The Spring Issue of Today's Family Is Out!

You can find the latest issue of Today's Family magazine — inside the March issue of Today's Woman ! That's two magazin...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How's Your New Year Going To Look?

Ah, the excitement of what a new year can bring is in the air. Can you smell it?  It smells like new life, new awakenings, and whatever else your resolutions entail.

Monday, December 30, 2013

We're Going to Church

Like most people, when we're on the cusp of a new year, we begin to think about what we could do differently in the coming year, how we could change or improve our lives or the lives of others, and many other impactful resolutions, both big and small.  Read below how one year changed the life of a family and the difference just one year can make.

It has been a year since I started attending Jeffersontown Christian Church with my three children, and with any milestone, I tend to become reflective, pondering how and why Ive gotten to this juncture.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Weekend!


Since you'll probably still be putting together Christmas gifts and eating leftovers this weekend, we thought we'd give you a few New Year's Eve celebration ideas- it's on Tuesday!!! Check out the events calendar for the Louisville Free Public Library. There are plenty of fun things happening at branches all over town through the new year.

Plus...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sesame Street Live Giveaway


We're so excited to give away more tickets to Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing! You can catch this show at the Brown Theatre, February 21-23, 2014.  Four lucky readers will win a voucher for 4 tickets.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season from our family at Today's Publications to yours.  May this birthday party we celebrate together be the greatest one, yet! Happy birthday, Jesus!
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  
Luke 2: 10-11 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Until Next Year, Little Elf

We know your children will all be so sad to see your family's beloved Elf on the Shelf head back to the North Pole tomorrow night... it will be bittersweet for us, parents, though, as we'll be able to finally take a break from coming up with new nightly shenanigans.

So, to make your elf's exit a little less sad, here's a great idea.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holiday Weekend!

It's the last weekend before Christmas.  Wow, how the time did fly by over the last few weeks!  If you're anything like us, you probably are going to cram as much shopping/wrapping/baking/EVERYTHING into this weekend as possible.  However, just in case you have a few moments to hop around town for some Christmas fun, here's a great place to start.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

5 Great New Year's Eve Ideas

To help your little ones ring in the new year in a fun way, here are a few ideas to get you going.  Plus, you have plenty of time to gather your supplies and prepare... now that's something to cheer about!


New Year's Eve Countdown Bags from The Idea Room 
(This is my all-time favorite idea, just write 2014 on your bag!)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What's Your Elf Been Doing Lately?


It looks like someone's been roasting marshmallows while the kids are asleep and another is playing in Toy Story land.  Email your elf pictures to elfpics@todayspublications.com.  Be sure to include...

Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live!

Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing is coming to town February 21-23, 2014, to the Brown Theatre, and we're giving away lots of tickets. Four lucky winners will each receive a voucher for 4 tickets.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY Bookpage Wreath


If you're looking for a last minute, extremely affordable Christmas gift with major appeal, try making a bookpage wreath. It's a great project that anyone can do, and the end result is simply stunning.

Set aside about two hours of your time to make one, and let me tell you, whomever the recipient is of this gift will know it was made with love.  When you spend your time and energy on something special for someone, the gift becomes more than just a material item; it will be an item they will treasure for years.

Go here for the complete how-to.

Monday, December 16, 2013

No More Meltdowns

We often expect the holidays to be a time of joy and peace, but if you have children, you know that an overabundance of busyness, sweets, and toys mean the holidays aren’t always merry and bright. 

There are some things parents can do to minimize the likelihood of holiday meltdowns.


  1. Stick (as much as possible) to the routine.  Kids thrive on routine so ensuring they wake up, nap and go to bed at the same time is critical.  Make sure they eat near their usual mealtimes, even if this means giving them a little snack before the big holiday dinner.
  2. Try to keep your disciplinary measures...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Weekend!


Once again, our wonderful city does not disappoint when it comes to great, family-friendly events.  Your family can enjoy everything from 40 Nights of Lights to Christmas at the Galt House to holiday bazaars all over town this weekend.  Happy holiday fun!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Christmas will soon be upon us, and that usually means lots and lots of baking (and eating, which is my favorite part). 

Here are my Top 10 Christmas Cookie Recipes:


Linzer CookiesA traditional Austrian cookie based on a torte that dates to the 1600s. 


A kid-friendly sugar cookie without a zillion sprinklesA container of sprinkles dumped on a cookie is not my bag, but this cookie is one both kids and adults adore.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Miranda's Favorite Things- Wish List 2013

When I think about what I would place on my wish list this holiday season, I am inclined to fill it with everything from indulgent spa services to products that are over-the-top in quality, and even fun, local experiences. These are things I would love to splurge on! Happy Holiday Wishes!

~Miranda Popp, Today's Family Now editor

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Do You Have a Beautiful Baby?


Enter your beautiful baby in the 7th annual Today’s Family Beautiful Baby Contest sponsored by Derby City Pediatric Dentistry.  The winner will be featured on a Today’s Family magazine cover and receive a $1,000 savings bond.

