24 books of Christmas

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...]

The Halloween sail

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...]

Five days of gratitude: day one

NeighborFriends2014

Have your Facebook feeds been taken over by the "five days of gratitude" meme? I've seen a few people do it, and I liked the thought behind it a lot. Then, I was nominated by my dear cousin Jo to post three things I'm grateful for each day for five days. I've decided to repeat the posts here for posterity, because I put a lot of time and thought into them so I want to keep them. Here goes with day one... 1. Our amazing neighborhood. We are surrounded by incredible people. With Zoe being an … [Read more...]

Hot or not: mom and me outfits

Zoe-Mommy-2013

So, it turns out I'm ahead of my time, fashion-wise. A real trendsetter! (Okay, anyone who knows me well can stop laughing now). Seriously though, I've been obsessed with "mom and me" coordinating outfits for at least a year, and now this appears to be a hot trend for spring. Last year, I cobbled together the outfits you see here so Zoe and I could have some gloriously coordinated mom and daughter photos taken between my birthday and Mother's Day. I got lucky and found a dress for her at Old … [Read more...]

She’s moving out already?!

Zoe & Mommy 2013

It seems like just yesterday our little girl was turning three, and now... she's moving out. I just don't know that I'm ready! Okay, okay - she's just moving across the hall into her big girl bed in her own room. She won't be sleeping snuggled in between E and I anymore, like a baby bird in a nest, as she has since she was a tiny infant. And believe me, I'm ready for it - we all are. But it's still hard! There are so many transitions going on right now. 2014 is a really big year for Zoe … [Read more...]

The year without travel

Mexico 2007

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...]

A zombie movie for families

WWZ

This is the first time I've attempted a movie review on this blog, and it may be kind of an odd one. I saw World War Z, Brad Pitt's zombie epic, last night and I absolutely loved it on multiple levels. It was a perfect summer blockbuster full of action, thrills and chills - but with a few other, more thoughtful touches that made it really outstanding. Other reviewers have liked the movie, but I'm not sure anyone else has called it a family movie. And of course, I'm talking about taking older … [Read more...]

Central Ohio’s newest Star

StarLanes

Last night, our family was lucky enough to be invited to a special pre-grand opening celebration at Star Lanes Polaris, a fabulous new "boutique" bowling alley/restaurant that sits just in front of the Polaris Fashion Place mall. It is a fantastic new offering for central Ohio families or couples looking for a fun night out! Several years ago, while visiting my fam in LA, we went to the Lucky Strike bowling alley/ restaurant in Torrance and had our minds blown. The atmosphere was way more … [Read more...]

Food, travel and fun in Ohio

Three little cupcakes

Before beginning my very own mom blog here, I wrote about family fun on my client’s blog, Discovering Ohio. It’s a great resource for anyone who lives, works or plays in the great state of Ohio, as it’s full of fun things to do, visit and see year-round. Here are my posts from  Discovering Ohio this past year:  November Family Fun at the Zoo - If you only visit the zoo during summer months, you’re in for a treat. Here’s my rundown on why November is one of the best months to do … [Read more...]