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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review of The Kentucky Railway Museum - Spiderman day!

There are certain heroes every kid wants to meet, and for my kids Spiderman is at the top of that list. Recently we attended Spiderman Day at the Kentucky Railway Museum. We’ve all likely been to A Day Out with Thomas, which is always overly crowded and in the heat of summer. Spiderman Day was much more pleasant- a beautiful fall afternoon, limited availability tickets, and tons of free games and crafts for the kids.

​We arrived early in the morning when parking was readily available and the crowds had not yet arrived. My kids went immediately to the inflatables, where they played for more than half an hour. Then Spiderman came out and my oldest son went berserk. There were so few people that early in the morning that he was able to monopolize Spiderman’s time for about five minutes. Spiderman was a really fun guy, leading kids on a jog around the parking lot and riding the Spiderman Express with them after giving each kid an opportunity to meet and get a photo.

​After Spiderman went inside for a short rest, my kids played mini golf, did some spin art, and got temporary tattoos. We stopped at the FFA booth for hamburgers and hot dogs before departing on an hour long train excursion. I was delighted to find out they went in the opposite direction as the Thomas excursion, so we actually got to see all new scenery. During the excursion the conductors came around and punched tickets and volunteers came around and handed out coloring books and answered questions.
​When we arrived back at the station we let the kiddos take a ride on the Spiderman express before heading home. The Spiderman Express was the only activity that cost extra, and at only $1 it was well worth it. We plan to head back in December for the Santa Express. There's always something special going on at the Kentucky Railway Museum!

By guest contributor: Maggie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

WINNERS! Kellogg's Gymnastics Tour of Champions

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The Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is coming to the KFC Yum! Center on October 25th at 7:30pm.  We had a contest for 3 sets of tickets and the winners are............


Amy Hanlon 
Carol Wilhelm 
and 
Alisha Smith

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address to claim the tickets (by 10/3)

Review Family Palooza at Southeast Christian Church

PhotobucketMy family and I have been attending Family Palooza @ Southeast Christian Church since its inception and this year was as fun, free, and full of cheap-eats as ever! Family Palooza occurs every year on Labor Day, so even if you missed it this year, just mark it in your memory bank for next September. It usually runs from 11am – 5pm. I would say it is busiest when it first starts till about 2pm. We went toward the end from about 3-5pm and by then the crowds had dispersed somewhat. It really depends on what kind of weather Louisville decides to have that weekend. You should expect a pretty large crowd regardless because lots of families with lots of kids think this is a cool, extremely family-friendly place to go, and it is.

Think huge family-style carnival!! That's what this event is in a nutshell. The church fills one of the parking lots with carnival rides, water rides, inflatables, bounce houses, a giant bubble machine, a miniature train ride, face painting, tons of carnival games, and a petting zoo and pony rides. You can also enjoy live music and entertainment by the church's KidWay performers and even a magic show. They set up called Preschool Playland that is specifically geared for children under age 5 and they had lots of fun games there like the duck pond. This year, we got to peek inside an LMPD helicopter and explore the fire truck from Middletown Fire Department.

Photobucket ALL of the rides and activities are free!!! You purchase food tickets for 50 cents and any particular food item you eat will be under $1. Food choices included hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza slices, cokes, water, ice cream, sno cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn, &bags of chips. Our family mostly enjoyed the bubble making station, face painting, pony rides, hair spray coloring, and craft areas, and food of course! We didn't partake in the water slides or inflatables but they were a big hit! We had some pizza (Papa John's), a couple of cokes, and a few sno cones, all for under $5.00. They also had a scavenger hunt set up inside the church with a map for kids to go check out the children's wings. Once they received a stamp on each square of their map, kids could use it as a coupon for a free sno cone.

Since everything is outdoors, you do want to be prepared with plenty of sunscreen and hats for little ones. They had the food area set up under the carport/pavilion area and there were lots of tables and chairs there. So you can definitely take a break from the sun and get your energy back while sitting in the shade. There were Port-a-Pots set up on the grounds, or you could go inside to use the restrooms. There was also a First Aid station outside and a Lost Parent Booth if needed.

