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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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Columbus Parents

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Call me crazy, but I actually like making (and tend to keep) New Year’s Resolutions! I think the key is making them realistic, attainable and easy to measure. (It also helps if you have a task-oriented personality, which I do. It is a strength AND a weakness, trust me!)

One year I resolved not to eat store-bought breakfast cereal for one year. And I did it. It’s like a little challenge I know I can accomplish. In 2016, I resolved to exercise 208 times (an average of 4x per week) and I did it! (Yes, the last week of December I was exercising twice a day…) 😉 Must. check. off. those. boxes. . . Okay, now I’ve let you see a little bit too much of my crazy. 😉

Whether or not you make (or keep) New Year’s Resolutions, I think sitting down and being more intentional about the year ahead is always a good thing to do! Here are 10 ideas for being more intentional this year:

1. Exercise More Often

Try out one of these options where you can exercise WITH your kids:

2.  Plan Your Meals in Advance

Try out these freezer meals! They’re not only for the grill, they can also be baked or sautéed on the stovetop!

3. Have More Date Nights

If you find it as hard as I do to get a date night out, try some of these at home date night ideas!

4. Take More Road Trips

Here are 6 Ohio road trips to take this year!

5. Save More Money

If going out with the family is breaking the bank, try one of these free and/or cheap options around town:

6. Be Present with Your Kids

Being a parent is hard work! But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be:

7. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others on Social Media

Here’s some inspiration:

8. Make More Money

Try selling your kids’ clothes and toys at one of these area consignment sales:

9. Read More Books

Check out one of these great local libraries:

10. Be Featured on this Blog!

Click the picture to tell me 3 places you love to take your kids in Columbus and you might be featured in an upcoming blog post!

Thanks for following along with us and making 2016 a really great year! Happy New Year!

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5 Columbus Parents Share . . . How they Exercise WITH their Kids

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Since I started blogging, I have learned about so many interesting and awesome things going on in Columbus! I really like to try them out personally before I share them with you, but sometimes that’s just an impossible goal! How to solve that problem? I’m going to let 5 Columbus parents take over the blog to tell you about these amazing opportunities going on in our great city! (Thanks SO much to them for sharing their stories!)

I don’t consider myself a fitness guru by any means, but it is important to me to exercise regularly. I can tell you that after each of my babies were born, I pretty much stopped exercising for the first year of their lives. It just gets harder. In the past few months, I have been introduced to the following organizations that make it possible to exercise WITH your kids! What I’ve discovered from hearing these stories, is that these opportunities offer a lot more than just a workout! Most of these parents have also found a community of support and friendship! Check them out!

Stroller Strides

by Terra Kubert

I moved to Columbus a year ago for my husband’s job.  We didn’t know anyone in the area.  I had an 18 month old and was 34 weeks pregnant.  I knew I would need to find a village of other moms with little ones as soon as possible.  I enjoy working out, but I don’t like having to leave my girls in the gym daycare, especially a newborn.  I had been apart of a group called FIT4MOM-Stroller Strides when we lived in Phoenix and thought I should see if there was one in Columbus.  I was excited to see there was, and quickly contacted the owner after my 6 week check up.  Right from the start, I knew it was a great fit.  All of the moms were so welcoming and made me feel like I had known them forever.  During the workouts, the instructor gave multiple levels, so I wasn’t intimidated to slowly work my way back into exercising.

I was still adjusting to having two kids under two, but the moms were there for me with words of encouragement and advice on those days I didn’t know if I could make it. Now that it’s been almost a year since joining Stroller Strides, I can see how important this village is for my two little girls and me.  My oldest is counting and singing the songs she hears, during class and even when we are at home.  She asks, “Are we going to stroller strides today, Mommy? Will I get to see my friends today?“ It’s great to see, that not only am I getting in my hour workout and forming friendships, but my daughter is learning and building friendships with the other kids during class and at the play dates following my workouts. She has recently started telling Daddy to “do push ups or burpees with me” when he gets home from work!

Additionally, FIT4MOM has monthly Mom’s Night Out events.  I have found this to be important to me because I can leave my girls at home, go out with just friends and have some ‘me’ time.  For me, FIT4MOM has everything I am looking for, a workout, play dates for my daughters to interact with other kids, and support and friendship with the other moms, before, during, after class, and at MNOs.  Everything I need to have a healthy family and lifestyle.  I am thankful to have found FIT4MOM for all of these things! I’m not sure I would have survived with out it!

