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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Free Things to Do in and around Louisville in September 2016

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September 2nd - 5th: Celebrate World Fest at the Belvedere located at 5th Street and Main Street. WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 14th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend.

September 5th: It’s time again for the Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, & Paddle! Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, NIA and much more. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 15-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River.

September 9th and 10th: Middletown’s Family Fun Festival includes activities for the entire family! Booths, games, a parade, rides, kidz fun zone and entertainment offers fun for all!

September 10th- 11th: Art Fair at Mellwood will have Artists, a Children’s Art Tent, Music, Drinks, and Food! Free Admission and parking!

September 11th – 18th: Gaslight Festival includes a parade, car show, and workout series plus lots more!

September 17th: National Jug Band Jubilee will be held at the Brown-Foreman Amphitheater near the Big 4 Bridge. Free Admission and Free Parking and will include lots of fun music. Bring a chair and enjoy!

September 24th: Nulu Fest shuts down the street for a good 'ole block party, featuring local food, craft beer, awesome vendors, and live music on the big stage.

September 28th: Waterfront Wednesday will be held at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. Featuring Nada Surf, OJR and Howell Dawdy!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Family Getaway to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN

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Dolly Parton is one of the most prolific and recognizable songwriters of all time. She was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of twelve children. Instead of taking her success and moving away she stayed and invested in her community. Today she lives in Sevierville and has many investments in the surrounding community including Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Dollywood is the most visited ticketed attraction in Tennessee and Dolly Parton is the single biggest employer in Pigeon Forge.

Dollywood is not what you might expect. It’s part amusement park, part old-timey mountain town, and part museum all rolled into one. The newest roller coaster, The Lightning Rod, is a wooden coaster which shoots riders straight up the side of a mountain at 73 m.p.h. and then launches them over a cliff. Other coasters have names such as Tennessee Twister and Barnstormer, and while their names may conjure up cutesy country images these coasters are quite serious.

 photo Dollywood 2_zpso0kmjz8d.jpgGuests can experience Dollywood any way they wish. You can visit The Dolly Parton Museum and take in some shows around the park or you can ride some of the best thrill rides in the country. Rides have signs that clearly state the thrill level and what you can expect, so there don’t have to be any unwelcome surprises if you have a sensitive kid. We especially loved riding the Dollywood Express- a coal powered steam engine that winds through the park and into the hills.

My family received complimentary tickets to Dollywood in exchange for this review, but I can assure you we would have enjoyed it just as much if we had paid for admission. My husband and my eldest son went on the roller coasters multiple times, while my youngest and I tried out some of the less scary rides. We had lunch at Aunt Granny’s, an all you can eat buffet toward the front of the park named after Parton’s nickname given by her nieces and nephews. The fare included country cooking such as greens and fried chicken, but there was also a taco bar, salad bar, and dessert bar. There are tons of food choices throughout the park ranging from sit down meals to snack bars. One of the nicest things about this park is you can get a free cup of water at any of the snack bars that serve Coke.

 photo dollywood 3_zpsvkxm1a9w.jpgSince we were traveling with our dog we decided to take advantage of Doggywood- the boarding kennel at the main entrance of the park. It was so nice to not have to worry about our dog being back in our hotel room all day in her crate. Instead she was in a spacious kennel with plenty of water, a mat to lay on, and her favorite toy. We were responsible for walking her which was no big deal- we just went back every few hours and took her out and she was totally fine. It was so nice to have one less thing to worry about on our family vacation!

My family, including my fur baby, had a fabulous time at Dollywood. We spent 9 hours there and still didn’t get to experience all the park had to offer, so we are planning a return trip for Spring Break. The first thing I plan to hit on my next trip is the Dolly Parton Museum. After seeing the investment of love she has made in the community I can’t wait to learn more about her.

