Last weekend, my husband and I had the honor to attend Christine’s Christmas for the incredible Make-A-Wish Foundation. During my years in the news business, I covered many stories about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and truly fell in love with this organization. The wishes they grant are incredible and to see the impact they have on the lives of so many children is heartwarming.

Saturday night was filled with delicious food, an impressive silent auction and phenomenal orchestrated Christmas concert. Christine’s Christmas is an annual holiday concert established in 2004 in memory of Christine Wilson, a year after the deadly 2003 OSU campus fire that took Christine’s life along with four of her friends. Christine had a love for children and was passionate about building a career about helping them. Her legacy lives on through this holiday concert as it captures her thoughtfulness and
passion for children through music and celebration.

While Christine’s Christmas brings joy each year to those who attend the concert, its impact extends beyond the concert hall. To date, the event has raised more than $900,000 for children’s charities! WOW! In 2016, Christine’s Christmas began partnering with Make-A-Wish to support granting wishes for children in Central Ohio battling critical conditions.

This year’s Make-A-Wish kid was Delaware native, Isaiah (16) battling leukemia, who wishes to be a music producer. His wish was granted by Christine’s Christmas in October, when he was surprised with his very own music producing studio in his home, complete with a computer and state-of-the-art music equipment. Isaiah and his family were also able to attend Saturday night’s concert.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. There are currently over 300 children in central Ohio
who are awaiting their wish. For more details on how to get engaged, please visit: or follow us on social media @makeawishohkyin.

*This post was sponsored by Make-A-Wish Foundation. All opinions are my own.*




Such a lovely evening at Christine’s Christmas!
Beautiful performance at a beautiful venue. 
Columbus Native Jessica Grove and her father were mesmerizing. 
A photo of the woman this event is in honor of, Christine Wilson.

It’s that time of year again, for Goldfish Swim School to roll out their amazing holiday gift baskets. These baskets are always a perfect way to give your family the gift of experiences for the holiday season. This year’s offer is better than ever!

If you are local to the Columbus area… you will love this!

This year’s basket includes:

$200 in Family Credit at Goldfish Swim School 
Aaron Taylor Photography – 1 $100 Gift Certificate
Arnold SportsWorld Expo for Kids & Teens: 2 adult admission ticket ($40.00 value)
Art Garden Studios: 1 Free Class + Sketch Book ($40.00 value)
Barre3 Powell: 1 single class pass ($24.00 value)
Charleys Philly Steaks: 1 small-size Philly sandwich ($7.14 value)
Crazy Richards: Pure Peanut Butter Powder ($5.25)
FIT4MOM Free Week Pass ($35.00 value)
Friendship Crossfit: 3-classes and 30min goal setting & consultation ($85.00 value)
Goldfish Swim School pencil pouch 
Goldfish Swim School branded tote bag
Goldfish Swim School family swim passes ($30.00 value)
Gymboree Play & Music: 1 preview class ($18.00 value)
Jets Pizza: 1 large one-topping pizza ($11.49 value)
Lazer Kraze: 1 free inflatables admission ($8.00 value)
Magic Mountain Fun Center: 1 attraction pass for KidsGym Climbing Playland ($6.50 value)
Menchies: First 5 ounces free ($2.75 value)
Mutts & Co.: 1 Dog Wash ($15.00 value)
North Orange Family Dentistry: Free Whitening Tray for new customers ($360.00 value)
Northepointe Dance Academy 2 free dance classes ($35.00 value)
Nothing Bundt Cakes: 1 Bundlet  ($3.99 value)
Pinnell Dance Centre: $20 off registration 
Recreations Outlet: 3 Visit Play passes ($24.00 value)
Sky Zone: 1 – 30 minute pass ($4.50 value)
Sportsclips: MVP Haircut ($25.00 value)
Star Legacy Dental: $100 credit
Sweet and Sassy: Free nail polish ($7.00 value)
Sweet E’s Cookies: 1 free cookie ($3.00 value)
Texas Roadhouse – Polaris: Free Kids Meal ($7.00 value)
ZipZone Outdoor Adventures: 2 kids park admission tickets ($36.00 value) 
WOW!! Convinced? This is a $2,100 value priced at only $210!!!
Call today to order your holiday gift basket from Goldfish Swim School: 614-407-3473.
*This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School. All opinions are my own.*

Okay, we all search for the ultimate thing to give to our loved ones. And if you’re like me, you may even struggle to find something to “ask” for. My husband always wants gift ideas for me, and I never really know what to tell him.

This year, we are not going the traditional route of toys…rather practical gifts. For example, all three kids are getting new lounge chairs and a book shelf. Lucky them!

I’m not alone in this school of thought on purchasing more practical or “experience” type items. There’s just something really magical about purchasing something that will create more lasting memories.

Goldfish Swim School has put together a remarkable gift basket this holiday season. It’s such a great idea for that hard to buy for individual. Check out the list of Columbus-based goodies included:

  • $193 Family Credit at Goldfish Swim School
  • 2 Family Swim Passes at Goldfish Swim School 
  • Bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes 
  • 2 Kids Meals from Texas Roadhouse – Polaris 
  • 2 Child Admission Passes to ZipZone Outdoor Adventures Kids Park 
  • 1 Large One-Topping Pizza from Jets Pizza 
  • 1 Jar of Pure Peanut Butter from Crazy Richard’s 
  • 1 Preview Class at Gymboree Play & Music 
  • 1 Half Dozen Donuts from Duck Donuts 
  • 1- 5 oz cup from Menchie’s 
  • 2- 30 Minute Passes to Sky Zone 
  • 1 Child’s Nail Polish from Sweet & Sassy 
  • 1 Philly Sandwich from Charleys Philly Steaks 
  • 2 Ice Skate Rentals from The Chiller 
  • 1 Kids Meal from Matt The Miller’s Tavern 
  • 1 $50 Gift Certificate from Aaron Taylor Photography 
  • 3- Two Hour Play Passes to Recreations Outlet 
  • 2 Adult Admission Tickets to the Arnold SportsWorld Expo for Kids & Teens 
  • 1 Class at Barre3 in Powell 
  • 1 Attraction Pass to Magic Mountain Fun Center 
The basket is sold for $205 and the value is well over $500, and it can be purchased at Goldfish Swim School in Dublin or Westerville. But they won’t last…stop in to purchase yours today!

‘Twas 2 nights before Christmas and this idiotic mother of 3;
decided massive grocery shopping at 5 o’clock was just the job for me.

I promised the kids cookies, if they were good and well-behaved;
But the whining started early, so with good reason, I immediately caved.

Armed now with a peppermint mocha and chocolate chip cookies in tow;
I pulled into the grocery parking lot searching for a spot high and low.

With nothing close by, of course I had to park a mile away;
I forgot everyone’s coats, so inside the heated car is where the kids begged to stay.

I finally wrangled everyone outside and into a massive race car shopping cart;
With the baby strapped to my chest, I took a deep breath… no turning back, it was time to start.

Cookies occupied the older kids and the newborn was asleep at last;
My list was short, I felt prepared, and confident this trip would be fast.

However, items for this Christmas feast started to fill the heavy cart full;
Orange juice, milk, ham, eggs, wine, and ginger beer for Moscow mules.

I noticed I was out of breath, and unfortunately starting to sweat;
The cart was slowing down, impossible to push, and the kids were starting to fret.

At a 90 degree angle, huffing and puffing, we were becoming quite the sight to see;
And then I heard the words every mom hates to hear; “Mommy! I have to pee!”

The bathroom was at the other end of the store and we had to get there quick;
The kids were crying for water and now claiming they were feeling sick.

Eye rolling through the store, we pulled up to the bathroom and my son went in;
I helped my daughter get a drink of water but she slipped out of my hands and headfirst in the fountain she fell in.

Soaking wet and crying, I finally got her to settle down;
Just as my son came out, I saw some people I knew from my small hometown.

I looked down, ducked and shoved the cart before making eye contact;
Turning around, I pulled the cart as fast as I could to the cheese section way in the back.

The kids found this a perfect time to sing loudly the festive tune of Jingle Bells;
At this point I’m texting my husband begging him to leave work early and help save me from this living hell.

We made it to the cheese when the cart got completely wedged in between the muffins and wine;
an employee from the deli section had to help pull the cart out, and knocked over a giant Happy Holidays sign.

Embarrassed and cursing myself in my head this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done;
The food aisles were jam packed so I tried to hide out until my husband could come.

My son grabbing food, my daughter climbing out of the cart, my newborn screaming, people staring in disbelief;
Suddenly, the heavens opened and with tears of joy I spotted my husband with an immediately sigh of relief.

We checked out, loaded up the car and I zoomed out of there faster than the speed of light;
With that place in my rearview mirror, I never looked back, or slowed down until it was completely out of sight.

During Christmas dinner, I told this horror story to my family who all had a good laugh;
I assured them the sacrifice…I seriously thought I’d die for this meal’s behalf.

So, let this be a lesson learned for all to know, hear and see…
Two days before Christmas, the grocery store is the very last place you will find me!

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