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Summer is here! Literally...just a few more days left of school and you get the privilege of entertaining your kiddos for 12+ hours per day for 9 weeks!  What do you have planned?? If you are anything like me, I am just...
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...
Before you plan your next vacation, have you considered staying in an alternative to a hotel? Staying in a privately-owned home that is available for short-term rentals is becoming increasingly popular, mostly because of AirBnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental...
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...
We were about 45 minutes from home on our way to a weekend away to the Lake Erie islands when I realized that my phone was sitting on the bathroom counter. Classic case of mom brain. Don't worry, I had...
My husband turned 40 earlier this year and I was at a loss as to what we could do to celebrate. Originally we had hoped to go to a resort on a beach with our friends, out of the...
My kids were watching an episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood the other day about Daniel taking a trip to visit Grandpere, and Daniel had this neat little map his mom made of things to see and do on the...
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...

And Away we Go!

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I don't know about you but everyday I feel like I graduate to another level of parenthood. Most of these levels are fun and make me feel encouraged and powerful...but a few leave me panting, exhausted and stressed. As...
Summer is just around the bend. Soon, we will be waking up to those already warm, sunny days. The flowers we planted the months prior will be bloomed. The garden we sowed will be preparing for harvest. It is...

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...
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...
As a born and raised Buckeye, I'm always astonished at the beauty that lies within our own state lines.  I always forget how close and stunning Hocking Hills can be, and while I usually wouldn't book my trip for...
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...

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February Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2022}

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2022 is here with a bang, and January has flown by for most of us. We are now hitting the cold and sometimes snowy...
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