Frugal Travel: Make Your Own Crayon Box

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We are heading to Cedar Point this weekend and traveling with 4 kiddos can sometimes be a complete joy, others not so much! So I like to prepare and one thing I do is make things to keep them busy! My girls love to color and make great mater pieces so crayons are a must have in the car.

But your typical crayon box gets demolished in one trip, so I like to find alternatives to keeping our crayons together and not on my van floor! Plus finding new ways to reuse things we would typically throw in the trash, makes us extra happy to recycle!

This is what you will need:

That’s about it! Pretty simple project clean and add crayons! Great item to take with us in the car, at a restaurant or just anytime you need a crayon!!

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Beautiful Views on the @MillerBoatLine to See Put-In-Bay

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When visiting Put-In-Bay you must ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry. The ferry makes trips every half an hour to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) & Middle Bass Island from Catawba, Ohio all day everyday! Miller Boat Line offers a great view and easy transportation between the islands and mainland.

miller boat line 2When we arrived at the Ferry drop off area I had never been there before, so I was not really sure what to do or where to go! I asked the extremely helpful and sweet ladies working the ticket booth my many, many questions! Things like what is there to see and where are the best places to take the kiddos and of course the most important, what’s there to eat! She recommended several places to visit and then offer me the Travels Guide, which is chalked full of great stuff! I wasn’t sure if we should bring our van, she said it was no problem to take our van but suggested riding the tram to get a scenic informative tour of Put In Bay. So we left our van at the drop off parking lot and walked onto the ferry! It was a great choice!

My girls were so excited to ride along the top of the ferry getting a great view of the water and even doing their own reenactment of the Titanic by leaning against the rails screaming, KING OF THE WORLD! Weather permitting this is the way to go! I think riding along in the van would have been a lot less enjoyable! The fresh cool air blowing in our faces and seeing the other islands and boats splashing around, has to be viewed from outside your vehicle! The ride was extremely smooth and very few bumps during the docking! These guys know what they were doing!

Fun Facts about Lake Erie:
Did you know that Lake Erie is the 4th largest Great Lake but smallest in depth and the 11th largest in the world! While on the water keep an eye out for the 40 foot monster that is suggested to live in Lake Erie and of all the 4 Great Lakes, Lake Erie produces more fish each year for human consumption than any other Lake!

History about Miller Boat Lines:
In 1971 Lee Miller appointed Bill Market to take over as manager of the boat line. Market, a fourth generation islander, had miller boat line put in bayworked for Millers as a purser and deckhand since 1954. With the loss of young Bill Miller, who also was Market’s best friend, Market became captain of the vessel William M Miller. When Lee passed away in 1973, Mary Miller asked Market to take over operations of the company.

Put-in-Bay’s growth and rebounding popularity became apparent in the 1970’s. Local residents and developers began to preserve and showcase the fine private homes and downtown buildings, many of which had fallen into disrepair. Historic buildings such as the Colonial, Park Hotel, Blacksmith Shop, Crescent, and Round House were restored and upgraded.

Funding began to flow into the DeRivera Park, South Bass Island State Park, and infrastructure. The 1970’s high water erosion of the shoreline surrounding the Perry’s Monument (National Park) was alleviated with the construction of the unique concave concrete breakwall on either side of the memorial grounds. Put-in-Bay began to move in fast-forward, and tourism became the island’s economic mainstay.

Prices:
Fees are reasonable and well worth the view while floating along the water to visit the other islands.

Adult $7.00
Child (6-11yrs.) $1.50
Child (under 6yrs.) Free
Bicycle $2.00
Car* $15.00
Motorcycle* $15.00

Find Miller Boat Line:

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Ways to Save on Your Miller Ferry Trip to Put-in-Bay:

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The Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center Route 53, six miles south of the Miller Ferry Catawba Dock. This Welcome Center offers maps, lodging info, displays and video, last minute travel tips, restaurants, area events info and more Put-in-Bay discounts. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Welcome Center and receive $1.00 Off your Adult Put-in-Bay fare. 800-441-1271. The “Lake Erie Shores and Islands Travel Planner” Show your Shore Savings Card and receive $1.00 Off Adult Round Trip Passenger fare to Put-in-Bay. To receive your free Visitor’s Guide call 800-255-3743. Download the Shore Savings Card directly at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

On DiscoverOhio.com you will find a printable $1.00 Off Coupon for Adult Put-in-Bay Passenger round trip fare aboard Miller Ferry.

Active Military Personnel Please show your military card at the ticket booth for your $2.00 off adult round trip savings.

Find Put-In-Bay coupons here for other activities and places to eat!

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, we absolutely loved the ferry ride and are already planning our next trip. The staff was amazing and very helpful! No matter how silly your question may seem they were very informative and willing to direct you where to go! Stop by and check it out next time you are visiting the area!

