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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 12,13,14

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All About Kids in Crestwood is hosting a slumber party - perfect for parents looking for a Valentine's Day night out!  Click here for details.

The Louisville Urban League is having family chess night!  Dinner is provided if you RSVP. You don't have to know how to play - they'll teach you.  Click here for details.

Kentucky Science Center is having "No Limits Family Camp" geared toward kids PreK to 5th Grade from 8:30-9:30am. There's special pricing and it's for families with children with special needs. The theme is science experiments with everyday kitchen items!  Click here for information and registration details.

Head to Whet Your Palette and tell them we sent you! From 6-8pm you can paint canvases for half off. Paint a gift for someone you love!

Check out our Valentine's Day Fun post - there's some deals for the family on Sunday!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Consignment Sales in and around Louisville, Spring 2016

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 photo kidstuff_zpsvs5hnezg.jpg KidStuff Sale events offer name brand clothing, toys and more--all at a FRACTION of the price, usually 80% or more off retail pricing! Come to every event, as each will have different items up for grabs, including infant gear, video games, outdoor play houses, sports equipment, and bikes. Save even more during the last day of the sale, when many items are HALF priced! Want to make some CASH? Consign with us and enjoy 70-85% of your personal sales AND shop EARLY at a private sale, reserved just for our sellers. Selling is easy and our Consignment Manager system makes it so you can print bulk tags and/or detailed tags so that you know exactly what item sold and when. Check back each day to see your money add up! With events in Louisville, KY March 10-13 and Jeffersonville, IN March 23-25, we have something near you. Ready to learn more? Go to www.kidstuffsale.com

 photo little treasures_zps9grhqqgn.jpgWe're busting at the seams this season! This is the kid's consignment event you don't want to miss with 1600 sellers and 50,000 square feet of anything and everything for baby to big kid at up to 90% off retail.
For all the details: www.littletsale.com/lky/ Location: KY EXPO CENTER, West Hall Dates: March 10-12
Thur - Fri 10am to 8pm
Sat 12pm to 5pm (1/2 price day!)

 photo Kentucky Kids_zpsc9y1nt56.jpg 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, March 2 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, March 3 from 9 am to 8 pm
Friday, March 4 from 9 am to 8 pm RESTOCKED with new inventory!
Saturday, March 5 from 9 am to 4 pm with many remaining items half price

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Twinkle Twice Kids Sale February 26-28. Friday and Saturday 9-7. Saturday 1-5. Bullitt County Fairgrounds 964 Clermont Rd. Sheperdsville, Ky, 40165

Kids 2 Kids/Louisville Mother of Twins Club Consignment Sale Saturday February 27th. Open to public 8-1. Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY.

Kentucky Kids Consignment Sale March 3-5. Thursday and Friday, 9 - 8. Saturday, 9 - 4. Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown

Little Treasure's Kid's Sale March 10-12. Thur-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sat 12-5 (1/2 price day!). KY Expo Ctr, West Hall 937 Phillips Lane

Kidstuff - Louisville March 10-13. Thursday: 9:00 – 8:00, Friday: 9:00 – 4:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 4:00 (25% off), Sunday: 11:00 – 3:00 (50% off)

St. Paul United Methodist Church MOPS, March 11-12. 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

CCUM Pass It On Kids Sale March 11-12. Friday 9 to 2 and 5:30 to 7:30. Saturday 9-12 (most items half price). Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road

MUMC Kids Consignment Sale March 14-15 Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-2 (many items half price). 11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Ky 40243

Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment Sale March 18-19. Friday 8-8, Saturday 8-3. Abraham Lincoln Post 167 (Legion Hall). 202 Downs Lane, Bardstown, Ky 40004

Saint John Kid's Kloset Consignment Sale March 18-19. Friday, 9 - 7, Saturday, 9 - 1 (1/2 price day). Saint John United Methodist Church, 12700 W. Highway 42 Prospect, 40059

Kidstuff - Southern Indiana March 23-25 Wednesday 5-9, Thursday 9-7, Friday 12-7 (1/2 price off many items). Kyes, 500 Missouri Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sale March 24-26. Ope daily 8-8, Saturday half price sale. Mellwood Arts Center, Event Room #1

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale March 31-April 2. Thursday and Friday, 10-8, Saturday (most items half price this day): 10-7. Shelby County Fairgrounds in the Floral Hall building. 1513 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, Ky. 40065

Bullitt County Kids Sale April 1 - April 2. Friday and Saturday 8-6. 395 Paroquet Springs Conference Centre

