Spend a Day in Hamilton Ohio

Spend a Day in Hamilton Ohio

I’m not sure how I went thirty-some years without visiting the city of Hamilton.  Hamilton is a bit of a drive from our house, and until earlier this year I had no idea what this city had to offer.  I’m sure glad we have finally spent some time exploring that...
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...
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...
LEGO Birthday Party

LEGO Birthday Party

Last summer we had a big birthday celebration for all four kids at a local Civic Club.  I wanted to find a common theme that they were all interested in, and settled upon a LEGO Birthday Party!  They all love their LEGO blocks and especially their Minifigures.  When I told...
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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Throwback Thursday ~ Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday to this cool guy who I’ve been hanging out with in interesting spots for over thirty years!
Ranch Crackers

Ranch Crackers

We are getting ready for a family vacation and I’m putting together some snacks for us to munch on in the car during the long drive.  While Trail Mix is always a staple on our trips, I’ve added a new snack to the mix this year, Ranch Crackers.  My Auntie Annie introduced me to this...
Sixteen Summer Bucket List Ideas for Cincinnati & NKY

Sixteen Summer Bucket List Ideas for Cincinnati & NKY

Summer is flying by, and because of how rainy it has been we haven’t been able to get out of the house and have as much fun as we usually do during the summer months.  I refuse to let this rain get me down though!  I’ve put together a Summer Bucket List of ideas so...
Lazer Kraze Giveaway {CLOSED}

Lazer Kraze Giveaway {CLOSED}

Has your family had a chance to visit Lazer Kraze?  They have two locations in our area, in Mason, Ohio and Erlanger, Kentucky (as well as a location in Columbus, Ohio).  I’d say that Lazer Kraze is a kid’s paradise, but honestly, it’s not just kids that have fun at Lazer Kraze.  It’s a blast...

The COV200 BB&T Summer Celebration

Why should Cincinnati have all the fun for the All Star Game next week?  Covington is celebrating the big event as well with a free, family friendly festival on the banks of the Ohio River.  There will be live music from local bands, a Ferris wheel, giant slide, free activities for the kids and much...
Truffle & Parmesan Pita Chips Recipe

Truffle & Parmesan Pita Chips Recipe

Pita chips are great for pairing with dips and hummus, and they are really easy to make at home.  For a long time we’ve been making Pita Chips for parties with a simple combination of pita bread, olive oil, salt and pepper.  And they are always devoured at parties.  Recently I decided to jazz things...
2015 Free Shakespeare in the Park presented by Cincy Shakes

2015 Free Shakespeare in the Park presented by Cincy Shakes

­ The Cincinnati theater scene is pretty awesome and has a lot to offer, but when you have a large family sometimes it’s not in the budget to take in many shows and performances.  Luckily though we have a pretty wide array of FREE performances in our area, from stage productions to concerts.  And the...

Throwback Thursday :: Taft’s Ale House

I love to see beautiful old dilapidated buildings transformed and finding new beginnings.  St. Paul’s Church in Over the Rhine is a perfect example, it has been born again as a brewery, restaurant and bar….Taft’s Ale House and Nellie’s Tap Room.  We have yet to dine at Taft’s Ale House, but we did stop by...
Northside Farmers Market

Northside Farmers Market

I love to visit Farmers Markets as often as I can for fresh food to use in my kitchen.  This month we visited a new to us market, the Northside Farmers Market which takes place in Hoffner Park on Hamilton Avenue in Northside during the warmer months.  The Northside Farmers Market is unique in that...
Free Admission for Kids at the Newport Aquarium

Free Admission for Kids at the Newport Aquarium

I absolutely love to keep the kids busy during the summer and to have all sorts of adventures, but with a large family I have to find deals whenever I can so we don’t break the bank.  Lucky for us summer time is the best time to take the kids to the Newport Aquarium.  Not...

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 22

Summer seems like it’s quickly slipping by, and I’ve been terrible at planning our menus, which has resulted in too many dinners out and too much money spent.  I’m working to fix that, starting with our menu plans.  They really are a time saver and a stress reliever!  I just need to remember to work...
Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Bruschetta

The first time I had Strawberry Bruschetta I fell in love with it.  My Aunt Patti created this recipe and served it at my cousin’s Rehearsal Dinner.  They were gobbled up at the party!  It’s a perfect sweet and savory combination.  Looking at this ingredients list you might wonder if it works…but trust me, it...