Jul
09

Handel’s to offer $1 ice cream cones

Posted in food, great deals, Medina activities, Things to do
by Jennifer

Be prepared for a traffic jam south of town this weekend: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, on South Court Street in Medina, will sell single scoops of its fabulous ice cream for $1 each on Saturday, June 12.
There’s no limit to the number of cones you can buy, nor any coupon required. Last year, we managed to stop by twice — heck, it’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., so that means lunch AND dinner :) — because there are far too many flavors to sample with just one cone.
Based in Youngstown, Handel’s and featuring more than 100 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurts, this ice cream is made with the best ingredients available. I like ice cream with …
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Jul
02

Agreeing to Disagree: Navigating the Facebook waters in times of controversy

Posted in Internet, lessons, Mom Stuff, technology
by Jennifer

It’s happened again.
With the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that certain employers can’t be forced to pay for their employees’ contraception, I’m treading very carefully around Facebook. Clicking on that familiar blue square icon makes my stomach hurt momentarily, as I hold my breath and wonder what angry sentiment I’m bound to encounter.
It’s difficult, because I want to know and share the latest about my family and friends — that my cousin and his wife are finally becoming parents, that my friends are safe and having a great time in Florida despite the approaching hurricane, that my son was interviewed by WEWS after riding a new attraction at Cedar Point with his dad.
But I get a sour feeling …
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Jun
26

Free ice cream on the Medina Square today

Posted in Free, Medina activities, summer fun for families, Things to do
by Jennifer

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is hosting Sundaes on Thursday in the Medina Square.
The free ice cream social that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday will feature chocolate, caramel and strawberry toppings to add to vanilla ice cream, which is provided by Smith’s Dairy.
There will be other family-friendly attractions, including Patches the Fire Dog, the Windfall Industries Balloon Sculpture Team, the Cranksters Classic Car Club and the Medina Square Dancing Club, along with carnival games, face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, contests and prizes.
The event is open to all — not just those with disabilities. The idea is to provide opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy time together as one community. …
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Jun
20

Take a ride on the rails for free this Saturday

Posted in Free, fun, Medina activities, summer fun for families, Things to do
by Jennifer

Got a train buff in your family?
Here’s a chance to let him or her see trains close up in one of the coolest model railroad sets you’ll ever see. And it’s all free (although donations are appreciated).
The Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers will offer free rides on the club’s small-scale replica trains from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lester Rail Trail.
The park is located on Lester Road in York Township, about a mile north of state Route 18, west of Medina.
The club will offer five free ride opportunities this year. The other dates are Aug. 2, Sept. 20, and the very popular and heavily themed Halloween rides on Oct. 17 and 18. Click here …
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Jun
19

Milestones in the rearview mirror

Posted in growing pains, growing up, Mom Stuff
by Jennifer

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, with the end of school and beginning of summer. And one by one, the milestones alternately have been enjoyed, endured, celebrated and survived.
Many of them have been happy, mixed with sadness, such as the high school graduation of our oldest child, followed two days later by her graduation party. She is our baby, the one who first made us parents, who has seen more than the other four and therefore knows us best.
She will tell everyone that she is “so ready” for college, this girl who still asks me to make her smoothies and saute her kale and wash her clothes, even though I’ve shown her many times. I know she …
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Jun
05

A day worth munching over

Posted in food, great deals
by Jennifer

We never miss a good deal in our house, and tomorrow is a day worth noting – it is National Doughnut Day.
To celebrate the diet-busting treats, several doughnut shops are offering special deals to make you a hero at home or at the office.
Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut for just strolling in or driving through the drive-thru – no purchase necessary. (Too bad there isn’t one in Medina; the closest ones are 16 miles away in Middleburg Heights — at least it’s near I-71! — and 17 miles away in Akron.)
Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free “donut” (this is how they spell their treats) with the purchase of any beverage.
Giant Eagle is also offering …
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Jun
04

Regal $1 summer movies start next week

Posted in great deals, Medina activities, movies, Things to do
by Jennifer

Summer’s off to a late start thanks to that pesky polar vortex and the extended school year, but it’s not too soon to begin mapping out cheap diversions.
We have enjoyed taking in the Regal Summer Movie Express that kicks off next week (June 10) at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The movies cost $1 (we remember when it was free) with the proceeds benefiting the Will Rogers Institute, a charitable foundation supporting research in asthma, tuberculosis and pulmonary diseases.
The first week’s movies are: “Hotel Transylvania” (a surprisingly enjoyable film for adults too) and “Smurfs 2.”
Week 2 (June 10 and 11): “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ and “The Pirates: Band of Misfits.” (I haven’t seen …
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Jun
04

Widow proves she has a hero’s courage and strength

Posted in death, faith, lessons, sadness, swimming
by Jennifer

For the last few days, all over Northeast Ohio and even as far as the United Kingdom, where news appeared in the Daily Mail, people are talking about a man who selflessly gave everything he had to save the life of another, whose faith compelled him to trust God enough to give his all. Peter elevated our thoughts from the mundane musings about the end of school, the heat of the early summer, and whether the Indians could eke out a win for once, and gave us pause while we contemplated what’s truly important. And perhaps there are people who will use his example to crack open their Bible or hug their children or quietly pledge use their lives to make a difference.

May
23

Full of parental pride at the Icee counter

Posted in adventures in parenting
by Jennifer

As we sat in the audience last night at Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron and listened to our daughter sing a solo that she will perform in Spain and France in just two weeks as her chamber ensemble travels abroad, we could not have been more proud of her. We proudly shed a few tears while she sang.
Teagan has always been a singer – much to the annoyance of her younger brothers – and has been willing to freely share her talent.
While it might have been cooler to be part of the school’s show choir, Teagan joined Chambers because they needed her help.
And on weekends and holidays while most teens are staring off …
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May
15

A free day of Cleveland fun on tap May 24

Posted in Free, Things to do
by Jennifer

The Cleveland Foundation continues its centennial celebration of offering free gifts to the community.
Last month’s free day at the Cleveland Zoo attracted an all-time record number of visitors.
This month’s offering is free admission to museums and attractions around the Wade Park Circle.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society will open their doors for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24.
Since the Cleveland Museum of Art is always free, the foundation is making free tickets available for the first 500 visitors to see the Van Gogh “Repetitions” exhibition, which usually requires an additional cost.
Of particular interest to us is the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s …
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