Summer’s best splash pads

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...]

A waterfront treasure

Do you ever find yourself craving a scenic, peaceful water view? I do - maybe because I grew up on Long Island with a bay for my backyard. Here in Ohio, water views aren't as plentiful, but they are just as appreciated. On a recent sunny January Sunday, our family headed to one of our favorite outdoor treasures - 1,500 feet of boardwalk jutting out over the Hoover reservoir. The site is known as Hoover Mudflats, a rather unflattering name for such a picturesque and lovely place. We love it … [Read more...]