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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Baby Changes Everything

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This Christmas, we celebrate the reason for the season.
 
From our families to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Gifts- What and Where!

We have some helpful tips from Amy Holley, owner of HolleyWrap, Louisville's Premier Gifting Service.

1. I have three days until Christmas… what should I get my spouse and not make it look "last minute"?

It's always a good idea to go with a theme, especially when you get the details right.  Say your spouse is a major Ryan Adams fan … buy the tickets online (Palace Theatre, Jan 30), add a Louisville Originals restaurant gift card (can be purchased at ValuMarket or the Louisville Visitors Center ), make the dinner reservation (you can always change reservation place/date/time with any participating restaurant), and maybe pick-up a cool Ryan Adams t-shirt or CD.


 
Your spouse loves to cook? Our city has great services and stores for foodies. Schedule a cooking class with Mary Wheatley (Cook with Mary), visit Lotsa Pasta or any one of our boutique markets, and pick up a few amazing products … think aged balsamic vinegars and exotic olive oils & spices, bourbon-smoked sugars & salts. Buy cookware, if that's not already a staple in your kitchen, and a great cookbook - Julia Child's "The Art of French Cooking" and Erma Rombauer's "The Joy of Cooking" are classic heavies, but your cook may be more suited to an Ellie Krieger volume.


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Lastly … nothing, but nothing, says “last minute” like a gift bag. Wrap the gifts [with paper] with all of the love in your heart. Your spouse will be delighted!

2. There are a few dollars left in the checking account… what can Santa buy with that?

Create an experience that involves your imagination, time, and a little dough. How about a gift-boxed taste of Louisville?  For $25, you can fill a box with a single pack of Red Hot Roasters Coffee (brews 6-8 cups), a couple of their chocolate espresso bars, Coco's Chocolate Cafe chocolate dipped praline almonds and Stellar Sweets Oatmeal Crisps.

3. Where should I go to fill the stockings?

The Butchertown Market is one of the most fun and affordable shopping venues in town.
 
Work the Metal has a great selection of classic and quirky stocking stuffers for men, women and children. The prices are hard to beat for their mix of fun and functional items.

 

Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection has lovely handmade, heavenly-scented soaps and personal pampering products for everyone.

Plus, there is a chocolatier!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Presentation Academy Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.
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Today’s giveaway is a gift basket full of goodies from Presentation Academy, Louisville’s oldest continuously operating Catholic college preparatory academy for young women.

Here’s how you can enter to win (leave a separate comment HERE for each):

-follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
-like Presentation Academy on facebook (one entry)
-like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)

Giveaway ends 12/27 at midnight.

See Official Rules for details.

Update: amanda breckenridge (comment #3) is our winner.  Congratulations!  Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Get Yours Today

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The December/January issue of Today’s Family magazine is on stands.  You can pick up your free copy at any of the following locations or read it online here:

All About Kids
Audubon Hospital
Baptist Hospital East
Blairwood Tennis Club
Caritas Medical Mall
East Louisville Pediatrics
Floyd County library
Floyd Memorial Hospital
Green Tree Mall
Heine Brothers
All area Krogers
Louisville Zoo
Several Area McDonalds
Medical Arts Bldg.
Milestone Wellness
My Gym
Naturino Shoes
Norton Hospital
Norton Suburban Hospital
Parent Teacher Store
Paul Semonin Realtors
Professional Arts Bldg
Rainbow Blossom
Southend Medical Center
Total Woman OB/GYN
YMCA -- Clarksville
YMCA -- NE
YMCA -- SE
YMCA -- SW
YMCA Downtown

Say Goodbye to the Winter Break Blues

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School’s out… now what?  Those winter break days do seem to last forever.  So, here’s a place to try.  Providing swimming, open gym time, and different themes each day, All About Kids is sure to kick a case of boredom right to the curb!  Here are the details:

When: December 19-21, 27-30, and January 2
Where: All About Kids, 2531 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299, 502.809.1386
Cost: Full Day (9am-5pm & includes lunch and snack) $45/day
Morning (9am-1pm & includes snack) $30/day
Afternoon (1-5pm & includes snack) $30/day

*Siblings receive 20% discount- must call or register at facility to receive it.

Share with us your winter break plans!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It’s Their Last Homerun Here

This is your last chance to visit Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! at the Louisville Slugger Museum because the Peanuts gang will be finishing it’s three-year visit this holiday season.  With the price of admission ($10 for adults 13-59, $9 for seniors 60+, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger) to the museum, your visit will include comics, videos, and fun hands-on activities.

This exhibit runs through January 2 with museum hours Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm and Saturday noon-5pm.

 

What are you planning for your children on winter break?

Having a Ball!

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Are you invited to The Ball?

Well, my house is no castle, but there is a yearly Ball. It has been called The Masquerade Ball, The Goodwill Ball, The SnowBall, and now just, The Ball.

Who’s Invited: Teenagers
Dress: Dressed up – dresses and suits and ties ( you might see some tuxes)
Activities: Dancing – and eating

For the last six years, we have hosted a teenage dance party at our house. The open layout and wood floors make the perfect dance floor and the lack of sitting space (once we move the furniture) encourages the once-dance-shy teens to start dancing. The Ball began with my daughter’s freshman year when several of her friends decided to have a Masquerade Ball. I met with the 14-year-olds who were the planning committee (which involved planning furniture-moving help, food preparation, and music – which they all managed) and the rest is history. Once she graduated, my oldest son and his friends took the helm, and perhaps it will be handed down to the youngest 14-year-old next year.
They have a blast and love dressing up in their best clothing and just plain dancing!

Whatever age or interests of your guests this year, just do what you can and have fun. We all stress too much over trying to make everything perfect.
 
What gathering are you trying to make perfect this year? Any tips you can pass onto the rest of us?
 
Contributed by Anita Oldham, Editor, Today’s Family and Today’s Woman magazines.
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