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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 12-14, 2017 Mother’s Day Edition

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1. Arts in Uptown hosted by LuLu’s Sweet Shop

When: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Uptown Westerville

Art stations will be set up throughout Uptown Westerville where kids can get creative! This free event will happen on the second Friday of the month throughout the summer!

2. Mom’s Breakfast Break at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Moms can take a breakfast break while your kids make a free craft! Only at the Sawmill Road location!

3. No Child Wet Behind at Wolfe Park

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 105 Park Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Help provide diapers for local families in need by registering for the 5K run or 1 mile walk/run! Afterwards there will be plenty of family-friendly activities like corn hole, chalk art, face painting, volleyball, crafts, food trucks and more! Use my code WHATSHOULDWEDOTODAY for $5 off your registration!

4. Mother’s Day Coloring and Framing at Re:work Furnishings

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 1o:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1271 Edgehill Rd., Building B, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-657-6306

Drop in to shop at Re:work Furnishings and art supplies will be provided to draw a picture for mom! Picture frames are available for purchase in 2 different sizes to complete your masterpiece!

5. Celebrate Mom Open House at Picassos

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1974 N. Mallway Dr., Columbus, OH 43221

During this fun event kids can decorate a flower pot for free, you can shop for Mother’s Day gifts and have a mini photo session with Portraits by Laura ($30 for 5 poses and 5 digital images).

6. Saturday Studio Art: A Gift for Mom at Art with Anna

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 420 N. Cassady Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-252-1881

During this Saturday Studio Art Class you can drop off kids age 4 and over to make a gift for Mom! $20/artist. Register here.

7. Columbus DinoFest at Franklin County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Kids can get up close to tons of dinosaurs, real life reptiles, fossils and more at this one day event! There will also be bounce houses, face painting and a screening of Jurassic ParkSee all the FAQs here.

8. Mother’s Day Storytime at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Listen to the new book by Jean Reagan, How to Raise a Mom, and participate in activities afterwards at your local Barnes and Noble Store!

9. American Girl Tea Party at Grove City Library

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3959 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-6716, ext. 146

Bring your dolls to have tea with the American Girls! This is idea for kids in Grades K-5! Register in advance by calling the number above!

10. $5 Open Play at Brick of Dreams

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017
Time: Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 6190 Shamrock Ct., Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-766-0000

On Saturday and Sunday, Brick of Dreams is offering a Mother’s Day special: $5/hr/child! (Normal cost $7/hr.)

11. Celebrate Mom at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Kids can decorate a flower pot and plant a flower to give to mom! Included in admission!

12. Mother’s Day Kids Craft at Cake Creations

When: Saturday May 13, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 6330 Scioto Darby Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-0941

This is a fun time with mom! Make flower pot cakes and learn how to decorate with fondant! Cost is $25 and is recommended for ages 6 and up!

13. Storytime at Ohio History Center

When: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: 800 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: 800-686-6124

Ohio History Center is hosting Storytime at the Museum and this weekend’s theme is Down on the Farm! Recommended for kids ages 3-6!

14. Moments with Mom at Emily Traphagen Park

When: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 5094 Seldom Seen Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 740-524-8600

Activities for this special day include a nature walk, planting a tree and creating a mother’s day gift!


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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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Mother’s Day Week of Giveaways

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This week I am celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of giveaways! Each day I will do a giveaway over social media! I will come back to this post to insert links if I can, but you can always check my Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest postings! All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Here are the giveaways in the order they will be offered!


There’s always so much fun to be had at COSI! Beginning May 27, 2017, there will be a new exhibit called COSI’S Cosmic Summer – all about astronauts and space! COSI is great for all ages! little kidspace is great for babies through kindergarteners, there are events for adults only, like COSI After Dark, and something else for everyone in-between!

I have four Planetarium Plus tickets to give away, meaning free entrance to COSI plus entrance to a Planetarium show! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

TUESDAY: The Blowdry Cafe

It’s hard for moms to take the time to pamper themselves. Sometimes we think we don’t deserve it or we just don’t find or make the time. Let’s just say that my getting ready routine these days does not include time to even dry my hair, let alone style it in any way! Ugh. This past winter I had a fun experience at Blow Dry Cafe with a group of bloggers and I got my first ever blowout. I’ll be honest, I felt pretty good when it was done. Basically, I looked in the mirror and thought – “Wow! This is what I would look like if I actually did my hair!” Correction: This is what I would look like if I let the lovely stylists at The Blowdry Cafe do my hair every day! 😉

Thanks to The Blowdry Cafe for giving away a FREE make up application and blowout to one lucky reader! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

WEDNESDAY: Lily Noelle Jewelry

My friend Heidi is a momma by day and a designer by night!  Lily Noelle is meticulously crafted jewelry designs using hand-cut leather, hand-painted wood, semi-precious stones, hand-wrapped sterling silver & gold, & vintage items.  Heidi personally selects each stone & material, then designs & hand crafts each piece, ending with a curated look of wearable fashion!  Portions of sales benefit at-risk women in the Dominican Republic. You can find Lily Noelle at local craft shows, vendor pop ups and online! See her upcoming schedule here! Lily Noelle also offers an Earring of the Month Club! Each month you receive a surprise pair of earrings in the mail!

