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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Zip Line to Hell: An Exhilarating Adventure

Special thanks to Andrew for being our first guest contributor and sharing some of his adventures in Kentucky  (USA).

Follow Taylor Avenue past a strip mall, fast food restaurants, ordinary homes and keep driving. Soon you’ll be winding through a business park and wondering if you’re in the right place.  It seems unlikely but nestled behind rows of  warehouses is a massive man made cavern with a zip line course.

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The Sweet Surprise of Hippo Sweat and Sunscreen

On Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a serious pain my ass. Why can’t humans make their own slimy sun protectant, like hippos? Yes, hippos really do make their own sunscreen! I learned this on Wild Kratts. People call it hippo sweat (or blood-sweat because of the deep red color), but it’s actually a secretion that also acts as an antibiotic! Hippos are seriously cool. Dangerous as hell, but cool! (Source). Continue reading