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...]

I am Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie that came out this summer was amazing for so many reasons - not the least of which is that it reminded me how much I loved the original Wonder Woman TV show as a kid. Playing as Wonder Woman as a little girl always made me feel so empowered and strong! Here, you can see little me rocking the awesome, custom, hand-made Wonder Woman outfit my mom made for me back in the '70s. Even today, during and after my workouts at Rock N Shock, I feel the same way - super … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: online shopping version

As you may have figured out by now, I'm a huge fan of direct selling companies like LuLaRoe, Agnes & Dora and of course, my own personal side hustle, Stella & Dot. That said, I still do a fair amount of shopping at stores and online, too. So, for today's edition in my Friday Favorites series, I'm going to focus on some of my favorite online shopping purchases and discoveries. Ready, set... shop! Universal Standard - US is a clothing company with simple, gorgeous, seasonless … [Read more...]

Testing out at Rock N Shock

Today was a big day for me at Rock N Shock Fitness! After working out at the 30-30-30 class level for eight months, this morning I tested out and into the next level up, 1-1-1. I am so proud, happy and excited to have accomplished this - and best of all, I tested out with all of the ladies with whom I've been working out for months. It was a fabulous shared success. Congrats to all my 30-30-30 girls who are now 1-1-1! One of the coolest things for me is that I was able to keep up with - … [Read more...]