Dream Big! Disney on Ice is back

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...]

Storybook Village comes alive 6/18

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...]

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

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...]

Welcome Hanna to Columbus

When Zoe was a wee babe, I loved Carter's clothes on her. As soon as she got old enough to make her girlie fashion preferences known, Hanna Andersson became my favorite go-to brand for the perfect combination of quality and comfort. So you can imagine my delight that our very own Easton Town Center in Columbus is now the proud home to the country's latest and greatest Hanna Andersson store! This weekend is the grand opening and I'm sure the place will be packed because there are some great … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice for everyone

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...]

Thinking about spring gardens

Disclaimer: I was generously provided free tickets from the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show prior to writing this post. In addition, Scotts Miracle-Gro is a client at the agency where I work. All opinions are my own. We're thinking about spring gardening a lot at our house these days. I'm a firm believer that if we put our positive intentions out into the universe (also known as wishing upon a star), then our dreams will come true. So come on, spring! Seriously though, I've got a … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice is back!

Are you like me - already sick of winter? For me, the novelty and beauty of snow and ice wears off right around December 26. Then, I have to find fun things to look forward to and get excited about in order to make it through the next three months of cold, gray weather. One of our most anticipated winter activities is taking Zoe to see Disney on Ice. We went last February for the first time and she absolutely LOVED it. Of course, we did the full-on dressing like a princess thing - as do about … [Read more...]

A kid in a candy store

Disclosure: this chocolate fantasy is brought to you by the sparkling new See's Candies at Easton Town Center, where I attended a VIP blogger event last night. Enjoy. I know I sure did. I had the most wonderful dream last night. In it, I dreamed that I welcomed a wonderful sitter, kissed a happy child goodbye and set off gloriously alone for my favorite chocolate shop where I was set loose to sample ANYTHING I liked, got to go behind the counter and fill a fancy box with as many chocolates as … [Read more...]

Mindbenders, mazes and monarchs

You already know how awesome COSI is, right? There's a reason Parents magazine called it the #1 children's science center in the country. The normal, everyday exhibits and activities at COSI are so great, we often don't even make it to the big featured visiting attractions. Even when we're supposed to. Recently, we were invited to tour and review Mindbender Mansion and Amazing Mazes, a "wonderfully puzzling and utterly addictive experience" that combines "two exhibitions full of brainteasers … [Read more...]

HOOFit at the Columbus Zoo

Who's up for a walk around the zoo?! As I've shared before, I'm trying to walk more and keep track of my steps this year, and one of our favorite places to walk and explore is the Columbus Zoo. Zoe and I would go there every day if we could! So imagine my delight when I learned Ohio Health has partnered with the zoo on the HOOFit walking program to encourage people to get more activity by exploring the zoo. As part of the Hoofit program, you can attend hosted walks at the Columbus Zoo … [Read more...]