Click here for all of the details and to fill out the entry form.

Local Places You'll Find Santa

If your little one hasn't yet had the opportunity to plop up on Santa's lap and tell him those Christmas wishes, there is still plenty of time and many local spots to do so. Here are our top places to take the kiddos.

The Jolly Old Elf himself is in Louisville for the Christmas season. Santa Claus is available to visit with children free of charge, outside the KaLightoscope Christmas event. Families are welcome to bring their camera to take photos with Santa. [No specific dates or times listed.]


Also, Breakfast with Santa is available Saturday December 14th and 21st from 10 a.m. - noon. Call 502.584.7777 for tickets.

Monday, December 9, 2013

7 Great Tips for Your College Kid


Tips for Parents for the College Offspring’s
Long Weekend Home

Am I the only parent startled to realize she was cleaning up for the kid’s visit, after so many years of cajoling her kids to clean up for guests?

Thanksgiving was my daughter’s first time home from college. We had a great time, all the travel plans went like clockwork, and I had no major food mishaps. In fact, I didn’t goof anything up royally, so I don’t have a great story for my monthly blog. But I do have some tips...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Win a New Look!

Our 12 Giveaways of Christmas has come to an end, but we're finishing it with a bang- a giveaway from Salon 202!

Make your holiday season great with a new look by winning a custom cut, color and/or highlights, and a style from Salon 202.

Enter for your chance to win. See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 12/12/13.

Weekend Fun!

It's certainly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with the cold weather that just blew in.  So, grab a coat and the whole family and head out for some affordable (most are completely free!) family fun at a festival, parade, or holiday bazaar.  Many of this weekend's picks feature free carriage rides, photos with Santa, and children's activities.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 6 Blues, Brews, and BBQ- A night in the Bluegrass 5:00pm-9:30pm, $15 
Your ticket includes first access to this year's vendor items as well as BBQ and sides from Mark’s Feed Store,  and 2 drink tickets for beer donated by Falls City  bourbon donated by Heaven Hill.  Entertainment provided by CheKane. 
Saturday, December 7 General Admission Shopping 9:00am - 5:00pm, $5 
Special events to include:  10am - 12:00 pm - Princess Tea Party sponsored by Christmas at the Galt House 
Sunday, December 8 General Admission Shopping 11:00am - 5:00pm, $5  
11:00am - 3:00 pm - Come paint with Paint Spot on site! On Sunday, we are also going to allow FREE admission to any service people which includes teachers, fire, EMS, and Police as long as they bring a valid ID.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Check Out Our New Issue! It's Magical!


Doesn't this Today's Family cover make you want to create your own magic? This issue is full of great things to do this winter and some stories that any parent can identify with -- The Best and Worst Christmas Ever!
Every issue also has a calendar, a craft, a great recipe to make with your kids, and directories to help you find family-friendly businesses and resources.

You can read the whole magazine here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Top 10 Gifts for Boys & Girls

Just in case you were wondering what's hot this season, here's our Top 10 list of Christmas gifts for boys and girls to get you started. Happy shopping! 

For the Boys-
  1. Pongo Ping Pong Game from Umbra $40.00 Umbra
  2. LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra $149.99 ToysRUs
  3. Tetris Link Game $29.95 MetMusuem

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

My favorite Christmas song growing up was My Favorite Things. It became the inspiration behind a Christmas craft with my grandchildren, producing mini-Christmas trees for their dressers, following the theme, “These are a few of my favorite things…”

Monday, December 2, 2013

12 Giveaways of Christmas #11- Frazier History Museum

We're so excited about this whopper of a prize- we're giving away a 1 year family membership to the Frazier Museum and a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Shop!

Enter for your chance to win. See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 12/8/13.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Opening This Weekend!

Let the holiday celebrations begin! If you haven't "shopped 'til you dropped," take the family to one of these fun, local happenings opening up this weekend.  Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to our beloved readers! We are so thankful for you.  May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy and gratitude for each and everything you have been blessed with, no matter how big or how small.
For many, we know your Thanksgiving evening will probably conclude with everyone gathered around your dining room table gazing at... ads?? Yes, you read it correctly, those anticipated Black Friday ads.  For tips on how to make your game plan, head to Today's Woman.  For your convenience, check out a complete list of store hours for the weekend here from Wave3.  Enjoy!








    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Time to Give a Little

    It's the season of thanksgiving, and those feelings of gratitude urge us to do more for others.  If your family is jonesing to do some good around town, here is a great place to start.  Check out these local organzations for ideas on how you can bless others with your time and energy.






    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Win a Louisville Zoo Prize Package!

    On the 11th giveaway of Christmas, Today's Family gave to me... a fabulous prize package from the Louisville Zoo!

