Our ear piercing adventure

Ear piercing 2016

If you had asked me a year ago when I planned to get Zoe's ears pierced, I would have likely said "When she asks... I'm in no hurry," or I may have joked that 35 seemed like a good age. As a kid, I had to wait interminably long - until I was 11 or 12 - and while I didn't think we'd wait that long with Zoe, I also never thought we'd do it as young as 5. But last month, that's exactly what we just did - a few weeks before her big 6th birthday so they'd be healed in time for her party. … [Read more...]

Fun, free events for kids

Family fun activities

Raise your hand if you're going stir-crazy and are in desperate need of spring. Or at least spring break. That's me in a nutshell right now! Fortunately, we've found several fun, free family activities that are getting us through the doldrums of winter. Yes, even though we're having an unseasonably mild winter, it still drags on - so some extra free fun outside of the house is always a bonus. Check your local stores or websites to be sure these classes are offered near you, too - and note … [Read more...]

LuLaRoe 101: soft, comfy, fabulous

LLR collage

Have you discovered LuLaRoe leggings yet? If not, prepare to have your mind blown and your life changed by the discovery of your new favorite clothing line and shopping addiction. LuLaRoe is everything! Some time ago a friend of mine reached out via Facebook and asked if I'd like to try a pair of leggings from a new line she's representing. She sent me some information and I'll admit, I was intrigued. She described clothes that are: Designed by an experienced fashion industry vet Only … [Read more...]

Winter hiking in Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills 2016

This blog post originally appeared on my agency's blog, the Rhumba Room, as part of our #FHroadtrip travel series. Follow along all this year as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio! I’ve never gone winter hiking before. In fact, I’ve always secretly thought that people who hike in cold weather are a little crazy. But, after a recent weekend getaway with my family in Hocking Hills, I am officially a winter hiking convert. It just takes a little … [Read more...]

Friday favorites: best movies of 2015

2015 best movies

It’s time for another installment in my Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! I love going to the movies. I like watching movies at home too, but there's just something about that big screen, darkened room, the smell of popcorn and that shared experience of gasping, wincing, laughing or crying at the same moments as those around you. The newer, uber-comfy, fully-reclinable seating only adds to the experience. Plus, as a mom, there's the … [Read more...]

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live 2015

By now, you should know that I love all things Disney - and that includes when Disney on Ice glides into town each year to make our Ohio winter that much warmer and happier. But this fall, Columbus has a special surprise in store - a brand new Disney Live! show featuring the classic tales of Cinderella, Belle and Snow White in a theatrical performance. Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales will appear at the Schottenstein Center just one day only - Sunday, October 25 at 1 pm. It's … [Read more...]

On first marriages

divorce-stats

It's no secret that both Eric and I had first marriages before we found each other. But Zoe doesn't know that yet, and I'm not sure when she'll think to ask. I know that when she does, I'll have to explain it to her - so I thought I'd practice here. Sometimes, when people get married and they are young and not quite fully grown up yet, they can make a bad choice and marry the wrong person. Or maybe the young people are fine together at first but then as they grow up a bit, they grow apart and … [Read more...]

Dinnertime help for busy families

Freezer Meals rock!

Research tells us that family dinner time is one of the most important things we can do for our kids and ourselves. Yet consistently getting dinner on the table for my family nightly ranks up there as one of the top five toughest things I've ever had to do in my life! I am not exaggerating, and I know many other career and SAHM moms who feel the same way. I am happy to share, however, that I've discovered several services and tools that make this nightly (hellish) occurrence much easier and … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: in your face

About Face

Today's post is the latest installment in my semi-regular Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, be sure to check out the others that came before. Okay ladies, let's talk face. We only get one, so we need to take good care of it. You've been using sunscreen all summer and washing your face every night to remove your makeup, right? Yeah, who am I kidding - me neither. I know for one am getting older - my face could use some help. Just in case you're in the same boat, here are some … [Read more...]

Superhero Day at Easton

Superhero girls

I have a new favorite family activity for the month of August to add to my family fun "best of" list at the end of the year: Superhero Day at Easton Town Center! Easton puts on some seriously cute events for families, and this one definitely did not disappoint. It was a gorgeous sunny day when we donned our capes and superhero masks and headed to Easton to do some errands and have some fun. I got a little shopping done, picked up a few things we needed and then we headed for Fenlon Square to … [Read more...]