Dream Big! Disney on Ice is back

Disney on Ice Presents: Dream Big!

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  Longtime readers know that I'm a huge Disney nut and a big fan of the Disney on Ice productions. I'm thrilled to report that Disney on Ice is skating back into Columbus late this month - and you have the opportunity to win a family 4-pack of tickets right here on this blog! This year's Disney on Ice show is called Dream Big and … [Read more...]

Clean eating at a restaurant? YES!

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Recently I wrote about my excitement over a new salad cafe opening up in my northern Columbus suburb. Now, I'm even more pumped up because a second, even healthier restaurant has opened near me: CoreLife Eatery just off Polaris. You might be thinking, why are you even eating out at restaurants anymore - aren't you on a major, life-changing health and fitness program? Yes, I am, but for me the number one most important element of a health and fitness program is that it be sustainable over the … [Read more...]

How I got lucky at Chop5

Chop5 rocks!

I just stumbled into the brand new fast casual restaurant Chop 5 Salad Kitchen today on Polaris after my workout and had an amazing, delicious and healthy lunch. It was the perfect post-gym meal to keep that strong, energized feeling going. I am so glad to find this restaurant and can't wait to visit again. It is seriously the yum. But perhaps the best part about my fresh, healthy and delicious lunch is that Chop5 is not even officially open until tomorrow. I have been watching the place for … [Read more...]

My life is about to change

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Friends and longtime readers know that I've struggled with my weight, nutrition and fitness program for years. And when I say "struggled," what I really mean is that I love to work out and focus on fitness, but I'm never willing to stop eating carbs and sweets long enough to actually lose weight, get healthy and be fit. If we're being honest. Well, all that nonsense is about to change and my #Fitin2016 journey is about to get REAL up in here. I am thrilled to share that I've been selected by … [Read more...]

Top 3 Columbus GNOs

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GNO. Girls Night Out. Rarely have three little letters or words come to mean so much to me. Between work, being a mom and wife, and just the never-ending juggle of every day life, sometimes you need to let your hair down with your friends. GNO for me means fun, laughter, a little more makeup than usual and being carefree and silly for a night. We all need more of that in our lives! GNOs are not as frequent for me as I'd like; I think ideal would be once a month or at least every other month. I … [Read more...]

Year-round fireworks in Ohio

We Want Fireworks!

If you're a fireworks fanatic who didn't get enough of the snap, crackle, pop and BOOM! over the 4th of July, you're in luck. Our beloved daughter didn't get to go see any fireworks this year due to other family obligations, so she was feeling slighted and deprived. She made a compelling case for why we owe her some big-time fireworks after cruelly robbing her of this vital childhood summer experience. And if you think I'm exaggerating here on any level, you need to meet Zoe, who could … [Read more...]

Storybook Village comes alive 6/18

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On Saturday, June 18, you and your child can wander around a magical Storybook Village and interact with beloved characters from popular kids' books and TV shows. For this one-day event, Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center transforms into Storybook Village to promote early childhood literacy. If, like me, you've not visited Ohio Village before, it's a "living history museum" -- a life-size replica of a small Ohio town in the 1890s, complete with streets, buildings, actors in period garb … [Read more...]

Fun, free events for kids

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Raise your hand if you're going stir-crazy and are in desperate need of spring. Or at least spring break. That's me in a nutshell right now! Fortunately, we've found several fun, free family activities that are getting us through the doldrums of winter. Yes, even though we're having an unseasonably mild winter, it still drags on - so some extra free fun outside of the house is always a bonus. Check your local stores or websites to be sure these classes are offered near you, too - and note … [Read more...]

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

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By now, you should know that I love all things Disney - and that includes when Disney on Ice glides into town each year to make our Ohio winter that much warmer and happier. But this fall, Columbus has a special surprise in store - a brand new Disney Live! show featuring the classic tales of Cinderella, Belle and Snow White in a theatrical performance. Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales will appear at the Schottenstein Center just one day only - Sunday, October 25 at 1 pm. It's … [Read more...]

Superhero Day at Easton

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I have a new favorite family activity for the month of August to add to my family fun "best of" list at the end of the year: Superhero Day at Easton Town Center! Easton puts on some seriously cute events for families, and this one definitely did not disappoint. It was a gorgeous sunny day when we donned our capes and superhero masks and headed to Easton to do some errands and have some fun. I got a little shopping done, picked up a few things we needed and then we headed for Fenlon Square to … [Read more...]