Year-round fireworks in Ohio

We Want Fireworks!

If you're a fireworks fanatic who didn't get enough of the snap, crackle, pop and BOOM! over the 4th of July, you're in luck. Our beloved daughter didn't get to go see any fireworks this year due to other family obligations, so she was feeling slighted and deprived. She made a compelling case for why we owe her some big-time fireworks after cruelly robbing her of this vital childhood summer experience. And if you think I'm exaggerating here on any level, you need to meet Zoe, who could … [Read more...]

Pool day on a school day

PoolDayonaSchoolDay

I've come up with some good inventions in my time, like date day (where child goes to school but parents stay home and take a vacation day together), date week (an entire week of date days - also known as a second honeymoon) and now my latest: #pooldayonaschoolday. Basically, the way this works is that we send Z to school in the morning and act totally normal - but then we head to her daycare super early (ideally during lunch or nap), scoop her up, get her into a swimsuit and spend the rest … [Read more...]

Summertime beach cravings

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...]

Summer fun Wednesdays

Summer fun Wednesdays 2014

What mom doesn't wish she could be in two places at once?! I am fortunate to have a meaningful, interesting job that I love. I am happy to be a working mom most of the time. I know there are benefits to Zoe being in daycare, especially since she's an only child. And I certainly don't have the fortitude to stay at home with her full-time! But oh, sometimes I mourn the loss of my Wednesdays off with her. Working part-time, while it had its challenges, was pretty much living the dream. Our … [Read more...]

Summer of the pool

Our pool 2013

For us, 2013 will always be the summer of the pool. The first summer that Zoe had unfettered access to a fabulous pool on pretty much all our days off together. The summer that she taught herself to swim at the age of three by watching older kids, and worked so hard at it that by the end of the summer, on the very last day the pool was open, she earned the right to climb the ladder to the diving board, walk out along its high platform, and jump off into the VERY deep end of the pool. But this … [Read more...]

Top 10 reasons to “ride all day” at the zoo

Columbus Zoo 8-14-13

A trip to the zoo with baby or even young toddler Zoe meant an hour or two at most of visiting the animals. Oh, how times have changed. Now, a trip to the zoo can be an almost all day endeavor and includes visiting animals, watching the animal show, petting the stingrays and and - if she's very lucky - going on some of her favorite rides. This week, for the first time, I bought us both the "Zoo it all" Ride All Day wrist bands ($9.99 each) so we could do all the rides. We had an absolute … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Island: a must-do at the zoo

Dinosaur Island - Columbus Zoo

Zoe and I ventured out to Dinosaur Island at the Columbus Zoo this week and absolutely loved the experience. We will definitely be returning for another visit or two before summer's over! If you're a regular at the Columbus Zoo, you know the Islands boat ride, way up at the top of the zoo in the Australia and the Islands section, is a longtime hidden gem. I'm always amazed by how many people don't even know about the little boat ride at the zoo! Well, not for long. This quaint little … [Read more...]

New summer fun in Columbus

Stingray Bay rocks!

There's so much to do in Columbus during summertime - awesome splash pads, fairs and festivals, pools and parks to explore. But this year, we have two great new additions that will especially please the little ones. Stingray Bay at the Columbus Zoo is awesome! I can't believe I haven't heard more buzz about this fabulous new addition to an already stellar zoo. We've visited stingray touch tanks at places like Long Beach, CA's Aquarium of the Pacific and the world-class Monterey Bay … [Read more...]

Summer’s best splash pads

Easton splash pad fun

Before I had Zoe, I didn't know what a splash pad was. Back when I was a kid (you know - a thousand years ago), we simply ran through the sprinkler or went to the beach or into a pool. But now that I'm a toddler mom in the marvelous midwest, I get a lot of summer splash pad time. And I love it! I do believe splash pads are the best invention ever. From a kid's perspective, it's pure unadulterated fun (until you get a water jet straight up the nose). From a parent's perspective, there's far … [Read more...]