Aprons & Easels – Hilliard, OH

In my almost 6 years in Columbus I have neglected to do much that is crafty. I have also failed miserably when it comes to getting out and doing things alone.

I met April through a local Facebook page when I was looking for someone to watch Pippa. It was one of those things that I had never thought about needed to do and she was willing to keep Pippa in her home and not cage her, that to me was amazing.

A couple of years ago April opened Aprons & Easels in Hilliard and it took off. I had neglected to visit because, let me reiterate, I do not like doing things alone. So no matter how pretty or awesome a painting was or fun a class looked, going alone wasn’t my MO ~ even with wine involved 🤷🏻‍♀️

Aprons & Easels is a very welcoming environment that displays a ton of great programs for both the beginner and advanced artist.  As I am not really a beginner, but I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, I was intrigued when April had a succulents class – I like plants!

When I walked in I was blown away by all the cool things that are available to do at Aprons & Easels – pallet paintings, glass painting, succulents, mom & me, couples and of course your traditional painting on canvas.

Everyone there was most helpful and welcoming.  There was a little table set up with some snacks and beverages which was nice and there were samples of all kinds of previous work to show what classes can be offered.

This is a great location for a girls night out, mom and me event, fundraiser or company get together.  They have all kinds of options, you just have to call and ask!

Currently there is a Groupon available or if you want to look at upcoming classes you can look and register –> HERE!

Columbus Adventures

I’ve lived in Columbus for about 6 years now. In the last few months I have had a chance to do a few fun Columbus activities.

First up, the Circleville Pumpkin Show with two of my girlfriends. It was a fun filled day of pumpkins, gourds and lots of food. So many pumpkins of every shape, size and color. How they even get all those pumpkins in one place is beyond me.

The pumpkin doughnuts were delicious, the vendors were great and although parking was a pain in the ass, we went on a great day.

A lot to see, eat and look at. Consider visiting – this happens every year and while it has a fair feel, this is put on by a community who takes great pride in their pumpkin community and heritage.

Next up this year was a trip to Columbus Axe Throwing with the girls. This was a super cool experience. I was amazed I wasn’t afraid of throwing an axe and even hit the wall a few times. The girls and I loved it and spent a lot of time laughing and trying to compete in mini games.

We were paired up with another group and competed for trophies. The instructor was great and showed us how to throw properly, where to throw and gave us tips each time on doing better.

I heard that they have leagues and other fun activities. It is definitely looking like another trip back is in our future.

As I go about my days I hope to continue to find new and awesome things to do in my new city. My friends are awesome and I am super excited to keep finding new hidden gems across Columbus to do.

Gwynnie Bee – Take 3

I received my third Gwynnie Bee package this week!  I was super excited that I had a dress coming, I have been needing to try some new styles out for work and was super excited for my outfit to arrive. 

I hung up my Gwynnie Bee dress and was pretty excited to wear it. I had the perfect event and when I put the dress on I was pretty excited that it fit, but was a little disappointed it was longer than I saw in the picture.  Being 5′ 6″ and having nice legs, I was hoping for a similar look to the picture. 

The dress was comfortable, but wish I had more control top under garments to suck it all in a bit.  Overall the dress worked, but sadly it is going back to Gwynnie Bee – I wasn’t sold on it.

I have some great options coming up and can’t wait to try some out in upcoming weeks. 


Have you checked out Gwynnie Bee?  

What did you think?

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Duo

Have you ever tried something the first time and were not 100% sure if you liked it?  That was me using this Aveeno Positively Radiant Duo.

I received these items from Crowdtap recently so that I could review them, free of charge.

I have been a huge proponent of other face care items over the years, but as I am edging on 40, I have realized that I need to start washing my face before bed, taking my makeup off and start using a moisturizer.  Previously I was using more of an acne prevention cleaner, toner and lotion.

The first time I used the Aveeno 60-second In Shower product I wasn’t sure I liked it. I don’t know that it left my skin clean, but it did leave it soft.  I used some witch hazel afterwards and then makeup as usual.

As I used it more and more over the last two weeks I did notice that I didn’t feel the need to use as much makeup and I wasn’t applying my makeup as heavy as I had been previously.

Overall, I really do like this product and will continue to keep using it and fortunately I can find it at Target!

Next up was an even harder sell on me, Aveeno Overnight Hydrating Facial creme. I have  a bad habit of not washing my face at night. I am lucky to make sure that I take my makeup off each night, let alone put a creme on to make my face look brighter, softer and keep it hydrated. I am a creature of habit and honestly making sure I do anything before I crawl into bed, except walk the dog, is asking a lot.

So, here I am, trying a new thing and break bad habits. I started using this every other night, which was a stretch, but I do have to say that in the morning my face felt great. Some days I don’t do much other than brush my teeth and change from pajamas to yoga pants (I work at home), so this makes me feel good, you know for when the UPS man stops by.

