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8 Fun Things to do in Ohio

Posted On: June 25th, 2019
Typically, when you think about taking a vacation, you don’t think about vacationing in your home state. I was that way too … until a friend took me to Hocking Hills! It was so beautiful and unique I felt like I actually had left Ohio even though I was only 2 hours from home. ...read more

Free Summer Fitness

Posted On: June 18th, 2019
Ah summer! The days are longer, and the weather is more cooperative, which makes it nice to be outdoors. The best part about summer for me is all the free events going on! From festivals and concerts to workout classes and more, there are all kinds of free events and activities you can attend. ...read more

Upcoming 5ks

Posted On: May 17th, 2019
 I did my first 5k of the year a few weeks ago. While it was still a little chilly, it was nice to get outdoors. 5ks are a lot of fun – especially if the run has a crazy theme. The one we did was Martian themed, and some of the costumes were crazy cool! As the weather gets warmer, it is pretty easy to find and sign up for a 5k each weekend if you want to really get into it. ...read more

5 Things to do With Mom This Weekend

Posted On: May 8th, 2019
Each year for Mother’s Day, I end up getting my mom flowers or cupcakes from her favorite place. This year, I wanted to do something a little different. As I was searching for new ideas, I was surprised to learn there are a lot of events this weekend in celebration of Mother’s Day that aren’t brunch. ...read more

8 Fun Things to do This Spring

Posted On: April 30th, 2019
It is that time of year again. As the weather becomes more and more agreeable, there is more and more to do! We already have things planned for the next six weeks! The best part is, a lot of these things are free. Festivals, workout classes and city-wide events are starting to show up on event pages. Below are some of the fun things happening in the next month or so. ...read more

7 Fun Things Happening in Dayton

Posted On: February 21st, 2019
Looking for something fun to do in the Dayton area? I have you covered! There is always a lot going on in our area, you just have to know where to look. Facebook is a great resource for this. You can search the events page and learn about all the unique things going on in your specific area. Below are some of the fun activities, both indoor and outdoor, that I thought were worth sharing. ...read more

8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Dayton

Posted On: January 18th, 2019
Can you believe it has been almost a year since I started my blog? My first post covered Valentine’s Day! (Read it here). That said, it is truly a full-circle moment for me as I write this post on Valentine’s Day activities in the Dayton area. Typically people go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate the holiday, but there are plenty of other options—including tickets to Hamilton that I will be giving away! ...read more

Happy Wright Brothers Day!

Posted On: December 17th, 2018
Did you know today is Wright Brothers Day? Orville and Wilbur Wright are arguably the most famous Daytonians. I mean, just think about how many places in our area bear their name sake: Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Wright-Patt Credit Union to name a few. Dayton has been classified as a National Aviation Heritage Area maintained by the National Park Service. I am sure you have seen the signs while driving downtown on interstate 75. I think it is great to live in an area with so much history! ...read more

New Year's Eve Activities for the Whole Family

Posted On: December 14th, 2018
I can’t believe it is time to write about New Year’s Eve festivities. It seems this year has gone by so quickly. When it comes to New Year’s Eve activities, there is a lot to do. Often, we go to the Schuster Center’s performance that evening and leave the little one at home with the sitter, but there are plenty of activities that the whole family can participate in. ...read more

The Best Places to See Holiday Lights

Posted On: December 11th, 2018
Christmas light displays are my favorite part of Christmas. When I was a kid, my parents used to drive my brother and I around the local neighborhoods to see all the light displays. Now I get to do the same thing with my little one, and she loves it! We usually visit three or four different places each year. If you want to spend an evening seeing the light sights, check out some of the following displays in the Dayton area. ...read more

Local Shops to Check Out This Small Business Saturday

Posted On: November 23rd, 2018
Small Business Saturday is this weekend, which means a lot of local shops will be offering a lot of great deals. I wanted to spread the word because shopping locally is a great way to support the small business in our area. You can find some really unique items at these shops. ...read more

10 Fun Things Happening This Month

Posted On: November 9th, 2018
It is starting to get a little chilly outside, but that doesn’t put a damper on fun! In fact, November is when all the Christmas festivities begin in various cities around Dayton. Personally, I know our calendar is filling up quickly! ...read more

Fall Activities for the Whole Family

Posted On: October 5th, 2018
In keeping with this week’s fall theme, I thought it would be fun to have a blog post covering all the fun fall activities happening in the Dayton area. Fall is a wonderful time of year; it is a great time to be outside. The summer heat has been replaced by cooler days, but they aren’t so cold yet that you need a heavy winter coat. ...read more

6 Fun Things to do Over Labor Day Weekend

Posted On: August 28th, 2018
It seems this year has flown by. I can’t believe Labor Day weekend is almost here. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, pools are closing, most kids are back in school and vacations are just about over. Until we moved to Kettering, we used to go away every year on Labor Day. Once here, we soon discovered there were a lot of fun Labor Day activities for us in the Dayton area. ...read more

9 Upcoming Festivals Not to Miss

Posted On: July 31st, 2018
August is right around the corner and so are some really fun festivals. Some of my favorites occur in August and September. What makes these my favorites? The food! The variety of cultures, flavors and styles represented will give your taste buds an amazing experience. My daughter has a blast, too. ...read more

Fun Activities to do with Dad

Posted On: June 12th, 2018
Can you believe Father’s Day is this Sunday? Comparatively speaking, Father’s Day is a relatively young holiday for the United States. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It wasn’t a national holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. It’s only been an official holiday for 46 years! ...read more

Upcoming Summer Festivals

Posted On: May 18th, 2018
Festival season will soon be in full swing! Going to festivals is a great way to discover new foods, possible new hobby and craft idea, as well as local businesses that might not have been on your radar. My little one is at the age now where she enjoys going to festivals because there is always something fun to do for the kids. ...read more

Free Summer Fitness Classes

Posted On: May 11th, 2018
I have loved the warm, sunny days lately. I think they are finally here to stay! Along with warmer weather come more opportunities to get outside. Free or low-cost outdoor fitness classes begin to pop up; in fact, there are a few scheduled to start in the upcoming weeks that I am interested in. ...read more

Local Summer Camps

Posted On: May 3rd, 2018
It is hard to believe it is already May! While it may not feel like it, summer is right around the corner! Soon the kids will be out of school, leaving us moms and dads to find fun and engaging activities for our little ones. Thankfully, finding activities during the summer is pretty easy ...read more

Upcoming Summer 5ks

Posted On: April 27th, 2018
Summer is synonymous with sunshine, cook-outs, fireflies and 5ks, at least in my house. I have already signed up for three this summer! If I am not careful I may end up with one every weekend. The whole family loves doing 5ks. (Some are even themed runs, which encourage participants to dress in the spirit of the theme!) ...read more

Fun and Inexpensive Family Activities

Posted On: April 13th, 2018
Often times I am faced with the difficult task of finding ways to entertain my family. I have spent countless hours looking for fun, family friendly events that are also easy on my pocket book. If you are in the same boat, I have some good news! I have found a handful of fun events coming up ...read more

Free Family Activities in the Dayton Area

Posted On: January 30th, 2018
Often times I am faced with the difficult task of finding ways to entertain my family. I have spent countless hours looking for fun events that are family friendly as well as easy on my pocket book. Are you in the same boat? ...read more