Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kentucky Family Fun is going on Winter Break too!

Hey ya'll we hope that you and your family enjoys their time together as much as we are looking forward to time with our own families.
We will be back to publishing January 5th, 2015!

In the mean time here are some links that might come in handy!

Free or cheap things to do over Winter Break

101 Free Things to do in Kentucky 

30 Things to do in Kentucky that are $5 or less!

We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Griswold's meet their match in Marion County,KY - Christmas lights at Ruley's Santa Land

When I read about a house in Marion County that has over a MILLION Christmas lights on display on their property I knew that I had to tell you all about it!

It is called Ruley's Santa Land, located on Stringtown Road. The farm is 4 acres and started out with 300 lights which if you think about that number is pretty in check. Heck a small strand of lights has 100. So that doesn't seem too crazy.

What does boggle the mind is that the Ruley family, who used to be in the dairy farming business, has more than 1 Million Christmas lights! This family has 250 nativity sets and their electricity bill runs over $3,000 for the month of December!

Santa is on hand for pictures and they sell hot chocolate and popcorn for $1.00. The attraction of the lights is free but they do accept donations, one could only assume that they will put the donations towards their electric bill!

There isn't an exact address for the farm on Stringtown Road listed but I am going to guess that you could follow the glow of lights once you get on that road!

Let us know if you check it out!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giving back in Kentucky at Christmas Time.

Chances are if you are reading this today, you are blessed in one way or another. I am guessing that you and your family might not have everything you want but your needs are met.

I am always looking for ways to show my kids just how blessed they are, and attempting in small ways to get them to see beyond their own little bubble. 

I got to thinking about ways that my family can give back this Christmas and thought I would share it with all of you. 

1. Clean out toy boxes. Look for toys that your children have out grown or are willing to part with and take them to the local children's home. 
Listed are a few of the homes located in Kentucky. 
Potter Children's Home (Bowling Green)

2. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter to serve a meal. 
Wayside Christian Mission (Louisville) 
Hope Center (Lexington) 
Barren River Area Safe Space (Bowling Green)  

3. Visit the elderly at your local nursing home, maybe you could gather a church group or mom's group to go caroling through the halls. 

4. Bake cookies for a neighbor that you know will be alone this Christmas. 

How do you and your family like to give back? 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Town Monday: Henderson 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, sometimes they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

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

My husband's aunt and several of his cousins live in Henderson, we have gone for a visit a few times but I hate to say we never have really gotten out to explore the town. 

Mr. B's Pizza and Wing's is one of the local pizza joints in town, and from what I understand no trip to Henderson is complete without a visit. In 2011 they opened a location in Bowling Green, KY. 

The John James Audubon Museum is located in Henderson. You and your family can camp, hike and check out his personal memorabilia. 

I love places that helps local artists showcase their hard work. Studio 421 in Henderson does just that. It is a local co-op that showcases different artists and their creations. 

The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is a great place to catch various productions, for example they did a children's Nutcracker show very recently. 

In the summer Henderson they host W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, June 7-14. It might be a fun trip to Henderson to see the local attractions and take part in the Barbecue Festival this summer! 

Have you been to Henderson? What do you like to do? 


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Friday, December 12, 2014

5 Father/ Son Christmas Gift Ideas

We have reached the point in the holiday shopping season where you are starting to feel panicky and desperate when you think about the gifts you have left to purchase. Or is it just me? Which got me thinking about the gift(s) that I have left to purchase for my husband. I thought I would share some of my ideas. 

All of these ideas center around things that my husband and sons can do together and they have all been mentioned to me as something he wants to do with them. 

1. A trip to the Red River Gorge. When I say a trip I don't mean an overnight stay necessarily, but rather providing somethings to make those things possible. A pre paid gas card, a gift certificate to Miguel's, and maybe some new water bottles for their hiking. You see if your family is anything like mine there are times where putting an extra tank of gas in your husband's full size truck just isn't going to happen financially. If you have gas money set aside for such a trip it just becomes a matter of when time permits. 

2. My husband has been super jealous ever since I got to go and experience Mega Quest at Louisville Mega Cavern. He and my oldest son would love to go and have a day at the cavern, the youngest child that can do the quest is 5 so make sure you plan accordingly. For this 'experience gift' I would pair the mega quest for the two of them with a gift card to their favorite restaurant, Chuy's

3. Ale 8 One is the drink of choice at my house. Their bottling facility is located in Winchester and they give free tours, however reservations have to be made in advance. The Daniel Boone National Forest is also located in Winchester and is also free. For this gift I would take care of the reservation (calling people on the phone isn't is his thing) for the Ale 8 plant tour and also give a designated gas card since Winchester is a little bit away from our house. Three Trees Canoe and Kayak offers canoe trips if the guys in your life would enjoy such an adventure. Mine sure would! 

4. My boys adore going to Bernheim Forest, so a day trip to hike and get their hands dirty would be just what they need! This gift would be a picnic basket with an IOU of a picnic lunch for them! Bernheim is free of charge during the week and is $5 per car load on the weekend. 

