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...
Cheap Date Nights in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Cheap Date Nights in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

I have four children.  I love said children.  But I also cherish my alone time with my husband.  We’ll jump at any chance to have a date night.  While we enjoy having nice dinners in swanky restaurants from time to time, we also look for relatively cheap date nights as...
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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I Love Lucy® Live on Stage at the Aronoff Center

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage at the Aronoff Center

Confession:  I grew up with a love for old movies and tv shows.  I LOVED the classics.  On the weekends we’d go to our local video store and get some old classic movies and shows on VHS…yes, that long ago.  I am a huge fan of I Love Lucy…it’s hilarious!   I’ve failed as a...
Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry Recipe

Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry Recipe

For my family the arrival of summer also means the arrival of fresh, organic produce from our CSA.  One of my favorite veggies in the produce shares over the summer is Sugar Snap Peas.  They are so delicious!  My cousin Vicky taught me an easy way to prepare them, and they are always a hit...
DevouGrass 2015 ~ Save The Date

DevouGrass 2015 ~ Save The Date

Let me start by saying that I am a proud organizer of DevouGrass, which is a Music and Arts Festival that started last year in Devou Park as a way to bring the community together to raise money for the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky while enjoying some great tunes and delicious food.  Last year...
sQecial Media

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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...
Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show 2015 {GIVEAWAY}

Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show 2015 {GIVEAWAY}

Last week Henry and I went on one of our favorite spring time excursions, to the Krohn Conservatory to see this year’s International Butterfly Show, “Butterflies of the Philippines”.  He was in awe of all the fluttering around him, and I have to say, I’m transported back to feeling like a kid again when I’m...
Ten Unique Ideas for Mother's Day Fun in Cincinnati & NKY

Ten Unique Ideas for Mother’s Day Fun in Cincinnati & NKY

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, and while brunch is always a lovely option for celebrating your mother, sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a little bit!  I’ve put together a list of ten fun and unique ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day in Cincinnati & NKY this weekend.  Not all of the events take...
BRAVO Gift Card Giveaway

BRAVO Gift Card Giveaway

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to dine at BRAVO Cucina Italiana in the Rookwood Exchange with my good friend and our lively preschoolers.  BRAVO is just a few minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.  Our meal was divine, from tasty appetizers to decadent desserts.  BRAVO is a fabulous place to catch up with friends, take the...
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...