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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...
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...
  Summer is upon us and that means family summer vacation time and the road trips that come with it! Long car rides often leave limited decisions for dining options. I enlisted the help of Whole Foods Market to support...
Our family has lived in the Dayton are for two years now and are loving every minute of it! Mine and my husbands family both live in southern Alabama so a few long road trips a year are always...
Summertime is upon us, and many of you will be taking to the skies or hitting the road for some fun family vacations! Woohoo! Having recently traveled with two kids… 3 years old and under… on an airplane... BY...

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...
I love all of the Ohio seasons. While some may argue say that winter lasts too long in Ohio, I think the longevity only makes Spring and Summer that much sweeter. With the warmer temperatures, I'm starting to plan...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Recently, we went on our first beach vacation as a family of five. I absolutely love the ocean and have waited (not so very) patiently over the last six years to share  that love with our girls. But road...
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 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...

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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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