Malini was born and raised in Worthington, OH. While it’s true that she has a raging case of wanderlust and takes every opportunity to travel far and wide, she and her husband can’t think of a better place to raise their 4 year old daughter and 10 year old Basenji dog, Sparky (aka - Sparks, Sparkles, Spark-a-licious, Sparkle-Pants). She works full time and spends her weekends tinkering around on a passion project that she and her husband have turned into a business. Malini’s favorite thing about Columbus is the amazing food scene - from food trucks to fine dining, Columbus has it all. Basically, she is obsessed with all things food + travel, and you can follow along with her family adventures on her blog Lakes and Lattes. She fell in love with her husband on a dance floor, and their daughter has certainly inherited daddy’s dancing genes! You can find them dancing around the kitchen, the living room, and the lawn. While it's painfully true that she has zero fashion sense, she can usually find her way around a kitchen. Her life goals include connecting with others and inspiring them to travel and eat good food!

Fall Fun at Leeds Farm

It's been a hot summer here in Ohio. And I've been itching for that crisp fall weather. Fall is my favorite season and there's nowhere else I'd like to spend it than here in...
earning and spending money

5 Ways You Can Empower Your Kids To Learn About Money

People have a lot of opinions surrounding money: how we should spend it, save it, invest it; whether we should give our children allowances or force them to save every monetary gift received. I...

What Kind of Mom Are You? #IAmThisKindOfMom

There's this old saying that goes "opposites attract." Ok, actually, I'm an 80's kid at heart, and I was basically raised by Paula Abdul, so really, I'm referring to her song. But I'm sure it's...

ATA Black Belt Academy in Powell – Our Experience

My husband and I have a 6 year old daughter, and one of the things we've often talked about is the importance of instilling self-confidence and feelings of empowerment. For too many kids (and...
healthy pancakes

Easy and Healthy Freezer Pancakes for Busy School Mornings!

Over here at my house, we're firmly back into our crazy back-to-school routine. Bedtimes, early morning alarms, and lots of after-school activities that keep us running around can leave many of us exhausted and...

Summer Salads – Three Easy Salads to Whip Up Tonight!

It's FINALLY starting to feel like summer in Ohio!  And something about all that sunshine and heat makes me crave simple, no-cook dinners. My focus over the past year has been to encourage healthier eating...

I’ve Tried To Lose Weight For Years And Failed. Here’s Why It Finally Worked.

Over the past few months, I've managed to actually lose weight and keep it off. I went from a size 12 to a size 4. I honestly didn't think this was even possible without...

Easy Snacks for Busy Moms – Three Recipes to Bring to Your Next Social...

If your days are anything like mine - you might feel like you're always rushing off to a PTA meeting, book club, play date, girls night in, or club meeting. These types of events...
parenting is hard

Can We All Agree That Parenting Is Hard?

It's been a privilege to be a part of the Columbus Moms Blog community. I've met so many amazing women (and men!)  and learned many different ways of parenting. It's a gift that I...
Lessons in love

10 Lessons in Love I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

Do you ever come across elderly couples, walking hand in hand, radiating out their love for each other? That. That's what I want. Now and forever. I'm a hopeless romantic - in fact, I'm...