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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: January 23, 24, 25

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Friday:
Come on out to Fuzziwig's Candy Factory in Prospect.  WLKY's Matt Milosevich is scooping ice cream for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  A portion of sales with go to this cause - there will be fun inflatable bowling, a birthday party will be given away as well.  7-9pm.  Details here.

Saturday
It's the Llama Llama Pajama Party at the Southwest Regional Library at 10am and the first 500 families receive a free book! Llama will even be there....sweet.  Details here.

Or, head to Nulu for free family art at Local Speed. Drop in from 11:30am-3:30pm and grab a bite of trendy food (c'mon, it's Nulu) while you're being all hipster.    I transcend into complete hispter-parent when I step foot on E. Market Street.

Sunday:
Sundays in January are pretty bleh - I am not going to sugar coat that.  Why don't you take a little time to explore this post about 101 Free Things to Do in KY with kids and pick 4-6 to do this year?!


Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Parents Like Us: Heather Howell

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So, several years back, I met this little dynamo named Shane. She's a big mouth - ask her, she'll concur, proudly.  Said big mouth handles social media for many local businesses and does a darn good job with it.  She does such a good job that she made me crave a caffeine-free beverage with her tantalizing tweets.  Yes, caffeine-free and I like it.   Rooibee Red Tea. It's GOOD, little miss LouFamFun likes it too.  For years now, I have watched this local company grow and grow with the leadership of a CTeaO.  She is the focus of this month's "Parent's Like Us" feature because it's really darn impressive what she has done with Rooibee Red Tea (RRT) while juggling family life.

We asked Heather Howell some questions and luckily, she gave us some answers:


 photo rrt_zpsdad4508f.jpgTell us a little bit about your family and how long you have called the Louisville area your home:
 My husband and I have no family in Louisville. We relocated in 2007 because we fell in love with the city. We have two children who attend Sacred Heart Model School. Later, my cousin relocated with her family from PA. We love to travel, but appreciate Louisville's scenic beauty, culinary scene and the people.

What is your family's favorite park and why?
21st-century Park in Middletown (The Parklands of Floyds Fork). We love to spend the day splashing in the water park, hiking on the trails, and admiring the bluegrass of our old Kentucky home. Thanks to all the Kentuckians who have made this park possible.

We know your favorite beverage, what's your favorite restaurant for..........breakfast? 
We like Super Chefs for breakfast! We love the heart shaped red velvet pancakes.

If we gave your family $25 to spend doing something together out and about in Louisville, what would you do? 
My daughter - The Science Center
My son - the Kentucky Derby Museum
Me - Watch a sporting event at Yum! Arena - Go Cardinals!
My husband - Go to view art at KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft) or Green Building

Share with us your favorite RRT recipe:
Rooibee Red Tea Sangria - Add fresh fruit to any flavor and place in a pitcher. My favorite is Unsweetened with strawberries. We also have fans who cook with our tea and marinate with tea. My uncle cooks ribs after soaking them in Watermelon Mint - it puts an amazing glaze on the meat and makes the spare ribs super moist and delish!

Thanks Heather for sharing a little with us, Louisville sure is full of "Parents Like Us!"
Stephanie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review of Travel to the Mouse Travel Agency in Louisville, KY

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   A couple months ago, I started thinking about a last vacation for our family of 3. Having a baby due in April and a 3 year old, I wanted to make it special, and quick! A contacted Kris Billiter at Travel to the Mouse about possibilities for a Disney World trip, knowing it would have to be soon if I was going to be able to walk through all those parks! He quickly came up with many different options for us. After a few days of discussion, many asked and answered questions from Kris, and a little research on our part, we decided to go!

    Over the next few weeks, Kris helped us plan the rest of our trip. His services are completely free and I totally took advantage of his expertise! Having not gone to Disney world in 15 years and with him going multiple times a year, I knew he would be able to help us out. He answered all of our questions quickly and thoroughly.

