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Places Offering Art Classes for Kids in Columbus, Ohio

Our daughter is obsessed with art and we are trying to find some classes for her that are “good” (whatever that means), but not astonishingly expensive.  If you are doing the same thing, I thought I’d save you some time by putting the ones that I have found in the Columbus area here.  You may find this useful or helpful, but honestly I just wanted to have a place to keep all of this in one place.

Perhaps I will add some notes once I know more about each program.  Please leave a comment if you have any details or if you know of something that I missed.




Columbus Music and Art Academy – Upper Arlington


The pARTy Studio – Worthington




Creative Minds in Westerville


Creation Nation


King Arts Complex


Children’s Art Studio

Cinnamon rolls cooked in the waffle iron

Did you see this tutorial at Pinterest?  The one where the lady squashed Grands cinnamon rolls in her waffle iron.  I just had to try it.

Here are the results:



In case you are wondering, yes, our waffle iron says, “Bam!” on it.  Don’t judge us.  It is lovely and has interchangeable pizzelle and grilled cheese sandwich plates.

Here is one more where they both stuck to the top.  They didn’t burn.  That darkness is the cinnamon.

We liked them.  I’m not sure if we liked them as well as just cooking them in the pan, but they were good and ready really fast.  They were a little denser due to the smooshing and lost some of the big puffy flakiness.

Quinn was dubious at first due to the shape, but she is now trolling the kitchen for leftovers, so I think they won her over.

I would maybe try them again with the smaller rolls.

Help your kids learn to save – for free!

I had read the book The First National Bank of Dad: A Foolproof Method for Teaching Your Kids the Value of Money and had really enjoyed his core idea of letting kids have (and learn hard lessons about) their money now.  Basically, the tragedy of blowing your $3 allowance on candy and then not having any left over is not nearly as horrible as running up credit card debt in college because you have no money management skills.

I had thought about giving Quinn an allowance and then I saw a daily deal, I think from Jasmere and decided to try it.  The company is called Three Jars, because your child can (virtually) put their allowance into a Save jar (with interest that you set up), a Spend jar (pocket money) and a Share jar (to go to charity).  You can customize everything – dollars in (all virtual, you don’t actually give money to the website), interest earned, ratios in each jar, etc.  I can’t remember what I paid, but it was half off of their regular price.  Until March of 2011, you can get an account free for life!!  Even if your kid is 6 months old, sign up now!

I did a little reading and took the suggestion to make Quinn’s allowance be half of her age.  She is 5, so $2.50.  I explained the 3 jars to her and gave her the $2.50 in the form of 10 quarters.  I showed her what I thought she might like to have her ratio be by giving her three stacks of quarters.  I believe I weighted it pretty heavily on the spending money because it was only $2.50 and I didn’t think it was really enough to stash too much away.  I then let her fiddle with the piles until she liked it better.  She divided her piles out like: Save $1.25 (50%), Spend $0.75 (30.%), Share $0.50 (20%).

Honestly, she doesn’t spend much money.  She really isn’t one of those kids who begs for toys or candy (not much, anyway).  If she really wants something and it isn’t something that I or Megan are willing to buy for her, we will say that she can spend her money on it if she wants to.  She’ll ask if she has enough – because she really has no sense of money yet.  We’ll say yes and that we can take it out of her threejars account when we get home.

I really like this product and the fact that it is now free is amazing.  There are a lot of features that we will begin using once Quinn is a little older, such as jobs to earn extra money.  Seriously, sign up now while it is free.

Caillou Gifts

I decided to peek at Etsy and see what handmade Caillou items people have made.  Jude is currently obsessed with Caillou.  I’m not a fan, but jr baldy is growing on me.

Rosie (Caillou's sister)I’ll put this one in first, because it is my favorite by about a million miles.  Wait, kilometers, Caillou is Canadian.  This is a knit Rosie doll.  The woman who created her did a wonderful job capturing the facial expression.  She is $35 and is made by caveil.  She also makes a Caillou, but it was the Rosie that made me go, “Awwwwwww.”

If you are looking for items to throw a Caillou-themed birthday party.  You are SET.  There are items you can order (you can even custom-wrap each of your water bottles in a water-resistant water wrap in case you are embarrassed of the brand or something…).  I suppose if you are one of those theme people, then this might be just the thing you want.

