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.
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...

Pandemics And Our Children’s Futures

I’m just a mom. A mom that is trying to envision what her children’s lives will look like when they are her age. And then I am a mom that can’t help but shed...

For SAHMs Everyday is Monday

Say it ain’t so, but yes, as a stay-at-home-parent, most days feel very mundane and monotonous, even on the glorious weekend.  We wake (hopefully before the child(ren), make breakfast, get the laundry going, make...


Appears that gnomes are all the rage this holiday season.  And boy have I drank the juice.  Heck, I think I’ve bathed in it because I’ve gnome off the deep end.  I can’t even...

10 Reasons To Love Crescent Rolls That Much More

Crescent rolls are truly a thing of beauty.  They're plant-based, and often you can even find a gluten free version!  It's a wonder I don't use them more often.  I feel like they're in...

Moms Guide: Frugal and Fun Fall Decor

Fall is coming.  Or so they say... I say, 'Cooler weather cannot get here soon enough!'  Even if I'm unable to do anything about the outside temps, I can at least decorate the inside of...

12 Ways To Spread Love & Affirmations Even When Your Kiddo Is At School

I love the start to a new school year.  It means fresh pencil shavings, crisp paper, a spotless planner, seeing old friends, making new ones, and the promise of cooler weather… someday. But with...

American Flag Etiquette

Every day after school I would watch in amazement as the K-5 students at my son's school lowered the flag, cared for it, folded it and then stored it away to signal the end...

Summer Reading

Summer has officially arrived.  Which means my family and I will be living at the splash pad, swimming pool and/or local watering hole as often as time will allow.  And because I like to...