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.




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.


Fall is Coming! What Will You Do This Weekend?

The other day I said to the hubby, “I love fall.  In Cleveland, fall is a bit like Mardi Gras.    There’s all sorts of fun things to get out and do, it’s like we’re trying to have one last big hurray before the big freeze.”  And then I get this week’s CoolCleveland enewsletter and it’s so true.   I’m not even going to bother listing all of the cool things to do in Cleveland this weekend, including IngenuityFest, the Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival, Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival and Johnny Appleseed Festival, because someone else has already done all of the work for me:




And these are just some of the big events.   There’s always something happening outdoors in the Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in our own communities and at various local farms throughout the area.

What will you be doing this weekend?

Until next time,


Community Health Fair and Family Carnival

Event: Community Health Fair and Family Carnival

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Admission: FREE

Hosts:  Scranton Road Ministries CDC

Location:  3115 Scranton Road (Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center)


Free Carnival Games

  • Bounce Houses, Carnival Games, Climbing Wall, Sports Challenge

Free Health Screenings and Consultations

Free Food and Entertainment – including soup provided by Suzy’s Soup (yum!)

Presented by Scranton Road Ministries CDC.  Call 216-861-5323 for more information.





KidsGO Expo

Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10am-6pm at Great Lakes Expo Center in Euclid

What’s happening at this year’s expo…


We have fabulous exibitors this year including a Step2 Play Zone, Chick-Fil-A cow toss and a meet and greet with the Chick-Fil-A Cow! Meanwhile, Radio Disney will be rocking the house with the sounds of your favorite artists along with contests and giveaways!

The Cleveland Boys and Girls Club, Cleveland Zoo, Hands On Soccer will be on site as will many other Cleveland organizations geared towards youth and family.

Learn about your options when it come to childcare, education, sports, youth organizations and more…all in one place… at a fun event!

Meet and Greets!

Cleveland Indians’ Slider and the Sugardale Hotdogs will be making an appearance at the show! Times to be announced soon!

Sport author and youth motivational speaker…David Lee Morgan, who has wrote biographies on athletes including Jim Tressel and LeBron James

Chick-Fil-A Cow and a Chick-Fil-A cow toss!


Step2 will be giving away a swingset to one lucky family ($600 value)!

The first 2,000 parents get a Goodie bag. 10 bags will contain $25 gift card for the Step2 Store!

Each child get’s a coupon for a free kids meal from Chick-Fil-A of Willoughby!

One lucky person will win Chick-Fil-A for a year!

KidsGO Expo Event brings all of the things that kids “go” to in one place!


•Schools (Pre-K to 12)
•Summer Camps
•Youth Organizations
•And Much More!

Learn more at http://www.kidsgoexpo.com/

KidsGO Expo

I just found out about this event through the Cleveland Moms Like Me website, and am looking forward to going to check it out.    From the site:

This great event will be April 30th, 10a-6p at the Great Lakes Expo Center.

KidsGO will feature all of the things you need to get your kids “going” (schools, daycare, sports, enrichment activities, social groups, etc) all in one place!  (Like a bridal fair for moms)  But there will also be alot of family fun and activities!

The official site for the event is http://www.kidsgoexpo.com/

The post on the Moms Like Me website asked for feedback on companies and exhibits one would like to see at the show.   It got me thinking about all of the neat things there are in Cleveland for our kids.   Here was my response:

“What a great concept!   I’m hoping to make it out there for the Expo.   There are so many great businesses and places in and around Cleveland that can offer hands-on exhibits for the kids, and give parents an idea of all the area has to offer for their children.    Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum, the Metroparks and Zoo, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, etc.    The Natural History Museum, Zoo and LENSC all have animals I believe they can bring for hands-on activities too.   

There are also kids cooking classes in the area that could maybe do demonstrations?   Loretta Paganini, Young Chefs Academy and the Viking Cooking School all offer classes for kids.

In addition to Step2, Little Tikes and Build a Dream Playhouses are also based in the area.”

What would you want to see at an event like this? Will you be attending?

Until next time,


Summer Camp at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Start planning for the summer now!
Registration for summer camps at the Museum is open! Visit the web site for more information on Junior Medical Camp, Junior Veterinary Camp and Circle Sampler Camp! These camps sell out fast, so register soon.