I received tickets to ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry in order to conduct this review. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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Cincinnati: Bunbury Music Festival June 5-6, 2015

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Bunbury Music Festival Announces 2015 Artist Lineup CINCINNATI

 PromoWest Productions announced today the 2015 lineup for Bunbury Music Festival, set to take place in downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5-7. The festival will feature an eclectic lineup spanning three days and four stages. The 2015 lineup features national, regional and local acts including The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Brand New, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, twenty one pilots, Walk the Moon, Matt and Kim, Bleachers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Father John Misty, Atmosphere, Temples, Shakey Graves, Kacey Musgraves, The Devil Makes Three, Reverend Horton Heat, Lindsey Stirling, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jamestown Revival, Mikky Ekko, The
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansion, The Front Bottoms, Jessica Hernandez, Secret Sisters, Lil Dicky,  Machineheart, Multimagic, Buggs Tha Rocka, Go Analog, Bummers, Indigo Wild, Markham, & more.

Bunbury Music Festival celebrates its fourth year in 2015 and will transform the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant music festival experience. With the recent acquisition by PromoWest Productions, Scott Stienecker, festival owner, says, “We are very excited to host the festival this year. We are confident that this year’s lineup will help take it to the next level.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For ticket information and pricing visit BunburyFestival.com/tickets.

BEE a VIP:
VIP tickets include an exclusive viewing area at the main and secondary stages, access to an air – conditioned hospitality tent with private bar, restrooms, surprise artist performances, meet & greets, complimentary massages and more.

BEE a Vendor:
Applications are being accepted for local and regional vendors. The festival offers a vast array of options for vendors including tents and booth space in front of 20,000 to 30,000 people daily plus receiving additional awareness through the Bunbury website and other promotional activities. Vendor applications and more information are available at bunburyfestival.com/participate/vendors.

BEE a Volunteer:
Applications are being accepted for volunteer positions. There is no application fee, multiple shifts are offered (morning, afternoon, evening) and opportunities include beverage sales, box office/gates, bullpen, clean team, greeters, information/lost and found, volunteer headquarters and team leaders. Regardless of when and where volunteers work, their role is critical to the success of the festival. Not all applicants are guaranteed selection.

Applications and more information are available at bunburyfestival.com/participate/volunteersopen.

BEE a Sponsor:
Activation space and sponsorship packages are still available. Please contact Becky Long at Becky@promowestlive.com.

BEE There:
Bunbury Music Festival: Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6: 1pm– midnight and Sunday, June 7: 2– 11pm more

About Bunbury Music Festival:
Bunbury Music Festival is an alternative music festival that will feature three days of performances on four stages throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5 – 7, 2015. Bunbury returns to Cincinnati for its fourth year following critical acclaim from USA Today, Pollstar and Yahoo! Music. About PromoWest Productions: PromoWest Productions, having just celebrated its 30 – year anniversary in 2014, currently offers Columbus, Ohio, over 450 events a year at its venues LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE,
in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010. For more information on PromoWest, visit www.promowestlive.com. All artists are subject to change without notice.

www.bunburyfestival.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bunburyfestival
Twitter: @bunburyfestival

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Central Florida Attractions ON SALE during Spring Break 2015…and Beyond!

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Florida Residents SAVE up to 50% off General Admission at

Gatorland, Medieval Times, Wild Florida and Old Town

(ORLANDO, Fl.)—In a continuing effort to keep theme park prices extremely affordable for Florida residents and families, Old Town, Wild Florida, Medieval Times and Gatorland are slashing prices on the following admissions and activities during Spring Break 2015 and beyond:

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GATORLAND®, the Alligator Capital of the World, is offering a 50% OFF Florida Resident Special through April 30, 2015.

  • Adults–$13.50 per person

  • Children (3-12)–$9.50 per person

  • Seniors (55+)–$10.80 per person

  • $29.99 zip line special

  • Florida residents will also be allowed to apply the cost of their admission towards the purchase of an annual pass which includes up to 50% off Adventure Hour, Off Rookie Wrestlin’ Experience, Gift Shop purchases and Food & Beverage

  • Free Photographers Pass for professionals and bird enthusiasts who enter the park by 7:30 am Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Photographers may stay until dusk at no charge on Saturdays only through June 14

  • Call (800) 393-JAWS for restrictions and more information

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT®, which offers guests a thrilling, action-packed entertainment experience inspired by the medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback, if offering a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE admission through April 30, 2015.

  • Admission includes two-hour tournament and four-course medieval feast

  • Call 888-WE-JOUST or log on to http://www.medievaltimes.com to book reservation using promo code BOGOFL

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WILD FLORIDA AIRBOAT TOURS AND WILDLIFE PARK, Orlando’s only Airboat Ride & Wildlife Park experience, is offering significant discounts through March 31.

