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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Wolsing Trails in Independence

Wolsing Trails in Independence

Nestled away in the midst of suburbia is a woodland gem called Wolsing Trails Preserve, located on 42 acres of land donated by George Wolsing to the Kenton County Conservancy in 2006.  The three trails at Wolsing Trails wind around the Banklick Creek and through meadows & wooded areas.  My brother and I visited recently and enjoyed...
The Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection

The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida boasts the largest permanent collection of glass art work created by famed artist Dale Chihuly: The Chihuly Collection.  The Morean Arts Center is a non-profit organization that is comprised of four locations in St. Petersburg, including the Chihuly Collection.  We were fortunate to visit three of the four locations,...
Great Parks of Hamilton County ~ Miami Whitewater Forest

Great Parks of Hamilton County ~ Miami Whitewater Forest

Have you been to the Miami Whitewater Forest yet?  There’s really not much you CAN’T do at Miami Whitewater Forest, in fact you can spend days there exploring and enjoying nature.  I recently spent a day exploring the park with my cousin and our children and I find it safe to say that we did not...
Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

Often times when I need to bring a side dish to a party I turn to one of my favorite tried and true recipes, Pesto Pasta Salad.  It’s my go-to because I can make it in a jiffy and it’s delicious.  Sometimes I make this pasta salad just to have in the fridge as a...
Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

The Minecraft video game is all the rage lately, especially in my house.  This summer we hosted an epic Minecraft Birthday Party to celebrate Max’s 10th birthday.  Ella and I spent hours and hours scouring Pinterest as well as some really awesome blogs to put together the perfect party for Max and his friends.  There are so...
Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach

Even on a rainy day you can feel like you are partying on the beach when you eat at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach.  If you are ever near Clearwater, Florida you should make a point to stop at one of the Frenchy’s locations, as they are an institution in Florida known for their...
Braxton Brewing Beer Dinner at Izzy's

Braxton Brewing Beer Dinner at Izzy’s

Did you know that Izzy’s  offers “Beer Dinners” at their Fort Wright and Florence locations?  These events are so much fun…they pair three courses at Izzy’s with three different craft brews from a chosen brewery.  Last night we attended our second beer dinner and the brewery of the evening was one of our favorites, Braxton...

The Taste of Kenton County

For those that know me well, and those that read this blog regularly, you know that I’m obsessed with reading and that I love my local library.  I was over the moon when I was asked to help promote an upcoming event for them, The Taste of Kenton County, which is an evening of culinary...
The Markland Dam

The Markland Dam

One of my favorite things to do is to take long meandering drives along winding country roads.  Today we took a drive to Warsaw, Kentucky to check out the Markland Dam.  The Markland Dam (or Markland Locks and Dam) is a dam bridge and locks that spans the Ohio River connecting Gallatin County in Kentucky...
Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park

Have you had a chance to visit the Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati yet?  This sprawling park along the waters of the Ohio river is a wonderland for kids…and parents too quite honestly.  I had as much fun as them exploring the new additions to the park.  There are climbing walls, huge slides, larger...
Lunchbox Buddies

Lunchbox Buddies

Do you pack lunches for your children, or do they pack their own?  We are a family of lunch-packers, and sometimes I like to liven things up just to keep it interesting.  I was given a few packs of Lunchbox Buddies note pads to check out and have fun with.  Lunchbox Buddies are silly note...
The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum

When a trip to Florida was in the very beginning stages of planning Michael mentioned that when he was in high school he and his mom made a visit to The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg since he was so into art and a fan of Dali.  After reminiscing about his visit to the museum we...