Who’s ready for Monster Jam?!

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Monster Jam and yours can, too. We were provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  And now for something completely different. Who's ready to see giant monster trucks battle it out amidst huge piles of dirt and deafening roars? We are, that's who! Check it out: Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable!  Monster Jam®, the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today, returns … [Read more...]

Fun in the Jungle – and in Oz!

Indoor play spaces are critical for keeping kids active and sane in the winter - and sometimes, these Ohio winters seem to drag on interminably. Good news: not only does central Ohio have a great selection of indoor play places, but there are always new ones popping up to check out and explore. This winter, we've discovered two that we absolutely love: one was the temporary Wizard of Oz exhibit at Easton Town Center and the other is a new permanent play space/entertainment venue in Sunbury, … [Read more...]

Skunk-pocalypse 2018

In the midst of our skunk problem, I wouldn't have used the terms "skunkpocalypse" or "skunktastrophe" because it was no laughing matter. Now that I've got a little distance from the issue, it does in fact seem funny on some level! You see, in mid-February (which, it turns out, is peak skunk shenanigans season), a wild skunk moved in under our basement crawlspace and began making our lives a living hell by waging chemical warfare on our entire house. I wish I was exaggerating. The stench was … [Read more...]

Our favorite boots ever

Our darling daughter is growing faster than the speed of light. I swear, every time I turn around she needs new shoes or pants - she's shooting right up like a fairytale beanstalk! There's no doubt she'll be taller than both her parents, and have feet bigger than mine. I'm happy about this (and proud - yay breastmilk! We've pretty much maxed out her genetic potential!) but also sad for one very silly reason: this is her LAST season ever to wear our favorite boots - the incomparable Karinne … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars!

Full disclosure: our family will receive free tickets to Disney on Ice and we were also provided four tickets to give away here. Read on for how you can win!  Will there come a time when I don't get blissfully excited about going to Disney on Ice with my daughter? Someday, maybe there will - but not today. I am super stoked that Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars is skating into Columbus - and even more excited that I get to give away free tickets to you, my loyal readers! Zoe and I … [Read more...]

Recycling old jeans for good

I love it when brands I care about do good things. And it's #GivingTuesday today - something I didn't realize until I opened Facebook and Twitter this morning - so this is a timely post. This week, I got an unusual email from one of my favorite clothing brands, Universal Standard or US (I've blogged about their amazing denim before). With a subject line of "Free jeans from US," I was quick to open it - as theirs are my absolute favorite jeans - ones I can wear while goofing around with … [Read more...]

What’s bugging me? LICE.

If you're dealing with lice for the first time, like I had to recently, let me stop right here and say "Go call Lice Doctors right now!" The next paragraph is going to sound like a commercial, but I assure you they are not paying me a cent - rather, I just paid them a bundle. When you get the dreaded news (or find the dreaded creepy-crawlies), the Lice Doctors technician comes to your house, treats all family members and basically "cures" you of lice on the spot. Sure, there are follow-up … [Read more...]

Who needs holiday gift ideas?

I started Christmas shopping a few months ago, but now I'm going at it in earnest. Fortunately, as a Stella & Dot stylist, I have a discounted hook-up on gorgeous jewelry, bags and scarves! And I also have some great ideas for holiday gifts since I've been studying the product line inside and out. If you're buying for any jewelry or scarf lovers this year, I've got you covered! Here are my absolute favorite pieces from the current Stella & Dot product line, along with links to each … [Read more...]

Me Too.

At the time of this post, the #MeToo movement is taking over social platforms and the news media. In response to one of the highest profile sexual assault cases to date, girls and women from all walks of life are openly sharing their own experiences of being harassed or assaulted by men. I like to keep things positive on this blog, but I also want to be authentic. I shared a "Me Too" post of my own on Facebook the other night to show solidarity for the literally dozens of my friends who had … [Read more...]

Hidden parenting milestones

There are certain milestones in parenthood that everyone preps you for - breastfeeding, the first time your baby smiles, when he or she rolls over, when he or she sits up, teething, crawling, standing, cruising, walking, potty training... the list goes on. But there are certain milestones that sneak up on you and happen before you realize what's going on. No one prepared you for these - they are what I call hidden milestones. Sometimes you don't know they're even happening until they're behind … [Read more...]