Mommy Bits Documenting Life in the Testosterone-Filled Jungle I Call Home Sat, 17 Dec 2011 21:11:56 +0000 en hourly 1 Making Ornaments at Brazee Street Studios Sat, 17 Dec 2011 21:00:41 +0000 ShannanB
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    Today the boys and I had the best time making glass ornaments at Brazee Street Studios in Oakley. Each Saturday they have open house hours where kids (and parents) can come in and make that months project. Cost was just $15 per ornament.

    This is definitely something that we’ll be adding to our “to do list” each month.



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    Snow White at Ensemble Theatre Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:18:38 +0000 ShannanB
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    Over the weekend the boys and I had the chance to attend a preview showing of Ensemble Theatre’s new production, Snow White.  Now, this is not your traditional version of Snow White, it’s not only a twist on the original, but it’s a little darker.  The story contains some of the main characters from the original – you have the Queen, the prince, and of course snow white.  The seven dwarfs have been replaced with seven “halflings” - characters that are half human, half animal. This is actually the first time this version has been performed on stage.

    The show is a musical and follows the story of the queen’s journey to be the strongest, smartest, most talented and fairest of them all in her country.  I won’t give it away, but it’s a fun twist that will have your attention the entire length of the performance. Note: If you have a skiddish child, there are a few “scary” effects with regards to lighting and loud noises.

    The show runs about 1 hour 40 minutes and there is a ten minute or so intermission. You can catch Snow White at Ensemble Theatre Nov. 30 – Dec. 31.



    Thank you to Ensemble Theatre for inviting the boys and I to preview Snow White.


    Photo Credit: Three production photos included in the slideshow above were provided by Ensemble Theatre. Photo credit belongs to Ryan Kurtz.

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    Adventures in Columbus – COSI Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:30:23 +0000 ShannanB
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    Yesterday we spent the day in Columbus, checking out COSI for the first time.  What an amazing place. It blew our minds. If you get a chance to head up that way, I’d definetely recommend making COSI part of your agenda.  We spent more than 5 hours exploring the center and could have spent many more. The boys had so much fun interacting with all of the stations and LOVED the toy experience in the lobby where they had a chance to learn how to Yo-Yo from a Duncan Yo Yo Champion!



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    Pumpkin Evolution Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:45:45 +0000 ShannanB






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    A Little Bit of Iowa… in Kentucky Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:38:09 +0000 ShannanB
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    If you didn’t know this about me, I grew up in a small town in Iowa. While we lived “in town,” farm life was a big part of my youth.

    While its been more than 20 years since my parents moved us to Kentucky, a big piece of my identity feels rooted in my time growing up there.

    This weekend I had a chance to give my children a little peek into that world when we headed out to visit Farm Haven in Union, KY. While I thought it would be jut another trip to a pumpkin patch, it was so much more.


    One of the things that sets Farm Haven apart is its corn maze. Walking into that maze brought back a flood of memories for me. It was a little overwhelming (not the maze part) to be in the field, talking to my children about how I grew up, the things I did as a child, how it was same/different from their experiences.

    The next thing that stood out and took me home was the hayride, which was not your typical hayride. Farm Haven actually takes you out into the cow pasture where you get to feed and pet the cows. Not cows in pens, but cows roaming free. To watch the faces of the boys as the herd approached the wagon, as the cows licked their hands as the fed them corn, it was priceless and blew me away.


    Farm Haven also had an area with hay bales that kids could play on, something I did as a child. It was surreal to watch my boys playing on them, and I could almost see myself again at their age, playing with my friends.

    If your looking for a farm experience that’s “real,” I’d suggest heading out to Farm Haven. For this Iowa gal, they hit it on the nose.

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    Under the Catholic School Influence Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:13:52 +0000 ShannanB
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    On my computer I have a sticky-note program that let’s me create digital post-it reminders and I can “stick” them on my desktop.

    Today when I sat down at my desk I found the following note, left by my 9yr old.  Looks like he’s paying attention in Religion class!

    Give prayer to God every night before you go to sleep to respect God and then he will respect you even more. Peace out!

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    Museum Center Adventures Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:03:38 +0000 ShannanB
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    Happy Wordless Wednesday.  

    I was recently invited to contribute an itinerary for the Cincinnati Museum Center’s new website so I thought for today’s Wordless Wednesday post it only appropriate that I share some photos from our various visits there.


     For more Wordless Wednesday entries, visit Wordless Wednesday



     PS. Check out  my itinerary– If Kids Ruled The World.

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    Win Tickets to See Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE at The Aronoff (closed) Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:14:36 +0000 ShannanB
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    Congrats to Angie V. Her name was drawn as the winner!



    Last year we had the chance to check out Yo Gabba Gabba when they were in town and it was  probably one of the most fun times we had.  I took the Bman and his buddy, and we JAMMED out to Yo Gabba Gabba classics like “There’s a Party in my Tummy,” and “I like to Dance.”

    Yo Gabba Gabba is back at The Aronoff next Tuesday, September 20th with two performances – 3pm & 6pm – for their “It’s Time to Dance” tour and guess who has a 4-pack of tickets to giveaway?????


    WIN IT —One lucky Mommy Bits reader will win a FAMILY 4-Pack of tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: It’s Time to Dance at the Aronoff.  

    There are several ways to enter, you can do one or all of them for additional chances. You MUST LEAVE A COMMENT for each one you do:

    1. Leave a comment sharing who your child’s favorite Yo Gabba Gabba character is;
    2. Have a blog, add my blog to your blogroll;
    3. Follow me on Twitter – @Shannanb,  and Tweet  about this giveaway;
    4. Follow Yo Gabba Gabba on Twitter: YoGabbaGabba or Facebook Yo Gabba Gabba

    Submissions are due by 4 pm on Thursday, September 15th, 2011. Winner will be selected using a random number generator. Contest open to greater Cincinnati residents only. Winners will have 24 hours to respond.


    Thank you to Yo Gabba Gabba!  for providing me with tickets to It’s Time to Dance!

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    I’ve “Weighted” Long Enough Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:47:18 +0000 ShannanB
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    Well, I did it. I FINALLY reached my weight loss goal and best part is, I did it by my goal- September 1- the day before we headed off to celebrate our 10 yr anniversary.


    I can’t believe I did it. I cannot tell you the last time I weighed 135, I know it was during college. I’ve battled with my weight for so long. Im afraid to really believe I did it, which is why I took a photo of the scale ;-)

    These last few months have been tough, but well worth it. I’ve never felt so good health-wise.

    I’m going to continue eating well and working out so I don’t slip back. I’m also going to do a post shortly on some of the things I did, both with regards to eating and with regards to iPhone apps I used along the way – those that were helpful and those that were not (so you doubt waste your time.)

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    My 6 Year Old Hula Hooping Champion… Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:28:41 +0000 ShannanB
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    The Bman has been obsessed with hula hooping, ever since we attended the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen event last April. I can’t remember the name of the group, but they were teaching kids to hula hoop as a form of exercise, and they let him keep his hula hoop (You would have thought they gave him 1 Million Pokemon cards….).

    While he certainly can rock the hula hoop – he goes on for more than a minute – what is particularly funny is what he says towards the end of the video. He is certainly a kid of the digital age.


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