Grand Opening of Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place


DisneyopenThis past Saturday I attended the reveal for the revamped and revitalized Disney Store at Polaris Fashion Place. Upon entering I was instantly drawn to the artwork depicting well known landmarks in Columbus. Other added magical aspects included Cinderella’s castle, Pixie Dust Trail and Storytelling Neighborhoods.

The Cars meet Short North

The Cars meet Short North

Each week the Disney store has a daily calendar of free events such as story time, Art of Drawing, Marvel Training, Princess Academy or Showtime. Be sure to call the store to check on the time and event for each day.

If I let them, my kids could have spent hours sitting at the table coloring pictures and using the touch screen to select video snippets, songs and games.  This fun and interactive element was a unique feature not found in other stores we’ve visited.


I love the magical Disney experience mixed with local flare found at this store. I know it won’t be long until my children are begging me to bring them back to explore more at the Disney store.  I too could spend hours in this store so I won’t complain.  🙂

Monster High Boo York, Boo York- Giveaway

Just in time for Halloween and the holidays you can win a copy of Monster High: Boo York, Boo York. Being an elementary teacher I know that Monster High is wildly popular with children.   Combining well loved characters with songs is bound to entertain kids of all ages.

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Here’s a sneak peek at Monster High: Boo York, Boo York

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3 of the BEST Secret Patio Spots in Dublin, Ohio

When I’m thinking about places to go for patio dining in Dublin the first restaurants to pop into my mind are located in Old Dublin. While I love many of these cozy spots, some of the most fabulous views are nestled into communities.

Many people aren’t aware that these places are open to the public so I’m going to fill you in on the best kept secret patio dining spots in Dublin.Patio Dining [Read more…]

Weekend Events in Columbus (September 25-27)

Weekend of September 25-27

Many fall activities are opening this weekend.  Check out a list of Fall Events and Activities by clicking Fall Fun in Columbus.


Gorgeous fall weather means outdoor dining or drinks are a MUST. 🙂 Here’s a list of Patio Dining in Columbus.

Delaware County Fair (September 19 – 26)

Columbus Oktoberfest (September 25-27) FREE Admission

Ohio Renaissance Festival   (Saturdays and Sundays Sept 5-Oct 25)

Pinkalicious by Columbus Children’s Theatre (September 24-October 11: Thursdays-Sundays) 60 minutes (no intermission)

Nationwide Children’s Championship golf tournament at OSU golf course (Sept 24 -27)

Friday, September 25

The Secret Garden (movie under the stars) at the Topiary Park Theater from 8:00 pm -10:30 (bring a blanket and picnic)

COSI Family Friday Night (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Saturday, September 26

PicMonkey Collage

  * Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center (10 am – 4 pm) $5 a person or $15 a family – live music, hayrides, living history, kid activities

  • Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 6.45.58 AMDisney Store at Polaris Grand Opening at 10 am.  Noon to 4 pm Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Center court.  Bring a camera.  *Characters alternate every 30 minutes. Character appearances are subject to change or cancel without notice.
  • Lego Travel Adventure Exhibit opens at COSI (September 26- May 8)
  • Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center (40 artist will be listening to live music as they showcase their artistic talents on the streets of Easton)
  • Ohio State Football vs. Western Michigan at 3:30 pm
  • Grandview Hop (live music, local shopping, food, art and activities along Grandview Avenue)
  • Criss Angel – Palace Theater

Sunday, September 27

Here are some events that require a little drive:

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Cedar Point (Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 19)

If you’re interested in other events scattered throughout Ohio then check out this site: 1000 Things Ohio.

Other Upcoming Events: Click HERE

I hope you have an awesome weekend!  Go Buckeyes!

Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals- Giveaway

Throughout generations Barbie has had many careers. Now, she’s taking center stage as she entertains families in this rocking musical. Fans will surely enjoy watching Barbie in her leading role. Enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals. Fifteen winners will be randomly selected to win so act fast because this giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on September 23rd.

