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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Festivals in and Around Louisville, 2014

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September

September 4-7 Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival Harrodsburg, KY

September 5-6 Friday 6pm-10pm Saturday 10am- 9pm Middletown Family Fun Festival Historic Middletown Review here

September 5, 12, 19, 7pm Concerts in the Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana Free concerts in Warder Park continue Friday evenings in September

September 5-7 Fleur de Lis Regatta Sailing for a Cure The Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park

September 6-October 5 Special Events with Kentucky Railway Museum http://www.kyrail.org/ 502-549-5470 or 1-800-272-0152 or info@kyrail.org

September 12, 7pm-11pm / September 13, 7am-9pm Simpsonville Fall Festival Parade September 13 at 1pm, 5K run, walk, and stroller roll at 8pm  502-633-1636

September 13, 9:30-4:00 Digging the Past! A celebration of Archeology & Fossils  812-280-9970

September 13 9:30-6pm September 14 12:00-6pm Apple Festival in Georgetown, KY  jenny@evansorchard.com

September 14-21 Gaslight Festival Week 502-267-2070 Highlights: Gaslight Parade (review), Gaslight Balloon Glow (review), Arts and Crafts Extravaganza Fri 7pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

September 16-21 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 19, 8pm-10pm Stars over Blackacre @ Blackacre Nature Preserve

September 20 9am-4pm Bug Fest @ Bernheim Forest

September 20 Original Butchertown Oktoberfest St. Joseph Catholic Church

September 20 noon-11pm National Jug Band Jubilee Brown-Foreman Amphitheater in Louisville's Waterfront Park

September 20, 10am-5pm Art in the Park  502-429-7700

September 20-21, 10am-5pm 200 Years on the Ohio @ Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing

September 25,26,27, 9am-5pm daily Bluegrass Quilt Festival Paroquet Conference Center, Shepherdsville  bluegrassquiltfestival@twc.com, 502-955-5203 or 502-531-9551

September 25-28 25th Annual World Chicken Festival in London, KY  800-348-0095

September 27 NuLu Fest Including the Louisville Mini Maker Faire in the NuLu neighborhood

September 28, 12pm-5pm 11th annual Ken-ducky Derby Downtown Waterfront on the Wharf 

September 27-28 Lebanon Junction Old Fashion Days  502-833-2571

September 27-28 44th Annual Madison Chautauqua in Madison, Indiana (read our post here) Annual Harvest Celebration Festival in Madison

September 28, 10am-4:30pm Fall Antiques Market @Locust Grove

September 30- October 3, daily 9am-5pm Idea Festival, Kentucky Center  502-966-4607

October

October 3 11am-7pm, October 4 10am-5pm Nunnlea Craft Fair Nunnlea Home in Louisville

October 3-5 58th Annual St. James Court Art Show

October 4-12 Harvest Homecoming New Albany, Indiana Sunday, October 5, 2pm-7pm 15th Annual Big Rock Jazz & Blues Festival Big Rock in Cherokee Park  502-456-8125 

October 4-12 Week in the Highlands

October 10, 6pm-9pm Barn Dance @ Black Acre Conservancy

October 10-11, 11am-10pm 20th Annual Belknap Fall Festival

October 10-11 Garvin Gates Blues Festival  502-445-4193 

October 10-11 LaGrange Railroad & Bluegrass Music Festival  

October 11, 9am-5pm Southwest Community Festival @Sun Valley Park

October 11-12 International Oktoberfest @Newport,KY Riverfront  513-477-3320

October 11, 11am-4pm Highview Community Fall Festival @Outer Loop Plaza 502-239-7375 

October 11 10am-6pm Fall Festival @ Foxhollow Farm

October 11-12 34th Annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts, & Antiques Fair

October 12, 10am-6pm 12th Annual Farmington Harvest Festival

October 18, 9am-5pm Bernheim Forest Colorfest 502-955-8512 or nature@bernheim.org 

October 17-19, 11am-10pm Steamboat Days Downtown Jeffersonville Riverstage 

October 25-26, 10am-4:30pm 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove 502-897-9845

October 25, 11am-2pm Jeffersontown Pumpkinfest Farmers' Market Pavilion in Jeffersontown Gaslight Square

October 25, 10am-4pm 17th Annual St. Aloysius Arts and Crafts Show St. Aloysius Campus 

November

November 1 M.S. Pumpkin Derby @ Louisville Slugger Field A race to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. There will be pumpkin racing and family-friendly activities throughout the day.

