Loren McEllin

Lo is the Founder + Chief Innovation Officer of Trotting with Tots, a local stroller-toting mama tribe. When not scoping out new trails and neighborhoods to explore with the running group, she spends her time cooking up random vegan concoctions, inflicting pain on friends with her waxing skills, putzing around on her Cricut machine, inventing some new house project for her husband, and/or drinking wine while watching the latest episode of Intervention. Lo is married to her very own Magic Mike, whom she met on an airplane, and is lackey Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and an allergy-ridden pup (Killian). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes.

Top Hiking and Walking Trails in Austin

Trying to narrow down the best trails in Austin to a top 10 is a difficult task because we truly are blessed with some incredible green space.  Major props go out to our city’s...

Simple Ways To Support Teachers All Year Long

The new school year has officially kicked off! New smells, new memories and new teachers. And although the first few days, perhaps even weeks, are shiny and bright, the newness fades and the monotony...

Wild Mushroom Soup with Barley: Crockpot Recipe

Now that the temps have officially dropped and it is really beginning to feel like Winter, I have broken out the crockpot.  I'm not sure there is a better appliance to own.  It especially...
Mom Guilt

The Mom Guilt Is Real

Parenting is so hard. How are we to know if we are making the right decisions? How do we know how this decision will impact them forever? Does this mom guilt mean that I’ve...

Gardening Tips | Here’s What to Plant Now

If your garden looks anything like mine, it's a landscape of sun-scorched, dry and lifeless bleh. Our patio plants, backyard garden and the front landscaping bed got wiped out from the unusually cold weather...
Vegan Tortilla Soup

Cozy and Creamy Vegan Tortilla Soup

I've made a plethora of delicious soups in my day, but this one takes the gold ribbon. And although the title suggests it is best consumed during a chillier day, it truly is wonderful...

DIY Cocoa Bombs: Valentine, You’re The Bomb

Hows about a little how-to on those fabulous DIY cocoa bombs? Seeing as how these things are all the rage as of late, why not attempt a DIY version just in time for Valentine's...

Reflecting on the Positive Things from 2020

I remember the day in March quite vividly as I'm sure many of you do too. I called my husband and told him that I thought it best we keep our kiddos home from...
school grade older

And just like that… another school grade level older

This week is the week that we all embark "back to school"...virtually. And just like that.... they're all another school grade level older. Like most districts, our family's school district will be virtual for...
We love raising our kids in Austin

We Love Raising Our Kids in Austin

Austin is a pretty amazing city and we love raising our kids in Austin! Growing up in Illinois, I was so eager to leave. It wasn’t until after I had gone and signed a...