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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We love Bowling Green and Louisville too!

Just the other day the National Geographic declared Bowling Green and Louisville Kentucky some of the "world's best cities."

I couldn't agree more, between living in Bowling Green for several years while attending college and calling Louisville my home for my entire life. I feel pretty lucky to be able to tell our readers about places that the world is just finding out about.

The article highlights the Corvette Museum which has sleigh rides with Santa on December 7th. Bowling Green has so much to offer families, did you know that in the Greenwood Mall they have a carousel?

The article brings to focus the dining scene in Louisville, highlight our signature dish the hot brown. Which if you haven't tried it needs to happen soon!

It makes me really happy to know that the rest of the world is starting to take notice of what we who are lucky enough to live in this great state already know, we have some amazing towns to visit!

What is your favorite thing to do in Bowling Green or Louisville?
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A weekend at the Galt House Part 2 KaLightoscope

Part of our family's weekend at the Galt House and quite possibly the main reason we were invited was to get a glimpse of the all new KaLightoscope feature.

Tickets are a very reasonable $12 for adults and $5 for children. in years past the ticket only granted one time entry guests are now allowed to come throughout the entire day.

The theme of the experience this year is A Christmas Carol. The luminary area is totally different than in years past. We sat with a lovely couple for dinner after our KaLightoscope experience and their teenage boys totally loved the luminaries. We have smaller kids that are 3 and 5, they were a little frightened by the ghosts and the graveyard scenes. My recommendation would be to read the story or watch the movie with your kids to familiarize them with the story.

After the luminary portion of the KaLightoscope you walk into a room that here.
has a stage where Elves do a performance for the kids and place to write letters to Santa. Then you can take a stroll through the Christmas village where there are several different vignettes for the kids to explore with their little hands. A green screen sleigh ride that looks like you are going over the city of Louisville, see our video

Your kids can make snowflakes with the snow fairies and can make wishes with her as well. There is a giant gingerbread house and other smaller gingerbread house lining the room.
Oh! I can't leave out the train that the
kids got to ride on. My boys thought it was funny that mom and dad couldn't get on the train with them.

 Everyone that visits the Galt House has access to getting their
 picture taken with Santa, and is emailed a free picture.




Have you been to KaLightoscope? Do you think that you will go?

Allison 
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Contest! Kentucky Necklace



I am not a creative person, but to know people that create with their hands fascinates me. Kentucky Family Fun is very lucky to be giving away a necklace created by the talented Jamie. She has a shop on Etsy and a blog Read what she has to say about making jewelry below! You can enter this contest on the Kentucky Family Fun Facebook page!


I come from a long line of people who like to make things. On both sides of my family, the line between creativity and necessity is very thin. Handwork can be utilitarian, but there has to be imagination involved as well. We make things because we have to, but also because we want to. We enjoy seeing someone love and cherish what we’ve created just for them.


I started Handmade by Jaimalaya just in the past year and a half, but have been creating jewelry for almost 20 years. I began in high school when my mother taught me how to macramé. I loved it and spent hours making hemp pieces. That transitioned to beading. And as I had more handmade jewelry than I could ever wear myself I began taking a baggie full of necklaces and bracelets and anklets to school to sell to friends. And that’s where it began.

But then I took a break from jewelry because I learned how to knit (also from my mother.) It became somewhat of an obsession – the ability to take yarn and make it into something wearable still amazes me. My friends benefit from this skill, too. Everyone receives a lace shawl when she is married and all of their babies have sweaters I’ve made just for them.

But I missed creating jewelry, and so decided to open an Etsy store where I could showcase both that and my knitting. I taught myself jewelry stamping, which turned into a passion.

My ‘I love Kentucky’ necklace came out of seeing Kentucky-inspired jewelry, but not finding exactly what I wanted. As normally happens, I realized that I could just make what I wanted myself. And I figured that, as I loved the necklace so much, other people were bound to like it as well.

Kentucky is an amazing place to live. I was born here, have lived her all of my life. It’s full of gorgeous, expansive spaces, and the best people you will ever find. Our traditions are strong, deeply embedded and important. I’ve traveled quite a bit, but no place will ever be distinctly Home the way Kentucky is. And that’s what this necklace celebrates. Coming Home.
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Classically Kentucky Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

It is the time of year that I start to wonder if I should try something new. In terms of what I bring to Thanksgiving, of course. Then I started wondering what side dishes could be considered classic Kentucky, or what could I alter to make them that way. Below are some of my ideas.




First on the list is cranberry sauce with bourbon, vanilla bean and orange. Sure your Uncle Bob the canned stuff and so do the kids but it is time to put a grown up cranberry sauce on the table as well. Try this loves recipe from the cooking
If you are hit or miss on the sweet potato casserole, this next twist will make you a believer. With bourbon and bacon in the ingredient list you might have your new holiday favorite! The recipe is from tablespoon.com and you can check it out here.

