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...]

Yes, Zoe, mermaids are real!

Ever since she was old enough to answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" our Zoebelle has replied the same way: I'm going to be a mermaid. This answer both amuses and delights me, for I too have been obsessed with mermaids since early childhood. But just lately, as she spends more time with the "school-agers" in her class and falls under the seductive sway of their influence, she has started to come home with troubling questions such as "Mommy, is it true that mermaids … [Read more...]

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...]

We have a magic toilet.

and a flashback to pottytraining!

Apology and disclaimer: Quite some time ago, the good PR folks from Kohler contacted me and asked if I'd like to try out some complimentary high-tech toiletry and then blog about it. I very enthusiastically said yes... but then it took me a long time to get my Chief Technical Officer to install it. And THEN life got too hectic (plus I was watching way too much TV) to blog. Bottom line, I owe those kind Kohler PR folks a huge apology for being so late on the draw. And, that said, the resulting … [Read more...]

Rainbow hair for kiddos

Zoe has had some tremendous milestones this year - weaning, turning four, transitioning to her own bed in her own room across the hall from us, experiencing her first slumber party two floors away from us - that's all really big, cool stuff! She is not a kid who asks for a lot but this year we wanted to give her something special to celebrate some of these milestones, especially what we view as the biggest - transitioning from cosleeping to sleeping on her own. So, I offered to get her ears … [Read more...]

Viva la customer service!

I've had several customer experiences recently that blew my mind, rocked my socks and made me VERY happy. I love to reward companies for being awesome, so here are my raves about not one but FOUR great recent customer service experiences. My Disney happy ending Have you ever left a Disney park without buying something you really liked, only to deeply and sorrowfully regret it later? Well, that was me for the past week - I had a massive case of the sads and "non-buyer's regret." You see, I … [Read more...]

Friday favorites: Valentine edition

Welcome to my elusive, effervescent Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! I have been finding some very cool new stuff lately - so here are my latest fun finds. Hope you enjoy them as much as Zoe and I do! Not all of these are necessarily Valentine's day related, but some are - and all would be fun to share with your big or little Valentines. Cuppies. I am obsessed with cups and mugs that have little animals built into the bottom. Have … [Read more...]

A new freezer favorite: Mommade Foods

Disclaimer: I was generously provided samples from MomMade Foods prior to writing this post. That said, my opinions are my own and I happily spent my own money on MomMade Foods as well! Recently, Zoe and I got to attend a blogger event on behalf of Mommade Foods. We were able to meet mom and founder Heather Stouffer, learn all about her nutrition philosophy and best of all taste many of her delicious, healthy foods. Instantly, I was hooked! And that's a good thing, because I am ALWAYS on the … [Read more...]

Friday favorites: lips, hips and dust

Welcome to my on-again, off-again Friday Favorites series. If you like this post, check out the others that came before! It's Friday again. Can I get an amen?! Today, I have a collection of fun, healthy stuff to share. All they have in common is the faintest thread of girliness, fitness and health - plus one wild card thrown in for fun. Enjoy! 1. Revlon lip balm pencils. I first picked up one of these at Ulta and fell in love with it - then grabbed a couple of others at a local drug … [Read more...]

Snow day fun at Star Lanes

Disclaimer: I was generously provided dinner, arcade play time and bowling courtesy of Star Lanes prior to writing this post. That said, my opinions are my own and I happily spent my own money at Star Lanes as well! It's snowing today... time to head to Star Lanes Polaris for some bowling fun! Sure, we played outside in the white stuff too, but one can only do that for so long. Kids get cold, you all have to come in and get warm... and then, before too long, cabin fever sets in. That's why … [Read more...]