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I was talking to a few friends the other day, and one of my friends didn’t know that the library had CDs, another didn’t know the library had DVDs. The library has more than just books!

The Columbus Public Library has CDs, DVDs, audio books, and computers to use. I can’t remember the last time I bought a book or CD for myself, or rented a DVD. I get all those things for free from the library. I save a ton of money that way. 

Audio books are also a great part of the library system. My daughter and I listen to them in car. I also put audio books on my iPod and listen to the them when I walk my dog.

Usually in the children’s and teen’s sections, the library has an area of the children’s CDs and DVDs. That makes them easy to find. 

Even if you local branch doesn’t have a good selection of DVDs or CDs, you have reserve them and have them sent directly to your local branch for you to pick up. To reserve a book, CD, or DVD, you find it in the catalog and then click reserve. The library will email or call you when it is waiting for you.  

The main branch is my favorite branch to visit. If you’ve never been there, it’s worth a visit. To find a branch near you, click here. The library is a great place to visit on a rainy day! 

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The Columbus Children’s Theatre production this fall is a musical version of Charlotte’s Web.

I haven’t been to the Columbus Children’s Theatre because my daughter is too young, but I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough. 

The musical is recommended for ages 4 years old and up.

Show runs from: September 18 to October 5. 

Show times are:
Thursday and Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Ticket prices: $10 on Thursday. $12 – 20 on Friday – Sunday. Call 614-224-6672 for tickets.

Location: 512 Park St., Columbus, Ohio  43215

 

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Fall is almost here. (Where did summer go?) School and football are starting – a sure sign of fall.  For me and the munchkin, fall means apple and pumpkins. I have already been getting apples at the Worthington Farmers’ Market

Here is another website that I love – www.pickyour.org. The site lists farms that sell to the public and pick-your-own farms by state, then by region, and then county. The site is a good resource to find local farms near where you live.

I have not used the website to find a farm for apples and pumpkins, but through this website I did find Circle S Farms from which I have bought excellent strawberries this summer and last summer.  Circle S Farms does have pumpkins in the fall, along with a corn maze, hay-ride, sunflower maze, and petting zoo during their Fall Fun Days. Since my daughter is older this year, we will be making a trip to the farm for their Fall Fun Days and a pumpkin.

Circle S Farms is located at 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123. They have directions listed on their website. Fall Fun Days begins in October. The farm is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during October. 

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The other night at a friend’s house we had english muffin pizzas. My daughter has had pizza before, but not on english muffins. It was a great meal – budget-friendly, healthy, simple, quick, and fun. 

My friend’s daughter is almost three, and she was able to help make the pizzas. First, we gave her a pastry brush and she was able to “paint” on the pizza sauce on the english muffins. Then, she added the toppings to the pizzas. That is one of the great aspects of this meal. The entire family can participate in creating the meal.

We used a variety of toppings – mushrooms, yellow bell peppers, pepperoni, and sausage. Everyone was able to customize their pizzas according to their tastes. 

We cooked the pizzas in a 350 degree oven until the cheese was golden brown. At my house, I also use the toaster oven to cook our pizzas. The toaster oven uses less energy than the oven and also heats up the house less. 

What you need for this meal: english muffins – my favorite are Whole Foods Organic Whole Wheat English muffins, pasta or pizza sauce, shredded cheese – we used mozzeralla but any kind of cheese would work, and toppings, any type of veggies and meat.

Some ideas: Greek pizzas – use pesto instead of sauce, Feta cheese, olives, fresh tomatoes. 

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As summer is winding down, my daughter and I went to visit Powell’s water park for the first time today. She loved the park.

The water area is small, but has some neat features. There is a spray tunnel the kids can run through, buckets that dump water from the pole in the center of the water area, and water sprayers the kids can move themselves. She was a little hesitant at first since the water area was crowded with kids running, but after five minutes she joined in. 

Attached to the water area is a regular playground that she also liked. There are public bathrooms located behind the police station, and picnic benches around the water area for parents to sit. We will definitely try to visit the park one more time before the end of summer. 

Location: 47 Hall Street, Powell, Ohio 43065. The spray park is located behind the Powell City Hall and police station.

Columbus has two other free water parks that I know of: Ballantrae Park in Dublin and HomesteadPark in Hilliard.

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Wow – there are a lot of great blogs out in blogging land. Here is another I just found today – Stretching a Buck. I love her article “Food for Thought.” The article is about how important it is to buy good and healthy food for our families, and not view our spending on food as an area to cut corners. Buying healthy, good food and watching the pennies can be difficult. One of my tricks is to shop at farmers’ markets and buy local food. 

Last week I had an experience at the Worthing Farmers’ Market that reminded me why I love shopping at the farmers’ market. I need a few pieces of bacon for corn chowder. I ask the pork farmer (whose name and farm I cannot remember) if he had bacon this week. He said he didn’t. I told him I was disappointed because I needed it for a soup I was making. He gave me a bag of end cuts from bacon for FREE. The pieces were perfect for making soup with. I wanted to pay him for the meat, but he wouldn’t take my money, telling me that because they were end pieces, he couldn’t sell them anyway.

That’s what great about farmers’ markets – buying fresh, local food from the person who produced it. At the farmers’ markets we get the human element that is usually missing in our food shopping experiences.

For more information about farmers’ markets, visit To Every Meal There is a Season, a blog devoted to finding better ways to feed our families. 

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We are big readers in my house. My daughter loves to read. She is now old enough that she pulls me over to the couch whenever we are at home to read to her. She also wants to involve our dog in our reading and requests that she sit on the couch with us too. I love it! 

I am so happy that I have passed my love of books along to my daughter. I started reading to her in the womb. Never too early to start. Now, I try to surround her with books. She has quite a collection of books at home and we make frequent visits to the library. 

And, I just found a new blog that I love – One Book Two Book. Today’s post is about a book list for kids that Oprah and the American Library Association have created. The list is posted on Oprah’s website.

Check out the list for books, listed by age, that you can share with your child. There are actually two lists – one for new books and one for classics. One book on the new book list my daughter loves is Global Babies by Maya Ajmera. We have borrowed that from the library, and she loves it. Great book. 

[Photo Credit: Book Covers]

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