  • $8 off all Wildlife Park admissions

  • $10 off all Airboat Tours (minimum 1 hour)

  • Call 407-957-3135 to book reservation using promo code VOWFDEAL

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OLD TOWN, a walking district containing a unique collection of 70 shops, dining options, family-friendly amusements and weekly classic car cruises, is offering ‘unlimited’ discounts and slashing prices on nightlife options.

  • $10 unlimited rides on Happy Days Extreme Bumper Cars and Laser Blast attractions

  • $25 scream break package to Legends’ A Haunting at Old Town haunted house (7-8 pm) AND Legends’ Ghosts of Old Town Walking Tour (9:30 pm) March 24-26. Reservations required: 407-883-0859

Certain restrictions apply to ALL offers. Blackout dates may apply. Must show proof of Florida residency (valid ID) to redeem ALL offers. Call Candice Coleman, Director of Public Relations, at 314-606-1167 for more information.

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About GATORLAND

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment. The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949. Today, it provides affordably-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators, crocodiles, a free flight aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, Gatorland award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, restaurant, Gator Gully Splash Park and one-of-a-kind shows including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo, and the ‘Up-Close Encounter’ shows. And don’t miss the world’s largest collection of giant white alligators in the new White Gator Swamp and the all new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line featuring over 1,200 feet of high flying thrills, five intense zip lines and a massive 150-foot suspension bridge. For more information about “Orlando’s only theme park with BITE and ATTITUDE,” visit us online at www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.

About Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament:

The concept of an 11th century-style dinner attraction was first launched in 1973 on the Spanish island of Majorca. Ten years later Medieval Times opened its first dinner attraction in Kissimmee, Fla. This thrilling, action-packed entertainment experience was inspired by the true medieval tradition of royal families inviting guests to a festival and feast to watch knights compete on horseback. Now regarded as North America’s longest running and most popular dinner attraction,

almost 50 million guests have experienced Medieval Times at all nine locations, which include castles in Buena Park, Calif., Orlando, Fla.; Schaumburg, Ill., Hanover, Md., Lyndhurst, N.J.; Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dallas, Tex., Atlanta, Ga. and Toronto, Ont., Canada. In 2007, Medieval Times moved its North American headquarters to Irving, Texas, close to the company’s Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Tex.

About Wild Florida Airboat & Wildlife Park
Wild Florida Airboat & Wildlife Park is a 13-acre paradise located at the headwaters of the Everglades, along the beautiful shores of Lake Cypress in Central Florida. Founded in 2010, the family-owned and operated airboat company and wildlife park features a wide variety of animal interactions including the Columbia Tamarin, South American Sloth, Red Ruff Lemur, and the American Alligator.  This natural sanctuary also features a free-flight tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator shows, hundreds of native and exotic animals, reptiles and birds in a lush, naturally protected swamp-like environment. For more information on Wild Florida Airboat Rides or the Adventure Park visit www.wildfloridairboats.com or call (407) 957-3135.

About OLD TOWN

Old Town is a walking district containing a unique collection of shops, dining options and family-friendly amusements.If you speak to a car enthusiast about a visit to Central Florida, they’ll most likely direct you to visit Old Town to see the weekly classic car cruises. The brick streets come alive for the Saturday Nite Cruise, where people line the sidewalks to admire the parade of pre-1975 hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Live music sets a tone for the cruise down memory lane with oldies bands appearing on Old Town’s main stage.In addition, Friday nights are home to the All American Muscle Car Cruise featuring show-quality American “muscle cars” and classics from 1988 and older.

But the cruises aren’t the only fun found here, as any day of the week is sure to please as you explore this slice of Americana, discovering kid-friendly rides, go-karts, a haunted house, themed restaurants, nightlife, an arcade and a mix of shopping that is sure to deliver a variety of souvenirs to take back home.

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Newport Aquarium Debuts #KevinBacon King Penguin

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Newport Aquarium treats third graders on field trip to surprise announcement

Third king penguin chick hatched at Aquarium in less than 12 months

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium announced to a group of schoolchildren Tuesday the addition of a baby king penguin that hatched inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit.

Third-grade students from St. Francis de Sales School in Lebanon, Ohio, went on a field trip to Newport Aquarium and took an “All About Penguins” class ran by the WAVE Foundation’s Manager of Education Programs Dan Dunlap.

At the end of the class, Dunlap revealed to the schoolchildren that a king penguin chick hatched on the afternoon of Feb. 7. Senior biologists Dan Clady and Jen Hazeres were stationed inside the cold-penguin exhibit and displayed the chick for the students to see following the announcement.

The king penguin chick has been affectionately named Kevin Bacon in reference to the renowned actor’s 1980 film “Friday the 13th” – the young bird’s due date.

