Ohio Renaissance Festival: Prepare Thyself for a Non-Stop, Weekend-Long Adventure!

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My family and I recently visited the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg (just outside of Waynesville, near Ceasar’s Creek Park) and had a wonderful time. There was so much to do; shopping, watching the performers, attending shows, and chatting with vendors. It was a great day (with record attendance) and every one seemed so happy! We always attend every season, but this one just seemed better. There were several improvements with the grounds, as there were more vendors, games, and places to sit. There was something to do every time you turned around. We even had a “marshmallow war” at Siege the Day with our own miniature catapults (they even make them for lefties!). It was so much fun, and our whole family enjoyed it!


My daughter was thrilled to meet the Queen herself. She was a lovely woman who even recognized her later in the day. This, along with getting her hair braided, made her day. My daughter, who has been recently diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, made herself a hair bucket list (which I’ll touch more on at another time) got to check this off her list. It was so worth it! She truly felt like a princess (mom’s note: the hairstyle lasted for 3 days-so it was very well done).


There are two weekends left, both themed. This coming weekend, October 17th and 18th is Romance Weekend (from the website): Bring your sweetie to spend Sweetest Day with us! Men, look good in tights? Enter the Men in Tights Contest at the Aleing Knight Pub at 4pm to see if others agree! Ladies, show us your bloomers to win the title of Best Bloomers at the Aleing Knight Pub at 5pm. Couples can renew their vows during Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremonies held at St. Peter’s Chapel twice daily at 11:30 and 2:30.

Next weekend also the last weekend of the festival, October 24th and 25th is Tricks or Treat Weekend (from the website): Wear your costumes and bring the wee ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 25th, we’re history ‘til next year!

My advice from attending last Sunday:

-Bring lots of cash. Parking is not included, and is $3 per car. The three of us ate lunch for $29 not including drinks. You can’t bring in any outside food or drink (they’re strict on this) and do not have running water. Water bottles are $3 each, $5 for two. This can add up, and since the event is outside, you run the risk of dehydration. You can however get a stamp to leave the festival and come back, so I would pack a cooler full of water bottles, ice, and snacks (I would definitely eat there, because the food is AMAZING. The steak sandwich is my favorite, and the peppers and onions aren’t extra).

-Don’t worry if you don’t have “garb”. Jeans and t-shirts are just fine, and you won’t stand out. BUT, if you would like to dress up, there is a rental shop if you’d like for the day. If you’d prefer to purchase a costume to use for Halloween and many Ren Fests to come, there are several vendors who will be more than happy to outfit you in all sizes. You can find a list of them here to browse before you go.  Special shout-out to The Gilded Lily for my new hat!

-If your budget and schedule allows: I would plan on spending the entire weekend at the festival. There is no possible way to see all the shows, demonstrations, shopping and vendors in one day. Come back. It’s worth it. All of it.


Looking for Ohio Renaissance Festival Discounts? – Get $4 off Adult (ages 13+) and $2 off Child (ages 5-12) tickets by using promo code “family” when purchasing discount tickets on their secure web site at www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2015 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 5 – Oct 25). Online discount only. Not valid with any other offers.

Have you been to the Ohio Renaissance Festival before? Tell me about your experience in the comments!


Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove: Coming to the Nutter Center October 21-25

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Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its newest skating spectacular. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50 th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook & his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice & the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

About the tickets: Weekday tickets are just $13 – No code needed! Family 4-pack offer:$114 includes 4 tickets, 4 Small popcorns and 4 24oz lemonades- just use code FAMD26 Click here to purchase and apply your discount!
*Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee. Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

Show times are as follows:


To find out more, and follow along with the fun, LIKE Disney on Ice on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!

My family and I are so excited to be attending (and don’t tell M, but she’ll be participating in the show as well), that we’ve begun a Disney countdown! You can check it out, along with all my other Disney Crafts on my Pinterest Board. If you have any Disney crafts or recipes you’d like to share, drop them in the comments below! We’re always looking for new creative ways to countdown to Disney on Ice, our very own little piece of Disney magic at home.


Bluegrass for Babies- THIS WEEKEND!

