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When Christopher Quickert was getting his master's in education at OSU in 2003, he says he "became disillusioned by the educational system" and decided to home-school his daughter, Aiden, the following year. His degree focused on physical education, and a friend soon suggested he start teaching a gym class for Aiden and other home-schooled students in the area. Today, The HomeSchool Gym has eight locations in central Ohio and serves around 400 students per week. During the six-week sessions, students are divided into age groups and play classic games like dodgeball, floor hockey and capture-the-flag (remember that one?). "I believe that my students should leave the gym safe, sweating and smiling," Quickert said. Check out the new fall schedule.

After you play your own game of capture-the-flag this summer (we know you want to now!), a healthy, refreshing snack is in order. Pick one that Mom and Dad will love, too. Get Darista Dips, a line of zesty, flavorful condiments - like kale yogurt dip and Moroccan carrot dip - made from Ohio ingredients by local chef Dara Schwartz. The line recently launched two new flavors of hummus to celebrate its one-year anniversary and expanded distribution from four grocery stores to 18 locations, including all Columbus Giant Eagle Market District locations. Find them On Facebook.

Are you a parent on diaper duty? Check out, ahem, Diaper Duty. This Columbus company delivers pH-balanced, chemical- and bacteria-free cloth diapers on a weekly basis in an effort to encourage eco-smart alternatives to disposable diapers.

Summertime is book time! Here's one to put on the list for your newest little counters: Columbus illustrator Michaela Schuett has written and designed a new book called Let's Count Fish! Produced by Omnibus Publishing and available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, it's a charming rhyme book filled with colorful, funny illustrations that helps children learn to count to 10. Full disclosure: Michaela worked as a designer for Columbus Parent before leaving to work independently and take care of her two darling children. Like any good parent, we are very proud of Michaela, but we miss her dearly. They grow up so fast!