Five Things

1. This week, I went to the movie theatre for a girls night with my good friend Sheila. I haven’t seen a movie in the theatre for yeeeeears! It was kind of the best thing ever. Date nights with your bestie are just the best, aren’t they?

2. Next week I’m going to make these delicious looking lavender cupcakes…using my home grown lavender! hashtag, excited.

3. My aunt is having  little get together tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing some family who is coming in from out of town. I plan on making this Roasted Butternut, Kale, and Cranberry Couscous salad. My friend made it for us last weekend and it’s delicious!  Continue reading “Five Things”

Thursday Things I Love: Babies On A Boat, Summer Eats, And A Toad Named Judy

Hey friends.

How is your summer going? I have to tell you, I’ve just been eating it up. Mike has been working from home. The boys have been playing outside every day. And I’ve been enjoying as much yoga/time in the sun/summer veggies/garden goodness as I can.

Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately: Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: Babies On A Boat, Summer Eats, And A Toad Named Judy”

Places We Love: The Wilderness Center

The Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio, is the type of place you need to experience first hand to understand just how special it really is. Whether you are a nature lover looking to bird watch, a parent looking for a fun and educational option to engage your child, or someone who just wants to get out and enjoy a scenic walk,  The Wilderness Center has something sure to delight and inspire everyone. Continue reading “Places We Love: The Wilderness Center”

Places We Love: Secrest Arboretum

I remember going to Secrest Arboretum as a kid, where my mom would take me and my brother for picnics among the Crabapple Trees. I remember looking up at the pine trees that surrounded the property and thinking that surly I was in some sort of enchanted forest.

Fast forward a few years *cough, cough* and the Secrest Arboretum still holds the same sort of enchantment and continues to captivate my attention. Now with a family of my own, it is absolutely one of my favorite places to take the kids. We go there for picnics amongst the epic trees. We go there for strolls amidst the gorgeous flowers. We go there for the awesome slide that pops up out of nowhere and for the wonderful paths they can ride their bikes down. I’ve met friends there for coffee or a walk, or for picnic style snacks while the kids run around us and play.  Continue reading “Places We Love: Secrest Arboretum”

Places We Love: Broken Rocks

I don’t just enjoy eating at Broken Rocks. More than a restaurant to me, I use Broken Rocks as an extension of my home. I meet girlfriends there for dinner. My book club meets there once a month. It is a favorite morning spot for me and my boys to split a few delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls. It is our family’s annual spot to celebrate Mother’s Day. It is the one place I can take my kids where every single thing on the kid’s menu is something both delicious and good for them to eat. When I’m feeling down and need a good meal that I didn’t cook, it’s my go-to place for carry out. This list goes on and on.

So it’s no surprise that Broken Rocks was one of the first places I thought of when I cooked up the idea for the Places We Love series.

On a sunny Monday morning, after the breakfast rush had quieted down, but before the lunchtime crowd showed up, I sat down with Broken Rocks owner and “head of kitchen,” Glen Grumbling.

Over cups of coffee, in the Grumbling’s latest restaurant venture – Rox, a Gastropub right next door to Broken Rocks – I got to ask Glen about a shared passion: food.  Continue reading “Places We Love: Broken Rocks”

Friday Five

1. What are your thoughts on smoothies? Delicious or over-rated? I love a good smoothie, although I’m desperate for some new recipes. I made myself a blueberry smoothie and then threw up a blueberry smoothie every morning for my first trimester  with Beatrice.

I’m nothing if not persistent.

All that to say, I have no interest in drinking a blueberry smoothie. Like…ever. This Papaya Mint smoothie recipe sounds yummy, though, and I have the fresh mint growing on my patio! I might have to give it a try. Continue reading “Friday Five”

Thursday Things I Love: New Shoes, Kind Strangers, & Friends Who Deliver Pizza

It’s Thursday, and I’m the kind of tired that makes me want to go back in time and slap my pre-baby self every time I complained about being “tired” or about feeling “stressed.” Oh, how little did I know. Motherhood. The mother of all trump cards. (No, not that Trump.)

Theo made it through his surgery just fine and returned home groggy and sore, but with energy to spare, God bless ’em. This week has been cray-cray to the max, but I’m proud of us – all of us – for how we’ve handled it. You can’t plan your life to perfection, you can just live the heck out of it with as much grace (all the definitions) and courage you can muster.


Here’s the roundup of things I’ve loved from this week: Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: New Shoes, Kind Strangers, & Friends Who Deliver Pizza”

Thursday Things I Love: Tarts, Chubby Cheeks, and Leslie Knope

Well we’ve made it to Thursday. Last night, Mike and I watched the “Company Picnic” episode of The Office. It’s the one where Jim and Pam find out they are expecting. That episode gets me every dang time. I love that episode for one tiny scene with Michael though, too. He talks about how he was ok with not trying to force a reunion with ex-girlfriend Holly, saying that he thinks instead, they will just have a long story. I love that. I love that long-sightedness. Our stories really are long. It’s good to remember that. How easy is it for us to get caught in the today. The right-this-minute. And then we forget, this isn’t forever. We’ve got time. Our story isn’t over yet.

Here are a few other things I’ve loved from this past week… Continue reading “Thursday Things I Love: Tarts, Chubby Cheeks, and Leslie Knope”