Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Where's Santa this Weekend?

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More chances to see Santa this weekend!

Friday, 12/9

Dine with Santa
6PM
Gustavo's Mexican Grill
Crestwood

YuleTide
4-8PM
$8 adults, $5 kids, FREE for kids 2 and under (Members $5/$2)
See holiday light displays, visit with Santa, make a craft, scavenger hunt.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood.

Saturday, 12/10

Dine with Santa
6PM
Gustavo's Mexican Grill
Prospect

YuleTide
4-8PM
$8 adults, $5 kids, FREE for kids 2 and under (Members $5/$2)
See holiday light displays, visit with Santa, make a craft, scavenger hunt.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood.

Reardon's Fruit Market & Garden Center
2-5PM
Bring a camera for a picture with Santa
Crestwood

Pet Pictures with Santa
10AM-1PM
Crestwood Animal Hospital

Breakfast with Santa with Oldham County Parks & Rec
8-11AM
John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange
Pictures with Santa can be purchased separately. This event is FREE with a NEW toy donation. .

A Dickens Christmas Festival
12-6PM
$10
Entertainment includes scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” through out the day, Christmas Caroling, Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and more.
Kentucky Renaissance Fair in Eminence

Carriage Rides with Santa
12-4PM
FREE!
Paddock Shops in Louisville (just outside Oldham County).

Sunday, 12/11

A Dickens Christmas Festival
12-6PM
$10
Entertainment includes scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” through out the day, Christmas Caroling, Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and more.
Kentucky Renaissance Fair in Eminence

Carriage Rides with Santa
12-4PM
FREE!
Paddock Shops in Louisville (just outside Oldham County).

Know of a Santa sighting coming up soon?  Let us know! Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Restaurants and Other Places to Eat in Oldham County

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Giving Back in Oldham County

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This time of year brings many opportunities to receive and give gifts in your family.  This giving spirit can also be extended to those in our community.  We compiled a list of ways families can serve in and donate to the Oldham County area (and beyond) this holiday season.  Know of another great service opportunity in the Oldham County area?  Please let us know!

Thanksgiving
Highpoint-Mission Crestwood:
This organization is always collecting and donating food items to Oldham County and surrounding area.  Help distribute Thanksgiving boxes on 11/20 & 11/21.

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Toys for Tots:
Drop off a new unwrapped toy at these businesses: 146 Salon & Spa (by 12/9) in Crestwood, The Treasured Child (by 12/7) in LaGrange, All About Kids in Crestwood. Donate a new toy and receive a pass for free open play. One pass per child.  (Please let us know of more drop off locations.)

Saint John Barrel Ministry:
This collection at Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect provides toys and gifts for Fort Knox children. Donations should be dropped off by 11/18.

Oldham County Red Cross Christmas Program:
Contact their office to adopt a family.  Collect or buy new presents for this family and drop them off at the Buckner office. 502-222-0308

Mission Crestwood Christmas Store at the Closet:
This organization is looking for NEW gift items for their Christmas Store at the Closet.  Donated items can be dropped off before December 1st at Crestwood Baptist Church.  There is a list of items they are looking for on their Facebook page.


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The Barry Stoess Memorial Christmas Food Basket Program:
The South Oldham Interchurch Council will be collecting these items for 300 families: canned and boxed goods, peanut butter and jelly as well as soap shampoo and toothpaste from 11/4-12/15.  They also need cash donations to purchase hams, bread, milk, apples and potatoes.  Baskets are filled December 12/6-8 and 12/12-15 from 6-8 PM at the old Tri County Ford Building in Buckner. They need help sorting and packing. After packing, 4 boxes of food are delivered to each family on Saturday, 12/17 beginning at 8:30AM.  The collecting, packing and delivering is a great opportunity for families and groups of all ages to serve together.

Blessings in a Backpack:
Contact your local elementary school and ask how you can donate food items to their school's program.  This program provides food on the weekends for elementary school children.

Oldham County Red Cross Dare to Care Food Bank:
This organization provides food boxes for Oldham County families throughout the entire year.  Donations can be made at their Buckner location.

Scouting for Food:
Local Boy Scout groups are collecting non-perishable food items in November.  Some residents might have received a notice in their mailbox about pick up dates in local neighborhoods.  Contact your local Boy Scout Troop for additional drop off locations or ways to donate.

