Amazing Indoor Play Center at Jump & Jack’s in West Chester, Ohio

It was a miserable cold, wet day and I really needed to get the kids out of the house. They were starting to bounce off the walls because they hadn’t been out much recently. We had the whole day off and decided to try somewhere new. I made out a short list of places that I was willing to take them and let the girls pick one. They took their time and looked up pictures online of each option before agreeing on Jump & Jack’s in West Chester, Ohio. West Chester is on the north side of Cincinnati.

It was fairly easy to locate with the help of GPS. I only took one wrong turn. The parking lot is large but it was mostly full when we got there. The kids were quite impressed when we walked in the door. The place is huge! I paid for the girls. Kids under 3 are $4. Kids 3 and up are $8 on weekdays and $10 on Friday nights and weekends. The girls took off their shoes and quickly went on their way. There is an area for shoes and coats at the front.

This is the perfect place to run off all that pent-up winter energy. The girls had so much fun! The main playset is multiple levels of fun. It includes tons of slides, tubes to climb through, obstacle courses, a maze, and small playrooms with one item like a balance beam or large ball.

In the center of the place, there was an interactive game screen on the floor that you play with your feet. Octavia and Isabella enjoyed this. They played with it for a while with some other kids. This is surrounded by tables which is really nice when us old people need a break. They sell drinks and food. Water was $1. They do have a water fountain as well. We didn’t eat there so I can’t tell you anything about their food.

There was a small baby/toddler area. I took Octavia in here for a while to give the big kids a break from helping her through the big play area. She had a good time playing with other kids her age. There are loads of seating and some tables in the room with this play area. It’s in a closed off area so it’s a great way to get away for the noise for a little while.

The back room is full of inflatables including a couple of bounce houses. This area is only open during certain times and they close it for parties. We were lucky enough to be there when it was open. Octavia loved the basic bounce house. It was mainly small kids on that one and the big kids were on the inflatable obstacle course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to Smoothie King after we left. It was right around the corner and sounded great after all the running around. It was super yummy!

Jump & Jack’s Location: 7102 Office Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069

Cutting my Hair for Donation and a New Look

Before

There are not a ton of pictures of me on this blog because I am so often behind the camera but I do have a face. Also, I had a ton of hair! I had been growing it out to donate to a company that makes wigs for kids or women. You should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Dry it completely. Make sure it is dry when you send it because it will mold. Don’t put any product in it.

I love how it turned out! Nicole at The Color Room in Florence, Kentucky cut it. She did an amazing job and was very kind. I would happily see her again. It feels so nice to be rid of the weight of all that hair. My hair is very thick. She separated it into six small ponytails before cutting it. I had brought in a couple of pictures I liked and she helped me decide what would look nice. I am very pleased with the results.

I ended up donating 12 inches. This is my eighth donation. I have donated to Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love in the past. I will be mailing out this donation next week after double checking the qualifications to make sure I mail it to a place that will be able to process mine. Some take gray hair. Some take dyed hair. Some have different length requirements.

I hope this hair helps somebody feel beautiful and brings them joy!

10 Family Movie Nights Brought to You by NETFLIX

1.) Incredibles 2 – OMG! Disney’s Incredibles 2 is now on Netflix! This is a great family movie night that covers all ages. I was as excited about this as my kids were. The basic idea of the first movie was that two superheroes fell in love, got married, and had some kids. Those kids have superpowers too. The world blamed superheroes for some things and they all went into hiding. If you haven’t seen, you really should and then you will know why everybody is excited to watch the sequel. In this movie, Elastigirl (Mom) gets recruited for a high-profile crime-fighting mission and Mr. Incredible takes on full-time parenting for three superkids. Madness and hilarity ensue.

2.) Coco – This movie is a beautiful masterpiece. It is visually stunning and has a great soundtrack. The story is deep and interesting for the whole family. The story follows Miguel, a young would be musician. Music is banned in his family but it is all he can think about. He goes on a quest into the afterlife on the day of the dead to meet his ancestor and finally understand his family legacy.

3.) Bolt – This movie is so much fun and it has a less Disney vibe than other Disney movies (if this makes any sense). It’s even more fun if you happen to have your own good boy at home to cuddle while watching it. It’s about a famous “Hollywood” dog that believes he has superpowers. He spends the movie coming to terms with the fact that he is an ordinary dog but even ordinary dogs are super to their humans. It does have some dramatic themes that could be scary to sensitive little ones.

4.) Hercules – Disney took this ancient story and made it fun for all ages. The soundtrack alone makes it worth watching. It has just enough Disney sass to make it funny for the adults as well.

5.) Next Gen – This is a Netflix Original. The main character who hates robots, ends up forming an unlikely friendship with a top-secret robot, madness ensues and they end up on an action packed adventure to save humanity. Our kids enjoyed this almost as much as their father.

6.) Boss Baby – This movie is hilarious. Some babies are sent to Earth and other babies are sent to work at BabyCo to ensure that babies remain at the top. When things go awry, a top business baby is sent in to stop a dastardly plot that could leave babies unloved. The sibling relationship is the reason this movie is so enjoyable. There is some crude humor and a few high action moments.

7.) Pokemon the Movie I Choose You! – For all of the parents out there who grew up loving pokemon, this is for you. This movie is an alternate take on Ash’s journey from the first episode of Pokemon. What if Ash’s journey was completely different? What if instead of gym battles and a fun storyline with Misty and Brock, he and Pikachu embarked on a journey to find the legendary Ho-Oh?

