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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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

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  * 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!

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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!!!!!



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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

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$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.  🙂

Back2School Local Busy Bees


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Sleepy Time Headrest to the Rescue!

The Sleepy Time Headrest arrived in time for our 4-week expedition across several states. We were equipped with all we needed (or so I hoped) as we embarked on our 4,000 mile road trip.   Knowing that it would be a long time for my kiddos to be strapped into their car seats I had a wide array of things to keep them busy, happy and cozy.   From our drive to Florida earlier this summer, I learned that a grouchy and tired kid means a miserable experience for everyone.  Luckily the Sleepy Time Headrest allowed them to rest peacefully during our good old-fashioned road trip.

Here’s what you need to know about the Sleepy Time Headrest:

  • Kid tested, parent approved and meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
  • Comfortable and easy to use!  My four year old learned how to do this without help.DSC_3349
  • Keeps your child’s head properly aligned to prevent their head from falling forward or jerking from side to side.  It’s not a real medical term but I call it “crooked head syndrome”.  I’m referring to that terribly awful position where your little one has their head tilted forward, cocked to the side they look so uncomfortable.DSC_3352
  • Fun Designs– comes in 8 different exciting patterns. Our pillow is the Zebra pattern. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.10.51 AM
  • Different sizes: infant, child and adult available.  (Child size shown below.)Sleepy Time Headrest
  • Multiple uses– my daughter used it as a blanket to cover her cold legs when she was awake during our car trip. Children with special needs are using it in wheel chairs. I haven’t brought this with us on a plane yet but we want to try it out! If you need tips for traveling on a plane with kids click here: Plane Tips For Traveling with Kids
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  • Made in the USA!
  • Interested in purchasing a Sleepy Time Headrest? Visit their website here: http://www.childrensheadrest.com/index.htm
  • I received this product for free in exchange for a product review. All of the opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post.  I encourage you to check out the Sleepy Time Headrest website to read more about this product.

Thanks to the Sleepy Time Headrest I was much better prepared for Round 2 of our Road Trip travels this summer. I will definitely be bringing the Sleepy Time Headrest with us for our next trip! Keep up with my traveling adventures and tips by joining my email mailing list or follow Local Busy Bees on my social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).   Wishing you and your family safe and comfortable travels!

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Fall Family Activities in Columbus

For those of you wanting to get a jump start on fall family activities in Columbus check out some of my favorites below. As excited as I am for apple picking, football season, the smell of burning leaves and Halloween décor I’m still in summer mode. I’ll be updating this list often as I hear about more fun opportunities around town and businesses publish their calendar of events.


Click on the Calendar of Events to see a wide variety of family fun happening in Columbus.

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How To Establish A Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship

During this back to school season one of the most important things you can do is establish a positive parent-teacher relationship. It’s all about finding the balance between “helicopter parent” and uninvolved guardian. Not only will it be comforting to know who your child is spending time with it will also set your child up for a successful year.

As a mom and teacher I’ve been in both positions. Here are some quick and easy ways to make a connection with your child’s teacher.

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Attend Back to School Events

Make it a priority to attend any Open House or Meet the Teacher opportunities. It is always nice to be able to put a name and a face together so make sure you introduce yourself and chat for a bit.

Reach out within the First Few Weeks of School

Consider sending an email about a positive experience your child had, something memorable or funny they’ve said about their school day or thanking the teacher for working with your child. Not only will this make the teacher’s day, it will also set you apart from other parents and help to establish rapport early on.

Offer to Help

Perhaps you have an interest in helping the teacher out in the classroom. This is a nice way for you to get an inside glimpse into the classroom routine and get to know your child’s classmates. The teacher will appreciate anything you do to help and this will give the teacher more time to focus their time and attention to their true area of expertise.

If you aren’t able to come into the classroom there are lots of things you can do at home. Click HERE for a link with 19 ideas on ways to volunteer when you can’t come into the classroom.