November 11, 11am Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Louisville. Starts at 4th and Chestnut Streets.

Know of other events?  Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will add them!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review of Sweet-n-Swirly Nitro Creamery in Clarksville, Indiana

Morgan was given a voucher for free ice cream for purpose of review.

 photo 078b875f-bf3b-4802-abfc-a180a7898ca6_zpsecd11f43.jpgMy busy toddler stopped dead in his tracks! Sweet n Swirly in Clarksville has upped the Annie on the frozen treat experience! Their Nitro Cream takes the cake! You can customize your dream treat and enjoy it in less than a minute.

First, we chose our base.... from non-dairy to low fat and full circle back to ice cream. Now, once you have chosen your base, you choose the flavor of that base, you have over 45 to pick from! I was overwhelmed, but don't worry, tell the girls what you like, they helped me hone in on a great combo! Then, once you have gotten over the excitement of the base flavor, it all starts over with the mix-ins!! Don't worry, you only have 51, yes 51 of those to choose from - fruits, candies, chocolate, you name it, they have it! Once you have made your selections, they combine it all in the mixing bowl, you plaster your face to the window and prepare for take off!! Our magic potions were ready in under a minute!

 photo 4aabd030-70a9-48bc-b59f-f00823b14856_zps4431bbae.jpgThe ice cream was so smooth and creamy, and tasted great! We all devoured our creations in no time flat! It was definitely a fun experience. The prices are very reasonable when compared to all the other options out there these days, and you get an added benefit - your own dream flavor combination and a super show to go with it! I was very impressed with the dairy and nut free options that were there, being I am always on the look out for kids with food allergies to be able to enjoy the sweet treats in life! Now time for you to come up with your dream combo and get over to Sweet n Swirly Nitro Creamery to try it out!

By guest contributor: Morgan

Monday, September 1, 2014

Visit Jeffersonville, Indiana via the Big 4 Bridge in Downtown Louisville, KY

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My husband and I recently were lucky to get some date time, so we did our own version of Parent's Day Out and dropped the kids at their babysitter, headed downtown to Waterfront Park, and parked at one of the free lots near the Big 4 Bridge. It was a Sunday afternoon, a rainy one at that, and the place was deserted for once! We walked over the Big 4, took in the scenery, and the progress on the bridge construction, and made our way over to Jeffersonville and the well-known Spring Street.



 photo IMG_5608_zpsedb793e7.jpgWe were looking for The Olive Leaf Bistro, a place we had earmarked for a date when we walked across shortly after the bridge had opened to the Indiana side. We arrived and found that they had just closed, although I had checked their hours on their website the day before. They did say they had just changed them and were going to reopen at 4pm for dinner. A nice reminder to always call ahead and check things out, especially for these smaller local eateries. We made do, and walked over to Big Four Burgers, which we had not visited before either. We practically had the entire eating area to ourselves, so that was kind of nice. It is a restaurant/bar that basically serves: burgers. We each tried a different sandwich. I had the Breakfast Burger and a side salad and sweet potato fries. My husband had the Fried Chicken Sandwich and garlic fries (YUM!) We had a very nice late lunch and enjoyed it. Big Four Burgers has Kids Eat Free on Mondays, so go check that out!

 photo IMG_5614_zpseeede7e0.jpgAfter lunch, we walked a little bit down Spring Street and went past a couple of other eateries, including Red Yeti Brewing and Ann's by the River and a few others. We also window shopped and enjoyed the street art along the curbsides in Jeffersonville. We saw the famous Schimpff's Confectionery and earmarked it go back soon as they were closed. We ended up back on Pearl Street and stopped in the frozen yogurt shop, Pearl Street Treats for dessert. We loved it, and have a review here.

Downtown Jeffersonville is a wonderful place to go for a date or just some alone time, or with the kids! It is being so revitalized right now, and the park that is coming at the end of the Indiana ramp to the Big 4 Bridge looks like it will be great for families. We love the atmosphere over there, and love parking at Waterfront Park and walking across the river to Indiana now!


