I’m So Lame

Really.   I feel so lame.   I am a stay-at-home mom and can’t consistently write a blog post to save my life.   I am blessed to have my children’s three surviving grandparents live within 15 minutes of me and can barely juggle my 3 children’s schedules, and one of them is only 15 months old!

Anyhow, I wanted to write briefly that I am really looking forward to all that Cleveland has to offer in the summer…assuming summer ever actually shows up here.    I want to take the kids to Blossom for an Orchestra concert.   I am once again stalking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s website for their summer schedule so I can once again sign up our almost-8-year-old and now his 4 year-old brother for Jr. Ranger activities so they can add badges and patches to their super-cute Jr. Ranger vests their auntie got them.   I want to take the kids out to Put-In-Bay to drive around on golf carts and maybe to Cedar Point.   I am excited the oldest is now old enough for Classroom Antics’ LEGO Jr. Robotics Camp and will be returning to Camp Invent (put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame).   And then there’s our usual places to go in the summer, like the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Akron Zoo,  Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art to visit, and places we haven’t visited yet, like Holden Arboretum, the Soap Box Derby or a Cleveland Indians game.   Yes, the boys and I get around in the summer.   I love living somewhere where it is so easy to get out and do things!

Where are you looking forward to going in and around Cleveland this summer?

I miss hearing from my Cleveland mommy friends!

Until next time…whenever that may be.




Cinema at the Square Returns to Playhouse Square

Along with several classic favorites of adults, take the kids to enjoy this unique movie-going experience with these family-friendly flicks:

The Muppet Movie – Aug. 5th at 2pm

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Aug. 12 at 2pm

Mary Poppins – Aug. 19 at 2pm

Tickets are $5.  For a full list of Cinema at the Square movies, visit www.playhousesquare.org/cinema

Holiday CircleFest This Sunday

Holiday CircleFest 2011 at University Circle

December 04 – 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Start off the holiday season with a trip to the 18th Annual Holiday CircleFest. It’s the perfect way to experience University Circle, free of charge. Many of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors and offer an afternoon of activities, food, and shopping.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated activity of Holiday CircleFest is the opening of The Rink at Wade Oval. Admission to The Rink is free, and skate rentals are only $3. After visitors have finished skating, they can warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate… continue reading

More Locally Made Gifts For Christmas

A great couple who I used to go to church with has this neat little business going on making soaps, salt and sugar scrubs, silk scarves and jewelry.     They also have a blog, Images in Bloom, which is great because it means I get to learn about more places to buy locally made gifts this holiday season.  Here’s 3 more that I discovered thanks to the post, “Restocking, Reenergizing and ready for Winterfest.”

  • Collective Upcycle Pop Up is located on Shaker Square between Fire REstaurant and Yours Truely REstaurant in the space that once was the wine shop. Over 30 artists with amazing products, most of which were recycled in some way.
  • Cosmic Bobbins Pop Up is in the heart of downtown Tremont, and in fact is the storefront of the building owned by Tremont West Development Corp. A lovely small retail space, but well organized, and more high end on products…
  • Winterfest – Check out the vendor tents on Public Square before the big celebration this Saturday!

Or check out their wares on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/imagesinbloom.

Until next time,


Polar Express Tickets Still Available

I was pleasantly surprised to find when looking at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s website this week that there are still tickets available for certain dates of the Polar Express, departing from both Independence and Akron.   You can find the most up-to-date info here:


Here’s my advice based on last-year’s experience, departing from the Akron station:
For those who are looking for answers for 2011, we did end up going on the Polar Express this past Christmastime. We arrived about a 1/2 an hour early and the 8 of us were able to sit together, though we were not on the side of the car that faces “the North Pole” when you arrive. It didn’t really matter anyways, because all of the children go over to that side of the train to look out the windows and no one seems to mind. It didn’t seem like there was any big difference regarding which car you were assigned to, though I did notice we were in the car next to the one where you could purchase souvenirs and popcorn. Not sure if that was planned since we didn’t buy the tickets. They did have souvenir Christmas ornaments you could purchase which was nice. We went on a Sunday evening.

One suggestion that our friends and I hadn’t thought of, if you bring your copy of “The Polar Express” and a Sharpie, you can have your book autographed by Santa!

Also, looked like many of the kids had matching PJ sets, and I was surprised by how many grown ups were wearing pajama pants as well! It’s a great activity for any child or adult who “believes”.

For more comments related to the Polar Express, visit my post from 2009.

Have you taken your kids on the Polar Express?    Do you have any advice to share?

Until next time,


LEGO KidsFest Opens Tonight at I-X Center

Dates & Sessions:

Friday, November 4th
4 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 5th
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, November 6th (Remember Daylight Savings Time ends — turn back your clocks!)
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities

I-X Center (West Entrance)
One I-X Center Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

 Visit http://www.legokidsfest.com/cleveland/ for more info and http://clevelandkidsguide.com/coupon.php?bid=10294&lid=11627&dealid=580&regionid=7 for an online discount code.

Things to Do Today in Cleveland

There are at least three things I’d love to take the kids to do today, but doubtful will make it to any…

Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off / Craft Fair
Seven Hills Rec Center
Sunday, October 2nd from 1-4pm
Craft Fair and Chili Cook Off in the Gyms, Browns on the BIG SCREEN, Corn Hole on the front lawn and hay rides, games and crafts for the kids! Admission is free for everyone!


Model Train Show
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea
Saturday, Oct. 1: 10 to 5 pm, Sunday, Oct. 2: 11 to 4 pm
 $7.00, Under 16 free with Adult. Special 2 day pass for $10.00.

“With over 62,000 square feet of model trains, this year promises to be the biggest and best show yet.  We will have operating train layouts, the latest ‘Thomas the Tank’ merchandise, aisles and aisles of trains and accessories from track to transformers, and from locomotive to cabooses… in every size imaginable!”


Apple Butter Festival
Squire Rich House in Brecksville
Sunday, October 2, 2011
1-5 pm
FREE Admission

Under a canopy of golden maples and scarlet oaks, the copper kettle will be simmering and waiting for apple fanciers to enjoy apple butter on slabs of fresh bread or buy a container to enjoy at home. Apple fritters will also be available. Sloppy Joes, root beer and coffee will round out the menu.