IKEA Opens In Columbus | June 2017

IKEA Opens In Columbus | June 2017

My husband went with me to the media preview and he instantly fell in love. I think the breakfast got his attention but the prices sold him.  He was taking photos and grabbing booklets of his favorite things, telling me that there were things I just HAD to see!  You should know my husband is super frugal - and while I love to save money (it's like a game to me), at the end of the day, I want what I want.  IKEA mixes both of our worlds together for this stage in our life. 

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Outdoor Movies | 614 Mom's Guide To Summer Series | 2017

Outdoor Movies | 614 Mom's Guide To Summer Series | 2017

Grab your popcorn and picnic blanket and head to the park to catch your favorite movie.  Outdoor movies are fun for the whole family.  Bring your own snacks, lay down under the stars with the ones you love the most, and make memories together as you have a ton of fun.  Enjoy this comprehensive list as you plan for family nights this summer. Pin it for later so you can refer back to it all summer long. 

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Splash Pads | 614 Mom's Guide To Summer Series | 2017

Splash Pads | 614 Mom's Guide To Summer Series | 2017

Summer just isn't complete without a little run through the sprinklers and luckily Columbus is filled with fun places to cool off and splash around.  It doesn't matter what part of the city you're in, there is a splash pad nearby to make all of your summer dreams come true.  I'm giving you all the details so Pin this page and refer back to it all summer long. 

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The Ultimate Summer Checklist for Columbus Families

The Ultimate Summer Checklist for Columbus Families

Summer is almost here, maybe for you it's already here but either way I'm sure you're looking for some fun things to fill your summer with to keep your kids busy and entertained as well as creating memories as a family and having fun! With help from my 5 year old and my husband (I bet you could guess which ones are his) we've come with what we think is the ultimate summer checklist for families in Columbus.

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The Villages At Central College

The Villages At Central College

It's still crazy to me that we are a family of FIVE!! As amazing as that is, it means that we need more space in our home...like right now!!  Our wishlist includes 4-5 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, a playroom, an office for my husband and I, a nice sized kitchen with an island, top floor laundry, and storage.  I know it may sound like a lot but we currently live in a three bedroom 1.5 bathroom house and it's taught us that we need to be really picky with our next house.  I would also love a formal dining room but that's a want not a need. 

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Eat Pak'd and GIVEAWAY

Eat Pak'd and GIVEAWAY

Life around here has been chaotic to say the least, so I have been loving having Eat Pak'd as my go to resource for healthy and easy lunches for my older two kiddos.  Eat Pak'd provides families with healthy, kid approved meals right to their front door through a subscription service.  Imagine no meal prep, no clean up, just a few clicks on your computer and a nice cold delivery at your door.  SO EASY!!!!

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Beautiful New Community in Minerva Park | M/I Homes | 614 Mom

My husband and I are obsessed with searching for a new home, we spend hours on Zillow, spend our free weekends (haha - do those even exist?) attending open houses, and I have a Pinterest board (or two) filled with inspiration, so when M/I reached out to me about visiting their new communities in Westerville, I of course said YES! 

The first community I went to is a brand new community in Minerva Park.  I've always loved this area so I was really excited for the tour of the house and to get to see the entire neighborhood.  The house is beautiful, the entire team at M/I put a lot of work into every detail and it shows. I especially loved the loft and the mudroom.  That may sound silly because we are mainly focused on the kitchen/dining areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms when looking for a new home. Don't get me wrong those were all amazing but the loft and mudroom really stood out to me.  While I do cook, sleep, and lounge in my house - we also live in our home.  We make messes, we play, we dance, we dance outside in the rain, we play in the mud, we really truly LIVE in our home and this house in Minerva Park gives you the freedom to live in your house while keeping a sense of calm.  Muddy shoes?  98357 bags being brought in from that vacation?  Toys all over the place?  The mud room and the loft have you covered.  It might be because we don't have either of these in our current house that really had me excited over the potential these rooms offer but I thought having both would be pretty awesome with three young kids running around.  

I also loved the kitchen the beautiful counter tops and the window above the sink - little details that really help make the house feel more like a home.  I can imagine washing dishes or making a snack and looking out that window to my husband and kiddos playing in the backyard.  How sweet that moment would be.  

I could go on and on about how beautiful this neighborhood is and how amazing the house is but I think I'd rather let the pictures speak for themselves.  

After my tour I called my husband I told him that we had to go to the grand opening two days later, I knew he'd love the house and exploring with him is always so fun.  

M/I is dedicated to making communities not just houses and they did just that in Minerva Park. From the cozy curves roads, walking paths, and green space this is a true community.  You would be very lucky to call this area home.  

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Locker Soccer

Locker Soccer

A few months ago my little guy saw some guys practicing soccer as we drove past the park.  He immediately started asking a million questions (like most 2 year olds do) and through his questions he found out that his daddy played soccer and loved it.  Like a lot of young boys, his dad is his number one hero, and learning that he played soccer was the most amazing thing he had heard all week.  Owen started showing interest in playing soccer immediately.  

