Goldfish Swim School Grand Opening in Dayton!

Goldfish Swim School has announced the grand opening of a new 8,600 square foot Dayton, OH location. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family joins three other thriving Ohio locations and dozens of other successful Goldfish locations throughout the United States.

In a few weeks, our girls will be starting swim lessons in a warm 90-degree pool with a state-of-the-art water purification system. I like that they have small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio) and that even with each girl at different ages and skill levels I was able to get both a 5 year old and a 2 year old in the pool during the same half hour time slot. 

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old. In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School of Dayton offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and party packages. Their facility highlights include an air conditioned viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, a spacious family dressing area with private changing rooms, snack bar, retail shop and warm, tropical décor.

Located at 671 Lyons Road, Goldfish Swim School of Dayton offers a wide range of swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule. Families can register for lessons now by visiting the website or calling (937) 972-0177.

All are welcome at a FREE Grand Opening Party on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Event highlights include free family swim, facility tours, face painting, a balloon artist, raffles, games, crafts, complimentary snacks and more. Visit their events calendar for more details and connect with their Facebook Page to learn more about what’s happening at the new facility!

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About Goldfish Swim School

Established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years. Classes are offered by specially trained instructors in a safe, kid-friendly and fun environment. Goldfish currently teaches more than 31,000 students per week to swim and be safer in and around the water. Headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise in 2009 in Farmington Hills, Michigan and is in the process of expanding franchise opportunities throughout the country. Currently there over 30 schools open or in development in more than 10 states. For more information, visit www.goldfishswimschool.com.

 

*Sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Day After Thanksgiving in Dayton

After a hearty Thanksgiving meal and day spent taking care of a couple things around the house, we were ready to get out a little on Friday. Friday afternoon we headed towards downtown Dayton to check out the Dayton Holiday Festival by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. We only did a few of the activities available but had a nice time getting into the holiday spirit.

We started out looking at the Wonderland Windows featuring the Rike’s Holiday Window Display. Rike’s Department Store once stood where today’s Schuster Performing Arts Center now stands and these displays are over 50 years old, purchased shortly after World War II. The girls enjoyed looking at all the details and moving figures.

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Next we let our 4 year old visit the Tike’s Shoppe. Speaking with one of the representatives from YES! for Youth, the organization the Tike’s Shoppe benefits, she told me this has been a local tradition for over 70 years with grandparents who participated as children bringing their grandchildren to experience it.

Parents identify a shopping list and provide a budget for each child, then each child is paired with a volunteer that helps them shop. I peeked through the door a couple of times to see how she was doing and seemed to be engaged in selecting just the right present for her Mom, Dad, and sister. She had help wrapping and labeling each gift and was very proud of the surprises she picked up for us.

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Next was our first visit with Santa of the season. Aubrey, the 2 year old, wasn’t too keen on getting close to the big guy but liked Mrs. Clause, sitting on her lap a few times.

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The Junior League of Dayton sponsored a Holiday Hunt for kids to do activities and collect stamps that children traded in for a book. There were way more activities in the Holiday Village than we had time for but our girls really enjoyed them and there was even a free photo booth so we snapped a picture of the four of us.

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We had to make a stop to check out the Virginia Kettering Holiday Train Display. I’ve been doing a little research on Virginia Kettering for work and suggest looking her up if you are interested in Dayton area history. Long story short, much of what we enjoy and are lucky to have Dayton would not be here without her contributions.

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We will definitely be making plans to see and do more next year with a whole street fair and horse-drawn carriage rides as part of the festivities – including going early in the day to play in the life size snow globe! We didn’t stick around for Children’s Parade or The Grande Illumination of the tree this year which draw huge crowds.

Instead, we headed home for turkey leftovers (turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce on a toasted bread with green beans) and Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Esther’s Lil Surprise Milk Chocolate Brown Ale (featuring chocolate notes and named for the founder of Esther Price Candies). We closed out the day with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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I still have a few Christmas gifts to pick up on so I’m spending the rest of the weekend keeping an eye for deals on what I’m looking for. Here’s a quick round up of some holiday gift ideas:

  • FabKids clothing for kids
  • Wild Republic toys (not too late to make a purchase that also makes a donation to Project Night Night and enter a giveaway!)
  • Glider Gloves make a great stuffer for adults that like to use their phones but don’t like cold hands
  • Sound Intone HD30 Headset for kids or adults
  • Beabies teething necklace sets for the new mom
  • Diaper Junction has Sitebuster Deals all weekend for those into cloth diapering and babywearing

I’ll also be working on getting my Shutterfly holiday cards addressed and mailed out. If you still need to get cards, Shutterfly has 10 Free cards for you to enjoy using the code 10FORME at checkout. Plus, enjoy 50% off hard photo cover Photo Books and 40% off everything else using the code BLACKFRIDAY plus free shipping on orders $39+ or more with promo code SHIP39. Deals good until 11/29.

If you are in Dayton or Cincinnati, Ohio, be sure to enter to win tickets to Marvel Universe Live! in December. I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

 

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Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE!

We have a pre-holiday surprise for my almost 5 year old, she has a date night with her father to see Marvel Universe LIVE! in Cincinnati in December! She loves running around the house as “Superhero Kelsey” and has recently started to recognize the characters in the Marvel Universe. I think she is going to be thrilled to see this amazing live show that is getting rave reviews.

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Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to Cincinnati. You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

The Marvel Universe comes to Cincinnati Thursday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. Kid’s tickets start at $20! (Not valid on premium seating.  No double discounts.  Child discount applies to children ages 2-12.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.)

Follow Marvel Universe Live! on Facebook and Twitter and check out #MarvelUniverseLive.

While you are waiting for it to come to your town, check out these fun Marvel Universe inspired activities on Pinterest!

