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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Smoke Justis Bar & Restaurant in Covington

Smoke Justis Bar & Restaurant in Covington

Smoke Justis touts itself as a sports bar, but I would say the TVs spotlighting sports are not the main event here.  Smoke Justis is a great hangout for friends or family, even if sports is not your thing.  Smoke Justis has a basement full of video games and offers live music on a regular...

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2017 {GIVEAWAY}

Spring is the time to start planning home improvements and designing the perfect gardens.  There’s no place like the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show to get inspiration for all your spring and summer projects!  Have you been wishing for years to fix up a room in your house?  Or dream of planting a garden the...

Easy Peasy Valentines with Avery Labels

Avery Labels is making it super simple for you to put together awesome (sweet) valentines with your whole family!  Here’s how to do it in five easy steps: Easy Peasy Valentines with Avery Labels 1. Order supplies from Amazon: 2.  Design your labels on Avery.com/Hershey: 3. Print your labels: 4. Affix the labels to the...
The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin, KY

The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin, KY

When we travel I love to find locally owned restaurants to visit for meals.  Recently we happened upon The Wrigley Taproom in Corbin, Kentucky on our way to Pine Mountain State Park.  This restaurant was fantastic!  They offer an ever changing menu full of items that are made with locally sourced ingredients.  Their beer menu...
Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Walkers Shortbread

Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Walkers Shortbread

Valentine’s Day is approaching in just a couple weeks!  Have you figured out a way to celebrate yet?  Let Walkers Shortbread be part of your celebrations to sweeten things up.  They have a line of chocolate products that are scrumptious!  We had the opportunity to try the chocolate collection and they were a hit with...
Lineage Brewing in Columbus, Ohio

Lineage Brewing in Columbus, Ohio

Not so long ago on a road trip through Ohio we made a pit stop at Lineage Brewing in Columbus for a pint and a bite to eat.  This is going to sound strange but I picked this place for our stop because of the selection of hand pies on their menu.  Don’t get me...
Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

I always find myself asking people for recipes when I go to a potluck, and my school’s Christmas lunch was no exception.  My friend brought Slow Cooker Meatballs and they were delicious, so of course I had to ask her for the recipe.  When I found out how easy they were to make I just...
The Children's Theatre Presents The Wizard of Oz

The Children’s Theatre Presents The Wizard of Oz

We’re off to see the Wizard!  He’s coming to town in February at the Taft Theatre as presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Follow Dorothy and friends down the yellow brick road as they seek out the Wizard of Oz.  I am of such an age that I can remember so long ago as...
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

Cincinnati seems to be going back to it’s beer-brewing roots.  There seems to be no shortage of micro breweries, craft breweries and home-brewers (my husband included) in the Greater Cincinnati area.  We have decided, along with our good friends to make a habit of planning date nights that revolve around local breweries.  I decided that...
Broadway in Cincinnati Presents The Little Mermaid

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents The Little Mermaid

Broadway in Cincinnati has brought a beloved children’s classic Disney movie to town and you will not want to miss it!  Ariel and friends swam into town this week for a some swimming and singing at the Aronoff Theatre.  Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be on the big stage until January 29th and it is...
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is one of my favorite PBS shows because it hails from one of my favorite PBS shows from my own childhood, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.  Aside from the nostalgic aspects, it also appeals to me as a mom and a preschool teacher because of the lessons taught in each episode.  Not to mention...
Bite Restaurant in Milford

Bite Restaurant in Milford

We have found a new restaurant to add to our list of favorites in Cincinnati.  Bite is a farm to table restaurant in Milford with a menu that  changes with the seasons.  They utilize ingredients from local farms and even from their own backyard.  There is something for everyone on the menu, whether you be...