    This prize package contains 4 Louisville Zoo adventure tickets which includes admission, unlimited carousel and train rides, Shuttle service, a ticket to the Zoo's new 4-D theater, a DVD about Qannik (the Zoo's polar bear cub), and two small plush animals from the Zoo's gift shop.

    Enter for your chance to win. See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 12/2/13.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Cut Your Own Christmas Tree This Year

    Time to start a new tradition, or maybe just try something different this year, and head out to a Christmas tree farm to cut your own tree.  Sounds like there are memories to made and fun to be had!

    Werkmeister's Christmas Tree Farm- Shephersville, KY, ~25 miles from downtown Louisville, all trees $45

    Huber's Winery- Starlight, IN, "U-Cut" Christmas trees; plus, a free cup of hot apple cider or coffee with your tree purchase!

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Win an Incredible Dave's Prize!

    With fantastic food and fun times, Incredible Dave's is a hit with families everywhere.  In giveaway #9 of our 12 Giveaways of Christmas, you could win a $100 gift card to Incredible Dave's.

    Enter for your chance to win. See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 11/28/13.

    Happy Weekend!


    There are lots of events going on around town this weekend- here are our picks.  Oh, and just in case you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner next week, don't forget to check out our table decorating tips.  Enjoy!

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Miranda's Favorite Things- November 2013

    My favorites for this month would make great Christmas gifts. I hope your loved ones enjoy these goodies as much as I do!

    ~Miranda Popp, Today's Family Now editor

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Thanksgiving Table Ideas & Printables!

    We've gathered some great ideas for you to use when styling your Thanksgiving table this year.  Your guests will be picking their jaws up off the floor when they see the beautiful things you've created!

    Set the scene with an easy DIY banner that says it all- GIVE THANKS. Print your banner right here.

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    3 Family Night Ideas

    How does your family do Family Night? Do you pop popcorn and watch a movie, play a board game, or maybe even play Xbox together?  There are so many options for creating memories together as a family during those special nights.  Read about how these local families do Family Night right here in Kentuckiana.



    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Win $100 to Royal Pampering Day Spa


    Wouldn't it be nice to be pampered for a day? With our giveaway from Royal Pampering Day Spa, you could receive just that.

    Enter for your chance to win a $100 gift card for services at Royal Pampering Day Spa. See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 11/24/13.

    You'll notice we're asking...

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend!


    So many fun holiday events begin this weekend that you might have trouble deciding which ones to attend.  That okay, though, because many of them last throughout the holiday season.  Here are our picks... enjoy!


    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Could Your Husband Do This?


    I walk in the back door and the aroma of dinner hits my nose. My husband, Jeremy, is at the stove prepping grilled chicken. Setting down my bags, I sneak a peek outside to a freshly mown lawn. “Mommy!” shouts Lucas, 2, as he runs into the kitchen and gives me a hug. Noah, 7, waves from the living room couch. Have I died and gone to heaven, you ask?

    Read all about life of a stay-at-home dad and and how this new normal works for the Leitner family.

    Could you husband tackle to role of a stay-at-home dad?  Tell us what you think.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Her First Trip Home

    “Oh, there’s no place . . . “

    It could have been worse.  She could have chosen the college 15 hours away.  The one she did choose is – barring road construction and excessive rest-stopping – about four hours away.

    The first time I drove it, I followed AAA’s route through Cincinnati.  Every time since, I’ve taken the bypass, even if it does add 15 minutes to my trip.  Better 15 minutes than 15 gray hairs.

    We’ve been up to see her once...

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Win a Microdermabrasion & More!


    It's time for giveaway #7 of our 12 Giveaways of Christmas! To make you look even more fabulous than you already do, one lucky winner will receive a Custom Microdermabrasion and Calming Mask from Crabtree Dermatology and Aesthetics.

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Check Out Our Thanksgiving Pins


    Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and we've been busily creating some Thanksgiving magic here at Today's Family.  Please take a look at our newest Pinterest board for some inspiration, and stay tuned for upcoming projects you can do for your Thanksgiving table.

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    Meet Your Awesome Coach



    Today's Family readers sent in nominations for whom they thought should be considered an Awesome Coach. From that list of nominees, readers voted right here on Today's Family Now for their favorite.

    Congratulations to Charlie Fields, head coach of the New Albany High School football team, for being voted Today's Family's Awesome Coach 2013!

    Charlie Fields has been head coach of the New Albany High School football team for three years and has been coaching in some form for the last 24 years. He graduated from New Albany High School in 1988 and says, “This is where I’m going to be; born and raised here. This is my calling of when and where I want to be. It helps me relate to (the players)."

    Have a Great Weekend!

    Happy Friday! It may only be November 8, but the holidays are right around the corner, and to ring in the holiday season, Santa will be arriving tonight at 5pm at Bass Pro Shop!  Plus, there are a few other events planned for this weekend.  Enjoy!

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    They Love Their Schools

    Have you read the winning essays from Today's Family magazine's I Love My School Essay Contest?
    You can read them all right here.  Find out why these students from Assumption High School, Kentucky Country Day, and Presentation Academy love their schools.