The very neat thing about Family Palooza is that it is run entirely by volunteers: people who give up their Labor Day off so that families in the community can enjoy each other. The Palooza fun was at two of the church’s campuses this year: Blankenbaker and Southern Indiana. I wouldn't be surprised if they host it at Oldham County campus next year as well. So be on the lookout for it again next year. It is one of the best run family featured events we've been to. (Photos courtesy of SECC, Facebook)

By guest contributor: Erin

Friday, September 28, 2012

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville September 28,29,30

Are you ready to say goodbye to September and jump into October?  They fall has fallen and here we are!  What can you do to close out this wonderful month?

Here's some ideas:

The FAT Friday Trolley hop on "The Avenue" is super special this month. Like other months, you can hop on and off the trolley for free along a portion of Frankfort Ave that is home to so many local businesses.  But this month, The Comfy Cow told me there will  be an awesome band (by Peterson & Frankfort) with children's activities, giveaways and so much fun - I even saw free cookies. My kids are always up for free cookies!  See you there?

Saturday is FREE MUSEUM DAY. Plan NOW. You need to get a ticket HERE.   There are several local museums participating or make a day trip out of it!

Sunday- Storytelling with Garry McCandless as "Ole Man Mac" at The Farnsely-Moreman Landing.  We just published a review about another one of their events. This event is FREE and at their Visitors Center at 2:00 PM. Call 935-6809 or e-mail info@riverside-landing.org to reserve your spot!

Have a fabuLOUs fall weekend!

Stephanie


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review of Yew Dell Gardens - Scavenger Hunt

PhotobucketI’ve always thought that going to Yew Dell Gardens was a lot like entering into the Secret Garden that I read about in grade school. On a beautiful day, I decided to take 3 of my kiddo’s (ages 2,3,7) to Yew Dell to spend the day. When we purchased our tickets, we were offered laminated cards covered in clues and a dry erase marker for a scavenger hunt. We reached the castle and wasted no time marking the first couple of items off our list.

PhotobucketOur hunt was all about the beautiful architecture of the structures and sculptures that surrounded us. Everyone was able to contribute and had a great time working together to mark off each picture. Of course the 2 year old was just along for the ride, but he really fed off their excitement and enjoyed sharing in the discovery of it all. Every now and then the 7 year old would help him scribble off an item which I thought was super sweet.

PhotobucketWe were in and out of all the buildings, wandering through all of the paths and gardens until our tummies started to rumble and it was time to rest and refuel. At the gift shop we were also given a blanket and a couple garden themed children’s books. So, we opted for a beautiful spot in a garden next to a fountain and unpacked our lunch. As the kiddo’s and I re-hydrated, I pulled double duty (as I often do ;)) and read to them while they relaxed into what truly turned out to be a magical day full of fun new memories for all of us.

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If you haven’t been to Yew Dell you really owe it to yourself to check it out. There’s always something going on. Although adults who aren’t members pay $7 for an entry free, all children under the age of 12 are free. So it’s really a great cost effective way to spend a beautiful day. Pack a lunch and grab one of the many activities they have for kids. You can find a list of those by clicking here.  You can follow their many organized events throughout the year on their website.  Don’t forget your camera; the setting is perfect to grab some great photos of the kids.

By guest contributor:  Whitney

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review of Johnny V's Pizza in Jeffersontown

PhotobucketUp in what locals in Jeffersontown call “the square” is a casual, family, tiny Italian restaurant called Johnny V’s. My family and I decided to dine here this past week for a midweek pick-me-up! Well it wasn’t quite midweek yet; maybe we just needed PIZZA!