By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Picks for things to do this Weekend: August 29,30,31 and Labor Day

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It's a holiday weekend, yipppee! I am ready for a 3 day weekend with my family. That one extra day really does make a difference.

What's going on this weekend?
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I'm not going to elaborate on this too much. Instead, I am going to redirect you to our Labor Day weekend events post.  Our picks: the U of L Soccer game, World Fest and the free fun at Southeast Christian Church locations.  Click HERE.

Also, we'd LOVE to see you at InstaFam Sept. 12th - scavenger hunt at the Louisville Zoo all benefiting charity, yep, 100%! Click here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Be fabuLOUs,
Stephanie

Review of Massage Envy Spa in Louisville, KY

Karen was given a voucher to Massage Envy for purpose of review.


Who isn't overworked, tired, stressed ... (home and/or on the job)? Who couldn't use a little relief, some "me time", a little R&R?! Everyone!! Massage Envy Spa is definitely the place to go!

With two convenient locations, one in Jeffersontown and one in Middletown, and great hours of operation, finding a time and place to relieve some stress from your body and mind is even obtainable to the busiest of moms and dads!

I chose the Jeffersontown location, and was put under the healing hands of massage therapist extraordinaire, Jaye. Upon walking in, after a long day at work and a headache to boot, the calming music and aroma of the facility instantly drew me in. A receptionist greeted me, and talked with me about what areas of my body had pain or discomfort, and also what areas I wish to be left out of the full-body massage (*for me, it is the feet - way too ticklish!). I was then led into a "waiting room" where Jaye joined me minutes later. Jaye and I discussed what areas I wanted to focus on, and also what level of strength I wanted used for the massage. Due to my headache and visible stress, she suggested that I add in some aroma therapy, mint and rosemary.

Now it was time for the massage -- Jaye worked her magic for a full 90-minutes, and by the end, my headache was completely gone and I felt as if I could lay in that bed forever - almost a feeling of drunkenness from the extreme pleasure!

Having been to a few other massage locations in the past, I would say that Massage Envy Spa's prices and services offered are pretty much equivalent. The difference between Massage Envy Spa and other places that offer similar services, is that Massage Envy Spa has over 1000 locations nationally. This means that if you become a "member", you are able to use your membership anywhere you travel to. The prices for services to "members" are lower than that of a non-member. The only other noticeable difference is the size of the location, which makes the experience a little different than what one may be accustom to receiving at other facilities. For instance, the most well-known, larger full-service massage business in the area offers "changing rooms" and a large "waiting room" where you are treated to a foot bath and hot towels before even going into your massage room. Other than the look, and a few minor differences in services, I think Massage Envy Spa does a great job at getting "deep into your skin" to provide major healing relief! 

Massage Envy Spa - Jeffersontown
2048 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy
LouisvilleKY 40220
502-992-0701

Massage Envy Spa - Middletown
12911 Shelbyville Road Suite 109
LouisvilleKY 40243

502-253-2980

Hours of Operation:
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday

By guest contributor: Karen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top 10 Places for Horse Riding Lessons in and around Louisville, KY

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I am for sure a horse lover, I rode and showed American Saddlebred horses for most of my school years. When I was asked to compile a list of the best places to take lessons I jumped all over it. I will say this as a disclaimer, I know that there are so many great barns in the area to take lessons. I however created this list based on personal experience.

1. Jo Cornell Stables - First on the list is the barn that gave me my start as an equestrian. Jo is formerly a world cup coach, she has been the instructor of some of the world's best saddle seat riders. Now she has stepped out of the showing spotlight and has been focusing on 4H. The barn is located in Crestwood KY and can be reached by calling 502-241-6150

2. Louisville Equestrian Center - Betsy Webb and her staff are doing big things in Taylorsville! They have a huge operation and while they are primarily focused on American Saddlebreds they also have branched out and are offering lessons in other disciplines as well. 

3. Razor Creek Stables - This barn is located in Jeffersontown and the emphasis is on hunter jumper horses. They have indoor and outdoor lessons and 8 miles (!) of trails for trail riding. A one hour lesson is $45. 

