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.

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Olentangy Indian Caverns | 614 Moms Playdate | 2017

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.  

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STEAM Education In Columbus | SIMPLR STEAM Playground | 614 Mom

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! :) 

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Our Community | 614 Moms

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. 

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Fall Favorites | Leed's Farm | 2017

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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7 Tips For Successful Family Photos

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.

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The New AMC Theatre | Easton | 614 Mom

The New AMC Theatre | Easton | 614 Mom

My husband and I were recently invited to check out the newly renovated AMC Theaters at Easton and to say we were impressed would be an understatement.  To give you an idea of our experience, I should first tell you that my husband loves going to the movie theater, he would happily go weekly, while I would rather wait until it comes out on Netflix.  It has nothing to do with the theater - it's a very traditional "It's not you, it's me" kind of thing.  I like to get comfy during a movie, eat a ton of snacks, and relax...you can say I'm a comfort snob. I've never had that experience at the theater, until recently.

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The Perfect Day Date | Adventure Park | ZipZone

I really enjoying getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, exploring in new ways, and challenging myself.  This weekend we did all of those things and more at the new ZipZone Adventure Park right here in Columbus.

It wasn't what I expected at all, I thought we would just fly through it, I mean we love ziplining so this should be easy, right? Not quite. [Read More] 

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The SNAP Food Challenge | Part Two | 614 Mom

The SNAP Food Challenge | Part Two | 614 Mom

What can we do to help? The purpose of taking the challenge for me was to provide better and more empathetic care to my patients. The reason I am blogging about it is try help others understand the plight of food insecurity. Once we understand, we then have the knowledge and empathy to fight for these marginalized persons. In the current political climate where funding for our public safety nets are being cut, we must remind our elected officials on the importance of mitigating food insecurity with SNAP.

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The SNAP Food Challenge | Part One | 614 Mom

The SNAP Food Challenge | Part One | 614 Mom

As a pediatrician, I see children at our clinic that are truly starving. It breaks my heart, when asking a child during their wellness check about what they ate for breakfast and they say nothing. I then ask if they are hungry now, and they shake their head yes. Handing them a small bag of goldfish brings about a smile that tugs on your heart strings. Discussing with parents about food security, I find many depend on food stamps or WIC. But these parents say it is often not enough.

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COSI | Little Kidspace® | 614 Mom

COSI | Little Kidspace® | 614 Mom

I have a list of what I like to call "The Columbus Staples", on that list are the spots in Columbus that you can count on everyday. You are always guaranteed a good time and Columbus wouldn't be the same without them.  On that list is one of our favorite places ever - COSI.  My kids are obsessed with COSI, they would happily go every single day if our schedule allowed. From the little kidspace® to the Planetarium and everything in between, my kids are always happy when we're there.  

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Dear Monday

Dear Monday

Monday, I love you! You are a fresh start, a clean slate, and you bring so much happiness and potential.  I've always loved the potential Mondays bring, I wake up ready to conquer the week both as a business owner and mom.  I spend my Monday mornings, preparing for a successful week ahead and today and every week I'm sharing the seven pieces to a successful week.  

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19 Tips Every Stay At Home Parent Should Know.

19 Tips Every Stay At Home Parent Should Know.

Being a Stay-At-Home-Parent has a lot of fun perks but it is also a challenge.  I've partnered with Kristy from Evolve Capital to share 19 tips every stay at home parent should know.  Kristy is a certified financial planner who has a passion for working with young families.  She enjoys finding products and solutions for you and your family.  Kristy prides herself on offering products tailored to your needs, avoiding high minimums and one size fits all products.

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