I am trying to get into the habit of using these two products on a regular basis and keeping an eye out for results. I do think that if you get a chance to try something new, these two will do the trick and are quite easy to use.

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Gwynnie Bee – Take 2

A few weeks ago I shared with you my first box from Gwynnie Bee!  I am enamored with this service and being able to try new outfits and return them every month (or week). 

My initial item was a great shirt.  I decided against keeping it, as it was my first shipment and I can’t afford to pay each month and buy the items too. 

I returned the shirt and my next item shipped immediately.  This was super exciting because I had pre-loaded items I was interested in initially. 

My next package arrive while I was traveling, so I came home to jeans.  I was immediately excited and set out to wear them the next day as I took my nephew to play!

Let me be honest, I put them on and I knew they were too big. I loved how they were right in the leg, but around my waist I could fit my hand inside, so a size 18W was not for me. I put a belt on and wore them anyway to see of they grew on me. 

They didn’t. I was sad. 

Mainly I was really looking forward to a new pair of jeans. I am always wearing them and want to look stylish. 

I washed them and then tried them again this week to see if anything changed, like my mood or viewpoint. 

Nope. Still don’t like them. 

What to do?

I’m going to wash them and send them back tomorrow and see what I get next!

Follow along and let me know your thoughts.

Remember, check out Gwynnie Bee and let me know what you think!

Peace,

Jody

AHA! A Hands On Adventure (Children’s Museum)

When you are an aunt to a very active 3-year old boy, when he comes to visit you find all kinds of things to do to keep that little boy busy.

We visited Buckeye Children’s Museum a week or so ago and this week we settled on AHA! A Hands On Adventure!

When you visit their website you see that they have all kinds of fun stations for kids to visit and keep them busy and allow their imagination to run wild.

When you arrive you are warmly welcomed by staff, and your kids are off and running. My nephew was stoked to find all kinds of fun things to do. 

He was immediately drawn to the balls and watching what happens when you put the ball into a pipe:

He took a peek at the fishing area for a bit and then a jaunt to the water area. 

My nephew had a blast playing in all the different areas and interacting with other children. There were Birthday parties going on, so we were not able to utilize the lunch area, but never fear, we just are in the arts and crafts area.

The place was colorful, engaging and kept him going for around 2 1/2 hours. There were kids there of all ages, but mainly under the age of 6/7. They have all kinds of activities and themes to keep the little ones engaged. I like that they want the parents to stay with their children, but found I was able to hang back and watch from a distance while he explored on his own.


We purchased our tickets on Groupon, however $6 per person is well worth the price paid.

If you are in Central Ohio and looking for something to do this is a great place to take little ones to let them run off energy.  It’s about 50 minutes from Columbus and the fact I could pack our lunches made it well worth the visit.

Check out AHA! and let me know what you think! My nephew loved it and I have to say that the trains were his favorite!

S’ip by S’Well

This my friends is the water bottle of all water bottles.  The S’Well Water Bottle has to be the best thing that I have ever spent more than $10 in my entire adult life.

Do you want to know why it is so awesome?

Let’s start with water.  I am not a fan of ice cold water. I have become accustomed to putting water in a glass, letting it sit out for a bit and then drinking it because then it is room temperature and I can more or less chug it.  This is likely because I am not one to “remember” to drink H2O all the time and when I need it, I usually need it.

I put cold tap water into my S’Well Water Bottle around 8:00 am – I remembered to drink out of my water bottle around 10:00 am and I was expecting lukewarm water, the way that I usually drink it.

Nope.

It was still cold.  I mean it was tap water cold, but it was still COLD.

That is example #1.

Now for example #2.

Hot tea.  I am a lover of tea, hot or cold. When I travel I like to make tea in the morning and drink it throughout the entire day, since I don’t add anything to it and like it hot and cold – this can be black tea or green tea, it really doesn’t matter much.

I had to travel this past week and I wasn’t a fan of the hotels coffee, so I would make black tea each morning, put it into my S’Well bottle and head to the office.  The first day I was expecting my tea to be drinkable by the time I got to the office, but I left it in my car, forgot about it and when I returned to my car a few hours later I opened it up and expected to chug it, like any reasonable person would, but to my amazement (proof by my burnt mouth) it was just as HOT as it was when I poured it at 8:30 am.

This was life changing. I can now pour myself a drink and know that it will be the same temperature for hours later.

S’Well says a drink will remain cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours and I can say for certain that this is true. On top of the bottle being stylish, fitting into my cup holder in my car and super easy to clean, I am pretty much in love with this water bottle.

I am thinking about getting the larger bottle next, so I can keep one hot and one cold.

If you get one, or already have one, let me know what you think!