Nicole Fluty

Nicole was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated with her bachelors in nursing from the University of Toledo in 2009. In 2012, she moved to Columbus for a big city, single girl life, but as life would have it, started dating her husband six months later and the rest is history. She joined the motherhood club in May 2016 with the birth of son Austin and welcomed daughter Madelyn in July 2019. When not keeping up with her two kids, she works full time. On weekends, a favorite activity is getting together with friends that have multiple kids and enjoying the chaos of three year olds and babies, while attempting to watch a whole football game without tears or reminding a kid to share. Nicole’s top three ways for self-care are a quick run in her neighborhood, a glass of wine, and retail therapy. She considers brunch the best meal of the day with a mission to find the best places for french toast in Columbus.

Columbus: My Adult Hometown

Every Columbus transplant has a story of how they came to call the city home. A job, a significant other, or maybe just a change of place. As I have reflected on ten years...

Three Ways to Make Your Starter Home Last

I have a confession, I check realtor sites daily for the newest listings in my little city. I like my home, I do. I love our neighborhood, the location and easy access to highways...

The #1 Dandelion Picker: A First Sport Experience

My husband and I played variety of sports in our youth. My husband is very athletic and competitive, we have boxes of trophies and newspaper articles in storage from his childhood of sports. I...

The Kindergarten Debate

My son is turning the big five this year. My first born will be a whole hand old. Five years old means kindergarten. Well I thought it did. The popular term for college athletes...

The Misadventures of the New Stay-at-Home Mom

Hi! I’m new here. I had spent the majority of my time as a mother in a full-time career and now, well, I have taken a step back for the foreseeable future and I...

5 Ways to Fight the Bedtime Battle

Bedtime Battle The first two years of my son's life, bedtime was a simple, easy routine and he fell asleep without any issues. Around two and a half, things began to change. First, he started...
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Preserving Children’s Creativity with Artimus Art

My son loves art. He is always bringing home his pieces of artwork, beaming with pride showing off his latest creation. I find myself saving all these precious pieces of art. Our refrigerator and...

National Son Day: The Life of a Boy Mom

It's A Boy! I remember being convinced that my first child was a girl. I even had a name picked out. Then came the 20 week anatomy ultrasound. The ultrasound tech measured the head, legs,...

How to Find a Daycare Routine During a Pandemic

Planning for the Pandemic Being in a household of full time working parents with two little ones and coordinating childcare is always a big deal even without a pandemic. My husband and I were very...

Travel Tips for the New Normal

As I looked at my son's school calendar I circled spring break week at the end of March as the perfect time to have our first family vacation as four. The AirBnB was booked...