20 Creative Writing Ideas for Kids of All Ages

20 Creative Writing Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Just because summer is here doesn’t mean the kids need to stop learning!  I wanted to make learning fun this summer so with the help of some friends I put together a list of 20 Creative Writing Ideas for Kids of All Ages.  My kids are all very creative, and...
Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Pie

Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti Pie

Growing up in the Greater Cincinnati area makes it hard not to love “Cincinnati Style” Chili.  It’s not like your traditional hearty chili recipes, Cincinnati chili has a bit of sweetness to it and it’s perfect atop noodles and smothered with cheese.  We have our local preference on where to...
Sandusky:  Cedar Point and Hotel Breakers

Sandusky: Cedar Point and Hotel Breakers

Recently we made our first visit to Sandusky, Ohio for a long weekend spent at the Hotel Breakers.  While much of my time was spent learning great things at the Bloggy Conference, we also spent many hours exploring Cedar Point (known as the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World) getting...
Rowe Woods Cincinnati Nature Center

Rowe Woods Cincinnati Nature Center

The Rowe Woods Cincinnati Nature Center is one of my favorite places in the Greater Cincinnati area to spend a day in the woods exploring nature.  There are over sixteen miles of trails in Rowe Woods and they meander past a lake, over bridges, along boardwalks, over hills and through the...
Pesto Cream Cheese Dip

Pesto Cream Cheese Dip

You must know by now how much I love easy appetizer recipes.  Well here’s something you might not know about me, I cannot go to a party empty handed.  That’s where all of my easy appetizers come in…I have a collection of easy appetizers that I can throw together in no...
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...
Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs

Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is a quintessential comfort food, and a favorite at our house.  I found this recipe years and years ago and have tinkered with it over the years until I deemed it perfectly delicious.   This recipe is written for making mass amounts of sauce and meatballs…because I...
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A Weekend in Sandusky {2017}

Last weekend I attended Bloggy Con 2017 at the Breakers Hotel in Sandusky, and the family came along for some fun and games at Cedar Point.  The conference was fantastic, and I learned so many great tips to implement on the blog.  Now I just need to find some time to sit down and make...
Madtree Brewing & Catch A Fire Pizza {2017}

Madtree Brewing & Catch A Fire Pizza {2017}

Madtree Brewing and Catch a Fire Pizza moved into their new taproom earlier this year, and their space is fantastic! From the tap room to the beer garden to the private party space to the brewery, this place is the sort of place anyone would want to hang out at.  And not just two legged...

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: WICKED

Broadway in Cincinnati has brought everyone’s favorite witches back to town for a special engagement of WICKED at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  I read Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked before it was a big-time Broadway Musical and I fell in love with the tale of two witches.  I was excited to share my copy...
Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Recently I had a hankering for some chicken pot pie, so I tinkered around with a few recipes I found until I made it just right!  I do not like when Chicken Pot Pie is too mushy and full of sauce.  I like it to be full of meat and vegetables in every bite with...
Burgers and Crafts at the Holiday Inn in Covington

Burgers and Crafts at the Holiday Inn in Covington

You must know by now that I like to find all the great burgers around town.  A while back we discovered Burgers and Crafts in Covington, located inside the Holiday Inn.  When they opened their doors earlier this year the internet was all abuzz about the delicious burgers offered up at Burgers and Crafts.  We...

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents A Midsummer’s Night Dream

We have been long time fans of The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and have seen a number of their shows over the years.  We are over the moon with excitement for Cincy Shakes as they have moved into some new digs in Over the Rhine.  The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the opening of the...
Review: Busy Family Planning Calendar & Creative Books

Review: Busy Family Planning Calendar & Creative Books

The school year has begun, and if you are anything like me you might feel like life is utter chaos.  Thankfully a perfect review  product arrived in the mail…the Busy Family Planning Calendar. It’s a great calendar to keep family planning organized and easy to utilize for all ages.  And I am thinking that along...
Boardwalk Hobby Shop in Cincinnati

Boardwalk Hobby Shop in Cincinnati

If you need to purchase a board game in Cincinnati then you need to find your way to Boardwalk Hobby Shop in Mount Lookout.  Boardwalk Hobby Shop is my family’s favorite place to shop for games…from board games to Magic the Gathering Cards, they have it all!  They have vintage board games and the hottest...
Crafty Books for Boys and Girls of All Ages

Crafty Books for Boys and Girls of All Ages

Did anyone else feel like their kids spent way too much time in front of screens this summer?  We got to that point a few times this summer, but thanks to Quarto Books the kids had some awesome crafty adventures in our own house.  When I was a kid I loved crafty books that taught...
Game of Thrones Dinner Party

Game of Thrones Dinner Party

To celebrate the return of Game of Thrones this Summer we put together a Game of Thrones dinner party.  It was a feast fit for a King (or a QUEEN!!).  I took to Pinterest to find ideas for the dinner party and I was so overwhelmed…so many people have thrown some epic Game of Thrones...
Star Wars at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Star Wars at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Did you know that Star Wars is at the Cincinnati Museum Center for a limited time only?  If you are a fan of any sort of the Star Wars movies then I promise you that you will LOVE this exhibit!  Star Wars and the Power of Costume is an exciting sneak peek behind the scenes...

Prosciutto Asparagus Appetizer

While planning an epic dinner party this summer I found a new favorite dish to make, a Prosciutto Asparagus appetizer.  The Prosciutto Asparagus appetizer was incredibly easy to put together.  The biggest downside is that they disappear in less time than it takes to cook them!  Everyone scarfed them up at every party I have...