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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Queen City Radio

Queen City Radio

What was once a filling station in the olden days is now a hip new bar in Over the Rhine.  My sister and I met after work one day to catch up at Queen City Radio and I immediately fell in love with the place.  Queen City Radio just opened it’s <garage> doors this month,...
24 Hours in Zanesville, Ohio

24 Hours in Zanesville, Ohio

Spring Break 2016:  We spent a long weekend travelling to three different cities in Ohio finding unique & interesting places to explore and visit.  We stayed in some awesome hotels, ate some great food and saw so many cool things!  I’ll share our trip with you in a series of installments in the coming weeks...
The Covington Coffee Company

The Covington Coffee Company

After an early morning soccer game recently my dad and I decided to grab a bite to eat for breakfast.  He suggested Covington’s newest coffee shop, The Covington Coffee Company.  He promised me homemade pastries and coffee, which I could not resist.  What we did not realize until we arrived is that on the weekends it is...
Small City Taphouse in Sandusky, Ohio

Small City Taphouse in Sandusky, Ohio

Spring Break 2016:  We spent a long weekend travelling to three different cities in Ohio finding unique & interesting places to explore and visit.  We stayed in some awesome hotels, ate some great food and saw so many cool things!  I’ll share our trip with you in a series of installments in the coming weeks...
A Day at Doe Run Lake

A Day at Doe Run Lake

Since the weather has not been cooler for the past few days Michael decided to plan a canoe trip for the family.  It was the first time we were taking the boys in a canoe so he wanted to go somewhere with calm water so that their first trip would be smooth sailing.  He decided...
Step Back in Time at Conner Prairie

Step Back in Time at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie is an experience unlike any other.  Where else can you ride in a balloon, talk to survivors of a Confederate raid, explore a giant tree-house, learn about history and go back in time all in one day?  After visiting Conner Prairie and exploring for a day I left thinking that if this was closer to...
Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville OH

Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville OH

We rarely take a trip away from home without exploring some of the craft breweries in whatever town we are staying.  The craft beer industry amazes me!  You can find interesting homegrown breweries in bustling cities and in the quiet suburbs.  When we went to Zanesville, Ohio earlier this year to visit my cousin David and...
The Rookwood Restaurant

The Rookwood Restaurant

This summer I had the occasion to spend an evening with some truly remarkable women.  Two generations of women from my mom’s side of the family got together for dinner and to catch up without the distraction of our menfolk and small children.  Before our dinner at the Rookwood we started the evening at Rheingeist Brewery...
2016 Old West Festival {GIVEAWAY}

2016 Old West Festival {GIVEAWAY}

The whole family is feeling sort of down because summer vacation has wrapped up and everyone is back in school.  The silver lining is that Fall is right around the corner.  I love the cooler temps and every one of us loves our favorite festival of the year…The Old West Festival, which happens every fall...

The Carnegie Presents Rock of Ages

Ella and I went to see Rock of Ages at the Carnegie this past weekend and I’ve been belting out 80’s tunes around the house ever since.  My children are un-amused, but I just can’t help myself.  Rock of Ages was all about rock and roll and fighting the system.  The storyline was weaved together using...
The Ohio State Reformatory (aka Shawshank)

The Ohio State Reformatory (aka Shawshank)

Spring Break 2016:  We spent a long weekend travelling to three different cities in Ohio finding unique & interesting places to explore and visit.  We stayed in some awesome hotels, ate some great food and saw so many cool things!  I’ll share our trip with you in a series of installments in the coming weeks...

Free Shakespeare in the Park presented by Cincy Shakes {2016}

From the time that I was a very small girl I went to plays, concerts and operas with my family and now as a parent I try to do as my parents did and expose my children to the arts from a very early age.  Taking a family of six out to the theater or...