Trying to stay sane this summer. Trying.

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We’re four days deep into summer vacation, and I already feel like I’m going to lose my mind. Not kidding.

You see, I work at home and I have a daughter who is 1) gifted and 2) extroverted.

In other words, my complete opposite. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter with all of my heart, and she IS my little buddy. BUT we’re like oil and water when we spend too much time together. I guess this is one of the pit-falls of having an only child. Her need to be entertained, and my need to be left alone (occasionally or pretty often depending upon how you look at it) just don’t mix. I remember BP (before Preschool) how tough it was. But I figured this summer will be different because she’s old enough (7 and entering 2nd grade) to entertain herself, right? WRONG. If anything she just wants to know more and have even more interaction.

I’m going to be doing a few things this week to kinda set up our summer. On the computer, I’m creating links to some of my favorite educational websites (Quaver Music and First in Math) and adding links to some of her favorite “fun” sites like Monster High, Barbie and American Girls.

IRL (0r in real life, for those of you looking at those letters thinking something entirely different) I’m signing her up for nearly every library program. We are so fortunate for having this in our area. We’re also continuing with her drum lessons, something she loves. Then there’s the Kids Bowl Free program, which I am a huge fan of. We actually sign up for this every summer, and it’s become a tradition for our family to get the family pass. At this point, I’m also looking into a Boonshoft Museum Membership. I think she’d really like it, and it’s a nice and COOL place to hang out in. Plus, she loves the bats. I also love this list from SavingsLifestyle.com of things to do in Dayton on the cheap this summer.

Has your summer started yet? And have you found that you need to make plans? I’d love some insight from y’all. And if you have any suggestions of “must dos” in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana area, I’d love to hear them!



Frisch’s $25 Gift Card Giveaway and FREE Big Boy on May 3

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Frisch’s holds a special place in my heart, so when they recently reached out to me to host a giveaway, I jumped at the chance.While they are providing me with a promotional item to spread the word, it doesn’t change my opinion of them (my way of giving you the disclosure, but it’s a little sappy too).

As a kid, it was an oasis of sorts with one of my favorite relatives. We would go almost every Sunday and order the same thing: a Big Boy, fries and a vanilla Coke.

It’s funny, because now I get the warm fuzzies going there with my daughter. She loves Frisch’s (she actually calls it “Buddy’s”, which is the cutest thing EVER).

So on May 3rd, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Dave Frisch’s birthday, otherwise known as Founder’s Day! It’s kinda my personal way to say “Thanks for the memories (and good food), Dave!”


What’s even better, is that Frisch’s wants to spend this special day with ALL of us! Visit any Frisch’s on May 3rd dressed as Big Boy and you’ll receive a FREE Big Boy! You can create your own costume or “check” out a free printable costume here. If you want to jump in on the conversation, follow the hashtag on Twitter: #FrischsFoundersDay or join the event on Facebook– you can even invite your friends.

And now for the giveaway! You can win a Frisch’s $25 gift card, by commenting below- What’s your favorite menu item at Frisch’s?

Winner will be chosen by Random.org on Thursday, April 25th at 10:00am. Good luck, and thanks for being a DomesticDebacle.com reader!



Kids Bowl Free is BACK!

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*Disclosure: I was asked to provide information in exchange for a family pass. My family and I really do do this every year though!


Every summer, my family and I look forward to Kids Bowl Free at our local bowling alley! It’s a great activity to get the whole family out of the house and interacting with each other. And it’s a family-friendly activity that almost anyone can participate in (except for newborns, newborns get to watch, not bowl). With Kids Bowl Free, all registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling every day, all summer long! This generous offer is worth over $500, but offered to kids for free. Over 5.2 million kids have participated so far thanks to bowling centers, schools, and other community organizations! Kids Bowl Free gives back to the community and provides a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Family packs (which include the adults)  for the whole summer start out at only $24.95 and are totally worth it! If you want to register, or more info click here.


Wordless Wednesday: A dragon made from LEGOS!

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Disney Store Celebration In-Store Events: 25 years of magic and memories!

I can remember, as a kid who had never been to Disney World, the magic that the Disney Store offered. It’s literally a Disney destination, without the flight! I am so excited to share with my readers the events throughout the month of March to celebrate the Disney Store’s 25th anniversary!

Craft Celebration
Saturday, March 10, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kids create their own festive party hat to help celebrate Disney Store’s 25th anniversary.

Trivia Game & Dance Party
Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm
Kids will test their Disney knowledge and play fun dance games. All participants receive a prize.

Stickermania & Storytelling
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kids create their very own Disney Store party story using stickers.

Happy 25th Anniversary Disney Store!
Wednesday, March 28
FREE Mickey Ears to first 250 guests! Celebrations continue all day with store wide savings.

*While supplies last. Event limited per session based upon store capacity. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.