No matter what time of the year you go to Dollywood there is something fun going on. They have special programming for Christmas, a Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival, a Festival of Nations, and plenty of other seasonal events. Rides don’t operate in the colder months, so it’s important to check the weather as well as the calendar before you go. Earlier this summer, Dollywood opened a "calming room" for guests with sensory issues or autism spectrum disorders. The room provides a place for overstimulated guests to recover from sensory overload. You can read more about it here.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Week in Preview August 29th - September 1st

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Learn something new this week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take a trip to the Oldham County Historical Society for their History Hounds on Thursday, September 1st from 10-11am. Free! Check out our review for more information about this program!

Eat it: Tuesdays are Kid's Eat FREE at Mark's Feed Store! Head there for dinner, with purchase of an entree after 4pm.

Move it: Teach your kids a new game by taking them to Chickasaw Park for a game of horseshoes or Buechel Park to learn cricket! 

Learn it: At the Middletown Library it is Brown Bag Storytime on Thursday, September 1st. Bring a lunch and participate in enrichment activities that build early learning skills. This story,time features engaging books which are accompanied by a variety of activities including: songs, rhymes, art activities, and creative play. Ages 3-5, starts at 1pm.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 26,27,28

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Enjoy an evening of U of L soccer - it's a double header.  For one ticket, you see two games. They will be unveiling a new playground, signing autographs, and will have pre-game "fan fest" type activities.  Check out all of the details here.

Peppa Pig is going to be at Learning Express in Middletown from 2-4pm.  The first dozen children will get a free gift bag.  Stop on by and get a photo with Peppa Pig.

What's your superpower?  Head to the Ali Center for a free event on Sunday from 1-5pm.  It's all about discovering your special powers and families have access to the entire museum. Craft, hands-on activities and more.  See details here.


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about "Fit at 40" and lots of BRO stuff.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Exploring the site of Historical Rose Island Amusement Park in Charlestown, IN

 photo rose20island_zpsfkgnrsmu.jpgI grew up a river rat in a Prospect neighborhood called Cardinal Harbour. Everyone had boats and canoes, and some of my earliest memories were of going out on the sail boat on the weekends. As I got older I started hearing rumors about an amusement park right across the river from my neighborhood. You couldn’t go over there at the time because the land was owned by the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, but eventually the plant left and the land was given to Charlestown State Park.

About ten years ago a local man made a documentary about the place and the rumor mill fired back up. The documentary can be purchased locally at Schimpff's Confectionery. A friend canoed over there and took pictures- the swimming pool had become a rectangular pond but was still very visible. It was only accessible by boat until last fall, when Charlestown State Park put in a bridge, completed an archaeological survey, and opened it up to visitors.

 photo rose20island20Collage_zpsilpgdilu.jpgSince then it has been in the back of my mind to go find this place I had found so captivating. There’s almost no information online about how to get there, so we loaded up the car and went exploring. Even Google maps doesn’t work very well over there- we drove around the park for about 45 minutes before we finally found the trail head. To get there, you will need to set your GPS to Charlestown State Park. It costs $7 per car to get in typically, though the day we went there was no one there to collect the money and no drop box. I would imagine it’s seasonal. Take a right once you’re inside the park and look for the parking lot for trails 3 and 4. You will take trail 3 to trail 7, which will lead you across the new bridge and right into the Rose Island Amusement Park. The hike is mostly paved, but there is a 70 foot elevation drop, making the hike moderately difficult. You *could* take a stroller or wagon, though the steep hills and shear drops into deep water would certainly make me think twice, especially if your stroller doesn’t have a tether. This is not a hike for the very young or the very old or anyone out of shape. It’s probably over 3 miles with sections of very steep grade, so make sure you are well-prepared for it.

There are also no facilities in this park. I saw one outhouse/latrine while we were driving around for 45 minutes and picnic tables with a charcoal grill. Presumably there are restrooms in the camping area because I saw water towers, but there were none near the trail head. This place is out in the middle of nowhere, so take snacks and water and plan to carry your garbage out with you.

