A Boy Mom Does American Girl

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American Girl Columbus asked me to share some of their events with you – – which is right in line with What Should We Do Today? So I said, “sure!” Then they said I could bring my kids to one of their events. I said, “Sounds great!” I read through the list . . . tea parties, hair salon events, etc. Ahhh…this probably isn’t going to work with 2 boys! 😉 But luckily for me I am an aunt to an awesome niece who LOVES American Girl! Wouldn’t I be the coolest aunt in the world if I could surprise her with tickets for one of these events? (Now you know my true motives…) Well, I was the cool aunt for at least 24 hours (I think.) 🙂

In mid-June my niece, Ava, was able to attend a Doll Hair Salon Spectacular event where she learned how to style her doll’s hair, received some cool hair accessories, a snack and a goodie bag!

All of the girls arrived at American Girl at 9:00 AM – one hour before the doors opened. The event took place in a special room closed off from the rest of the store. Each doll had it’s own stool, cape and hair supplies for the duration of the event. While the girls learned how to take care of their doll’s hair and style it, the moms waited in the store (or if they were me, they went around trying to take fancy pictures). (Oh, lets be honest, they also snuck out for coffee!)

The first time I ever walked through American Girl shortly after they opened at Easton Town Center, I was overwhelmed! When I was growing up, the American Girls were just characters in historical fiction books I shelved at the library where I worked in high school. After that, I went off to college, went about my life, got married, had kids and then opened the door to American Girl at Easton. Obviously, I had no idea what had transpired with the American Girls since 1995!

   

At first I was cynical. I’ll be honest. I couldn’t believe there could be so much stuff for dolls! But what I have since come to appreciate is that there are 10 year olds still playing with dolls. In fact, if you’ve been to Easton, you can probably attest that there are kids a lot older than 10 still into American Girl. And I can really get behind the fact that my niece, who could be doing all sorts of things that rush her into maturity at lightning speed, is still interested in dressing a doll, getting its hair done and hopefully learning some history and reading a book or two in the process!

If you’ve stepped inside American Girl, you know it’s not cheap. But let me tell you, I was truly impressed with the value of the event. Now granted, in full disclosure, we didn’t have to pay for it, but the Doll Hair Salon Spectacular was $20. In addition to the experience of the event, what was included was Bright Highlights for the dolls hair (retail value $10), a snack of yogurt, fruit and a muffin, plus a goodie bag full of things like the American Girl Magazine, a paper doll, and a doll accessory. To me, that’s a deal!

If you’ve been putting off doing something like eating at the cafe because of the price, an event like this would probably thrill your daughter even more for a great price!

Looking to have an American Girl experience with a special girl in your life?

Your girl and her doll can also have a meal in the American Girl Bistro! Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served. Click on the links to see the menus! It is highly recommended that you make reservations in advance – which you can do from the website.

Dolls can also have their hair styled, ears pierced, a spa package, and nails polished. Dolls can also get hearing aids on one or both ears! See all services here.

American Girl also offers all-inclusive Birthday Party packages! View all options here!

 

Thanks to American Girl for allowing me to be the cool aunt for a day! 🙂

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7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Your Kids

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On Mother’s Day my basic goal is not to be stressed. My kids are pretty young so I don’t desire to go to a fancy brunch where I just end up stressed out because they can’t sit still or won’t listen. I’ve only been at this mom thing for 5 Mother’s Days, but it seems to me that moms fall into two camps: those who just want some time ALONE to get pampered or go shopping or take a nap, and those who want to spend the day doing special things WITH their kids. Well, I’ve got a foot in both camps because I like to have lunch out with my kids and THEN get to take a nap! 😉

If you’re looking for something different to do WITH you kids that doesn’t involve glaring at them over a Belgian waffle because they’re telling potty jokes during brunch, then pick one of these kid-friendly, yet special for Mom, events going on next week!

1. No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and Fundraiser at Wolfe Park

The whole family is invited to participate in this event that raises money for families in Franklin County who are in need. Focused on providing diapers to families in our community who need them most, Columbus Birth and Parenting hosts this 5K and 1 mile walk/run plus kiddie dash each year to raise support for the cause. 1 in 3 families must REUSE soiled diapers again and again because they cannot afford to keep their children clean, dry and healthy!

You can feel good about spending your Mother’s Day weekend helping families in need by participating in the race, walk or kiddie dash and your family can enjoy a fun morning filled with food trucks, face painting, fun kid’s activities, flowers for purchase and fabulous raffles.  It’s a Saturday morning out at a park to celebrate Mother’s Day as a family while helping struggling mothers in Columbus at the same time.

