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May Dayton Dozen – 12 Family Friendly Events

    This month’s edition of the Dayton Dozen is sponsored by our friends at Goldfish Swim School in honor of National Water Safety Month. Goldfish Swim School is devoted to WATER Safety Awareness and work to keep families (especially toddlers) safe in and around the water. Specifically, instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids […]

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Easter Brunch: Food, Festivities & Savings at Whole Foods Market

The Easter countdown is on – so, when Whole Foods Market invited me to get a sneak peek of all things Easter – I put on my bunny ears and hopped right over! I started my journey at the entrance furthest from the bar (rookie mistake – one of the coolest things about Whole Foods […]

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Ditch the Pre-Packaged Microwave Popcorn!

Everywhere you turn you see articles on how bad microwave popcorn is for your family. These articles have devastated me because there is nothing I love more than family movie night with buttery popcorn! According to an article on Live Strong  There is a chemical used in the nonstick coating on the inside of the […]

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March Dayton Dozen

1.) I Can Cook Youth Series at Gerhardt Civic Center – Moraine, OH ***DMB Tip –You don’t need to preregister – just pop in as you are out and about!  March 1st; 5-6:30pm Drop-in cooking class for ages 6-10 Participants will be able to experience new foods and techniques while becoming confident in the kitchen.  […]

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Things They Don’t Tell You (about Mom-ing)

<Random thoughts in no particular order> …because I certainly didn’t learn them in any order! Buy an infant car seat based on how much it weighs. You will lug that thing everywhere – get the lowest weight possible. Don’t be lured by looks or fancy labels. Don’t like the print – put a cover over […]

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The Gift of a Broken iPad

I am here to confess something that I didn’t understand was broken in our family and then to tell you the gift we were given. Our family likes technology. Phones and iPads make for easier car rides, calmer dinners out, entertainment and learning options for the kids. We have had loose ground rules around how much […]

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Daycare Dilemma :: A First-Timers Guide to What to Look for & What to Ask

Evaluating a place to care for your children is one of the more stressful decisions you will make as a parent. I’ve made it twice. I’ve started at one facility and uprooted my children to go to another facility. I’ve evaluated over 9 places through the years…and this is what I have learned. With my son […]

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November Dayton Dozen

November is here! November is here!  This is absolutely my favorite time of year!  Bonfires, crisp nights & mornings, reflection on the year…THANKSGIVING!  The Dayton Dozen will focus on all those being thankful & Thanksgiving-ish events in the month of November!  1.Helping Hands of Dayton Charity Auction – Vandalia ***DMB Tip – This is actually […]

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Why Do I Bother…to Cook?

I write this after a rather anticlimactic meal. Not the actual food…but my family’s response. It all began when I sat dinner on the table. I prepared a meal of grilled chicken thighs marinated in a Chipotle mescal sauce (a bit spicy for the littles, so for them plain chicken poached in butter) over a bed […]

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October Dayton Dozen :: 12 Must-Do Family Friendly Events

Can you smell fall in the air?  No?  It’s probably because we’ve all still been enduring 88+ degree days – but it is coming.  Fall is right around the corner – pumpkin everything has already hit the shelves and October delivers on some amazing family festivals. 1.Toms Corn Maze – Germantown, OH ***DMB Tip – Go […]

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Dinner Out in Dayton – Top 10 Family-Friendly Spots

When you have kids below age 10 – dining out can be a chore (both for you and those sitting around you).  In my family we believe that if a restaurant has a kids menu – then people in there should expect to have kids around them. Restaurants must have a specific kids menu for me […]

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September Dayton Dozen

September is the start of fall – and the season for festivals!! Bring on the warm days and cool nights! Here is a list of Dayton Mom’s Blog approved events in September! 1. Montgomery County Fair – Dayton, Ohio at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds ***DMB Tip – Go during the day – it it less hectic […]

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Dayton Dozen :: 12 Family-Friendly Events in August

Since Summer is in full effect – head to one of these Dayton Moms Blog approved events! 1. Summer Movies Under the Stars: What better way to enjoy a Summer evening than to grab the family, a picnic blanket & head out to watch a family favorite under the stars. *** DMB Tip – Pack an […]

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