Custom Printable Polka Dots & Stripes CAILLOU Birthday Party PackageThere are matching patterns you can print for invitations, photo frames, cupcake toppers, banners and lots of other things.  I find the color choices of some of them peculiar.  The Caillou characters are all about primary colors and monochromaticness.  This is really cute, but not what I was expecting.  Those patterns sorta dazzle the eyes, don’t they?

Caillou And Rosie Clippie SetAnother genre is the Caillou hairbow.  Most are the standard bow that you would expect – a big pile of ribbons with a Caillou character in the middle.  These, on the other hand, are ingenious.  She has actually taken bitsy pieces of grosgrain ribbon and glued them into the shape of Rosie and Caillou.  I mean, a kid of mine would ruin them in 4 seconds, but they are fascinating to look at.    Maybe your kids aren’t as destructive as mine?  They are available for $9 from the HeadsOrTailsBoutique.

Caillou Embroidery APPLIQUE Design (2 sizes)

Two more: An applique pattern for a sewing machine that I will never be rich enough to own.  It’s $3.99 and comes in 2 (remarkably similar) sizes.


caillou outfit  tshirt and tutu set  long or short sleeves 12 18 24 2t 3t 4t 5I wonder what our family would do if we ordered this for Jude for his 3rd birthday.  You know he would love it.  EVERYBODY loves fluffy tutus.  Now that I know how easy those are to make, I don’t think I could spend money on one, but maybe you are looking to do a little shopping instead of crafting?  VanyKids makes it and it is $36.

Guess who comes tonight at our house?



UF Bat HouseJust talked to Dad. They got to see the bats, although it was touch and go for a little bit. Mom found a random stranger from Columbus to talk to at the bat houses. She has a knack for that sort of thing.

They are going to get some dinner and in the meantime, I am going to pick out a hotel for them. Poor Dad sounded exhausted on the phone. I hope they can get some good rest tonight.

Now we have a lot of wrapping and set-up for Solstice morning tomorrow. Then we pack tomorrow afternoon.

It’s confirmed

My parents thought they were checking into the hotel tomorrow… or else Mom tricked Dad to get him to leave earlier so they’d be sure to have enough time.  I don’t think that’s the case though.  Dad’s watch said the 21 for today (and it is only the 20th.)

They are almost in Gainesville, FL.  I have sent them to the University of Florida to watch 200,000 bats wake up and fly out of a bat house.

Anybody know of anything else to do in Gainesville or Ocala?

Mom and Dad are on the Road

Let me introduce you to a couple of our travelers.  Mom is a retired nurse.  She has congestive heart failure and uses a chair to get around.  Dad is a retired pipefitter.  He’s a real boot-strapper.  He has no idea that he is nearly 73.

Today is Tuesday.  Just got off of the phone with my mom.  I was a little concerned because she hadn’t been answering the phone and I knew they were supposed to be on the road since yesterday.

She and Dad nearly didn’t leave yesterday because Mom had a “heart issue” that would have required her to go to the ER if her doctor hadn’t been in the office yesterday.  It sounds like it was a fibrillation that she couldn’t get snapped back into the right rhythm.  Finally an ice cold bath did it.  She said that they almost cancelled.  Honestly, no vacation is worth killing yourself over.  They got it straightened out, but they didn’t get on the road yesterday until after 5 pm.  They drove until 3AM and then stopped at a Red Roof Inn (no reservations).

When I talked to her, they were somewhere in Georgia.  I asked them what they were going to do tomorrow (Wednesday).  She mentioned something about how the travel agent said that they should stop by when they get there, even if it is early to get dibbs on the connecting rooms and such.  I was a little confused, since we don’t fly down until Thursday.  She played it off like there was just so much to do that she wasn’t sure what they were going to do.  I’m pretty sure that until that very moment, she thought we were flying down tomorrow.

I supposed the other option is that they made an earlier reservation and for some reason didn’t want us to know…but that seems a little far-fetched.


Moriarty Christmas 2011

Three girls with scarves

We had Moriarty Christmas today. The girls all got matched scarves. Aren’t they cute?

In light of the new generation expanding, we changed the rules this year. Adults did a “nice $10 white elephant” gift to swap. Kids picked a cousin’s name out of a hat. It worked out well, despite some issues with the white elephant swapping rules.

Much food and many sweet treats were had by all.

OLOP Catholic Fest

The ride shot is actually a video.



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