Johnny V’s, located at 10509 Watterson Trail, is a very laid back and cool spot for the locals. My family and I dined there on a Tuesday evening, and the place was hopping! We walked in and were directed to sit wherever we wanted. The waitress grabbed a high chair for us as soon as we walked in. We picked a booth and a young guy immediately came over and took our drink orders. Service! I noticed a lot of parties with friends hanging out, large groups of family get-togethers, and couples just winding down after a day at work. TVs are on every wall so you can keep up with games, or you or your kids can play a video game on one of their arcade machines. It’s so local, I ran into a former colleague! I love the feel of places that are local, small, and treat you like you belong there.

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We chose to dine on a Tuesday night because I knew about the Tuesday night special they have every week.Tuesday night is Two 4 and Tap Dat Tuesday. It’s a great deal if you want to try their rotating beers for $2 each. It’s an even tastier deal if you want pizza! Tuesday night is buy one pizza, get one free. Any pizza, any size all night long!

PhotobucketWe ordered two pizzas and three drinks. On the pizza order, we got two smalls (menu price $12.00) and got one with half cheese and half mushroom + ground beef (toppings are $1.00 each.) For the other pizza we requested mushroom. Since they were BOGO, we chose smalls because that would be plenty for three of us eating. Our one-year-old didn’t eat pizza; we brought along his normal array of food and his cup of milk. We took home a lot of pizza so it would be plenty if you have more eaters than we have.

There’s more than pizza on the menu, with such selections as sandwiches, salads, pastas, and home to the original Louisville Spiedie sub. They have an Expresso Lunch menu that offers 8 items for $6.99 and includes a drink. The dinner menu is huge. We ordered our pizzas with our own topping choices, but they have several specialty pizzas to choose from as well. While we waited for the food to come, we had fun unwinding, people watching, and taking in the atmosphere and hustle bustle of the restaurant. After our waitress took our order, she came by the table with a pencil case of crayons, some coloring books, and some little toy cars for our kids to occupy themselves with. I thought that was pretty cool and had never had anyone bring us toys to a table at any other restaurants before. They know how to treat families with young kids! Again it was just so casual and super attentive. If you prefer, you can also have a nice night out away from your kids if you want to enjoy a beer or glass of wine as a midweek date night.

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The pizza was delicious, a good quality restaurant pizza. It was crispy, full of flavor, and piping hot: be careful! A small pizza had eight slices and between my husband, our daughter, and me, we had plenty. The pizzas take a little while to cook, which is a good thing in that you know it’s fresh. I didn’t mind waiting, as it also means that this small business is busy and in this economy is worth waiting a little bit to me.

Our bill was under $20.00 before tax and tip, due to the great deal on Tuesdays. Here is the list of their daily deals:
Mondays - kids get a FREE personal pizza with purchase of an adult entrée when you dine-in only
Two 4 Tuesday and Tap Dat – buy one pizza get one free and $2 rotating craft pints Wine Down Wednesday – $2 glasses of select wines starting at 4pm
Thursdays – ½ off appetizers 4-6pm

You can get these deals and more, check out their website for other coupons. I also noticed that they advertised a party room. They have a room upstairs that can be used for business gatherings, birthday parties, showers, receptions, etc. Some nights they also have live music and their events calendar mentions Family Day Deals. After eating, you can take a walk through downtown Jeffersontown. You can walk to a couple of little shops along Watterson Trail, or walk a couple of blocks down to the library. Eventually Jeffersontown will have a great pedestrian pathway system that will link to lots of other areas.

I live in Jeffersontown, love Jeffersontown, worked in Jeffersontown, so I will always boast big about Jeffersontown! Come by and eat at Johnny V’s one night. They are open every day Monday-Saturday 11am-Midnight and Sunday 12-8pm. Johnny V’s: it’s fun, it’s local, and it’s a little part of LOU! You’ll enjoy the pizza and not feeling like you’re just a ticket number.

By guest contributor: Erin

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The 56th Annual St. James Court Art Show

PhotobucketThis year, the 56th annual St. James Court Art show will be held October 5-7 in historic Old Louisville. For three days each year, artists and artisans from all over the country come together to display and sell their wares. You can find everything from the most intricate hand blown glass to the sturdiest handmade wooden puzzles, as well as everything in between.

