What Mommies Do Best, 2017 Edition

When I was little, I had a lot of favorite bedtime stories (i.e. “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, “Little Blue and Little Yellow” and many more) – but one of my all-time favorites was “What Mommies Do Best” (which, when you flipped it over, was also “What Daddies Do Best”). The book featured illustrations of different mother/child scenarios – i.e. “Mommies can […]

Twenty, Or Something

I am turning 20 in less than a week. I know most people my age don’t really consider a person’s 20th birthday to be a milestone (in the United States, at least). However, I think age 20 is a pretty big deal. I’ve been alive for two decades. Two decades! As my Nana would say, “Isn’t that something?” The big “2-0” is not something […]

Treat Yo Self: Toft’s Ice Cream

If Walt Disney World is where dreams come true, Toft’s Ice Cream in Sandusky, Ohio, is where ice cream dreams come true. A perfect spot for natives and tourists alike, Toft’s is a local tradition, a must-have, a reliable favorite. With its quirky Ohio-related flavor names and seemingly endless tubs of yummy options, this ice cream shop is […]

The Sound of Sunshine

Since my friends Mitchell, Anna and I are finally reunited for the summer, we decided to have a celebratory day of fun. We headed to Cedar Point Beach for a little Vitamin D and a lot of laughs. The weather was incredible (which is not something to be taken for granted where we live), and the beach was not overcrowded (but, as per […]

My Little Town

There are many things I do not necessarily love about my little town. For starters: the Sandusky “Mall,” home to what is likely the world’s first and last Elder Beerman store. (It’s practically a historical landmark.) My town is the host of Ohio Bike Week, which, sadly, has nothing to do with bicycles. (When I say “bike week,” […]

A Letter To My Brother

Dear Ethan, It was not long ago that we spent our days re-watching Dunston Checks In and Honey, We Shrunk The Kids on the VHS player. It seems like just yesterday that we played “Hotel,” where we pretended to manage a hotel, using the basement cabinets as the rooms. (I guess that was a precursor to your interest in the hospitality industry.) It was […]