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Thursday, October 30, 2014

HerLouisville: Getting Gorgeous in Louisville - The Best Salons, Spas and more

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’Tis almost the season to sparkle, y’all.

Pretty soon, the invitations will start rolling in — holiday parties, family dinners, and work events. This time of year, it seems there’s always a reason to dress up and look your best.

Now, if you’re like me, there are parts of “getting pretty” that come easier than others. I’ve got hair and makeup down pat, but my nail-painting skills are a disaster. I always decide, at the very last minute, that I need to throw on a coordinating shade of nail polish. And, as you can well imagine, it never turns out right. Smudges are the best case scenario. And the worst case scenario? Well, I wish I were kidding when I say that I once found myself en route to an evening event when I looked down and saw that I’d only managed to paint nine nails. Let me just tell you, it’s hard to put your best foot forward when you’re hiding one hand all night. From now on, when I want to look special, I’m splurging for a manicure. Some things are best left to the professionals.

 I asked the most stylish Louisville ladies I know for some recommendations of their favorite styling professionals, and put together a little guide of tried-and-true favorite spots for all your beauty needs:

The HerLouisville Guide to Getting Gorgeous in the ‘Ville.

Best Blowout: Primp Style Lounge. Located in St. Matthews, Primp is Louisville’s first blowout bar, offering soft waves, updos, or a classic sleek style. Ask about their special age-appropriate hair and makeup services for girls aged 12 and under!

Best Eyebrows: Clique Waxing Boutique. A well-shaped eyebrow is the key to a polished, pulled-together look. This Crescent Hill studio offers waxing and threading services to give you the best possible arch.

Best Manicure: Joseph’s Salon. This AVEDA salon includes therapeutic touch and aroma along with a far better nail polish application than most of us (especially me!) can do at home. Don't miss the Essential Manicure for a great value, or bring your little fashionista (under age 13) along for the the “Glamour Girl” manicure!

Best Makeup: The Beauty Bar at Circe. My most fashionable friends swear by the makeup services at this Brownsboro Road boutique for date nights, holiday parties, or any other time they need to bring the glamour in a big way.

 photo herkentuckyprickleypearagenda_zpsfb537008.jpgBest Haircut: William Dean’s Salon “William Dean is an artist!” was a common response to my query about hair services. My friends weren’t just speaking metaphorically about the polished and precise looks that the salon owner provides — he actually designs custom leather goods in his spare time!

Best Hair Color: Z Salon. Z has been my go-to for highlights for as long as I can remember. I love that my stylist consults with me about the process before she ever touches my hair — it soothes my inner control freak and assures me that the results will be beautiful!

Looking for a glam way to keep up with all of your appointments, obligations, and holiday plans? I love this Kate Spade agenda, available at the Prickly Pear. It’s a fun, sophisticated way to schedule your daily adventures with style!

Heather

Learn about Heather and see a growing compilation of HerLouisville features on our new page dedicated to the topic.  We'll focus on entertaining, style and dining with moms in mind!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Specialty Boutique for Tween Girls! FRESH is opening in Westport Village

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FRESH Boutique 4Girls Opens in Louisville!


FRESH is Fun, Respectful, Empowering, Stylish and Happy 

A Trendy, Chic Boutique for Tween and Teen Girls Offers Fashion, Gifts and Accessories.

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FRESH is the ultimate destination for the trendy, chic girl who loves fashion and the excitement of finding the perfect outfit, complete with shoes and jewelry. They also offer a wide array of gifts and accessories. As Louisville continues to grow, there is a real need for more diverse offerings for the tween and teen market. There are boutiques for adult women, moms, college students, and even young children and babies, but we are missing a quality boutique for young girls. FRESH offers teen and tween fashions from top designer brands such as Ella Moss, Splendid, Vintage Havana, Pinc Premium, Sally Miller and Young, Fabulous and Broke Mini. Clothing will range in girls sizes from 7- 16. A full line of juniors will be available in the Spring. Prices range from $8 for a chic looking bracelet to $100 for a FRESH is thrilled to bring trendy designers to Louisville that you previously had to travel to Chicago or New York to find. Girls in this age group enjoy the entire shopping experience. At FRESH they will be able to try on clothes and shoes seeking that perfect size, fit and most importantly, comfort.  Everything is American made!

