Disney on Ice for everyone

DOI WOF 2015

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided the tickets to give away here. This is made more awesome by the fact that we would have bought our own tickets and gone to see the show anyway! Read on for how you can win.  As I've shared before, Disney on Ice is one of our favorite things to do in February. But this year, with Zoe about to turn five, is the first time she's actually asked about Disney on Ice before I had the chance to … [Read more...]

Star-gazing at COSI’s new planetarium

COSI Planetarium 2015

Central Ohio families now have another reason to head to COSI for fun and learning: as of winter 2014-2015, COSI boasts the largest planetarium in Ohio. Zoe and I got to experience the planetarium this week and had a wonderful time learning about the sun, moon and stars. At just $4 per person for members ($5 per person for non-members), the planetarium show is a great way to round out your day of fun at COSI. Zoe and I took in the "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" show, aimed at the … [Read more...]

Friday favorites: post-Christmas edition

Footie PJs & Yogibo

It’s time for another installment in my on-again, off-again Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, be sure to check out the others that came before. I can't believe how long it's been since my last Friday Favorites post. Santa was very good to us this year so here are five favorites we've been enjoying since the big day. Happy Friday - and Happy New Year!  Stella and Dot's Sutton Necklace. I've never been to a Stella & Dot party but I saw the Sutton necklace online, … [Read more...]

Top family fun activities for 2015

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Last year I created a family fun list for 2014 with my most-recommended kid-friendly activities in Columbus for every month of the year. Now, I'm doing it again and trying hard not to have any repeat activities. Without further ado, here are the most awesome kid-friendly activities in central Ohio so you can plan your family fun bucket lists for 2015! And be sure to visit last year's list because all of those family fun recommendations are still just as awesome. January – Go swimming … [Read more...]

Holiday fun in Westerville

Westerville Holiday Fun

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in central Ohio. From Thanksgiving through First Night Columbus on New Year's Eve, there are tons of lights to see and festive things to do with the family. Westerville, in particular, is putting itself on the map as a holiday hot spot for kids of all ages. Here are four fabulous family events we've enjoyed in Westerville both this year and last. Plan ahead to register for these events next fall - you will be glad you did: Mother/daughter … [Read more...]

24 books of Christmas

24 Books of Christmas

Reading is important in our house. I'm a life-long reader and truly love books, so I want to instill a similar joy of reading in Zoe. Thus, we have quite an extensive and ever-growing children's book collection in her room and several other areas of the house. We also ebb and flow with our weekend library habit, although I'll admit we haven't taken any books out in a while simply because our weekends have gotten pretty busy! This holiday season, I decided to start a new tradition for our … [Read more...]

Taming the holiday chaos

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This blog post originally appeared on the Easton MomEscape site. Full disclosure: I serve on the MomE Mavens panel and I adore Easton Town Center! But you probably knew that already. Women and moms everywhere are starting to feel the urgent pull of "getting it all done" before the holidays. It's a time-honored tradition to stress into a frazzled mess at this time of year! We'd like to help with some ideas to tame the chaos. We polled the Easton MomE Mavens - a group of fantastic moms and … [Read more...]

Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Lightseeing 2014

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

Is this for Z or for me?

Zoe Ballerina 2014

Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend anytime we're about to get ready to do something really fun that I've planned for our family. Zoe has been balking just before each activity, saying "I don't want to do this. I am NOT doing this!" and then kicking up quite a fuss when I tell her we have tickets, we've made these plans, this is something you will LOVE once we get there. She insists that she doesn't want to and it often ends in tears on her part and bad feelings on both sides. Often I … [Read more...]

The Halloween sail

The Halloween Sail

It's Halloween today and I'm wearing orange and black. When I glanced at myself in the mirror this morning, I had to chuckle as I was reminded of a long-buried childhood memory that didn't come to mind until I saw these two colors together. I've blogged before that mine was a family of sailing enthusiasts, and that we spent many childhood vacations on the family sailboat. Once upon a time, as we were pining through winter and wishing for the summer sailing season, my Dad informed us that he … [Read more...]