Bebe (father) and Wednesday (mother) are the biological parents of Kevin Bacon, the second chick the couple has reproduced in the less than a year after a pair of chicks hatched simultaneously May 24, 2014.

Kevin Bacon is the second third-generation king penguin that has hatched at Newport Aquarium. Wednesday was the last king penguin hatched at the aquarium in 2010, before the cold penguin exhibit was renovated and reopened as Kroger Penguin Palooza in March 2011.

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Kevin Bacon initially weighed in at 225 grams and has grown to more than 2.5 pounds (1,188 grams) as of Feb. 24.

Guests can catch a glimpse of the chick inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza while the parents share rearing duties.

Newport Aquarium is one of only 16 institutions in the United States to exhibit king penguins, the second largest species of penguin in the world with adults growing to more than three feet in height.

The successful breeding of three king penguins from one institution over a nearly nine-month span is a rarity. There has been an average of only 14 king penguin hatchings annually over the last 10 years at Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in the U.S.

Newport Aquarium has exhibited king penguins since the Northern Kentucky attraction first opened to the public in May 1999, originally exhibiting king penguins acquired from Adventure World near Shirahama, Japan.

Kroger Penguin Palooza features 50 birds that form one of the most diverse collections of penguins in the country. With the addition to Kevin Bacon, there are 13 king penguins in total, as well as chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper penguins. A sixth penguin species, the African penguin, is also on exhibit at Newport Aquarium in The Penguin House.

King penguin facts:

• With their fluffy brown appearance, king penguin chicks look so dissimilar to adult king penguins that early explorers described them as an entirely different species, the woolly penguin.

• King penguins are one of the few birds that do not build nests. Instead, they incubate their eggs under the belly on top of their feet.

• King penguins can be found in the waters of the sub-Antarctic. They breed on many of the sub-Antarctic islands, such as South Georgia, Crozet, the Falklands, and the islands southeast of Australia and southwest of New Zealand.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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4 Cincinnati Home & Garden Show Tickets Giveaway ends 3/1 #CincyHGS

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Now it’s your turn to get a chance to check out Cincinnati’s largest and longest running spring showcase with an amazing array of the area’s newest and innovative home products and services! Enter below for a chance at 4 tickets!

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Here are the dates and times you can check out the show. You can buy tickets here or at Kroger for $11 per adult or $13 at the door. Kiddos 13 and under are FREE!!

  • Saturday, February 28, 10:30am – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 10:30am – 6pm
  • Monday & Tuesday, March 2 & 3 CLOSED
  • Wednesday – Thursday, March 4 & 5, 12pm – 8pm
  • Friday, March 6, 12pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 10:30am – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 8, 10:30am – 6pm

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Got Water? @CastawayBay Does! #BloggingatCP

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Living in Cincinnati, the only thing you can count on, is how unpredictable the weather is here. One day it is 10 degrees and the next 55 degrees, in January! Always keeping us on our toes as to what we need to wear and bring just in case it gets cold! So getting to visit a place that is always 82 degrees, was just what we needed.

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Castaway Bay is near one of our favorite amusement parks, Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. And is also owned by them as well! With their tropical theme and and their 38,000 square feet of waterpark fun they offer hours and hours of water loving fun!

Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, fitness center, 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art arcade, a craft and child activity center, three restaurants, retail shops, adjacent marina and space for meetings, group events and birthday parties.

Crabbie’s Quarterdeck Arcade is a great addition to help keep the kiddos busy when you need to take a break from the waterpark. They feature all your arcade favorites and will keep you busy for hours if needed!

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The rooms at Castaway Bay are more than enough. With 6 of us, we easily fit right into their suites with 2 bunk beds, a king size bed with 1 regular closet with a safe and a over-sized walk in closet! Not to mention the large bathroom and vanity area that allowed us to take showers and get kiddos to brush teeth and hair without creating a long line for bed time tasks!

The view is something that, this weekend was a little covered with ice! But would probably be my favorite part during a summer time visit! The lake was completely covered with ice but there was a great breeze and beautiful scenery from the 2 chairs on our balcony!This would most likely be my quiet place after a long, fun day at Cedar Point! Phototastic-2015-02-18-14-52-40

But if it gets too cold you can always pull up a seat and get nice and warm with the large fireplace in the main lobby near the gift shops! Plus shopping can always make me warm up buying all those souvenirs that I need to take home!

Enjoy a weekend at Castaway Bay with their new “Room, Waterpark and Breakfast Buffet Package” for just $149. Use promo code BLOG at checkout online at Castaway Bay or call 419.627.2106 to make reservations!

While you are there check out more of Cedar Point and their great properties!

