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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

If you read my posts from the last couple weeks, you might have sensed my disappointment with Christmas light displays this year ~ Franklin Park Conservatory too expensive, and Wonderlights too seizure-inducing. But, let me tell you about a display that is truly worthy of the admission price and you should definitely check out – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo. I need to preface this post by saying your experience will completely depend on the day you visit the zoo…

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WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This past weekend was the first time in a very loooooong stretch of weekends that we had absolutely nothing planned. Zero. The 2 boxes of our calendar were blank. September and October always seem to go by in a blur with birthday parties and Halloween events, so to have a free weekend was really unusual for us. After puttering around the house all morning doing chores and baking cookies, I decided we needed to get out and do something fun….

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Lights Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Lights Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Christmas lights displays are popping up all over the city now, so we decided to check out the Franklin Park Conservatory Lights Aglow. We are members at FPC and love going year round to the botanical gardens and outside children’s area. However, much to the chagrin of all members, FPC decided to NOT include the holiday lights display with membership admission. It hasn’t been like this in the past, so it’s unfortunate they decided to exclude it this year, especially…

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Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

“Trunk or Treat” (not to be confused with “Trick or Treat”) has become as popular as the traditional begging house to house, probably because Ohio inevitably has AWFUL weather on October 31st every year. So, families start mapping out Trunk or Treat events in the weeks leading up to Halloween. The majority of the events around here are sponsored by churches, and volunteers decorate their car trunks in the parking lot and hand out candy ~ keeps the treating to…

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Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory

Have you ever walked into a place and instantly felt a sense of calm and belonging? Like you could stay there for hours upon hours and not have a care in the world? I have two such places – a library and a botanical garden. Take me to either place and I’m a happy girl. For Christmas last year, Sam bought us a family membership to the Franklin Park Conservatory, and it was like handing me a ticket to my…

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Geocaching With Kids

Geocaching With Kids

To continue on with our outdoor adventure from this weekend at Blendon Woods, here’s another fun and free activity for the whole family – treasure hunting!! If you’re not familiar with geocaching, it’s basically finding a “cache” of something in a “geographical” location – Geocache. Anyone can hide a cache and post the coordinates on a geocache website for others to find. There’s usually a log book for you to write in and document your find, plus depending on the…

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Surprise Family Outing

Surprise Family Outing

Last weekend was gorgeous outside, so we decided to check out a new walking trail for kids. I love surprises – both being surprised and planning surprises – so we decided not to tell the kids where we were going and what we were doing. Plus, anytime we mention the words “hiking” or “walking outside” Ava immediately says her legs hurt and asks us to bring the wagon for her. Oh my dainty little princess 🙂 We picked up McDonald’s…

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Natural Playgrounds

Natural Playgrounds

There’s a new phenomenon with playgrounds these day called “Natural Playgrounds.” Parks are starting to create play areas for kids made entirely (or mostly entirely) of things found in nature ~ teeter-totters made from tree logs, climbing areas made from logs, tic tac toe boards carved into tree stumps, etc. They are really cool areas and a nice change from the standard metal play structures, plus, it’s always nice and shady back in the woods! Major bonus for our fair-skinned…

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Becoming a Yes Mom

Becoming a Yes Mom

A personal goal of mine is to be a “yes mom” as much as possible for my kids, so that when I say “no” to something, it makes my kids stop and think about what they are asking and why I said no to it, rather than just ignoring me because they hear it all the time. It may not be as important right now, but I’m looking at the longterm goal of when they start making more significant requests…

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Bikes Part 2

Bikes Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this discussion on bikes, be sure to check it out here. Otherwise, get ready to be wowed with the latest and greatest invention to get kids riding bikes at an earlier age and with greater ease – the balance bike!! It’s exactly what it sounds like ~ a bicycle for little ones without pedals so they balance on it as they kick off the ground with their feet. So simple and so…

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