5. My husband and sons always love going to the movies and it is a real treat around here because it can get so pricey. Giving vouchers from your local movie theater wrapped with your guy's favorite movie treat is a fun surprise! 

These ideas could also be for moms and daughters or any other combination of family members. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: A Christmas Story

Last Friday night I was privileged to attend the opening night of the play "A Christmas Story." The play was put on by the Shelby County Community Theater.

I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a great show! Performance times for all shows (unless otherwise noted) Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Prices are pretty reasonable as well. Ticket prices are as follows:  Adults $15, Seniors (62+) $12, Students $10. It doesn't list anything for children so that is a good question to ask!

I went with a good friend of mine and we made it a girls night! We ate at the Bell House prior to the show which was very good. It is also very conveniently located right next to the theater.

The play started at 7:30 and ended at 10, with a 15 minute intermission half way through the play. The play was spot on with the story line and hit all of the memorable parts. Think the leg lamp, red rider bb gun and shooting your eye out!

I was glad that I took my friend with me because I think even my 5 year old would have gotten restless, my friend did comment that her 13 year old would have loved it!

This was a great girls night out experience and would also make a great date night or mother/daughter day!

There is one weekend left of the play and I encourage you to grab some tickets and some friends and
go have a nice night in Shelbyville!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

My Town Monday: Shelbyville 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 My Town Monday Spotlight is Shelbyville, Kentucky!

Shelbyville so very graciously hosted Kentucky Family Fun for dinner and a play (which I will have a review for a little later) and I learned so much I didn't want to leave anything out.

We ate dinner at The Bell House, and as my friend sat down she said "how have I not been here before?" She echoed my thoughts exactly! The Bell House is what I would consider a mid range restaurant. Perfect for a date night or a girls lunch but not so stuffy that you feel uncomfortable. I had the prime rib special that was served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable ( I opted for the mushrooms) and it was a real treat!

Shelbyville has some other dining options to consider as well like Harvest Cafe and Coffee, Science Hill Inn, and Claudia Sanders to name a few.

During my visit I found out that Shelbyville has some really unique hotel options in addition to the normal choices. Say if you wanted to stay overnight with a large group like a conference or a church group check out Chandler Ridge. If you have always wanted to stay in a converted barn they have you covered in that realm as well, Walnut Grove is an old dairy barn that sits on 100 acres.

Did you know that if you stay in Shelby County overnight you are granted free admission to the farm tours that are offered. You did know that Shelbyville is the American Saddlebred Capital of the World, right? Don't worry if you just came to town for the day you can still go on the tours you just will need to pay, it is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

If you need to shop, Shelbyville has you covered in that area too. In fact I think that you could probably spend an entire day shopping the stores on Main Street and Washington Street. You can see a list of some of the shops here.

Have you visited Shelbyville? What is your favorite thing to do and see?

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Best Local Coffee Shops in Kentucky

If you are like me, I love my coffee and finding a new local coffee shop is like a opening a treasure chest.  If we are traveling, my kids know that mommy WILL find a coffee shop for my treat.

Check out this list of 10 great coffee shops around Kentucky:

La Grange Coffee Roasters in La Grange, KY   Click here for more information.

Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop in Morehead, KY   Check out their website

The Java Joint in Bardstown, KY  Visit their website here.

Reality Tuesday in Park Hills, KY Check out their facebook page

Argo and Sons in Louisville, KY You can see their website here.

The Creme Coffee House in Owensboro, KY Visit facebook page. 

A Cup of Commonwealth in Lexington, KY Click to visit their website.

Baxter's Coffee in Somerset, KY See their website here.

Planter's Coffeehouse in Henderson, Ky Learn more about them here.

The Hub Coffee House & Cafe Danville, KY Visit their website. 

What is your favorite place to grab a cup of joe in Kentucky?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Town Live Nativity

Did you know that at the Creation Museum in Petersburg puts on "Christmas Town"?

There are several different attractions that take place within Christmas Town. The best part? The event is free!

There is a live nativity, garden of lights that you can walk with your family through and the Magi live drama. Those activities take place outside.

Inside they have events like Christmas with Ken and Buddy, The Last Adam (takes place in the theater and admission isn't required) and in the planetarium you can learn all about the Christmas Star.

It sounds like there are some really interesting things going on for Christmas at the Creation Museum.

Christmas town takes place Fridays and Saturdays in December and most all of the events are free. You should check out their website here.

Let us know if you and your family go, we would love to hear about it!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

My Town Monday: Owensboro 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 My Town Monday Spotlight is Ownesboro, Kentucky!

When the weather is nice an your kids needs to burn off some steam I recommend heading to Somthers Park. The playground there is seriously unbelievable! 
If anyone in your family is a big bluegrass music fan, head over to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  Admission is just $5 per person. 

If you have slightly older more adventurous kids on your trip, then perhaps you should check out Haunts of Owesnboro. It is a ghost tour of Owensboro.

Of course no trip to Owensboro is complete without a trip to Moonlight Barbecue. Heck you could do a bbq tour of Owensboro!

Have you visited Owensboro before? What is your family's favorite thing to do while you are there?



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