In typical Eryn form I started researching soccer programs for young children and digging into what makes each program different.  For Owen's age (3 years old) I was mainly looking for a program that was play based with great coaches.  Through all my research, I found that Locker Soccer was the one program that stood out.  

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Day In The Life | Beloved Photography | January 2017

Day In The Life | Beloved Photography | January 2017

It wasn't until summer of 2016 that I learned to start loving my imperfect house and embracing this season in our lives.  We have two beautiful kids and another on the way, our marriage is strong, we are healthy, and we are still young. We are building our careers, creating memories with our kids, and I refuse to focus so much on what needs fixed and miss what is right in front of me.  

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CrossChx Saved My Sanity!

December hit my family hard, I had to see a few specialists due to this pregnancy, my son got a peanut stuck up his nose, both kids were hit with pink eye, stomach bugs, and anything else you can name.  I also sprained my hip! Yes, seriously! The biggest pain with all of this, other than having sick kiddos and being in pain myself, was all of the paperwork that I had to fill out at every appointment.  At ONE appointment I counted 10 different times that I wrote my name, 5 times I had to put the same medical history, 5-6 times had to state that my appointment was not accident related, and the list goes on.  The theme here is repetition.  I was in serious need of something to streamline the process.  Luckily, I had just heard of CrossChx, a Columbus based business who does just that.  

CrossChx is an app (available for Iphone and Android) that allows you to plug your medical history in one time, in a very easy way and then let you just scan into your doctors appointment without any fuss.  Best App Ever! I don’t know about you but I find it really difficult to fill out 10 papers per appointment per patient while my kids play jungle gym in the waiting room.  My kids aren’t the only ones that do this, right?  What is it about the water fountain that makes them want to suddenly take a bath?  Just mine? Okay.   Let’s move on.  

What I love about CrossChx is how easy it is to use and how I can plug in each family member, add a photo to make it easy, my insurance card, emergency contact, and then easily scan my device when I check into my doctor’s appointment. You can also easily keep track of your prescriptions in the app. If your doctor isn’t set up for an easy check in (first tell them to get set up for it because it’s amazing and easy for all sides) and then you can share with them your unique URL and privacy code that they can pull up on their computer and quickly pull and print all of your info.  See - easy for both sides.  

If you are anything like me, you have one concern with putting all of your health care information on an app - PRIVACY! I would be lying if I told you that wasn’t my first thought.  You may find this hard to believe since I run a blog and share a lot of information on social media, but I am a very private person. My husband makes fun of me daily because of it.  I actually spoke at length with the wonderful guys at CrossChx headquarters about this and the assured me that they take this very seriously.  The QR code that you use to check in changes every few seconds which means its never the same and impossible to copy.  They aren't looking at your medical history to sell you anything - they just want to help streamline a process that hasn't been updated in years.  With the advancements in technology why are we still having to fill out SO many papers at every appointment? Thank you CrossChx for solving a problem and creating such an amazing solution for all of us.  You can download the CrossChx app here.  

Do you have this app?  What do you think? 

PreciouStatus at Foundations Learning Academy

PreciouStatus at Foundations Learning Academy

I recently learned about an app that Foundations Learning Academy in Hilliard has implemented.  PreciouStatus -  it allows the caregivers at Foundations Learning Academy the ability to keep the parents informed throughout the day on everything from how much their child ate, to diaper changes, potty training updates, other items that you'd find on the normal daily sheet at pick up as well as other alerts and then of course pictures! :-) 

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A Little Bit of Honesty....

A Little Bit of Honesty....

DISCLAIMER!!! This post is something that has been weighing heavy on my heart over the last several months and I really want to take some time to share some of my thoughts on the subject.  I love being a mom, I love sharing my favorite kid spots, I adore my family, and I love all of your families even though I haven't met them all.  I take great pride in what I write and I only ever want to give you quality pieces. If we go somewhere "new and trendy" but I feel like I was let down - I simply don't share it with you.  That business could have been having a bad day, short staffed, or whatever.  My goal is not to hurt businesses but to help the families of Columbus and I believe to do that I need to be totally honest is everything that I share.  I hope you'll read this and understand where my heart is and not simply think that I'm complaining because I'm not.  I just feel like some of these things need to be said.  I would love your feedback.  

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Our Favorite Mother/Daughter Spots | December 2016 | 614 Mom

Our Favorite Mother/Daughter Spots | December 2016 | 614 Mom

Remember, it's not always about what you do or how much money you spend, it's about spending quality time just the two of you. These are memories she will look back and remember.  She may remember that time you slipped on ice, or the way you laughed when she told a joke, she may remember you teaching her to ice skate and making her get back up when she fell, or the way you'd kiss her boo boo. The point is, she will remember these moments big or small and it's important to have these special memories between just the two of you.  

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