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*I received a promotional item in exchange for this post


From the site:

Bluegrass for Babies

Healthy Kids for a Brighter Future

Bluegrass for Babies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization focused on improving children’s health. Launched as an annual bluegrass benefit concert in 2009, Bluegrass for Babies has evolved into an organization that provides tools, resources, and year-round special events centered on helping parents create an environment to raise healthy children, right from the start.


This will be my first year attending Bluegrass for Babies event, and I’m so excited to experience it! It’s going to be a great time for a great cause!
General Admission:

Presale Tickets are $15.00. Presale Period ends Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

Adult Tickets at Gate will be $20.00.
Kids 12 and Under are Free!

The 2013 Bluegrass for Babies T-Shirts are now on sale.  There are a limited amount of kids and adult shirts available.

Kids Eat Free!

Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal from the Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Concession Stand from 3 pm until 5:30 pm. One free kids meal per adult meal. Limitations apply.
Group Tickets

Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10+ adults until Friday, September 20. Please contact info@bluegrassforbabies.com for more details, or check them out on Facebook!


Sky-Ways return to Skyline Chili this July and $20 Gift Card Giveaway! (Sponsored)

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*Disclosure: I have received a promotional item in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of Skyline Chili’s cheese! It’s a mountain of delicious goodness, and they’re really piling it on right now! This July 1-28th, Skylines in Cincinnati, NKY, Dayton, and Columbus have brought back the Sky-Way offer, which gives you the option to add 50% MORE cheese to you 3, 4, and 5-ways at NO extra cost! It’s Christmas in JULY! This is such a popular offer, and it rarely comes around, so you need to head in to Skyline to celebrate!


In 1949, Nicholas Lambrinides began pursuing the American dream by serving his delicious secret recipes to appreciative customers. Since then, Skyline Ways, Coneys and fast table-side service have been enjoyed by generations.  Skyline Chili serves its Cincinnati-style chili in over 130 restaurants and thousands of grocery stores, making it one of the truly unique regional taste sensations in America.  Skyline is dedicated to bringing friends and families together for an experience like no other.  Skyline Chili is synonymous with Cincinnati-style chili throughout the world.  For further information, please visit www.skylinechili.com.

Skyline Chili is such a staple from our little corner of Ohio, and I love it! And I am so excited to be able to share it with my readers! I am giving away a $20 Skyline Chili gift card!

All you have to do is tell me in the comments:

How do you order your Skyline Chili?

The winner will be chosen on Friday, July 12th at 10:00am by Random.org.

Thanks for being a DomesticDebacle.com reader, and good luck!



Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Presents DRAGONS in Cincinnati! Giveaway!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio from March 13-17th!

This is a once in a millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon. Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for Ringling Bros.® Presents Dragons to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson (my favorite ringmaster) presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats.

Dragons is a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth®!

And I have an exclusive savings package for you!

Opening night tickets on Wed., March 13 at 7 pm at U.S. Bank Arena are just $12!


RINGLING BROS. SUPER FAMILY 4 PACK.  CODE: NO CODE REQUIRED.  Select Family Value Pack on the tickmaster.com event page.  OFFER: Family Four Pack – $99.00 valid for ANY SHOW.  4 – $20.00 tickets, 4 – 16oz Lemonade (in a Ringling Bros. logo plastic cup), 4 – SM Popcorn Box, 4 – Lollipop

RESTRICTIONS:• Valid from Jan. 28 – March 13 at midnight• Good on ALL Performances• Not combinable with any other offer• $20.00 seating only• Cannot use with Ticket Fast delivery method • Valid online, phones, outlets, and box office

Want even more information? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter! If you’re local, be sure to follow the hashtag #Cincydragons on Twitter!

Now for the giveaway! You can win a 4-pack of tickets, thanks to Feld Entertainment and Domestic Debacle for Saturday, March 16th at 7:00pm.

All you need to do is:

MANDATORY COMMENT: What do you think your favorite part of DRAGONS will be? Visit the site, and come back here to comment with your answer.


The winner will be chosen on Friday, March 1st at 10:00am. They will have 24 hours to return my email, if not answered another winner will be chosen.Thanks for being a Domestic Debacle reader, and good luck!

*I will be provided tickets in exchange for promoting this event