You’ll Never Guess the Location of this Sparkling Temple

“You missed the exit,” I said, as we sailed on past it one cold December evening. “Ugh, the traffic is bad on the other side of the freeway. It’s going to take forever to get back to the hotel.” We were trying to quickly return to our holiday homebase where my sister, niece, and nephews were going to join us for some swimming.

My husband groaned about it and at the next exit, we decided to take the side roads. We meandered through a neighborhood and all of a sudden, I noticed a sparkling jewel in the darkness.

“What is that?” I asked.

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The Tale of Two Suitcases (Sand and Snow)

We are going to the beach on Saturday for four days! If that isn’t exciting enough for me, we turn around and leave 4 days later for Ohio. Wheeeee! My suitcases are packed!

Sort of.

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The Scientific Adventure at COSI Kidspace

One of the things I wanted to do before leaving the Columbus, Ohio area was to visit COSI (Center of Science and Industry). I’d heard great things about the COSI Kidspace. Would you believe I got my act together about a month before we moved? I was SO proud of myself. Until the parking lot exit incident.

Other than the parking lot issue, I liked the museum. As always, the big question: Did the kids like it?

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A fawn and white bulldog sleeps on a gray couch

The Day My Dogs Arrived in Mexico

Today’s the day! My dogs will finish up their 3 day journey from Ohio into Central Mexico today! That’s right, they went on a dog road trip!

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Picture of a large roller coaster track from afar.

The Thrilling and Death Defying Adventures at Kings Island

In September 2016, we procured tickets to go to Kings Island. We’d visited the year before, couldn’t find the kid rides, and really spent most of our time there sitting in traffic or buying  (and eating) vastly overpriced food. Would this year be different? Are there many Kings Island rides for kids? Are the Planet Snoopy rides awesome?

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Zoey and Sassafras: Great STEM Books for Worldschoolers

I’ve followed Asia Citro’s blog for a few years now. I found it when I was looking for fun, messy play activities I could recreate at home for my littles. Her younger child is right around the same age as my kiddos, so she has many safe, fun activities for very young kids.

She’s also written a book series about a young scientist and her mom, who need to run experiments in order to help out magical creatures. It’s fantastic!

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Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I am sitting inside a car with the sunshine shining on my face.

Florida Sunshine in My Face

Skybus was so cool. I got some cheap flights to a few places and I wish now that I’d traveled more with Skybus. Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes. In 2007, I took the leap and  bought a ticket to visit my friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I can’t remember the exact price,  but It was low, probably around $40.  I’m proud of Past Me for taking the leap! Continue reading

New Orleans: Mystery, Mystique, and Masquerade

New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s an interesting place, even when you are there as a young twenty-something and you end up consuming a lot of alcohol…

There is so much more to the city, but being who I was then, I didn’t have a huge urge to explore outside of the French Quarter. Though I did party a lot there, that also wasn’t my usual MO. Maybe that is why I have such fond memories of my time there, because I lived so differently during my short visit. I had such joie de vivre!

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