Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy Nights

Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy Nights

School has begun, and already I’m falling into the trap of opting for the easy way out when it comes to making dinner.   We’ve eaten out way too much and I’ve not stuck to my menu plan.  I need to take more time when planning out my weekly menu and...
The Loveland Castle

The Loveland Castle

Did you know that there is an actual castle in our area?  Just north of Cincinnati, in Loveland Ohio is the famous “Chateau Laroche” otherwise known as the Loveland Castle, which is the World Headquarters of the Knights of the Golden Trail which began in 1927.  The castle was built...
General Butler State Park

General Butler State Park

Every year our family explores at least one of Kentucky’s State Parks, and this year our mini-vacation was at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Kentucky.  The park is a little less than an hour away from our home in Northern Kentucky, which made for a nice and easy...
York Street Cafe

York Street Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure of dining at the York Street Cafe in Newport with some of my favorite ladies.  I have not been to York Street Cafe in years, and I had forgotten just how wonderful it is.  Their seasonal menu offers unique dishes with fresh ingredients, and...
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...
Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

Can a cheeseball be a dessert?  I say yes.  I love a good sweet cheeseball for snacking.  My sister in law Jessica makes a fabulous Chocolate Chip Cheeseball, it satisfies every sweet tooth.  She made it this past weekend for a baby shower we were hosting for our other sister...
Family Saturday at the UnMuseum

Family Saturday at the UnMuseum

My friend Liz invited our family to the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown on January 25th, which just so happened to be Henry’s 4th birthday.  I told the kids that this was Henry’s birthday party, since I knew it would be a festive day at the museum.  Liz...
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...
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 {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...
Seven Days of Salad {11.23.14}

Seven Days of Salad {11.23.14}

I’ve been trying to make healthy changes for myself and for my family, and one thing I’ve decided to try is to have a salad each day, preferably at lunch because that’s the meal that I make the most bad decisions about.  It seems that I’m usually busy mid-day and end up eating fast food...
The Children's Theatre Presents "The Snow Queen"

The Children’s Theatre Presents “The Snow Queen”

One of our family’s most treasured traditions during the Christmas season is to get all dolled up and spend an afternoon downtown.  The highlight of this afternoon is attending The Children’s Theatre holiday production of the year and then we follow it up with dinner at Arnold’s.  This year the Children’s Theatre will be presenting...
Hyde Park Mellow Mushroom

Hyde Park Mellow Mushroom

I didn’t realize until a few weeks ago that we have a new Mellow Mushroom in town.  The Hyde Park Mellow Mushroom opened earlier this year, and Michael and I were invited to try dinner there recently.  We had a great getaway dinner without the rug-rats and enjoyed a delicious dinner.  What really struck me...
Izzy's New & Improved Kids Menu {GIVEAWAY}

Izzy’s New & Improved Kids Menu {GIVEAWAY}

One of our favorite places to take the family to dine is Izzy’s.  It’s a great place to eat with the kids because the Kids Menu is so reasonably priced and offers great choices for the kids.  And as an added bonus, Kids EAT FREE on Saturdays!  It’s a wonder I ever cook on Saturdays,...
Seven Days of Salad {11.16.14}

Seven Days of Salad {11.16.14}

I’ve been trying to make healthy changes for myself and for my family, and one thing I’ve decided to try is to have a salad each day, preferably at lunch because that’s the meal that I make the most bad decisions about.  It seems that I’m usually busy mid-day and end up eating fast food...
Broadway in Cincinnati presents "Once"

Broadway in Cincinnati presents “Once”

Tuesday night was opening night for the hit musical “Once”presented by Broadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati.  My friend and I left our children behind and started our evening out by having a delicious dinner at Arnold’s, which is Cincinnati’s oldest bar and one of my favorite restaurants downtown.  After dinner and...
VTech InnoTab MAX {GIVEAWAY}

VTech InnoTab MAX {GIVEAWAY}

When I was asked to review the VTech InnoTab MAX I literally jumped at the chance.  Technology is a lifesaver in our house for my sanity.   While the kids all have handheld electronic  devices, their favorite thing to do is to fight over who’s turn it is on their parents’ tablets.  Which is only complicated...

Menu Plan Monday {November 10}

 Here we are…another Monday, another Menu Plan!  Last week was CRAZY!  I was planning the festival for my children’s school, so we ate out way too much, but we did end up having some GREAT meals at home as well!  For more menu planning inspiration visit my Recipe Archives or OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday roundup....
Seven Days of Salad

Seven Days of Salad

I’ve been trying to make healthy changes for myself and for my family, and one thing I’ve decided to try is to have a salad each day, preferably at lunch because that’s the meal that I make the most bad decisions about.  It seems that I’m usually busy mid-day and end up eating fast food...
Chicago :: Navy Pier

Chicago :: Navy Pier

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...
Menu Plan Monday ~ November 3

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 3

It’s Monday so it’s time for another Menu Plan!  We ate out a few times last week, so my list of recipes for the week is a bit shorter, but there’s some real winners in there.   Also, for your viewing pleasure I’ve put together a list of our favorite Slow Cooker Recipes…check it out!...