Great Thanksgiving Picture Books

Are you looking for some exciting and kid friendly books to read as we prepare for Thanksgiving? If so, check out some of my favorite Thanksgiving books for children.


‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by: Dav Pilkey

The classic Christmas poem has been adapted to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. It’s an entertaining book with humor, great pictures and causes you to think about the turkey’s perspective at Thanksgiving.

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Instant Happy Journal- Review

Beloved and best selling author Karen Salmansohn is back at it again bringing us a dose of happiness with her newest book Instant HAPPY Journal.   Inside this compact size book you’ll find inspirational quotes, questions to get you thinking, information from scientific research studies and lots of lines for you to write your own reflections.


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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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Socktober Campaign

Have you heard of SOCKTOBER? Personally, I hadn’t until a few days ago. Upon hearing the Kid President’s message I quickly realized that I wanted to help bring awareness to more people.


What Can YOU Do To Help?

The concept is simple…. collect new socks to donate to a local shelter.

Start a Sock Drive!  Think about the amount of socks you could collect if you joined forces with your neighborhood, community, school, a group you are involved with or friends and family.

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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.  🙂

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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…]

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