Once you hike a mile down a 70 foot elevation drop, you will cross 14 Mile Creek on a brand new bridge and be greeted by a replica of the old Rose Island Amusement Park sign, where you can read about the history of the park. David Rose opened the complex in 1923 with a hotel, swimming pool, wooden roller coaster, ferris wheel, and pony rides. It was a popular destination for people who lived in the area. You could come across a rope bridge on the Indiana side, take a ferry from the Northern part of Oldham County, or the steamboat Idlewild from Downtown Louisville (now the Belle of Louisville). There were cottages and hotel rooms for rent for guests who wanted to vacation there- the steamboat ride could take 2 hours each way. It was a popular place until the 1937 flood washed most of it away.

Today there are markers for the 1937 flood all over the site. There are signs throughout explaining different parts of the ruins, and hand-cranked speakers also help to tell the story. My kids really loved those. Once we made it down to the river bank and I pointed out grandpa’s house, the kids got really excited. They hadn’t understood where we were until they saw grandpa’s house across the river. “You mean I’m on the island I’ve always wanted to go to?!” my 8 year-old exclaimed. They were just as excited to explore this piece of local history as I was.

On the way back to the car we saw a juvenile snake on the road and a flock of enormous wild turkeys. Hiking out is much harder than hiking in because it’s such a steep grade. But it’s well worth the time to learn about this piece of local history that was almost completely lost to the 1937 flood.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review of Zeggz Amazing Eggs on Lime Kiln Ln. in Louisville, KY

 photo 20160424_111434-1_zpspoercwfw.jpgMy family and I had the opportunity to check out the new Zeggz off 42 and Lime Kiln in the Holiday Manor area. I like this restaurant for several reasons. First, you order your food at the register and then pick an area to sit with your number displayed. You have your choice of counter, table, booth, or couch area. It's a great place or a large group because of ability to put together the tables at the top level of the restaurant, or the private dinning room on the bottom level.

There is a help yourself drink station on both levels for soda, tea, or coffee. Or you can order juice which the wait staff will bring to your table. I think it's nice to refill your drinks as needed, and grab that last to go refill before you leave!

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They serve breakfast and lunch food (7am - 2pm week days, 3pm weekends), and the food was delicious. They have a good selection, and pride themselves on their cage free brown eggs (which were delicious and cooked exactly how it asked!)

We ordered a cinnamon roll appetizer before our brunch which was fun to share (and necessary on a busy Sunday morning). We heard a couple tables complaining about the wait for their food, but my kids were happy with their kids menu sheets to draw on. Be sure to grab kids menus with activities from the half wall by the door!

I love that you can leave when you're ready - you've already paid and you don't do anything with your dishes. The tables were bused very quickly, and everything looked very clean. We're looking forward to going again soon!

 photo 20160424_112001_zps4wjr0dqq.jpgZeggs has 3 locations in Louisville. The Middletown location is similar to this one (fast casual) with ordering at the counter and meals delivered to your table. The Chamberlain Ln. location is a sit-down restaurant where orders are placed with a server at your table. Online ordering is available on their website for all three locations.

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week in Preview August 22nd-25th

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Music, baseball, and BBQ! This is going to be a great week!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Take in a baseball game this week with the Louisville Bats! They play on Monday and Tuesday this week at 7:05pm each night. Find out more here and make sure to click on the promotion to see how you can save some money!

Eat it:Have dinner on Tuesday at Jucy's for some good BBQ! Kids eat free with adult purchase at dinner! Check out their website for more information!

Move it: Get moving at All About Kids for their Fun Zone! This is $8 per child and open 10am-2pm, Monday through Friday! Ages 5 and under only.

Learn it: Head over to the Highlands/Shelby Park Library on Monday for Jay Sand Presents All Around This World starting at 4pm. A unique global music and world cultures program that takes kids and their families on a worldwide tour using international songs, rhythms and movement. All ages. Click here for more details!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 19,20,21

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Head to the Louisville Zoo for movie night! As the summer winds down, the movies start earlier! Field opens at 6 p.m.; movie starts at sundown.  It's Minions and you'll get to meet and greet the Minions before the show. The Zoo Crew will provide free entertainment and snacks and other refreshments are available for purchase. Bring your own blankets/lawn chairs. This event is FREE to Zoo members and with Zoo admission which is just $5 per person after 5 p.m. for non-members.

