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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Menu Plan Monday {December 15}

 Here we are…Monday AGAIN.  Does anyone else out there wish we lived in a world where Mondays were part of the weekend?  I’m not ready to face this week, because I’m such a slacker and haven’t bought but a few holiday gifts.  I have my work cut out for me!  The struggle will be to...
Easy Appetizer ::  Baked Brie with Fig Spread & Pecans

Easy Appetizer :: Baked Brie with Fig Spread & Pecans

I find it impossible to attend a party without bringing a dish to share.  I know that I appreciate it as a hostess when guests offer to bring something, so I try to do the same for others.  That being said, I don’t always have a whole lot of time in which to prepare food...
Krohn Conservatory's Magic & Mistletoe {GIVEAWAY}

Krohn Conservatory’s Magic & Mistletoe {GIVEAWAY}

This week Henry and I went to the Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show, “Magic & Mistletoe” and it was beautiful!  We are big fans of train shows, but this holiday show with trains is one of a kind!  The trains wind their way through a magical fairy tale version of the Cincinnati area made entirely of...
Keeping Peace at the Dinner Table

Keeping Peace at the Dinner Table

Have you ever had a night at the dinner table where chaos reigns?  Children are squabbling, parents are tense, milk is spilled, tears are shed, and sanity is called into question.  That’s an accurate description of our table almost every single night.  It’s a very rare evening where our dinner table resembles a Norman Rockwell...
Menu Plan Monday {December 8}

Menu Plan Monday {December 8}

Another Monday, another Menu Plan!  I did a great job of following our menu plan last week, and we had some delicious dinners.  We also had dinner out on Saturday, which was a real treat.  Every December we have a special day with the kids in Downtown Cincinnati.  We went to the Taft Theatre to...
Chicago :: The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

Chicago :: The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

Chicago Vacation :: For Spring Break 2014 we took the kids 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’m going to share our adventures with you in a series of installments so you can...
Harry Potter Costumes :: Halloween 2014

Harry Potter Costumes :: Halloween 2014

Ever since our Harry Potter Family Movie Night Party a few years back I’ve been wanting to make Harry Potter costumes for the kids.  Well, not just the kids…for all of us!  This Halloween I made it happen, and created costumes for our family of six to represent the characters from Harry Potter!  I put...
Mummies of the World at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Mummies of the World at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Recently I was given a sneak peek of the “Mummies of the World” exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center thanks to WCPO Insider.  I took my nine year old son Max with me since he has shown such an interest in Mummies and Egypt in the past.  I did not know much about this exhibit...
Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker {GIVEAWAY}

Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker {GIVEAWAY}

If you live in the Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati area chances are you have some holiday memories that revolve around “The Nutcracker”.  Maybe you went as a child and would like to go back, or perhaps you have never been but are enthralled by the music, or possibly you make this a holiday tradition and...
VTech Learning Cartridges {GIVEAWAY}

VTech Learning Cartridges {GIVEAWAY}

A while back I was asked to review the VTech InnoTab MAX which is a tablet for children.  You can read my review in this post, but in short, we loved it.  Henry still uses it constantly, and he’s learning while he plays!  Now I have two great VTech learning cartridges to use with the...
"The Comedy of Errors" at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

“The Comedy of Errors” at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Last Friday night we had a date night and had the pleasure of attending the opening night of The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s latest production, “The Comedy of Errors”.  As soon as we entered the lobby we could tell it was going to be a festive evening.  The lobby was decked out in carnival decorations, the...

Menu Plan Monday {November 24}

Last week we did so much better at eating dinner at home vs. dining out.  There was one evening that Michael was working late and I  had no desire to cook so I took the kids out to eat, but only because we had FREE coupons for kids meals.  And then on Friday night we...