Mission Crestwood:
This organization collects and donates food items to the Oldham County community throughout the year.  Drop off non-perishables at Crestwood Baptist Church.

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Hope Health Clinic:
Monetary donations can be made through their Facebook page or website to help serve the uninsured and under-insured in the Oldham, Henry, Trimble, and Carroll counties.

Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center:
Monetary donations can be made online or at their location in LaGrange.  Other infant and toiletry items are also needed.

Good News Homes:
Good News Homes is a transitional housing ministry for those families that are homeless in our community.  They are a small non-profit that strives to assist homeless families in the Oldham / Trimble County area.  Listed here are ways you can volunteer or donate to the program.

First Responders:
Don't forget about the men and women that work hard to serve and protect our Oldham County community!  Organize a group of friends to create care packages, bake cookies, serve them a meal or send them a letter of appreciation.  These are all easy ways to get your younger children involved in serving and to personally meet those that are protecting our community!

Baptist Health LaGrange Coat Drive:
Donate gently used or new coats to benefit Wayside Christian Mission.  There is a donation barrel in the cafeteria. Collection dates are 11/14-17. (Please let us know of more drop off locations.) Many Fire Stations are also collecting coats for the community.

Holidays for Heroes Program:
Write a letter of appreciation to military members and veterans living in our community through the Red Cross' Holidays for Heroes Program.  Contact your local Red Cross agency for details.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign:
This is a great way for adults and children to have fun together and serve at the same time.  Ring bells outside area businesses while collecting donations for the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program:
Shop for presents and donate them to local children.  Pick up an angel at local Kroger stores or at Oxmoor Mall and Mall St. Matthews.  You can also browse the list of children online and sign up to adopt an angel through the website.

Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child:
National Collection week is 11/14-21.  Search your area for local drop off locations. You can also build a shoebox online.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day in Oldham County

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Get out and vote today, Oldham County! Polls are open 6AM-6PM! We found some local freebies, deals, childcare options and useful links for Election Day!

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ELECTION DAY DEALS:

LaGrange Coffee Roasters - Show your "I Voted" sticker and receive a FREE 12oz cup of coffee.

Knock On Wood Country Mercantile - Show your "I Voted" sticker and receive a FREE drink with your meal. Located in Westport.

Cornerstone Grill - Show you voted and receive 10% off of your bill! Located in Buckner.

Affordable Shoppe - Show your "I Voted" sticker and receive 10% off your purchase. Located in Buckner.

Q & A Sweet Treats - Show your "I Voted" sticker for a free cookie!

Bobbi Lynn's Boutique - Show your "I Voted" sticker for 50% of one regular priced item!

ELECTION DAY CHILDCARE:

All About Kids Sports Center - School's Out Day Camp, Full Day 9AM-5PM for $49 includes lunch and a snack. Add $5 for day of registration. Early drop-off and late pick-up available. Located in Crestwood.

Oldham County YMCA - FREE Election Day childcare 8AM-1PM and 4-6PM for members and non-members. Located in Buckner.

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance - Voter's Day Camp $35 8AM-12PM or $60 8AM-3PM. Located in Prospect.

ELECTION DAY USEFUL LINKS:

Oldham County polling locations here: http://oldhamcountyclerkky.com/polling-locations/
Find where you vote here: https://gttp.votinginfoproject.org/
KY Voter Information Center here: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic/


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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Mayan Latin Cuisine in LaGrange


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 photo IMG_8338_zps3p4hfe1g.jpgIf you haven't checked out The Mayan Latin Cuisine restaurant in downtown LaGrange yet, make sure you stop by for their Grand Opening celebration on November 15th.

The restaurant has been open for about a month and is located at 117 East Main Street (in the old Rails Restaurant location).  My family and I visited one Sunday for lunch.  There is a lot on the menu!  Diners can choose from salads, soups, burritos, enchiladas and vegetarian, pork, chicken, seafood or steak dishes.  There is a lunch menu and an option to create your own combo.  The kids menu consists of some Latin and non-Latin choices.  The prices range from $4 for a cup of soup to $17 for a 12oz angus steak dish.

 photo IMG_8341_zps3u1oacgm.jpgI chose the Carne Maya ($13) which is a dish with pieces of steak cooked with red onion and bell peppers.  The portion was large and also came with a side of white rice (with some chopped vegetables in the rice), black beans and sweet plantains.  I really enjoyed this dish.  My husband chose the Pollo con Chorizo ($12) which is a chicken breast with Mexican sausage and cheese dip on top with the same three sides.  The seasoning and sauce were delicious on this dish, but the portion was small compared to the Carne Maya.  Both of our main courses were beautifully presented and tasted very fresh.  Our kids chose a cheese quesadilla and chicken fingers.  Both meals came with fries and a drink for $5 each. 