The St. James Court Art Show is a longstanding tradition in my family. We go every year, sometimes for more than one day. We walk around and search for fun items to add to our collections, eat fair food, and play on the playground at adjacent Central Park. We always try to find unique Christmas ornaments for our tree, and I have gotten everything from hand blown glass globes to stained glass chili peppers to metal robot Santas. It makes decorating the tree for Christmas a fun and memorable experience.

PhotobucketEvery year we check out The Toy Tree for handmade wooden puzzles and toys; my boys always need a new Jacob’s ladder from this exhibitor. We’ve gotten everything from fractal art to marker trucks to unique ceramic piggy banks for the kids in past years. I like to stock up on hand painted greeting cards by Charlotte Fung Miller for personal notes and thank-yous throughout the year, as well as earrings made from antique buttons from Timeless Charm. There are also handmade lotions and perfumes, a booth full of tie-dyed apparel, and teddy bears made from recycled fur coats. And whether you have $20 to spend or $200, there is a special treasure there for you to find.

PhotobucketAfter we’ve searched all the artists’ booths for our treasures, stocked up on Kizito cookies, and eaten our pork chop sandwiches, we head over to Central Park to let the kids play on the playground. Once we’ve all had a chance to recuperate, we head to pick up the car from the valet at 6th and Magnolia, which is totally worth the $20 at the end of the day.

You can find more information on the St. James Court Art Show on their website. I hope to see you there!

By guest contributor: Maggie

Monday, September 24, 2012

CONTEST! Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions

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Here is your chance to win 4 tickets to see the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the KFC Yum! Center on October 25th at 7:30pm. If you watched these ladies win gold during the Summer Olympics, then this is a perfect event for your family to see them live!  We have 3 sets of tickets!

Enter to win! Good luck!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

WINNER! KidStuff Sale Contest

 One of our readers is the winner of this great KidStuff Sale prize - ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE + a $25 gift certificate!
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The winner is Kim Stearman
please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve- Bugs Behaving Badly event

Recently, we decided to head out to the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve because they were hosting a free events called "Bugs Behaving Badly."  Since I sometimes feel like I have bugs behaving badly in my house, I thought this event was perfect for us!

The event was an open house from 10am-2pm and we arrived at a little past 11am.  There were a few families there but it was not crowded.  Volunteers and staff greeted up and told us what the event offered.  The kids immediately wanted to get their faces painted, so we did that first.  Then, we took some time to do some crafts and explore the nature center that offers a nooks for kids to read and hang out and other rocks, stuffed creatures and more that are great for imaginative minds.  They also had special bug friends there that kids were touching and holding.  The event was free but they did accept donations.

During the event, they had little bug collecting boxes and nets available for kids to use to go outside and catch some bugs.  They also had presentations throughout the open house to teach kids about different bugs.   After we enjoyed the indoor activities, we ventured outside to explore the little garden that had many bugs buzzing about.   Since we live in the area, we didn't spend too much more time at the event but families can definitely make an hour trip out of an open house event like this and then extend it into a picnic or hike at the
nature preserve.  They update their website often with details about new events!

 

Stephanie

Review of CostumeSuperCenter.com - Bumblebee Transformers Halloween costume

My children are already starting to get excited about Halloween. They see the books out at the library, the costumes and decorations at every store and here me talking about upcoming events.  They want their costumes now!  We like to dress up anyway, so I was so excited when Costume SuperCenter gave me the opportunity to choose a costume for one of my children and tell you about it.

PhotobucketMy son insisted that since he dressed up at Optimus Prime from Transformers last year, he should definitely dress up as the Bumblebee character this year.  I hit the internet to price out the costumes and compare prices in their boys costume supercenter.  Last year, I happened upon the Optimus Prime costume at a consignment shop by pure luck. This year, I am just so busy, online is easier for me.

