COSI Science Center in Ohio


Our family loves taking field trips, especially when it's to someplace as fun as COSI! Seriously, we've been there so many times we know our way through the 320,000 square foot science center! That's no typo either---there really are 320,000 square feet of fun hands on learning---it's great! About COSI: COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is located in Columbus, Ohio. This massive science center inspires the scientists, dreamers and innovators of tomorrow. COSI was opened in 1964 at Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus, however they later moved (in 1999) to a new 320,000 square foot building that was designed by internationally-renowned architect, Arata Isozaki. The building is one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States! Some of the unique additions to COSI include WOSU@COSI, which is the only working television station in a science center. Also, included at COSI is the Ohio State University (OSU) Labs in Life, which is a working laboratory created … [Read more...]

S’mores Cupcakes: #12DaysOf BBQ/Picnic Fun!

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Let's start summer off with a bang! I mean, I'm thinking if you show up at your block party with S'mores Cupcakes you're probably going to be a favorite! Check out this Coffee S'mores Cupcake recipe that Country Diva's created! This is a fun dessert to add to any summer picnic. Great for adults and kids of all ages. Make sure to check it out and come back every day to see the other summer goodies we have for you. The linky below has a link to each of the blog posts that is part of this event. Give Me Some of Those S'more Cupcakes. This cupcake must have been made in heaven. If not whoever came up with this recipe just landed from heaven. What could be better than a S'more cupcake with a taste of coffee. It is like summertime sitting around a campfire with two of the worlds best inventions, S'mores and coffee. I'm in LOVE! … [Read more...]

Because Who Doesn’t Love Freebies?

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Seriously though, who doesn't love Freebies? I'm all for getting free products, especially when they are products that I can use and enjoy--and ones my children will love too! Thanks so much to educents for supplying these awesome freebies! We are educents affiliates. Get your FREE World's Best Dad Award just in time for Father's Day! Kid's Love the Spring Math Set, and right now you can get it FREE! Summer Magic Square Puzzles are FREE right now!!! These fun, engaging puzzles will help children practice their summer word vocabulary in a fun way!!!  Easy Alphabet Hats have preschoolers and Kindergarteners cheering! There are 26 fun alphabet hats that your children will love! Who doesn't love fun crowns/hats? Essay Writing 101 is  a fun way to write a correct and effective 5-paragraph essay on ANY topic! Get a FREE Robot themed mini lesson pack for preschool aged children.  3D Shape Hunt is a fun way to recognize and name 3D shapes in the environment around … [Read more...]

Best Buy $25,000 Education Sweepstakes

$25K Best Buy Giveaway

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Having worked in a school and after homeschooling I've learned a lot. I can tell you that technology has come a LONG way these past few years. Seriously, it seems like every year they are coming out with better and better products, and while it can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to keep up, it's also pretty awesome! Did you know that Best Buy has a division called Best Buy Education? They sure do! Best Buy Education makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools needed to succeed. They have Account Managers that are dedicated to assist you by offering knowledge, give advice and guide you to the products and services that fit your budget and will best suit your needs. Best Buy Education is now offering a really exciting SWEEPSTAKES that is open to all educators and administrators! How exciting is that!? The sweepstakes is running … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken: #12DaysOf BBQ/Picnic Fun!

bacon wrapped apple bbq chicken

We hope that you have been enjoying the 12 days of BBQ/Picnic recipes that we have been sharing thus far. These recipes are such a great way to get in the mood for summer and will certainly be able to help us all plan for our Memorial Day gatherings! I can't wait to serve these to my family and friends in a couple of weeks!   Today we are sharing a delicious Bacon Wrapped BBQ Apple Chicken Recipe---because, who doesn't love bacon!?  This recipe is actually a slow cooker recipe, so it's perfect for those days where you are playing outside all play and want to come in to a delicious BBQ dinner! The smoky bacon and BBQ sauce mixed with the tart apples is a delicious combination. I hope you guys enjoy this Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken Crock Pot Recipe! Be sure to check it out and come back every day to see the other summer goodies we have for you. The linky below has a link to each of the blog posts that is part of this event. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake: #12DaysOf BBQ/Picnic Fun!

strawberry shortcake

I'm always looking for simple and delicious recipes to serve when we have guests over. We are excited to be sharing all of our 12 Days of recipes with you! I really think you'll enjoy today's recipe ! Olivia over at This N That with Olivia created a delicious Strawberry Shortcake that is a hit at family gatherings and cookouts. Check out how easy it is by viewing the complete recipe HERE . You'll see that she used simple ingredients to create this delectable dessert. Enjoy. Be sure to check out all of the other great recipes below! … [Read more...]

Visit 8 Ripley’s Attractions


My husband and I were married in Gatlinburg, TN 16 years ago, so it may come as no surprise that our family chooses Tennessee as our go-to vacation spot! There is just so much to do and see in the Gatlinburg area, and our children have very quickly come to fall in love with it! As a matter of fact, our 4 year old has been telling everyone that he wants to move to TN since he was just 2 years old! (He's still saying it!) This summer Ripley's of Gatlinburg would love for YOU to come visit! Visit all 8 Gatlinburg attractions and experience the fun and unique sites---but wait, our readers can save $3 Off Adult tickets and $2 Off Child Admission to ALL of Ripley's Attractions in Tennessee!!! Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, the 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, scary Haunted Adventure (can you find your way out?), Mind bending Marvelous Mirror Maze (my children LOVE this!), and two fully themed mini-golf courses! Bring on the family … [Read more...]

If We Don’t Teach Them…Who Will? #ABFamilyTalk (ad)


“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” Today I'd like to discuss something that is very important....underage drinking. To some this might seem like something that doesn't really need to be talked about a lot. I mean, yeah we all know that our children have heard of alcohol and many have participated in programs in school that teach about why alcohol should not be consumed at a young age and how it is bad for you, but are our children listening and do they really understand? Are parents doing their part to teach their children  about underage drinking and what sort of lifelong effects it can have on your child? As parents it's up to us to set the boundaries and expectations for our children. We cannot rely on someone else to do this for us and that is why I felt it was important for us to have this discussion today. As I'm … [Read more...]