The service was friendly and fast during our visit.  The atmosphere is fun and the décor is simple.  The restaurant has a bar with bar seating and then another separate dining area with many tables.  They offer fresh made margaritas, beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Keep up with The Mayan Latin Cuisine restaurant on Facebook to hear about daily specials and their Grand Opening Celebration!  Food will be 40% off and there will be live salsa Latin music during their celebration on November 15th!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Outdoor Movie Night at Home

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We are home for Fall Break and so far, the weather has been beautiful for us staycationers.  The beautiful weather has allowed us to spend fun nights around our small campfire in our backyard, but we were wanting to do more outside without breaking the bank.  We came up with the idea of having an outdoor movie night.  I got on Pinterest and found a few DIY projects, got brave and started planning our PVC pipe and white sheet movie screen.  We still needed a projector though.  I remember someone telling me that the Oldham County Public Library has a projector that library cardholders can borrow.  Problem solved!

 photo back of projector_zps6ltmcdso.jpgI called the main library in LaGrange to ask about the projector and they told me they also have a large screen.  No need for my DIY project!  We quickly went to the library to check out the projector and screen.  Both items come in a nice carrying case.  The screen is quite heavy and long.  It is about 73" long, so make sure it will fit in your vehicle.  We loaned some DVDs from the library for our movie night and we were on our way.

 photo cords_zpsszj7gnc0.jpgWhen I opened the projector screen I was a little lost; I've never used a portable one before.  There are no directions enclosed in the bag, so google was my go-to.  Once I finally watched a couple of videos, set up was easy.  The whole set up consists of a tripod stand and the actual screen (the heavy part).

The InFocus brand projector was a little trickier.  Originally, my thought was to hook it up to my laptop.  The helpful librarians did tell me that it needed a special cord if I was using a Mac.  I wasn't using a Mac, but I still did not find a way to hook it up to my semi-new Dell laptop and I was looking for simple and cheap.  I didn't want to have to purchase any cords or other equipment for this family fun.  I looked at the 3 connector cords the projector came with and decided to use the one I was familiar with-the trusty composite video connection cords.  That's the fancy word for the double ended red, yellow and white cord.  I knew this would work using my DVD player and it did.  The projector also comes with an S-video connector and VGA connector cord.  Again, I wanted simple and went with what I knew.  I didn't want to spend money or a whole lot of time figuring this out.

There is a speaker on the projector, but we ended up hooking up a computer speaker set that we already had.  This really amplified the sound outside for us.  We started to notice that we could make out the movie a little before sunset (around 7PM during Fall Break).  The picture was perfect once it was completely dark.

We loved this free family night!  We set up the equipment on our deck, repositioned our deck furniture, popped some popcorn and grabbed some extra blankets and were set!  Clean up was simple too.  We plan to do a couple more movie nights during Fall Break.  You can request to have the equipment for an extended amount of time if you want, allowing you and your family to enjoy many free fun nights together!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Hermitage Classic & Fall Festival

This is a sponsored post.

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This weekend is the 7th annual Hermitage Classic and Fall Festival at Hermitage Farm in Goshen.  The Dressage Competition begins Friday, October 21st, on Saturday, October 22nd, visitors can enjoy the Fall Festival and more horse competitions on Sunday, October 23rd.

Saturday's events are filled with family fun.  The Fall Festival is 9AM-4PM and admission is a donation of any size to Fund for the Arts.  The festival includes a petting zoo, terrier dog races, pumpkin patch, live music, food trucks, a biergarten and exciting horse competitions to watch.  For adults, there is a Kentucky Southern Social at Hermitage Classic VIP option for $75 from 11AM-4PM.  The variety of events makes the day fun for all ages. 

