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On Looking Through My Own Window

I have a big imagination. BIG. Unfortunately, it’s most often put to use inventing incredibly detailed worse-case-scenario montages. My husband says I should be a horror writer because of the way I’m able to imagine a million and one terrible things befalling the people I love (on the plus side, I’m an excellent defensive driver). […]

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Please Stop Asking My Kids to Sell Stuff

Please Stop Asking My Kids to Sell Stuff

Enough. With. The. Fundraisers.  Today, as I picked up my second grader from school, she excitedly told me: “Mom, we had an assembly today to talk about selling things, and if I sell two things, we get to go to Disney World! But it’s a long trip so Daddy would have to take some time […]

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Why Fall In Central Ohio Is the Best

Why Fall in Central Ohio Is the Best!

It’s finally fall, y’all! And I can throw in that last word without a hint of irony because I grew up in sweltering south Texas, where both “y’all” and wearing shorts in December are a given. But I’ve spent the majority of my adult life in central Ohio, and nothing makes this San Antonio girl […]

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Uptown Westerville

A Family Visitor’s Guide to Westerville

When we moved to Westerville three years ago from a more urban, centrally-located portion of Columbus, I was excited but also had a few reservations. What if the sense of community I was hoping to find wasn’t what I imagined? What if life was humdrum and dull out in the suburbs? What if I had […]

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What Keeps This Stay-at-Home Mom up at Night

It’s summer break and I am exhausted. Bone tired. Want-to-curl-up-in-the-fetal-position-at-the-end-of-the-day tired. After nine months of having three measly afternoons to myself all school year (while my big girl was in first grade and my little guy was at preschool), the jolt back to round-the-clock parenting has taken its toll. And yet, many nights recently, I’m not […]

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Why Don't We Watch TV Together Anymore-

Why Don’t We Watch TV Together Anymore?

Who else out there remembers watching TV with their parents? I sure do. There was “Remington Steele,” “Hart to Hart” and the bizarre yet enchanting “Beauty and the Beast” (starring a pre-“Terminator” Linda Hamilton) with my mom; “Magnum P.I.,” “MacGyver” and “The A-Team” with my dad. Then there were the lengthy and somewhat boring Sunday night […]

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Mother's Little Helper

Mother’s Little Helper

I’m starting to feel about Facebook the way I used to feel about wine. That it’s a pseudo-relaxing/rewarding habit I wish I could quit but am afraid to because I’m not sure what I’d replace it with. It even comes with hangovers–like when you’ve been mindlessly scrolling for 10 minutes and realize you’ve seen the same […]

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Central Ohio Parks That Spark Imagination

Central Ohio Parks That Spark Imagination

Now that Spring is here in earnest, the kids and I are trying to spend as much time outside as possible, mostly because outside is my happy place and indoor play areas make me cry. But I’m kind of over the basic playground model. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly have their place, and both […]

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Motherhood's Other Seven Year Itch

Motherhood’s Other Seven Year Itch

I’ve read a few blog posts recently referencing the authors’ startling and unexpected desire to have a second, third or fourth baby once their oldest nears his seventh birthday. Well, this is NOT that type of post. It IS a post about how after more than seven years of continuous stay-at-home motherhood, I’m feeling a bit […]

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How to Not Be Bitter About Spending Christmas Far from Family

As I’ve probably mentioned before, my little nuclear family of four (plus two dogs) lives far, far away from extended family. Not Columbus vs. Cleveland far. Thousands of miles away from either branch. I’m from Texas and my husband is from England, and while we’d both say we’re quite close with our parents and siblings, […]

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