My son looked online with me at different websites and we chose his Bumblebee costume from Costume SuperCenter and thought that it was competitively priced for a new costume. I got a horse costume from this site last year that I was pleased with (my daughter still wears it weekly).  The costume was under $25. There's a shipping charge but if you are like me these days, I am so busy that having it delivered to my doorstep and knowing I didn't have to hunt it down at various stores makes it worth it! I did read online that they offer free shipping for valued customers who keep shopping at their website. 

The costume fit very well.  The guidelines listed for the sizing were accurate.  My son was thrilled when it arrived; he loves getting packages and loves Halloween costumes!  He has already been dressed up at Bumblebee various times and is definitely ready for Halloween.  

Costume SuperCenterIf you are busy like me, Costume Super Center is one of the many sites out there that have just about every costume you can imagine and you don't have to go from store to store to find what you need.

Here's a coupons code for 10% off!

Stephanie

Friday, September 21, 2012

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville September 21,22,23

I hear by declare tonight family movie night!  Ok, ok, I can't really create a holiday or something like that but I just think with the cooler weather and predicted rain, it would be super wonderful to cozy up on the couch with the whole family with popcorn, special treats and watch a great flick. Maybe you all can whip up a new recipe together?

As for Saturday - I recommend the Nulu Fest. This is a great celebration of a revitalized (and still in progress) area of our city.  I like heading to Nulu to partake in some coffee and goodies at Please &Thank You or Taco Punk, the Garage Bar is on my list of places to check out soon. So, this event is a nice opportunity to visit the area in a festival setting with vendors to browse, kids activities, music and good food. It starts up at 2pm and runs to 11pm (so it's also great for a parent's night out!!) on Market Street.

Saturday is also the Spiderman appearance at the Kentucky Railway Museum.  If you are looking for a special outing, you can still give them a call and get tickets today!

Or, you can head on our to Mt. Washington for their big Crossroads Festival going on this weekend. It's all things "festival" including vendors, games, food, rides and more.

On Sunday, take it easy. Do a craft or catch up on things around the house with the kids because after this weekend, the fall steps into high gear and you are going to want to have the time and energy to hit some great events.  You can check out the LouFamFun Pinterest board for family fun ideas.

Of course, there's some more choices on the calendar, enjoy your weekend!

Stephanie


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review of Mammoth Cave - Mammoth Cave National Park

PhotobucketMy family recently visited Mammoth Cave National Park. We try to go every summer, and every time we discover something new. This year we arrived a little late in the day, so we had to do the same tour we did last year. I was a little discouraged, but the kids were excited so we forged on. Then the Ranger announced he was going to take us on a little detour. Our eyes lighted up. He took us through the historical mining area to another historical area I had never before seen in all my years going to Mammoth Cave.

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PhotobucketThis area contained historical graffiti that was made in the 1800s by tourists and guides alike. It was made using grease candles in an era before electricity when the cave was privately owned. Our tour guide told us the story of Stephen, the most famous tour guide Mammoth Cave had ever had. Stephen drew maps of the cave from memory that are still on file at the Library of Congress. People came from all over the world requesting Stephen as their tour guide. But what was perhaps most remarkable about Stephen was that he was a slave who would later be freed by his owner.

PhotobucketPhotobucketMammoth Cave makes a great day trip from Louisville at about 90 minutes from downtown. There are tours that are great for families with smaller children that only last 45 minutes to an hour, though strollers are not permitted. If you have older kids, the longer 2-4 hour tours are lots of fun. Make sure you take a jacket, as the temperature inside the cave is 54 degrees year-round. There are plenty of tourist attractions in the area, such as Dinosaur World, as well as camping and lodging if you want to make a weekend of it. Perhaps the coolest lodging in Cave City is the historic Wigwam Village where you can sleep in a teepee. Even if you just go for a short tour, make sure Mammoth Cave National Park is on your to-do list soon.  Check their website for information about pricing, there are so many options so we didn't list them all!

