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The fabulous chaos begins: SUMMER! Albeit, summer may look a little different this year, we should still try to seize the summery day with every ounce of enthusiasm we have had in the past. I have four kids, and...

COVID-19 Road Trip

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Gas is cheap. School is not in session. Spring is in the air. Sounds like a recipe for a family road trip. Right?! Wrong! It’s COVID-19 season and we can’t go anywhere... but can we? My parents live in Cincinnati...
Every other year, I make the trek back to my home country for a couple of weeks to see my family. This has been a pretty regular occurrence for me since moving to Dayton from the U.K. in 2007....
If you know me, you know I was not here for “hot-girl-summer” (which was really the summer of bug spray and anti-chafing products, am I right?) and come November, I’ll be full-on Grinch-Mom. I don’t hate things just to...
If your children are anything like mine, they do not appreciate long car rides. As a momma to a 5-year-old, 4-year-old, and 2-year-old, the thought of a family vacation can be really intimidating if it involves a long ride...
Will he send an entire plane-load of people over the edge? How will I help him in the itty, bitty potty? How on earth do you keep a small child occupied for four straight hours in an enclosed space?  I’m...
Summer vacation brings to mind sand, surf, and sun. Most of us Mid-Westerners probably dream of beachy locations - some exotic like the Caribbean, others a bit more feasible like Florida or one of the Carolinas.   But what if I...
Oh, I’m looking forward to taking my kids there someday! But not until they are much older! They aren’t going to remember it anyways!” I remember the first time I had a conversation with a parent about going...
I am a working mom, and my job sometimes requires travel. I’ve traveled one week per month for the last three months. To someone with a travel-heavy job, this might not seem like much. To my friend who has...

The Gem City Staycation

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Staycations have, up until now, been an unexplored option for our family. Our rationale has been that unfinished projects and to-do lists will haunt us if we try to vacation at home. And, as Dayton natives, my husband and...
Picture this: the scenic rolling hills of the countryside, a beautiful brick Colonial home, a wide open field full of fuzzy alpacas, a delectable, gourmet breakfast greeting you each morning, utter peace and quiet... Sounds downright Utopian, doesn’t it? While pregnant...
I was having a casual conversation with a friend of mine recently and seemingly out of nowhere she asked me: "What has been your greatest adventure?" And I knew she meant besides the obvious, raising my baby.  She's talking about actual...

Disney Planning 101

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It's the most magical place on earth, but planning a Disney trip is no cakewalk. It takes time, strategy and planning. The options are pretty much endless at Disney World and thankfully cater to a variety of budgets, needs, and...
Last year my husband and I had a unique opportunity to go on the vacation of a lifetime. We had two free roundtrip airfare to anywhere in the world! We had all the googly eyes. We were scouring the...

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