Summertime beach cravings

Beach Cravings

I miss the beach. Somehow, it's just not summer without a visit to the ocean - salt water, sand, seagulls, shells and waves. I'm a bit spoiled, having grown up on Long Island with the beach as my back yard. Of course I didn't truly appreciate it as a kid - I wanted a pool instead! But I sure did enjoy growing up with horseshoe crabs, minnows and mussels as neighbors. What a wonderful, natural playground it was. And now, as a mom, I wish I could give Zoe more frequent access to the beach. Zoe … [Read more...]

The princess thing

Princesses? No Thanks! 2011 - 2012

I am neither a rabid fan nor determined detractor of the "princess thing" in little girls. I do find it interesting to see how Zoe has grown to enjoy the princess thing while at the same time remaining true to her own individual style. Right up until she was about two years old, Zoe did not have much interest in princesses. She was far more interested in animals - whether real, stuffed or cartoon. For her first two trips to Walt Disney World, at 13 months and then at about 23 months, she was … [Read more...]

Family fun with arts and crafts

arts & crafts

Art has been a huge interest for Zoe from toddlerhood on, and we're finding that as she grows and matures, she wants to create and be artistic almost all of the time. A blank pad of white paper, her crayons and her markers, and sculpting clay are always easily accessible in our kitchen - but she craves more. She loves glueing, stickering, drawing, designing, sculpting, building and decorating. So here are a few of our recent projects, creations and finds - hopefully you and your family will … [Read more...]

Summer fun Wednesdays

Summer fun Wednesdays 2014

What mom doesn't wish she could be in two places at once?! I am fortunate to have a meaningful, interesting job that I love. I am happy to be a working mom most of the time. I know there are benefits to Zoe being in daycare, especially since she's an only child. And I certainly don't have the fortitude to stay at home with her full-time! But oh, sometimes I mourn the loss of my Wednesdays off with her. Working part-time, while it had its challenges, was pretty much living the dream. Our … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Tea delights

Mother Daughter Tea 2014

At the end of April, just when spring was finally peeking and blinking her winter-rested eyes at us in the form of early blooms, Zoe and I attended a delightful Mother-Daughter Tea hosted by the Westerville Community Center. It was one of the loveliest events we've attended together and will definitely make my 2014 list of the year's favorite Columbus family fun activities. The Mother-Daughter Tea took place at the Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville, which is a gorgeous location on the … [Read more...]

A purple and yellow Mother’s Day

purple&yellow2014

When Zoe came home from school with faintly purple-stained palms a week or so ago, I smiled knowingly and inquired, "Oh, did you do handprint art in school today?" I was sure it was another awesome, Pinterest-inspired Mother's Day art gift. Her teachers knock them out of the ballpark each year, and I treasure each and every one. "Yep Mommy, I made you a purple flower, your favorite!" Zoe proudly replied. Then more recently, thanks to a sneak preview from another school mom on Facebook, I … [Read more...]

Smashburger is smashing!

Smashburger yums

Do y'all know the expression "smashing"? Growing up in the US with fresh-off-the-boat English parents meant that often times as a kid, I'd find myself saying things and having my friends just give me blank stares in return. Fortunately, now as an adult - thanks in large part to our Anglophile culture and the glorification of all things Brit - most people have heard these terms before or at least can figure out what I'm talking about. Anyway, needless to say I had to find SOME way to describe … [Read more...]

Our best Easter ever

Easter 2014

I'm going on record as saying that Easter 2014 was our best Easter ever. Warm sunny weather, a relaxed weekend, lots of time outdoors and some bunny-themed fun made for some super memories. But before I share the Zoe story that truly made this the best Easter weekend ever, I first have to take you back to last Easter and the sad tale of an egg hunt gone wrong. Revisiting 2013's tragic egg hunt You see, last year I had the bright idea to take her to the GIGANTIC community Easter egg hunt … [Read more...]

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...]