     As I started looking through rides and options, I became completely overwhelmed. I had no idea what rides were good or appropriate for a 3 year old, how long lines would be, or how to plan our time. Kris spent many hours planning our trip, even down to the hour where needed! He gave us an itinerary with a plan for each day we were at the parks, including where to go, tips as we traveled through the park, and even places to get food. He had some amazing suggestions on snacks!

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    I don’t know how you can do wrong booking a Disney trip through Travel to the Mouse. It saves you money because he can find special deals and all of his amazing services to help plan your trip cost you nothing extra! He was a life saver for us! Check him out on Facebook at Travel to the Mouse by Kris Billiter or online at http://traveltothemouse.net/. You won’t regret it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Her Louisville: 12 Ways to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

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12 Ways to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet!

Happy New Year, y’all! Instead of making a bunch of generic resolutions, why not live the entire year with intention? Here are twelve great ways to make 2015 your best year yet! (Click to download Printable List of 2015 Goals)

1.Adopt a “One In, One Out” policy. This is the best way to keep clutter to a minimum, save money, and provide regular donations to those who need them. When something new comes in your house, something old must go out. If you get a new cell phone, sell the old one on eBay or donate it to a local charity. Clean your closet out every season, sorting things that no longer fit or flatter you into “donate” and “consign” piles. This keeps down the piles of unused stuff, teaches your entire family to use resources a little more wisely, and gives a new home to the things you no longer want.

2.Send a handwritten note every month. Remember the pre-Internet days when you’d go to the mailbox and expect to see something other than bills or junk mail? Everyone loves getting actual mail! Why not rekindle a friendship, touch base with a relative, or encourage someone by sending a handwritten note? Your recipient will be delighted!

3.Learn a new skill. Don’t you just love the feeling that comes with being good at something? Spend some time learning a new skill in 2015. Whether it’s knitting, basic home repair, or golf lessons, your hard work will pay off!

4.Be honest with your time. How often do you budget fifteen minutes for a task, only to find that it actually takes an hour? In 2015, commit to an honest assessment of how you spend your time You may just find that the day’s last hour of television is better spent reading, meditating, or even sleeping!

5.Learn to accept a compliment graciously. When someone compliments you, don’t offer an excuse. When you say “oh, this outfit is old” or “it wasn’t that hard”, you’re discounting yourself and the person who’s complimenting you. Instead, smile graciously, say “thank you”, and look for a way to pay the compliment forward.

6.Be intentional in your interactions. Whether you’re dealing with your boss, your kids, or your dog, think about the meanings that your words and actions convey. Do you want to come across as hurtful, dismissive, and sarcastic or do you want to be honest, gracious, and supportive? When you treat others with respect, you’ll be amazed how much you receive in return!

7.Develop a style signature. We all have days when we just don’t want to think about what we’re going to wear. It’s easy to transform those days into a “style moment” by developing a style signature — a defining look that you wear time and again. If folks remember your sassy red lipstick or perfectly tied scarf, they won’t notice your hastily-fixed ponytail!

8.Cook for others. Everyone loves a homemade treat. The next time you make a pot of chili, make enough extra for your neighbors who are settling in to life with a new baby. Stir a spoonful (or two!) of bourbon into brownie mix to surprise your co-workers with a Kentucky-themed treat. You’re guaranteed to make someone smile.

9.Do a little bit every day. Whether it’s a major work project or keeping the floors clean at home, don’t wait until things reach epic proportions. Carve out a few minutes every day, and you’ll see results.

10.Take time for your friends. Everyone has so many commitments with work, family, and life in general. Don’t forget to spend some time recharging your batteries with your friends! A regularly scheduled girls’ night out is a necessity!

