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Friday, February 24, 2012

On Our Calendar

Today’s Family magazine’s 2012 Beautiful Baby Contest- make sure to pick up a copy today and vote online for your favorite baby. Voting ends March 15.

How I Became a Pirate- show starts this Saturday, Feb. 25; check out the details at

Dr. Seuss Storytime: Reading of the Lorax at All Target stores- Feb. 25, 9am-11am, a live reading of The Lorax  and includes free goody bags, fun activities, and more.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Home, Garden and Remodeling Show

Today, we have Tara Brinkmoeller, Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the Home Builders Association of Louisville, sharing some details about the Home, Garden and Remodeling Show presented by Window World that is being held in the South Wing of the Kentucky Expo Center, March 2nd- 4th.
What should we expect to see at the show?
The fun begins at our entrance with one of the most unique garden areas you will have ever seen – that’s because it’s made completely of balloons. We will also have 14 live landscaped garden and hardscape areas for you to enjoy.
You’ll also see hundreds of local businesses displaying the latest and greatest in home improvement products and services. You can participate in free seminars about home improvements, home organization, container gardening and more that will run multiple times throughout the weekend.
We’re taking care of the whole family this year by offering seminars related to pets and pet training, as well as vendors with pet-specific products and services.
Are there any activities our kids will enjoy while we're there?
Since kids 15 and younger attend free with an adult, we encourage the whole family to attend! You and your kids will love the Disc-Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs that perform on the Logan Lavelle Hunt Disc-Connected K-9’s Stage. These acrobatic and athletic dogs will amaze you with their hi-energy tricks and gravity-defying leaps. Kids can also play in the Fire Safety House and will enjoy our fun, free photo booths sponsored by Boland Maloney Lumber.
Is this show for me even if I don't plan on remodeling my home right now?
It’s always fun to see what’s new in the home products market, and you never know when you may need the name of a good home improvement specialist!  Plus, we’ll have the Window World Cares Orange County Choppers, NASCAR and Indy Stock Car on display, and you have the chance to meet driver John Andretti on Saturday, March 3rd.
Visit Facebook and Like us for your Buy One Get One Free coupon which more than offsets your $8 parking fee! Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show – you deserve it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Home, Garden and Remodeling Show Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.

If you didn’t win tickets to the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show last time, maybe you will this time because now we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the show, and here’s how you can enter to win a pair (just leave a separate comment here for each entry):
1. follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
2. follow Today’s Family on Twitter (one entry)

Here are the show details:
The Home, Garden & Remodeling Show presented by Window World
Friday, March 2, 10am- 9pm
Saturday, March 3, 10am-9pm
Sunday, March 4, 10am-5pm
Kentucky Expo Center, South Wings B and C
Tickets are $10, $9 for senior citizens, and free for children 15 & under with an adult. Parking is $8.
Like them on facebook and get a buy one get one free offer!

Also, if you purchase your tickets ONLINE, you will receive a full year subscription to Better Homes and Garden--- Now that’s a great deal!

This show is produced by the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

This giveaway runs through midnight on 2/28/12.

See Official Rules for details.

Update: Our winner is grandnanny (comment #1). Please email us at to claim your prize.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moms Just Need a Moment

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for eight years; so I’ve compiled a pretty long list of strategies for maintaining my composure when my kids are balls-to-the-wall bonkers and salsa dancing all over my nerves.

Taking a nature break works wonders for me and my kids. A walk around the block or sitting on the porch watching cars drive by can be just enough to get our minds off the mayhem that was threatening to unglue all of us.

Facebook is a great distraction. I can check in with other adults, many of whom are my mom-friends who are also doing everything in their power to maintain their composure in the face of tyrant toddlers and persnickety preschoolers. It always helps to know you are not alone.

Reading a magazine, drinking a cup of coffee with flavored creamer, calling my mom, flouncing on my bed in a “mommy timeout,” and venting on my blog are other things I do in an effort to maintain my sanity when I feel the weight of the world on my mom shoulders.
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.
Please take a look at Carrie’s article on keeping your kids safe from YOURSELF in the current issue of Today’s Family magazine.

Photo source: Mothers on Mission

Monday, February 20, 2012

Different is Better

Sometimes, different is better.

I’ve always believed that, even in high school when I didn’t act like it. I had to have the “right” stuff, no matter how absurd. I had to have that silly purse with the wooden handles and changeable covers - Bermuda Bag, turns out it was called - even if it was too small to hold much of anything and hard to carry with a stack of books. I thought I had to measure up outwardly, or no one would care about anything else. When I left for college I learned that Mr. Rogers was right all along: people can like you just the way you are.

And now look at me: I carry an over-sized fanny pack over one shoulder as a purse. I drive the speed limit and stop for yellow lights. I don’t color my gray. I choose comfort over style. This is me. And folks just need to be okay with that.

My firstborn didn’t talk until she was two, but I knew she was above-average smart; she’d talk when she had something to say.

I protected her from criticism and speculation, and a gifted speech therapist taught her sign language. In about a month she was speaking complete sentences. (Turned out she was waiting until she could do it perfectly, a pattern in her life.)

I totally get it when my 9-year-old simply cannot wear a Winnie the Pooh sweatshirt to school. And if a skirt’s the “wrong” length, enough said. And surprisingly, I get very little of that.

Sometimes, different is better. I say it. I believe it. And I’ll keep saying it until they own it themselves.

Contributed by Elaine Jack, Assistant Editor, Today's Family magazine.
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