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review of Heaven & Evan Bourbon Tour through Mint Julep Tours Date Night

 photo IMG_1936_zps7iordobl.jpgMy husband and I got to enjoy a date evening on the Heaven & Evan Bourbon Tour through Mint Julep Tours recently and had a wonderful time. This was a special tour that included a few extra perks that a normal tour wouldn’t include and cost more than one normally would as well. We met the tour group at The Galt House and Mint Julep Tours took us the rest of the way. The ride from Louisville to Bardstown, though long, passed in a blink of an eye as Tommy G and Terry Smooth kept us distracted with bits of interesting regional history and bourbon lore. The tour of the "rickhouse" was interesting and the appetizers and cocktails were great. Master Distiller Craig Beam graciously answered all our questions and showed us how to get bourbon fresh from the barrel.

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After the tour in Bardstown at the Heaven Hill Distillery, we were driven back to Louisville where we found a nice dinner and some great bourbon to taste in a hidden Speakeasy at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience! After a somewhat cheesy, but overall entertaining video about the history of Evan William’s bourbon, artisanal Master Distiller Charlie Downs presented us with three fantastic bourbons and schooled us in the inexact science of bourbon tasting. When everything was complete we were given signed Bourbon to take home (after a last tour through the gift shop of course)!

 photo IMG_1943_zpsmqgbs66t.jpgWe had a great time and look forward to trying another bourbon tour through Mint Julep Tours in the future! For more information about Mint Julep Tours check out their website or Facebook page!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Lenten Fish Fry Locations in and around Louisville, KY

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St. Agnes (40205): All the Fridays of Lent

St. Albert the Great (40222): Feb. 12th – March 18th starting at 5pm.

St. Aloysius-Peewee Valley (40056): Friday, Feb. 10th and Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-7:30pm.

Annunciation-Shelbyville (40065): February 12th, February 19th, February 26th, March 4th, March 11th, and March 18th, 4:30-7:30 pm. Take-out and eat in.

Ascension (40220): Six Friday Fish Fries starting February 12th - March 18th. Carry out and dine-in served from 5:30-8:00pm.

St. Athanasius (40219): Feb. 12th through March 18th from 4:30-8:00pm. Dine-in, Carryout, and Drive thru.

St. Augustine (40203): Feb 12th through March 18th 11am-6pm.

St. Bartholomew (40218): Weekly Parish Fish Fry's will be held in the Magel Center (Gym). Friday, February 5th - Friday, March 18th. 4:30-7:30 pm. Now accepting debit & credit cards.

St. Bernadette, Prospect (40059): Feb. 12th-March 18th 5:00-8:00pm

St. Bernard (40228): Feb. 5th-March 18th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Dine-in and Carryout. www.stbernardfishfry.com for online ordering.

St. Edward (40299): Friday, February 12th - March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (40229): Feb. 12th thru March 18th from 4:30-7:30pm.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (40217): February 12th – March 18th. 4-7:30pm.

St. Francis of Assisi (40205): Feb. 12th thru March 18th from 4:30-8:00pm.

Good Shepherd (40212): Men of Good Shepherd Fish Fry Friday, February 5, 2016, 4-8:00pm in Lehmann Hall.

Guardian Angels (40219): Feb. 5th-March 25th from 4-7:30pm.

Holy Family (40213): Feb. 12- March 18 from 4-7pm

St. James (40204): Friday, February 12th - Friday, March 18th from 5-8pm

St. Joseph (40206): February 12th – March 18th Lunch served from 11:30am-1:00pm and Dinner served from 5-7:30pm.

St. Leonard (40206): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 10th from 5:30-8pm.

St. Martin de Porres (40211): Friday, Feb. 5th – March 18th from 11am-6pm.

St. Mary Academy (40059): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Michael (40299): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th from 4:30pm-8:00pm.

Most Blessed Sacrament: Fridays, February 12th – March 18th from 4-7pm.

Our Lady of Lourdes (40207): 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, and 3/11 from 5:30-8:30pm and drive thru 4:30-7pm.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (40214): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

Our Lady of Perpetual Health (47150): February 12th and 26th from 4-7pm.

Our Mother of Sorrows (40217): Fridays, Feb. 12th – March 18th 5pm-7:30pm.

St. Patrick (40245): Fridays, February 12th – March 11th from 5-8pm in the Celtic Center.

St. Paul (40258): February 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, March 11th, and March 18th from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

St. Peter the Apostle (40258): Feb. 12th – March 18th from 5-8pm.

St. Raphael (40205): Begins on Feb. 12th and runs through March 18th.