4. Hidden Bridge Farm - This farm focuses dressage, hunter/jumper, and cross country. They are located on Cover Bridge Road in the Prospect area. The owner, Emily Ragan has been teaching since the mid 70s. They have a beautiful facility. 

5. Bannon Woods Farm - The style of riding offered at this barn is hunter/jumper, and dressage. They are located in Fairdale KY, their farm is 51 acres but is surrounded by 5,000 acres land from the Jefferson County Forest that they also use for trail riding. Lessons start at $35. 

6. Ariatti Equestrian Services - Eventing and hunter/jumper style riding is taught at this barn. They are located in Anchorage KY, and offer riding lessons to children as well as a variety of camps. 

7. Signature Stables - This riding lesson program is located at the historic Rock Creek Riding Club in Seneca Park. Signature stables is an American Saddlebred facility, and they offer riding lessons beginning at $35 per half hour. 

8. Lands End Farm - Is an eventing facility (hunter/jumper, dressage) located in Goshen KY. They offer lessons starting at $40 per lesson, they have two instructors Martha and Lauren Lambert. 

9. Premier Stables - Is located just outside out Louisville in Simpsonville KY. They train American Saddlebred horses. They are one of the best barns in the area when it comes to producing show horses and riders alike. 

10. Zubrod Stables - Has been around for 25 years and they offer lessons featuring American Saddlebred horses. They are a family business with 2 generations teaching riding lessons. 

By guest contributor: Allison

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review of La Grange Farmers' Market & Artisans + Recipe

 photo photo2_zpsa3120a89.jpgLocal farmer’s markets can be found all around the Louisville area. I decided to check out the La Grange Farmers’ Market and Artisans one Saturday morning with the intention of preparing a meal made from products found at the market. The market is located on Main Street on the Oldham County Courthouse Square and is open every Saturday morning 8-1 beginning in May and ending in October. We found plenty of free parking all around Main Street in downtown La Grange.

I knew I wanted to find the La Grange Coffee Roasters tent because I wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee while walking around the market. The tent was easy to find and I was on my way around the market sidewalk.

 photo photo1_zps7e4257cf.jpgThe La Grange Farmers’ Market allows your senses to go wild! The aroma of fresh flowers, homemade soaps and baked goods was very pleasant! You can hear children playing instruments and singing for the crowd and the train running right along Main Street. Gorgeous handmade jewelry, woodwork, bean-filled mason jars and colorful produce were beautifully displayed. And of course, the samples! The free samples made our tummies grumble for more! My children really enjoyed this part of the market, sampling cheeses, BBQ sauces, breads and anything else they could get their hands on. I particularly liked the wine samples from Old 502 Winery.

On this particular Saturday, the market had a farm to table cooking demo with Chef Gary Bajdek. My family and I sat and watched him prepare a meal using products donated by vendors. His samples were delicious so I decided to be ambitious and prepare some of the same dishes.

I went back through the market and picked up the items that I needed. A lot of the vendors were equipped to take credit cards, but some only accepted cash.

I prepared my ambitious meal for my husband’s birthday the following week. I grilled lamb and veggie kabobs, made tzatziki sauce, boiled corn on the cob and served wine and a small dessert. Because it was a special occasion, I spent more than I normally would on food and picked up extras like the wine and dessert. The meal was a great mini-at-home date night for my husband and me. My husband appreciated me venturing out of my normal recipes. Here are the simple recipes I followed from Chef Bajdek and online sites:

Lamb & Veggie Kabobs: Lamb from Magic Acres Farm ($14) Veggies from Sunshine Farms ($2) Cherry Bourbon Jam from Trish’s Jam ($6)
The lamb was already cut for kabobs and once I sliced the onion, squash and zucchini I had 7 full kabob sticks. Season the whole kabob with salt and pepper before placing it on the grill. Grill the kabobs at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes, turning once. Spread the cherry bourbon jam on the kabobs at five minutes and then again when you turn the kabobs. I was told by Chef Bajdek that lamb should not be overcooked because it will be tough. He also gave me the tip of letting the meat sit for a few minutes before cutting into it to let the flavors cook a little longer.

