About Midlife Mama

Formerly known as Lewis Center Mom, Midlife Mama is a north-of-Columbus, Ohio family lifestyle and travel blog started in January 2012 to document the amazing journey that is being Xage’s mom. If you’re new here, this is a great place to start.

This blog is an ode to midlife motherhood and only child life. I write about things I love and a few other things. We cover fun things to do in Ohio, Lewis Center life and positive, gentle and attachment parenting (including lots of older content about nursing and cosleeping).

We are all about love; feminism; social justice; LGBTQIA+, nonbinary and trans rights; celebrating differences and treating others with kindness. 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

In addition to blogging, I own a one-woman marketing communications business and I’m wife to an InfoSec guru and car guy. Together we’re the parents of an active and amazing nonbinary gradeschooler who sometimes guest blogs here. We have somewhat of a home zoo: two dogs, a cat, two snakes and some fish. We love calling fabulous Columbus, Ohio (and our Lewis Center suburb) home, sweet home.

We’re a global family since expanding our hearts and worldview by hosting amazing intercultural exchange students from Thailand (2018-19) and Germany (2020) through YFU. We can’t wait to visit our Thai and German daughters and their families once international travel starts back up again.

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 aficionado since soon after that. 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.

My pro blog about the sweet spot between PR and social media resided at larakretler.com from 2008 – 2012. I am a founding member of the Easton Town Center MomE Mavens, a group of local social influencers and bloggers who help keep others in the loop about new and exciting happenings at Easton. I also love food and writing about restaurants so much that I’m a four-year member of the Columbus Yelp Elite Squad.

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 they were just a speck, smaller than a sesame seed, Xage powerfully changed our world forever. I began this blog in 2012 to document our journey together, share what I am learning, and maybe leave something awesome for Xage to look back on after I’m gone. And hopefully not embarrass them 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.

Also, we uphold the latest FTC guidelines about sponsored posts like any good influencer should.


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    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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