Book Giveaway and Tour



PoutPoutTourFans of the New York Times Bestselling picture books series Pout-Pout fish will be excited to know a holiday book called The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish has been released.  The author, Deborah Diesen and the illustrator, Dan Hanna are going on a Book Tour across the United States.  Dan Hanna is coming to Columbus, Ohio (yep, that’s my hometown) on Wednesday, November 18th from 4:30-6:00 pm.  He will be coming to Cover To Cover in Clintonville.  Find the dates and locations of the entire book tour below:

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One lucky reader will receive a FREE copy of the book.  Use the link below to enter for a chance to win.  Deadline for entry is 12:00 EST on November 24, 2015.  Update: Sandra W. was the random winner and she has claimed the prize. Thanks for participating!

You can buy a copy of this adorable book using my affiliate link below.


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I’ve received a copy of The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish so I will be posting my review soon!

The BEST Christmas Activities in Columbus (Part One)

Tis the season for all things Christmas related.  Hot chocolate, lights, Christmas carols, traditions, local Columbus events and spending time with family are the things I look forward to the most. Here’s a list of the BEST Christmas Activities in Columbus (Part One).  Be sure to click on the various links below to take you directly to the business webpage for more details.  This post contains affiliate links. I post lots of fun happenings in Columbus and educational ideas on Local Busy Bee’s Facebook, Instagram , Twitter and Pinterest so follow along if you want to stay in the know!

For even more events click on Best of Columbus Christmas Activities ROUND 2 and a list organized day by day: Holiday Events in Columbus December 14 – December 21, 2015.

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Trunk or Treating in Columbus, Ohio

I love ALL things Halloween related and Trunk or Treating is one of my newest obsessions.  I was in such awe of all the creatively decorated vehicles and costumes we visited last year.  I had as much fun as my kiddos!  🙂


  • For the Trunk or Treat events children come dressed in costume and walk around to different decorated parked cars to collect candy.   Such fun!

Click below to read for a list of Trunk or Treat events in Columbus, Ohio!

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The BEST Halloween Activities in Columbus

This list is bound to get you in the Halloween Spirit!  There are so many amazing community events to enjoy around Columbus it will be hard to pick which ones to attend because I want to go to them ALL!!!  Enjoy the spooky fun!  🙂


  • Always click on the links or call the organizations to confirm the details for the events.

Dublin Spooktacular (Thursday, October 15 from 3:30 – 8:30 pm at the Dublin Community Rec Center) Kids come in costume for all kinds of fun!!!  Trunk or treating, pictures with guests MICKEY and MINNIE MOUSE, food trucks, opportunities to build with Legos, The Turtle Lady, The Bug Man and other Halloween related crafts and activities.

Halloween Treat Trail Party at Everal Barn in Westerville (Friday, October 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm) Children 8 and under can enjoy carnival games, Halloween Bingo, a treat trail and more.

Creepy Halloween at Worthington Community Center (Friday, October 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm) The Bug Man will be the special guest at this event.

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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.  🙂

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!