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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“Cincinnati Chili” Pizza Recipe

“Cincinnati Chili” Pizza Recipe

One of our favorite pizzas at home is Cincinnati Chili Pizza.  When Henry was born my cousins brought us several homemade pizzas for dinner and one was an epic Cincinnati Chili Pizza.  It became an instant hit with our family and now we make it on a regular basis. Whenever I make some homemade Cincinnati...
25 Easy Easter Party Recipes

25 Easy Easter Party Recipes

The Easter season is around the corner and I am already thinking about what we should take to all the parties we are going to.   I decided to put together some of my favorite recipes and ended up with a list of 25 Easy Easter Party Recipes.  I have ideas for everything from appetizers to...

Broadway in Cincinnati Presents School of Rock

Last week we were able to spend a night on the town in Cincinnati and see Broadway in Cincinnati’s latest and greatest show, the School of Rock.  This show was fantastic, and the best part about the show was the incredibly talented cast of children.  They could sing, they could act, and they could even...
Golden Dragon Acrobats {GIVEAWAY}

Golden Dragon Acrobats {GIVEAWAY}

From what I have read and heard about the Golden Dragon Acrobats, it sounds like they present a show like no other, and I cannot wait to see them live on stage!  The Golden Dragon Acrobats are bringing their epic acrobatic show to the Aronoff Center for the Arts on March 6th and it will...
Listermann Brewing Company

Listermann Brewing Company

Whether we are at home or out of town we love to find local breweries to visit, and our adventures all started with Listermann Brewing Company.  This was the first brewery we ever visited years ago, and they are one of our favorites.  Listermann Brewing Company is a family owned business that began as a...
Fort Mitchell Public House

Fort Mitchell Public House

It occurred to me this weekend that I just keep taking pictures of our meals at The Fort Mitchell Public House and have not yet shared them.  We love this neighborhood restaurant and eat there quite a bit.  Their beer selection is always changing and they just updated their menu, so we always have great...
Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2018 {GIVEAWAY}

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2018 {GIVEAWAY}

Do you need some inspiration for home improvements or sprucing up the garden this Spring?  You are in luck, the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show is just around the corner and it’s the perfect place to find ideas for fun projects around the house and yard.  This year’s show is under new ownership and they...
The Globe in Covington

The Globe in Covington

The Globe in Covington is a great little bar with a lot of pizzazz and fantastic cocktails. Before it was a trendy place to get a drink though The Globe was a little bit seedier.  In fact, I can remember walking past this building as a young girl when it was a gentleman’s club called...
Hanky Panky Recipe

Hanky Panky Recipe

This weekend I made one of our favorite appetizers for a party with our cousins.  It had been years since I have dusted off this Hanky Panky Recipe, and I had forgotten just how easy it is to make them and what a crowd pleaser they are. Hanky Pankies are a simple mix of ground...

Dinner at Lisse in Covington

If you want to have a top notch steak dinner then you really should treat yourself to dinner at the Dutch inspired restaurant Lisse in Covington.   I would venture to say that the steak at Lisse was one of the best I have had, and all the other foods we tasted were amazing as well,...
PAW Patrol Live GIVEAWAY

PAW Patrol Live GIVEAWAY

Attention all young children – go get your adult and have them enter this giveaway!  PAW Patrol Live is coming to town and I have two ticket vouchers to give away to one lucky reader!  That means that one lucky little kid out there is going to get to take their favorite big person to...
The Hannaford in Covington

The Hannaford in Covington

The bar and restaurant scene in Covington has really been booming these past few years.  The Hannaford at Pike and Madison is one of the more recent newcomers to Covington.  They opened in 2016 in the old Mutual building in Covington after it was empty for so many years.  The Hannaford is in a great...