    Upcoming Open Houses:
    Presentation Academy- Sunday, November 24, 12-3pm
    Assumption High School- Thursday, December 5, 6:30pm

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Fun Cookies They'll Gobble Up




    Nevermind what the fox says, we are talking turkey these days with fun treats you can make with your kids and grandkids. This craft/treat has been around for some time, but it’s new to us and our grandkids and maybe to you, as well. It is also a great way to use leftover Halloween candy!

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Win Tickets to the Nutcracker!


    On the 5th Giveaway of Christmas, Today's Family gave to me........ a family 4-pack of tickets to the Louisville Ballet's production of the Nutcracker.  This show runs December 7-22, and tickets can be purchased online here.

    Enter for your chance to win this 4-pack of tickets.

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend!

    Happy November 1st and extended Halloween!  We know some of you will continue to trick-or-treat through the weekend.  So, here's the latest on all of those changes from Wave3.  Plus, check the very bottom of this post for area businesses that will be providing a candy exchange, many of which support our troops.

    Friday, November 1:
    Kentucky - Louisville Metro
    • Adams Run Neighborhood: No set time
    • Barbourmeade: No set time
    • Brownsboro Farm Subdivision: No set time
    • City of Coldstream: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • City of Hollow Creek: No set time.
    • City of Middletown: 6 to 8 p.m.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Happy Halloween!

    We have loved seeing the costumes you guys [our readers] sent us. It has been so much fun. We want to give a big "Thank you" to all who entered our Halloween Costume Contest and to everyone who cast their votes.

    Be sure to take lots of pictures of your children today as they make the rounds around your neighborhood because we'll be asking for those cute pictures again next year, and maybe YOU will be the winner.  

    Have a fun and safe Halloween!


    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Not To Be Eaten


    We could gobble these little veggies right up (just kidding). Honestly, have you ever seen cuter produce!? Thank you, Reno and Brock Lawrence and Ryan Whalen, for entering our Halloween Costume Contest.


    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    12 Giveaways of Christmas- Kentucky Humane Society

    Pamper your pet at the Kentucky Humane Society's Eastpoint Pet Resort. One lucky winner will receive 4 nights of standard boarding for one dog at the Kentucky Humane Society along with 4 a la carte services and an exit bath- for a clean and happy pup to bring home!

    Enter for your chance to win.  Also, you will notice something a bit different...

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    See What Mayhem Looks Like


    The Queen of Hearts and Allstate's Mayhem, very clever! Thank you, Chloe and Gavin, for participating in our Halloween Costume Contest!


    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Have a Fun Weekend!

    Halloween is right around the corner, and that means Kentuckiana is booming with Halloween events for the family.  So, be sure to enjoy a local trick-or-treat event or two!
    and don't forget these...

    12 Giveaways of Christmas- Kentucky Railway Museum


    Win a Christmas Train prize package from the Kentucky Railway Museum!

    In giveaway #3 of our 12 Giveaways of Christmas, one lucky winner will receive 4 tickets (2 adults and 2 children) to ride the Christmas Train at the Kentucky Railway Museum.

    Enter for your chance to win.  Oh, and you might notice something a little different...

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Fencing in the Family


    Some people call fencing “physical chess.” My husband says it’s a perfect sport for smart kids and wallflowers because it takes a lot of thought and isn’t a pure jock sport like running or swimming, though it certainly requires skill and discipline...

    Read the full article from Angela Hagan here in Today's Family magazine.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    What Will Your Child Be for Halloween?


    How about a rooster or a witch for Halloween?  We received so many great costume ideas. Thank you, Grace and Kari, for entering our Halloween Costume Contest!


    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Elf on the Shelf Ideas



    It may be only October, but if we're going to do this Elf on the Shelf thing right, we have to begin planning his nightly escapades today.  What kind of mischief will your elf get into this year?  Will he make snow angels in the flour or zipline across your living room?

    We want you to send us pictures of what your elf has done in the past, and we'll share them...

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Cute Costume Ideas



    Look at Minnie Mouse and Superman! They'll be ready for Halloween this year.  Thank you, Chloe and Brody, for entering our Halloween Costume Contest!

    12 Giveaways of Christmas- The Kentucky Center


    It's time for Giveaway #2, the Kentucky Center.

    One lucky winner will receive four tickets for A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit at the Bomhard Theater on December 5, 2013.

    Enter for your chance to win.  Oh, and you might notice something a little different...

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Adorable Halloween Costumes



    A butterfly and a penguin... seriously, could these two be any cuter!? Thank you, Adalynn and Bree, for entering our Halloween Costume Contest!


    Have a Great Weekend!


    We've gathered a great lineup of events for your family to enjoy this weekend.  So, get out and enjoy the crisp, fall weather at one of these area events. 

