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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week in Preview August 31st-September 3rd

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It's almost Labor Day but there is still lots of fun to be had!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Check out the Muhammad Ali Center and see the XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and & Forgiveness. Share, listen, connect, ask, and learn about feelings and emotions. This exhibit closes on September 20th so go soon! Find our review here!

Eat it: On Monday, August 31st, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating 31! Join them for $1.31 scoops all day! Find out more here!

Move it: This week go for an after dinner adventure! Head outside for a walk, a bike ride, or a round of firefly-catching before the sun sets.

Learn it: Head down to the Waterfront and explore the replica of Columbus' ships the Nina & the Pinta. Find more information here!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 28,29,30

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Columbus is sailing the Ohio!  It appears like that indeed!  Here's a great edu-tainment idea for you and your kids.  There are replica Nina and Pinta ships docking at Louisville Waterfront park.  You can simply go down and see them while enjoying a walk along the river or you can tour them for a fee.  See details here

Head to Clarksville for the Touch-a-Truck event.  It's FREE! See details here.  They host this in conjunction with a big community yard sale which starts early but the touch-a-truck is 10am-noon.  They are also having mini-train rides for kids (also free) from 9:30am to 12:30pm and concession will be available. 

What's your child's superpower?  Let them discover it at the Ali Center on Sunday with Global Game Changers!  It's FREE and will feature fun games, face-painting, cape making and more.  It's from 1-5pm and geared toward families with kids ages 4-12.  See details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness at the Muhammad Ali Center

Our writer was granted admission for purpose of review.

Part of the Muhammad Ali Center’s mission statement includes promoting respect, hope and understanding to its visitors. The XOXO Exhibit incorporates these elements while learning about love and forgiveness.

This traveling exhibit is included with admission to the Ali Center and will be at the center until September 20th. Located on the 4th floor, visitors can expect to find several engaging and hands-on exhibits. Even though XOXO is geared toward younger children, there were several adults and older children participating in the activities.

 photo Tone20Phone_zpseqpnc99c.jpgMy children especially loved the Tone Phone, Tokens of Love and Emotional Faces exhibits.

The Tone Phone has two telephones and a large screen inside of a small dome. Children speak into the phones and watch how the tone of their voice affects the shapes that are projected onto the screen in front of them. A lesson on how we come across to others when we speak is exemplified in a fun and age-appropriate means for children to understand.

 photo Tokens20of20Love_zps88qdoql0.jpgTokens of Love was my personal favorite and I could tell other adults appreciated this exhibit as well! Using a small piece of paper, visitors are asked to write a message of love to keep or give away. It is then crushed and pressed into a small circular token with a heart stamped on the top of it. My children returned to this exhibit over and over again. They loved thinking of messages and pictures of love and different people they could create one for as a gift. They also had a lot of fun using the different tools and machines used to crush and press the paper.

Emotional Faces is a fun exhibit for all ages. Two people can sit inside a photo booth where they can see their reflection on a screen in front of them and then on a much larger sectioned screen on the wall in front of the photo booth. Descriptive words for emotions appear on the screen and visitors are asked to demonstrate the emotion. They can then see their recording on the larger sectioned screen. Visitors learn how to identify emotions and learn how others express them.

 photo Emotional20Faces_zpsnxcu1xwg.jpgA few other activities include creating silhouettes, learning to balance on a seesaw with another person, writing about a negative experience and shredding it into artwork as a means to release the experience and reading children’s books about feelings.

My children and I loved the XOXO exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center. It is an exhibit allowing all ages to understand, appreciate and express their emotions through creative and thoughtful activities.

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review of Yoli's Cafeteria in Louisville, KY

 photo photo 3-5_zpsva4f2uql.jpgAcross the street from Beechmont Bombshells and a few doors down from Sunergos, Yoli’s Cafeteria is a new addition to the Beechmont neighborhood. Located on Woodlawn Ave, it is tucked into a corner offering yummy Cuban food. After hearing lots of compliments, my family and I decided to check it out and we were pleasantly surprised at the taste and portions of the food we were given. We also had a wonderful server who was eager to answer any questions and always available to offer up anything we needed.  photo photo204-5_zpsciisepxm.jpg

 photo photo201-7_zpspkoi4ebd.jpgWe started our dinner with freshly squeezed orange juice, which my boys watched being made with fascination! Then we selected 3 platefuls of yummy food. My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich and onion rings, I had the beef steak with black bean rice and fried plantains, and my boys split a plate of chicken breast steak with yellow rice and French fries. We all enjoyed our food but we did decide we liked the yellow rice over the black bean rice.

 photo photo202-6_zpsj0l2wbz3.jpgMy husband took a Cuban coffee to go and enjoyed it very much, but I decided to skip it as I didn’t want to be awake all night. Yoli’s has specials depending on the day but always offers Cuban Sandwiches, Beef Steak, Chicken Breast Steak, and Kingfish Steak.

