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March 18, 2005. That’s the day it all began for me. The day I fell down the rabbit hole of social media. Do you remember your first day on social media?  Of course, it didn't seem like much of a...

Small Talk is Dead

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It’s 2022. Small talk is dead. Perhaps you disagree. But before you immediately turn your nose up at my sentiment, think of your version of “small talk.” It’s probably not the tell-tale version of it. I’m not talking about a...
"Tell me a story, mama." This is the phrase often uttered by my three-year-old in the moments before nap time. I used to dread it. With a newborn and older son to worry about, I'd always want to rush the...
Parents can all agree that educators are some of the hardest working people we know. That includes teachers, assistants, counselors and bus drivers too! These are the people that continue to show up of for our children every day...
If you're on the hunt for the perfect (I'm talking quick, easy and delicious) brunch idea, look no further! Using croissants as the bread takes this french toast to the next level. This recipe happens to be vegan, but...
As a mother to two young children, I often think back to when I brought my little bundles of joy home. My life shifted immediately when we walked in the door, making my little one a top priority. One...
Once upon a time, I tried to create my own compost bin. I was tired of seeing all of the fruits and vegetables that went uneaten in the black hole that is my refrigerator's crisper drawers go into the...
Throughout the entire 2000s, my dad purchased two DVDs — Old School and, well, I cannot even remember the other one because it is insignificant in this anecdote. If you were ever to meet my dad, you would quickly...
Leave it to a global pandemic to alter what we consider fundamental and comprehensive truth. In his book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman explains all of us show and receive love in one or more ways, the love...
Have you ever heard the phrase “change is the only constant in life?” I am certain this has been told to me before, and I likely brushed it off. I never thought much about the concept of change because...
My husband and I are both extroverts. Of course, we enjoy time at home, but we would prefer to be together than spend time alone, even at home. In high school and college, you would find us participating in...
The human body is beautiful, complex…and weird. I predicted that age and stress would bring changes to my muscles and mind, but I never expected them to drastically alter my gut. By 28, my digestive health was a mess,...
Forest bathing saved my mental health. Whenever I mention this to people, I typically get a strange look accompanied by a question like, “you take a bath in the forest?” No, not in the literal sense I promise. So,...
When I make a parenting mistake, I own it, and I apologize to my children. Notice how I didn’t say “if I make a parenting mistake.” I have made parenting mistakes, and I will make more. I am not...

In + Around Indy

See Circle City: Creek Stomping Around Indianapolis

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Growing up in the late 1980s and 1990s, I loved playing in my local park's creek. That kind of unstructured play is something I...
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