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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Sesame Street Live {GIVEAWAY}

This giveaway is for the young ones and the young at heart!  Sesame Street Live is returning to US Bank Arena for just two days for the “Make A New Friend” show.  Make plans to see one of the three performances on December 17 and 18.   If your child loves Elmo and friends you...
Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Recently our family visited the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit and we all loved it.  It’s a great learning experience for all ages.  I had no idea what to expect from this exhibit and I went into it not knowing much about Viking history at all.  I was impressed...
Saengerfest 2016 {GIVEAWAY}

Saengerfest 2016 {GIVEAWAY}

  Cincinnati has so many events going on during the holidays, including Christmas Saengerfest that is happening on December 2nd and 3rd in Over the Rhine. Christmas Saengerfest is one of our most treasured holiday traditions.  We usually start the evening with dinner at Arnold’s and then head to Washington Park to park the van...
The Phantom of the Opera at the Aronoff

The Phantom of the Opera at the Aronoff

The epic Broadway show The Phantom of the Opera has returned to Cincinnati.  You can see the show at the Aronoff Center thanks to Broadway in Cincinnati.  I have seen The Phantom of the Opera several times, and each time I’m completely captivated and entranced.  It is one of my all time favorite Broadway shows....
Smokehouse Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio

Smokehouse Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio

When our family is travelling we really try to avoid stopping at chain restaurants for meals along the way.  Even if it’s just for lunch on a long drive, I would much rather stop at a unique, locally owned restaurant for a meal than to grab something at a restaurant you can find in any...
The Children's Theatre Presents Elf the Musical JR. {GIVEAWAY}

The Children’s Theatre Presents Elf the Musical JR. {GIVEAWAY}

One of my all time favorite holiday movies is coming to the stage this December.  Elf the Musical JR is being performed by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati at the Taft.  Going to the Children’s Theatre’s holiday productions is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.  We love going downtown to celebrate the holidays with kid-friendly theatre....
Orchids at Palm Court Pasta Bar Lunch

Orchids at Palm Court Pasta Bar Lunch

Orchids at Palm Court at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza downtown has quite a reputation as being one of the premier restaurants in the city.  It seems like the sort of restaurant one would go to in order to celebrate a special occasion, have an intimate date night, or to meet the ladies for happy...
A Few Great Breweries in Hamilton County, Indiana

A Few Great Breweries in Hamilton County, Indiana

Recently we went on a road trip to Hamilton County, Indiana which is just north of Indianapolis.  We were quite impressed with the amount of craft breweries in Hamilton County and we did our best to stop by as many as time allowed on our trip!  Hamilton County, Indiana is comprised of many small towns,...

Method Holiday Hand Wash {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

You might be asking yourself why I am reviewing hand soap on the blog, and the answer is easy…cold and flu season is fast approaching friends!  Being a preschool teacher and a  mom to four kids I am constantly washing my hands.  And I am super picky about soaps I use.  I do not like...
St. Theresa's Textile Trove & Sugar Skull Costumes

St. Theresa’s Textile Trove & Sugar Skull Costumes

My favorite fabric shop in the whole wide world is  St. Theresa’s Textile Trove in Over the Rhine.  I have been shopping at this shop for funky fabrics ever since I first started quilting.  And back in those days I was piecing my quilts by hand.  These days sewing time is diminished greatly but I...
Burgers, Beer and an Unbeatable Backdrop at City View Tavern

Burgers, Beer and an Unbeatable Backdrop at City View Tavern

When you want to grab a burger in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky you have quite a few options to choose from.   We have a few favorite burgers around town and one can be found at the City View Tavern, a small establishment with great big views and burgers to write home about.  After Michael...
A Long Weekend at the Red River Gorge {2016}

A Long Weekend at the Red River Gorge {2016}

Each year for Fall Break our family goes to Red River Gorge for a camping trip.  This is one of my very favorite traditions that Michael and I have with the children.  It’s a special time for just the six of us where we are away from it all and it the midst of the gorgeous scenery of...