Friday, October 2, 2015

Millstone Creek Park : Topping the List of Best Ohio Playgrounds

We really love to go to the park and play! My family has a once a week standing date for the park. When my son gets out of school we go to the park and play! Mr. Sweet Silly Sara meets us there when he is off of work. It is probably my kids favorite day of the week. Not only do we love to enjoy the parks in our town, but we also love to get out and look for the best parks and playgrounds that Ohio has to offer.

In August we had to make a trip to Lancaster, Ohio. That is a long drive with young kids. On our way back we made a detour to Westerville, Ohio to Millstone Creek Park. Our kids were so glad to get out, stretch their legs and play with other kids!

This is the most awesome park we have experienced with the kids. As we arrived, we enjoyed a short walk over a boardwalk. My kids were delighted to hear a bullfrog and see it hop into the water. As we arrived at the playground my kids were ready to run!

Harp loves Millstone Creek Park!

 My son really loved the park. He was a blur then entire time we were there. Constant motion! I promise he was there, but no great photos of Roo were taken.

Harp was ready to climb!

 One of the things I loved about this park was there were so many things for kids of all ages and all abilities to do. This is one of the playgrounds that are accessible and fun for kids with special needs such as wheelchairs. Knowing that this area was designed with all kids in mind really sets it apart from others!

The park had a nice sculpture to view and a great slide; that kind of went down a hill into an area of tall grass. This was fun for my adventure seeker son!

My sweet little Harper adored this park. There were so many things for her to do, explore and discover. To see her having so much fun was contagious. My mood immediately lifted upon the first sound of her giggles.

This park was spacious, super clean and really quite lovely. The sound of happy children playing was thick in the air and there was no way to avoid the contagious feeling of a great summer day.

The entire family loved the option of taking the boardwalk or hopping over some stones in a creek to reach the playground. My husband and I had a blast playing this electronic game together. It was a fun way to get moving ourselves while showing our kids you are never to old to play!

Millstone Creek Park was fantastic. It very well may be the best park in Ohio. It is certainly on the top of our list of Best Ohio Playgrounds!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Road Activities for Kids

Road Activities
Raising your children out on the road gives them an education like nothing else can. Travel broadens the mind and brings new experiences every day. School is definitely still important and it can be a real challenge to make sure your kids are learning what they need to learn.
Some things are easier to teach than others. Math is pretty easy to teach while you're out on the road. There are numbers everywhere! Here are just a few activities you can do with your kids to teach them basic math skills while you're out traveling.
If they need to learn the absolute basics, the odometer is a great teaching tool. You can teach the numerals and place value very easily just by having them observe the odometer as it climbs up. You can even get a little decimal work in there too if they're up for it.
Another game that can be played for the basics is math bingo. This is a type of bingo that uses math problems to generate the numbers. You can make it as simple or as hard as necessary for your kids by just changing the bingo cards around. Try scattering the numbers one through 12 over a card. It's okay to double up! Let the kids decide which one to cover for each problem. You can find a lot more about math bingo and how to play it by following the instructions on this page. 
As they master the basics, you can start adding in calculations about money, like when you purchase snacks at the convenience store. Counting money is a skill people use all their lives. The sooner it can be learned, the better! Go from there up to calculating deals on gasoline. For instance, you could ask them something like the following. If the gas at station A is 2.75 a gallon, and the gas at station B is 2.85 a gallon, and we need to add 10 gallons, how much money would we save going to station A? You may have a bit of a shiver thinking about word problems, but this is a real-world example.
From there you can branch out into all sorts of math. Miles per gallon calculations is another good one to teach. Map skills also have a lot of math involved, like reading a scale to find out how far apart two locations are. Estimating how much time it will take to reach a destination at a certain speed is another useful math skill.

In short, with a little creativity there are many ways to teach basic math skills while driving. In fact, I was a little surprised myself while writing this by just how much math we use every day on the road!
Visit the BingoMania math bingo page for additional resources and information.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Emojio Candle Giveaway By Jewelry Candles

I don't know about you, but I adore candles! They can set a mood, add warmth to a room, make an area smell amazing, and they are soothing! I have discovered a line of candles that has officially stolen my heart! Jewelry Candles. As the name suggests, each candle contains a piece of jewelry! I was thrilled to get to team up with other bloggers to bring you this giveaway!

In each fragrant candle, a sweet piece of jewelry is tucked inside to be discovered as it burns! From rings to bracelets, pendants, necklaces and more, there is definitely going to be something to delight your sense of smell and sight inside a Jewelry Candle!

Jewelry Candle has a really fun new line out called Emoji Candles. These are super fun! Not only is there a great piece of jewelry in each candle, but there is a line of fragrances to match your message with the perfect scent! From Baked Apple Pie to Bahama Mama to Gum Drops and Lollipops to name just a few of the many fragrances available!

Let me give you a sneak peek at some of the fun designs.

These are only a few! There is an Emoji Candle from Jewelry Candles to say whatever you need to say in a yummy smelling way!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Veggie Tales in the House Sneak Peek

 When Bob finds himself caught in a writing slump, working on a supposed to be funny speech for the mayor, Larry comes to the rescue with his "silly ray gun!" Will it help him finish his speech in time or will he just want to play all day? Find out when "Veggie Tales in the House" Season 2 hits Netflix 9/25.