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Ohio Day Trips: Marblehead Lighthouse

Recently we found ourselves in the Sandusky, Ohio area with some time to kill. So I decided we’d swing by Marblehead Lighthouse and check it out. It was just the four kids and me, since my husband was still away for military training at the time. But we managed to get everyone up AND down the stairs with no major issues! First of all, the grounds are very beautiful. Gorgeous shoreline, and it was very well-maintained. Upon arriving, we bought our tickets (current prices are $3 a person for ages 6 and up) — and I know we got some kind of military discount but I Read More

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How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More