About Lewis Center Mom

About the blog:
An ode to motherhood in my 40s. Working mom and family travel blog. Fun things to do in Ohio. Lewis Center life. Positive, gentle and attachment parenting – including lots of older content about nursing and cosleeping. Love. GRRL POWER. Kindness first. Always kindness.

“We write to taste life twice.”

We are PR friendly, love food and travel, and will gladly talk with you about reviews or giveaways. Especially if you are from Disney, Universal Orlando or other family friendly destinations, please contact me at lara at lara-mom.com (don’t forget the hyphen).

About the blogger:

We’re a two career household with an active and amazing gradeschooler plus somewhat of a home zoo: a Goldendoodle, a small rescue pup, a ball python, a hamster and a whole bunch of fish.

We’re a global family since expanding our hearts and our worldview August 2018 – June 2019 by hosting an amazing intercultural exchange student from Thailand through YFU. Napa quickly became a forever part of our family and is always here with us, even though she’s 8,500 miles away in Thailand. We can’t wait to visit our Thai family in the Land of Smiles soon!

Professionally, I’ve been a PR and marketing communications pro since 1991, an avid social Internet user since 1994 and a blogger and social media pro since 1999. You do the math – it adds up to make me kind of old. That said, I must still be cool: I am the Tattoo Doula, after all. I also love food so much that I made the Yelp Elite Squad in 2012 and 2019.

My pro blog about the sweet spot between PR and social media resided at larakretler.com from 2008 – 2012. In addition, a ton of my past PR and social media content from past professional roles still exists here and here.

After a lifetime of focusing on career and self (not necessarily in that order), everything changed in July 2009 when we learned we had a tiny passenger on board. From the moment she was just a speck, smaller than a sesame seed, Zoe changed our world forever. She instantly became captain of the ship. I began this blog in 2012 to document our journey together, share what I am learning, and maybe leave something awesome for her to look back on after I’m gone. And hopefully not embarrass her too much along the way.

From selfish and self-centered to super-mom. From proud, avowed childfree DINK to devoted attachment-parenting mama. Who would have thought it possible? Yet I hope I’m living proof.

I am a founding member of the Easton MomE Mavens, a group of local social influencers and bloggers who help keep others in the loop about new and exciting happenings at Easton Town Center.

Also, we uphold the latest FTC guidelines about sponsored posts and digital advertising.


  1. I am the owner & piano instructor of Joan’s Music Studio. I have a beautiful music studio at our house. I’d appreciate your help with finding out how I post on your Facebook page and/or website that I have a couple openings for students. I am currently a member of your Facebook page. I teach children & adults.
    Thank you so much for your help! Enjoy your day!
    Joan Weiser

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    Linear Creative
    (216) 741-1533

    1. Hi Gina, thanks for reaching out. I only publish content that I’ve written myself, but if you’d like to send me some information, I’ll consider writing about it. You can reach me at lara at larakretler dot com

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