Welcome Hanna to Columbus

When Zoe was a wee babe, I loved Carter's clothes on her. As soon as she got old enough to make her girlie fashion preferences known, Hanna Andersson became my favorite go-to brand for the perfect combination of quality and comfort. So you can imagine my delight that our very own Easton Town Center in Columbus is now the proud home to the country's latest and greatest Hanna Andersson store! This weekend is the grand opening and I'm sure the place will be packed because there are some great … [Read more...]

Holiday fun in Westerville

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in central Ohio. From Thanksgiving through First Night Columbus on New Year's Eve, there are tons of lights to see and festive things to do with the family. Westerville, in particular, is putting itself on the map as a holiday hot spot for kids of all ages. Here are four fabulous family events we've enjoyed in Westerville both this year and last. Plan ahead to register for these events next fall - you will be glad you did: Mother/daughter … [Read more...]

24 books of Christmas

Reading is important in our house. I'm a life-long reader and truly love books, so I want to instill a similar joy of reading in Zoe. Thus, we have quite an extensive and ever-growing children's book collection in her room and several other areas of the house. We also ebb and flow with our weekend library habit, although I'll admit we haven't taken any books out in a while simply because our weekends have gotten pretty busy! This holiday season, I decided to start a new tradition for our … [Read more...]

Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

We have a magic toilet.

and a flashback to pottytraining!

Apology and disclaimer: Quite some time ago, the good PR folks from Kohler contacted me and asked if I'd like to try out some complimentary high-tech toiletry and then blog about it. I very enthusiastically said yes... but then it took me a long time to get my Chief Technical Officer to install it. And THEN life got too hectic (plus I was watching way too much TV) to blog. Bottom line, I owe those kind Kohler PR folks a huge apology for being so late on the draw. And, that said, the resulting … [Read more...]

Our cosleeping transition timeline

For my own memory-keeping, as well as for the benefit of any new parents who are breastfeeding and cosleeping and wondering how to eventually transition from family bed to independent sleep, I am sharing our personal timeline here. We've reached some exciting milestones this year and transitioning our sweet girl into her own bed, in her own room, for solo bedtime, was our crowning jewel! I hope I'm not jinxing us by writing about it, but I want to capture all the details. March 2010 - we … [Read more...]

Hot or not: mom and me outfits

So, it turns out I'm ahead of my time, fashion-wise. A real trendsetter! (Okay, anyone who knows me well can stop laughing now). Seriously though, I've been obsessed with "mom and me" coordinating outfits for at least a year, and now this appears to be a hot trend for spring. Last year, I cobbled together the outfits you see here so Zoe and I could have some gloriously coordinated mom and daughter photos taken between my birthday and Mother's Day. I got lucky and found a dress for her at Old … [Read more...]

She’s moving out already?!

It seems like just yesterday our little girl was turning three, and now... she's moving out. I just don't know that I'm ready! Okay, okay - she's just moving across the hall into her big girl bed in her own room. She won't be sleeping snuggled in between E and I anymore, like a baby bird in a nest, as she has since she was a tiny infant. And believe me, I'm ready for it - we all are. But it's still hard! There are so many transitions going on right now. 2014 is a really big year for Zoe … [Read more...]

The truth about nursing for years

I'm tired of nursing. 2014 is the year of the Great Wean for us. One way or another, it will all be over soon. I'm hoping it will be on her terms, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen. I have no regrets. Not many babies nurse as long as Zoe has. I say that not to brag, but because it's a fact. According to the latest CDC Breastfeeding Report Card: 77% of American babies start out breastfeeding 49% of those babies are breastfeeding at six months 27% are breastfeeding … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: fun kid stuff we love

Once upon a time, I had a little weekly blog series called Friday Favorites, which then morphed into my “5 thankful things” this past November. Now, it's back to being Friday Favorites again. Enjoy! This week I'm all about fun stuff for kids that is also fun for adults. Ready, set, go: 1. KidzBop. If you're not familiar with the pop cultural phenomenon known as KidzBop, then you probably don't have a kid between the ages of 5 - 12. Basically, this is a group of kids singing "clean" … [Read more...]