This summer will be a great time to visit Sandusky! Not only the fun times you can have at Castaway Bay but there will be some great additions to Cedar Point with a new ride as well as a remodel of the Hotel Breakers. Here are some pictures of what to expect! I will be visiting this summer and will sharing with you what we think and get a insiders view of all the new changes!

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While in Sandusky, be sure to check out all the other great things available to do in the Lake Erie area! You can check out the improvements of the Lake Erie Island State Park, visit Put in Bay or Kelly Island via Jet Express, Merry Go Round Museum and many, many more places to visit! Check out the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center to find all the great places.

Be sure to check back this evening to enter into a giveaway for 4 FREE Castaway Bay Water Park Tickets.

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#CincyAutoExpo 4 Ticket Giveaway Ends 2/17

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Now that you’ve seen what they have to offer, check it out in person! You can purchase tickets below or enter my giveaway to try and win 4 tickets!!online-tickets

Here are the dates and times you can check out the show. You can buy tickets here or at Kroger for $9 per adult or $11 at the door. Kiddos 12 and under are FREE!!

  • Wednesday, February 18: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 19: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 22: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Auto14_MapSpread_1.28.15-1024x672Check out the Cincinnati Auto Expo on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information about the Cincinnati Auto Expo, visit cincinnatiautoexpo.com. The show is also on Facebook at facebook.com/CincinnatiAutoExpo. Follow the show on Twitter @CincyAutoEx.

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#CincyAutoExpo At Duke Energy Cincinnati Feb 18-22

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You wanna check out the latest and greatest automobiles? Then head to the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati for the Cincinnati Auto Expo. Weather you are looking to buy a new car or just check out some great looking cars, this is where you need to be!

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Here are the dates and times you can check out the show. You can buy tickets here or at Kroger for $9 per adult or $11 at the door. Kiddos 12 and under are FREE!!

  • Wednesday, February 18: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 19: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 21: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 22: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Auto14_MapSpread_1.28.15-1024x672Every car company you can think of will be at the Cincinnati Auto Expo- Ford, GMC, Toyota and many more!

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Check the show out first on Wednesday February 18 for their Rev It Up Event! Wednesday night only from 5pm-9pm admission is just $1, all hotdogs and soft drinks are just $1 and draft beer is $3. What a great way to break up that mid week slump- beer and cars and cheap food! All the cars in the show will be there so you will be the first to check out all the fun!

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Check out the Cincinnati Auto Expo on Facebook and Twitter!

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Vehicle specialists and representatives will be on-site at the Expo to answer visitors’ questions and provide comprehensive information about new model features, innovation and technology on display. Vintage car dealers, insurance agencies and other industry-related companies will have booths at the show as well.

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“The Expo experience brings dealers under one roof, creating the largest new car showroom in the Greater Cincinnati area,” said Vicki Hart of Hart Productions, producer of the 2015 Auto Expo. “Bring your list of questions and speak with dealership and manufacturer experts on-site. There’s no sales pressure on the show floor. Sit behind the wheel, pop the hood and enjoy a truly hands-on opportunity to find the right vehicle for you and your family.”

In its second year, the Safe Travel Family Zone will feature family-friendly activities and educational opportunities for parents and their children. Grab an Auto Expo Travel Log when you arrive and travel the show floor to discover six “passport” locations where children can learn more about vehicle safety and earn a special prize. The Stonelick Township Fire Department’s custom yellow Dragonfly Foundation fire truck will highlight the passport route. Children are invited to come on-board, learn about fire safety and get pictures taken.

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A trampoline and swing set will be on-site all five days of the Expo. Caricatures, face painting and balloon animals with Frozen’s Anna will be available on-site Friday through Sunday, February 20 – 22. Free goody-bags will be given out to the first 3,000 children age eight (8) and under.

“As a parent of young children, travel safety is always top-of-mind,” adds Hart. “Parents and their kids will have the opportunity to learn together from our qualified partners on-site. 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the show’s charity partner, will promote its Child Passenger Safety Program with child car seat safety demonstrations and activities for children in the main lobby of Duke Energy Convention Center. Be sure to stop by their booth for your chance to enter to win an EvenFlo car seat.

For more information about the Cincinnati Auto Expo, visit cincinnatiautoexpo.com. The show is also on Facebook at facebook.com/CincinnatiAutoExpo. Follow the show on Twitter @CincyAutoEx.

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Snow Tubing at The Beach?!? @BchMountain

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Snow Tubing at The Beach, The Beach Mountain that is!! The Beach Waterpark-Cincinnati that we have come to grow up with and love so much, has created a way for us to hang out with them in the winter too! Top their 40’ foot high snow tubing hill for a 2 hour session of cold, wet fun! Made with patented SnowMagic LLC technology to create snow using no additives or artificial materials it will seem as if it snowed for weeks!

