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Kathryn Dowell

Kathryn Dowell
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Birthday Business

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Happy birthday to me! One of the best perks of getting older is redeeming all the free stuff companies give away for your birthday. Not wanting to give a proper noun list of companies...

Reading Together Time {The Convenience of Audiobooks}

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As an elder millennial, my audio book experience has been books on tape; cassette tapes. Big, bulky, sets of cassette tapes.  Fall of 2023, we purchased a new car, leaping forward from our previous 2011...

A Case for Homemade Classroom Goodies

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Class Valentines are always a thing I don’t plan well. It comes around ever year at the same time, but I still am surprised when it comes around again.  Wanting to do something not immediately...

Young Entrepreneurs {Tips for Selling at a Vendor Fair}

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A Kid’s Market is a vendor fair for kids to sell their items. A year after signing my kids up for their first, I want to share some tips we’ve learned. Finding Events Sometimes it becomes...

December 2023 Dayton Dozen {Family-Friendly Events}

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The year is almost over, but the family fun is just getting started! Here is your Dayton Dozen (another Baker's Dozen!) for December 2023 of family-friendly events and things to do this month. 1. Santa’s...

November 2023 Dayton Dozen {Family-Friendly Events}

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Hope you’ve all been enjoying the Fall festivities and fun of the season so far! Now, the holidays are quickly approaching. Whatever you’re celebrating, we have a roundup of our top picks for family-friendly things...

Ways to Stretch Our Budget

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Signing away our lives on a new car puts some new perspective in our budget. Here are some of the ways I’m trying to help make our money last: Price Match I’m all the time Googling...

Maker Spaces to Explore Around Town

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Have you ever wanted to explore 3D printing? Laser engraving? Sublimation? Button making? In the greater Dayton area, we have several library maker spaces to explore these opportunities plus some!  Washington Centerville Library has...
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September 2023 Dayton Dozen

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Fall Fun is right around the corner! We have your guide to all things Fall and end-of-Summer fun here in this September 2023 edition of the Dayton Dozen for Family-Friendly Events around town. (Psst...

Front-Loading Voyage {Tips for Trips with Littles}

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Said in my best Jeremy Irons voice, “BE PREPARED!” Trips with kids are never a “vacation” with the prep before, the managing during and the recovery after. Here are a few front-loading things I do...

Say What You Mean to Say

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Talking to kids in a way they’ll listen can be hard. Over years of trying, I’ve found these strategies. It’s a work in progress, always, but practice makes practice. It’s easy to default to the...
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May 2023 Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events & Date Night Ideas

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Spring has sprung! May brings all sorts of joy and renewal to our lives. May flowers, Mother's Day celebrations, May the 4th for all us Star Wars-loving fans, getting outside, (school ending - eek!...

DIY Game Night

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Along the lines of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, there’s an opportunity to make a DIY customizable game night for your family or group of friends. The gist of both games is having...

Non-Sweet Easter Treats {Ideas to Fill Your Baskets}

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Easter can be rather chocolate-forward and rationing candy as dessert only goes so far. I’ve found a balance I’m happy with for my family between sweets and non-food treats. Here are some of the...