The Parent Pulse

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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Even if the stork is a few months away, a new Columbus-based startup company will give expectant mothers even more little packages to look forward to. Jumping on the home-care package trend, bumpBox members sign up for a 1-, 3- or 9-month subscription online at The company then delivers a package of body-care products, books, prenatal beverages, treats and toys once a month to expectant mothers. Co-owners Shannon Bennett and Jordan Hilsher launched the company in March, motivated by their desire to help other mothers find the best products that work for them.

Since opening TheSeasoned Farmhouse in Clintonville, her recreational cooking school (read: cooking classes for enthusiastic amateurs and those of us with burned brown thumbs), chef Tricia Wheeler has been offering myriad classes on home cooking. On June 22, the boutiquey kitchen is offering a lesson for new and expectant parents: Food for Babies. The $65 per person class will go over a baby's early eating stages and the food allergens that can develop and/or be avoided; students will then learn how to make healthy homemade fruit and vegetable purees for baby and finger foods for bigger kids on the grow. Go to to sign up or check out more classes.

Father's Day is June 15. For an unexpected gift sure to put more chest hair on your (certainly) already shaggy man, check out the class lineup at the new Dirtlab Bushcraft, a survival-experiences business that offers classes on things such as "Introduction to Wilderness Self Reliance" and "Introduction to Shelter Building." The classes are held at Camp Mary Orton. The local company also sells handmade saw and knife sheaths on its website ( Man stuff!