More horse competitions round out the weekend on Sunday with the Cones Competition.  Attend on Sunday to watch more of the horses or adults can participate in the Fund for the Arts Tailgate Competition for $100.  The tailgate is 9AM-3PM and the participation fee includes a tent for decorating with the "Farm Chic" theme.  Complimentary mimosas are served also.

Head out to Hermitage Farm this weekend for a unique experience for the whole family.  The farm is located at 10500 W Highway 42 in Goshen.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Traderbakers Farm Market in LaGrange

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The new Traderbakers Farm Market recently opened in LaGrange.  It is located at 1800 Hwy 53 and sits between the Verizon Store and Big O' Tires.  Presently, the outside is decorated with fall colored mums and old farm tractors.  It was enough for me to stop and want to go see what was inside.  This old bank is transformed into a roadside farmer's market, but inside a cute little store with vibrant colors all around. 

There is a butcher meat counter filled with local meat from the Bakers' farm, chicken fresh from a local Amish farm and Chelsey's eggs from Pleasureville, KY.  There are a few side dishes in the butcher case to go along with your fresh beef or deli meat.  You can also find fresh produce, dog treats, soaps, soy candles, snacks, fresh bread, Kentucky Proud products and more in the store.  The gourmet jellies and jams from Winchester, KY and fudge made in LaGrange, KY are all beautifully displayed around the store.

We love that everyone in the store knows exactly where each product is from and a neat story behind it.  The warm and friendly new store is a great addition to LaGrange and is a great quick stop for fresh, local food and treats.  Check out the new Traderbakers Farm Market and support the local farmers in our area and around Kentucky!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review of Central Park in Pewee Valley

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Location: 105 Central Avenue, Pewee Valley

Pewee Valley has a beautiful small park right in the center of town.  The park is located off of Central Avenue behind Little Colonel Players.  My young children ask to go see the red caboose and then walk to the park.  They enjoy walking over the small bridge, seeing the fish in the pond and the trail is perfect distance for their little legs.  This is a great spot to catch a summer concert, fall outdoor movie or picnic with friends.  There is no playground at the park, but it can still be enjoyed with good old fashioned conversation, picnicking and yard games.

Park Features:
Short paved walking trail
Green space
Covered pavilion with benches
Benches around the walking trail
Beautiful wildflowers
Small bridge
Small pond with fish
No public restroom

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Morgan's Run Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

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Please note that Morgan's Run is not opening for the 2017 season.

Located a short drive from Oldham County, Morgan's Run is a wonderful family farm offering Fall fun.  In its third season, the farm is growing and improving with new attractions and updates.

We love that the pumpkin patch is only ten minutes from Downtown LaGrange.  It is a smaller farm (compared to some of the other ones we normally visit), which means less crowds, but still enough to do with your family.  New this year, is a cute duck racing game located near the entrance to the farm.  Kids can race ducks down plastic gutters by pumping water through well pumps.  There are two tubs for bubble blowing, too.  Such a great and easy idea!  The open fields and wind were perfect to watch the bubbles float around the farm.

 photo IMG_7559_zpswjokbix0.jpgFamilies can take a short hayride to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect jack-o-lantern.  There are also already picked pumpkins around the farm that you can choose too.  The hayride takes visitors back to the parking lot to drop off their pumpkins at their vehicles.

Another hayride will take you to the corn maze.  Expect to spend at least 30 minutes navigating through the corn maze.  There are questions to answer along the way to point you in the right direction.  We got a kick out of learning interesting facts about different animals.  (Google does work in the field in case you get stumped.)  The hayride was waiting for us when we finally made our way out of the corn maze.

 photo IMG_7700_zpsa8kpwnjr.jpgOnce we were done with the corn maze, we were free to explore and play around the rest of the farm.  My husband and I took a break under the shaded pavilion while the kids enjoyed more of the duck game and bubbles.  Corn hole games were set up to play and the concession stand was open.  Concessions offered include hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chips, popcorn and drinks.  When the weather starts to get cooler, the farm will serve chili, BBQ and other warm soups and foods.  There is a fire pit that will also open for nighttime visits where you can make s'mores.  The corn maze will be open for flashlight walks with glow sticks. 

