1-Night Trips: Indianapolis with Kids

  Indianapolis is such a great city! The destinations in this 1-night stay work really well together because both are incredibly kid-friendly and one is mainly an outside attraction while the other is strictly inside so you can plan according to the weather. ...more

Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Christmas light displays can be so much fun for the whole family to enjoy. What a wonderful time for the family to appreciate Christmas together and make memories for years to come.There are several around the southwestern Ohio area that are great for adults and kids alike.While I have focused on several of these events, you can use the Christmas light finder website to find local displays in your area.  http://www.christmaslightfinder.com/ ...more

Quick List of 10 Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Boy, this time of year crept up fast! Here we are already talking about "everything" Christmas. I have compiled a short list of 10 stocking stuffer ideas for kids. For more mom ideas, visit: http://mom-minutes.blogspot.com/ 1) Favorite candies- I am sure everyone is full of candy coming off Halloween and Thanksgiving as well as Christmas parties, but who doesn't appreciate a few of their favorites. 2) Personalized paper pads and crayons/markers- There are several places that print personalized paper pads very cheaply. ...more

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5 Must-See Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you are visiting Disney World, each park has some must-see attractions that should not be missed....more

Visit the Home of Dum Dum Pops

We would have been really close when we were driving home from BlogHer 2009. Hmm maybe in 2013...more

M&M Cookies from The Home Cooked Gourmet

I love these cookies and have been making them forever. When I was little, my mom always made them and let me help and now I enjoy making these cookies for my own kids. It is so easy to coordinate them to whatever holiday is around the corner with the various holiday-colored M&Ms. For more recipes, visit: http://homecookedgourmet.blogspot.com/ M&M Cookies Makes about 5-6 dozen...more

Crockpot of Brats

Cooking brats in the slow cooker makes for a hearty fall meal. Add some bread and a salad and you have a full dinner. Not everyone in our family likes sauerkraut, so I do not add it to the slow cooker, but heat some up before the brats are done to add to individual plates. For more recipes, visit: http://homecookedgourmet.blogspot.com/ Crockpot of Brats 6 servings Ingredients: 5 brats 3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 can sauerkraut, rinsed and well-drained 1/3 cup diced onion...more

Sausage Bites

With the holidays fast approaching, it is always helpful to have a few quick and easy appetizer recipes to pull out for get togethers and parties. Sausage Bites can be put together easily; however make sure to cook or microwave the sausage ahead of rolling them up. I forgot this important part the first time I made them and could not figure out why the sausage was still pink inside. DUH!! Sausage Bites Approximately 40 appetizers Ingredients: 1 tube (7 1/2 ozs.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 1 tablespoon butter, melted 3-4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese...more