Mermaid magic in Ohio

Long-time friends and readers know that my daughter Zoe and I are both fairly obsessed with mermaids. In fact, at last check, Zoe still says she's going to *be* a mermaid herself when she grows up. I do nothing to dissuade her from this notion. We're planning a visit soon to the legendary Weeki Wachee mermaids in Florida after Zoe fell in love with mermaid Taylor during the Weeki Wachi mermaids' visit to Newport Aquarium last fall. (Side note: this was such a successful event for the aquarium … [Read more...]

Essential oils at bedtime

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...]

24 books of Christmas

Reading is important in our house. I'm a life-long reader and truly love books, so I want to instill a similar joy of reading in Zoe. Thus, we have quite an extensive and ever-growing children's book collection in her room and several other areas of the house. We also ebb and flow with our weekend library habit, although I'll admit we haven't taken any books out in a while simply because our weekends have gotten pretty busy! This holiday season, I decided to start a new tradition for our … [Read more...]

Taming the holiday chaos

This blog post originally appeared on the Easton MomEscape┬ásite. 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...]

Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

Is this for Z or for me?

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...]

The Halloween sail

It's Halloween today and I'm wearing orange and black. When I glanced at myself in the mirror this morning, I had to chuckle as I was reminded of a long-buried childhood memory that didn't come to mind until I saw these two colors together. I've blogged before that mine was a family of sailing enthusiasts, and that we spent many childhood vacations on the family sailboat. Once upon a time, as we were pining through winter and wishing for the summer sailing season, my Dad informed us that he … [Read more...]

My little soccer player

This fall, I am not just enjoying my newfound identity as a soccer mom - I'm reveling in it! When I signed Zoe up for her first-ever team sports experience, I did not know what to expect. She's a very active, physical girl who loves to run and play - but would she like soccer? I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk signing her up for a team and getting her equipment - would the money be wasted? I hated soccer as a kid - heck, I hated all sports. I was afraid of the ball. I was a flincher … [Read more...]

Staying connected as babies become kids

Each year of Zoe's life thus far has seemed like the BIGGEST year yet, with the MOST dramatic changes for her. From infant to sitting-up baby to crawling maniac to toddler, then from babbler to nonstop talker, and on up to almost-reading preschooler. Now she's evolving before our eyes from preschooler to a school-ager who can READ, and I can't help wondering when I'll stop feeling this amazed and blown away by it all. I love this mom's take on the phenomenon of watching our children grow and … [Read more...]

The last perfect pool day

I've blogged before about our pool and how much we love it. I have shared countless tales about our little water baby and how much she has always loved to swim and spend time around the water. And recently, I even blogged about my new invention this summer, #PoolDayOnaSchoolDay, which won me the coveted "Wow Mommy, you're a nice mommy!" award from Ms. Zoebelle. But alas, all good things must come to an end - even summer itself. And so it was with both bliss and sadness that we heralded the … [Read more...]