Frozen fun in Columbus

Zoe and I got to experience a taste of Arendelle this weekend without ever leaving central Ohio. Since Frozen still seems to be a huge hit with the little ones even after close to a year's time, I figured I'd share our experiences here for your reading pleasure. It all started with a party invitation. We've been invited to not one but three Frozen-themed birthday parties this year, and this Sunday's fete in particular was quite the spectacular event. Hosted at the Glass Slipper in Powell, it … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day three

Day three of five days of gratitude. Here's what I'm grateful for today... 1. My monthly Moms Movie Night Out. I looooove going to the movies and E hates it, so earlier this year I decided to take myself on a monthly movie date. Then I realized other moms probably have this same dilemma, so I opened it up to all my Facebook friends. And now a couple of us go each month! We're a small group so far but I expect it will grow. I am loving getting to see grown-up movies for once - and it's nice to … [Read more...]

Kill your TV habit

It's confession time: despite extra free time in the evenings, I haven't blogged much this month because I've rediscovered the TV habit and I've been binge-watching various series. First I devoured both seasons of Orange Is The New Black and now I am sprinting through all five seasons of Breaking Bad. The addiction has gotten bad enough that I've been suffering from sleep deprivation during the day, yet that still won't stop me from staying up late to watch one or two episodes at night. NOT … [Read more...]

The princess thing

I am neither a rabid fan nor determined detractor of the "princess thing" in little girls. I do find it interesting to see how Zoe has grown to enjoy the princess thing while at the same time remaining true to her own individual style. Right up until she was about two years old, Zoe did not have much interest in princesses. She was far more interested in animals - whether real, stuffed or cartoon. For her first two trips to Walt Disney World, at 13 months and then at about 23 months, she was … [Read more...]

“Flynn Rider with dark skin”

Last night, as I snuggled Zoe in her big girl bed at bedtime, waiting for her to drift off to sleep, she contentedly murmured, "Mama, I found my prince. I know who I want to marry." Intrigued, I responded softly, "That's great darling, who is your prince?" And she replied, "The Flynn Rider with dark skin."   I lay in the dark, puzzled, trying to figure out who she meant. I didn't really want to keep talking, because I wanted her to go to sleep, but at the same time I was … [Read more...]

Disney on Ice is back!

Are you like me - already sick of winter? For me, the novelty and beauty of snow and ice wears off right around December 26. Then, I have to find fun things to look forward to and get excited about in order to make it through the next three months of cold, gray weather. One of our most anticipated winter activities is taking Zoe to see Disney on Ice. We went last February for the first time and she absolutely LOVED it. Of course, we did the full-on dressing like a princess thing - as do about … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: fun kid stuff we love

Once upon a time, I had a little weekly blog series called Friday Favorites, which then morphed into my “5 thankful things” this past November. Now, it's back to being Friday Favorites again. Enjoy! This week I'm all about fun stuff for kids that is also fun for adults. Ready, set, go: 1. KidzBop. If you're not familiar with the pop cultural phenomenon known as KidzBop, then you probably don't have a kid between the ages of 5 - 12. Basically, this is a group of kids singing "clean" … [Read more...]

5 belated thankful things

This post is part of a blog series that started as my Friday Favorites and then morphed into "5 thankful things” this November. There's so much to be thankful for, especially when you take one look at the news and see how bad it can be out there. I try to maintain an "attitude of gratitude" year round and hope to cultivate that lifelong philosophy in Zoe as well. For now, here's last week's 5 thankful things: Zoe's good health. This is one of those things you almost feel superstitious … [Read more...]

My first 5 thankful things

I'm seeing a lot of bloggers focus on gratitude and appreciation this month, and it makes sense. Many of my Facebook friends are posting one thing each day to be thankful for. I've decided that each week in November, I'll be posting five things I'm thankful for. Since many of the things I'm thankful for are also my favorite things, I'm wrapping this into my long lost Friday Favorites series - and hopefully I'll keep it going strong even after the month is over. Since I didn't start on time … [Read more...]

Why we love Sofia the First

Zoe and I were relative latecomers to the phenomenal kids TV show that is Disney Junior's Sofia the First. I'm an old school Disney Princess fan and didn't like the idea of some new upstart joining their hallowed ranks. Zoe, on the other hand, just didn't seem to fancy the show much when we first stumbled upon it - she was more into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and the Backyardigans. But, sometime recently, all that changed. First, Zoe caught the princess bug … [Read more...]