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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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2 Columbus Christmas Tree Farms + Family Photos

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I think people fall into two categories: those who decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving and those who are adamant about waiting until after. *Someone* in my household is adamant about waiting until after Thanksgiving before the tree goes up and Christmas music is played. So we usually get our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. BUT we did get our family photos taken by HB Photography at a Christmas tree farm in mid November, so I kind of feel like I got to cheat a little!

If you haven’t got your tree yet, I’ve got two great options for you with slightly different experiences! AND I’m going to share some of our family photos! 🙂 It’s not to late to book your own holiday session with Helen – send her a message through her website or Facebook page using the links here! These are going to make great Christmas presents! (I hope my mom isn’t reading my blog!) 😉

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I can’t give you a personal rundown about a ton of Christmas tree farms, but here’s two I’ve been to and at the end of this post, I have a link to the longest list I’ve found to date! 🙂

1. Cackler Family Farms

4971 Cackler Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015
740-524-5311

After we got our pictures taken, we explored a little bit of Cackler Farms. There was a play area for kids:

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And a lamb and miniature donkey for petting!

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You can choose and cut down your own tree! Everything you need to do so is provided by the farm!

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2. HTH Farm Market

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd.
Columbus, OH 43235
614-266-9377

For the past couple of years, we have picked out a tree at HTH Farm Market. The Market is open April through December and sells a variety of fresh produce, cheese and meats and other local products like honey, maple syrup and even some local crafts. 100% of the proceeds from the market benefit Hope Thru Housing, which is a residential substance abuse treatment center.

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There are some fun photo ops at HTH Farm Market:

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And plenty of trees to choose from!

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Really, what my kids care the most about is that they get to pick a candy cane off the tree inside the market!

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The market is right next to train tracks, so that is a plus for my train-loving kids! (Though we were advised to wait inside while it passed due to the loud whistle!)

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The first two years after Mayson was born, we ended up getting our tree in the evening and decorating it the next morning. The first year was by default. Trying to decorate that first night with a fussy baby and a 3 year old was proving wildly unsuccessful. We learned our lesson, and the next year we did it on purpose! Since the kids are up ridiculously early most days, it just made sense.

We changed things up a little bit this year. We got our tree on the day of the “incident” at OSU – though I kind of felt like delaying our plans, it turned out to be a nice way to spend the afternoon and early evening of that crazy day.

If you haven’t got your tree yet and are looking for more options, the biggest list of tree farms I have found is on This Week Community News! Through some personal contacts, I also know that Trees of Hope is donating their proceeds to an orphanage in Haiti this year.

One last thing . . . please take a minute to tell me about some of your Columbus Favorites! Click the link here to tell me and you will be entered into a GIVEAWAY for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet! Thank you so much!! 🙂

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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 4-6, 2016

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1. Kids Club at Whole Foods Easton

When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4100 Easton Gateway Dr., Columbus, OH 43219

This free event includes snacks and a fall craft! All ages are welcome!

2. Pre-K Storytime at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-508-8111

This story time for ages 3-5 features stories about nature!

3. Hot Chocolate Mug Craft at Michael’s Stores

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Michael’s Store

Kids ages 3 and up can drop in to do a hot cocoa mug craft. Cost is $2 per project.

4. Bugman at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-481-3778

All ages are welcome to visit with the Bugman and some creepy crawly friends!

5. Grand Reopening at Cruz Candy

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 27 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-481-3778

Cruz Candy closed briefly and is now reopening on Saturday! Spin the prize wheel, cram candy in a tin for $2, and make crafts for $1! Throughout the day there will be a magic show, face painting, a sing-a-long, a visit from a princess, and more! See pictures and read about our visit here!

6. National Bison Day at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 1415 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

A movie and activities will celebrate the national mammal of the United States!

7. Gallery Hop

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: High St. in the Short North

This is the first weekend of the month and that means Gallery Hop! Some kid-friendly things that actually happen during the afternoon include Family Days at Pizzuti Gallery (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM), where the will be Cuban-inspired coloring sheets to celebrate their newest exhibit, Cuban Forever Revisited, and Thai Rolled Ice Cream at Oats and Barley Market (from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)!

8. Chess in the Neighborhood at Martin Luther King Branch, CML

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-645-2275

Kids age 8-17 are welcome to come to play or learn to play chess!

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Northland Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016
Time: Saturday: 7:00 PM, Sunday: 2:00 PM
Location: 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

The Artisan Ballet Company presents an original production of a beloved classic!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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