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Friday, July 6, 2012

Have a Great Weekend!

We’ve got some fun events lined up for your weekend… enjoy!

First Friday Trolley Hop- Friday, July 6 from 5-11 p.m;  take the family for a fun ride in a trolley while they sight-see Louisville in a whole new way!

New Albany Farmers Market- Saturday, July 7, 8am-1pm; 202 East Market Street, New Albany, IN. You can come out and support local farmers, artists, and merchants or just come to enjoy the sights and smells!

Twilight Cinema- Saturday, July 7 at the RiverStage in Jeffersonville, IN; watch Spy Kids 4 on the jumbo screen at dark; FREE

Riverside’s Annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social- Sunday, July 8 at Farnsley-Moremen Landing; Family fun on the banks of the Ohio River with music from 1-5pm and an ice cream eating contest at 3pm! This event is FREE; however, some activities require the purchase of a ticket.

 Photo Source: AP via BBC News

Thursday, July 5, 2012

She’s Going to be a Bridesmaid…Now What?

If you have children with lots of friends, then there's a good chance that they will be asked, at some point, to stand beside one of their dear friends on their big {wedding!} day. Although it is truly a privilege to be included, one may worry about what kind of financial obligation it may entail. Luckily for us, we have Amy Holley of HolleyWrap, Louisville's Premier Gifting Service, with some great insight into that very topic.

A bridesmaid just asked me if it's expected that she purchase, in addition to the official wedding gift, gifts for the bachelorette party and all 5 wedding showers.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Homearama Giveaway

It’s almost Homearama time!  This year it will be held at Rock Springs and Shakes Run, July 14-29. Homearama has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for some inspiration for remodeling or redecorating your current home or you’re ready to build a new home.

Admission is $10 per person per visit, or you may purchase a DUAL-SITE pass for $15, which allows you to visit the other site any time during the Homearama event.

Show Hours:
Weekdays: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ticket gate closes an hour and a half prior to listed closing times.

We are so excited to be able to give 20 lucky winners each a pair of tickets to Homearama!  Enter below for your chance. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Perfectly Imperfect!

By the time one’s child reaches the age of two, his or her behavior is all the evidence a parent needs to prove that the child is far, far from perfect, even if at birth the child seemed perfect by all physical accounts.
The unfortunate truth is that as parents, we often think our child is a reflection of us and on us, of who we are or are not, of what we are doing or not doing. We carry the weight of so much unnecessary responsibility which can make parenting extremely stressful and guilt-inducing, especially in the grocery store when one’s child is shrieking like a banshee.
When I had my first child, I believed that as her mom I was the artist shaping the clay of her personality and behavior. It was by my own hands that she would become a smart, kind, wonderfully charming person. Now that I have the experience of time and mothering three children, I understand that a baby is already a work of art at birth, with an already set personality and temperament. As a mom, I am a curator, caring for the art, interpreting it, and helping it find it’s best showcase. I find that the works of art that are my children actually shape me in a far more powerful way than I ever expected.
Coming to this realization certainly took the weight of the world off my shoulders and allowed me to accept my children for who they are. (Of course, this doesn’t mean I like them for who they are all the time.). I try to be gentle with myself, acknowledging that I do the best I can, but there is a limit to what I can do. Some things are simply beyond a parent’s control.

Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.

Don't forget to read her full article, Perfectly Imperfect Baby, in our June/July issue of Today's Family, and please weigh in with your own parenting experiences... we love to hear them!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Cost of College

Don't panic- but here is how much it will cost...

We will have two kids in college next year at Purdue University.
For each of them, this next school year could cost:
  • $9,900 for in state tuition ($28, 702 for out-of-state)
  • $10,000+ for room and board
  • $ 1000+ for books

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