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


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...]

Friday Favorites: best kids art supplies

art supplies

It’s time for another installment in my on-again, off-again Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, be sure to check out the others that came before. My last couple of Friday Favorites were all about the moms, so here's one for the kids: our favorite arts and crafts supplies! These are must haves in our house. I can't wait to hear about some of yours. Watercolor pencils. And now for something completely different - a new medium for your young artists. Watercolor … [Read more...]

Take me down to the mermaid city

Zoe and three Weeki Wachi mermaids!

Am I the only one who remembers that old classic Guns N' Roses song that goes something like... Take me down to the mermaid city Where the water is clear and the girls are pretty Take me down... Okay, of course those are not the actual lyrics, but I think even GN'R and angry Axl himself would permit me to paraphrase in honor of the one and only city of live mermaids... aka Weeki Wachi Springs, FL! We spent a day there in April and it rocked Zoe's and my worlds so hard. It was … [Read more...]

Day trip to an island paradise

Kelleys Island 2015

If you're looking for a super fun, family-friendly day trip from Columbus this summer, look no farther than the easily accessible island getaway known as Kelleys Island, Ohio. For a long time, Lake Erie's shores and islands have been on our travel wish list. I'd heard all about "the lake that's almost an ocean" and the fun that can be had visiting Ohio's offshore islands. This weekend, we finally decided to head north and see for ourselves. It was just the kind of weekend getaway that we love … [Read more...]

Summer of the pixie cut

Z's hair transformation Summer 2015

Zoe's been wanting to get her hair cut short for a while now. She's had glorious long hair all her life - well, for as long she's had hair.  She went through a pretty adorable chubby, bald phase first. But her bald days are far behind us and she's had pretty stellar princess hair ever since. Sure, the tangles in the morning (and even evenings too, sometimes) were annoying. And we had many a mother/daughter battle over various hair accessories and styles. But for the most part, her hair was … [Read more...]