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Wow, school starts in a matter of weeks and really…days. Our first day back to homeschooling is August 24th. Time sure flies.

We were fortunate this year to get to visit Myrtle Beach. I had been itching for a beach vacation (we haven’t been to the ocean since 2008). This was our first year to spend a week in a condo at the beach! I’m so glad we did. It had to be in May when it was cheaper than summer, but, honestly, we had summer temps that week. You can read about our trip to Myrtle Beach here, but, we are back home in Ohio now. Let’s talk about what you can do with the family to make some memories before school starts this month here in Ohio.

ShipWatch Point Condo at #MyrtleBeach #MB

Depending on your financial situation there’s no reason you can’t make something fun and memorable.  Here in Ohio we have beautiful parks and playgrounds that are free to roam, hike and play on. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon on a homemade scavenger hunt and hike.

Now, if it’s in the budget you might rather take the family on a camping getaway like my friends do at Salt Fork in the Cambridge area. Or…

Maybe you’d rather spend a night or weekend in a part of Ohio that you haven’t explored yet like we did last year in Cincinnati. You can always check out to find a decent hotel in the area. For us, Cincinnati is a far drive from where we live, but something closer to home is my next suggestion: Cedar Point and Hotel Breakers.

Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers in Sandusky, #Ohio. #1000thingsOhio

Back in May we had the opportunity to stay the night and experience it so I could write this review.  Hotel Breakers is a 110 year old hotel that was recently renovated and reopened. It sits along the beach of Lake Erie. The great thing about Hotel Breakers, besides how beautiful and nice it is, is that you are walking distance from the beach AND Cedar Point.

Just FYI, if you book a stay at Hotel Breakers you can purchase tickets to Cedar Point for $39 for one day, $76 for two days, or $25 for after 4pm. I think the $25 is great for something to do when you’re really there for the hotel and beach.

Whatever you do between now and the start of school, treasure the time you have with your kids. They are growing up very fast and before you know it, they will be leaving home: So, make good memories.

Oh, and it doesn’t have to cost ANY money to make good memories. Be creative. Think outside of the box.

Just be intentional, day by day, to be a good parent.