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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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...
The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Camp Dennison

The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Camp Dennison

I have never been to a restaurant quite like the Schoolhouse Restaurant in Camp Dennison, Ohio.   Walking in the front door is like walking back in time.  This schoolhouse itself is over 150 years old, and has been a restaurant for over 50 years.  The owners have preserved the history and keep the dining room...

Pizza Night with Rustic Crust: Chicken Parm Pizza Recipe

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know that we are huge fans of pizza night for dinner.  I have always loved making my own dough, and Ella usually makes our sauce, but at times life is too chaotic to even make dough or sauce in time for dinner.  Sometimes I...
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents "All the Great Books (abridged)"

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents “All the Great Books (abridged)”

If you think that the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company only performs the works of Shakespeare you are incorrect.  They bring many other wonderfully written works to the stage and sometimes they even cram over ninety great works into one amazing show.  It sounds impossible, but somehow they made it happen.  “All The Great Books (abridged)” is...
Ten Perfect Peach Recipes

Ten Perfect Peach Recipes

Recently I had a plethora of peaches in my possession and I needed to find some delicious peach recipes to make something tasty with them.  Thanks to the wonders of Facebook I came to hear about the “Peach Truck” that brings boxes of fresh peaches from Georgia and makes stops at various cities to sell...
Wabi Sabi in Covington

Wabi Sabi in Covington

Wabi Sabi is THE place to get Sushi in Covington.  We are big fans of their sushi rolls, especially since they are made with fresh ingredients and are half price all the time when you dine in.  They don’t just serve sushi though, there are other items on the menu for those who are not...
Things to Do in Madeira Beach & John's Pass Florida

Things to Do in Madeira Beach & John’s Pass Florida

We spent a fantastic week in Madeira Beach with our family last year, and if we weren’t on the beach we could be found exploring the area, spending lots of time at the John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk.  We honestly spent quite a bit of time at John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk because we were visiting...

Tom’s of Maine & Meijer GIVEAWAY {CLOSED}

Recently the toothpaste that we have used for years and years was discontinued.  Imagine my distress if you will.  Since we are in the market for a new toothpaste I was pretty happy when we were asked to review some Tom’s of Maine toothpaste.   I liked the flavor, and the kids gave their seal...
Slow Cooker Braised Pot Roast with Brown Gravy and Vegetables

Slow Cooker Braised Pot Roast with Brown Gravy and Vegetables

Recently I was given a copy of Melissa’s Southern Cookbook to review, and while trying recipes from the book one in particular became a family favorite immediately.  The Slow Cooker Braised Pot Roast with Gravy and Vegetables was pretty easy to put together and made my house smell good all day long.  And when it...
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky, Ohio

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center 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...
Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville

Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville

We found ourselves in Louisville for a day trip a few weeks back and the first stop on our itinerary was a craft brewery that we’ve heard lots of buzz about.  Against the Grain Brewery is not just a brewery, it’s a restaurant and an all around cool place to hang out.   Along with creating...

2016 Summer Fun Giveaway

Summer vacation is flying by and instead of being down about it I’m going to turn that frown upside and celebrate by cramming as much fun as I can into the remaining weeks.  To help you have some summer fun I’ve partnered with a few folks in the community to provide an epic Summer Fun...