Tzatziki Sauce: 1 (8 oz) container of plain Greek yogurt 1 whole cucumber (from Sunshine Farms) – peeled, seeded and diced 1 T olive oil 1⁄2 lemon juiced (do to taste, I like mine lemony) Salt & Pepper to taste 1⁄2 T chopped fresh dill 1 clove garlic, peeled Combine in a food processor, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Corn on the Cob: Corn from Gallrein Farms ($2) Place in pot of boiling salted water. Cover the pot and return to boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered. Take corn out after about five minutes and butter ‘em up!

I served a bottle of “Kentucky Lady” wine from Old 502 Winery ($11) and a s’mores brownie from Q & A Sweet Treats ($2.50)

 photo photo3_zps206ba012.jpg I loved that the market offered an array of products from farmers all around the area and even shops right along Main Street. The market is located in a park-like setting with lots of shade, benches and grassy areas for kids to run. The La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisans is a relaxing environment allowing one to experience fresh, local products and also quaint downtown La Grange all in one spot.

By guest contributor: Nicolle

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review of Carmichael's Kids Bookstore: Local Shopping in the Highlands, Louisville, KY

 photo IMG_4009_zps66e3bf63.jpgI visited the new Carmichael's Kids Bookstore (located at 1313 Bardstown Road) with my daughter during their grand opening party, featuring a street festival in the Highlands a couple of weeks ago. The store has been open since August 4 and is a great new addition to Louisville, the Highlands, and families in the city. How better can you shop locally?! For books, one of my ultimate loves!

 photo 1896731_10204789850565515_3077901046192384788_n_zps6bc1e605.jpgThe new store is right in the middle of the bustling Highlands. It is just a block down from the Carmichael's Bookstore Highlands location; there is another Carmichael's location in the Clifton/Crescent Hill area on Frankfort Avenue. The owners decided now was the best time to open up a children's bookshop, as they had been talking about it for several years now. After we browsed the store and bought a chapter book in a series my daughter loves, we had some girl time and a drink at nearby Heine Brothers on Longest Avenue.

The store is just perfect. Anyone a fan of the movie "You've Got Mail"? Well think 'Shop Around the Corner'-totally reminds me of that and how one of my many dream jobs I like to give myself is a children's bookstore owner just like in the movie. The store is filled with shelves and shelves of children's books, ranging from very newborn board book titles, to toddler books for those little ones looking for a fun story, to all kinds of picture books and more. Chapter books and middle grade books are also lining the shelves; the store's book audience goes up to about age 12.

 photo IMG_4046_zps2f62e7d8.jpgIn addition to all of the awesome titles of books, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to one of my favorites, Mo Willems and that Pig and Elephant, the store also houses neat parenting books, journals, and gift items for expectant parents. They also carry a pretty large line of gift ideas that have been carefully selected to reflect the shop local theme.

They will be playing host to lots of events and programs-so keep up to date on their website and Facebook page as well. Recently they announced two new storytime days, on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am (recommended for ages 2-5). Plop down in the bean bag chair window seat soon with a good book!

By guest contributor: Erin

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this weekend around Louisville: August 22,23,24

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Is it really fair that kids are back to school and this weekend it's going to be HOT HOT HOT?
We all know the Kentucky State Fair is still going on this weekend, but what else?

Looks like we might be in for some rain - check out our indoor fun post here.
If you are like....NOOOO! Bring on FALL!!!  Get excited by visiting our Fall Fun Links page

Friday
Renaissance Fun Park has a cool deal going on now.  See details here.  It's an special  - Unlimited Go Karts, Laser Tag, and Mini Golf ALL DAY for just $20 Per Person!! Please note: does not include cost of Fun Card ($1), which you can keep forever and use again

Saturday
Clarksville Parks & Rec is having a Touch a Truck event from 8am - 1pm at the Clarksville Little League Complex!  Details here and here.

Sunday
In the morning, you can find a spot to watch the IRONMAN event. We love having out on US42 and cheering for the cyclists (while eating donuts, isn't that terrible?)

In the evening, join us at Valley Dairy Freeze for Water Fight Night - RSVP and details here.  15% off the entire menu for dinner and treats, a water squirter activity to try to win free ice cream. Other door prizes handed out as well!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Here's a FUNNY Back to School video for you!
Stephanie