St. Rita (40219): Feb. 12th – March 18th Lunch 11am-1pm and Dinner from 5pm-7:30pm.

St. Stephen Martyr (40217): February 12th – March 18th from 5pm-8pm.

St. Thomas More (40214): Ash Wednesday from 5-8pm and Friday, Feb. 12th – March 25th from 5-8pm.

St. Therese (40204): February 12th-March 18th from 4-7pm.

By guest contributor: Kelly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week in Preview February 8th-11th

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It's going to be cold this week, find some warm fun inside!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: On Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30pm, Shakespeare’s famous characters are brought to life in this amazing two-person performance of Romeo and Juliet. The audience will be engaged with professional actors in a creative performance that focuses on the importance of leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution. All ages welcome. Jeffersontown Library. More dates are listed on their website!

Eat it: There is a Valentine kid's painting party on Monday, Feb. 8th 2016 at Fairdale Pizza! Sign up at Fairdale pizza to reserve your spot. 30 seats available! Click here for more information!

Move it: It's time to go ice skating! Here are a few places to check out around town: Iceland Sports Complex and Alpine Ice Arena

Learn it: February kicks off African-American History Month at the Library and they have lots of free programs to choose from. Check out their website for loads of ideas!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: February 6,7,8

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Check out our web calendar and Valentine's Day Fun post too!

It's Friday Friends at VIPS from 10:30am to Noon! Community friends between ages 0-6 are invited to VIPS for a 90 minute "exploration play session" held monthly at Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Children will spend time playing and learning in Kosair Kids Town, the Sensory Room, the Reading Room and the VIPS Playground & Sensory Garden. Suggested $5 donation per child ($10 max per family) is appreciated. An adult caregiver must be present.

See the "Tricky Fox" show with Squallis Puppeteers.  They have two shows (10 am and 1pm). They have a puppet show ($5) and then a puppet making workshop ($5) - kids and adults can participate!

Two ranked teams meet at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday at 2pm.  UofL Women's Basketball takes on Notre Dame.  Tickets are just $3 when you show your Kroger Card - details here

Have a fabuLOUs weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Fun with Kids in and around Louisville, KY

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Here are a few sweet ideas for celebrating this holiday in Louisville with your little ones.

Sweet Treats

Head to Muth’s Candy to treat your kiddo to a hand crafted confection made by a fourth generation of Louisville candy makers.

Annie May’s Sweet CafĂ© is baking up delicious Valentine’s Day treats- stock up early for Valentine’s Day parties and gifts- and added bonus all of the treats are allergy-friendly – free of nuts, soy and gluten. They can accommodate a number of other allergens as well.

From February 12th thru the 14th you can go to any Comfy Cow Scoop Shop for a special Valentine’s Sundae- Cupid’s Flight ($5.95)- 3 scoops of ice cream pilled with delicious toppings: vanilla ice cream topped with homemade strawberry topping, whipped cream, & conversation hearts strawberry ice cream topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, & a cherry, intense dark chocolate ice cream topped with homemade marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, and conversation hearts.

The Artic Scoop is having a Valentine Card making party from 2-4pm on February 13th. Head in for their unique liquid nitrogen ice cream and make some cards together.

All Greater’s Ice Cream stores in Louisville will offer buy one get on free sundaes on Valentine’s Day. A sweet deal to celebrate with your sweeties.

Sweet Events

Need Valentines for your class? Head over to Good Garbage on February 6th anytime from 11-2 for their Valentine Make and Take event and make all of your class valentines. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the event.

Get in the Valentine spirit early and attend one of Carmichael’s Kids Bookstore’s Valentine themed story times happening at their Bardstown Road location on Thursday February 11th at 11:00am or Friday February 12th at 12:00pm.

Head to Uptown Art for a special kids painting class on 2/13. The class is for ages 5-12 and will feature a picture of a bear with a heart- a perfect Valentine!

Head to Barnes and Noble on February 13th at 11am to hear a reading of the Love Monster and the Last Chocolate and other Valentine themed stories. Stick around for Valentine crafts after the reading. Both Louisville locations will have this special Valentine themed story time.

Head out for a day of shopping and Valentine’s deals at the NuLu Valentine’s Day Open House and take advantage of specials and sales from 10am – 5pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1686208814956747/

Date night for the whole family? Whet Your Palette is offering a couples class and children’s class at the same time on Valentine’s night. The fun starts at 6:00pm. The children’s class is recommended for those ages 4 and up.