Give a compliment

We all know how flattering it feels to be praised. Is there something hanging in the room that caught your eye or something you were impressed with? If so, make sure to mention it the next time you see them or send an email. If they really go above and beyond let the principal or superintendent know too.

Stay in the Know

DSC_0027Read teacher and school newsletters, information posted in your child’s digital portfolio, report cards and SCOUR their backpack frequently to uncover any crumbled (and probably important) tidbits of information.

Sometimes I wonder if newsletters, pictures and Tweets I send get lost in outer space or actually reach the parents. Commenting on something you read or saw not only shows the teacher that you read it but also shows you care. I can tell you first hand the more feedback I get the more time I will spend keeping parents informed.

Bonus: Give a small gift

Although not necessary, I am always pleasantly surprised and grateful when students present me with a gift. It can be homemade such as a card, tomato or flower grown from the garden or something purchased. Head on over to the The Resourceful Momma to snag this free colorful teacher gift tag that you can attach to many items.  Click HERE for the link.

School starts for me in less than a month. I’m excited to get to know a whole new group of students and their families. I plan on following my tips to establish a positive parent teacher relationship with my children’s teachers. I love feedback so feel free to comment below, use the buttons to follow me on social media and/or sign up to get an email about my new blog posts. Have a happy school year and keep reading below about how to enter into a giveaway!

Blog Hop and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with some blogger friends for my first Blog Hop! Below you will find links to various Back to School topics. There’s a whole lot of good information!

Blog Hop

The Resourceful Mama//Raising Little Superheros//Home Crafts by Ali//Local Busy Bees//Play Dough and Popsicles//Preschool Toolkit

Back to School Tips for a Smooth Transition

4 Ways To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

DIY Zippered Pencil Pouch

 How to Establish a Successful Parent-Teacher Relationship

A Week Inside Our Home Preschool

What Can Little Kids Do When the Big Kids Are in School?

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Three D Centers

I was super pumped to discover Three D Centers in Hilliard, Ohio. It’s a brand new business offering a wide variety of classes for kids and adults. The opportunities for creativity, learning a new skill and group support are endless.


You’ll love the concept of Three D Centers: a weekly schedule of classes allowing you to pick sessions that fit your schedule and interest, pay as you go, no enrollment fees, and affordable pricing. Sounds pretty amazing- right?!!! To top it all off Three D Centers is offering first time visitors the opportunity to try out two FREE classes per family member. Click HERE to download your free class passes.

Some of the Fun Classes Offered

  • Dance, Workout, Drama, Art, Languages, Support Groups, Martial Arts, Business and Finance
  • Click HERE to view the complete class schedule, times and pricing.
  • Everyone is bound to find an exciting class!

I know all my mom friends are sick of being stuck inside with their kiddos during all of these rainy summer days in Columbus. It looks like venturing to Three D Centers could help you escape from home and save your sanity!


More Information on Three D Centers

  • Classes are offered throughout the day and evening Monday-Saturday.
  • Class prices range from $4-$15 per class depending on length and supplies. Remember your first 2 classes are free!
  • Call before you visit to verify availability.
  • Family owned business with friendly employees.
  • Children ages 6 and under need to have an adult stay with them. Take a look at the comfortable and inviting parent area to hang out in while you wait.DSC_2391

My Experiences

I had a blast using my two left feet to try my best at Zumba with Nisha. I’d say it was Zumba with a Hip Hop flare in a no pressure atmosphere. Nisha’s enthusiasm and passion was so invigorating it helped make me feel comfortable and left me smiling the whole class. You can’t beat moving and grooving to upbeat tunes, burning calories and having fun all in one night. Can’t wait for my next class!


My 4-year-old daughter enjoyed her time with Ali in the Creative Art class.   Ali had intentions of making monsters but my little one wanted to construct cats and dogs with construction paper instead. Ali went with her ideas and even let my little one hang her masterpiece on the wall.ThreeDCentersLexi

Dream, Dare, Do is the philosophy of the Three D Centers, so do just that and support a local business!

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