By guest contributor: Maggie

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Slime Time: How to make homemade slime

Monday was a rainy day and I was really in a fog from sinus pressure so I decided it would be a good idea to make some homemade slime.  Surely, this would occupy the children long enough for me to lay down for a moment.

PhotobucketAfter some googling, googling is now a verb you know, I found that slime is made with borax.  Interesting, we have borax in our garage and we use it to attract and kill bugs.  I still went ahead and made it knowing that I would be playing with the slime with the kids and I could make sure they don't ingest it.  Considering nearly every recipe I found had borax in it, I decided it was ok to use the borax - don't you believe everything on the internet?




Here's the recipe we used:

1 teaspoon borax powder
1.5 cups of warm water
.5 cup of white glue, like Elmer's
Food coloring

PhotobucketWe dissolved the borax in one cup of warm water and the glue in another bowl with .5 cup of warm water.  Mix food coloring with the glue/water.  Then, we mixed it all together.  We stirred and popped bubbles and then kneaded it.  If you let it sit and water can run off, you can pour it out. Keep kneading it and it will firm up. You can let the kids play with it then or you can store it in a baggie.

It is very easy to clean with just soap and warm water. It comes right off of hands, bowls, plastic in general.

Have a slimy day!

Stephanie

*This is not a recipe for human consumption. It is for play purposes only. Make sure to always supervise young children.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review of Home Cuisine in Louisville

PhotobucketHome Cuisine is a meal service focused on eating healthy. Whether it’s for losing weight, eating better foods, or just for someone who doesn’t have much time to prepare and cook a meal. Recently, Home Cuisine gave me the opportunity to sample 4 days of meals. I admit I was pessimistic at first. No sugar, no white flour, no snacks or desserts and you heat up all your meals in a microwave? And I’m not really a goat cheese and turkey bacon kind of girl. What was I thinking? Well, after day one, I was completely sold on it.

PhotobucketIt was an easy pick up for me. I just  went to the Rainbow Blossom down the street from my work (home delivery is also available for an additional fee). No tip, no hassle, just a free pick up. I realized quickly that as a working mom, Home Cuisine made it really easy to have dinner ready as soon as I got home. It’s already cooked, you just re-heat it (most of the containers are microwave safe). And it’s WAY healthier than any fast food I could have picked up on the way home. Home Cuisine’s ingredients are bought local, organic, have no sugar, no white flour, no canned ingredients or trans fats, and it’s not frozen or preserved like other meal programs. Every container is labeled for the date and meal to make it simple. I was so impressed how fresh tasting everything was – even my fish dinner tasted like it had just been prepared instead of picked up 2 days earlier and re-heated in a microwave. I know…it sounds too good to be true. But wait, there’s more.

Photobucket Aside from feeling like I was eating healthy and supporting local farmers and businesses, it kept me from going out for meals because I knew they were waiting at home for me. They got me to eat lunch at work instead of snacking on bad food when I got hungry because it was so easy to just grab and take it with me in the morning and pull out at lunch. I even lost a few pounds in just 4 days even though I “cheated” a little bit. I loved not having to worry about grocery shopping for all of my dinner ingredients, not having to cook, and not having to clean. But I have to say, one of the best parts about it was the taste of the meals. I’m not a huge fan of peppers, goat cheese, and other sauces, but these meals were DELICIOUS! With no sugar and white flour, I thought everything would be tasteless or have crazy flavors, but I was wrong. I loved the taste of every meal. Yes, the crepe wasn’t as sweet and the English muffin wasn’t as buttery as I’m used to, but the many combinations of ingredients and flavors made everything fantastic.

I think my only complaint was the amount of food for each meal. I had the small portion meal program focused for weight loss. They have a 1200 calorie per day program to lose weight, or a 2000 calorie per day program to maintain weight. There were no snacks or desserts (which is good for my body type’s ability to lose weight, but may not appeal to those who do better with eating small bits all day), and I often felt hungry after eating. But after sticking to this program a few days, I began to feel content as my body got used to the portion sizes. And if I was looking to lose weight, that’s the point, right? But I found it did take some self-discipline to not eat two meals at once in the beginning.