We left Yoli’s Cafeteria stuffed to the brim and with plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I highly recommended stopping in and trying it out. Located at 328 W. Woodlawn Ave, Louisville, KY 40214.

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Things to do for Labor Day Weekend around Louisville

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Head to Waterfront Park and explore replica of Columbus' ships - the Nina & the Pinta.  They will be there August 28th through September 7th. Tickets: Adults $8, seniors (60 and older) $7, and children between the ages of 5-16 $6. Age 4 and under are free.

The Louisville Bats have games all weekend. Don’t forget that fireworks are on Friday and kids eat FREE on Sunday!

The University of Louisville has loads of sport choices this weekend. Go enjoy some soccer, volleyball, or field hockey here in town or find some place to go to cheer on the Cards when they play against Auburn on Saturday!

Steamboat Days in Jeffersonville features 3 days of fun for all ages. Food live music, art village, balloon glimmer, steamboat parade, family fun zone and more!

The World Fest is happening from September 4th-7th and admission is FREE! World Fest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 13th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend. World Fest takes place in downtown Louisville at the Belvedere located at 5th Street and Main Street.

The City of New Albany will be showing a movie on Saturday, September 5th. Grab your blanket and your popcorn and stretch out on the riverfront lawn because it’s time to sing-a-long with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the whole crew in this Frozen adventure. The movie begins at dark (est. 8pm start time).

Family Palooza is happening at all campuses of Southeast Christian Church. Labor Day • Monday, September 7 • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All Campuses: Blankenbaker, Indiana, Oldham, and Southwest. Come out to a FREE day of fun for the entire family! Carnival Games • Snocones • Inflatables • Water Slides • Arts and Crafts • Pony Rides. Fun for All Ages • Food Items for $1 or Less. Bring your friends and neighbors and join the fun!

The Kentucky Flea Market is all weekend so if you are ready to shop you should head over to the Kentucky Expo Center. Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-6 and Monday 10-5. There is also a special antique section and admission is FREE!

The Flea Off Market is happening this weekend as well. September 4th--4pm to 10pm, September 5th--11am to 6pm, September 6th--11am to 5pm. Buy local and keep it weird!

The Kentucky Bluegrass Festival is going on September 4th-6th at the Louisville Water Tower Park. Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 4-11pm, and Sunday 4-11pm. Buy a 3 day pass for $30 or adults tickets cost $12 before 6pm and $16 after 6pm. Kids 10 and under are FREE!

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has a few activities scheduled for Saturday, September 5th. ECO Kids Discovery Day: Damsels and Dragons from 9am-5pm, Pollywog Play Party: Behaving Like Bugs & Bees from 10:30am-12pm (registration required), and Insect Safari from 2pm-3:30pm (registration required).

The Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike & Paddle is an annual event held every Labor Day. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball, NIA and much more. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 10-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!

Renaissance Fun Park has an all-inclusive, unlimited attraction $20 deal for family fun.  See details here.  It includes mini golf, go-cart rides and laser tag!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week in Preview: August 24th-27th

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Are you tired of homework yet? Get out and have some fun!

Here are my picks for the week!

Live it: Have you been to see a soccer game yet at Slugger Field? If not, now's your chance! On  Tuesday, August 25th at 7:30pm, the Louisville City FC takes on Orlando City (MLS) and they need your help to cheer them on to victory! Use code BBBS2015 for a discount and to help Big Brothers Big Sisters! Find out more here or buy tickets here with the above code!

Eat it: Find a new coffee shop and sit with your little ones and read, color, or play (if the coffee shop has a play area). You can enjoy some caffeine and your kiddos can have some nice time with you! Some places to explore include: Sister Beans Coffee House, Heine Brothers', Sunergos Coffee, or McQuixote Books and Coffee.

Move it: Head down to Waterfront Park and rent a surrey, bike, or coupe from Wheel Fun Rentals. Explore the water front or bike up the ramp to the Big Four Bridge. Click here for more information!

Learn it: At the Kentucky Science Center, on August 25th, discover the science of SLEEP as we relax during this interactive story time. For ages 0-4, from 8:30am-9:30am, FREE! Learn more here!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

KidStuff Children's Consignment Sale, Fall 2015

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The school year has started and it’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about sweaters and snow boots- where did summer go?!? Don’t worry though- KidStuff Sales Events are your one stop shopping events in the Kentuckiana area to get you ready for fall and winter! Whether you are looking to sell your outgrown children’s items, or need to stock up, KidStuff Sales Events are perfect for you! KidStuff Sales Events hosts three local seasonal sales (east Louisville, southern Indiana, and Oldham County) stocked with tens of thousands of items- everything from cribs and strollers to baseball bats and tap shoes; from school uniforms and everyday sets to Halloween costumes and holiday picture outfits; and from book bags and lunch boxes to books, puzzles and games!

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How much can you get for $200 at KidStuff? In the words of one of our facebook fans, $200 would cover “my daughter’s winter clothes and put a huge dent in Christmas!” Another fan said she could “probably get everything I need for 3 girls with $200!” And this mom said what we are all thinking, saying $200 was “hopefully enough pants for my 4 year old to cover any growth spurts after I buy his fall wardrobe! #highwaters!!” What would YOU buy with $200? Enter on the website at www.KidStuffSale.com.
Come to any one, or all!, of the KidStuff Sales events this fall! Join us as a seller to clear out your outgrown items, or a shopper to stock up on everything you need! New to Consignment Events?

SELLER BENEFITS include 70-85% commission of personal sales, consignor pre-sale to shop before the public, “tag for you” service- KidStuff will tag your items for you!, and an easy to use online inventory management system with daily sales updates.

SHOPPER BENEFITS include savings of up to 90% off retail, an organized sales floor, a hold area for larger items, smiling faces to help you shop, and a discount day with many items 50% off! We also offer registration on the website for soon-to-be and new moms, military, and seminary families to shop early.


Fall 2015 area events:
LOUISVILLE EVENT: September 17-20, Ramada Plaza Conference Center
OLDHAM COUNTY EVENT: October 9-11, YMCA Soccer Complex- Buckner
SOUTHERN INDIANA EVENT: October 23-25, National Guard Armory- New Albany

Visit www.kidstuffsale.com for more information about selling and shopping, and to enter the $200 Shopping Spree Raffle!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 21,22,23

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It's Kentucky State Fair time!  Head there for some fried goodies, music, shows, rides, animals and more.  Learn about what our state has to offer and enjoy a little bit of everything.  See details and links to reviews here.

Food lovers - support the South Louisville Community Ministries by heading to the Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs.  Kids love sampling new things, at least mine do!  Or, you can make this an outing with some friends or an afternoon date :)  Details here.

Cheer on the Louisville City FC at Slugger field.  They are doing really well in their division, they could win!  The game is 7:30pm, use code BBBS2015 to save and they'll donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Head to the Ali Center before the XOXO exhibit closes in a month.  Our writer Nicolle just took her kids and said there are so many hands-on activities there!  See details here. Did you know admission is just $4 for kids ages 6-12 and kids under the age of six - admission is free!?!?! 

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review of Cake Flour bakery in East Louisville

 photo carousel-slide-01_1_zps5rk6y9cj.jpgIf you know me, you know I've never been a 100% fan of sweets. Then Cake Flour came into my life. Let me tell you, it is amazing! This quaint little bakery, located at 2420 Lime Kiln Lane, is a great spot for a coffee meeting with friends or a lunch date with someone special. It opens early (7am Monday-Friday, 8am on Saturday) and stays open till 6pm during the week, so you can stop and pick up dessert or a surprise sweet treat for the ones you love. I have been known to show up with a flourless chocolate torte for my fiancĂ© on occasion. If you do this buy one for yourself too, because they will not want to share.

If you want a cake, it is best to call ahead to order one. I will caution you, they are not everyday kid birthday cakes that you find at Kroger or Wal-Mart. They are a little bit on the pricy side as well. I would recommend them for a special teen birthday party or adult special occasion.

Something you might not realize that Cake Flour does is catering. They are perfect for small parties, office meetings, or afternoon tea at your house. It is a simple but really great menu. I have had almost everything they offer and I've never been disappointed. They show up on time and are very friendly.

If you have food allergies, this is also a great place to get your desserts. They have a whole "made without" menu that has offerings such as nut free, gluten free and vegan, to name a few.

 photo 1_15_zpsnuzfv2bb.jpgOver the last few months, a few friends of mine have been meeting at Cake Flour once a week to get coffee and breakfast (another thing they offer). Two of my friends bring their little ones and the staff has always been very friendly and accommodating. The owner has a few little ones of her own and has no problem with children in her bakery. If you get a chance, try the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich! You have to get there early or they might be out. In that case, I would go with a schmuffin. What is a schmuffin you ask? It's a nutmeg-laced, spice cake rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. I know your month is watering!

Cake Flour is a great locally owned bakery that has a friendly staff, great breakfast and lunch menu options, and some of the best desserts I have ever had.

Go and Enjoy!

By Guest Contributor: Christine

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Family Day Trip or Weekend Getaway to Bowling Green, KY

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We recently took a family trip to Bowling Green Kentucky. It's only about 2 hours south of Louisville, and we were amazed at how many great things there are to do there! Here's a list of things to see with some commentary on what we liked and recommend:

 photo 9e3cc465-a498-43e1-a86d-7a70ecaabd93_zpsdnvzeuxs.jpgLost River Cave- This is best to see early in the day, but not after bad rains or flooding - the cavern boat tours fill up fast, and don't happen when the water level is too high. There is a lot more than just the cave to see here. The cave boat tour, a nature exploration area, treasure mining, nature trails, a large gift shop, butterfly habitat, nature trading post, as well as kayak rentals for the cave, birthday parties, and more programs for kids. What I like most, is that the hiking trails and things to see on them are free, and you can bring your lunch and eat in the picnic area, making the visit inexpensive. Dogs and bicycles are allowed on the trails, but not the boat. There are nice, clean bathrooms inside, as well as doggie stations. The boat tour costs $5-$17 per person depending on age, and is about 45 minutes long. It's about 57 degrees in the cave year round, so dress accordingly for the tour.

The Historic Railpark and Train Museum- A smaller museum (it has plans for growth), but has some neat train cars to see. There are several rail cars to see including a dinner car, sleeper car, presidential car, mail car (1 of only 2 left in the country), a caboose car and more. There is a lot of history, a model train area, and movies. Depending on how interested you are in trains and history, you could spend anywhere from 2 hours to half a day there. Kids under 5 are free, Adults $12, kids $6.

National Corvette Museum- This may not be for non-car lovers. If you're interested in cars, especially Corvettes, I recommend you tour the Corvette plant across the street BEFORE the museum. For kids, there is a small play area, a pretend car to work on, and a good cafĂ© and gift shop...and of course Corvettes. The infamous sink hole is now filled in, but you can view some of the cars that were damaged. I've been told that's it's best for kids over age 6, but it depends on how much your child likes cars. The museum can take anywhere from 1 hour to an all day affair if you're really a fanatic. Most recommend 2 hours for the museum. Kids under 6 are free, Family rate $25, or $5 for kids, $10 adults.

 photo images_zpspocojg0a.jpgFountain Square Park- This beautiful green space is surrounded by restored historic buildings and cute shops. You can sit on a bench and people watch, or get something to eat or buy for a souvenir of your trip. It is host to summer concerts, parades, arts and crafts shows and many other festivals and events throughout the year. Check out the website for events going on during your visit.


Chaney's Dairy Barn- Chaney's was a struggling dairy barn that began selling their own homemade ice cream and became a HUGE success. They later started selling all natural milk from their own Jersey cows as well as a lunch and dinner restaurant 7 days a week. They sell sandwiches, soups, burgers, and salads, as well as sundaes, milkshakes, and over 30 delicious ice cream flavors. I highly recommend the Moo Pie - a skillet of chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top! Chaney's is great for the quality of their ice cream, but also because they have a playground for the kids (with shaded picnic tables nearby), good bathroom facilities, and you can even visit with the cows and calves. They have year round events including free outdoor movies, a corn maze in the fall, and breakfast with Santa. I haven't been to any of the events, but they sound great!
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Double Dog Restaurant- This restaurant is delicious! It's a bit of a sports bar with a family atmosphere, and it has a great menu. Our appetizer nachos and kids' meals were served in dog bowls. My husband had a breakfast dog (eggs and bacon on a hot dog), and I had a buffalo burger. We all loved our food!

Montana Grille- This restaurant is right down the road from Double Dogs. It's only open for dinner, except on Sundays when it is open for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is great with logs, stone wood-burning fireplaces, elk head, and an old-time canoe on the walls.

Other Bowling Green attractions in the area we haven't visited yet:
  • Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon- Amusement park and water park. Free parking, sunscreen, and inner tubes. Open daily Memorial Day to early August. Weekends only in May and Sept.
  • Beech Bend RacewayDrag racing on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Saturday nights March-November.
  • Corsair DistilleryHandcrafted spirits and whiskey. Tours and tastings for 21 & up Tues-Sat.
  • Kentucky Museum - Civil War, Duncan Hines, Quilt exhibits and more. (Sun 1-4pm, Mon-Sat 9-4)
  • Aviation Heritage ParkMemorial to aviators with ties to South Central Kentucky (FREE and open daily from dawn to dusk)

There are also lots of historical sites around Bowling Green to make your trip more educational. Here's a few of the highlights to look up and check out:
  • 1921 Standard Oil Station
  • Boyce General Store
  • Riverview at Hobson Grove, Eloise B. Houchens Center
  • St Joseph Catholic Church
  • South Union Shaker Village

If you want to break up your trip, you can always stop by some of these attractions on the way down or back up:

By Guest Contributor: Caryn

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Week in Preview August 17th-20th

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There is still so much summer fun to be had, get out there and enjoy it!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Thursday, August 20th is Carload day at the Kentucky State Fair. Pay only $20 for an entire vehicle until 5 p.m., includes parking. Buses (16 passengers or more) and motor coaches are $200, parking included. Does not apply to school and group tours. Only available at the gate. Find out more here!
Eat it: Head over to Waffle House (M-F) from 2-9pm for kids eat free at participating Waffle Houses, with a minimum $6 adult purchase.Call ahead to make sure your nearest location participates!

Move it: Go for a horse back ride or lesson. Here are a few stables to choose from! McNeely Lake Riding Stables, Webb's Pond Creek Stables, and Stonehurst Riding Center.

Learn it: On Wednesday at 10:30am, PossibiliTours Walking Tours provide historical and architectural anecdotes about Possibility City, while exploring the heart of downtown Louisville on foot. You’ll tour Fourth Street, Whiskey Row, Museum Row on Main and the civic district. A local volunteer leads you on a free, 90-minute walking tour (weather permitting) that departs from the Louisville Visitors Center, Fourth and Jefferson streets. Tours cover about 10 blocks.Advanced reservations are required. Call the Louisville Visitors Center at 502-379-6109 one day in advance to reserve your spot. Tours are subject to change due to weather and availability.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 14,15,16

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The theme of these picks is SPREAD OUT.  Here are picks NOT in the city center.  Get out, venture to another area of Kentuckiana!

Close summer at Foxhollow Farm with an outdoor concert from 6-9pm in Oldham County.  It's a great atmosphere - kids ages 12 and under admitted free, adults $10.  Food available for purchase (not outside food allowed).  This weekend, it's a pop-jazz group.  Groovy!

Head Southwest to Sun Valley Park for the Southwest Community Festival.  It's a concert in the park with the Louisville Crashers 6-10pm.  It's free, you are encouraged to bring a picnic!

Head south to Shepherdsville to Kart Kountry.  Race around the massive go-kart track, see who can win at mini-golf and go crazy in the bumper boats.  It's a bit of an investment but if you are looking to treat the family to something different, this could be it!

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review of Dairy Kastle ice cream in Louisville, KY

 photo photo 2_zpszp6rnl4r.jpgOn hot and sticky nights, ice cream is the best solution to cool us down so we went and got some ice cream at Dairy Kastle. It was super busy when we got there and we were lucky to get one of their few parking spots. After a short wait, we were ready to order. My boys had lots of ideas of what they wanted but finally decided on a small chocolate milkshake for my 7 year old and a sprinkle dipped chocolate cone for the 4 year old. I got a small brown turtle sundae (chocolate and caramel) and my Mom got a small chocolate sundae. We both added whip cream, nuts, and a cherry which cost extra but is well worth it. We got lucky again and found an open table to sit at to enjoy our treats. They have 5 or 6 tables for use, with a few having umbrellas.

We all loved our choices but I did have to pay an extra .25 for a cup and spoon because the chocolate cone was melting faster than the 4 year old could eat it and I decided a cup would be helpful.

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Dairy Kastle has lots of options including flurries, milk shakes (ex. brown cow, orange cow, banana, and peanut butter), sundaes (ex. Butterscotch, hot fudge, brown turtle), banana splits, hot fudge cake, and strawberry short cakes, and even vegan ice cream. They also have ice cream that you can dip into chocolate, cherry, or butterscotch. And if you bring your dog along go ahead and get him or her a milk bone sundae. Dairy Kastle also offers food as well but I’ve never tried it. Their menu offers hot dogs, brats, nachos, and BBQ pork to name a few. Make sure to bring cash because that is the only form of payment accepted and there isn’t an ATM nearby.

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Dairy Kastle is located at 575 Eastern Parkway Louisville, KY 40217 and is open Monday – Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from Noon-10pm. It operates seasonally and will close October 12th this year (2015), so be sure visit soon!

By Guest Contributor: Kelly

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fall Consignment Sales in and around Louisville 2015

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 photo little treasures_zps2oq7lueg.jpgShop the area's largest kid's consignment event August 27-30 at HOOPS. 1400 sellers and 45,000 square feet of deals on fall/winter clothes, shoes, toys, baby equipment, furniture, and more. It's the mother of all kid's sales! Dates: Aug. 27-30 Thur & Fri 9am-7pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 1pm-5pm (1/2 price day) Location: HOOPS 12101 Sycamore Station Place Off I-64 & Blankenbaker, behind Sam's Club

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KidStuff Sale Events are your one stop shopping events in the Kentuckiana area! Whether you are looking to sell your outgrown children’s items, or need to stock up, KidStuff Sale Events are perfect for you!

SELLER BENEFITS include 70-85% commission of personal sales, consignor pre-sale to shop before the public, “tag for you” service- KidStuff will tag your items for you!, and an easy to use online inventory management system with daily sales updates.
SHOPPER BENEFITS include savings of up to 90% off retail, an organized sales floor, a hold area for larger items, smiling faces to help you shop, and a discount day with many items 50% off! Featuring three area events:
LOUISVILLE EVENT: September 17-20
 Visit www.KidStuffSale.com for more information about selling and shopping!

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Kentucky Kids Consignment Elizabethtown sale features everything babies, kids, teens, and expecting moms need! Our fall sale will be September 24, 25, & 26. We'll have toys, furniture, Halloween costumes, infant gear, toys, shoes, bedding, books, games, toys, women's handbags, sports equipment, toys, DVD's, accessories, and did we mention toys? With 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 -www.KentuckyKidsSale.com

 photo goose_zpswaejqgvw.jpgDuck Duck Goose is proud to serve Kentuckiana as the PREMIER children’s consignment event, held twice a year – in the city’s most swanky event center – Mellwood Arts Center! DDG gladly accepts ALL gently used children's and teen clothing items, toys, and ALL baby/children's gear - focusing on today's current styles and trends.
Come see us Sept 10th-12th - most items half price on Saturday! This will be a great time to shop with us, as the Mellwood Arts Festival will be in full swing! Want to sell YOUR outgrown items and earn CASH?? Register TODAY to become one of our consignors and receive 70% of the items sold!
 Click HERE for more information on HOW to consign your gently used items!! Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about specials and the excitement of our upcoming sale!

In order by date:

Little Treasure's Kid's Sale August 27-30. Thur-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 1-5pm (1/2 price day!). HOOPS 12101 Sycamore Station Place

Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment Sale August 28-29. Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-3. Abraham Lincoln Post 167 (Legion Hall). 202 Downs Lane, Bardstown, Ky 40004

Kids 2 Kids/Louisville Mother of Twins Club Consignment Sale Saturday August 29. Open to public 8-1. Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY.

Duck Duck Goose Consignment Sale September 10-12. Wednesday-Saturday 10-8. Saturday half price sale. Mellwood Arts Center, Event Room #1

Kidstuff East Louisville September 17-20. Thursday: 9:00 – 7:00, Friday: 9:00 – 7:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 4:00 (25% off* ), Sunday: 11:00 – 4:00 (50% off*)

Kentucky Kids Consignment Sale September 24-26. Thursday and Friday, 9 - 8. Saturday, 9 - 4. Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown

Saint John Kid's Kloset Consignment Sale October 9-10. Friday, 9 - 7, Saturday, 9 - 1 (1/2 price day). Saint John United Methodist Church, 12700 W. Highway 42 Prospect, 40059

KidStuff Sale - Oldham County October 9-11. Friday: 4 – 9, Saturday: 9 – 6, Sunday: 12 – 6 (1/2 price off many items) YMCA Soccer Arena 20 Quality Place, Buckner, KY 40010

Kidstuff - Southern Indiana October 23 – 25 Friday: 4 – 9, Saturday: 9 – 6, Sunday: 12 – 6 (1/2 price off many items). National Guard Armory, 2909 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale October 8-10. Thursday and Friday, 10-6, Saturday (most items half price this day): 8-5. Shelby County Fairgrounds in the Floral Hall building. 1513 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, Ky. 40065

St. Paul United Methodist Church MOPS, October 9-10, Friday, 9 - 1 and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 - 2 (1/2 off most items) St. Paul United Methodist Church, Family Life Center Gym, 2nd floor, 2000 Douglass Blvd. Dates and Times TBA

MUMC Kids Consignment Sale Dates and Times TBA

CCUM Pass It On Kids Sale Dates and Times TBA Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road
By Guest Contributor: Lauren

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Week in Preview August 10th-13th

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Get some more fun in before school starts!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: Take a drive and go exploring at Salato Wildlife Center. See native wildlife up close and personal along their accessible exhibit trails, bring a lunch and have a picnic, go fishing at one of their fully stocked lakes, or take a hike on the HabiTrek or Pea Ridge Trails! You’ll have fun, and you’ll learn something, too!
Eat it: Support a great cause and order Papa John's to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Papa John's has raised over $14,000 through code BBBSKY in less than a year. 

Move it: Go across the river and check out SIGS (Southern Indiana Gymnastics Sportsplex). On Tuesdays, Thursdays (and Fridays) from 9-Noon is their Bounce time! Fun for friends elementary school ages and younger! $6/member child, $8/non-member child. Check it out here for more information!

Learn it: Head over to Half Price Books and browse around to find some fun books to bring home. Sign up for their mailing list and get a 10% in store coupon!

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend around Louisville: August 7,8,9

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It's the First Friday Hop! Check out the new cool buses that Tarc has and get on and off where you want to explore. This is family friendly, free and flexible. Sounds good to me. See details here.

St. Joe's picnic!!!  Click here for details.   It's their 166th picnic!  Inflatables, games, chicken dinner and more.  Great way to get out with the family and support these kids.  Starts at noon, runs all day (and night).

There are a few showings of Harry Potter movies at the Kentucky Science Center.  Check out their website for more details.  

How about a mud run?  Mighty Titans is hosting one at the Oldham County YMCA. Full details are on their website. It's for kids ages 4-14 and their parents too.  Run through the trails and the obstacles.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Review of Good Ole' Jessie's Dixie Diner

I decided to take my son to check out the new Southwest Library on Dixie Hwy and we wanted a restaurant that was near.  I remembered that Good Ole’ Jessie’s Dixie Diner would be close and thought it would be neat to check it out since it has been remodeled under a new owner.

 photo photo 22_zps7jy9q5um.jpgI went with my 4-year-old who had a hard time deciding between bacon dippers or kid’s tenders ($3.99 each which includes a choice of beverage). He went with the chicken and got 3 large pieces of breaded chicken with a generous helping of fries. He said it was good (and I agreed). He also saw the waffles on the next table and decided he wanted to try them at our next visit.

 photo photo 31_zpsuw9iujxu.jpgWhile Jessie’s has breakfast all day, I decided to go with a cheeseburger. They have a sweet burger, a smoking HOT burger, a BBQ burger, and a Good Ole’ Burger- which I choose. The meal included the burger, which was juicy and cooked to order with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion served on a seared Parmesan crusted bun, plus the choice of fries or homemade chips ($7.99). I picked chips and they were crisp and tasty and not too salty. While we were too hungry for dessert, the pies of the day looked pretty good!

 photo photo 12_zpsltcspjs6.jpgGood Ole’ Jessie’s Dixie Diner is very family friendly, has fast, friendly service, and a neat, hip diner feel. It even has a fun house mirror in the women’s restroom. My kiddo couldn’t stop giggling while checking himself out in the mirror. The 4-year-old was even given a small toy towards the end of the meal by the owner which he thought was awesome. To top off our meal, our ticket was brought out in a Hardy Boys Book which was a neat touch!

If you go, check out the lights outside. Green means they are open, yellow means they are closing soon, and red means to come back again as they are closed. We will go back to Jessie’s to try out their breakfast next time!

By Guest Contributor:  Kelly

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review of the Early Childhood Music Program at The Oldham County Schools Arts Center

I was given the opportunity to attend a special Early Childhood Music demo class at The Oldham County Schools Arts Center.  This parent-child class was so much fun and my three year old daughter loved it!

 photo 1a5d8a94-8388-4cbc-a7a9-cbea9a98e989_zpssl1tz1s3.jpgI attended the class along with my MOPS group, so our class size was about triple the normal class size, but this did not phase our patient instructor, Lindsay Kennedy!  Normal class size is no more than 11 students and is perfect for children ages 0-5.  The class meets once a week for 50 minutes for 10 weeks.  There is a Wednesday morning and a Saturday morning class option.

Lindsay started with an introduction “hello” song for the children to sing, sway and tap along to.  We were arranged in a circle, but some of the little ones wanted to wander, which was perfectly ok.  During our demo class, the children learned age-appropriate song lyrics and movements.  They were given a chance to do these things independently and also along with their caregiver that was with them.

We were asked to bring our child’s favorite teddy bear to go along with the teddy bear themed songs and activities Lindsay had planned for us.  (There were class teddy bears available in case anyone forgot to bring one.)  The children absolutely loved interacting with their teddy bears while singing, dancing and moving!  I think everyone’s favorite was the parachute!  Who doesn’t get excited when they see the parachute come out?!  Our group was allowed a few minutes of free play with an assortment of instruments after Lindsay had finished her lesson.  (She normally incorporates the instruments into the lesson, but our group was too large for each child to have an instrument of their own.)

 photo OC20Arts20Parachute_zpsiu0wp2of.jpg According to the Arts Center’s website, “The program is a learning experience that provides a rich, musical environment in which your child can play, move, dance and sing.  Lessons consist of songs, chants, and movement accompanied by the use of fun props such as egg shakers, rhythm sticks, scarves, parachutes and percussion instruments.”  The program also has goals set for the activities throughout each lesson.  For example, one goal is that your child will develop a sense of a steady beat and learn locomotor movements that can connect to that steady beat.  Music and movement sounds right up a preschooler’s alley and our group loved it!

The Oldham County Schools Arts Center offers many enriching music and other related arts programs for all ages.  Check out the Center’s website and Facebook page for more information on their wonderful programs (including upcoming summer camps)!  I love that they now offer preschool aged children an opportunity for musical development!  The atmosphere was very laid-back, engaging and fun!

By Guest Contributor: Nicolle

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Week in Preview August 3rd - 6th

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Shop, skate, or eat free. Pick one or pick them all, just make sure to have lots of fun in the process!

Here are my picks for the week:

Live it: It's your last chance for Shop, Bop, and Island Hop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass! Take a drive on Tuesday for shopping, fun, and a chance to win a trip! Check it out here for more information.
Eat it: Head to Denny's on Dutchman's Lane on Tuesday for a kid's eat FREE from 4-10pm!

Move it: Over the heat? Go enjoy some cool fun at Iceland Sports Complex for some ice skating. Find more information here!  And for a deal, see here.

Learn it: Visit the Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too for Silhouettes by Tim Arnold on Monday or 
Tuesday. Check out their great learning and craft projects while you are there as well! Check it out here for more information and to make an appointment (they are required)!

This is your last week to use your Cultural Pass. Get all the fun out of it that you can!

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