Indianapolis Children's Museum

The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the world's largest museum of its kind and a definite must-see attraction if you have kids. My kids loved everything about it and would like to go back as often as possible. Between the excellent dinosaur exhibit, train displays, indoor carousel and playhouse, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibits, dedicated toddler/preschooler area, and plenty of hands-on science stations, the kids will enjoy hours of educational entertainment. There are always several rotating special exhibits as well....more

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Butterscotch Blondies

Yummy blondies! It is almost impossible to eat just one! I have a hard time walking by the pan without grabbing a bite. Makes 3 dozen Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown sugar                                                 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour...more

3 Websites to Score Free Samples

So, you like to save money and get some fun freebies in the mail? If the answer is YES, then check out these 3 freebie sampling sites. I like checking out the new samples each week and while some of them will overlap, you can find quite a few originals. I have to admit that it is kind of a rush when they start showing up in the mail. Don't judge- it's the little things. It truly does come in handy, especially when you receive travel sizes of toiletries, which is great for trips. ...more
I love travel size toiletries - they are the best for traveling! It's always hard to find ...more

5 Must-Do Chicago Attractions with Kids

Chicago is such an awesome city to visit: full of history, world-class museums, shopping, fun dining options and kid-friendly attractions. If you are thinking ahead to spring break or summer vacation, Chicago is definitely a place to keep on the list of musts for family trips. I have visited Chicago at least a dozen times over the years. Some trips were for business, some for a girls' only weekend, a few have been a one-day up and back Chicago day trip and, of course, the family vacation....more

5 Fun Fall Family Traditions

The fall season is upon us! Cool, crisp air, football, pumpkins, apples and pretty fall leaves are some of the wonderful things in store during the autumn season. There are so many opportunities for making some wonderful family memories with fall-themed activities. I've picked 5 that my family enjoys and does each year. I was just looking back at some old pictures and realized I have photos of the kids in front of the same autumn decorations at the pumpkin patch for several years in a row. I will probably make a collage of these pictures to hang as part of the fall decorations....more

Lemon Linguine

 Lemon linguine is a great side dish. It goes well with most meats or can be used as a main dish. Both of my kids always eat it up and ask for seconds so I make it quite often for them.8 ozs. uncooked linguine3 tablespoons butter, melted1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon dried basil1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoninggrated Parmesan cheese, optional1. In a saucepan, cook linguine according to package directions....more

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