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Here’s a sneak peak at Barbie’s rocking musical:

Get ready to rock! In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern princess whose world is turned upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. Two very different worlds collide when a mix-up sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While the leaders of the rival camps try to correct the mix-up, both Courtney and Erika learn to adjust to the different worlds and have fun while making new, unexpected friends. When the girls learn both camps are at risk of shutting down, they must embrace their differences, find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible when you dare to dream big!

In true Barbie fashion, the positive message (and fun songs) found on this DVD will be loved by both kids and adults. Use the form below to enter for your chance to win a copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals!!!!!


Apple Fractions and Tasty Snack

Apples are one food my kids can always agree on eating. Today I decided to put an educational spin on snack time today and talk about fractions with my kids. Keep in mind that my oldest just started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool. This is a topic they both were eager to learn about because I told them that we’d be making a tasty treat with the apples once we were done using them to learn.

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Apple Fractions

This lesson was easy, easy, easy!!!!

  • First, I showed my kids a whole apple.
  • After that, I cut the apple in half and talked about that two halves make one whole. They thought it was really cool to put both of the halves back together.DSC_3513
  • Next up was fourths. I cut another apple in half and then cut the halves in half again. Here they discovered that two of the fourths were the same size as one half.
  • I used an apple cutter to slice the apple into eight pieces. My kids realized that the pieces of these apples were smaller. I explained that the more pieces the apple is cut into that the smaller the pieces become.DSC_3512

Appleseed Math

Using the center of the apple left over from the pieces cut into eighths, I had my children make a prediction about how many seeds were in an apple. My daughter thought one seed (which seems appropriate because many fruits have one seed) and my son predicted five. I broke open the apple and we counted the seeds. We discovered that the apple we used had six seeds.


Apple Counting

So simple…. I had my kids count how many apples were in the bowl. I then posed basic subtraction problems like, “If I took two apples away how many would be left?” I had them take away the apples and count how many remained.


Apple Tasty Treat

We certainly didn’t want to waste the apples so we needed to eat them. My kids were so pumped when I told them they were going to be spreading peanut butter on the apples and placing mini chocolate chips on top. Of course (before I could finish my sentence) they wanted to know if they would be allowed to eat some of the chocolate chips.

I gave each child a bowl of peanut butter, another bowl with mini chocolate chips, a butter knife and some apple slices. After they spread the peanut butter on the apple I gave them a number to count out and then place on top of the apple slices. This not only helped reinforce counting skills but they used fine motor skills to pick up the tiny pieces of chocolate.


(My kids also suggested using Nutella with white chocolate chips or caramel sauce. Looks like we will be trying that soon!)

This lesson was a hit with my kiddos. I loved that it was inexpensive, quick (I had all of the ingredients and materials in my fridge or pantry), educational and filled their bellies with a nutritious snack.

Fall is the perfect time to head to an apple orchard to go apple picking. If you live in Columbus, Ohio check out my list of local apple orchards by clicking HERE.

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Interested in other apple activities to do with your kids? Look at all of these exciting ideas by fellow bloggers for a apple mini unit perfect for kindergartners:

Apple name printable by P is for Preschooler

Apple Fingerprint Art by Kidz Activities

Fine Motor Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin by The Resourceful Mama

Fun Fall Apple Tree Reading Log by Books and Giggles

Apple Song for ESL Students

Apple Alphabet Match by Adventures of Adam

Kindergarten STEM Apple Activity {with Free Printable} by Something 2 Offer

Apple Picking Field Trip Activities by Rainy Day Mum

$800 Back to School Giveaway

We could all use a little extra spending money during this back to school season- right?!!.  I’m excited to  announce that I’ve paired with some amazing bloggers to be giving away $800 dollars of Paypal cash (2 $400 dollar winners).  Use the entry form below to enter for a free chance to win.  🙂

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