11.Go for more walks. The Louisville area is full of gorgeous parks and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Lower your blood pressure, reduce and gain some muscle tone with regular walks.

 photo 10670087_730472530335148_3689517811250076295_n_zps3bd1d925.jpeg12.Surprise people you love with little presents. An inexpensive and unexpected present is a great way to let someone know that you care. I love these sentiment necklaces from The Prickly Pear Boutique in Middletown: Who wouldn’t want to proclaim Love, Faith, or Blessings? At $16.99 each, they’re a great way to let someone know you care.

Here’s to making 2015 your best year yet!

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!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Girl Scouts is a Family Affair

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 Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana serves more than 12,000 girls throughout the western half of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The critical link in securing their future is you. Girl Scouts is a volunteer delivered program. We can only fulfill our mission if people like you are involved as leaders, role models and financial supporters. I invite you to be a part of our girls’ stories. One of the greatest opportunities in our country today is the untapped talent among the girls in our communities. Girl Scouts has a proven track record of influencing the lives of many successful women. In fact, eight out of 10 Girl Scout alumnae attribute their personal and professional success to Girl Scouting.

So, why not make the Girl Scout experience a family affair? At Girl Scouts, girls and their families have the potential to enjoy more than they ever thought possible! Whether it is attending camp, going on field trips, or giving back to the community, it’s all possible at Girl Scouts! The Kentucky Science Center facilitates our on-site MakerPlace in Louisville, and the program is based on the popular Maker Movement popping up in communities across the country. The MakerPlace brings science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life through designing, building, tinkering and inventing using ordinary, everyday items, gizmos, and gadgets. Girl Scouts offers fun adventure and outdoor opportunities for family camps at one of our seven beautiful camp properties in Kentucky and Indiana.

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Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest organization for girls in the world. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more than 100 years, we have opened doors of opportunity to all girls. No other organization provides more quality opportunities for girls to learn and lead than Girl Scouts. Three key experiences comprise the foundation of our formula for leadership development: we help girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to create positive change in their communities. We provide unmatched opportunities to develop career skills in fields that have gaps in female talent, such as science, technology, finance and the environment.

How can you help?

Whether you engage individually or engage your family, there are many ways that girls need you to share your time, talents and resources.

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  • You can serve as a volunteer working directly with girls as leaders, program facilitators, mentors, role models or speakers. You can help in areas of program strategy and planning, aligning the expertise of your organization with related Girl Scout programs, such as technology, health and wellness and the environment.
  • Opportunities also exist to support Girl Scouts financially as an individual or corporate donor, event or program sponsor, or a partner in funding strategic initiatives.

Consider the possibilities when we invest in our future — when we invest in our girls. The opportunities are limitless. Together, we grow leaders and we change lives. For more information, go to www.gskentuckiana.org.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: January 16, 17, 18

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Friday:
Have you been to Sisters Tea Parlor? It's really fun and nice for indoor fun.  There's a deal on our Daily Deals page through Groupon.  The weekday deal is better so why not check it out!

Saturday
I checked the weather and said...WAIT? WHAT?!?!?!  It's going to be sunny and in the 50s!!!!  EEEEEK!  Oh my gosh, PEOPLE!!!! Go outside on Saturday. I don't care what you do just go outside ALL DAY.  Walk across the Big Four Bridge, find a new park, hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, explore downtown or Nulu or Jeffersonville or or or.........  I am giddy just thinking about it.

Sunday:
I apologize for scream-typing at you just now but I just got so worked up over the nice weather.  I have no picks for Sunday. All of my energy was absorbed into Saturday's excitement.

Monday:
Who doesn't love Squirrels?  (Maybe families that have had them stuck in attics? Nevermind) The Parklands is having an entire day dedicated to squirrels, yes....squirrels. It's FREE.  Click here for details.  


Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review of All About Kids - Open Gym - Blankenbaker Location in Louisville, KY

Lauren was given free admission to All About Kids for purpose of review. 

 photo IMG_20140702_103654_495_zps44904ef8.jpgI thought my daughter would enjoy it and it would be a nice change of pace for the summer. I didn’t expect her to enjoy it as much as she did though!

