Taming the holiday chaos

This blog post originally appeared on the Easton MomEscape site. Full disclosure: I serve on the MomE Mavens panel and I adore Easton Town Center! But you probably knew that already. Women and moms everywhere are starting to feel the urgent pull of "getting it all done" before the holidays. It's a time-honored tradition to stress into a frazzled mess at this time of year! We'd like to help with some ideas to tame the chaos. We polled the Easton MomE Mavens - a group of fantastic moms and … [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...]

Yes, Zoe, mermaids are real!

Ever since she was old enough to answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" our Zoebelle has replied the same way: I'm going to be a mermaid. This answer both amuses and delights me, for I too have been obsessed with mermaids since early childhood. But just lately, as she spends more time with the "school-agers" in her class and falls under the seductive sway of their influence, she has started to come home with troubling questions such as "Mommy, is it true that mermaids … [Read more...]

Frozen fun in Columbus

Zoe and I got to experience a taste of Arendelle this weekend without ever leaving central Ohio. Since Frozen still seems to be a huge hit with the little ones even after close to a year's time, I figured I'd share our experiences here for your reading pleasure. It all started with a party invitation. We've been invited to not one but three Frozen-themed birthday parties this year, and this Sunday's fete in particular was quite the spectacular event. Hosted at the Glass Slipper in Powell, it … [Read more...]

Shale Hollow Preserve, a creeking gem

Our favorite new Central Ohio family fun discovery and the crowning gem of summer 2014 was without a doubt Shale Hollow Preserve, which just happens to be less than two miles from our house. Although this natural wonderland officially opened in December 2013, we didn't visit it until this summer in peak creekin' season. What a jewel we found. Situated on 188 acres, there are some unique geological features at Shale Hollow that make it more than just a pretty spot to go creek-walking and … [Read more...]

The last perfect pool day

I've blogged before about our pool and how much we love it. I have shared countless tales about our little water baby and how much she has always loved to swim and spend time around the water. And recently, I even blogged about my new invention this summer, #PoolDayOnaSchoolDay, which won me the coveted "Wow Mommy, you're a nice mommy!" award from Ms. Zoebelle. But alas, all good things must come to an end - even summer itself. And so it was with both bliss and sadness that we heralded the … [Read more...]

Pool day on a school day

I've come up with some good inventions in my time, like date day (where child goes to school but parents stay home and take a vacation day together), date week (an entire week of date days - also known as a second honeymoon) and now my latest: #pooldayonaschoolday. Basically, the way this works is that we send Z to school in the morning and act totally normal - but then we head to her daycare super early (ideally during lunch or nap), scoop her up, get her into a swimsuit and spend the rest … [Read more...]

Summertime beach cravings

I miss the beach. Somehow, it's just not summer without a visit to the ocean - salt water, sand, seagulls, shells and waves. I'm a bit spoiled, having grown up on Long Island with the beach as my back yard. Of course I didn't truly appreciate it as a kid - I wanted a pool instead! But I sure did enjoy growing up with horseshoe crabs, minnows and mussels as neighbors. What a wonderful, natural playground it was. And now, as a mom, I wish I could give Zoe more frequent access to the beach. Zoe … [Read more...]

The princess thing

I am neither a rabid fan nor determined detractor of the "princess thing" in little girls. I do find it interesting to see how Zoe has grown to enjoy the princess thing while at the same time remaining true to her own individual style. Right up until she was about two years old, Zoe did not have much interest in princesses. She was far more interested in animals - whether real, stuffed or cartoon. For her first two trips to Walt Disney World, at 13 months and then at about 23 months, she was … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Tea delights

At the end of April, just when spring was finally peeking and blinking her winter-rested eyes at us in the form of early blooms, Zoe and I attended a delightful Mother-Daughter Tea hosted by the Westerville Community Center. It was one of the loveliest events we've attended together and will definitely make my 2014 list of the year's favorite Columbus family fun activities. The Mother-Daughter Tea took place at the Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville, which is a gorgeous location on the … [Read more...]