There is a fun playground area and small hay maze on the farm also.  The kids love to go down the big slide and race each other in the hamster wheels.  If you are adventurous, there is a 900 foot zip line that goes across one of the farm's lakes.  

Admission to the farm includes all of the attractions (except for the zip line) and a pumpkin for each person. Bring cash for admission and the concession stand.  Admission is $7 for ages 5-12, $9 for over 12 and free for 4 and under.  The zip line is $10 for the first ride and $7 for the second ride (same rider).

Take the short drive up Hwy 146 to Dawkins Lane in Henry County.  Morgan's Run Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is a great family farm to visit during the Fall season.  The farm is open on the weekends to the public and during the week for school groups.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shine Music Together in Oldham County!

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The award-winning, internationally recognized Music Together classes are now offered in Oldham County! Shine is thrilled to offer its amazing Music Together program at the John W Black Community Center in LaGrange on Wednesdays at 10am beginning October 5th. 

Join us for a FREE DEMO CLASS on Wednesday, September 28th at 10am.


Music Together is a research-based early childhood music and movement program that is designed to help bring your child to what we call Basic Music Competence - the ability to sing in tune, to keep an accurate beat and to enjoy the music of our culture in whatever way your child chooses!

The program is based on the belief that all children are musical and gain their musical skills the same way they learn all life skills - through the model of their primary caregivers and through PLAY!  Classes are 45 minutes in length and create a superfun musical community that provides a smorgasbord of musical "vitamins" that each child experiences in their own developmentally appropriate way.  We offer three 10-week semesters during the school year and a shorter summer session to ensure that through repeated exposure, children can learn experientially in class and then "practice" what they learn at home.

You can find more information about Music Together on our website www.shinelouisville.com
Maria Whitley
502-442-2843
shine@shinelouisville.com

Facebook Event for FREE Demo Class on September 28th HERE.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Gustavo's Mexican Grill

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Good news, Oldham and Jefferson County families!  Gustavo's Mexican Grill is opening a new location in the Prospect Village Shopping Center on September 19th!  This new location is sure to be a great addition to the neighborhood!

 photo dish 2_zps5tme3vu6.jpg Gustavo's Mexican Grill is one of Oldham County's most popular restaurants!  If you have ever eaten at one of the other two locations, it's evident why families love Gustavo's!  The employees and owner (Gustavo Reyes) have customer service down to a tee-it is extremely fast and friendly!  On top of the high quality of service, expect to enjoy delicious Mexican food and drinks.  Be sure to try the Gustavo's Signature Fajitas, Shrimp Tacos, the Molcajete or a classic Enchilada dish. 

Take advantage of some of the specials during the week.  A couple of the specials are: kid’s plates for $2.99 on Monday nights and ladies can enjoy drink specials on Thursday nights with 99₵ margaritas.  Celebrating a birthday or other special event?  Come to one of the locations for a special rendition of Happy Birthday and a free dessert, reserve one of the large party rooms or have your event catered by Gustavo’s Mexican Grill.

The service in the restaurants is impeccable, but a lot of other service is done behind the scenes, too.  Gustavo’s is involved in the Oldham County community and a big supporter of many programs.  The restaurant's name is well-known for it's food, but also recognized at special events, sponsorships and donations to various organizations in Oldham County.
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The restaurants are kept very clean and are tastefully decorated.  All three locations have outdoor patios surrounded by beautiful flowers.  Enjoy a family meal, girl's night out, club meeting, or catch a ballgame on one of the big screen televisions.  Whichever way you choose, you will quickly find yourself becoming a part of the Gustavo’s Mexican Grill family. 

Be sure to visit one of the three locations soon!

Crestwood Location: 6402 Westwind Way 502-243-6950
LaGrange Location: 1226 Market Street 502-222-4050
NEW! Prospect Location: 6051 Timber Ridge Drive 502-434-7766


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Friday, September 9, 2016

Review of Peggy Baker Park in Crestwood

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Location: 6887 Abbott Lane, Crestwood

Peggy Baker Park is located in Crestwood off of Abbott Lane behind the Heritage Place neighborhood.  Children enjoy the park because of the merry go round, many swings and open spaces.  Families also like to use the park for bike riding when it isn't bustling with athletic practices.  The park is home to South Oldham Little League's ball fields, which means there is a lot of parking space area.  The back portion of the parking lot is great for bike riding because of the low amount of vehicle traffic.  There are several park benches around the playground, but not a whole lot of shade.  There is a covered gazebo picnic area, but it is located away from the playground.

