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. For our next trip, we may even take a trip to...
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. If you don’t have one, I really recommend buying one! You can browse the best ones at somewhere like https://buyersimpact.co.uk/ to see if there are any that take your...
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

Homemade Pizza with Salad is a favorite dinner around our house. I would venture to say we have homemade pizza on the menu almost every week. Homemade Pizza When Michael and I were first married he would make the dough and I would make the sauce, and we made some...
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. There’s a huge amount of reasons, one is that I’ve just found out that I can get cheaper broadband deals with the help of someone like Usave, but there are many other things that are stressing me out. I’m...
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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Cincinnati International Wine Festival GIVEAWAY

Cincinnati International Wine Festival GIVEAWAY

Whether you are a wine experts, wine lovers or just want to learn more about wine there is a perfect event coming to town just for you!  the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is just a few weeks away and it will be a weekend-long celebration of wine.  This is no ordinary wine festival though, the...
Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: The Lion King

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: The Lion King

The Lion King on Broadway may just be one of my all time favorite productions that Broadway in Cincinnati has brought to town.  The show was breath-taking and entertaining from start to finish.  Last week I took my son Sam to see The Lion King and it was the first time either one of us...

All-New Harlem Globetrotters Pushing The Limits World Tour

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Cincinnati this weekend and we can’t wait to see them!  Stay tuned for a review after the show.  In the meantime, here’s a promo code for upcoming cities in the tour. UPDATE 12.28.19 ~ REVIEW: Today we saw the Harlem Globetrotters.  It was my first time seeing them and...
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

I do not consider it the holiday season until we have been to see Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!).  It is one of my most favorite holiday season experiences.  This show is HILARIOUS and squeezes all of the holiday madness and magic into one performance with just four actors. ...
The Frog Princess at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

The Frog Princess at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

We were in the audience for the opening night of The Frog Princess at Ensemble Theatre  Cincinnati and it was a wonderful way to kick off our holiday season.  The Ensemble Theatre puts on a family friendly musical each holiday season.  And when I say that it is “family friendly” that does NOT mean that...
Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: HELLO, DOLLY!

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: HELLO, DOLLY!

This week we attended the opening night show of Hello Dolly, presented by Broadway in Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  We had a fabulous date night starting at Arnold’s for a delicious dinner before heading to the show. This classic Broadway production is bright and colorful and full of joy!  The dancing...
Streetside Brewery & Street Chef Brigade

Streetside Brewery & Street Chef Brigade

Streetside Brewery and Street Chef Brigade are a bang up team on the east side of Cincy that you need to visit for great grub and craft brews.  Sometimes I leave a brewery and feel sad.  Streetside is one of those places.  I wish they were in my own back yard.  But because we enjoy...
Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: Mean Girls

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents: Mean Girls

Broadway in Cincinnati’s latest show to hit the stage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts is Mean Girls and it is fantastic!  Ella and I had a perfect mother-daughter evening with dinner and a show.  We both agreed that we like Mean Girls even better on the stage.  The Broadway production of Mean Girls...
Truck Stop Chili

Truck Stop Chili

If you are looking for a tried and true chili recipe, may I present to you the ever-delicious and hearty Truck Stop Chili recipe.  This has been our go to recipe for over a decade and it has even won us some prizes in chili cook-offs!  The Truck Stop Chili recipe was handed down to...
Cirque du Soleil Returns to Cincinnati with AXEL

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Cincinnati with AXEL

EDIT 1.23.2020 ~ QUICK REVIEW of Cirque du Soleil AXEL Tonight we saw the second ever ice show from Cirque du Soleil, AXEL.  And like every Cirque show before this, we were BLOWN AWAY.  How is it that this company keeps creating the most stellar of productions?!?! If you have never seen a Cirque du...
Lucious Q

Lucious Q

Have a hankering for some off the charts BBQ?  Head to Lucious Q in Pendleton and you will not be disappointed.  You will go for the BBQ but stay for the sides, slushes, live music and the ultra chill vibes.  Lucious Q is just a seriously cool place to hang out with some awesome food....
Founders Brewing Company Taproom

Founders Brewing Company Taproom

Founders Brewing Company has a Taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan that is worth a visit if you are in the area, or even just driving through.  We went a little out of our way on our way home from a vacation in Michigan just to stop for lunch at the Founders Brewing Company Taproom and...