PhotobucketThe only other drawback of Home Cuisine is the price. It’s always cheaper to buy junk food, and cheaper to buy from large national or international chains that can buy in bulk and preserve the food. But it’s healthier for your body, and better for Louisville’s economy to buy fresh and local. If you pay for their largest program of 3 meals a day for 7 days a week, it averages to only $6.45 each meal on the 1200 calorie per day program (the 2000 calorie per day is only about $7.15 a meal). But this is per person, so for a couple to buy the program, it seems expensive to pay $270 up front. But that’s your whole week’s meals. If you don’t want meals for 7 days a week, the program becomes more expensive up to $18-$20 a meal for a three day program. They also offer family meals for 3 nights a week for about $45 a dinner. But if you think of the cost of eating out with a family of 4 or 5, it would be more expensive and not as healthy.

I think Home Cuisine is a terrific program. As a working mom, it makes me feel healthy and efficient to use these meals for my family. As a health professional, I love that they follow the ADA and AHA guidelines which are great for people who need a diabetic diet or heart healthy diet. Take a look at their extensive menu. I see its potential to be used for home-bound family and friends, or meals for pregnant women and new moms. They even have vegan meal plans available. I enjoyed my four days of eating healthy, losing weight, and taking a break from my usual kitchen work, and I encourage you to give it a try too!

By guest contributor: Caryn

Sunday, September 16, 2012

WINNERS! Beauty and the Beast Tickets - Broadway Across America

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PhotobucketThree lucky readers have won 4 tickets to  Disney's Beauty and the Beast right here in Louisville at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (Whitney Hall)  for the October 23rd 7:30pm show!    Broadway Across America does a great job bringing awesome shows to our city and this family-friendly show is sure to be a hit.

Disney's classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.



The Winners are :  Chuck Walker, Kimberly Gable and Heather Chapman

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address to claim your prize! 



Contest! KidStuff Sale

The East Louisville sale has ended but KidStuff Sale still has two upcoming consignment sales.  They will have a sale in Southern Indiana from September 27th through the 29th and then in Oldham County from October 11th through the 13th.  This means, there's more shopping for you but also, they are accepting sellers for these dates! You can get full details on their website or by following their Facebook page.

 KidStuff Sale would like one lucky Louisville Family Fun reader to have the ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE + a $25 gift certificate! The ultimate shopping experience details are below.
  
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Good luck!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

THE 1,000TH POST!

PhotobucketLouisvilleFamilyFun.net has been a journey from a small little hobby blog to a full-time mommy blogging business.  I am so grateful to all of you that visit my website daily, refer your friends, enter the contests, support my business by purchasing items and read what I, and the LouFamFun contributors, have to say and recommend.  I never would have imagined that this endeavor would attract so many people, land me on the radio, television and writing in the Louisville Visitor's Guide (WHAT?!?!?!) I'll just come right out and say it, I'm proud of this website and excited about the future.  Stick with us, there's always something up my sleeve........

I celebrate the LouFamFun 1,000th post with a fabuLOUs giveaway to celebrate our city and surrounding area.  We work hard to help you have fun! Good luck!  ~Stephanie

Grand Prize! WINNER IS KARLIE GROAN
email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim! and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holiday Staycation in Downtown Louisville

Grab some lunch with $20 towards a cheesy-in-a-good-way lunch Luigi's Pizza  then........

PhotobucketPhotobucketCheck into the Galt House for your complimentary overnight stay for 4 at The Galt House in a deluxe rivue room. Louisville's only waterfront hotel!

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PhotobucketHang out at the beautiful hotel and shop with your gift card to the Mint Julep Tours Gift Shop full of Kentucky treasures.

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Venture outside and take a walk down Main St. to use your 4 tickets to the Louisville Slugger Museum.


Head over to 4th Street and spice it up with dinner since we'll give you $20 towards your meal at Sol Aztecas, then.......................


