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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Throwback Thursday ~ Henry 2012

 Henry ~ Age 2 Fall 2012, the week he refused to take the Monkey costume off.
The Cincinnati Preservation Association Celebrates 50 Years

The Cincinnati Preservation Association Celebrates 50 Years

Cincinnati has a rich and vibrant history, and her neighborhoods boast many beautiful historic homes.  The Cincinnati Preservation Association has been the champion of historic homes for 50 years.  The CPA is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a bang this year.  There is a special Cincinnati Preservation Association exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and...

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 27

 I actually made some awesome dinners this week…so I have a Menu Plan to share today!  This school year is kicking my butt, and I’m struggling to get a good dinner on the table every night.  Each week I push myself to think of good meals for the fam and to resist the temptation to...
LongHorn Steakhouse Rolls Out Fall Menu Items

LongHorn Steakhouse Rolls Out Fall Menu Items

With the changing of the seasons LongHorn Steakhouse re-vamps their menu.  They offer “Peak Season” and “Chef’s Showcase” menus that feature new menu items that are made using seasonal ingredients and show you how creative their chefs can be in the kitchen.  Last week I was invited to attend a “Fall into Flavor” blogger dinner...
"The Birds" Have Come to Cincinnati

“The Birds” Have Come to Cincinnati

We kicked off the Halloween season last week at the premiere of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company‘s latest and greatest production, “The Birds”.  A nice dinner out and a scary play was an ideal date this time of year.  I have loved Hitchcock’s version of “The Birds” since I was a young lass.  On the weekends...
Sugar n' Spice

Sugar n’ Spice

I love breakfast. So much so that I sometimes wish we lived in the Shire with the Hobbits so that it would be socially acceptable to have second breakfast every day. Lunch is over-rated. I’m all for having two breakfasts a day and then dinner. But I don’t want just any breakfast. I want a...
Fall & Halloween :: Crafts, Recipes, Events, Resources & More

Fall & Halloween :: Crafts, Recipes, Events, Resources & More

It’s my favorite time of year!  I love October.  I love Autumn.  I love Halloween.  Here’s a roundup of my most favorite posts having to do with Halloween, Monsters and Pumpkins.  What’s your favorite thing about Fall & Halloween? My Favorite Fall & Halloween Posts :: Mini Pumpkin Pies (and our Halloween Party Menu) Monster...

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 13

Last week we the kids had Fall Break, and we had plans to go tent camping at Red River Gorge, but then the forecast of thunderstorms scared us, so we went to a nearby cabin instead.  We still had a lovely Fall Break despite a few bumps!  And we also  had some delicious meals last...
Campfire Dinner:  Meat & Veggie Packets

Campfire Dinner: Meat & Veggie Packets

I feel like my family was stuck in a rut with our camping menu when we take our annual camping trip to Red River Gorge, so I was intrigued when I came upon a recipe for Meat & Veggie Packets from the 100 Days of Real Food blog. I was determined to make this meal...
Cucinova in Kenwood: Fast & Casual Italian Dining {GIVEAWAY}

Cucinova in Kenwood: Fast & Casual Italian Dining {GIVEAWAY}

I told you last week about my visit to Cucinova in Kenwood.  I left the preview night with the feeling that I just have to take my family back to Cucinova to try it out, because I know they are going to love it!  We will be heading there again soon, and I also have...
The Children's Theatre Presents "Beauty & The Beast JR" {GIVEAWAY}

The Children’s Theatre Presents “Beauty & The Beast JR” {GIVEAWAY}

 The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is preparing to begin it’s 90th season and they will be opening up with Disney’s Beauty & The Beast JR.  I cannot tell you how excited my Ella is about going to see this show next week!  We’ve loved all of the Children’s Theatre shows we have seen, but she...
Celebrate Halloween at the Old West Festival

Celebrate Halloween at the Old West Festival

Have you taken your family to the Old West Festival yet this year?  If not, you need to make plans to get there this weekend because Saturday, October 11th and Sunday October 12th are the LAST DAYS to visit the Old West Festival until next fall!!!  My family loves this festival so much, it’s one...