The ladybug rescue squad

This fall, as the weather has gotten colder, Zoe has become a one-woman ladybug rescue squad. It's pretty awesome and may become a new fall tradition for our family. Her butterfly habitat, which housed its colorful winged residents for such a regrettably short time, has earned a second life has a super-cool ladybug condo. And this mom, who once avoided bugs and was seriously squicked out by them, has again opened her home to insects that once would have been hurriedly vacuumed up or swiftly … [Read more...]

The best age for hiking

Before we became parents, E and I loved going for hikes together in Ohio's beautiful, scenic forests - either south to Hocking Hills or north to Mohican State Park. We've hiked alone together, we've hiked with our dogs, but we've always hiked. We went on dozens of wonderful spring, summer and fall hikes in our pre-Zoe years, and even took some great hikes while we were pregnant. Once our little angel arrived, however, she put a bit of a kibosh on our hiking adventures for a time. It wasn't … [Read more...]

The butterfly experiment

This summer, I did something I never thought I'd do: I invited five live, wiggly insects into my house, cared for them, and treated them like treasured members of the family. Somewhere in another life, the old, pre-kid me was screaming in horror the entire time. The things we do for our little ones! But in all seriousness, the butterfly experiment - having caterpillars arrive on the doorstep and nurturing them as they turn into chrysalids and then ultimately hatch as newborn butterflies - … [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...]