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.


Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes at the Nutter Center!

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Feld Entertainment and YoKids present Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes, coming to Dayton’s Nutter Center October 22nd through 26th! It’s a great way to experience the magic of Disney in your neighborhood!

From our last Disney on Ice Experience, our Princess had an amazing time!

From our last Disney on Ice Experience, our Princess had an amazing time!

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love.  See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora.  Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.  And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true (along with some extra special guests).  High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away!  Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning!

Tickets are still available, but going quickly! You can purchase them through this link today, or call a Feld group sales representative at (866) 248-8740! My family and I can’t wait to see Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes, and hope to see you and your little ones there too! Parking at the Nutter Center is $5, so make sure you bring cash!


I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


WHIO-TV is at it again- Deleting Comments and Cyber Stalking to Protect Rapist

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I’ll be honest. I’m completely confused by WHIO’s recent actions. They aren’t answering any of my questions, and I’ve reached out several times. My previous post about this subject reached over 35,000 people and has been covered on countless blogs- so I feel that some updates are needed. A few days ago, Chad D. Baus of BuckeyeFirearms.org reached out to our local Sheriff to confirm his involvement with the Adam Project, and also confirm WHIO’s claim that convicted rapist Jerome McCorry is in fact endorsed by law enforcement. I’ll let you guess what they found. A whole lot of nothin’.

Mr. Baus heard it straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth- Sheriff Plummer removed himself from the Adam project three years ago and doesn’t support Mr. McCorry’s anti-gun message.Please take a minute to read Buckeye Firearm’s post about this.

WHIO lied again. Surprised? Not so much.

Then this afternoon, WHIO spoke out on their Facebook page when confronted with the claim that they’re deleting comments from their page about Mr.McCorry and their involvement.

So I hope you read that. They’re actually cyber-stalking their fans to confirm that they really are in their market. Disgusting. This is an issue affecting our entire nation. Shouldn’t everyone be allowed to weigh in? I’m sure they don’t delete positive comments when they’re out of their market.

What I find the worst though? Where are all the so-called “feminists”? This man was convicted of violence against a woman, WHIO-TV publicly supports him and they are silent. If this were a Republican or Conservative- WHIO-TV and every liberal female would be up in arms about it. But because it involves gun-control, they’d rather leave the victim in the cold and glorify the rapist. It’s sickening to see the liberal agenda being used to further gun-control while giving a rapist the stage.Of course a rapist doesn’t want guns- it’s going to make his crimes against women more dangerous!

Stand up for your rights. Stand up for women. Stand up for victims of rape.

Don’t stand for what WHIO-TV is doing.


Living Dayton, Domestic Debacle and Common Mommy Annoyances!

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On Tuesday, I had the blessing of being featured on WDTN’s Living Dayton along with some fantastic products that solve common mommy annoyances! It was my first time being on LIVE television, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you want to check out my segment, click here! And if you’re curious about any of the products, I’ve posted more information below (and how to purchase them).

    Hiccups: Hicural Hiccup Relief
•    http://hicural.com

–    Eases hiccups within seconds
–    User places tool in mouth horizontally, bites down and drinks from a glass of water
–    First and only effective over-the-counter tool
–    Made from a polypropylene compound
–    Comes in a crystal clear, germ-free plastic tube

Crying Baby: Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
•    www.mommysbliss.com

–    #1 selling natural colic remedy in the U.S.
–    Safe, gentle and effective liquid formula contains organic ginger and fennel, which are historically known to ease the nausea and discomfort caused by stomach gas and other colic symptoms
–    Recommended by Pediatricians nation-wide as a safe and natural alternative to simethicone-based gas drops
–    Does not contain alcohol, parabens or harsh chemicals
–    Available for purchase at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart

    Dry Mouth: Spry Rain Oral Mist Spray
•    http://www.xlear.com

–    Moisturizes the gums and tissues in the mouth
–    Utilizes xylitol, an all-natural sweetener derived from fruits and vegetables
–    Saliva is essential to our body’s defense system. Saliva helps digest food and aids in cleaning our mouths, which is why dry mouth leads to chronic halitosis (A.K.A. bad breath)
–    Safe and effective
–    Provides calcium
–    Great tasting formula
–    Dentist recommended
–    Retails for $13.99
–    Available at all Vitamin Shoppe locations and online at Xlear.com

Eczema: BabyGanics Bye Bye Dry Eczema Cream and Therapy Wash
•    http://www.babyganics.com

–    Both contain a 100% natural blend of antioxidants that protect and nourish baby’s skin
–    Colloidal Oatmeal provides extra soothing relief for eczema prone or dry “winter” skin
–    Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested
–    Hypoallergenic
–    Cortisone and Steroid Free
–    Available for purchase online at BabyGanics.com and nationwide at Target, Babies R Us, Walgreens and Buy Buy Baby