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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LouFamFun Picks for the Weekend Post & Winter Break

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Please explore our "Winter Fun Links" Page for ideas....and the calendar, of course!

Here's our 10 FREE Things to do over Winter Break list.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review Disney's Movie "Into the Woods" at Tinseltown Cinemas in Louisville, KY

Erin was given two tickets to movie screening for purpose of review

My daughter and I attended the pre-screening of the Disney film "Into the Woods" last week. Starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, the movie will be released on Christmas Day and if you're into going to movies around Christmas or the holidays, you will definitely like this one.  From my daughter: "I liked everything about it. My favorite part was when the giant came and had to be defeated." We both really enjoyed it, and I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it is so good! There is a definite twist on your favorite fairy tale characters and their happily-ever-afters. Happiness, surprise, magic, darkness, and danger lurk in the woods!

The movie was actually very surprising to me. I did not know much about the movie and the plot going into it, and was very impressed with the story line and the musical element to the story. The movie is based on the musical written by Stephen Sondheim. It is a musical and rather beautifully crafted and sung by the actors and actresses. It weaves the stories of many familiar fairy tale characters and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, The Baker's Man and his Wife, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Stepmother and Step Sisters, Jack and the Beanstalk.

The movie is rated PG and I did not find any overly frightening images for children. I would say upper elementary and above plus tweens/teens and adults would appreciate the film.

By guest contributor: Erin

Mommy and Me: Spas and Nail Salons in Louisville, KY

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A reader asks: My sweet daughter has been waiting for her 5th birthday to get her nails painted. Are there any nail salons in Louisville that cater to little girls? So we asked readers to help us out on Facebook, here are some of your ideas:

JC Nails 4155 Shelbyville Road 502-896-0931

Signature Nails in Northeast Louisville has the pink bear chair 12907 Factory Lane 502-243-1599

Luxe Nail Bar on 805 Blankenbaker Pkwy works with kids..my 3 yr old loves going with me 502-245-8882

First Lady Nails Spa in Holiday Manor off Brownsboro Rd has little chairs and has kid sized pedicure chairs (and diff price for children), but not sure about their manicures. They have two kids chairs that are shaped like hearts. So cute! We go there all the time! 502-327-8681

I have taken my 8 year old to the Venetian Nails & Spa in The Paddock Shops. It wasn't specifically a kids place, but they did great with her. I am thinking it was at a reduced price of $7.00. They don't deal with the cuticles (just a basically a polish, but my daughter thought it was great). 502-412-2100

I have heard a lot of good things about Karma Nails & Spa on Dixie. I think they have a website with their prices listed and even have a "kids price list". 9208 Dixie Highway 502-935-5161

I take my daughter to the Pro Nails nail salon in Oxmoor Mall by Sears. They are great with her.:) 502-425-6880

Adore Salon & Spa - Just took a 5 year and two 4 year olds and they were great with them. The girls had a great time and the staff loved catering to the little ones. 119 S. English Station Rd 502-709-5164

Q Nails in Springhurst across from Dick's has 2 pedicure/kids chairs for littles complete with personal dvd players 3580 Springhurst Blvd 502-423-2277

Check out sassybunch.com- party packs for nails and facials for little girls! This is an "at home" package and the girls just love having a friend or more over to have a "spa" day or night! Keeps them busy together for hours.

Another reader said check out alldolledupmobilespa.com

Do you have any others to add, tell us in a comment!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Win $100 to The Parent-Teacher Store and Toys Too!

We had such a wonderful blog birthday yesterday that we want to cap off the weekend with an awesome giveaway from our site sponsor.   'Tis the season of giving, right?

Need to do some last minute shopping? The Parent-Teacher Store and Toys too! is even open on Christmas Eve (10am-4pm)

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BECCA THORNTON is the WINNER!  We sent her an email notification. Thank you to everyone who entered

This contest runs Sunday 12/21 - 9:00pm 12/22.
The winner winner will be posted here between 9pm and midnight on 12/22 and emailed.
The Prize will be available for pick-up between 9:30am and Noon on 12/23 in Louisville (Gardiner Lane near the Watterson) if you want to shop before Christmas!  If you win but do not pick up the prize, it will be mailed to you for future shopping fun.

How to enter:
Sunday 12/21- email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net  and put "I love PTSATT" in the subject line! One entry for email address.  Can only use this on Sunday.

Monday 12/22 - email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net  and put "Last Minute Shopping" in the subject line! One entry for email address.

You must be 18 or older to enter and by entering, you agree to these terms.
Winners will be selected at random

be fabuLOUs,

Parents Like Us: Candyce Clifft

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Did you know that when I moved to Louisville a little over 5 years ago, I watched Louisville Life religiously to study the city?  I am such a student of everything in my life and when we moved here, it was the best way to learn about what the city had to offer. I still watch it to help find out about those unique Louisville stories or realize - hey, I know that person!  That's how I "got to know" Candyce Clifft so when one of our writers was chatting with her at a networking event and Candyce said she wanted to do this feature - I was thrilled to know that A) She reads LouFamFun! and B)  She's a Parent....Like Us!

 photo image3_zps9c6a8952.jpgTell us a little bit about your family and how long you have called the Louisville area your home:
My husband Kip and I have been married for 17 ½ years, and we’ve been in Louisville the entire time. I moved here to start my job at WDRB three months before our wedding. We have three children—Kendall, a brunette who’s 13; Nate, a redhead who’s nine; and Scarlett, a blonde who’s three.

How would you fill your day with your family with $20 or less?
With $20 or less, I would take my family to a local park (Floyd’s Fork) for a bike ride and picnic and some fun in the sprayground. Then, we’d finish the afternoon with a trip a local ice cream parlor.

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My favorite December holiday tradition is attending my family Christmas party in Tennessee--the one time each year all my extended family gets together. My children most enjoy our advent calendar--a cardboard, tree-shaped box with drawers. I got it years ago in a gift basket (glad I didn’t toss it), and my children get so excited about seeing what’s in the drawer each day. It’s usually only a small piece of candy or a quarter.  Too funny! Everyone has a family photo like this, right?

Families love pizza! Where do you go for a dinner out to enjoy a pizza together? Why do you love it?

My family doesn’t discriminate when it comes to pizza. However, our favorite place for a night out is Coals. The pizza is light, the toppings are unique, and it doesn’t hurt that the Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen is only steps away.

Do you have a hobby to help relax when you have free time? Tell us about it!
My hobby is napping, and I have world-class skills. Ok, when I’m not catching up on sleep, I love to ride my road bike. My favorite path takes me through Anchorage. I enjoy looking at the beautiful homes and yards in a place with little traffic.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: December 19,20,21

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Download our App - click here - the events calendar and Kids Eat Free list right at your fingertips!

Time is running out on the $5 ticket price for the LouFamFun 5th Birthday Party in January - 100% goes to charity.  Act fast!

How about the Carnegie Center’s event “Day at the Museum" featuring craft activities throughout the Center?  It's December 19, 2014, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and free but open to the first 100 children to pre-register (required). They are making crafts like Snowman Door Hangers. Call 812-944-7336 to pre-register

The Jewish Community Center’s Community Shabbat Chanukah dinner is Dec. 19. full of Chanukah fun with songs, crafts, book exchange and a kosher dinner. Families are encouraged to bring their menorah and a wrapped children’s book for each child you bring. It is at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are: Adults $15, children $8. For more information: Call Betsy Schwartz (502) 238-2708 or bschwartz@jewishlouisville.org

It's Frozen Family Storytime at the Okolona Library at 10:15am! Celebrate the season with frosty stories and treats! Fun for all ages. Details here.

Disney Princesses Light Up Holiday Village at 4th Street Live on Dec 20 2pm-6pm. Light Up Louisville event details here.

Rest. Seriously. Do it.
(Or, go to Toyland and see the lights)

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

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

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We want to thank our readers with prizes too!  One winner will get this:

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review of Clark Ceramic Supplies Shop in South Louisville, KY

 photo 20141120_125625_zps74145fcd.jpgI’ve taken my young daughter to several paint-your-own-pottery shops in the area recently. They had become our go-to place when we couldn’t think of something to get a grandparent or aunt/uncle for their birthday or Christmas. Who doesn’t love to receive a hand painted ceramic from a child? While our experience at each pottery shop has been wonderful, we may not be returning too soon. The only reason is because my mom introduced me to a Clark Ceramic Supplies, and it is a painter’s dream come true!

Clark Ceramic Supplies is located at 4231 Cane Rune Road in southwest Louisville. It’s a hidden gem. This small shop is filled floor to ceiling (literally) with ceramics of all kinds. They have everything from holiday items like Christmas trees and Santa to ballerinas, trinket boxes, angels, lighthouses, cars/trucks, plates, cups, vases, and so much more. I was amazed at the selection. There are about five or six aisles to browse. I will warn you that the aisles are very tight and it’s difficult to get a good look at all the ceramics while watching little ones who like to touch everything. There is no room for strollers, and even holding my 18 month old was difficult because her legs could touch the ceramics when she tried. Not only is the selection great, but you can’t beat the prices. I paid $2 each for ceramic ornaments (sphere, 2 different angels, and a Santa). My daughter also picked out an angel holding a candle (about a foot tall) for $7. We also bought a ballerina for $5 and a snowman for $6. I have been several times lately and usually spend around $20 total for 3-4 different pieces. 

 photo 20141117_142945_zps5c51a826.jpgAnother thing that is so awesome about this place is that you don’t stay there to paint. We took ours home and painted them that night while we were in our pajamas, listening to Christmas music (yes, a little early), and drinking hot chocolate. It was so much fun! My daughter got a little tired half way through painting, so we just set it aside for the next day. You save the painting fee that you have at most pottery places by buying the ceramics here and painting at home. You will want to paint with acrylic paint (make sure your children are wearing old clothes or an apron), which you can pick up at any craft store. We were able to find the paints 50% off one week and really stocked up. I believe they were about $1.50 each. And another good thing is you don’t have to wait a week or two for your piece to be fired and return to pick it up. If you use acrylic paint it’s good to go after the paint is dry. 

 photo 20141116_103622_zps72063dd8.jpgThis shop is worth the drive if you aren’t from the area. It is only open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-3:30 so keep that in mind if you plan on visiting. It says open on Saturdays by appointment, so you may want to call (502-449-1718) if the other days don’t work for you. The owner, Helen, has always been very helpful and kind. She will answer any of your questions and guide you in the right direction. Happy painting!

By guest contributor: Kimberly

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Review of Lowe's Build and Grow Events in Louisville, KY

   So let me get this straight - There’s a monthly event at your local Lowe’s store where you can show up, build some cool toys, spend quality time with your children, and it’s completely free?? Yes. Are you going? You should be! My daughter and I have been attending the Lowe’s Build and Grow events for over a year now. Lowe’s in the Louisville area (maybe other cities as well) offers these events at least once a month on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10-11am (Rumor has it that another large home improvement store does one on the 1st Saturday each month). They are entirely FREE to the participants, you just need to sign up in advance for each child you’re bringing and sign a waiver, no doubt to appease the Lowe’s lawyers and prevent hammer-wielding, child-instigating lawsuits.

 photo 20140726_102800_zpsd9661b7a.jpg    Participants can view the upcoming events on the www.LowesBuildandGrow.com website, as well as sign up for the events and print the waiver form. You can create an account to register your kids so that future sign-ups are just a few clicks. When you show up, know that the event will take place in or near the lumber area of the store. If you have any doubts, just ask one of the associates and they should be able to point you in the right direction. There will be a sign-in table where you hand over your waiver, and they give you back a hammer along with a “Build and Grow” kit for that day’s project. If you forget your wavier, they usually have extras you can complete there.
   If it’s your first time, be sure to get a brand new apron that you can keep and add patches to with each completed project. After that, you’re ready to build. Only once have I had to deal with the Lowe’s staff trying to “guide” us through the process; usually you just show up. The projects are all pretty easy to follow with step-by-step guidance and pictures to show how to properly complete it. My only word of caution is that you are potentially putting your life fingers in harm’s way as your child will take the small hammer and nail-by-nail assemble some cool toys. Just keep an eye on your younger kids…if you turn your back, you might soon hear the thud of a hammer and screaming. Never fun. After all the nailing is complete, most projects have stickers to finish them off. If you’re really adventurous, feel free to omit the stickers and take home the toy to paint/color it later. Once you have completed the project you can show the Lowes associate coordinating the build and they will give you an iron-on patch you can put on your child’s apron. We’re still working on filling ours up, but I have seen kids actually wear multiple aprons to proudly show their complete projects over the last several years.
   If I had one suggestion to make, it would be to provide some sort of seating for the adults. The setup is simply a long board set on buckets for a “table” for kids to work on. The Lowe’s I usually go to does not have seating for adults, and another Lowe’s in town only has a limited number of seats at actual tables. With hundreds of kids and parents showing up each week, some seating would be helpful to some of the parents. But if you’re good with sitting cross-legged on the floor, you won’t have any issues.
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Just some of the things we've built at Lowe's.

   Overall I think the event is wonderful. My daughter and I (and any future kids) will be going to these for years to come. Sure, it’s nice to get a new toy each month that you actually get to build. But speaking from a parent’s perspective, you get to spend some quality time with your kids. I could almost care less (almost, because some of the toys are pretty cool!), but it’s truly more about the experience than anything. When my daughter gets older one day she’ll be too cool for this, so I will enjoy each project as much as possible. The name of the event really sums it up: you build - you grow, together.

By guest contributor: Lauren

Monday, December 15, 2014

Her Louisville: Ten Great Holiday Gifts Under $30

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HerLouisville’s Ten Great Holiday Gifts under $30!

Every year, no matter how much progress you think you’ve made with your holiday shopping list, there are always a few more items to buy. There’s always another gift for the kids’ teachers or your hairstylist, a gift exchange at work, or some other reason to have a small, nice gift ready to go.

It’s easy to load up on all-purpose last-minute gifts like gloves or umbrellas that nobody really wants. This year, small presents don’t have to be boring or impersonal. Here are 10 great holiday gifts that everyone on your last-minute list will actually enjoy!

1.     Local coffee. We don’t always think of coffee as “Louisville thing”, but our city is home to some really amazing coffee. Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked the Derby City as one of America’s Top 10 cities for local coffee, and Sunergos coffee my absolute favorite local java, recently won the title of America’s Best Espresso. A bag of beans from Sunergos, Highland Coffee will be a welcome gift from your favorite coffee connoisseur.
2.     Local Art. — There are some great gifts to be found in local galleries! Check out Craft(s) Gallery in the SouthFourth neighborhood, Revelry Gallery in NuLu or Kaviar Forge on Frankfort Avenue for unique, local, and artsy selections.
3.     A car wash. It’s going to be a long winter, y’all. A car wash is more than a luxury; it protects paint from corrosive road salt. A gift certificate for a car wash is a great gift for nearly everyone on your list!
4.     A great t-shirt. There are so many ways to wear your local pride these days! Bourbon Built and Kentucky for Kentucky offer hip and hilarious t-shirts that embrace our local culture. My own site, HerKentucky.com sells an exclusive “Shot of Bourbon” tee for the bourbon lover on your list, and The Prickly Pear serves up a dose of Kentucky pride with Kentucky “Home” shirts.
5.     A gift card for their favorite food or drink. Louisville enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a foodie town, with every imaginable cuisine represented by at least one locally-owned restaurant. Stock up on a couple of gift cards to these local restaurants; they certainly won’t go to waste!
6.     One of Kentucky’s local spirits. The Commonwealth is known for its amazing bourbon, but there are some great local beers, wines, and moonshines as well. A bottle of locally-produced alcohol is always a welcome holiday present!
7.     Unique Sweets. Don’t bake when someone can do it for you! A pie from Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, a box of Pappy van Winkle bourbon balls, or a sampler from Cellar Door Chocolates will indulge every sweet tooth!
8.     Admission to a museum or tour. From a tasting tour (the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience to a visit to the Frazier History Museum or a lane rental to a local gun range, a pre-paid day of fun is an unexpected and welcome gift!
9.     A manicure. Any woman on your list will appreciate the chance for an afternoon of pampering!
10.  A high-end spin on a traditional gift. I was recently at the Prickly Pear Boutique when I saw an adorable little girl picking out a Kate Spade travel coffee mug for her Kindergarten teacher. When I was growing up as a teacher’s kid, I never saw a student buy a coffee mug that nice for my mom; that’s one lucky teacher!

 photo herlou_zpsaa290dfa.jpgHappy shopping, and remember that when you keep your business local, your gift recipients and your city will thank you!


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, December 14, 2014

My Gym Launching Art Explorers & Zumba® Kids in 2015!

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My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks through 12 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. We also offer Parent's Night Out and fantastic Birthday Parties. We are excited to announce two new programs coming to our facility in 2015!
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 Our Art Explorers program is perfect for children who love art and the world of imagination! Each week, our young artists will have tons of fun as they learn about an artist, (an art concept, a foreign country or another fascinating subject) and create individual masterpieces around that lesson. Class will include age appropriate explore time, painting or clay, an art project, and storytime. The 2-4 year old class is a parent participation class, the 5-9 year old class is an independent class.

 photo mygym8_zpsd7894827.jpg Our Zumba® Kids (age 7 to 11) and Zumba® Kids Jr. (age 4 to 6) classes are high-energy dance parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and music like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia, and more. Zumba® Kids classes inspire children to express themselves through movement and play, while effectively improving their overall health and well-being by increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism, and enhancing coordination. Unlike their adult counterpart, Zumba® Kids classes will break down the choreography step by step and include dance games and a parent performance each week. Classes will be taught by one of our two licensed instructors, and will be capped at 12 students to ensure the best experience for your child.

We will also be adding Power Tumblers, a focused gymnastics program for 8-12 year olds, and two additional Practice & Play times (Free Play) during the daytime hours for a total of four times per week members and non-members alike may visit to run off some energy at our indoor facility! Practice & Play is free for currently enrolled members and their families, or $5/child for those not enrolled.
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View our schedule and sign up online now​ for $30/off your first month of Art Explorers, or Zumba® Kids & Zumba® Kids Jr. with a minimum 8 week enrollment. Use the promo codes 30OFFART or 30OFFZUMBA.

Offers expire January 10, 2015.

 My Gym is located at 11770 Shelbyville Road at Village Square Plaza in Middletown.

If you have questions or would like more information on any of our programs, give us a call at 502-614-6001, or email louisville@mygym.com
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Things to Do this Weekend Around Louisville: December 12,13,14

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Don't forget to check out ticket info about our LouFamFun 5th Birthday Party in January - 100% goes to charity and tickets are just $5 if purchased in December

Get fit at the Northeast YMCA - they are open to anyone for FREE this Friday to come and exercise, swim and check it out!  We love the Y!  Click HERE for details.

Check out Heartland Music Together's interim classes - they are drop in and you pay per class. Full details here. Fun for the little ones!!  There's one on Friday at 10:30am in the Highlands.

Experience outdoor ice skating in Jeffersonville - it's the BEST way to be active and share lots of laughs.  They post often on their Facebook page about special events. The full schedule is here.

How about a Laser Holiday Show at the U of L Rauch Planetarium?  It's at 2pm on Saturday. Other times as well.

Take a carriage ride with Santa (also on Saturday) at Paddock Shops - activities too.  Noon -4pm, it's FREE.

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Looking for local shopping ideas, something new? Tune in - we have ideas, of course!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Brooke Webb
LouFamFun is turning 5!  Click HERE to learn about our PARTY in January and get $5 tickets this month only - 100% goes to charity. 
We want to thank our readers with prizes too!  One winner will get this:

You must be 18 or older to enter and by entering, you agree to these terms.
To enter: Email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net  and put "HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUFAMFUN" in the subject line! One entry for email address. Contest ends 11:59pm 12/13 and winners will be selected at random and emailed by end of day 12/14/14.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review of Santa Safari Holiday Event at Louisville Zoo

Kelly was given admission to this event for purpose of review. 

 photo photo2_zps84fac5b7.jpgThis past weekend my family and I visited the Louisville Zoo to check out Santa’s Safari. We arrived about 15 minutes before the event started to make sure we made it on time to the Gheens Room in the Island Pavilion where the fun would be located. While waiting, the option to have the kid’s face painted ($1.00 per child) or to make sand art ($2-$4 depending on the size you picked) was available. We opted out of sand art but did get both boys’ faces painted after seeing Santa (the room was too crowded beforehand and we didn’t see these options until we were walking upstairs to start the Santa Safari).

 photo photo1_zps0d5edc56.jpgOnce upstairs we walked into a magical room of Christmas filled with Santa’s helpers, Frosty the Snowman, and a friendly Penguin that were available for photo ops throughout the time we were there. We were directed to our seats where coloring pages and crayons were available for the kids to use. I found the drinks and we opted for hot chocolate and coffee (milk and water were also available). A friendly elf then announced the start of the fun and welcomed Mrs. Claus into the room. She and her helpers passed out a good size snowman cookie to everyone. While we ate our cookies, our new friend the elf told use about craft time and an ornament craft was handed out to each child. Both boys were able to make a beautiful peacock ornament for our tree that they were able to do mostly on their own (with a little help from Mom and Dad to get the sticky peelers off the backs). During craft time the helpers led us in some Christmas sing-alongs. Santa finally made his appearance and each table was called one at a time to go have their picture made with him. A complimentary picture was given to each family by the zoo at that time. It was also ok to take pictures using your own phone or camera at this time as well. Our table happened to be the last table picked and we were the last family to get our picture taken but our friend the elf checked on us often to make sure we were doing ok and offered us some extra coloring pages to help us in our wait.

 photo photo3_zps24f24aee.jpgAfter our picture we left the Gheens room and headed out to fill in our Passport. With our Santa’s Safari Passport, we explored the Zoo looking for 10 stations with special animals and biofacts (all stations were located inside of 2 buildings since the weather was cold). The boys were able to touch a box turtle, snake, hedgehog, lizard, and a ferret. Our Safari Passport ended in the excitement of finding a sun-loving snowman and two icy cool princesses in the ZooVision room. This will be offered again on December 13th and 14th at 10am, Noon, and 2pm and online reservations are required. Tickets for Non-Members cost $20.95 with Infants 2 and under costing $11.00 and Members cost $15.95 with Infants 2 and under costing $8.50.

The Louisville Zoo is located at 1100 Travilian Way Louisville, KY 40213.

By guest contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Her Louisville: Guide to Adding Sparkle to Your Holiday Style

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The HerLouisville Guide to Adding Sparkle to Your Holiday Style 

Happy Holidays, y’all!

From now through the New Year, there’s always an excuse to celebrate with your friends, colleagues, and loved ones. This year, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or spend a lot of money to look great.

1.     Create a great silhouette. The key to looking great at any event — from a relaxed kids’ party to a cocktail party — is an outfit that looks good and flatters your body. Create a great silhouette with a figure-flattering skirt or slacks. A stylish maxi skirt makes it easy to chase your toddlers in style. Pants with a little stretch, like heavy leggings or skinny corduroys, are more flattering than jeans, as comfortable as sweats, and instantly dress up an outfit. Classic colors like black, navy, grey, or chocolate brown are slimming and chic, while winter white packs a lot of holiday style.
2.     A Little Glam Goes a Long Way! Focus on one eye-catching element like a perfectly applied red lip, a special hairstyle or a sweater with a jeweled detail and leave the rest of your outfit relatively neutral. You’ll stand out in a classic and effortless way.
3.     ’Tis the season to mix it up! Holiday parties are a fun time to step out of your wardrobe comfort zone. If you usually wear slacks, why not wear a dress? If your daily wardrobe leans toward Corporate Conservative or Soccer Mom Chic, it’s a great time to wear a statement necklace or a jewel tone blouse! Remember that
4.     Add some subtle sparkle to your cosmetics. Sparkly cosmetics don’t have to look like something you borrowed from your tween daughter! You can transform your usual makeup routine to a party-ready look with a brush of a golden peach highlighting powder, a fun lip gloss, or a subtly glittering nail top coat. Remember to keep a light hand when applying; less really is more here!
5.     Never underestimate the power of a great accessory!  One striking accessory can transition an outfit from blah to beautiful. These sparkly temporary tattoos from The Prickly Pear add a fun, unexpected touch to any holiday outfit.

Here’s to a gorgeous holiday season!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Pair a Book with a Toy

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year, where the creative juices get flowing to come up with some fun gifts for all my favorite kids in my life. This year I thought it would be fun to pair one of our favorite books with a toy (non-battery!) to have the kids play out the books too. ~Jeanette

One of our favorite series is the Nate the Great books written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. It is an easy read chapter book about Nate the Great who is a detective that love pancakes. This book would be great paired with super sleuth or detective toys such as ALEX toys - pretend and play super sleuth kit.

We are also huge fans of the author, Mo Willems. One of our favorites is Listen to my Trumpet: A Piggy and Elephant book where Piggy is playing his trumpet for Gerald. This would pair well with Quercetti Super Saxoflute or another musical instrument.

My boys love cars and building things so go with If I Could Build a Car book which describes how a boy would design a car. This makes sense to match with a toy where the child can design his own such as ZOOB Mobile Car Designer or a Lego car set

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson can get your child’s creative juices flowing on how she would create her “Gruffalo” with a Make your Own Monster puppet set.

The book, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie would make a perfect match with - Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookies. However, if your kids enjoy baking with you- putting together a real decorating cookie kit - with icing, sprinkles, and cookie cutters would be another way to go too. Who doesn’t love eating fresh, warm cookies?

 photo IMG_6380_zpsac065273.jpgAnd who can resist a good Curious George book such as Curious George Goes Camping- and then go camping in your own house with a play tent?

I love to shop local for those unique gifts, and shopping for a toy or item that goes with a book is just right up my alley! With so many families now opting for a book as a gift for a birthday, holiday, special graduation day, whatever it may be, pairing up a gift with a book is a perfect twist for a new way to gift the special little person in your life. The six books and gifts I chose are geared toward Louisville local shops!  ~Erin

The Parent Teacher Store and Toys Too! - I love the blank books I bought at this store last year. My daughter loved drawing in them and writing her own stories to illustrate. She filled them up very quickly, so it's time to head back there this season to restock her supply. Give a child some of these blank books and some art supplies We wrote about this great idea last year, see it here! Of course WE LOVE this store, and they have SO many options for great gifts, especially unique stocking stuffer ideas! Check them out soon.
Located at 10211 Westport Rd, website

Heartland Music Together-give a gift certificate for a semester of music classes for the child you love in your life! Pair it with a singalong book such as those by Raffi or Laurie Berkner. I love Baby Beluga by Raffi and Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco by Berkner. Heartland Music Together even has their own line of singalong books that go with some of their most beloved songs!
Heartland Music Together classes occur all over the city in the Highlands, Middletown, St. Matthews, Fern Creek, New Albany, Westport Rd area, and even Shelbyville! See their website for all kinds of information.

 photo capes_zps3f27f965.jpgMama's Hip - At Mama's Hip, parents and caregivers can find these awesome capes and other treasures throughout the store. They are a community-driven center in the Highlands and they offer lots of parenting classes as well as natural parenting supplies, plus they carry toys, clothing, and other items. I just bought a super wooden puzzle there for my son. These capes are sewn by a local mother (Squeaky Pieces) and would pair great with a version of Little Red Riding Hood or the Ladybug Girl series or Below by Nina Crews for super hero-like boys.
Located at 1559 Bardstown Rd, website

 photo IMG_6381_zps9d12a81c.jpgAt The Diaper Fairy Cottage, you will find a plethora of gifts and gift ideas! This shop is more than just a cloth diapering service! I stopped in there recently and realized how many awesome items they had in stock, everything from wooden toys, dress-up items, plush animals, imaginative/creative play things, and tons of books. They even pair up books with a toy right on their display shelves-brilliant! I picked up the "shadow" books-children use a flashlight to shine through the pages, and the images shine onto their wall. I love these! Give your child one of these books with a good flashlight and a set of D batteries and they will be set!
Located at 1811 Bardstown Rd, website

 photo 10374513_936434453052554_6191228192756539181_n_zps194263e6.jpgWhen I stopped into The Prickly Pear boutique in Middletown recently, I picked up this great book, Santa in Kentucky, and thought it would pair very well with one of their cute ornaments to give to your kids. One of the traditional gifts I always give my children is a new unique ornament for each year, and I loved the ones I saw here! They have all kinds of little gift ideas, from leggings for babies to t-shirts for kids through adult sizes. And if you have a jewelry-loving child or tween/teen, pick up something extra special from The Prickly Pear and put it in their stocking!
Located at 11505 Main Street in historic Middletown.
Call 502-254-7327 for more info.

Carmichael's Kids Bookstore and A Reader's Corner are Louisville's two independent local bookstores, so if you're looking for a book gift for a child, shop local and find one at one of these bookstores. How about picking up a great Eric Carle book such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and go home and make an art project together after reading the book. Check out his website for a list of all of his awesome books and The Artful Parent has some great ideas for inspiration on recreating his style of artwork and illustration.
Carmichael's is located at 1313 Bardstown Rd, website
A Reader's Corner is located at 2044 Frankfort Ave, website

See our two Top 10 Local Shops lists also: 2014 and 2013

By guest contributors: Jeanette and Erin

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: December 5,6,7

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Don't forget to check out ticket info about our LouFamFun 5th Birthday Party in January - 100% goes to charity

Paint and enjoy 50% off froyo in Shelby County to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Click here for registration and use code LFF to save 10%.  It's a cute snowy scene - we'll be there!

Norton Commons is a quaint place to celebration some holiday fun.  They are having their Holiday Open house night with Santa and carriage rides and more. Click here for details.

The Nature of Christmas in Goshen is super fun every year. It's from 12-3pm and all free!  Click here for event info - Santa, crafts, food, hay rides and more.

Also on Saturday is Nutcracker in a Nutshell. They have 2 public performances (2pm, 7pm) you can save 10% with the code LouFamFun (insider tip, purchase tickets at the box office to avoid higher online service charges!)

Rest. Seriously.  Catch up on your to-do list, get ready for the week.  Take care of yourself!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review of Catering by Salsarita's, Middletown Location in Louisville, KY

Karen was given a catering package for purpose of review

Catering provided by the Middletown location
12915 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville KY 40243
Catering (502)356-9468
Hours of operation: M-W 11am - 9pm, Th-Sat 11am - 9:30pm, and Sunday 11am - 9pm

Looking for something FRESH and delicious to have at your next social gathering, company meeting, or special event?? Well look no further, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina catering is where it's at!

I set out in search of a catered meal that would satisfy my 14 Saturday evening dinner guests, those of which ranged in ages from 5 to 40. Salsarita's catering options offered a few different choices - we went with the Taco Bar, reasonably priced at $8.49/person.

 photo 20141122_171255_zpsd100443e.jpgThe Taco Bar includes: - Flour Tortillas - Grilled Chicken & Ground Beef - Mexican Rice - Black or Refried Beans - Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese and Sour Cream - 3 House-Made Salsas - Guacamole - Organic Chips (*Salsarita's refers to them as "Wildly Addictive", and I agree!) - Utensils, Plateware & Serving Items

I opted to make our Taco Bar the "Deluxe" version, which also includes queso and poquitos for dessert, I highly recommend the poquitos; they are "little round cinnamon and sugar covered dough" - really they're like little bites of warm heaven!

Placing the order was quick and effortless, and the staff were very easy to work with. I arrived at the exact established time of pickup to find that the employees were just finishing packing up my items. I literally watched them take the meat off the burners, and the poquitos out of the oven just after I walked through the door. My items were carried out, and placed in my car for me, and all that was left for me to do was to get it back to the house for a feast!

 photo 20141122_185043_zpsf52b0f66.jpg photo 20141122_183700_zps9fe967b6.jpgEVERYONE enjoyed the food, and I mean everyone -- even our normally picky (little) eaters! There were many compliments made throughout the evening, two of which were in reference to liking "this place" much better than that "other similar place" we've all tried before. Everything was so fresh -- hot items being nice and hot, and cold items, crisp and delicious! So fresh in fact that, because our order "that serves 15" allowed us leftovers, it even tasted fresh the next day!

All in all, Salsarita's is a great choice in catering for any occasion!

By guest contributor: Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top 10 Locally Owned Stores in Louisville, KY: Updated 2014 Edition

Tis the season for Holiday gift giving. No matter your gift giving needs, remember that shopping locally owned stores keeps more money in our communities and it can also be a lot of fun! I put together a list last year of local places to shop for the Holidays and while all those places are still great, Louisville has a lot of unique places to shop all over town. Here’s a whole new list with a little something for everyone.

 photo 20140201_184049_zps089a2375.jpg1. Art Eatables  is known for their bourbon truffles, but they are more than that. They also make a wide variety of other candies, and they’re all nut free! Schimpf’s http://www.schimpffs.com/ in Jeffersonville is another great place to get locally made candies on the other side of the river.

2. Fresh Boutique 4 Girls  is a new shop in Westport Village for tween girls that features designer clothes.

3. The Parent Teacher Store and Toys Too!  is a great locally owned option for unique toys. They also have tons of arts and crafts options, which is great for my busy boys!

 4. Hadley Pottery  is a Louisville institution, featuring unique handmade pottery in a variety of themes. They even have Christmas ornaments!

5. The Prickly Pear Boutique  in Middletown has tons of adorable, unique gifts.

 photo bourbonbarrelfoodsmaggie_zps940777a5.jpg6. Bourbon Barrel Foods  puts a Kentucky spin on ordinary spices and sauces. They make bourbon barrel aged soy sauce, sugar, and spices as well as bourbon smoked items. Their products are available all over town as well as online.

7. Bricks And Minifigs Louisville is a great place to buy for the Lego enthusiast in your life. They have more Legos than I’ve ever seen in one place aside from Legoland, and you can buy and sell used sets as well, making it an economical choice.

8. Good Garbage  is more than just a place to donate your recyclable materials. There’s also a retail shop with unique finds and artist consignments, or you could stock up on craft supplies for the crafter on your list.

9. Regalo is now up to four locations in the Louisville area- Barret Avenue, South Fourth, The Galt House, and Pearl Street in New Albany. They feature funky and unique t-shirts, jewelry, clocks, and other gifts.

10. The Diaper Fairy Cottage  in the Highlands is way more than just cloth diapers. They stock all kinds of other baby needs as well for the expectant parents on your list.

By guest contributor: Maggie

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review of Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm in Oldham County

 photo 2012-12-01_160501_zps6834f57e.jpg photo 2012-12-01_160437_zps2ff49eda.jpgPicking out and cutting down a Christmas tree is not something many busy families do, but when you get the chance it really is a lot of fun. My family recently went to Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm in Oldham County to pick out the perfect tree for Grandpa’s house. My kids really enjoy the process, mainly because when we find the perfect tree their job is to sit beside it and guard it while drinking hot cocoa until the man comes to cut it down. They also really enjoy being able to run from one end of the field to the other, exclaiming at each tree, “This is the PERFECT TREE!” Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm is located on Sleepy Hollow Golf Course on South 1694. They have been open in past years Sunday-Friday 1-6 and Saturday 10-6 during the Holiday season. 

Call (502) 963-3319 for more information. Trees cost $7-10 per foot and wreaths are also available. Click here for more info on tree farms throughout Kentucky. Also see our recent Christmas Tree Farm Directory!

 By guest contributor: Maggie