We got there at about 10:30 on a Wednesday morning. Monday through Friday, they have their Inflatable Fun Zone open from 10-2. I updated the waiver info because it had been over a year since we were last there for swim lessons. We got to the inflatable fun zone and there were only 2 other boys playing. I tried taking pictures, but couldn’t catch my daughter going slow enough due to her excitement. In this area, there is a large play place area with a huge slide, a bouncey, a large inflatable slide with obstacle course, a trampoline, playhouses, and other cars and toys to play with. It is a fairly small place for all that was there, but the kids had a great time.

By 11:00, there were about 15 kids there. It was starting to get a bit more crowded, but I loved that there was a 10 and under limit, helping to keep too many big kids running around. Most of the kids who were there were 5 and under, because most people were playing until the preschool open gym began.

 photo IMG_20140702_121414_672_zps4a5abe68.jpgAt around 11:30, we took a break and had lunch. They do not allow outside food, but have quite a few options for very reasonable prices. We got a hot dog, grilled cheese, chips and a drink for $6.50. They also have pizza (although it was not available that day) and other typical concession stand type foods like nachos and soft pretzels. The grilled cheese was made when we ordered it, so it took about 10 minutes (she buttered the bread, put the cheese on, and ran it through the conveyer belt oven). Overall, it was good concession stand food for a good price.

After lunch, it was 12:00 and the preschool open gym began. During this time, only children 5 and under are allowed in and they get access to all of the things in their gym – floor trampolines, swings into foam block pits, huge slides, balance beams, bars, and so much more. When we walked through the door, my daughter just looked around in amazement, trying to figure out what to do first! She had an absolute blast running all over the place.

 photo IMG_20140702_121158_313_zpse25e4a00.jpgI had to stay with her, but there were employees around to help with certain equipment. My only complaint on the day was that at 11:55, they told the kids their time was up and they had to leave. Just a few minutes earlier, I had warned my daughter she had 10 minutes left, and it was cut short. Not a big deal, but I wished she had gotten her entire time in there. We at least got to go back to the inflatable area for a little while longer until it was time to come home to take a nap. She clearly had a blast because she crashed when we got home.

For only $6, this is a great deal! You could technically stay from 10-2, although I’m sure a child would be completely exhausted by then! They also have open gym available for all ages from 2-4 Sunday through Friday and 7-9 on Saturday. For my 3 year old though, this was perfect to make sure that she wasn’t getting run over by larger kids and was able to go at her own pace. We will definitely be back!

By guest contributor: Lauren

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review of Red Peppermint Frozen Yogurt Bar in Crestwood, KY

 photo photo3_zpse0580a48.jpgIt would be an understatement to say that my family was excited to hear that Red Pepper Deli in Crestwood was opening a frozen yogurt bar! We decided to check out The Red Peppermint Frozen Yogurt Bar on their opening day.

The deli and yogurt bar are connected, so my family decided to have dinner at Red Pepper Deli and then dessert at The Red Peppermint. The Red Peppermint is similar to other self-serve yogurt bars. There are 10 yogurt flavors and over thirty topping choices. We started out by sampling a couple of the flavors and then made our final yogurt choices. My son decided on a twist of birthday cake and cookies ‘n cream yogurts. He added some traditional sprinkles from the assortment of containers on the wall across from the yogurts and then got super excited to see the buffet of other toppings! Owner, Joe Heitz, recommended my son try the peculiar looking popping bobas topping. He chose the strawberry bobas, snickers chunks and a cherry. In the end his yogurt cup looked very strange, but he was excited to have made his own concoction! I was a little less daring and went with white chocolate mousse and dreamy dark chocolate.

 photo photo1_zps3b963b35.jpgThe yogurt bar addition includes its own checkout counter where the yogurt cups are weighed. The Red Peppermint charges .49₵ per ounce. Our cups were moderately filled and once they were weighed, our total was a little over $4.

