Aug 012017
 

One of my favorite childhood summer activities was the Northern Maine Fair.  More than just rides and games, our local country fair had a farm animal petting zoo, tasty treats, a demolition derby, and an expo hall showcasing agriculture, arts and crafts, floral arrangements and more.

Visiting the Northern Maine Fair, a fun family tradition!

The best part of the expo hall was the opportunity to enter items for display and judging.  For most categories they had a children’s or junior’s division, though in some areas adults and kids competed on the same footing.  I won countless ribbons – including a few blue – and was awarded the monetary prizes that went with them. Continue reading »

May 202017
 

School is out or nearly out for the summer and many families are looking for fun things to do together.  If you’re currently writing our your summer calendar, then this list of free things to do in Louisville for the whole family is for you!

20 Fun and FREE Things to do in Louisville this summer that the whole family can enjoy

If you’re not a local resident, this list of free things to do in Louisville can be a great reference guide for planning your summer travel.  Free local events and activities are a great way to stretch your travel dollar.  They’re also a fun way to see lesser-explored parts of the city you’re visiting and meet locals.
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Apr 272017
 

I’m always excited to attend the Macy’s Culinary Council events that take place at the Oxmoor Center here in Louisville.  There’s usually one that takes place right before the Derby so I’m able to get recipe inspiration for our Kentucky Derby party from the chefs that participate.

Quick & Easy Pecan Sandies Shortbread Cookies Recipe

This year celebrity Chefs Rick Bayless and Anthony Lamas will be in attendance sharing their favorite recipes for race day.  Recipes like Rick Bayless’ Pecan Sandies Shortbread which I recently made and am sharing below.  Thank you to Everywhere Agency and Macy’s for sponsoring this post. Continue reading »

Apr 252017
 

The Kentucky Derby is an exciting time for people around the world.  Even growing up in Maine people would gather on race day to watch the horses run and possibly even throw a themed Kentucky Derby party.

Tips for Hosting a Winner's Circle-Worthy Kentucky Derby PartyTop image courtesy of kentuckytourism.com

When I moved to Kentucky the excitement surrounding the Derby only grew, with lots of events leading up to race day and Kentucky Derby parties to attend.  If you’re planning your own Kentucky Derby party I have some great tips for you on how to make it winner circle-worthy. Thank you to Thorntons for partnering with me so I can share these party tips with you. Continue reading »

Mar 262017
 

Within the last few weeks we’ve had a few milestones take place here.  Bubbles turned six, and she also lost her first tooth – two very exciting happenings when you’re that age.

Celebrate milestones - like birthdays, a first lost tooth, spring, holidays, or more - with beautiful photos from Portrait Innovations

For as long as I can remember my family has documented milestones like these with a trip to the portrait studio.  We almost always went around our birthdays, and then during the holidays my Mom and my Aunt would join forces to corral all six of us cousins for a family portrait. Continue reading »