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The snow tubing hill is great for families of all ages and is well worth your money. In the 2 hours we were there we were able to hit the hill 30+  times. Making the small amount of money you pay to get in a great value! With 6 of us, finding activities to do on a budget and keep them all entertained, is sometimes a hard task. All of my girls ages 6-13 had a great time and wanted to stay longer once our time was up.

The Beach Mountain is open through the end of February. You can check there times and days here.

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Taking your little ones with you is no problem, you have to be 42″ to snow tube on the mountain but if you have a little one that just doesn’t quite make it, don’t worry. There is a play area and smaller tube area that they can still experience the fun!!

Anyone tubing at Beach Mountain must complete and sign the Snow Tubing Release Form.  This form must be signed by a parent/guardian for children under 18.   Please click this simple form to download and bring with you to Beach Mountain.

Tubing is scheduled in 2 hour slots but can be extended for a few dollars more! Be sure to dress in your favorite winter attire! Just because its not real snow doesn’t mean it’s not cold! So grab those hats and gloves and  heavy winter coats!

You don’t want to freeze and wimp out at the mountain! If you get too cold they do have concession open to grab some hot chocolate and sit by one of the many fire pits available!

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You can only have 1 rider per tube and carrying your own tube to the top of the mountain has never been so cool while riding their Handle Tow Rope. This moving walkway is one of my kiddos favorite thing at the mountain besides the tubes of course!

Friends, Food & FUN… That’s What It’s All About at Beach Mountain!

Please Note: Weekend and holiday tubing rates of $25 per person or $20 on all other dates!

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I received tickets from The Beach Mountain to visit and write my opinion about our visit. Although I was compensated my opinion is my own.

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Run Jump N Play MLK Day Specials!

Run Jump-n-Play is the greater Cincinnati Metro area’s premier indoor fun center! With easy access off of I-71 located in Mason Ohio, easy access from any where in the greater Cincinnati area. This is a great place to hang out with the kiddos on a cold day of no school, right?!? Check them out on Facebook for the latest deals.

MLK Jr. DAY CELEBRATION!

When: Monday Jan 19, 2015
Time: Three Sessions
 9:00AM – 11:30AM
12:00PM – 2:30PM
3:00PM – 5:30PM
Cost: $12.00 Includes Giant Inflatables, Indoor Open Playground,  Glow Bowling, Glow Basketball and our Canon Ball Air Blaster! and MORE.
Please note: must be 36″ or taller to participate in Inflatables

Price of Admission Includes: Giant Inflatables, SNT Playground ( Playsets, Trampolines and Basketball Hoops), Cosmic Bowling, Basketball and Air Blaster! Snack Bar with Free Wifi Available

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Get $3 off Your Next Visit at Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge


Enormous fun awaits you below the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge! But the 40,000-pound primate isn’t the only star you’ll see at the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum. In fact, you can pose with the biggest stars, while learning about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments.

Movie buffs, pop culture lovers, and everyone who wants to step into the spotlight with the stars will enjoy the fun, entertainment, creativity and artistry.

Plus, with the Pick 3 combo deal, you get to take a ride up into the mouth of Great Ape and see the spectacular Smoky Mountains from the VIP Observation Deck (weather permitting).

Are you The Chosen One? In Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, find your way through the mirrored corridors hidden inside the Castle of Savannah to save Princess Hannah from the curse of Ugly Hetty. You’ll have to make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways and several sections where you see infinite reflections in every direction.

Finally, join the battle against evil at Castle of Chaos, the world’s first 5D haunted attraction. Your mission: help the Paranormal Professor find out what supernatural activity is lurking inside. Soon you’ll find yourself in an all-out shooting adventure where the highest scorers appear on the screen.

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I received tickets in exchange for this post. My opinion is my own.

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Indoor Waterpark Fun Castaway Bay Resort at Cedar Point

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Head off to Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay this winter to find your island paradise with their 38,000 square foot indoor waterpark resort. Castaway Bay features 237 hotel rooms and suites including family-oriented units, a fitness center, 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art arcade, a craft and child activity center, three restaurants, retail shops, adjacent marina and space for meetings, group events and birthday parties. What more could you ask for in a indoor waterpark resort!

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The Castaway Bay’s Tropical Caribbean theme will make you feel like you landed on the islands!  The centerpiece of Castaway Bay is its elaborate enclosed waterpark with a five-story structure featuring a vaulted wood ceiling that covers a natural setting of palm trees, huts, inland lagoons and plenty of wet and wild water adventure.

Day passes for Castaway Bay’s Waterpark are just $29.00 each. Day passes can be purchased at the resort’s front desk. Subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Hours vary, please check their calendar before booking your trip!

