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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Brunch at BrewRiver GastroPub

Brunch at BrewRiver GastroPub

I’ve been waiting for a long time to try brunch at BrewRiver GastroPub…ever since I met Chef Michael Shields at an event and experienced the culinary delight of getting to taste his homemade goetta.  It was out of this world.  We’ve been to his restaurant, BrewRiver GastroPub, several times for dinner and we love the...
Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2015 {GIVEAWAY}

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2015 {GIVEAWAY}

Just to prove that Spring really will arrive (at some point) the Cincinnati Home & Garden show is coming to town from February 28 through March 8th to get you excited about Spring projects at your home and in your yard.  There’s much to be done at our house, so I’m excited to go to...
Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend {March 7-8}

Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend {March 7-8}

If you’ve been following along on this blog for any amount of time then you know that I’m a huge fan of the arts and also feel that it is important to expose my children to the arts, in all forms.  The perfect weekend to immerse my family in the arts (for FREE) is during...
Tasty Appetizer :: Bali Maki

Tasty Appetizer :: Bali Maki

Our family loves to have game nights, and at these game nights we simply must have some munchies to snack on while we play.  A few months back my brother in law brought a game changer to our family game night.  He brought homemade Bali Maki.  What’s Bali Maki, you ask?  Well, my kids call...
Explorium of Lexington

Explorium of Lexington

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...
ALICE (in Wonderland) at the Aronoff

ALICE (in Wonderland) at the Aronoff

Tonight Ella and I had a mother-daughter Valentine’s outing, and the highlight of our evening was the Queen of Hearts.  After a delicious dinner at Wunderbar in Covington we went to the Aronoff Center downtown to see the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of ALICE (in wonderland).  It was magnificent, mesmerizing and magical.  Alice was adorable, the...
Cincinnati Auto Expo {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Cincinnati Auto Expo {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

You don’t have to be a die hard auto enthusiast to enjoy the Cincinnati Auto Expo.  They have something for everyone at the show, including the youngest members of your family.  They will have all sorts of cars, with dealers on hand to answer questions, vintage cars on display, insurance agents on hand, a play...
Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Recently I went on a tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky with my friend and three of our children.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has been around for more than 200 years, even lasting through Prohibition with special permission to make and sell “medicinal spirits”.  This Distillery is a National Historic Landmark and home...
Harry Potter Party at the Kenton County Public Library

Harry Potter Party at the Kenton County Public Library

Recently we attended a Harry Potter Party hosted by the fine librarians at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library.  They went to great lengths to make this a memorable evening for all of the children and families attending.  I had thought going in that the party would consist of a craft or...
Baby Shower Game :: Name That Baby!

Baby Shower Game :: Name That Baby!

Are you hosting a Baby Shower anytime soon?  I have a simple Baby Shower Game for you to play at the party, it’s fun and gets the guests talking.  It’s called “Name That Baby!”.  The premise is simple, have the party guests look at baby pictures of other guests and take guesses at who is...
Winter is Soup Weather :: Izzy's Gift Card Giveaway

Winter is Soup Weather :: Izzy’s Gift Card Giveaway

When I think of winter, I think of soup.  It’s my favorite winter comfort food.  Everyone knows that Izzy’s is famous for Rubens and potato pancakes, but did you know that they have soup as well?  It wasn’t until recently that I realized that one of my favorite restaurants, Izzy’s, carries soup on their menu....
School House Rock Live JR! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

School House Rock Live JR! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

I grew up with School House Rock – it was a Saturday morning staple at my house, and in the houses of most of the kids in my generation, and generations before and after us.  The show is iconic!  My children watch School House Rock videos at school!  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is bringing...