Our Chicago Vacation

Our Chicago Vacation

For Spring Break 2014 we took the kids on a mini-vacation to Chicago for three nights and four days.  We crammed as much fun as we could into those four days and had adventures all over the Windy City.  I shared our adventures in a series of installments over the...
Five Easy Appetizers

Five Easy Appetizers

I have lots of favorite easy appetizer recipes, because I love making Hors d’oeuvres for any occasion.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend we had five different events going on!  So I had lots of easy appetizers to make.  I put together five of my favorite easy appetizers this weekend and thought...
Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

My slow cooker is my best friend during a busy school week.  I really don’t know what I’d do without it.  I love the sort meals where you can dump it in the slow cooker for the day and come home to a delicious meal.  I’ve put together a list...
Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Last year we took our family of six to Siesta Key for a long vacation.  We had so much fun exploring Siesta Key and the surrounding area, that I wanted to share my ideas for family fun in Siesta Key with you.  Our focus was mostly on beach lounging, so...
Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

I am a stay at home mother of four children.  I hate housework, but I also hate a messy house.  It’s a frustrating way to live.  And with five other people in this house with me, keeping up with the housework is a never ending task.  My husband and I...
Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum

Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum

Henry and I went to see one of our favorite holiday attractions today, the Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum in Devou Park.  While Henry likes watching the trains zoom around and pushing all the interactive buttons on the display, I always like to look for the interesting...
Walt Disney World with Kids :: Tips for a Fun Trip

Walt Disney World with Kids :: Tips for a Fun Trip

For Spring Break last year we took the family to Florida and spent three days at Walt Disney World.  It was a blast!  I was so thankful to have the tips & advice from friends and family before we went…I felt somewhat prepared for the special kind of chaos that...
Our Favorite Homemade Pizza Recipes

Our Favorite Homemade Pizza Recipes

Pizza & Salad is a favorite dinner around our house.  I’d say we have it on the menu almost every week.  When Michael and I were first married he would make the dough and I would make the sauce, and we made some very yummy homemade pizza.  As the years...
Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

When I told my mom that I was going to have my husband’s family over for Christmas she offered to give me my Nana’s coffee mugs.  At first I turned them down, as we are not coffee drinkers.  But then I had a stroke of genius…why not have a hot...
Thirteen Ways to De-Stress

Thirteen Ways to De-Stress

I have days where I feel stressed & overwhelmed all day.  I’m not going to bore you with the reasons behind all of this, because we’ve all been there…we all have our laundry lists of stressors.  We all have moments where we feel so overwhelmed we just want to lay...
Create Your Own Chihuly Sculpture

Create Your Own Chihuly Sculpture

Our family loves the arts, and we also love creating our own works of art.  A few months back I read about a very cool art project for kids on the blog Mary Making and it inspired me to do a similar project with my children.    The project was to...
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The Children's Theatre Presents Disney's Aladdin JR.  {GIVEAWAY}

The Children’s Theatre Presents Disney’s Aladdin JR. {GIVEAWAY}

While my family loves all of the productions put on by the Children’s Theatre, I’m going to be honest and say that Disney’s Aladdin JR. is the most highly anticipated show in our household!  Max and Sam are both going to perform in their school’s production this spring (singing skeletons!) so this production by the...
Lunch at Senate in Over the Rhine

Lunch at Senate in Over the Rhine

One of my favorite restaurants in Over the Rhine is Senate, home of unique gourmet hot dog creations that will wow you and the best fries in town.  And then there’s the impressive craft beer list, which includes many local brews in addition to all of the other specialty cocktails and wines they offer.   Recently...

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 23

Our weeknights have gotten CRAZY busy lately.  I’m taking a graduate course one evening a week, the kids have play practice, math team, Lego club, soccer practice, and the list goes on.  Menu Planning is playing a key role in keeping my sanity.  I’ve been working really hard to stick to the plan each week,...
Salmon the Colonel's Way

Salmon the Colonel’s Way

I’ve been trying to shake things up in the kitchen on Fridays during Lent this year.  We’ve been trying lots of new ways to enjoy seafood.  Last week was a scrumptious Seafood buffet and then this past Friday I made Salmon…the Colonel’s Way.  What’s the Colonel’s Way you ask?  It’s salmon sprinkled with Maple Powder...
Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

In the past year I’ve hosted two Owl Baby Showers, one for my sister-in-law Jenny and one for our cousin Elizabeth.  I loved creating parties with an Owl theme – Ella and I had so much fun putting together special touches for our guests to enjoy.  I’m not one that likes to spend a fortune...
Simple St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Simple St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Today was Saint Patrick’s Day and Ella requested that I make a special dinner.  With the help of my best friend Google I found a few awesome recipes and made a St. Paddy’s Day dinner to remember!   It was pretty easy to put together and it was a hit with everyone.  I think that...
Otters Return to the Newport Aquarium

Otters Return to the Newport Aquarium

Hear ye, Hear ye….Otters have finally returned to the Newport Aquarium!  And nobody else in town is quite as excited as my otter-obsessed son Sam is.  I snuck him out of school early last week to attend the media preview of the new exhibit at the Newport Aquarium, “Canyon Falls”.  I wrote it up as...
Embassy Suites of Lexington

Embassy Suites of Lexington

Lexington Mini-Vacation :: In January of 2015 we took the kids to Lexington, KY for a long weekend.  We spent two nights and three days exploring Lexington.  We crammed as much fun as we could into those three days with activities for both the kids and the parents.  Lexington is a perfect place for my family to escape to for a...
Lenten Seafood Dinner

Lenten Seafood Dinner

This year during lent we’ve been trying to find ways to make our Friday night dinners interesting.  I’ve made Salmon, we’ve attended a Fish Fry at Old Saint Mary’s in Over the Rhine, and then this week I decided to make a seafood smorgasbord for dinner.  I had some shrimp in the freezer, but I...
ArtsWave's CincySings Competition

ArtsWave’s CincySings Competition

If you missed all the wonderful Arts events that happened this past weekend for Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend have no fear…ArtsWave has another fabulous event coming up!  On April 8th choirs from several local companies will come together for an epic sing-off hosted by Drew Lachey called CincySings.  Tickets are on sale now, and the money...

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 9

I’m jumping back on the Menu Planning bandwagon after being absent for a while.  I NEEEEEED Menu Planning to stay sane!  It helps me to save money at the grocery store and to save my sanity at dinner time when I’m scrambling to figure out what to cook.  I’ve recently starting substitute teaching, and while...
Bockfest Parade 2015

Bockfest Parade 2015

We have gone to Bockfest for years.  We’ve drank the Bock beer, hung out at Bockfest Hall, cheered on the Sausage Queen, taken brewery tours and church tours…but we have never gone to the Bockfest Parade.  Until tonight.  In years past we’ve missed it due to other circumstances…sick kids, bad weather, other engagements, and I’ve...