Friday favorites: spring bling

spring bling

It's time for another installment in my Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! Spring is finally making a slow return here in Ohio. I am all about it, because it's been a cruelly long winter. Here are some great finds I've discovered lately to help make my long-awaited spring even sweeter. The perfect (and I do mean perfect) pair of earrings. I wish I could tell you that you can find these too, but alas, they are no longer available. … [Read more...]

“Flynn Rider with dark skin”

Flynn Rider with dark skin

Last night, as I snuggled Zoe in her big girl bed at bedtime, waiting for her to drift off to sleep, she contentedly murmured, "Mama, I found my prince. I know who I want to marry." Intrigued, I responded softly, "That's great darling, who is your prince?" And she replied, "The Flynn Rider with dark skin."   I lay in the dark, puzzled, trying to figure out who she meant. I didn't really want to keep talking, because I wanted her to go to sleep, but at the same time I was … [Read more...]

Viva la customer service!

Rockin Customer Service

I've had several customer experiences recently that blew my mind, rocked my socks and made me VERY happy. I love to reward companies for being awesome, so here are my raves about not one but FOUR great recent customer service experiences. My Disney happy ending Have you ever left a Disney park without buying something you really liked, only to deeply and sorrowfully regret it later? Well, that was me for the past week - I had a massive case of the sads and "non-buyer's regret." You see, I … [Read more...]

Hot or not: mom and me outfits

Zoe-Mommy-2013

So, it turns out I'm ahead of my time, fashion-wise. A real trendsetter! (Okay, anyone who knows me well can stop laughing now). Seriously though, I've been obsessed with "mom and me" coordinating outfits for at least a year, and now this appears to be a hot trend for spring. Last year, I cobbled together the outfits you see here so Zoe and I could have some gloriously coordinated mom and daughter photos taken between my birthday and Mother's Day. I got lucky and found a dress for her at Old … [Read more...]

The wonderful Wonder Room

Wonder Room

As you may have noticed by now, if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, I'm a what you might call a bit of a raver.  I'm prone to superlatives... I'm a gusher. I am full of love and enthusiasm and passion, and it splurts out in my writing. It explodes out in my conversations. It splooshes out in my parenting. Being this incredibly positive is a good thing, 99% of the time, most would agree. Except that when I REALLY want to rave about something - when I want to give … [Read more...]

Spelunking we will go

Olentangy Indian Caverns 2013

Last time I blogged about Olentangy Indian Caverns, we hadn't been down to the caverns themselves yet. I'm happy to share that before the epic summer of 2013 ended, we did in fact go down underground and check out the dark, spooky, wonderful caves! Here's our full report. First, know that you don't have to wait until summer to go. The caverns open back up again April 1. The temperature down in the caves is always a uniform 54 degrees which felt refreshingly cool on the hot summer day we … [Read more...]

Thinking about spring gardens

Root-Vue Farm etc

Disclaimer: I was generously provided free tickets from the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show prior to writing this post. In addition, Scotts Miracle-Gro is a client at the agency where I work. All opinions are my own. We're thinking about spring gardening a lot at our house these days. I'm a firm believer that if we put our positive intentions out into the universe (also known as wishing upon a star), then our dreams will come true. So come on, spring! Seriously though, I've got a … [Read more...]

Top 10 animal encounters in Ohio

Ohio Animal Encounters

We love animals in our family - I mean LOVE them. So it's only natural that, in addition to having a wonderful at-home menagerie we adore, we seek out cool animal encounters in our free time. This is something E and I did together long before we had Zoe, and since becoming parents we love these critter experiences even more. So, inspired by a recent Houston area blog post I found on this topic, here are our favorite Ohio animal encounters - including a few we haven't experienced yet but plan … [Read more...]

Friday favorites: Valentine edition

Friday Five 2-14-14

Welcome to my elusive, effervescent Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! I have been finding some very cool new stuff lately - so here are my latest fun finds. Hope you enjoy them as much as Zoe and I do! Not all of these are necessarily Valentine's day related, but some are - and all would be fun to share with your big or little Valentines. Cuppies. I am obsessed with cups and mugs that have little animals built into the bottom. Have … [Read more...]

A new freezer favorite: Mommade Foods

Mommade Foods

Disclaimer: I was generously provided samples from MomMade Foods prior to writing this post. That said, my opinions are my own and I happily spent my own money on MomMade Foods as well! Recently, Zoe and I got to attend a blogger event on behalf of Mommade Foods. We were able to meet mom and founder Heather Stouffer, learn all about her nutrition philosophy and best of all taste many of her delicious, healthy foods. Instantly, I was hooked! And that's a good thing, because I am ALWAYS on the … [Read more...]