There's a new business in town called "Turnip the Beet" (how cute it that?!?!?!) and they are having a grand opening.  Their business is all about cooking and kids LOVE cooking. They will have cupcakes to decorate, Popsicles to enjoy and popcorn to munch on. You'll have a chance to win free classes & take a selfies at their Chef Selfie station. Check it out here.

It's family fun at Louisville Bats - 2:05pm game and autographs before! Before the game, you can go down on the field to receive autographs from current Bats players and coaches starting at 12:45 pm and ending at 1:20 pm. Also, it's Kids Eat Free day (Kids 12 & younger All kids 12 & younger will receive a free kids meal) and there's an "Inflatable FunZone" too! Remember, on Sundays, kids run the bases after the game too!


Psssssst: Tune into the latest episode of Fortyish - Dan & I chat about style (ha!) and favorite movies from when we were younger!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kids Consignment Sales in and Around Louisville, Fall 2016

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This is a partially sponsored post.

Hop on the bus to savings! Did you know that the average cost of raising a child born in 2013 through age 18 is approximately $250,000? Get some of that investment back by selling and shopping at Kentuckiana's longest-running consignment event, KidStuff Sale.
We set up and serve families at three different locations in the area: Louisville, Oldham County, and So. Indiana. Sell your gently-used items and make up to 85% of your sales. Buy needed clothing, shoes, toys, equipment, and furniture and save up to 90% off retail prices.
 Don't have time to tag? Check out our TagForYou or BuyBack services. RSVP for our Facebook Events for contests, KidStuff gift card giveaway and early shopping passes, too!
Head over to KidStuffSale.com for more information.
Louisville August 25 – 28 Thursday and Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 9am-4pm 25% off*, Sunday 11am – 4pm 50% off* *many items discounted Location: Ramada Hotel Conference Center 9700 Bluegrass Parkway Louisville KY 40299
Oldham Co. Sept 9-11 Friday 5pm- 9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm 50% off many items: Location: Oldham Co YMCA Indoor Soccer Complex 20 Quality Place Buckner, KY 40010
So. Indiana Sept 23-25 Friday 5pm- 9pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm 50% off many items Location: Southern Indiana Sport Center, 620 Park E Blvd. New Albany, IN 47150

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1. Set your own prices 
2. One easy drop-off 
3. We sell it for you 
4. Shop early pre-sales 
5. Support local kids in need 
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Kentucky Kids Consignment Elizabethtown Sale features everything babies, kids, teens, and expecting moms need! We'll have toys, furniture, infant gear, toys, shoes, bedding, books, games, toys, women's handbags, sports equipment, toys, DVD's, accessories, and did we mention toys? With over 700 sellers and 80,000 items, there should be something for everyone! Sellers earn at least 70% of each item's selling price. Our Preferred Sellers are the first to shop at two exclusive presales.
Located less than 3 miles from exit 94 of I-65 in Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown.
Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit our website for more details
Open for shopping: Wednesday, October 19 from 7 pm to 9 pm for our VIP Presale - tickets $12.50 and VERY LIMITED! This is the only time there is an admission charge to shop!
Thursday, October 20 from 9 am to 8 pm Friday, October 21 from 9 am to 8 pm RESTOCKED with new inventory! Saturday, October 22 from 9 am to 4 pm with many remaining items half price

In order by date:

Kids 2 Kids/Louisville Mother of Twins Club Consignment Sale Saturday August 20th. Open to public 8-1. Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY.

