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...]

Top 10 animal encounters in Ohio

We love animals in our family - I mean LOVE them. So it's only natural that, in addition to having a wonderful at-home menagerie we adore, we seek out cool animal encounters in our free time. This is something E and I did together long before we had Zoe, and since becoming parents we love these critter experiences even more. So, inspired by a recent Houston area blog post I found on this topic, here are our favorite Ohio animal encounters - including a few we haven't experienced yet but plan … [Read more...]

The year without travel

I love to travel. I crave adventure. It's in my blood - I grew up crisscrossing the Atlantic visiting my grandparents and other family members in the UK at least once each year until my 20s. I flew from JFK to Heathrow at the age of 12 as an unaccompanied minor. My childhood's family vacations consisted of sailing trips instead of road trips (and believe me, at the time I didn't appreciate that, but I definitely do now). You see, my parents are soulless gypsies who travel the world and … [Read more...]

Ohio’s grand carousels

This post originally appeared in 2011 on Discovering Ohio, the official blog of TourismOhio (which also happens to be a client of my agency). Nothing brings to mind the sweet nostalgia of childhood summers like the vivid sights, unmistakable sounds and familiar motion of a grand and glorious carousel. I should know. I've ridden many a merry-go-round since beginning a new fun-finding mission with my young daughter: Zoe’s carousel tour of Ohio. The first carousel in the United States was … [Read more...]

NYC with a three year old

This past May, our family embarked on the second of six trips to NYC in celebration of each of our nieces and nephews' 16th birthdays. This year was Malachi's turn and marked our attempt to take on the impossible: a family roadtrip to NYC that would please both our 16 year old nephew and three year old daughter. You should know that I had several horrible nightmares in the days leading up to our trip. I dreamed that Zoe darted out into NYC traffic (worst of all, in front of a yellow cab). I … [Read more...]

Summer roadtrip to Buffalo/Niagara

Zoe and I just got back from our first ever mother/daughter roadtrip. We drove up to Buffalo, spent two days in Western NY, including a visit to the incomparable Niagara Falls, then drove home on the fourth day. It was a fantastic summer trip, very driveable from Columbus even with a three year old, and I'd happily do it again. We had a blast! The Drive Columbus to Buffalo is right around 6 hours by car. I'm lucky - Zoe does really well on long drives. As long as I bring a cooler with … [Read more...]

Family fun tour of LA’s South Bay

We spent a week with family in Los Angeles over Christmas. Each day, we all set out to explore a fun new spot so that Zoe (age almost three) and her cousins, ages two and four, could enjoy getting to know each other again. It had been a long time since their last visit - too long. My folks moved to LA in 1994 and I've enjoyed visiting them each year since. Our trips to LA used to look a lot different before Zoe. We would rent a car and cruise Pacific Coast Highway, dip through the 'hood … [Read more...]

Maui mochi, manju and malasadas

This time last year, we were in beautiful Maui with our 18 month old baby girl. Now, we're buying a new home and fancy vacations are a thing of the past... and we have a 2.5 year old big girl! Zoe may not remember much about that amazing trip to Hawaii, but we sure do. We have these gorgeous photos to remind us forever, thanks to my splurge on professional family portraits while we were there. (I highly recommend doing that - it's money you'll never regret spending.) We have super fun … [Read more...]

Dog-friendly, kid-friendly Hocking Hills

This blog post first appeared on Discovering Ohio, which in addition to being one of my clients' blogs, is also a fantastic place to find out about great things to do, places to visit and trips to take in the great state of Ohio. For years, Hocking Hills, Ohio has been one of our favorite day trips anytime we want to hike and spend time in nature. It wasn't until this summer, however, that we finally took countless friends' recommendations and rented a cabin for a few days in order to … [Read more...]