To celebrate the opening, the store's owners will be hosting a Grand Opening event Saturday, November 1, featuring door prizes, giveaways, and a drawing for a $100 gift card. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served.

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GRAND OPENING EVENT: November 1, 2014, 11am –2pm

To learn more about FRESH Boutique 4 Girls, please visit FRESHboutique4girls.com

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review of Mark's Feed Store, Fern Creek Location in Louisville, KY

 photo 20141014_174050_zps98e45313.jpgThere are several Mark's Feed Stores within Louisville, and in my opinion, the Fern Creek location is the best! Known for their bar-b-q pork, chicken and brisket, the menu is filled with mouth-watering meals. Not to mention the local twist to their company! There is a little something for everyone, and even if you're not a bar-b-q fan, there are delicious salads and several fish meals as well. The kids menu includes your choice of: bar-b-q, cheeseburger, corn dog, hamburger, grilled cheese, or PB&J (for $3.19 per meal), or chicken fingers (for $3.79). Each item is served with choice of green beans, fries, beans, baked apples, corn-on-the-cob, or applesauce. BONUS - Kids Eat FREE every Tuesday (*2 kids meals FREE with every one adult entree purchased)

 photo 20141014_180959_zps60f9f58d.jpgRecently we went on a Tuesday, and joined in on their annual Halloween Party fun. This year began with a scavenger hunt that started as soon as we walked through the front door. Kids were lead throughout the restaurant in search of clues (employees dressed in various costumes), and eventually made their way to the end, the sun room dining area. Once completed, they made crafts, played games, and of course, received candy treats! After all this fun, we were sat at our (4) tables (*there were 20 people in our party), and all enjoyed some delicious food. The kids had fun, we all enjoyed dinner, and the cost was more than reasonable being that kids ate free! The visit, besides being unique because of the Halloween Party, was very typical for the Fern Creek location. The staff is always kind and helpful. The food is always delicious, and best of all, the entire family enjoys it! Be sure to remember this event for next year.

*Side note - Our family has used this location on two different occasions for catering, and both times everything was beyond fantastic! The food was hot and delicious. The amount was more than enough, and all party guests raved about it! We ran into a problem with the 2nd catering event, in which Mark's forgot to include the extra sauces for the meat. Instead of us having to leave our party to go back to the restaurant (where we had originally picked up the food ourselves), the manager offered to immediately drive it out to us himself!

Location: 6501 Bardstown Road
Hours: Sun 11-9, M-Th 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11

By guest contributor: Karen 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review of Louisville Coffee Company: Coffee Shop in Jeffersontown (Louisville, KY)

 photo photo_zpsab5b95e2.jpgRecently, a new local coffee shop endeavor popped up in Louisville, specifically my little hometown of Jeffersontown. I was psyched! I've been there a handful of times now and just absolutely love the place. It's Louisville Coffee Company, and they have really started with a bang here recently.

I've had their white chocolate mocha, regular drip coffee, and most recently a pumpkin spice latte. They serve lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, mochas, tea, hot chocolate, and more. They are also serving light meals and snacks such as sandwiches ($5.95) and pasta from locally owned Lotsa Pasta, baked goods (range from $2.25 to $2.50), bagels, and delicacies from another Louisville local, Please & Thank You in NuLu. Plans are to start their own food line service at the shop. I really hope this place takes off and stays here in Jeffersontown.

 photo photo1_zps6d231dac.jpgPrices are pretty typical of what you find at area local coffee places (small specialty drinks approx. $3.25-$3.75). I got a drip coffee refill for $.50 one day when I was in. They also offer free WiFi-they will give you a one-time use password for one hour. It's a great little place to do some work on your laptop or meet up for a business meeting. They do not have a drive-thru so they really need foot traffic to keep the momentum going! You can park directly on the street or turn immediately as you approach the gray/green building (onto one-way Bruners Street) and there is free public parking located behind the shop.

 photo photo2_zpse253b4ba.jpgCurrently they are open from 6:30am-9pm Mon-Fri/7am-9pm Sat/8am-8pm Sun. They are located at 10414 Watterson Trail in the heart of Jeffersontown, right next to City Hall. Stop by the Jeffersontown Farmer's Market which continues through the beginning of November and grab a cup of joe on your way in or out of the market. They also have a great and quaint little patio to enjoy your coffee and conversation. Visit them soon and please keep shopping local!!

