Our Favorite Holiday Gift Giving Tradition | Holidays | 614 Mom

When I was child my Pa, created this super special gift exchange for our family. It didn't involve a lot of money or a few moments in the store, but it did require a lot of thought, and a great deal of planning.  On Christmas Day, the members of our family who participated had a blast exchanging their gifts, and when I became a mom I knew that this gift exchange was one I wanted to recreate for my family as a special tradition. 

Butler County Day One | 614 Mom Travels | Ohio

A few weeks ago I packed my three kids in the car and we headed for Butler County, Ohio.  I knew Butler County was near my two very best friends who live in Cincy and home to the first IKEA in Ohio but other than that I knew nothing about the area.  I was ready to explore the infamous donut trail with my family, and watch my son geek out at EnterTrainment Junction, my kids were excited to explore and of course more than ready to check into our hotel.

31 Ways To Gift Experiences Instead Of Things This Holiday Season | Columbus, OH | 614 Mom

I firmly believe that children should get toys for Christmas - I really do.  I also think that they will be happier with a smaller/less expensive toy and an experience or less toys and an experience.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, making memories with the little ones in your lives and each other is so important and so much fun.  Here is my list of 31 different ways to create experiences or give experiences to the ones you love in Columbus, Ohio.

Gourmet Convenience For Every Family | Bellisari's | 614 Mom

The holidays are quickly approaching which means lots of fun family time and many occasions that I will need to make a side dish, appetizer, or something similar to take to a gathering.  As a mother to three kids, I can’t always count on having  a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier while also creating something delicious.  I really enjoy cooking and baking and I never want to skimp on quality which is why I was beyond excited to try out Bellisari’s Sauces.

Happy Holidays From Columbus | The Best Holiday Tips From Your Local Bloggers

One of my favorite things about being a blogger in Columbus is the relationships and friendships I've built with fellow bloggers who live so close.  Every single day I am inspired and empowered by these women and the content they are bringing their readers every single day.  I am so excited to be sharing the work of some of my dear friends during this Columbus Blogger Holiday Hop! From the best black Friday deals to crafting with your kiddos, gift guides, and so much more.  Check them out, they are all linked below! Enjoy!! 

The Best Of Christmas In Columbus

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year.  Fresh snow falls, warm sweaters, the smell of fresh baked goods, and hot chocolate, beautiful light displays, and fun events for the whole family.  Enjoy this guide that I put together for all of us to use as we plan out our holiday schedules.  Make sure you scroll down to the end of the post for a special category of events, that you don't want to miss. BONUS: FREE printable for you so you can easily print this off as your go to resource this holiday season.  

8 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues From Home | Winter In Columbus | 614 Mom

The cold weather has hit us and while we may not want to admit it, winter is quickly approaching and there are going to be days that even the best indoor spots in Columbus won’t be able to get us out of our house.  Personally, I can’t think of anything better on a cold day than snuggling up in comfy clothes, making some hot chocolate, and hanging out around my house, but you're going to need to do something to keep those kiddos busy.  

5 Things To Do With That Extra Halloween Candy | Columbus, OH | 2017

Trick or Treat is such a fun tradition for so many families and at the end of the night the kids have bags full of candy, that they probably couldn't eat in a year, even if they tried.  So the big question is what can you do with all that candy, besides tossing it in the garbage when the kids aren't looking?  I have 5 great ways to keep the fun going while giving that extra candy a purpose.  

Princess Pajama Party | Not Just Make Believe Parties | Columbus, OH

As a child I used to watch Beauty and The Beast and Snow White and dream about their adventures and what it would be like if all these women were friends who spent time together doing normal things.  It kind of broke my heart when I realized these princesses were just characters in a movie but luckily for my girls, Not Just Make Believe Parties, is right here in Columbus and able to bring the Princess magic to life in ways only they can.  

Our Top 10 List for Date Night | Date Your Spouse | Columbus, OH

For us, date night is one of the most important nights of the week.  Between kids, work, the house, life can get busy (and sometimes stressful) and it's easy to make date nights last on the priority list, especially if it requires you coming up with something to do.  No need to worry though - I am sharing our go to list for date nights.  We pull these out when we just need to get out for some time together without the kids.

Olentangy Indian Caverns | 614 Moms Playdate | 2017

I have such fond memories of Olentangy Indian Caverns from when I was a kid, and I was so excited when we planned a 614 Moms playdate at the caverns this year.  In true 614 Moms fashion, we decided we wanted to try a new place that our kids have never been before, so we picked a warm Saturday morning in September put on our tennis shoes and headed out for a fun filled morning.  

STEAM Education In Columbus | SIMPLR STEAM Playground | 614 Mom

My husband and I are really excited to get our kids involved at SIMPLR STEAM Playground.  We've always encouraged STEAM activities, and our oldest daughter built and programmed her own robot (Name:Juice-Bot) over the summer, so to have a place where we can take them for hands on education focused on STEAM makes us so happy!! I know you will love Maurice and Erica as much as I do - they are amazing and have a passion for sharing STEAM with families in Columbus.  Be sure to check them out and if you're interested in a class, let me know - we are getting a 614 Moms class together! :) 

a carefully curated list, full of the best events in town.  There is something on here for everyone, so grab your calendar and start adding these events to it.  You will be glad you did. Check back regularly as I will add fun events as I find them.  

Our Community | 614 Moms

614 Mom is a community.  A community of women who love their families, love themselves, and love Columbus and I am so proud of that.  I recently decided to expand that community into a moms group where the moms reading my posts and emailing me, can all meet each other and hopefully create meaningful friendships along the way. 

Fall Favorites | Leed's Farm | 2017

 Every single year, my family and I head out to Delaware to visit one of our favorite Fall Farms in the area, Leeds Farm.  Like many traditions this one warms my heart, just pulling into Leeds brings back so many memories, like that one time, at 6 months pregnant, I got on the banana bus ride with my daughter or the first hayride my son ever went on.  Leeds holds so many wonderful memories for us, and I'm sure they will for you as well. 

Short North Tour Of Homes and Gardens | September 2017 | 614 Mom

It's no secret my husband and I dream of the day we can trade in the suburbs for a cute little house downtown so when The Short North Civic Association approached me about attending their home and garden tour this weekend, I jumped on that opportunity.  We love the Short North and it's at the top of our list always, so I'm really excited to attend in just a few short days

20 Perfectly Autumn Things You Must Do This Season | Fall 2017 | Columbus, OH

There are so many lists filled with every single thing you must do this fall, complete with an overwhelming amount of options in this great city of ours.  So today, I'm changing it up a bit and giving you a small number of MUST DO events this fall. If you are looking for the best ways to experience fall in Columbus, just pick a few things (or all) from this list and enjoy all that Columbus has to offer this season.

7 Tips For Successful Family Photos

Even though family photos are very important to me, it doesn’t mean they aren’t stressful sometimes. I am after all getting three kids, 1 husband, and myself together for pictures I want to hang all over my home. The stress for perfection is sometimes overwhelming.  Over the years I’ve found a lot of tricks to help us take the stress away so we can enjoy the experience. I’m happy to pass along my tips to you so you can have stress free family photos.