The Red Pepper Deli prides itself on serving great food, so I knew the yogurt bar wasn’t going to disappoint. The yogurt is delicious! We had no problem finishing our dessert, even after a filling dinner. The yogurt was perfect consistency and wasn’t too sweet for my taste. My son loved the popping bobas, too!

Joe Heitz said they are planning to continue to add more features to the yogurt bar, including a frequent buyer card that can be used at all of the Red Pepper locations. He is still considering adding cones to the menu, too.

 photo photo2_zps6e3cf3b9.jpgWe love that Crestwood now has a frozen yogurt bar! Our favorite thing about The Red Peppermint is that it’s locally owned and part of a great restaurant; our family can enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing treat all in one spot. There is plenty of indoor seating, patio seating and my son loves the new window bar stool seating. If you’re looking for a great family-friendly treat, I recommend trying The Red Peppermint located right off of Veterans Memorial Parkway at 6401 Claymont Village Drive in Crestwood.

By guest contributor: Nicolle

Monday, January 12, 2015

Review of Sister Beans Coffee House in Louisville, KY

 photo photo1_zps77b96e01.jpgRecently my two boys and I enjoyed some sweet treats from Sister Beans Coffee House, a hidden gem in the South End of Louisville. They are a locally owned coffee shop and are located directly across the street from Iroquois Park Amphitheatre. They provide drive thru services, tables and couches, a meeting room, and tables outside when weather permits with plenty of parking available.

 photo photo2_zpsf804bb2e.jpgSister Beans offers weekly specials such as Caramel Apple Latte (my favorite), Caramel Pecan Mocha, Raspberry Torte Latte, and a Milky Way Latte. Sister Beans offers lunches from 11-2 (including grilled Portobello, chicken avocado, chicken salad, or turkey clubs for $4.99) and pastries all day from Adrienne & Co (try the Glorious Morning Muffin, yum). They even offer a variety of ice creams from the Comfy Cow that includes Cookies and Cream, Vermont Maple Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Bourbon Ball, and Vanilla which are available in a cone or a cup. Kid sizes are available along with regular and large sizes. You can even take a pint or quart home with you! My boys love drinking their frozen hot chocolates (kid size costs $2.00) while playing in the kid section that offers toys, games, and coloring books. While they play I can spend some quiet time reading or working at the computer bar, where 2 computers are offered. Free Wi-Fi is available which makes Sister Beans a great place to finish up some work or gather for a meeting.

Along with coffee, Sister Beans also offers ice teas, hot teas, and iced coffees with prices ranging from $1.65 for a small fresh brewed coffee to $4.35 for a large Frozen Sister Bean Mocha. Become a regular and buy a Sister Beans 16 Oz. Mug ($7.50 + tax) and your first cup is free and refills are 10% off on regular priced drinks. Before you leave, make sure you browse the collection of crafts made by local artists that are for sale.

Winter Hours are Monday-Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday 7am-7pm, and Sunday 8am-6pm with later hours in the summer. Sister Beans is located at 5225 New Cut Rd Louisville, KY 40214 and on Facebook.

By guest contributor: Kelly

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: January 9,10,11

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Friday:
Toddler time (for kiddos age 5 and under) at SkyZone is now Friday Mornings from 11am-Noon! It's $8/toddler for the hour!  Indoors, warm, will make them tired....sounds like a winning combo to me.

Saturday
Try a new restaurant! Have you seen that there is a new crepes place in town?  That sounds.....fabuLOUs.  It's called For Goodness Crepes.  Go check it out or maybe another restaurant that you have been meaning to try - Saturday is your day to do it!

Sunday
 photo YOUwanttocometoourparty_zpsda9fac51.pngIT'S THE LOUFAMFUN PARTY!  ALL of the money goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  Click here for details & tickets. Get your tickets online in advance to be entered into the giveaways at the event - even an overnight getaway.  
(Cash only admission if tickets are purchased at the event)

This podcast is an oldie, but goody! All about our Bucket List idea that we publish each January


Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie