Why we foster kittens

Our sweet 2016 foster kitties

Last summer, our family took on a special project as a way to give back, celebrate our love of animals and help make the world a better place. Between July and September 2016, we fostered a total of 12 kittens (including one sweet mama of six who was barely more than a kitten herself) from the Capital Area Humane Society and Humane Society of Delaware County. Fostering kittens and cats is an amazing experience - it involves a bit less work and time than fostering puppies and dogs, yet still … [Read more...]

Recovery from knee arthroscopy

Nurse Dani

I had my right knee "scoped" on Friday, February 24. It's been exactly one week as of today. I'm trying to keep my spirits up but recovery seems awfully s-l-o-w. The one bright spot has been amazing nursing care from our little rescue dog, Dani, who literally has not left my side since I came home from surgery! I'll go back to the doctor today to have my stitches removed and knee checked, and then I'll start physical therapy (PT) immediately afterward. I had this surgery to alleviate the knee … [Read more...]

An unforeseen obstacle

This knee injury can't hold me back!

When I started my intensive workout program at Rock N Shock Fitness and pledged to get my eating back on a healthier track, I figured changing my eating habits would be the hardest part. I've never had issues with intense workouts before - I figured I'd be able to handle the classes at RNS just fine. And I have thrived in the intense gym environment - and risen to Master Breaker's challenges, for the most part! However, I've run into a stumbling block I never could have predicted: somehow, … [Read more...]

My Rock N Shock Fitness timeline

My workout crew at RNS!

I'm going to be totally up front - this blog post is mainly for me. I am obsessive about documenting milestones and progress, especially in my fitness program - so I'm curious to track how many workouts I've done at Rock N Shock Fitness (I've committed to doing three per week), how many times I've blogged about RNS (I've promised to do it weekly) and how long it takes me to see results! So, without further ado, here's my timeline thus far at Rock N Shock (and I may come back and update this … [Read more...]

5 things I’m excited about in 2017

2017 focus areas

I try not to do the stereotypical "New Year's Resolution" thing, as so often those don't go anywhere. Instead, I always end a year by reflecting back on the highs and lows, documenting the things I want to remember, and setting a few focus areas or intentions for the new year. So, without further ado, here are 5 things I'm excited about in 2017! 1. My job. Yes, as a working mom I have multiple jobs - but I don't often talk about my 9 to 5 here. In fact, in some ways that job gets short shrift … [Read more...]

Our little rescue dog, Dani

Our little rescue, Dani

Our family recently adopted a tiny rescue dog from Cause for Paws Ohio. Formerly known as Pistol Annie, our daughter renamed her Dani and she's adorable. Near as we can tell, Dani's a Shih tzu/Yorkie mix - aka Shizorkie. She has utterly stolen our hearts in a very short time! I was initially very against the idea of adding a second dog to our family. We all adore our Goldendoodle, Autumn, and consider her a near-perfect canine and cherished member of our family. I feared we had no chance of … [Read more...]

The awesome rainbow ball

RainbowBall2016

Our little family of three just had a wonderful getaway to Sandusky, Ohio, including a day at Cedar Point and Soak City and an overnight stay at Castaway Bay. We loved all of the above! I'll blog about it all soon. For now, I just want to tell you a story about one part of our happy end-of-summer, pre-back-to-school getaway. It's a story about an awesome rainbow ball and the power of childhood magic. We surprised Zoe with a weekend away to celebrate the end of summer and give her a good … [Read more...]

5 things I love about Snapchat

SnapChat duos 2016

If you're a parent, you likely hear the word Snapchat and recoil in horror - it's that "disappearing content" social network that teens and college students use to send naughty photos and videos. It's something I thought I would NEVER want my daughter to use. And yet, you may be surprised to find that I've recently begun using some of Snapchat's features with said daughter - and we're having an absolute blast doing it. Here's what you need to know about Snapchat as a parent - and why you … [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...]

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...]