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Meet Our Winners


    Congratulations to Alex Cordoza and Callen Magers! They are the winners of Today's Family magazine's Halloween Costume Contest and will be enjoying a fantastic prize package from the Louisville Zoo.

    Thank you to all who sent in pictures.  They were so cute, and we'll be showing them off throughout the rest of the month. So, be sure to check in right here at TodaysFamilyNow.com to see if your picture is up!

    Happy Halloween!

    Top 5 Halloween Treat Recipes

    When it comes to doing anything in the kitchen, I am all about easy.  And when it comes to Halloween, I am all about cute.  Here are 5 very cute Halloween/Autumn treat recipes that even I would be willing to make for my family.

    Hershey Kiss Acorn Treats
    1 bag Hershey Kiss candies
    Mini vanilla wafers
    Peanut butter chips
    Icing

    Put icing on the bottom of the wafer.  Attach Hershey kiss upside down (flat sides together).  Put peanut butter chip on the top of the wafer using icing as an adhesive. 

    Recipe via

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    12 Giveaways of Christmas- Derby Dinner Playhouse


    It may be only October, but before we know it, Christmas will be here.  So, to get everyone excited, we're doing 12 Giveaways of Christmas again this year!

    Now let's get this party started with giveaway #1, Derby Dinner Playhouse.

    One lucky winner will receive four tickets for dinner and to see Winter Wonderettes, running November 12- December 31, 2013.

    Enter for your chance to win.  Oh, and you might notice something a little different...

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Miranda's Favorite Things- October 2013

    Five great things Today's Family Now editor, Miranda Popp, is loving this month:

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    A College Visit Brings Hope

    Road Trip to Visit the Lieutenant Commander in Her New Habitat

    “Can you see to drive?” my mother asked me as we pulled away from the dorm, as Amanda waved us out of sight

    There must be something wrong with me, because I could.  If I were a plant, I’d be an indehiscent one.  I don’t cry, nor do I split open and spew seeds.

    We went up for Amanda’s birthday, her grandparents’ and her sister’s first visit to her campus, for the weekend.

    Being with her was great, and I was sorry to leave her, but...

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Happy Weekend!


    We truly *heart* Fall and all of the festivals surrounding this fun season.  Here are our picks for this weekend.  Enjoy!

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    So Many Parties, So Little Time


    As soon as one’s child begins preschool, a parent can count on receiving a seemingly endless stream of birthday party invitations from classmates.  Over time, I’ve developed some strategies for preventing birthday party overload.

    The Gift Box
    When my daughter began preschool, it didn’t take me too long to figure out that if she was invited to the parties of eight classmates, and I bought each child a $15 gift, I was venturing into 1. serious math and 2. serious budgetary woes. 

    So I created the gift box.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Our New Issue is Out!



    The October-November issue of Today's Family is ready to read!
    We think you will like it. Check out these features...

    Win Tickets to the North American Championship Rodeo!

    Yeehaw! The rodeo is coming to town, and we've got tickets to give away!

    We're giving one lucky winner 6 tickets to the North American Championship Rodeo being held November 14, 15 & 16, at the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

    Rodeo ticket prices are as follows:
    •          Thursday, Nov. 14 -  $25 adult, $5 children (under 12)
    •          Friday, Nov. 15– $30 adult, $10 children (under 12)
    •          Saturday, Nov. 16 (final round) – $32 adult, $10 children (under 12)

    Tickets are...

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    This Mom Has Only 5 Rules!


    Here are some great rules one local, single mom has in her home. You'll find them to be both helpful and entertaining.  
    1. Never, ever quit. Lauren wanted to quit dance in third grade, but couldn't because the house rule was that once you started an activity, you must see it to completion for the term. You didn't have to participate in the activity again, but you had to complete the term (year or nine months) for which you had agreed to participate. No ifs, ands, or buts. The only happening that could get you out of the activity was a major illness.
    2. Use public restrooms only if necessary, and if you do, make it quick. As a single mother of both boys and girls...

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    Win Tickets to the Festival of Trees & Lights

    We're excited to already be thinking ahead about Christmas events, and one of our favorites is the Festival of Trees & Lights at Louisville Slugger Field.

    This event takes place November 15-17, 2013, and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 502.629.8060.

    We're giving away tickets to...

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend!


    We have a great lineup of local events for you again this weekend.  Enjoy!

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Fun Halloween Craft for the Kids


    The ‘aye’s!’ have it on this — by now, we know what a craft pack-rat Grandma is! To you, it might be a toss-away, but to me, it has a ‘role’ in Grandma’s grand crafting scheme. Or, did I mean…‘roll?’
    Here is a fun and functional way to give those used toilet paper rolls we’ve been stockpiling new lives as Halloween decorations.

    Collect:
    • Cardboard toilet paper rolls
    • Orange, black, brown, and yellow construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Win Tickets to the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular



    The Jack O' Lantern Spectacular will run October 10 – November 2, in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile trail, illuminated at night as an “art show” daily from dusk to midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekends.