This next recipe idea might not have a Kentucky twist to it like bourbon, but it was what my grandmother always made and the nature of the dish is very southern. You used to be able to buy this cheese roll that was garlic flavor but that is no longer the case. This recipe is a good substitute.



Let me know if you make any of them and what you think!

Allison 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A weekend at the Galt House Hotel Part 1

My family and I were invited to spend a weekend at the Galt House hotel, to take in the sights of their Christmas attraction, and to enjoy their holiday dinner show. In the interest of a concise review I have decided to break it into three parts.

First, I wanted to review the stay at the hotel itself. At the Galt House there are two towers that you can stay in, the Revue tower and the Suite tower. We were provided with an executive suite for our stay, the Galt House's website says "it is bigger than your first apartment." I think that they might be right in some cases.

The room that we were given was very large! Upon opening the door to the room, we entered a living room type area. This area had a couch, chair, large TV and a 'bar' area that had a mini fridge and coffee maker. When you walked further you were taken to a hallway of sorts, it had a very large bathroom on the left and a makeup vanity on the right. I love areas like that because I can put on makeup and fix my hair while someone else is taking a shower or brushing teeth. Walking out of that area you are in the room with the beds. We had a room with two queen sized beds, our kiddos ages 3 and 5 were along for the trip. That room also had a TV and our window had a view of the Yum Center.

Upon checking out I inquired as to how much the room runs and they told me that the price fluctuates depending on how full the hotel is and other factors. The rate for the night that we stayed would have cost us $165. I thought that price was very reasonable, especially since chances are you don't want to go to bed when you little ones do. The living area gives you the option to watch TV or chat after you put your kids to bed.

My kids loved the stay at the hotel, and my husband I are talking about going back and staying over night for my birthday in December.

Here is a link to the Galt House website for you to check out yourself!

Allison
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Monday, November 17, 2014

My Town Monday: Bardstown

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.


Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Bardstown, Kentucky!

Bardstown is an amazing smaller sized town with a really rich history. 

My husband is a huge Thomas Merton fan, when I told him there is an art gallery that has Thomas Merton books he was all over that. You should stop in and check it out. Here is their website

If you have been in Kentucky for any length of time chances are you have heard the song "My Old Kentucky Home." Did you know that you can head to the Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown and see a play all about this talented man's life? 

Perhaps you need to stretch your legs after a long car ride, or have restless kids that need to get some energy out. Why not take a hike on one of the path's many trails at Bernheim Arborteum

Most people think of Bardstown as a bourbon lovers paradise but did you realize that there is a winery that you can tour? It is called Chuckleberry Farm and Winery

You could always indulge your civil war buff with a trip to the Bardstown Civil War Museum. If you plan on doing it this year do it soon because they will close on December 1st and stay closed until the end of February. 

There is a list that could go on forever of quaint little Bed and Breakfast, if that is your cup of tea. 

The square in Bardstown offers cute shops and restaurants. You can check that website out here. 

The things I have listed are just a tip of the iceberg, Bardstown has so many things to do for families of all ages. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you are in Bardstown? 
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Best Christmas Events in Kentucky

Click here for 2016 information!


It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Time to visit the local Kentucky attractions and prepare for the coming holiday and squeeze as much fun into this time of the year as possible!

We have compiled a list of the various events around Kentucky, they are in date order. As always, if your favorite event is missing make sure to let us know! 

November
Louisville has so many events going on and you can see them on Louisville Family Fun.

Elizabethtown Family has a great list of events for the Holidays, you can check out that link here.


Louisville does Christmas up at the Galt House Hotel. Christmas at the Galt House starts November 17th and runs through December 24th. You can read more about it here.

Ashland has a Winter Wonderland of Lights starting November 14th  - January 8th. You and your family can stroll through Central Park, and take in over 800,000 lights spanning 52 acres. Admission is Free! Read more here.

Owensboro boasts a very large Christmas parade, it happens the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 5 pm. This year it falls on November 19th. Check out the info on Facebook.

The Newport Levee has a bunch of holiday events. On the weekends, there's an array of special entertainment. Click here for the schedule. And, they have Light Up the Levee on November 22nd.

In Bardstown on Friday November 25th head to the town square for Light up Bardstown, word is even Santa himself will be there! Look at Bardstown's website for all of the details. Santa also makes appearances on other days.  See the graphic on their website.

Check out Christmas on the Farm Family Day in Cordon, Ky on November 25th Vendors, animals and Santa - totally unique. See details here.

Hop on the Santa Express in Stearns. Your child will get to meet Santa, receive a special gift and sing Christmas carols during this special train ride. This runs from on multiple dates between November 26th - December 17th.


December

See A Charlie Brown Christmas come to life at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville.


In Bowling Green they celebrate at Fountain Square for light up Bowling Green. You can go to Visit Bowling Green for more details (updated soon). Lots of


Paducah has a Candy Cane Hunt that starts at Noon December 5th. The event is as the name implies a candy cane hunt there will be over 1,000 candy canes to find. There will also be goodie bags and door prizes. Details here.

