Why We Spend the Summer Out of Town

Thanks to Julie for this wonderful guest post about extended summer travel!

My kids and I do quite a bit of summer travel. We drive two hours away multiple times during the summer and stay for a week or two at a time. We’re rarely home for more than one to two weeks between trips. We stay with family. My husband joins us for a weekend or a long weekend sometimes.

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Getting Passports for My Kids: The Real Story

My eyes flew open. The fan stopped. Why did the fan stop?

“Mama!” A young voice yells. I hear the foot stomps getting closer to the bedroom door. “Mama!”


The door flies open. My 4 year old son bounds into my bedroom. “Mama, the power is out,” he says.

“I know,” I say, still drowsy. “Go back downstairs with papa, okay? I’ll be down shortly. Please don’t wake your sister.”

Of course, by this time, everyone is awake. Please let there be coffee, is my mantra on each step down the stairs. Continue reading

Arnold Farm - Carriage Hill Metro Park

Travel in Your Backyard: Carriage Hill Metro Park

Big thanks to Andrew for this awesome post about exploring in our own backyards.

Often when we think of travel we imagine ourselves far away from home. Usually hopping on a plane and going somewhere tropical but that doesn’t have to be the case. The truth is that adventure is always lurking in your back yard and often it’s affordable. Sure, it may not be as glamorous as a whirlwind European tour but sometimes you have to take what you can get. My backyard is Ohio so I hope to highlight some fun, affordable, and overlooked spots for you to visit. Continue reading

Columbus, Ohio skyline

My First Time: A Night Out in Columbus

*Record scratch* Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn’t about that kind of first time. I was invited to my friend’s “ends with a 5” birthday party and she wanted to do a night out in Columbus. A real night out. No kids and no need to drive home at the end of the night. My first overnight away from both kids in 3 years. The only time I’ve been away overnight in 4 years was to birth my second child.

One month ago, this event sounded amazing. One week ago, my anxiety started in and I didn’t want to go.  Continue reading


How to Travel with Other People’s Children

You’re stuck on a long flight with a crying baby or toddler, and a stressed out mom (or dad). It’s so loud. It’s so obnoxious. What can the childless person do to have a better flight?

I’m a mom, so I’m here to plead the case FOR traveling families, while also asking for compassion from the childless stranger. I can also assure you that the mom, dad, and screaming child are having a far worse day than you are. Yes, really.  Continue reading


Cool at the Zoo: Nora the Beautiful Baby Polar Bear

Time is running out to see Nora the Polar Bear at the Columbus Zoo.  Her last day on view in Columbus, Ohio is September 5, 2016 (Labor Day). She will be moving across the country to the Oregon Zoo. There, she will hopefully be befriended by the resident polar bear Tasul. Tasul is apparently a good natured bear who has been alone since recently losing her brother. Really tugs on the heartstrings, huh?
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How to Conquer the Fear of Traveling with Children

“My cousin’s child cried during the entire 11 hour flight to Japan,” said Marybeth, when asked about how she conquered the fear of traveling with her baby. “I thought if my cousin can get through that, so can I.”

Marybeth’s comment mirrored my own fears about airplane travel with my kids. What if they meltdown on the airplane? What if we bother other passengers? What would I do? Continue reading