Top 3 Columbus GNOs

GNO

GNO. Girls Night Out. Rarely have three little letters or words come to mean so much to me. Between work, being a mom and wife, and just the never-ending juggle of every day life, sometimes you need to let your hair down with your friends. GNO for me means fun, laughter, a little more makeup than usual and being carefree and silly for a night. We all need more of that in our lives! GNOs are not as frequent for me as I'd like; I think ideal would be once a month or at least every other month. I … [Read more...]

Please stop judging parents

Z at the Seven Seas Lagoon, circa 2011

Dear Internet: STOP JUDGING PARENTS. That poor, heartbroken Nebraska family just had literally the most horrible and unexpected tragedy imaginable happen to them. AT DISNEY! Please stop second-guessing, judging and condemning them. This is Zoebelle at 18 months about to launch into the Seven Seas Lagoon. I put the camera down in time to grab her chubby little butt, but yes she did make it into the water. Anyone who can keep a toddler out of water on a hot day is either an octopus or has … [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...]

On first marriages

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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...]

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...]

Essential oils at bedtime

Foot potions 2015

Wouldn't you love to have a magic potion you can pull out at bedtime and anoint your kids to guarantee a swift, effortless and peaceful transition to slumber? Yeah. So would I. That's not what this blog post is about, but if you know of something like that, would you please hook a mom up? Seriously, bedtime can be the worst. She's all wound up and crazy, primed for a fight. I'm all wired and tired. It's been a long day for me, but somehow not long enough yet for her - she just wants to go … [Read more...]

Taming the holiday chaos

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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...]

Is this for Z or for me?

Zoe Ballerina 2014

Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend anytime we're about to get ready to do something really fun that I've planned for our family. Zoe has been balking just before each activity, saying "I don't want to do this. I am NOT doing this!" and then kicking up quite a fuss when I tell her we have tickets, we've made these plans, this is something you will LOVE once we get there. She insists that she doesn't want to and it often ends in tears on her part and bad feelings on both sides. Often I … [Read more...]