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...
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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Dirty Dancing at the Aronoff

Dirty Dancing at the Aronoff

For a very limited time you can see Dirty Dancing at the Aronoff Center for the Arts thanks to Broadway in Cincinnati.  If you go to this show you will have the time of your life!  Sorry, I had to say it!  But it’s true, if you are a Dirty Dancing fan I think you...
How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

Every so often we have some sort of fruit fly EXPLOSION at our house…it’s crazy.  We’ll see one or two fruit flies one day and then the very next day…BAM, they are everywhere!  We’ve tried several methods for getting rid of the fruit flies, but have settled on one sure fire fruit fly trap.  And...
Old West Festival 2014

Old West Festival 2014

Fall is the perfect time for festivals, and one of the best festivals in our area (in my humble opinion) is the Old West Festival in Williamsburg, Ohio.  Each year we’ve been lucky enough to receive tickets to this event as part of my promoting the festival.   I love promoting this festival, as it’s one...
My Obsession with Thirty-One Products {Giveaway}

My Obsession with Thirty-One Products {Giveaway}

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with bags.  I have a ridiculous collection of bags and totes, it’s so bad that I’m pretty sure Michael might start to ban them at some point.  But that’s because he doesn’t understand the need to have the perfect bag for every event & outing!  And to fill all...
DevouGrass 2014

DevouGrass 2014

There is a new bluegrass festival coming to town this fall and you are not going to want to miss it! This is the inaugural year for DevouGrass, started by the Devou Good Project as a fundraiser to raise money for the Substance Abuse Program at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. This day long...

Menu Plan Monday ~ September 15

School has been in session for weeks now, but I’m still struggling with menu planning!  Is anyone else in this same boat?!?!  Things are crazy here with after school activities, car pools, soccer, etc.  I’m really trying to stick to a plan, but it’s tough!  Here’s a few of my favorite Easy Dinner Ideas, and...
Jungle Jim's International Market :: Through Ella's Eyes

Jungle Jim’s International Market :: Through Ella’s Eyes

This weekend we went on a field trip to Jungle Jim’s International Market in Eastgate.  I had my camera with me since we had just gone to the Old West Festival, so Ella took it upon herself to document our shopping excursion with pictures.  If you’ve never been to Jungle Jim’s you are missing out,...
A Weekend Away and Dinner at Knotty Pine on the Bayou

A Weekend Away and Dinner at Knotty Pine on the Bayou

Earlier this summer we had a lovely weekend away without our munchkins.  We stayed a family cabin and pretty much just relaxed all weekend long.  There were late night games of Ticket to Ride, lots of reading on the porch, a canoe trip, and some napping.  It was idyllic.  We did venture away from the...
Gold Bling Bachelorette Party

Gold Bling Bachelorette Party

Are you looking for a glamorous theme for a Bachelorette Party? How about Glitter & Gold? That’s the look my cousin went for when planning a Gold Bling Bachelorette Party for her sister in law a few months back. It was a very fabulous party with all sort s of special touches that sparkled with...
Gatsby Comes to Cincinnati

Gatsby Comes to Cincinnati

This weekend Michael and I were invited to attend the opening performance of The Great Gatsby at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in Cincinnati.  Now, neither one of us are professional theatre reviewers, but we thought this performance of the Great Gatsby was outstanding.   We always enjoy shows in this intimate theater, and because we’ve been...
Bluegrass for Babies Concert at Sawyer Point {Giveaway CLOSED}

Bluegrass for Babies Concert at Sawyer Point {Giveaway CLOSED}

In just a few short weeks folks from all over the region will come together at Sawyer Point to help raise money for Children’s Hospital by listening to cool bluegrass music, eating healthy food, drinking local brews, enjoying hands on crafts and activities with the kids and shopping from local merchants.  The 6th annual Bluegrass...
Michelle's Jamberry Nails {Giveaway CLOSED}

Michelle’s Jamberry Nails {Giveaway CLOSED}

Have you heard of Jamberry Nails?  They are a new way to spice up your hum drum manicure.  Jamberry Nails are nail wraps that stick to your fingernails like stickers, but are incredibly stylish and fun.  There are countless Jamberry Nail wrap designs to choose from, and they have both adult and child sized wraps. ...