I hope you enjoyed this list of fun ways to enjoy Valentine's with your kids. Of course, you'll want them to have something fun to do while you celebrate with your sweetheart too, so check out our Parent's Night Out post for ideas!

By guest contributor: Tami

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review of Date Night at Stout Burgers and Beers in Louisville, KY

 photo photo 2_zpsgjkqrspo.jpgThe stars aligned on our wedding anniversary and my husband and I were able to celebrate with a kid-free night out. We decided to try something new and headed out to Stout Burgers and Beers on Bardstown Road.

We went on a Wednesday night and had a 15-20 minute wait for a table. They took our cell phone number and promised to send us a text when our table would be ready. We went down a few doors to Books and Music Exchange to browse while we waited which worked out well.

Stout Burgers and Beers is small and tables are close together but we didn’t feel like we were intruding on the table next to us or vice versa. It was loud, but not so loud that you couldn’t hear your table mate.

 photo photo 1_zpsgborbng3.jpgMy husband was super excited to try the wide beer assortment and really enjoyed a Dragon’s Milk (bottled) and a chocolate stout (draft). I am not a huge beer fan so I opted for a cider and tried Pitchfork (a Sonoma cider) and really liked the pear flavor it had. The food was really good as well! I ordered the Goombah Burger (parmesan flakes, smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, and lemon basil aioli) with onion rings and my husband had the Stout Burger (blue cheese, emi gruyere, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, horseradish cream, and roasted tomatoes) with fries.

Our bill wasn’t too expensive and we had a really nice time enjoying some yummy food kid-free! I would highly recommend Stout Burgers and Beers for a date night or a girl’s night out. Stout is located at 1604 Bardstown Rd and can be found on Facebook here!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review of newly released movie, The Finest Hours

Kimberly was granted admission for the purpose of review. 

I recently attended the preview for The Finest Hours at Xscape Blankenbaker. I’ve been to this new movie theater several times because I love the reclining seats! They are super comfortable and roomy.

I didn’t really know much about the movie beforehand, except that it was based on a true story. I thought the movie started out a little slow, but once the storm rolled in things got really interesting really fast. Watching the ships battle the intense storm was intense at times. The movie was in 3D and the visuals were great. I really felt like I was the one in the boat at times. The Finest Hours does a good job of telling this unbelievable story of bravery and determination.

 photo finest_zpsre6x9pc0.jpgHere’s the official movie description: “On February 18, 1952, a massive nor'easter strikes New England, wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path. The SS Pendleton, an oil tanker bound for Boston, is ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber, set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.”

The Finest Hours was released in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats and is now playing in theaters. It is rated PG-13 due to the intense peril depicted. A preview is available on IMDb.

By guest contributor: Kimberly

9 Free Things to do in February 2016, Louisville, KY

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1. Saturday, Feb 6th the Iroquois Library is hosting a Valentine's Day Pajama Breakfast. Come dressed in your PJs for stories, Valentine’s crafting and breakfast in the library! Starts at 10:30.

2. Saturday, February 6th is the Home Depot’s Free Kid’s Workshop at the Dixie Highway Store. From 9am-12pm. Make a Valentine’s Mailbox!

3. On February 6th, is the Riverside Farnsley Moremen Landing The Other Side of Archaeology – Free Public Archaeology Lab Program at Riverside. The lab program is offered from 10am-4pm.

4. February 19th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd the University of Louisville Baseball team plays and tickets are FREE! Check out the times here!

5. The 21C Museum Hotel Art Gallery - Since 21c is a hotel, the gallery area on the ground floor is open to the public, for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are varying art exhibits; some video installations, sculptures, paintings and a permanent interactive piece near the elevator that kids love. Even the bathrooms have interesting enhancements, like one-way mirrors.

6. Saturday, February 13th, Love Monster and the Last Chocolate Storytime at Barnes and Noble in the Paddock Shops at 11:00am. Monster comes home from vacation and discovers a box of chocolates on his doorstep. He knows he should share it with his friends, but what if there's none left for him after everyone has a piece? Activities and coloring to follow. 

7. Saturday, February 20th, is Good Garbage: Open House from 10am-3pm. Join us for creating fun, learn about classes, workshops, camps, and other programming we offer!

8. February 23rd and 27th enjoy a Kentucky Science Center Play Date starting at 8:30am. These hour-long Play Dates are open to Visitors ages 0-4 and their adult caregivers. With no big kids in sight, little ones will be free to roam, investigate, build, experience, and learn to play!

9. February 26th is Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center Family Fun Night from 7-9pm.

By guest contributor: Kelly