May
28

School’s out: Time to catch a movie

Posted in great deals, summer fun for families
by Jennifer

The good news?
No more scrambling to throw together lunches, finish homework and find a missing gym shoe before the school bus rumbles to a stop at the end of the street.
The bad news?
No more scrambling to throw together lunches, finish homework and find a missing gym shoe before the school bus rumbles to a stop at the end of the street.
The annual relief/panic is setting in as the kids prepare to settle in for a long summer’s nap.
If you are looking for a break from binge Netflicks watching (yes this can settle in at an early age) and video game marathons, Regal Cinemas is once again offering its $1 Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays and …
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May
12

Running for my life

Posted in excercise, Mom Stuff, Things to do
by Jennifer

I’ve never been big on exercising. It just never seemed necessary, I guess. Which is kind of dumb, considering the multitude of articles that abound about its physical and mental benefits.
Now that’s not to say that I’m a couch potato. I am constantly on the go, doing mom things, work things, church things. I rarely sit down and do something just for me. If it doesn’t help me get through that to-do list, it ranks pretty low on my priorities.
Which is why it’s taken me two months to read 60 pages of a book that I’m enjoying, but I digress.
I’m sure I am this way because my parents were the kind of people who always stayed busy. …
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May
06

A Mother’s Day suggestion: ‘Second Sundays’ at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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

I know, I know, Sunday is Mother’s Day and we’re not supposed to be planning anything for that day so that our husbands and children can take the lead and pamper us.
So, this blog post is for the dads.
Go ahead. I’ll pause while you pass the tablet over to him.
OK, now, gentlemen: Listen up.
The first thing you need to know is that Mother’s Day is all about the mother. This is the day that your wife (and your mom, but at this point in life she comes after your wife) gets to enjoy all her favorite things doing exactly what she loves with the people she loves most.
Not sure what that would be?
Here’s a …
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Apr
15

Make your April 15 less taxing

Posted in Free, great deals
by Jennifer

It’s Tax Day, as I’m sure you’re well aware!

Read MoreWe are fortunate and blessed to have a good friend and CPA who does our rather complicated taxes for us every year at the “family rate,” and she always gets them done well ahead of April 15. I’m not even sure how much of our refund is left after taking care of some long-postponed expenditures, like buying tires for the car, getting some work done on my husband’s car and paying down some debt.
But everyone can appreciate a good deal on a day when we’re reminded of how much money we’re sending to the government to keep our country running. (And yes, for all its warts, our country is still

Apr
15

Just Kids Stuff sale is Saturday

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

As the weather warmed this week, I started hunting for my sons’ uniform shorts that I stored last fall. That’s when I made two mental notes:
* I must do a better job of marking the containers (i.e., too often, grocery sacks) in which I store the kids’ out-of-season and save-for-the-next-one clothing so I can more readily find what I need.
* It’s time to invest in some new (or, at least, new to us) warm-weather gear.
Good timing, actually, because this Saturday is the twice-annual Just Kids Stuff sale at the Medina Community Recreation Center.
The sale, which runs 9 a.m. to noon inside the field house, features toys, clothing, shoes, athletic equipment, baby gear and much more for …
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Mar
26

Winner picked for I-X Indoor Amusement Park tickets

Posted in Free, fun, Things to do
by Jennifer

We have a winner!
It’s Anna Wise! Congratulations Anna!
Want to see our highly tech-savvy way that she was picked? Check it out the short video here! …
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Anna, just bring a photo ID to the “will call” window at the I-X Center the day that you want to attend the Indoor Amusement Park, and your tickets will be waiting under your name. I hope you have fun!
Thanks everyone for entering our contest! :)

Mar
24

Win tickets to I-X Indoor Amusement Park

Posted in Free, fun, Things to do
by Jennifer

We picked up our German “daughter,” Paula, from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport last night for a four-week stay with our family. Let the adventure begin!
Paula is a 16-year-old girl from a small town about two hours from Frankfurt… we’re still learning quite a bit about her and her town, but from what we learned from the pictures in the book she brought of course it is quite lovely. She is here as part of a Friendship Connection program to learn about family life in the United States, and she will attend school with our 17-year-old daughter and do all the things she does. I think she is very brave to leave home for so long and be so far …
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Mar
13

A good time for Spring cleaning

Posted in adventures in parenting, Cleaning
by Jennifer

Spring always puts me in the mood to clean and organize — get rid of the excess “stuff,” wipe down the surfaces that have collected dirt and grime, and tackle the to-do list.
But what’s even more motivating than the onset of warmer temperatures and sunshine is the anticipation of a visitor…especially one who likely will see every corner of the house while she’s here.
In less than two weeks, we will be welcoming a 17-year-old girl from Germany, who will be staying with us for about one month as part of an exchange program advertised at our daughter’s school. They had many more students who wanted to come than hosts available, so we wanted to help. Besides, our daughter …
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Feb
16

Ice Festival fun extended

Posted in Medina activities, Things to do
by Jennifer

Mother Nature can be so fickle.
Some years, the weather has been so warm — or so rainy — that the artfully designed ice sculptures that adorn the square over Presidents Day weekend barely make it through Sunday.
Other years — like this one — it’s so darned cold out that they are easily viewed even after the weekend.
This year was particularly brutal, of course, with temperatures dipping well below zero, combined with blizzard-like conditions Saturday that prompted the Medina County Sheriff to declare a level two emergency — meaning only those who need to be on the roads should go out, and then with “extreme caution.”
It didn’t exactly sound like an invitation to admire the unique ice …
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Feb
04

Recycling center change is a loss for Medina

Posted in 21st century parent, Medina activities
by Jennifer

When we moved to Medina County nearly 15 years ago, we were so proud of our progressive community for its novel approach to recycling.
No more bins for us! No more scrutinizing the bottoms of plastic containers for those tiny 1s and 2s inside the little triangles. It was great.
Eventually we started separating our newspaper for bins parked in the church parking lot, since it was a little fundraiser for the church, and I left glass jars and bottles in the garage for drop-off at the nearby collection site, but other than that, life was bliss. At least from a refuse standpoint.
We led more than one Scout troop through the recycling center to see how inventive the sorting …
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