Runs in the Family

Part of my motivation to run more was the hope that I’d inspire the kids to want to join in on the activity. When we registered for the Princess Half Marathon weekend races, we signed Cordy and Mira up for the one mile race for kids. We expected to see Cordy cross the finish line first, with Mira further behind ....more

Using HomeTeam™ To Stay Connected To Extended Family

My mom lives about an hour from us, which isn't very far away. However, with her busy schedule, there are many times she might as well be in another state. It's often difficult to schedule a time to get together so she can spend time with her granddaughters between our two schedules. So we're often relying on phone calls for the kids to say hi to their grandmother and let her know what they've been up to. Phone calls can only go so far, though, and my kids aren't the best at keeping up conversation on the phone....more

Using HomeTeam™ To Stay Connected To Extended Family

My mom lives about an hour from us, which isn’t very far away. However, with her busy schedule, there are many times she might as well be in another state. It’s often difficult to schedule a time to get together so she can spend time with her granddaughters between our two schedules ....more

The Month of Too Much

There are some months that are just so full – of both good and bad – that you want them to be over as quickly as possible, if just to catch your breath and get back to some sense of normalcy. That was March for me. We’re already halfway into April, and I’m still trying to recover from the previous month ....more

Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 2)

[Note: This is part 2. You can find the first half of my recap in Part 1.] The Race At 5:30am, the Fairy Godmother took the stage with the race announcers, and provided the countdown for the first corral. Fireworks burst into the sky as the first group took off running ....more

Race Recap – runDisney Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 1)

[Note: I tried writing this recap as a single post. It was nearly 3000 words. To spare your eyes, I’m breaking it up into two parts.] It was after last year’s Disney Social Media Moms Conference, where I ran a two mile fun run through Disneyland, that I decided I wanted to run in a runDisney race event ....more

Review: Disney’s (Live-Action) Cinderella

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big Disney fans in this household. Just a few weeks back, the entire family traveled to Walt Disney World to spend a week in the resorts and parks, and to take part in the Princess Half Marathon weekend. (I promise a recap post on that is coming soon!) While at Disney, we saw promotions for the new live-action Cinderella movie, of course ....more

Showing Our #DisneySide with a Villaintine’s Day Party (Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I received free products to assist with hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. We wanted to get the kids excited about our late February trip to Disney, so we decided to host a party to build some anticipation for our vacation, and bring a taste of Disney to our friends as well. Since we planned the party the week of Valentine’s Day, we thought a Villaintine’s theme would be a lot of fun ....more

Opting Out of PARCC

Here in Ohio and several other states, it’s currently PARCC testing season. PARCC is short for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a standardized test created by Pearson (a textbook and testing company) that is being used by several states for assessment of learning standards for third grade thru twelfth, and it’s primary purpose is that it’s a significant factor for teacher and school district evaluations. There’s only one problem: the test is an absolute hot mess ....more

Gluten-Free Pizza Nirvana at Pizza Hut (& Giveaway!)

It was just over two years ago that we found out Aaron couldn’t eat gluten. A lifetime of stomach issues was finally explained with a simple diagnosis. This new diet restriction didn’t come easy, though ....more