to me, that we work hard to acquire more/better/bigger but then, it begins to take over, and our precious time is spent cleaning, organizing and moving our stuff.  I’m on a mission to find the happy medium between the walls caving in and complete […]

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I Still Believe!

I owe Santa a thank you tonight.  He made my day…MY day, not my kids’ days (though he definitely did that, too), but he made this mom’s day.   I Still Believe As I was talking my two-year-old off the ledge of fear and trauma from sitting on his lap, Santa looked me square in […]

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Report Card Freebies

It’s hard to believe, but many schools are nearing the end of the first quarter. As an educator, I know how important it is for my daughter to take ownership over her grades, so I’m excited to ooze pride as she shows me her first report card of the year.  As a frugal mama, I’m […]

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Good Grief

Grief. It’s a part of life, but one that I can’t help but notice becoming more complex the older I become.  It’s not just sadness anymore.  It’s layers and layers of emotions from a lifetime of interactions.  It’s the woulda-coulda-shouldas. It’s thinking about ways to keep their memory alive. It’s trying to find the right […]

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Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches

Central Ohio Pumpkin Patches 2016

School has begun for most of us, which means fall is just around the corner. Because fall clearly means pumpkins, Columbus Moms Blog has your round-up of Central Ohio pumpkin patches below. Mark your calendars for some good ol’ fashioned family fun!  Also, be sure to check out our list of Columbus U-Pick Apple Orchards and […]

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Disney Tips

A Sarcastic Mom’s Guide to Disney

So, we did it!  We took our girls to Disney World!  We had great fun, made great memories, and wish someone would have realigned our expectations just a bit before we left.  Below are ten tips this sarcastic mama wishes someone would have shared with her before this trip of a lifetime. (Disclaimer: there are […]

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cleveland, the cavs, and raising kids

Cleveland, The Cavs, and Raising Kids

They did it!  The Cavs made history.  The curse has been reversed.  Cleveland has reason to celebrate after 52 long years!  As a native Clevelander, I have spent the last few days reflecting on exactly what this historical event means to me.  What I’ve realized is that is really has nothing to do with sports. […]

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