Want to try your luck? Enter to win four tickets to Marvel Universe Live! on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, 7p! Giveaway ends on December 7, 2015, 11:59pm. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize via email. Good luck!

Enter giveaway here!

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove Follow Up

We had a great time at Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove tonight! Disney ALWAYS puts on a great show. Here’s a little about some of our favorite moments.

We are all about Alice in Wonderland right now and my 4 year old was ecstatic when the Alice in Wonderland segment began.

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Of course, it isn’t a Disney production without an appearance by the Clubhouse gang – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy came out for a bit to introduce some segments.

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Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove will be in Dayton, Ohio at the Nutter Center from until October 25, 2015, weekday tickets are just $13 – No code needed! Family 4-pack offer: $119 includes 4 tickets, 4 popcorns and 4 lemonades! (Use code FAMD26.)

Purchase your tickets here. Visit and follow Disney On Ice to always know when they are coming to your town on Facebook and Twitter and check out the hashtag #DisneyOnIce

In my last Disney On Ice post, I mentioned that our family costume would be Alice in Wonderland themed. I made these two costumes from a few items I found at Goodwill – the blue dress was a juniors dress, the apron was a pillow case, and the whole cat costume came from a women’s top. While they aren’t without their mistakes, I impressed myself with actually completing them (with plenty of time) and they actually look pretty darn good.

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I also made a slipcover for my Catbird Baby Pikkolo carrier! I used this tutorial but made the shape according the contours of my brand of carrier.

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Birthday in Dayton

I have officially been on this planet for 35 years. My birthday fell on a Friday that I had off but since it wasn’t a holiday, both girls were at daycare for the day. I decided to spend most of my day checking out some spots around Dayton, Ohio. Thankfully it was also a gorgeous weather day.

After my frugal start to the day utilizing a free breakfast at a restaurant then yard sale shopping – snow boots for a $1? Yes, please!

My husband decided to take the day off, too, to get some things done so we were able to meet for lunch at Olive, An Urban Dive. Typically, you need a reservation to get a table since it’s a small place, so since I wasn’t at work, I knew I’d be able to keep it. It doesn’t look like much from the outside since the exterior is off the original restaurant, Wympee Diner but the inside has been completely redone.

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They serve fresh meals with local ingredients as much as possible (they have their farm just to assist in the fresh produce) and since their kitchen is so small, they say they don’t even own a freezer or microwave since their ingredients are brought in almost daily. The have every “friendly” kind of option possible to fit anyone’s needs and everything tasted delicious. I had the “Over the Top” Tuna Melt, salad and sweet potato soup and my husband had the day’s special, the Atomic Sloppy Joe with sweet potato fries. We were definitely full but I didn’t feel heavy nor was I starving an hour later – those things count in my book!

I stopped by Sew Dayton to peek at what fabrics they had in and decided to grab this unicorn print to make some skirts for the girls. Then, I grabbed a cup of cold brew coffee from Press Coffee Bar.

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My last stop was for a little hair therapy at Salon J Ladner. It is a little sad to admit how long it has been since I’ve been to an actual salon to have some attention on my hair. Along with a cut I ended up getting PM Shine, a semi-permanent gloss to give my hair back a little shine. It definitely beats trying to dye it at home while trying not to get liquid all over the place. Plus, it’s s great chance to support a military spouses’ business.

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The salon just happened to be right down from Twist Cupcakery, which seemed like a sign from above that I should get myself a happy-birthday-to-me cupcake. I’ll have to remember them next time we need some birthday treats around the office.

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After a little down time back at home – because I could – my husband and I picked up the girls and went to the annual Dayton Celtic Festival in downtown Dayton for dinner and a show. More about that here.

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Pretty laid back, fun day in and around Dayton. We kept the festivities going by checking out Fifth Street Brewpub Monday night while the guest bartenders for the evening were raising money for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Alumni Society, Wright State University. It was nice to check out a new place and give back to an alumni group on date night. Talk about multitasking!

Many beer options, most brewed right there the rest are local, and a short but tasty food menu. I was surprised to find out they have a kids menu and even changing tables in the bathroom. We ended up splitting the Cheesy Baja Roll, my husband got The Fifth Street Steakhouse Sandwich, I got the Asian Lettuce Wraps with chicken as my meal, and we got Blonde Brownies a la Mode drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces. Every thing was really good. In the beer selections, we each got a flight so we could sample a few different beers. The FSB Dandelion Saison was an interesting favorite – a Belgian style Saison brewed with organic dandelion greens.

This year is off to a good start, let’s see what the rest of it brings!

Enjoying the Last Days of Winter

Yay! We’ve been healthy enough to venture out again a little bit and thankfully we are starting to thaw out a bit. After a couple of rough weeks, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and soon enough I’ll be complaining it’s too hot.

Last weekend we finally made it to Mad River Mountain last since we’ve been back in Dayton and we had a great day snow tubing. We even took the 18 month old down the mountain once. She didn’t cry, but she didn’t seem to particularly enjoy it so we only did that once.

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My husband and I took turns taking the 4 year old down the mountain. She loved it!

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I can’t say enough, however, how much I needed a nice relaxing day out. No temper tantrums were had. Minimal whining. I must have done well with the layering because it no one was cold – except that the 18 month old kept taking her gloves off. Everyone ate something for lunch. No one cried in the car – likely do to the DVD player with Sofia the First on.

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It was lovely.

This weekend was a little more laid back, getting a couple errands taken care of. On Saturday, we had lunch at 2nd Street Market and picked up a few goodies. It was actually warm enough to play outside and stomp in some slushy snow in the yard.

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Spring is on it’s way folks! Now, do I jinx it by washing and putting away the snow suits?

 

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.*