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Finish the day with tickets for 4 to the KaLightoscope attraction before retiring to your cozy room at the Galt House. This year's KaLightoscope even features a train ride! You can see all that they offer on their website, it makes me all warm and fuzzy thinking about the holidays!  Then, retire back to your room and get a good night's sleep. 
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YAWN!! STRETCH! It's time to wake up. You just had an exciting day and a great night's rest at The Galt House. Wake up and need a pick me up?  Stop at Vint Coffee on Main Street to treat yourself to a barista creation using your $20 gift card.

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Vint is on your way to the Louisville Science Center where you can use your new free ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP for your family to the Louisville Science Center, the prize that keeps giving all year!

But, you need to eat some breakfast so grab something quick at the Subway adjacent to the Science Center with your $15 gift card.
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And, I don't want to send you back home hungry so after your Science Center fun, head to the Old Spaghetti Factory for 4 complimentary entrees and enjoy each other's company talking about your favorite downtown activity from your staycation!  


Isn't a staycation right here in Louisville full of such wonderful options?



PhotobucketSecond Prize Winner is Jason Redfern
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Courtesy of 
LouisvilleBestDeals.com 
We have so many great day trip options not far from our city! How about a Cave City Fun Adventure Package including "Family Fun Pack" of two $35 ride ticket passes at Kentucky Action Park (10 ride tickets each for the alpine slide, bumper cars, everything except the zipline), for the ZipLine at Kentucky Action Park - passes for 2 adventurers to enjoy (it's a twin zip - two people go at the same time).  Also, (3) 1-hour horse back riding vouchers at Jesse James Riding Stables (use before end of Nov. 2012), 4 tickets to Dinosaur World and a $25 gas card for your trip! Total value of about $400


Third Prize Winner is Alexandra Jaramillo
email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!

Photobucket$100 Gift Certificate to Heartland Music Together for some great musical bonding with your child.




Fourth Prize Winner is Laura Aalderink

email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net with your mailing address to claim the prize

Date Night + Family dining package!  $50 certificate to Martini Italian Bistro + $20 certificate to BoomBozz Taphouse in Westport Village.


Fifth Prize WINNER IS CHRISTI SCHROLL
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$25 gift card to Brick House Tavern & Tap


PhotobucketSixth Prize WINNER IS TARA MOTEREmail info@louisvillefamilyfun.net please

Courtesy of Dining Discoveries & More - a weekday Parent's Getaway or great for some moms to get out of town together (Sunday-Thursday) at Harrah's Metropolis (Superman land!!!!) 1 night stay plus $100 in food vouchers to dine at the casino/hotel.  It's just about 3 hours away and on your trip, you can stop at Patti's with your $10 certificate to enjoy some food. Patti's is more than just dining!


Seventh Prize- WINNER IS NICOLE BROWN
Courtesy of Dining Discoveries & More - A cruise on the Belle of Louisville for 2 (for a date in September) plus a $15 certificate to use toward dining at La Bocca Italian Restaurant in New Albany.
It's Date time!!


PLUS- ALL SEVEN winners will get one of the NEW Louisville Family Fun Passes and a LouFamFun Shirt!

And, I have secured a great exclusive discount for all of you!!

How about a getaway for less to French Lick Resort? They are offering 25% off our best available rate Sunday thru Thursday for LouFamFun readers! Call 888.936.9360 and mention code LOUFAM - valid 9/1-11/30.  This is a wonderful fall break option, beautiful up there that time of year and they have a gorgeous indoor pool!

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Read closely: This post will run for TWO WEEKS and we will randomly select winners in reverse order for the prizes. What I mean is, sometime soon, we will pick a winner for the 7th prize, then a couple of days later we will pick for the 6th prize and so on until we pick the grand prize winner.  You never know when! Refer people for even more entries! YOU CAN WIN MORE THAN ONCE!! WHAT??!?!?! This is fabuLOUs!  All winners will be announced on THIS POST so check back often.