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As a kid, I loved summer break. No school. Long days playing outside. Staying up late.  Sleeping in. No rush. Just hot summer fun. (It was so hot - we didn't have AC in those days! WHEW!) It never really...
Taking a slightly different turn from our typical Dayton Dozen, with many events still canceled or postponed, we came up with a fun game of Bingo you and the family can play together for February - or choose twelve...
The leaves whip and tumble across the concrete on a brisk evening, the last week of October in Dayton. As I push the stroller down the sidewalk, laugher and excitement can be heard all around. Fall is in the...
Due to COVID-19 many events that typically take place in August are canceled or postponed. This month, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of the amazing hiking/ walking trails that are located all around...
Summer is here, which means grilling and campfires. Healthy and tasty food makes camping and your outdoor adventures more enjoyable and memorable. Try these five food ideas to make your camping meals extra delicious. Grilled Hot Pastrami Sandwich With the grilled...
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...

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December Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2021}

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The year is almost over, but the family fun is just getting started! Here are our top twelve picks of things to do this...