How We Spent Spring Break 2018: Family Fun On A Budget In Northeast Ohio

My husband is a teacher and his school was on spring break last week. We weren’t in a position financially to do an actual get away, but I wasn’t going to let that stop us from having a week full of fun family adventures!

Don’t get me wrong, I love a great beach vacation. But there is something super fun and special about planning little day trips to see things in your area. I love taking advantage of our days off to explore some of the local fun and flavor that is in our own state.

I budgeted $100 for all of our spring break adventures, which meant I had to be very thoughtful about where we went. There is nothing I love more than researching for and planning fun trips, so being creative on a budget doesn’t scare me – it’s part of the fun! Continue reading “How We Spent Spring Break 2018: Family Fun On A Budget In Northeast Ohio”

Why It’s Important To “Adventure” With My Kids

Being a stay at home mom is simultaneously hard and wonderful. This year, I’ve taken some time to learn a little bit about my personality in the hopes that I can acquire some tools for navigating how I’m hardwired. I’ve learned my Enneagram number (5), my Myers-Briggs personality (ENTP), and my happiness style (relator/experiencer). This information has been hugely helpful.

In particular, I’ve found it so practical to understand how I experience happiness. I best experience happiness by cultivating deep relationships and having meaningful/fun experiences. Anyone who knows me remotely well would tell you this. The thing that has been so revolutionary for me, though, is that this information has helped me pin point the particulars of why being a stay at home mom can be such a struggle for me. Continue reading “Why It’s Important To “Adventure” With My Kids”

An Impromptu Trip To Cleveland – What We Did & Where We Ate

This past weekend is one that I’ll be lingering in the residual good feels for a long, long time to come. My husband and I had made plans to spend some time together, but then my brother and sister-in-law ended up having her baby. Yay! I’m an aunt!!!! Everyone is healthy and doing well, and I was so excited for her to get to spend this Mothers’ Day as a full fledged momma.Processed with VSCO with a4 preset

Saturday morning, after going in to the hospital for all of us to meet the new baby and check on mommy and daddy, we all got back in the van and headed to my favorite Ohio city – Cleveland!

We didn’t have much of a plan outside of our destination. I just needed to get out and travel a bit and even though I wasn’t getting my alone time with my husband, I was getting the next best thing – a road trip with my family.

I love traveling with the kids, and one of my all time favorite things to do is to explore new cities. It’s funny how we think we have to travel far or to a new state to really go on an adventure. We’ve found that all you need is an openness to explore, try new things, and go with the flow, and you can turn any trip into a road trip full of fun!

I had a few ideas for what we could do in Cleveland, but nothing set in stone – that is part of the fun for me. Sometimes it’s nice to have everything planned out for the sake of little ones, but I want to teach my  kids to be flexible and learn how to find the fun along the way. So I planned ahead in terms of packing diapers and extra layers of clothing and cash for parking, and I thought of a few places we could check out. But I didn’t make dinner reservations and our schedule was really wide open. We were out to see what all we could see! Continue reading “An Impromptu Trip To Cleveland – What We Did & Where We Ate”

Our Trip To Yellow Springs

Eleven years ago, Mike and I got married while we were still in college. During that time, we lived just north of Dayton, Ohio, near Yellow Springs.

I know most people say your first year of marriage is the hardest, but that just wasn’t our story. Those first two years were so special. We went to school during the day and worked in a coffee shop as baristas at night.

Mike graduated my senior year and found a construction job, restoring historic Yellow Springs’s homes to their former glory. We had absolutely no money. I mean, I know people always say they “have no money,” but seriously people. Living on love wasn’t so much a sentiment as it was just a fact.

And man, we were happy.

But then.

I graduated college and we panicked, so we moved back “home” (northeastern Ohio) until we could find something safe to do. Logically, it made sense to leave Yellow Springs. We didn’t have any career prospects, family near by, or now that college was over – a place to live.

Hindsight is funny. Continue reading “Our Trip To Yellow Springs”

Our Ohio Bucket List: Blue Hen Falls

My family and I hail from northeast Ohio, and we love getting out together to hike, explore, and have our little adventures. I love sharing these experiences with you! As we continue to get out and about, I’ll come back to His Girl Friday to share these spots that you should add to your Ohio Bucket List. I love hearing your suggestions on places we should visit, so keep them coming! But rest assured, I’ll only recommend Ohio Bucket List items that I’ve personally experienced and enjoyed. I’m also still compiling our family’s Fall Bucket List, so lots of good things are heading your way!

I’ve also had a reader request to share how my family goes hiking with three little ones. Be on the lookout for that post next week, which I’ll be partnering with Summit Metro Parks to bring you. In the mean time, take a look at our recent hiking trip to Blue Hen Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and add it to your Ohio Bucket List!

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Life Lately: Getting Outside

My little family enjoyed some quality time outside the past few days. Here in Northeastern Ohio, the days still feel like summer but a little bit of fall is starting to creep into our evenings. It’s such a great blend of weather, perfect for daytime adventures and nights spent around a campfire.

While Theo was at school on Friday, I took Oliver and Bea for a drive in the country to see what we could find. We stopped at a garage sale. We bought red raspberries and peppers from a road side farmer’s stand. We picked up a few goodies from one of my favorite bakeries and had an impromptu picnic in the park.

The day was mild and beautiful, the food was yummy, and the kids and I had so much fun being out together without an agenda.  Continue reading “Life Lately: Getting Outside”

Five Things

1. I keep telling my husband that maybe we just need to sell our house and our belongings, buy an RV, and take this show on the road. He could sell his beautiful woodworking from city to city across the US and it would be one heck of a way to see the country. Imagine the sights! Imagine what the kids would learn! (He says we already have one too-few bedrooms, but still…It would be an adventure!) This couple actually quit their jobs and traveled by VW bus from Alaska to Argentina. Hashtag inspiration!

2. My oldest son had his first night of testing and orientation for kindergarden this week. Whew. Talk about feeling all the feelings and thinking all the thoughts! My friend sent me this fascinating article that talks about how “Young children today continue to learn best by watching the everyday things that grown-ups do, from cleaning the house to fixing a car.” It’s a great read, especially for parents! Continue reading “Five Things”