How to Join:

Fit4Mom Columbus North
Visit their: Facebook Page, Website, or email Melanie
Fit4Mom Dublin
Visit their: Facebook Page, Website, or email Amber

Hike it Baby

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by Chris Beha

For the past 11 months, my family has taken advantage of the awesome opportunity to explore the outdoors with a fun and supportive group of families through the Columbus OH branch of Hike it Baby.  Hike it Baby is a parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with children from birth to school age.  My husband, my 18 month old son and I have found the families involved with Hike it Baby to be an amazing support group. We have learned so much from families with older kids not only about how to enjoy the outdoors with our son, but also that the struggles we were going through as first time parents were normal.

The variety of outdoor events offered, combined with the variety of kids ages, makes for a unique group of parents who are willing to share their successes (and failures) for everyone to learn from. Hike it Baby truly has something for everyone: from hikes through the trails of Hocking Hills to local coffee strolls in the neighborhood to toddler led hikes to park and play events at local parks. Initially, we were hesitant to join a “hiking” group when the Columbus OH branch of Hike it Baby started, especially with a 7 month old child at the time, but because of the welcoming environment of the group, Hike it Baby’s “no hiker left behind” values and the support of all the other families, all our fears were quickly replaced with a sense of community.  Now we host hikes as a family and have made so many friends within the Hike it Baby group that it has truly become one of our favorite family activities.

How to Join:

Visit their Website for hikes in your area!

Yoga on High

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By Alissa Jackson

As a mom and a woman who is interested in self care, I am always on the lookout for ways to accomplish that and instill these habits in my children. So when I saw that Yoga on High was offering a kids yoga class and hot flow class with the amazingly energetic Michele Vinbury simultaneously, my heart leap with joy. In our house we call Sundays, “Sunday Fundays”. It’s a time to tap into nature, be healthy and/or exploring our area. This yoga class is at a later time beginning at 10:30am on Sundays which is nice. If you have AM commitments like church, then it is still doable to add into your day and if you don’t, then what a fantastic way to start a Sunday. It is so close to many other great kid friendly restaurants and parks.

The kids yoga teachers at YoH are so knowledgeable and have helped my sons develop a healthy outlook regarding their bodies, minds and little spirits. How great that while all that is happening for my kiddos that I also can be practicing the same mindful awareness in the room next door. What a wonderful way to be generous to yourself and your family!

How to Join:

Visit their Facebook Page, Website or call 614-291-4444 to inquire about the Kids Yoga class


SuperMoms

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By Jennifer Drabek

After 2 kids, I decided it was time to get back into shape. I started on a weight loss journey last summer. The first class I went to was at a park in Gahanna. Mark was the trainer and lots of mamas were there with their kids. I thought,  I can do this if I can bring my kids! It was a great, intensive, yet fun workout. I have been hooked ever since.

The “SuperMoms” class is amazing! I have really gained a new appreciation for the beauty of working out with kids. No excuses, they can come with you. There is always stuff to do for the kids, they make friends, and you can keep your eye on them, or more than likely they can keep their eye on you, lol.

I have met so many new friends, ran my first 5k with them and have been getting in shape the entire time. Mark is a great trainer. He has high but reasonable expectations and he is always willing to work hard to keep you on pace with your goals.

If you are looking for something fun and healthy to do today, I suggest it be the SuperMoms class with Mark the Spot Fitness. I promise you won’t regret it!

How to Join:

Visit their Website, Facebook Page or email Mark


Ohio Health HOOFit

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By Leslie Catlett

If you’re looking for a fun and fit family activity, look no further than OhioHealth HOOFit walks at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Take a short “walk on the wild side” as you see various animal exhibits while walking and talking to an OhioHealth doctor and Zoo expert. The program offers education on different health related topics to improve your health.

This program is free with your paid admission or membership. It’s a great way to inspire better health for yourself and your family. Big or small, EVERY step counts! It’s so much fun, that your children won’t even realize they’re “working out”. Definitely a win-win situation for busy moms that don’t have the time for a structured workout routine.

How to Join:

Preregister and see schedule here, walks begin at 9:30 AM and the last one for this summer is this Thursday, September 15, 2016!


Need more ideas? Worthington Parks and Recreation has The Baby Wearing Workout, Piccadilly has Tots and Squats and occasionally, peapod play cafe has Mommy and Me Yoga! If you know of another, send me a message and I’ll add it here!

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