Her first REAL summer

I have experienced daycare guilt - a particular brand of mom guilt found within the working mom guilt sub-category - every summer of Zoe's life. It's gotten worse each consecutive year. As her friends grew browner and more golden-tanned each month of summer, Z always stayed about the same thanks to being cooped up in daycare most of the week. Sure, we take a nice family vacation here or there, and I take a day off whenever possible to spend with her at the pool - but that never seemed like … [Read more...]

Skunk-pocalypse 2018

In the midst of our skunk problem, I wouldn't have used the terms "skunkpocalypse" or "skunktastrophe" because it was no laughing matter. Now that I've got a little distance from the issue, it does in fact seem funny on some level! You see, in mid-February (which, it turns out, is peak skunk shenanigans season), a wild skunk moved in under our basement crawlspace and began making our lives a living hell by waging chemical warfare on our entire house. I wish I was exaggerating. The stench was … [Read more...]

Winter hiking in Hocking Hills

This blog post originally appeared on my agency's blog, the Rhumba Room, as part of our #FHroadtrip travel series. Follow along all this year as we explore what there is to see, do and eat across the great state of Ohio! I’ve never gone winter hiking before. In fact, I’ve always secretly thought that people who hike in cold weather are a little crazy. But, after a recent weekend getaway with my family in Hocking Hills, I am officially a winter hiking convert. It just takes a little … [Read more...]

Take me down to the mermaid city

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...]

Day trip to an island paradise

If you're looking for a super fun, family-friendly day trip from Columbus this summer, look no farther than the easily accessible island getaway known as Kelleys Island, Ohio. For a long time, Lake Erie's shores and islands have been on our travel wish list. I'd heard all about "the lake that's almost an ocean" and the fun that can be had visiting Ohio's offshore islands. This weekend, we finally decided to head north and see for ourselves. It was just the kind of weekend getaway that we love … [Read more...]

Star-gazing at COSI’s new planetarium

Central Ohio families now have another reason to head to COSI for fun and learning: as of winter 2014-2015, COSI boasts the largest planetarium in Ohio. Zoe and I got to experience the planetarium this week and had a wonderful time learning about the sun, moon and stars. At just $4 per person for members ($5 per person for non-members), the planetarium show is a great way to round out your day of fun at COSI. Zoe and I took in the "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" show, aimed at the … [Read more...]

Top family fun activities for 2015

Last year I created a family fun list for 2014 with my most-recommended kid-friendly activities in Columbus for every month of the year. Now, I'm doing it again and trying hard not to have any repeat activities. Without further ado, here are the most awesome kid-friendly activities in central Ohio so you can plan your family fun bucket lists for 2015! And be sure to visit last year's list because all of those family fun recommendations are still just as awesome. January – Go swimming … [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...]

Five days of gratitude: day four

Day four of five days of gratitude. Here's what I'm grateful for today: 1. Words. I love writing. I love reading. I love learning new words. I love using old words other people don't use much anymore. I love big words. I love small words that say a lot. I love mellifluous words. I love alliteration. I love a good rhyme. I love song lyrics. I love poetry. I am grateful for glorious, glorious words. 2. Travel. I adore all stages of travel - dreaming about it, planning it, getting ready for … [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...]