By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: October 24,25,26

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Let's get to the picks for the weekend. I have a lot because there are so many choices!

Friday:
Check out the Allergen Free Halloween Party at Annie May's Sweet Cafe. It's from 4-8pm, come in costume and enjoy free allergen free treats.

In the evening, head to Slugger Field for the Jack O' Lantern Stroll benefiting Dreams with Wings. Crafts, games and 1,500 pumpkins - all for a great cause.

Have a parent's night out thanks to Hwang's Martial Arts Halloween party - click here for more details.

Saturday:
Also, there's one of the most popular Halloween events each year - Halloween in Brown Park - Enjoy music, hayrides, lots of games, haunted forest and more. (corner of Kresge Way and Browns Lane) 11am- 2pm. The Trick or Treating is from 11:30am – 1:30pm It is all FREE.  We know you love free!

Sunday:
Go back in time at Locust Grove at the 18th Century Market Fair (also on Saturday).  Everything there is a throw back to the days of George Rogers Clark.  It's from 10am-4pm each day and admission is $4 for children, $8 for adults.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review of Jefferson Memorial Forest in Fairdale, KY

 photo 20140928_123521_resized_zps80edf256.jpgDid you know the largest municipal owned park in the nation is right here in Kentucky? Jefferson Memorial Forest is over 6,000 acres owned by the city of Louisville. The forest was established as a tribute to Kentucky's veterans, and if you look closely, the symbol is a half leaf, half star to reflect it's history and purpose.

There are several things to do at Jefferson Memorial Forest. There are many trails to wander from wheelchair accessible trails to trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are picnic shelters, a lake, a conference center, and camp sites. There is also a Welcome Center and gift shop where you can use flushable toilets, buy a snack or souvenir, or play in the kids area out back. They also have summer camp, scout programs, and frequent educational programs.

 photo 20140928_123539_resized_zps62e88961.jpg photo 20140927_155151_resized_1_zpsaecaaac3.jpgWe decided to go camping with some friends over the weekend. We rented a group site rather than each renting a family site, which was cheaper and more fun to share our groceries, firepit, and we had plenty of room for our tents. Most of the campsites are close to the road through the park, but still private. They all have firepits and picnic tables, and access to a water pump and vault toilets (aka glorified portajohns). There are no flushing toilets or showers at the campsites, so one overnight camping trip was enough for me. We enjoyed hiking the trails, playing in the woods at the campsite, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping under the stars. If you don't enjoy roughing it overnight, they have lots of programs, day hikes, a playground, lake for fishing, as well as the children's learning area behind the Welcome Center.

Jefferson Memorial Forest is a great place to visit or camp overnight that's not far away. It felt far removed from the city of Louisville, but it's only 15 minutess south of downtown. It's definitely a great place to check out with many options from spending an hour to spending days there enjoying nature. I'm looking forward to going back.

By guest contributor: Caryn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of Feed the Party in Louisville, KY

Lauren was given a Feed the Party package for purpose of review.
Recently, the writers at Louisville Family Fun were given the opportunity to get a Feed the Party box and review it. I was the lucky writer who got to do it and I was so excited! We planned a night where we could have friends and family over. I knew ahead of time, based on their website, that we would have 2 pork chops, 2 New York Strip steaks, 2 filet mignons, 8 hamburgers, 6 bratwursts, and the buns needed for that meat. We also were going to receive a bottle of Henry Bain’s sauce. We planned the sides, drinks, and desserts to go along with it and set a date!