Cedar Point, Soak City and Castaway Bay are committed to the safety of their guests and employees – both in the water and out.  A Guest Assistance Guide has been developed as a reference for those visiting our waterpark.

There are plenty of places to eat! Big Daddy Snack Shack offers pizza, wings, pretzels, deli sandwiches, salads and ice cream! There is also Ebb & Eddy’s to get your fresh bakery and breakfast items, deli wraps, salads, ice cream, assorted cold beverages, Starbucks coffee and other assorted hot beverages.  Beer service is also available. Woody’s Chart Room features a 50″ LCD TV that shows the latest sports action along with 3 other TVs to keep you up to date.  Comfortable furniture and a relaxing atmosphere make this area a great spot to enjoy a snack or play a game with the family.  Complimentary games are available for loan at the front desk. Mango Mike’s breakfast buffet features fresh fruit, freshly-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, cold cereals, hash browns, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy along with breakfast favorites. Room Service also is available and includes breakfast, sandwiches, salads, kids meals & wine service.  Big Daddy’s Pizza is also available.

Check out Crabbie’s Quarterdeck Arcade for the latest video games, basketball, air hockey and ticket redemption games! Arcade cards are available for purchase at the redemption counter of the arcade. Cards are re-loadable and be loaded with various dollar amounts equal to chips that can be used to play the games. Many games award tickets that can be redeemed for awesome prizes. Operating hours vary.

For reservations and hotel information, call 419.627.2106. Please note that waterpark hours vary throughout the off-season.  Please review the operating schedule before making your reservation.

Their rooms and suites feature a private deck or balcony (in most), flat screen television, free wireless internet, microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. Also, many rooms have access to adjoining rooms – perfect for extended families or large groups. 

While Castaway Bay is one of the closest hotels to Cedar Point, please note that it is not within walking distance to the park.

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Sweet Petit Grand Opening #Cincinnati November 11, 2014

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Sweet Petit Opening Second Shop Tomorrow

New Vine Street Location Offers Added Visibility to Burgeoning Bakery

CINCINNATI (November 10, 2014) – When Taren Kinebrew opens her second Sweet Petit Desserts shop tomorrow, November 11, at 11 a.m., it will be significant to her on a number of levels – none of which include the mere coincidence of opening on 11/11 at 11. First, it shows how far she’s come since starting Sweet Petit from her home in 2009. It also happens to be Veterans Day, giving the day added meaning for Kinebrew, who spent seven years in the Army National Guard.

“It’s a pretty sweet deal to be able to open the shop on Veterans Day to salute my fellow veterans who have protected our country, and contributed to the freedom we’re afforded here,” said Kinebrew.

As her way of saying thanks, Sweet Petit will offer a few selections to veterans free of charge for Veterans Day.

Sweet Petit’s first storefront, which opened last year at 1426 Race Street, has steadily grown its presence in the OTR neighborhood. However, Kinebrew hopes to attract even more foot traffic at her new shop – located at 1407 Vine Street, across the street from the Paint Building – due in large part to the substantial number of restaurants and resulting activity in the immediate vicinity.

“People are just so familiar with Vine Street, so we felt like it was a smart move to open a second location in an area like that, with more visibility,” Kinebrew said. “We’re one of the first new retail shops north of Washington Park on Race Street, so people from the neighborhood are still discovering us. We’re hoping that with a strong presence on Vine, some of that traffic will flow to our shop on Race, as well.”

Kinebrew will continue to bake all of her tiny, tasty treats in Sweet Petit’s Race Street kitchen. In addition to her standard menu items, which include Cake Pops, Red Velvet Bites and Macaroons, among others, she also plans to offer scones, desserts in a cup and other specialty items at the new shop, which will have slightly longer hours than the Race Street storefront.

The new Vine Street location will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, although Kinebrew may adjust the hours according to demand once open. Visit www.sweetpetitdesserts.com for additional information.

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“Purchase of Manhattan” – World Premiere of Concert Opera November 20, 2014

Opera Tells Untold Story of New York’s Hidden Beginning: Could the Island’s Price Tag Really Have Been $24 Worth of Beads?

Performance Continues Historic Partnership between Descendants of Manhattan’s Original Inhabitants and its Dutch Settlers 

 New York, NY – “Purchase of Manhattan,” a new concert opera that sings to life New York’s hidden beginning, will have its world premiere at the historic Marble Collegiate Church on November 20, 2014. The opera is proudly presented by the Lenape Center, a nonprofit dedicated to continuing the cultural presence of Manhattan’s first inhabitants; the Collegiate Churches of New York, the oldest continuous Protestant congregation in North America; and Collegiate’s multi-faith, global peacemaking initiative, Intersections International.

