My March #fitin2016 update

Healthier lunch options

TL; dr version: this is an update on my continuing mission to get super fit in 2016. And now for anyone who cares to read the long version... It's been two months now of healthier eating habits, tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal, aiming for 10K steps a day with FitBit and working out almost every day. I got 25 solid workouts in during the month of February, beating my January record. I plan to do even more workouts in March. I started the Couch to 5K running program last month … [Read more...]

I’m on a mission to get super fit in 2016

Can't Stop, Won't Stop bitmoji

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my post-workout #Fitin2016 selfies all through January. Bottom line, this is the year I get back to fit. Now that I've stuck with it daily for one whole month, I'm ready to share it here. This January, I embarked on a journey of much healthier eating habits, tracking my food intake religiously on MyFitnessPal, aiming for 10K steps a day with FitBit and working out more days than not (at 5 am on weekdays). I conquered the rigorous #21dayfix workout … [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...]

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...]

Little girl, big cast

#LittleGirlBigCast

The Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend, I drove home from work with visions of cookouts, time at the swimming pool and summer fun dancing through my head. Zoe had just graduated from preschool the evening before and we were still in a celebratory mood - I was thinking maybe we'd head out for ice cream after dinner. Little did I know that within one hour of arriving home, Zoe and I would be relaxing on our swing set, swinging together on a warm summer evening, when our world and summer would … [Read more...]

Frozen fun in Columbus

Anna & Elsa 2014

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...]

Rainbow hair for kiddos

Pravana Purple 2014

Zoe has had some tremendous milestones this year - weaning, turning four, transitioning to her own bed in her own room across the hall from us, experiencing her first slumber party two floors away from us - that's all really big, cool stuff! She is not a kid who asks for a lot but this year we wanted to give her something special to celebrate some of these milestones, especially what we view as the biggest - transitioning from cosleeping to sleeping on her own. So, I offered to get her ears … [Read more...]

The princess thing

Princesses? No Thanks! 2011 - 2012

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...]

Friday favorites: lips, hips and dust

One of the most random collages I've ever created

Welcome to my on-again, off-again Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! It's Friday again. Can I get an amen?! Today, I have a collection of fun, healthy stuff to share. All they have in common is the faintest thread of girliness, fitness and health - plus one wild card thrown in for fun. Enjoy! 1. Revlon lip balm pencils. I first picked up one of these at Ulta and fell in love with it - then grabbed a couple of others at a local drug … [Read more...]

Dancing with the Nutcracker

Dancing with the Nutcracker 2013

I am in no way exaggerating when I say that BalletMet's annual Dancing with the Nutcracker event is one of the best-kept secrets in Columbus, Ohio. It is also one of the most magical and exciting experiences Zoe and I have ever shared. I am so thankful to the friend who tipped me off about the event last year (unfortunately just after it had happened) so that I was able to put a reminder on my calendar to watch for it this year! I'm even more glad that I wrestled a reluctant Zoebelle out of the … [Read more...]