Somerset is hosting their annual Christmas Parade and Tree lighting on Saturday December 6th. The parade begins at 5:30 and the tree lighting happens at 7:00. Details here.

Berea is having their annual Twilight Christmas Parade on December 5th at 5pm. The theme this year is "Miracle on Chestnut Street" Here is the link to the event details.

Hopkinsville is having their annual Christmas tree lighting on December 12th, their website doesn't list a time so you might give them a call to find out. Here is a link to their website.

Also at the Newport Levee on December 31st and January 1st they will be having "Brickmas" a huge lego display. Admission to this is $8 but they say to watch for coupons. Check out the Levee's website for more info.

Have an event that we need to add? Let us know!

Allison






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Friday, November 14, 2014

Deal Alert! Louisville Mega Cavern


The other day I was stumbling through Groupon and I wanted to make sure that everyone knew about the deal the Louisville Mega Cavern has going on, through TODAY only.

They do so many things there year round that are so awesome, like Mega Zips and Mega Quest. Louisville Family Fun wrote a review of the Mega Quest that a bunch of the writers went on, you can read about it here.

The Groupon is for another attraction that they have, the Lights Under Louisville event. If you live in Louisville then I am sure that you have heard about it or probably even know someone who has experienced it.

For those outside of Louisville, let me just say it is worth the trip up. Make it a night to remember! Last year my family and I popped popcorn, stopped to get candy and hot chocolate. Just a  heads up, the wait to get in to the cavern for the lights can get pretty long so you might want to bring something for squirmy kids to do!

Anyway, if you think that you might want to experience it with you and your family grab the Groupon and surprise your kiddos!

Allison




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Monday, November 10, 2014

My Town Monday: Ashland, KY



Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Ashland, Kentucky

Did you know that you can take the adventurer in your family to Carter Caves? They have 7 caves that can be toured, they even have one that is completely undeveloped. Think no electricity, handrails and passing a squeeze test before you go. I dare say that older children are better for that particular one. 

Also at Carter Caves they offer Gem Mining. I don't know about your kids, but mine would think that they were the coolest people ever if they got to do that! 

While you are in Ashland, make sure you visit the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center. Added bonus is that they are doing a Cookies for Santa contest. Think that you decorate the best cookie around? You might want to enter! 

In downtown Ashland they have a wide variety of locally owned specialty shops and upscale boutiques. 

If you are in the market for a piece of art by a local artist stop in the Pendleton Art Center. It might not be the best place for little hands, just a thought! 

Did I miss anything in Ashland? Which town should we feature next? 

Allison 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Kentucky State Parks

I will be honest with you I have been in Christmas mode, since
well before Halloween. As I was looking over all of the things that you and your family can get involved in to ring in the Holiday season, I wondered if there was anything to do for Thanksgiving.

Guess what? There is! If it is your turn to host this year, or you can't imagine having to endure your Aunt Edna's dry turkey for the 10th year in a row this might be the solution for you!

At the 16 Kentucky state resort parks they will be serving a buffet dinner. They will serve from noon until 8 p.m. The price isn't that bad either! Adults are $18.95 Children ages 6-12 are 8.49 and Kids 5 and under are free!

Check out the menu!

Starters:
Chef's choice of soups
Assorted Cheeses, Salads & Relishes

Entrees:
Choice roasted round of beef (carved on the line)
Turkey and dressing
Baked ham
Fried chicken
Chef's choice of a local favorite
Vegetables
Candied Yams
Country style green beans
Mashed potatoes with giblet gravy
Other Thanksgiving favorites
Desserts
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Other Southern Favorites

Below is the list of the parks that are providing this Thanksgiving meal. Just make a note, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park is doing their own thing this year so you will want to give them a call. 

Western Kentucky
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Kenlake State Resort Park
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Central Kentucky 
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
General Butler State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Eastern Kentucky
Breaks Interstate Park
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Pine Mountain State Resort Park

Just giving you something to think about, next week we will get into the Christmas spirit! 

Allison
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Monday, November 3, 2014

My Town Monday: Florence, Kentucky

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's spotlight is Florence ya'll, sorry I couldn't help myself! My husband and I traveled to Cincinnati on Sunday to see a Bengals football game. As we passed the infamous water tower I thought to myself I know that Florence has an awesome water tower but what is there to do if you stop there for a little family fun? Here is what I discovered in my research. 

Did you know that Florence is home to the Behringer-Crawford Museum? The museum is dedicated to educating people about Northern Kentucky's history. Admission for children is $4 and adults are $7. 

There is even a place called The World of Golf that you and your family can check out. They have a miniature golf course, foot golf and even an indoor driving range. 

When it is baseball season, you can check out the Florence Freedom they are a minor league baseball team. 

You could always check out a race at Turfway Park, what can I say we love horse racing in Kentucky! 

There are plenty of things to do in Florence, Kentucky! What do you like to do in Florence? 

Allison 
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