Allyson was born in Columbus but grew up in southwest Ohio. She moved back to central Ohio to attend college and law school at The Ohio State University and decided stay and make Columbus home. She works full time as a public defender with people seeking help for substance abuse issues. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for eight years. Together they have a silly and boisterous two and a half year old son and a colicky but still adorable two-month-old daughter. Not to be forgotten is Mila their beloved dog of seven years. Allyson enjoys the urban lifestyle of downtown living and exploring all its uniqueness with her family. On any given evening, you are likely to find Allyson and her family playing at a local park, grilling out or walking to one of the many delicious restaurants close to their house.

Just Breathe: Mindfulness For The Young Child

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve started incorporating simple mindfulness activities into the day of my three-year-old. The heat of the summer and the recent end of naptime has brought the beginning of...
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Surviving the Sickness Bug as a Family

This winter has been brutal. Other than three very underappreciated sick-free days, someone in my family has been sick since the New Year’s ball dropped. This was after we passed around several bugs this...

Postpartum Woes: Hair Loss

  This past week was my first back to work after maternity leave. With all the emotion that already comes with leaving your baby to return to the workforce, it seems horribly unfair that this...

Celebrating a “Holiday Birthday”

Anyone who has or is a loved one of someone who has a birthday around the holidays knows that we come with a lot of baggage. My birthday is within three days of Christmas....

The Best Free Holiday Events in Downtown Columbus

Other than a trip to the Nutcracker and the Columbus Children’s Theater, people often overlook the downtown area as a fun place to spend the holiday season. However, there really are lots of exciting...

Living in the Moment with a Two-Year Old

  Living in downtown Columbus has many perks. That includes easy access to many of the city’s festivals and events. Having a newborn and a 2 ½-year-old, these events are cheap and easy ways for...