    We're giving away tickets!  Four lucky winners will each win...

    Time to Vote for the Cutest Costume!



    We received so many fantastic photos for this year's Halloween Costume Contest, and now it's time to vote for whomever you think should win.

    Remember, the two entrants receiving the most votes will win an amazing Halloween prize package from the Louisville Zoo.  The prize package includes:
    • Halloween VIP tickets
    • Carousel ride tickets
    • 4-D Theater tickets
    • Headless Horseman Tour
    Go here to view all of the little cuties and to cast your vote.  Be sure to share this with all of your family and friends via facebook, twitter, shouting it from your window, or by whichever means suits your fancy!

    Happy voting!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Top Local Trick-or-Treating Events


    Today is the first day of October, so let the Halloween fun begin.  Here is a great list of trick-or-treating opportunities all around Kentuckiana for your children.  If you know of any more that you'd like us to add to the list, please send a note to miranda@todayspublications.com. Enjoy!

    Trunk or Treat @ Clark County Branch of the YMCA Center, 4812 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville
    October 23rd, 6:30- 7:30 p.m.
    Trunk or Treat will provide entertaining alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Adults are invited to decorate their cars and hand out candy from open trunks to the children. For more information, call 812-283-9622, Ext. 224.

    Halloween Festival In Brown Park
    4th Saturday in October
    The City of St. Matthews annual Halloween Festival in Brown Park is free to all and begins at 11 a.m. in Brown Park, located at the corner of Kresge Way and Browns Lane. Promptly at 11:30 a.m. the trick-or-treating begins at the pavilion.

    Saturday, October 26 (11 am- 5 pm)
    Dress up and bring the kids! Trick or treating in...

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    House Rules Made Simple


    With the Back-to-School issue being all about rules, we thought you'd like to know the rules that a few of our parent-writers have in their homes.  Enjoy!

    At this point in life, our rules revolve mainly around screen time. As the mother of two confirmed vidiots and one adolescent texter, I have to lay down the law in that area. One hour on a school night and two hours on weekends, with mother's discretionary power!

    Stupid rules? I've made them. I’ve recanted on more...

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    Happy Weekend!



    Museum Day Live! is this Saturday, September 28, and just in case you're not familiar with this fantastic event, here is what it's all about.
    In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket... for free.
    Those participating museums in our area are...

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Send Them to Camp on Fall Break


    Fall Break (and soon Winter Break!)  is quickly approaching, and if you haven't yet found childcare for your children during those days off, take a look at what the Kentucky Science Center has to offer.


    Half-day Camps for PreK-K, (AGES 4-5)
    HALF-DAY CAMP HOURS ARE 8 A.M. - 12 P.M. (Drop-off is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.  Camp activities last from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Pick-up is between 11:30 a.m. and noon.)
    $20/day Members, $25/day Non-Members
    Full-day Camps for grades K-6
    FULL-DAY CAMP HOURS ARE...

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Last Chance to Win American Girl Fashion Show Tickets!


    It's your last chance to win tickets to the American Girl Fashion Show & Tea!  So, hurry and tell everyone you know to enter to win a pair of tickets.  It's a fantastic event, and any American Girl fan will absolutely love it!

    This event will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville:
    • Saturday, Oct. 12
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 13
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Tickets are $35
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call 502.629.KIDS or visit www.helpkosairchildrenshospital.com.

    *Recommended for children age 6 and older.

    Three lucky winners will each receive...

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Stop Childhood Obesity Today


    Did you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month?  More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, and it is our job as parents or caregivers to guide our children towards a more healthy lifestyle.

    A great way to start is by providing them with healthy foods to control hunger between meals.

    Here's a helpful snack guide...

    Monday, September 23, 2013

    Yelling is as Hurtful as Hitting

    A new study about yelling came ouby researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan.  They found that yelling at a teen can have the same negative effects as physical discipline.  

    Those negative effects can be depression, low self-esteem, risk of aggression, and overall feelings of being worthless and useless.

    With that being said, we all want to avoid damaging the identities of our youth.

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend!


    For many of us, the beginning of Fall can only mean two things- football and... festivals!  Here are some great festivals and other events (one is even about NFL football!) that have made our list.  Enjoy!

    Metro Parks will host a local qualifier for the national NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Louisville Champions Park, 2050 River Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 21. Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Is a "Gap Year" Right for Your Graduate?


    “Princeton encourages it. Harvard’s a big fan. From Tufts to MIT, some of the most prestigious universities in the nation are urging students to consider something that would make most parents cringe: The idea of putting off college for a year in favor of some much-needed downtime,” wrote Danielle Wood in an article devoted to the “gap year” and its potential benefits and downfalls.

    We want to know your thoughts on this. Would you encourage your high school graduate to have a "gap year?"  Yes or No?

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    American Girl Fashion Show Giveaway

    We love the American Girl Fashion Show & Tea so much that we're giving away four more sets of tickets.  This fantastic event is hosted by the Children's Hospital Foundation to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital.