I will be participating in the 1 mile run/walk (let’s just admit it: walk. I’ve only run one 5K in my life and it’s not happening again any time soon.) And I would love if you would consider joining this cause on May 13th! No Child Wet Behind is offering my readers $5 off with the code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY ! (Cost is $35 without code.) Enter the code at checkout!

Can’t make it on the 13th? You can still help out by donating a pack of diapers at any of these locations:

2. Mother’s Day Build at the Lego Store (Easton)

On May 13th and 14th, VIP members (join here or inquire in the store) can come in with Mom to build a mini tulip for free! Recommended for ages 6-14 and you must register in advance by calling the store (Easton: 614-342-2710).

3. Fit4Mom Columbus North Mother’s Day Celebration

I know a couple of people involved in Fit4Mom and they LOVE it! One of them shared about it on the blog here. It sounds so great and if I had joined a few months ago maybe I would be running the 5K mentioned above instead of the 1 mile walk. 😉 haha. Anyway . . . new moms are always welcome to join and on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 9:30 AM, they are having a Mother’s Day Celebration which includes free coffee and donuts (an exercise program with donuts?! how great is that??) AND they will be making a Mother’s Day keepsake craft. See the link for info on how to register!

4. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Picassos is having a Celebrate Mom Open House from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Kids can decorate a flower pot for free and Portraits by Laura will be there for mini sessions ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images). You can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and check out discounted classes!

5. Celebrate Mom! at Franklin Park Conservatory

The Franklin Park Conservatory would be a beautiful place to spend Mother’s Day Weekend! On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM kids can paint a flower pot for Mom and plant a flower in it! It’s also one of the last weekends to see the Fairy Gardens – the last day of the exhibit is May 29, 2017.

6. Mommy and Me Painting Class with Colorful Columbus

On Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017) you can paint a picture with your child! The theme is elephants and the cost is $35 which includes supplies for Mom and one child. All skill levels are welcome for this event and you must register in advance!

7. Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl Columbus (Easton)

Another option for Sunday is the Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl at Easton! You must register ahead for this event which includes a meal in the restaurant, a flower for your daughter, games, a craft, a spiral notebook and a picture frame! This is recommended for girls ages 8 and up.

One More Thing . . .

Looking for a way to pamper yourself? Join 614Mom for Celebrating You, an event to celebrate Columbus Moms with a lipstick bar, swag bags and more! This is a FREE event for moms but it will also be a location where you can bring a pack of diapers for No Child Wet Behind! 🙂

No matter what you choose to do, I hope you have a happy Mother’s Day and do something YOU enjoy! Next week I will be celebrating my readers with a week of giveaways in honor of Mother’s Day, so make sure to follow me on social media (links below) for all the fun giveaways!

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Jaclyn Davis

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Jaclyn for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

1. Naturally Curious Kids 

This isn’t your average toy store. Once you walk in, your imagination and sense of wonder are fully invoked. On the first level is the sweetest little play house for your kids to play in while you are looking around. There are also other little play areas set up, ready to be played with and tested out. The store is arranged by age; starting with 0-2 on the first floor and ending with older kids/adults on the second level. Our favorite time to go is on Wednesday mornings for their Story/Craft time from 11:30 AM -12:00 PM.

2. CATCO/CATCO is Kids

Columbus is loaded with options for introducing your kids to preforming arts. Going to the theater has become one of our favorite outings. One theater specifically we frequent often is CATCO/CATCO is Kids. They perform at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. They provide shows for all ages and at different lengths. Our two favorite this year have been Cowgirls Don’t Ride Zebras and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The theater is small and intimate, which is perfect for little ones. CATCO does an amazing job not only supplying an outlet for those who want to preform but also for the children who enjoy attending.

3. Home Depot Kids Workshops

My girls love the first Saturday of the month! Home depot offers a different project monthly that is perfect for little hands, with the help of an adult. We use this opportunity as a Daddy date. At your first visit you receive a workshop apron, just like the employees wear. You’ll also receive a commemorative pin for that month’s project and a certificate of achievement. Each following workshop you attend, you collect the commemorative pins and add them to your apron.  They’ve made great projects, including picture ornaments, monster trucks, boats, picture frames and airplanes.


Hi! I’m Jaclyn over on Instagram @sew_many_stitches. I’m a full time working mama to 2 sweet little girls. I love taking adventures with my husband and our cuties. Our tastes are all quite eclectic so you will find us anywhere between the theater, enjoying a ballet to digging in the mud finding worms.  When not around town with my girls, I am sharing my passion for sewing. I enjoy teaching private and group lessons for garment sewing and quilting. I’m on facebook at Sew Many Stitches. My passion for sewing is my second obsession behind my girls. I love Columbus for all the amazing opportunities it gives so many while still being a hometown feeling city!


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