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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Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

While we like to try to be kind to our Earth EVERYday, when Earth Day finally comes around each year on April 22nd we take time to re-evaluate and think of new ways to be green.  Earth Day is a perfect reminder that we need to be taking care of and protecting our planet.  I’ve...
Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2015 Spring House Tour

Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2015 Spring House Tour

Last year my Dad and I went on the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Spring Tour, and despite the torrential rainfall we had a fabulous day!  When I was contacted this year about promoting the event I jumped at the chance!  Last year we toured homes in Clifton, and this year the tour is happening in the...
Fireside Pizza in Walnut Hills

Fireside Pizza in Walnut Hills

Fireside Pizza started out as a mobile oven wagon that would travel to events and serve delicious wood fired pizza, but now in addition to their mobile unit they have a permanent home at Firehouse #16 in Walnut Hills.  Stepping inside Fireside Pizza you feel like you have passed through a time warp because the...
Review :: Disney's Aladdin JR Presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

Review :: Disney’s Aladdin JR Presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Tonight was opening night for Disney’s Aladdin JR, presented by the Children’s Museum of Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre.  I’m going to go ahead and start this post by saying that this was my favorite Children’s Theatre production to date.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been obsessed with Disney’s Aladdin since it was created (I can...
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

During Spring Break this year we spent a day exploring the city of Hamilton, Ohio.    We spent the majority of our time that day traipsing around the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum.   What a magnificent park it is!  We wandered over hills, through the woods, by the gardens and around ponds on a...
Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Ever since I picked up a bottle of White Truffle Oil at the Flying Olive shop and Truffle Salt at Colonel De’s at  Friendly Market last year I’ve been obsessed with finding new ways to use the oil to add a little pizzazz to our meals.  I started with Truffle Fries, and now we are...
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...