Mary Kneidel

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As a native of Cleveland, Mary came to Columbus to attend THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) where she met her husband during the first week of college! Fast forward: She is now a stay at home mom to three young kids, a job which she finds to be demanding yet equally joyous. With an educational background in architecture, you can find her keeping up with the real estate market as well as going out of her way to see a beautiful historical building (which is, of course, thrilling for her children). Prior to having kids, she traveled on faith-related trips to Siberian Russia, Taiwan, and Brazil. These days, she stays closer to home but still loves discovering new neighborhoods and towns. In her spare time, you can find her out in nature, biking, drinking a good cup of coffee, or enjoying a historical fiction novel. Mary is thrilled to be a part of the writing team and to highlight the awesome, family-friendly places in her beloved city.
Family Time This Winter Break

35 Ways To Spend Quality Family Time This Winter Break

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Winter Break is almost here! Do you usually want to ship your kids back to school (and your spouse back to work) by day three? With a little intentional planning beforehand, you can make...
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75+ Free Winter Break Activities

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Winter break is almost here! Are you wondering how to fill up the entire two weeks? We have you covered! Here is our list of more than 75 FREE winter break activities in Columbus to keep...

Cheap Eats in Columbus for a Family of Five

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Going out to dinner as a family of five can be very pricey! On occasion, our restaurant bill has amounted to almost half of our grocery bill for that week! To keep that eating...

10 Tips for a Great Summer Routine With Your Kids

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Summer routine. Wait, isn't that a bit of an oxymoron? Isn't summer for lazy days, sleeping in, relaxing by the pool, and no routine? Yes...and no. Too many days without a routine can make you wish...
beach at Hilton Head

Hilton Head Vacation: My Family’s Top Five List

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Brrrr!!! Is all this cold weather causing you to dream about your next beach vacation? Me, too! Last year, our family took an amazing summer trip to Hilton Head Island. I finally was able...
Upper Arlington Spotlight The Mallway Area 2

Upper Arlington Spotlight: The Mallway Area

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Looking for an afternoon outing with your children? Try visiting the quaint Mallway area in Upper Arlington. The Mallway neighborhood is filled with beautiful, historic homes, tree-lined streets, and adorable shops. This charming area...

5 Columbus Adventures: For the Nature-Loving Family

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Our family loves the outdoors. My husband even grew up with woods in his backyard. Our kids, however, are growing up with close neighbors and in walking distance to shops and restaurants. Not the same. Thankfully,...

Coffee + Park: Doing the Columbus Coffee Trail With Kids

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Have you done the Columbus coffee trail? Visit at least four stops along the trail, and you will receive a free (and cute) Columbus coffee T-shirt. Coffee for you. Park for them. Top it off...
Sleeping Bear Dunes vacation

Sleeping Bear Dunes Vacation: My Family’s Top Five List

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Are you looking for a family-friendly beach vacation within driving distance? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the Michigan coastline just might check all the boxes for you! Seemingly a hidden gem, it was...
Camping With Kids Tips For A Great Trip

Camping With Kids: Tips For A Great Trip

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Do you have fond memories of family camping trips? Maybe your memories are similar to mine: exploring the woods with cousins, singing by the fire, eating my uncle's gourmet meals, and the tent just...