I’m excited to offer this giveaway of a leather cuff from Lily Noelle! These leather cuffs are reversible AND the winner will get to choose which color they want! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

THURSDAY: Sitting Made Simple

Babysitting. I’ll be honest, it’s an area we struggle with. We don’t have family here and we don’t know many teenagers or college students. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know where to start when it comes to finding a babysitter we can trust! Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Sitting Made Simple, a professional child care service and meet the owner, Amanda Knapp who is completely passionate about her business and making sure it is run right!

The sitters employed by the agency are college students who are thoroughly interviewed by the agency. Every one of them has a clean background check and driving record and is infant and child CPR certified! The agency handles all of the details. If your scheduled sitter is sick or has to cancel at the last minute, they find a replacement. You don’t need to worry about last minute cancellations or someone not showing up! SMS can get you a last minute sitter, before and after school care, summer care and more!

I’m really happy to partner with Sitting Made Simple to offer one reader a free registration fee ($50 value). Enter on Facebook and Instagram!


I shared last week on Facebook that I had my oil changed while I was sitting on my couch, in the comfort of my own home, while my kids were in Quiet Time! There was a huge response on social media to this brilliant idea! Eric, owner of Oleo, will come to your house (or place of work, or friend’s house, etc.), change your oil, wipe down your car windows and do a quick check on your car while you go about your business! That means no more antsy kids in the waiting room, no more putting off oil changes because you can’t find the time! You can even schedule your appointment online! I can’t think of any way to make changing your oil more convenient!

I’m thrilled that Eric is offering one of my readers a free oil change as one of the giveaways this week! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

A few ground rules:

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • These giveaways are not associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  • Readers can enter on both Facebook and Instagram posts for additional chances to win but there will only be one winner per giveaway.
  • All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on the corresponding social media posts!

Whether you’re celebrating a mom or being celebrated, I wish all of my readers a Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all the hard work you do!


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5 on Friday: Tacos

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Of course this month’s Five on Friday has to be TACOS!! I love tacos! My kids don’t love tacos. How can that be? They like plain tortillas and chips and salsa, so we make it work! Four of these options I would consider to be kid-friendly. One is more of a date night . . . but we’ll get to that . . . Enjoy!

1. Junior’s Tacos

184 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Junior’s Tacos is a taco truck that sits in the parking lot of a convenience store called Dairy Family. This was one of my very first, if not first, taco truck experiences, so it is dear to my heart. 🙂 It’s not too hard to find parking in the surrounding area and across the street from the truck is a park with several picnic tables. In the past, Junior’s has set up a tent with tables next to the truck. But it’s not up now so I don’t know if they will during the summer or if that’s a thing of the past. Tacos are $1.75 a piece and you can choose between Mexican or American tacos. (American have lettuce, cheese and sour cream!).

2. Zacatecas (now el Jaliciense)

3528 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

We recently moved to Westgate and we tried Zacatecas upon recommendation of one of our new neighbors! One thing I’m excited about on the west side of Columbus is all of the authentic Mexican food! Zacatecas does not disappoint! I am especially in love with their salsa! If you’re looking to venture out and try more authentic ethnic restaurants, I highly recommend alt.eats.columbus or Taco Trucks in Columbus Ohio! I could read those blogs for days, making lists of places to try!

3. Los Guachos Taqueria

  • 5221 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
  • 376 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
  • 461 Commerce Square, Columbus, OH 43228 – truck

I’ve shared about Los Guachos before because their famous tacos al pastor are BOGO free on Mondays! (The tacos are $1.50 a piece, so you can get a TON of tacos without even coming close to breaking the bank on a Monday!) Nearly everyone on the planet agrees these are the best tacos in the world. Haha. No seriously. I honestly have never had anything else at the restaurant but the tacos al pastor! There are two restaurant locations and one food truck. I’ve been to them all. Give me all the tacos. 🙂

4. Katalina’s

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

I’m including Katalina’s breakfast tacos on my list because they are one of my favorite meals in Columbus! When we first moved to Columbus, the restaurant was called Cafe Corner and we lived 3 blocks away. The breakfast tacos were one of the first things I tried – and continued to choose for years! I have since learned it is best to go with a friend or spouse, order these AND the pancake balls and share both meals! Is Katalina’s kid-friendly? I would say that depends on the kid, their age and the time/day you go. This place is so popular on the weekends, the line is out the door! There is not a lot of indoor seating, so plan to be out on the patio (which was expanded a few years ago)! The patio is kid-friendly, but if it were me, personally, I would try to pick an off-peak time to go so the kids don’t have to wait in line as long. But my kids are 2 and 5. If you have older kids, by all means, go on Saturday morning! 😉 Seriously though, just look at these tacos:

5. Balboa

1312 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Maybe someone will argue with me here, but I don’t consider Balboa kid-friendly. So this one I’ve added as a fun date night option for your taco fix! (They have 2 items on their “kid’s menu,” so to me that says we don’t expect there to be a lot of kids, but we have actually considered that there might be.) 😉 On Taco Tuesday, you can get 3 tacos for $8! They are good tacos with a lot of toppings! (I loved the pork belly taco the best!) I also have to include these babies below! The Balboa Island Bananas! Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with hazelnuts, white chocolate, caramel sauce and whipped cream! Yum!

There are SO many place to get tacos in Columbus! What’s your favorite?


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