Apr
18

Easter comes, with some strings attached

Posted in Family traditions, Holidays & Seasonal
by Jennifer

I’d like to say that our Lenten journey has been a peaceful one.
But with five kids, an epileptic dog with a weak bladder and an ornery, fat cat, there’s always mayhem of one sort or another afoot.
As we close in on Easter, our hope is to end the week with “indoor” voices and loving attitudes toward one another.
One of the greatest challenges has been deciding which Mass to attend. This is the first year that we have not had someone in the house either cantoring or singing in a choir. Freedom!
We could go to the beautiful, but longer, Easter vigil that begins with a fire outside and includes personal candles as Christ’s “light” is brought inside …
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Apr
15

Retailers try to make tax day a little less taxing

Posted in dinner, great deals
by Jennifer

April 15 was already a taxing day long before we had to scratch a check to pay our city income taxes.
Our beloved yellow lab Bailey decided to walk through a small dead zone in the corner of our the invisible fence and set off into the snow early this morning. Somehow I had thought she wouldn’t challenge the line so early in the day, especially considering the snow that was falling. I was wrong. (I had a few different adjectives for her then.)
We tried looking for her, but she was nowhere to be seen. She eventually returned about the time we were settling our debt with Medina, our car repair shop and the bank to make a car …
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Mar
30

It’s time for a break, spring!

Posted in great deals, Mom Stuff, Things to do
by Jennifer

Here we are at the beginning of Spring Break 2014, dealing with the wet, white aftermath of yet another snowstorm. What a crazy winter this has been!
Those of my friends who traveled south for the week off school are unabashedly giddy about the fact that they are basking in the warm temperatures while we are reverting to wool sweaters and slippers. Of course, it could just as easily have been one of those pleasant spring days here, with the daffodils dancing in the breeze, the kind that inspires me to clean out the garage or take a hike at Buckeye Woods, and then I would have been sorry to have missed it. Still, I wish we were among those …
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Mar
16

Indoor Amusement Park tickets winner announced

Posted in Things to do
by Jennifer

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of the four-pack of tickets to the I-X Center Indoor Amusement Park. The tickets go to… Robyn of Medina!
Thanks to all who entered. Robyn, I emailed you with details. You can claim your tickets anytime – just bring your ID to the Guest Services window at the I-X Center ticket office, and you can pick up your four-pack. I hope you have a great time!
Don’t forget, the park opens Friday, March 21, and runs through April 20.

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Mar
14

The Journey

Posted in Medina activities, Mom Stuff, Things to do
by Jennifer

Lent is supposed to be a time for reflection and contemplation.
In our house, it is also a busy time that far too often makes it hard to focus on the spiritual side of our lives. There’s always a sports obligation or a class project looming that can occupy everything from a day to an entire evening.
Just this past week, we have had the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima statue in our house. The 2-foot statue is passed each week from household to household at St. Francis Xavier, prompting special times of prayer and meditation on her — and thus, our — relationship with Jesus. We usually try to reserve it for this time of year to mark the March …
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Mar
09

Win tickets to I-X Center Amusement Park

Posted in Free, fun, kids, Mom Stuff, Things to do, win
by Jennifer

Looking for a sign of spring amid all this snow?
Here’s one: The I-X Center Indoor Amusement Park opens March 21. (Cue the jingle — you know you know it!)

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For 25 years, the Indoor Amusement Park has entertained Northeast Ohioans desperate for some thrills and fun after a long winter. And boy, this year do we need it.
Most years we’ve had some warmer-weather breaks to melt the snow and get us outside for awhile (yes, I’m a baby and I hibernate), but this season has been especially brutal. The few bursts of seasonally mild temperatures have lasted just a day, only to be defeated by yet another winter storm. The past few days, Old Man Winter got us

Mar
07

Get off the computer and celebrate National Unplug Day

Posted in adventures in parenting
by Jennifer

So today is National Unplug Day?
This is obviously news to you as you are reading this online. It was news to me!
It seems every day it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get our kids to cut the cord.
Homework requires a computer or mobile device to look up information and complete the work.
Then there is the task of coordinating carpools and sports practice schedules and a myriad other things that occupy our kids’ schedules.
We actually had some success recently in our house curtailing Internet use. I wish we could take the credit, Armstrong Cable is the one who was able to alter our lifestyle.
Armstrong, who provides our Internet service, has started enforcing its data …
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Feb
21

Free museum admissions in Cleveland this weekend

Posted in Free, Things to do
by Jennifer

You all know I love a good deal.
But my husband is the real nut when it comes to finding bargains.
The other day, he sheepishly walked into the house after a trip to Walmart and asked me whether I loved him…
Most wives might fear the worst: He’s found a new woman!
Not with my husband. Such an announcement usually means he has found a great deal.
This time he stumbled upon boxes of four, extra-large CapriSun drink pouches for 25 cents. Since these are a favorite in our house, he picked up 30 boxes, filling our downstairs refrigerator.
His latest bag-filling event was at Target as they deeply marked down the Valentine’s Day stuff.
In addition to Valentines …
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Feb
14

‘Little Mermaid’, ‘Jungle Book’ get dusted off for a sentimental journey

Posted in Things to do, Valentine's Day
by Jennifer

Just this week we were chatting about the “old days” — when our two teenage girls were little and how crazy their dad was (and still is).
The conversation was prompted when Craig proudly came home with a “Lego Movie” cup from a McDonald’s Happy Meal he had bought for lunch. Our two youngest boys are crazy about Legos — and the clever Lego video games — and now they want to collect every one of the cups being given away as Happy Meal prizes.
We were recalling how Craig haunted every McDonald’s drive-thru ordering Happy Meals to collect all of the mini Beanie Babies that were prizes at the heart of that craze some 13 or 15 years ago. …
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Feb
11

Mom’s Makeover: Part Two

Posted in beauty and style, Stay-at-home-Moms, working moms
by Jennifer

Ta-da! What do you think??
To refresh your memory, here was “before”:
Words can hardly describe how grateful I am to Angel Brown and her beautiful staff at Salon Evangelene for the time and energy and creativity they put into giving me a makeover I love! I would cry, but I think it might ruin my makeup.
For those of you catching up, I entered myself in a little giveaway the salon was doing and was delighted to find out a little over a week ago that I was selected to receive one if its free makeovers. Yesterday, I walked into the salon, at 4018 Medina Road in Medina, to meet with Gina, an esthetician. Not knowing exactly what that …
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