The groundbreaking opera tells the untold story of how the early Dutch settlers of what was then New Netherland unjustly “purchased” the island of Manhattan from the Lenape people, supposedly for 60 guilders or the modern equivalent of $24. From the perspective of the Lenape, whose culture did not operate on the concept of land ownership, the opera explores the myth of the island’s sale. The project follows a formal, 400-year-old acknowledgement made by the Collegiate Churches of New York, formerly the First Dutch Reform Church, to the Lenape in 2009, recognizing their founders’ role in displacing the native peoples from Manhattan in the 1600s.

“Purchase of Manhattan” is scored by nationally recognized Mohican composer Brent Michael Davids, with a libretto by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. Conducted by Sara Jobin, the performance features three solo voices – soprano Alexandra Loutsion, Wampanoag tenor John Bellemer, and baritone Stephen Powell – a full chorus and orchestra, American Indian singers, and Native American flute. The music mingles American Indian and Western European styles in a hybrid mix that unifies both cultures despite their tumultuous past.

November’s opera has grown out of a long Native tradition. In 1913, American Indian woman Zitkala Sa composed the first indigenous opera, “Sun Dance Opera,” and operas written by and about Native Americans have followed. In describing “Purchase of Manhattan” composer Brent Michael Davids’ compositional style, classical music critic Bill Parkercalls Davids, “never glib or facile, but rich in resonance.”

Tickets for the opera can be bought here for $24, a price set to reflect the myth of the Dutch purchase that history books mischaracterize. All proceeds from “Purchase of Manhattan” will go towards the development of a physical Lenape Center in Manhattan for the creation, distribution, and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture, with the purpose of engaging the story of the Lenape peoples within the contemporary fabric of New York City.

“The Lenape Center sees itself as a research platform and a place of action – for native and indigenous artists from around the globe to create new works that critically examine art, history and culture,” said Joe Baker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Lenape Center. 

“Holding the New York City premiere of Purchase of Manhattan at Marble Collegiate Church is historic. Two communities, once separated by culture, race and religion, have worked together to bring this unique performance to New York City residents,” said Rev. Robert Chase, Founding Director of Intersections International. “This unfettered Native American perspective on early interactions between Lenape residents of Manhattan and Dutch settlers helps us all better understand our roots and how we can walk together in pathways of mutual respect and dignity.”

“Native audiences can be proud of their survival and of living culture presented in a contemporary form, and non-Indians can take a fresh look at their own origin myth, the so-called ‘Purchase of Manhattan’,” said Brent Michael Davids, Mohican Composer of the opera.

“We are presenting this opera here at Marble Collegiate Church as part of our yearlong Diversity Series. Using the arts as a medium allows each person who attends to profoundly experience this story, touching the hearts and minds of the audience in ways that mere words could never match, and spurring us to a greater sense of justice as we create the history that generations yet to come will inherit,” said Dr. Michael B. Brown, Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church.

“Moving to western Massachusetts five years ago, I thought with gratitude of the Mohican people who had loved and taken care of the land so well for ten thousand years,” said Sara Jobin, Conductor of the opera. “An inquiry into current day Mohican composers brought up Brent Michael Davids’ name right away, and eventually brought us into contact. In the face of global warming and climate change, I am interested in learning more about traditional Native values, and embodying those values in whatever way possible in pursuit of living in harmony with the earth.  May we all walk side by side toward a brighter future together on this beloved planet.”

“I live and grew up on Lenape land in Pennsylvania, the word Lenape is part of my heritage and community,” said Stephen Powell, Baritone Soloist. “I hope to do some service of good through this project and give something back to the original inhabitants of the land I call home.”

For more information, please visit www.purchaseofmanhattan.com.

About Lenape Center

Lenape Center is a non-profit indigenous organization based in the ancestral Lenape homeland of Manhattan. Its mission is continuing the Lenape cultural presence by promoting Lenape language and the creation, development, distribution and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture; thus building a pathway for Indigenous people between inherited cultural traditions and the dynamic innovations of contemporary global society. Lenape Center is a fiscally sponsored organization of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Please visit www.thelenapecenter.com. Follow us via Facebook.com/TheLenapeCenter and on Twitter @LenapeCenter

About Intersections International

Founded in 2007, Intersections International is a New York based non-government organization that works at the intersection of people and communities in conflict. Its mission is to promote peace through dialogue using direct service programs, advocacy, educational and informational outreach. The programs involve members of the veteran, Muslim, and LGBT communities, to name a few. Intersections brings individuals together in conversation, often with startling and profound results. For more information, please visit www.intersectionsinternational.org.

About The Collegiate Churches of New York

Founded in 1628, The Collegiate Churches of New York is the oldest continuous Protestant congregation in North America. The Collegiate’s five ministries are dedicated to progressive spiritual thought, embracing values of inclusion, self-exploration and positive thinking. For more information, please visit www.collegiatechurch.org.

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