Kidstuff - Louisville August 25 – August 28 Thursday: 9 – 8, Friday: 9 – 8, Saturday: 9 – 4 (25% off), Sunday: 11 – 4 (50% off) Ramada Conference Center, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy. 40299

Little Treasure's Kid's Sale  September 15-17, 2016, Thur-Fri: 9 to 8, Sat: 12 to 5 (1/2 price day!) at Mid America Sports Center, 1906 Watterson Trail

CCUM Pass It On Kids Sale Septermber 15-17. Friday 9 to 2 and 5:30 to 7:30. Saturday 9-12 (most items half price). Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road

Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment Sale September 23-24. Friday 8-8, Saturday 8-3. Abraham Lincoln Post 167 (Legion Hall). 202 Downs Lane, Bardstown, Ky 40004

Kidstuff - Southern Indiana September 23-25 Friday 5-9, Saturday 9-1, Sunday 12-4 (1/2 price off many items). Southern Indiana Sport Center, 620 Park East Blvd., New Albany, IN 47150

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale September 1-3. Thursday and Friday, 10-8, Saturday (most items half price this day): 9-7. Shelby County Fairgrounds in the Floral Hall building. 1513 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, Ky. 40065

Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sale September 28-October 1. Open daily 8-8, Saturday half price sale. Clarksville Towne Center. 706 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy Clarksville, IN 47129

Saint John Kid's Kloset Consignment Sale October 7-8. Friday, 9 - 7, Saturday, 9 - 1 (1/2 price day). Saint John United Methodist Church, 12700 W. Highway 42 Prospect, 40059

St. Paul United Methodist Church MOPS, October 7-8. Friday, 9 - 1 and 5 - 7, Saturday, 8 - 2 (1/2 off most items) St. Paul United Methodist Church, Family Life Center Gym, 2nd floor, 2000 Douglass Blvd

Kentucky Kids Consignment Sale October 20-22. Thursday and Friday, 9 - 8. Saturday, 9 - 4. Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown

Bullitt County Kids Sale Dates and Times TBA. 395 Paroquet Springs Conference Centre Kidstuff Oldham County September 9 – September 11 YMCA Soccer Complex, 10 Quality Place, Buckner, KY 40010 Friday, 5-9, Saturday, 9-4, Sunday 11-4 (half price day)

Twinkle Twice Kids Sale Dates and Times TBA. Bullitt County Fairgrounds 964 Clermont Rd. Sheperdsville, Ky, 40165

MUMC Kids Consignment Sale Dates and Times TBA Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Ky 40243

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review of Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market in Louisville, KY

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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is in Louisville!  If you’re looking for low grocery prices with a farmer’s market feel and quality, then Fresh Thyme is the store for you.  Fresh Thyme is located in St. Matthews at 4301 Shelbyville Road.

The layout is centered around a large fresh produce department.  Wait until you see the vibrant fruit and vegetable colors and low prices!  Many of the produce items are locally grown and organic and priced lower than many other grocery stores.  Double ad Wednesday offers customers two times the savings!  

 photo fresh20thyme20fruit_zpsekw6rznf.jpgThere’s plenty more to see around the produce section, but you’ll never feel too overwhelmed in the store.  Shoppers can find freshly flown-in seafood, hormone-free meat, natural beauty products, earth-friendly cleaning supplies, gluten and dairy-free options, alcohol and so many more natural food and product options.  Many of the items can be bought in bulk, too.  The store offers several product varieties and brands, setting itself apart from other natural food stores.

 photo fresh20thyme20almond20butter_zpstpopzv9a.jpgThe fragrant bakery goods, warm pizza and fresh sushi will all catch your eye and nose!  If you don’t want pizza or the salad bar, there is a large selection of ready-to-eat healthy meals in a variety of sizes.  You can pick something up for lunch for yourself or pick something up for the entire family for dinner.

Each Fresh Thyme store has a Giving Tree.  Every time you shop at Fresh Thyme you can visit the Giving Tree board to see which local organizations they’re supporting with in-kind donations and fundraising events.  At the grand-opening the store was already helping Dare to Care and local schools in the community.  You can pick up a donation request form in the store to request product donations for your local not-for-profit organization!

Check out Louisville’s newest grocery filled with fresh and natural choices and smiling faces!  Have fun making your own almond butter, let the kids weigh some fruit and push it around in one of the kid carts, splurge on some seriously fresh and the softest gummy bears you have ever tasted or pick up a delicious dinner for the family! Follow Fresh Thyme on Facebook for great deals and offers.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle