SOCIAL MOMS AROUND COLUMBUS WAS COMPENSATED FOR THEIR TRIP TO CMA
Flowers in a Vase-Jan Brueghel (Little Joe)
The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is renovated and showcasing an all new interactive style for kids and adults. CMA is located downtown at 480 E. Broad Street with parking found in the rear. The museum is always FREE on Sundays! My family visited the museum on 1st Saturdays which is a relatively new program that the museum is launching to help draw in families. On this particular Saturday, the FREE workshops were split into 2 sessions and with different themes. My family attended the second session of making our own Tumbleweeds. What is a tumbleweed? Well, I think of the Wild West and big dust balls and debris rolling down the dirt road. What do you think of? We visited the Tumbleweed exhibit first so my kids could see one first hand before creating one in the workshop. As we were looking at the Tumbleweeds, I heard someone say, "Sir, please do not touch the tumbleweeds, they are art". Any guesses who was touching the art? MY HUSBAND. How embarrasing!
Air, Iron & Water-Robert Delaunay (Allison)
We decided to see ALL the exhibits and make Tumbleweeds last so we did not have to carry them throughout the museum. First thing I noticed about the museum was every room had an interactive station. This could be a puzzle, a riddle, an opinion poll or a hands on activity. I think my favorite was the Wish for Peace Tree. The tree was whimsical and I found myself drawn to the tree and all of the tags floating around for one to read. My kids were so kind hearted and asked why we have to wish for peace? The answer to that would make a great Mom-pinion blog.
Portuguese Women-Delaunay (Family pick)
My family enjoyed sitting down and putting together one whole puzzle, which was a replica of the painting we admired in front of us (left here). I also added my own little game for our family, which was everyone got to pick one favorite piece of art and the whole family would take a look at the other person's favorite. CMA was kind enough to provide me images of the works of art as pictures of art work are not permitted. The only favorite not here is my husband's. My husband picked "Seated Man with Pipe" by Pablo Picasso. CMA would have to pay a fee to distribute an image. I have never seen my husband so intrigued by a piece or art. He tried to find the man for nearly 30 minutes. I may have to save money for my own Picasso as an in home meditation focal point.
The Church of Varengeville-Claude Monet (Valerie)
Do you see me in this picture? I wish! I could lay on a blanket with grapes, cheese and wine stare at the horizon forever. After everyone picked their favorites, we headed down to the workshop. The corridor to the workshop had all kinds of hands on stations for kids. A fun one was the plastic fruit where you arrange your own still life and then sketch your still life. It was HARD for my kids to walk past the Wonder Room, but I was saving that for last so Mom and Dad could rest their tired feet! The staff in the workshop were very bubbly and excited about the Tumbleweed project. We did see on display the earlier 1st Saturday activity which was art with fruit sculpting (image in slide show). Tumbleweed materials were plentiful (wire, fabric, glitter, pipe cleaners, paper, straw, yarn, glue, paint, markers) and we all had our own idea of what our Tumbleweed creation would look like when finished. The staff kindly gave us bags for our finished Tumbleweeds and we headed off to the Wonder Room. The Wonder Room is just that a WONDERFUL ROOM. First thing I saw was a giant semi circle shaped modern couch. I sat down and could see my kids anywhere they went in the room. I wondered if a Mom helped design the room? In the Wonder Room, kids can build a fort, create modern art with trial and error of weighted shapes, make magnetic sculptures, watch educational programs of how to be creative with art at home and read books. My husband and I actually had a conversation. My only reccomendation for the Wonder Room was the lighting was a little low and I would have loved inspiring Classical music softly in the background. My family had a wonderful time and I look forward to many more visits to CMA. SMAC Approved! http://www.columbusmuseum.org/
SOCIAL MOMS AROUND COLUMBUS WAS COMPENSATED FOR THEIR TRIP TO CMA
It's cold outside and are you running out of ideas? Try the local Pet Store! My kids love the pet store especially Little Joe as he has an extreme allergy to doggies. My family loves to visit Petland located at 68 Meadow Park Lane,Lewis Center, OH 43135. When we go to Petland we always check out the dogs first and pick our favorite! Then it's off to the fish and reptiles. Then we look at the disgusting, I mean cute little rats and mice. We always hold and pet a bunny (no allergies to these!) and check out the noisy birds. I like to make a sad pout face at the kittens which are my favorite especially orange kitties. The staff at Petland is always pleasant and asks us if we would like to exercise a dog in the play cubicle but I always turn them down because of Little Joe's allergies. Little Joe does not seem to mind and really likes the pet store! One of the big hits at Petland is the tortoises that walk freely around in the store. VERY COOL! The tortoises live in little warm igloos. I could use one of those hot igloos right about now. Check out our fun pics of Petland and I hope you can visit them soon! SMAC Approved! http://www.petland-ohio.com/about_us.html
Since I’ve given up on New Year’s "resolutions" (at least in so far as my promises to work out, eat better and lose 10 pounds), my new year focus generally revolves around trying to get our house back in order after the chaos and clutter of the holidays are put away. For a lot of people, finding a place for all that new stuff becomes an even greater problem, and that may be when the thought process begins…do we love it or list it? We faced this decision ourselves about 5 years ago, and made the decision to do a sizable remodeling and addition project on our house. But why would a REALTOR opt for the inconvenience of the project over the move?
To borrow the title of the new HGTV program, Love It or List It?, there are a lot of things to consider when your space no longer fits your needs.
1. Do you like your street, your yard, your neighbors and your kids’ school? Then it may make sense to think about remodel or refresh of your current home.
2. Will an addition fit? Most cities and towns- or even your subdivision itself- may have specific rules and regulations about how close your house can be to your neighbor’s. If your home already has a large "footprint" there may not be room for growth.
3. Where does your house fall on the pricing spectrum of your neighborhood? You may know the answer to this from living in the community, or you may want to call a Realtor for a price comparison. Generally speaking, most people don’t want to be the most expensive house on the block. If you’re priced in the middle to low end, you’ve got more ability to recoup your investment or price
yourself into the market.
4. Do the changes you need make sense for resale? Regardless of how much you may love your house and your neighborhood, a job transfer, an ailing relative or change in situation may require a future move sooner than you think. You want to make sure the money you spend goes towards projects buyers are looking for.
There is a great survey done annually by The National Association of Realtors and Remodeling Magazine that shows (on average) the return on investment for changes to your home:
In my case we loved our neighborhood, the school system and our lot. We had room to grow and, at least at that time, adding to the value of our home made financial sense for the real estate market. One other reason I knew that I’d rather remodel was because as a Realtor, I’m ALWAYS looking at houses, and I hadn’t seen one I liked better! It takes only a few minutes for a Realtor to set up a search for you to see what’s available in your "dream" area. Why not check out the competition and see if it makes more sense to "Love It or List It?"
Beth Dittmar is a fan of "Social Moms Around Columbus" and a Realtor with RE/MAX Affiliates in Westerville. She specializes in helping Buyers and Sellers in Southern Delaware County. She can be reached at 614-839-1049 or at www.bethdittmar.com