 photo feedthepartypic1_zps7beedc71.jpgThe day before the party, we received our box. It is shipped Fed Ex and comes frozen in a box, then a Styrofoam cooler, packed with dry ice (a fun extra experience for children too!). Since it comes frozen, I would recommend getting it a couple days early so you make sure you have enough time to thaw it all. Although it had never happened before, they did forget one of our pork chops, so it might be nice to get it ahead of time to double check your order. Luckily, they were very gracious, apologetic, helpful when I notified them of the mistake. The owner was very nice and sent a bonus box the next business day, which I very much appreciated! When we got our box, we put all of the meat in the refrigerator. It was perfectly thawed by our party the next day and looked fantastic! They threw in some extra bourbon smoked salt and pepper (which comes in many of their packages), so we put some of that on the burgers and steaks, and turned on the grill! The food was an absolute hit!

We had a group of people ranging in age from 1 to 88. We decided to get some hot dogs for the kids because we weren’t sure what they would eat from the meat we already had. The first thing gone were the burgers. The oldest person there said that it was the best burger she’d ever had in her life! I’d say that’s a pretty big complement! One burger complaint was that the bun to meat ratio wasn’t quite right. The buns were nice, big, deli buns, but I guess they didn’t feel that the burger was thick enough to need that much bread. I had the steak and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely high quality and really yummy!
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Interestingly, our one pork chop did not even get touched. And only one bratwurst of the six was eaten. It was clear what the favorites were at the party. I thought it was interesting when I saw their packages came with set things in them, ranging from expensive steaks to less expensive bratwursts (although they were clearly high quality ones). I wondered ahead of time how you decide who gets what food. I think a good suggestion for them in the future would be to have set prices for individual or groups of different options (2 steaks, 5 burgers, etc.) so that people could choose all steaks, or all burgers if they wanted to.

Overall, the meat was delicious and for people who are tailgaiting, going to a family picnic or reunion, or just having a cookout at home, I would highly recommend it. I think with a few tweaks, this new business will be thriving! You can’t beat good food!

By guest contributor: Lauren

Monday, October 20, 2014

Parents Like Us: Judge Erica Lee Williams

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It's the time of year when yard signs pop up all over, the airways are full of campaign ads and people expressed their mixed opinions about this candidate or that candidate and elections in general. Whatever you opinion is, I think it's important to recognize that running in a public election is not easy but quite time consuming for the candidate, their team and their family.  This type of dedication is not something to take lightly.  So, when I met Erica Lee Williams and learned that she has a young child and a husband that also has a demanding job, I was instantly impressed by her energy and passion since I knew what she's taking on is not easy for anyone, let alone a mother! Still, she and her supporters (daughter Jacqueline is surely the #1 supporter) sport their bright green shirts in local parades and family events.  Erica is classy, committed and a Parent......Like Us!

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Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have called the Louisville area your home:
I am married to Louisville native, Jason C. Williams and we have one beautiful and spunky three year old daughter, Jacqueline Chase. My husband was born and raised here. In fact, most of his family lives here. I, however, am a military transplant. Jason and I met at UK Law School- I was his mentor. After graduation, we moved to Louisville and the rest is history - as they say. Most recently I convinced my sister and her family to move to Louisville from D.C. so we can raise our toddler daughters together. My next project is to convince my Mother to follow suit!

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What's one thing every parent in our area should know about?
Louisville offers many affordable and free activities for children of all ages. Since I have an active and curious toddler we spend a lot of time at the parks around the county, which happen to be free. The Parklands has a brilliantly developed park that will keep everyone in your family engaged, active and enlightened. Every parent should also know that many facilities offer "Parents Night Out". That creates a win-win situation, parents and kids are having a great time. Take advantage of those for date night!!

What's on your DVR?
Last I checked my DVR is 74% full. Currently, Elmo's Christmas, Scandal, Sesame Street, and many shows from the DIY channel. One day, I will find the time to watch the 8 DIY shows I have recorded. Until then, I am thankful for the 26% that hangs on by a thread.

 photo parentslikeuserica2_zpsdf4896b3.jpgTell us about your favorite Kentucky day trip
One of my favorite day trips occurred this past Summer. We went to Waterfront Park and had a fantastic time. Walked across the Big 4 bridge and back, rode a Surrey bike up to the Lincoln Memorial, had lunch on the Great Lawn and of course played at the kids park. Jacqueline fell asleep in her car seat almost as soon as we got into the car.

