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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!

MONDAY: COSI

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!

FRIDAY: Oleo

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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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 Moms of Nationwide Share their Favorite Places to take their Kids in Columbus

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Last week I was honored to be a guest on the Moms of Nationwide Blogger Panel! Eryn from 614 Mom and I shared some of our favorite things to do with our kids in Columbus including hidden gems, our favorite Columbus events and low-cost or free places to play! Of course I shared my list of 20 Free Indoor Play Areas in Columbus, but I also talked about some of our other favorite places like the OSU Airport and Barnstormer Diner, Riding the CBUS and the Scioto Audubon! It was a fun time connecting with other moms and getting a tour around the Nationwide Plaza! Plus I got to try out A Blessed Cookie Company on the first floor – cookies so good I might have to return as an outing with my kids one day! 😉

I’ve always wanted to walk across the Nationwide walkway!

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How am I going to carry this heavy box of folders? Oh wait! There’s a stroller in my trunk! 🙂

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Eryn and her goodie bags!

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Yep. A Blessed Cookie Company would do the trick!

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Getting ready!

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Thanks to Tashira for organizing and hosting us!

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One of the best things about starting this blog has been meeting so many new people and learning about so many things going on in Columbus! (Wait, I guess that’s two things! 😉 ) I turned the tables on the Moms of Nationwide and asked them to tell me 3 places THEY love to take their kids in Columbus! I’ve randomly chosen 5 of them to feature in this blog post so we can all learn something new!

Jamie F., Grove City:
  1. The New Grove City Libray
  2. Free Activities at the Metro Parks
  3. WeJoySing Music Classes
Amanda G., Pataskala:
  1. Barnes & Noble
  2. PBJ & Jazz
  3. Gateway Theater Movie Series
Natalie S., Clintonville:
  1. Jeni’s Ice Cream (the location in Clintonville has a chalkboard to draw on!)
  2. Whetstone Park of Roses
  3. Worthington Rec Center
Dana D., Gahanna:
  1. Westerville Rec Center
  2. Columbus Zoo
  3. Sky Zone
Alexis M., Westerville
  1. Clippers Games
  2. Timbuk Farms (Christmas Trees!)
  3. Lynd Fruit Farm (especially honeycrisp weekend!)

Thanks to the Moms of Nationwide for hosting us and thank you to these wonderful moms for sharing their ideas with us! I hope you learned something new!

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