    This event will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville:
    • Saturday, Oct. 12
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 13
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Tickets are $35
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call 502.629.KIDS or visit www.helpkosairchildrenshospital.com.

    *Recommended for children age 6 and older.

    Four lucky winners will each receive...

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Make Your Own Magnets

    Even if you don't need a message board, there's always room for a few extra magnets to tack papers onto the fridge with, and we have a super easy way to make some custom magnets with your children.

    The glass tiles and Mod Podge from Dee's are what make this little project simple and easy. 

    Plus, we love how you can write anything you want on your paper circles!  It really is as easy as 1...2...3!


    Click here to find the full article in Today's Family magazine (page 40).

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Precious Peanut Goes to College


    It’s a buzz-phrase at our house, a morality tale of what NOT to do.  Do NOT write something embarrassing – such as “Precious Peanut Goes to College” – on your rear window when you take your kid to move-in day.

    I took my kid in August.  I didn’t write anything on my window, spill food on myself, or fall down.  We didn’t wrangle over how to set up her half of the room.  I didn’t wrangle with her roommate’s parents, either! 

    I over-think things, and so far I’ve thought of LOTS of emotional trap doors and pitfalls possibly awaiting me, so if they arose, I could recognize them and plow forward without falling in.  For example...

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend


    There are lots of great festivals and family events happening on both sides of the river this weekend.  Have fun!

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Miranda's Favorite Things- September 2013

    Five great things Today's Family Now Editor, Miranda Popp, is loving this month:

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    We're Giving Away Tickets to the American Girl Fashion Show!


    We're giving away four more sets of tickets to the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by the Children's Hospital Foundation to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital. It's also a tea party and features historical and contemporary American Girl® fashions.

    This event will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville:
    • Saturday, Oct. 12
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 13
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Tickets are $35
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call 502.629.KIDS or visit www.helpkosairchildrenshospital.com.

    *Recommended for children age 6 and older.

    Four lucky winners will each receive...

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    College Isn't For Me


    Many parents receive calls from their college freshman saying things like, "I think I should transfer to another school, or try something different, or... [fill in the blank]."

    Sometimes the issues the college freshman faces seem insurmountable, but trust me, they can be overcome. In order to deal with these issues, parents and students alike must be willing to get to the root of what is causing the problem.

    Here are five tips:

    1. Question your student about the issues that have prompted his desire to leave college. Ask questions about social and environmental issues as well. Sometimes there are concerns with other students (peer pressure, fraternity/sorority, bullying) and professors (class size, difficulty of classes, class load, homework assistance) that cause students to question their presence in college and their ability to succeed.
    2. Have a candid conversation about your student’s gifts and talents and...

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Get Better Grades Today


    Did you know that students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to maintain a GPA above 3.0, score higher on math and reading tests, and are more likely to go to college?

    It's true, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and you can find Today's Family magazines's new Directory full of extracurricular activity listings, along with celebration places, schools, and much more. Check it out today!

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Have a Fun Weekend!


    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "Kentuckiana is the greatest place on earth to live."  There are always so many wonderful events happening each and every weekend, and often, those events are for a great cause. So, enjoy this fabulous, caring city with your family this weekend!

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Are You the Family We’re Looking For?




    Every family is unique, but for the In Our Family feature, I’m looking for families that live life a little differently from the rest of us. I know I’ve met a family I’d like to feature when I’m overwhelmed with curiosity or have to fight back the urge to ask incredulously, “How do you handle THAT?”

    When I’m on the hunt for such families, I put a call out on my Facebook page asking folks I know if they know a family that fits the bill. When I asked around for a family-owned business...

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Win a Fun Prize Package!


    This fun prize package would make a great gift for the student in your family when he or she brings home a fantastic report card this semester.  What a surprise it would be!

    Enter this giveaway for your chance to win.

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    What Are Your House Rules?

    Every family has a set a rules that are to be followed, but what's interesting, though, is that sometimes a rule can be interpreted a little differently that a parent might expect.

    Read about what Today's Family's parent-writer, Megan Willman, found to be true when she interviewed local families about their House Rules.  You'll be both encouraged and amused by the responses.

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!


    It's finally Friday and time to settle down and have a little family fun!  Here are some fun events that we've picked for your Labor Day weekend!  Hooray for a long weekend! Enjoy!

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Halloween Costume Contest!

    Do you have a photo of your child (or even you as a child) in a cute Halloween costume?

    We want to see them, and we'll be featuring many of those right here on Today's Family Now!

    Two winners will be chosen from the photos received and will win an amazing Halloween prize package from the Louisville Zoo.  The prize package includes:

    • Halloween VIP tickets
    • Carousel ride tickets
    • 4-D Theater tickets
    • Headless Horseman Tour

    So, head over to our Halloween Costume Contest page for all the details.  Hurry, the deadline is October 1,2013.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Win Tickets to the American Girl Fashion Show!