8.) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – This is a classic that everybody should watch at some point. The Earth is being destroyed and an average Brit goes on the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a funny movie with a great cast. Perfect for movie night with your preteens!

9.) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Flint Lockwood is the neighborhood failure. His science experiments don’t work out the way he hopes until one day he invents a machine that makes food literally fall from the sky. He is an overnight success and his town, that was going under, is suddenly booming with tourists. He enjoys the attention of being thrust into the spotlight but things go too far. The folk around town including Flint’s father, Sam Sparks (the weather girl), and Baby Brent add to the amusement.

10.) Despicable Me 3 – In the third movie, Gru loses his job and finds out that he has a long-lost twin. It’s a very action packed movie with a lot of humor. If you were a fan of the first two or simply love the Minions, this is worth watching.

Put on your favorite pajamas, make some popcorn, and cozy in for a great evening. Your whole family will love these movies and your pocketbook will thank you for a frugal night spent in with your family.

March Goals 2019

March Goals

  • Pay off Credit Card #10
  • Pay on Loan
  • Save Money
  • File Our Taxes
  • Continue Decluttering
  • Further my education about homeschooling

We will be paying off $1,500 on our final credit card this month! We are so excited to be done with these! We have decided to hustle a little and really cut back on spending for a while to be able to make a bigger dent this month. We are setting kind-of high goals but we need to push ourselves harder. We have been paying things off but we know we could do better and more importantly, we need to do more in order to hit our lofty goals. This leads me to goal #2. Pay as much as possible on the loan we took out for Ivy’s oral surgery. It’s $1,300. I’m not sure how far we’ll make it but we are going to just do our best to pay as much as possible.

We need to file our taxes this month. We have one paper left to pick up before we file. We will decide what to do with our return when we find out if/how much we will receive.

We will continue to declutter our house. We are hoping to finish a large portion of the boxes in our basement that have been there since we moved into our home six years ago. We don’t know what is in most of them. We know there are sentimental items in some of them. We also need to work on our garage. We plan to have a few garage/yard sales this spring and summer. I want to try selling a few things online as well. We have so much stuff to get rid of before we leave. Every dollar we make selling things is going toward our plan and whatever step we are on. We are currently still working on paying off debt.

I want to further my education about homeschooling and start to get a rough plan together of how we will handle some of the basics. I have put together a list of well reviewed books that I want to read. I think that they may help me to have a better understanding of education. I am able to get most of them from the library. Yay! I checked out three of them to get started. If I feel that I need any of them to reference in the future, I can buy the Kindle version at that time. One of the books I chose is completely dedicated to homeschooling styles. I want to get a better understanding of these. I am hopeful that these three books will provide me with more depth of information than I have been able to find online thus far.

It’s going to be a busy month around here. I’ll fill you in at the end of the month about how we did. What are you working on this month? Let me know in a comment below. I love hearing from you!

February 2019 – End of Month Review

  • $1037.51 on credit card #10
  • Major Decluttering
  • Work on this site
  • Cook More
  • Health and Dental

We paid the $1,037.51 on our credit card. We have $1,500 left until it is paid off. I’m so excited to be done with this!

This month was very weird. I was starting to feel a little burned out with life. I was at that point where I was working harder and getting less out of it. I felt like I was always going, going, going and not reaching my destination. I was being pulled in so many directions all the time. I’m a mother of three, a wife, a nurse, and a blogger. We are on our debt-free journey and we are preparing for long-term travel starting in 2020. I felt like I had too many balls in the air. I decided I needed a mental break from everything I could avoid. I wasn’t on social media much. I didn’t blog. I didn’t think about anything in the future past dinner each day. I didn’t work on anything that I didn’t have to. I used our basic budget and didn’t update anything. I set aside travel planning and the endless to do list that is my life right now. We did continue to work on the house this month. We didn’t do nearly as much as we had originally planned. We did what we wanted to when the energy struck. Honestly, I spent most of this month hanging out with my kids, playing video games (mostly Skyrim), reading books, drinking coffee, cooking, and lounging on the sofa way too much. I didn’t work on this site. I did cook a lot more.

Michael has a follow-up for his back in a couple of weeks. He is starting to feel better but still has trouble sitting for more than a half an hour or so. We are hopeful that he will continue to get better. He has lost almost 30 pounds in the last couple months which has really helped.

The girls had their dental checkups and everything went great.

I am hoping to find more balance going forward. I need to give myself more time to relax and set a time of day that I need to stop working on everything everyday. The problem with blogging and social media is that you could be working on something 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The problem with being a planner and having something as massive as long-term travel with three kids ahead of you is that you have a million small decisions to make. The research alone was a large part of that mental burnout. I am trying to decide on so many things. Where do we want to go? Do we want to travel in an RV? Camper? SUV? Van? What vaccinations do we need? When should we get our passports in order? International driver license? What does the dog need? Where can we take him? What about school? Homeschool? Online? Roadschooling? There are homeschooling styles? Which one is which? We need to massively declutter our belongings. What do I do with all this stuff? Where should we rent a storage unit? Safety deposit box? P.O. box or mail service? How do we store our photos? Should we scan them? Which scanner should we buy? Should we do suitcases or backpacks? What should we take with us? One thing will lead to another and another and another until my head is spinning with the amount of decisions I have to make. I have set a few boundaries going forward that I hope will keep me from burning myself out again. Hopefully, y’all will see a whole lot more of me.