The Ultimate Gift Guide For Coffee Lovers | 614 Mom

 I am so excited because one of the owners, Sharon, has written a gift guide for coffee lovers!! EEKKK! So excited. Check out the gift guide below and remember if you buy through any of these links - I may get a small percentage of the sale.  Thank you for supporting the site and always being such great readers!

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5 Reasons Kids Love Cookie Cutters | Columbus, OH | 614 Mom

When I found out that there was a new Cookie Cutters that had recently opened in Grove City, I knew we had to check it out. My son loves fun places to get his haircut and is easily impressed with a car to sit in and an ice cream from mom at the end.  So I packed them in the car and we headed to Grove City for a haircut for my little guy.

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2018 City Festivals and Tree Lighting Ceremonies

It’s my favorite time of year!!!! I feel like Will Ferrell from Elf!!! I’m lucky that my kids get just as excited as I do. Tree lighting and city festivals are some of my favorite events to go to because the energy is lively, the trees are beautiful, and my kids love it. I’ve put together a list of local festivals worth going to during the holiday season. Hopefully I will see you at one or two! :)

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7 Ways To Conserve Energy and Save Money During Energy Awareness Month | 614 Mom

October is National Energy Awareness Month and to honor it, Vista Energy, a national third-party provider of electricity and natural gas solutions, has developed some simple tips to help home and business owners conserve energy usage and lower bills. 

The tips come at a time when energy bills are at an all-time high. Per recent research conducted by Vista Energy, the average home typically spends $1,900 a year just on energy bills. Home and business owners can celebrate National Energy Awareness Month with Vista Energy by heeding the following seven tips:

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When Cancer Does Not Care We Have To | Mama Monday | 614 Mom

My dear friend Anne found out that she had breast cancer while pregnant with her 2nd child. She has bravely shared a piece with us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am so thankful that she is willing to share her true feelings in hopes that it will help someone else. Anne - you are one of the bravest women I know. I admire you so deeply and you inspire me daily. I’m so lucky to call you a friend.

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LEGOLAND COLUMBUS Sneak Peek | 614 Mom | Columbus, OH

It’s been the talk of the town for months now...LEGOLAND Discovery Center as the newest addition to Easton Town Center and after getting to visit today, I can officially say it’s worth all of the hype.  LEGOLAND is exactly the type of business Easton has been needing - a place I can take my kids to play, a break from the shopping and eating, and a place we can spend the entire day. LEGOLAND Columbus officially opens next week and we can finally celebrate all of the fun it’s bringing to our city.  

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Urgent Care Vs. Emergency Department - Do You Know The Difference?

A few weeks ago my son fell while running full speed and hit the bottom of his face on a piece of wood, there was blood everywhere, a large gash on his chin, and in that moment I realized I had no idea where we should take him.  The Children’s Urgent Care is 5 minutes from us but what if he needs stitches - is that more of an emergency room visit? Or can we still go to urgent care? I called our pediatrician to ask what I probably already should have known, “Is this trip an urgent care trip or an emergency room visit?

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The Part Time Mama | Mama Monday | 614 Mom

Sadly, by the age of 24 I found myself making a the hardest decision.  My marriage was rocky; I was suffering from depression and even attempted suicide.  My perfect life was falling apart and I didn’t know how to hold it together. When I was leaving my ex-husband, I had my car packed with everything my son and I owned.  It was so packed that my son couldn’t fit in the car. And honestly, I didn’t know where I was even going to stay. I begged my then husband to give me a few hours to figure it out and we would meet up so he can give me my son.

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Things You Should Know About Berlin High School ​​​​​​​

It’s August and that means the kids head back to school later this month and for so many families in the Olentangy School District this marks a really exciting time as their new High School is getting ready to open their doors to welcome students for the very first time.  

Olentangy Berlin High School sits on 90 acres of land in the city of Delaware and is simply stunning.  This beautiful state of the art high school is home to the Berlin Bears and will soon be filled with 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.

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7 Tips for Quick, Healthy School Lunches!

“The kids have to eat!  And unless your child buys at school, that means that you’re going to be packing a lot of lunches. In my case, it’s 2 or 3 lunches each weekday, and I don’t even want to think about the math on that for total number of lunches to be packed this year. 

But the good news is, it doesn’t have to be time consuming or stressful or even the same old boring sandwich every day.  Here’s my tips for making it as enjoyable (or at least as painless!) as possible!”

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Why We Choose I9 Sports For Our Kids

After two wonderful seasons I thought I would share a few of the reasons we choose I9 Columbus East as the league best for our child. As you know, I research E V E R Y T H I N G. My view is that if I’m sending my kids somewhere it better be safe, fun, and high quality.  Also, if I’m spending good money on an extracurricular activity I expect good communication, highly organized team, and friendly staff. There are definitely other things I look for depending on the program but those are my initial standards. I9 Columbus East meet and exceeds those standards over and over again.  

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The Newest Social Enterprise Serves Up Delicious Treats For Every Occasion

Last week Fourteen Twenty Nine and I hosted a wonderful date night experience at Coffee Connections where we paired the delicious brownies from Fourteen Twenty Nine with coffee from Coffee Connections along with intentional conversations starters.  Events like these really fill my heart with so much joy because I truly love meeting each and everyone of you and if I can do that while also supporting local businesses it’s EVEN better.

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Spangler Factory Tour with Cost Analysis | 614 Mom

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that last week we hopped in the car and drove 2 hours and 48 minutes to the Spangler Candy Factory for a unique day trip.  I had always heard it was in northern Ohio but was never quite adventurous enough to take the trip by myself.  Luckily a friend of mine also wanted to check it out so we decided to make it an adventure and the kids LOVED it.

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Our Favorite Spots for Mother/Son Dates

A little over a year ago I shared a list of awesome mother/daughter date ideas and I’ve been meaning to write this mother/son date list ever since but...life.  So today I’m sharing some of my son’s favorite places to go when it’s just him and I. Spending special one on one time with my kids is so important to me, and now it’s something my kids count on so I have a feeling we will be adding a Volume 2 of this list sooner than later.  

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5 Tips For The Perfect Ice Cream Social with Tillamook Ice Cream

I used Tillamook Ice Cream and it was a huge hit.  I had a few people ask me if this is the same Tillamook that is known for their cheeses and I was happy to report that it is the same Tillamook.  They have a reputation for quality products and are definitely known for their delicious cheese and their ice cream is that same high quality product.  You can find Tillamook Ice Cream locally at Kroger and Walmart SuperCenter.

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