    Take the little girl in your family to the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by the Children's Hospital Foundation to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital. It's also a tea party and features historical and contemporary American Girl® fashions.

    This event will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville:
    • Saturday, Oct. 12
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 13
      Tea parties • Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Tickets are $35
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call 502.629.KIDS or visit www.helpkosairchildrenshospital.com.

    *Recommended for children age 6 and older.

    We're giving away tickets!  Four lucky winners...

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Our Model Search Winners!


    You all voted and these are

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    Tips for Helping Your Child Be Successful


    I figured my August topic – Helping Kids Be Successful – would be easy.  I have two successful kids, so piece of cake, right?  Wrong.

    As the deadline approached I realized I had made three highly illogical assumptions:
    1.  That “success” is easy to define and measure
    2.  That what helps one kid helps all kids
    3.  That I had anything at all to do with my kids’ successes

    Oh, the hubris.

    Probably the only thing I am sure about,  in terms of my role, is...

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    Have a Great Weekend!


    With a few days of school under our belts, the weekend looks even better.  So, grab the family for some back-to-school fun at one of our weekend picks!  Enjoy!

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    The Lure of the Locks- a Trip on the Spirit of Jefferson


    In the 1970's, my grandmother worked at the McAlpine Locks and Dam.  Specifically, she handled purchasing for the Corps of Engineers.  That was quite an unusual job for a woman in those days.  But, as a young child, I was only interested in the cool aspects of her job.  For example, when a barge carrying hazardous chemicals got stuck for weeks near the locks, Grandma had to carry a gas mask to work.  The best part?  I got to try it on!

    Every time we'd drive along I-64, my mom would point to the drawbridge that connected Louisville to the end of Shippingport Island where the offices were and say, "That's where Grandma works."  You can’t see much from the expressway.  So, the locks were always a mystery to me. 

    When I found out that the Spirit of Jefferson offered a cruise through the locks...

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Win a Prize Pack of Baby Goodies!

    Whether you are a new mom or you know someone who is, this prize pack will be a perfect fit! From books to baby products, you'll be delighted with all of the goodies!

    Enter below for your chance to win this fantastic prize package.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    YMCA Youth Character Awards


    The YMCA is devoted to giving young people a chance to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why they are seeking nominations for their Youth Character Awards that recognize outstanding teens throughout the community from ages 13 to 17.

    The 2013 YMCA Youth Character Award recipients will exemplify the Y’s commitment to strengthening our community and embody the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

    The nomination deadline is Thursday, September 26. For more information or to make a nomination, visit here or call 587.9622.

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Summer Spelling Bees

     
    We are sadly bidding goodbye to the summer of 2013 and *eagerly* turning our attention to the beginning of a new school year. This will be a first for my granddaughter, entering kindergarten. As the days get shorter and our grandchildren’s time more involved with school activities, they will be outdoors less; so, to preserve the memories of our summer fun outside and gain better alphabet and spelling skills, we went on a nature walk to collect the things of summer we cherished. We used these elements, arranged on white paper, and created words!

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Have a Fun Weekend!


    The biggest event going on in town is the Kentucky State Fair! So, take the whole family for lots of fun, rides, and, of course, food- go ahead and indulge this weekend with a corndog and a funnel cake... the fair only comes once a year.  Enjoy!

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Miranda's Favorite Things - August 2013

    Five great things Today's Family Now Editor Miranda Popp would hate to go without:

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Game and CD Giveaway!




















    We love to give things away at Today's Family, and we know that your kids will enjoy this fun prize package.  It features the following items:
    • Pokemon Arceus video game
    • The Sims 3 video game
    • The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition video game
    • Kidz Bop 19
    • Kidz Bop 20
    Enter below for your chance to win this prize package.

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Time to Vote for an Awesome Coach!

    There are some great coaches out there, and we received nominations from our readers for some especially awesome coaches.

    Now, we are asking for your votes. You have until September 2, 2013 to cast your vote for your favorite coach.  You may vote once per day.

    Go here to view all of the nominations and to vote!

    Auditions for Louisville's Got Talent!













    If your child can sing, dance, act, play an instrument, or has some other performing arts talent, take them to open auditions at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, August 25 in the Jewish Community Center’s Dance Studio. Participants must register by Aug. 23. The entry fee is $10 per person.

    The top 20 performers will compete in the Final Showcase LIVE at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Jewish Community Center’s Linker Auditorium.

    The contestants will compete for cash prizes, learn the ropes of show business and gain exposure. Judges for the final showcase are Dawne Gee of Wave3 and Kathy Campbell of Heyman Talent Agency.  John Leffert, director of CenterStage, will emcee the event.

    Tickets for the Sept. 8 showcase are $7 for children and $12 for adults. To register to participate or purchase tickets for this great community event go to www.centerstagejcc.org/talent or call 502-238-2763.
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