What's one non-kid-related thing that you wish you had more time to do?
Date nights with my husband. Dinner and a movie would be a rare and delightful treat. I cannot think of the last movie that we saw in the theatre. However, there is no better entertainment than listening to Jacqueline sing on her karaoke machine!

My mommy-vice is a hot sugar-free carmella from Heine Brothers, what's yours?
White hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate covered graham crackers.

Stephanie

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: October 17,18,19

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Check our Fall Fun Links page  and Halloween post !
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Click play and tune into our podcast about Stage One Family Theatre - they have a new family pass deal!

Let's get to the picks for the weekend:

Friday:
Head to the waterfront to celebrate our gal's 100th birthday - The Belle of Louisville - Festival of Riverboats is going on right now. There's a daily calendar of activities that includes races, calliope contests and more. Details here.

We will be at the YMCA Norton Commons Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat handing out goodies and spreading our love of LouFamFun and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Join us - it's free and open to anyone! Click here.

Saturday:
Aren't the fall colors just gorgeous?  Why not take in the scenery at Bernheim ColorFest.  It's this weekend.  The schedule of events looks wonderful. Here are some other ideas for taking in the Autumn beauty - click here.

Sunday:
It's family day for the Steamboat Days festivities in Jeffersonville. This is tied in with the Festival of the Riverboats. Like that festival, there's a lot going into Steamboat Days so check out this guide to see all of the options - click here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie 

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CONTEST! Parent's Night Out at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

THE GAME'S AFOOT
A Broadway star admired for his leading role playing Sherlock Holmes has invited fellow cast members to his castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death the festivities in this house of tricks and mirrors quickly turns dangerous. A comedy/thriller full of hilarity! Written by Ken Ludwig. 

2 tickets for 2 winners - you choose your night!

You must be 18 or older to enter and by entering, you agree to these terms.

To enter: Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and put "DDP PNO" in the subject line! One entry per email address. Contest ends 11:59pm 10/18 and winners will be selected at random and emailed by end of day 10/19.

Review of Derby Dinner Playhouse Children's Theater in Clarksville, Indiana: "Dinosaurs Before Dark"

Allison was given two free tickets to Derby Dinner Playhouse for purpose of review

 photo 20141011_125730_zpsa9e5f284.jpgMy kindergartener and I were treated to a show at Derby Dinner Playhouse and we had a blast! We were fortunate enough to be invited to come see the opening day of the newest play for kids, Magic Tree House Series: Dinosaurs Before Dark. 

Each ticket purchased includes a meal, and a drink (water, tea, coffee, or milk). There are soft drinks available for purchase as well as a dessert option which is also an additional charge. As a side note I was a bit disappointed in the dessert that my son picked, he ordered a strawberry sundae and it was obviously made up in large quantities before hand and then stuck back into the freezer. As a result the sundae was frozen solid and he couldn't eat it while the lights were still on and then he forgot about it once the play started.

This was the first play that I had taken him to, and to be completely honest I was a bit nervous that he wouldn't like the experience. Boy, I was completely wrong! Several times while he was eating he kept saying that he felt really grown up. He even did well with the hour time allowed for eating, I was afraid that he would get antsy.

Stephanie had mentioned in one of her last reviews that the blinking lights were a distraction, I believe that they have this problem solved! They had everyone stand up and turn on their lights and showed them, and then asked them to turn them off during the show.

 photo 20141011_124121_zpsfc96437c.jpgThe show itself was great, it lasted right at an hour and is an adaptation of one of the books from the Magic Tree House series. The songs were engaging and the characters were so energetic. The best part? My son walked away wanting to start the book series. I was very impressed with our whole experience and my son wants to go back to see the Rudolph play in December!

By guest contributor: Allison