What’s bugging me? LICE.

If you're dealing with lice for the first time, like I had to recently, let me stop right here and say "Go call Lice Doctors right now!" The next paragraph is going to sound like a commercial, but I assure you they are not paying me a cent - rather, I just paid them a bundle. When you get the dreaded news (or find the dreaded creepy-crawlies), the Lice Doctors technician comes to your house, treats all family members and basically "cures" you of lice on the spot. Sure, there are follow-up … [Read more...]

Why we foster kittens

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...]

The awesome rainbow ball

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...]

Please stop judging parents

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

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...]

Our ear piercing adventure

If you had asked me a year ago when I planned to get Zoe's ears pierced, I would have likely said "When she asks... I'm in no hurry," or I may have joked that 35 seemed like a good age. As a kid, I had to wait interminably long - until I was 11 or 12 - and while I didn't think we'd wait that long with Zoe, I also never thought we'd do it as young as 5. But last month, that's exactly what we just did - a few weeks before her big 6th birthday so they'd be healed in time for her party. … [Read more...]

On first marriages

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

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...]

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...]

Summer of the pixie cut

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...]