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Playground Features:
  • Large playground structure
  • Small playground structure
  • 6 swings and 2 bucket swings
  • Rubber mulch
  • Benches around the playground area
  • Merry go round
  • Monkey bars

Other Features:
  • Full basketball court
  • South Oldham Baseball League fields
  • Open green space

Amenities:
  • Restrooms
  • Covered shelter with picnic tables
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review of Walmart"s Online Grocery Pickup Service in LaGrange

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I personally do not like to grocery shop so when I heard that the LaGrange Walmart is now offering curbside pickup of groceries ordered online, I knew I had to try it! This is a FREE service with a minimum order amount of $30.

 photo 7aaf0406-55d8-4095-996d-0dbb091832dd_zpsjtcnlvhk.pngGETTING STARTED: I went to www.Walmart.com on my iPhone and clicked on the Free Grocery Pickup icon.  There is also a Walmart Grocery app that you can use or you can go online to Grocery Pickup for ordering.  You will have to create an account if you don't have one already.  You also will have to enter your zip code to find the LaGrange store (or whatever closest participating Walmart you want to use).  Once you have selected your store, you choose a timeslot for pickup that works for you.  Same-day pickup is available if you place your order before 10am.  Otherwise, the times to choose start at 8am and go up to 8pm for the following day.

 photo 41b5d977-b0b4-45b4-baba-7f24d18b8457_zpszmpb90ee.pngORDERING: I already had a list of stuff that I knew I had to get, but I decided to explore the site and see what I could add to my cart.  Here's what I discovered:
  • You can also order many non-grocery items and alcohol.  My order included an array of items: produce, hamburger, gummy bears, cat food, eye makeup remover, a journal, milk, eggs, toilet paper and more!  The only thing I could not order was apparel. 
  • When I searched for items, I used brand names, that I already knew my family prefers, to filter the results better.
  • Ordering got tricky when I wanted to add produce to my cart.  I did not know how many bananas would equal 1lb because I don't normally weigh them in the store.  I chose 2lbs to be on the safe side and ended up with 5 bananas - perfect!
  • I couldn't find some items that I know are in the store.  The item couldn't be found at all or it was only offered in a certain (usually much larger) size online.  I wish there was a "Notes" section to add more details about what you are specifically looking to purchase.
  • I liked being able to see my grocery cart total.  Generally, I do not know what my total will be when I checkout in the store and I'm usually shocked!  (What?!! I just came in here for milk!)  This really cut down on the impulse buys and staying within the grocery budget.
  • You can add items to your "Favorites" for easy ordering next time.
 photo f9a1bd0d-270b-4e2d-83ba-9ac214486189_zps3t23avy2.pngPAYMENT: After making all of my selections and making sure I had the minimum order of $30, I hit check out.  I was given some other grocery suggestions for my cart, but skipped them.  Next, I entered my payment method.  You have to use a credit card.  There is not a gift card, cash or check option. 

REVIEW YOUR ORDER: The next step is reviewing your order.  You will notice that there are green checkmarks that say "Substitute" next to each item.  What that means is, if the store clerk cannot locate your preferred item, they will try to find something similar in its place.  What I like about this is, you do not have to accept the substitution and also, you are not charged more money for the substitution.  So for instance, if you order a small box of Cheerios and only the large box is available, you will be given the large box for the same price as the small box.  You can uncheck the Substitute box for any items if you know you definitely want only that specific item.

PLACE ORDER: After reviewing your order, the last step is to place it.  A confirmation page will come up with pickup instructions, how to make any changes to the order, your pickup time and a list of what you ordered.  You have the option to change your order up to 1am the day of your pickup.  I tested this out to see how it worked and it was very easy to add and remove items from my order.  Each time I was sent a new email with my order details.  You cannot use coupons with this service, but I was told by the store manager that coupon codes will be available often.  For my first order, I was able to get $10 off!  That's probably more than what I would have saved with coupons (if I was diligent about couponing). 

 photo Parking Area_zps526niag9.jpg  photo Bags Marked_zpsg4ai9nb6.jpgPICKUP: I received a phone call about 15 minutes prior to my scheduled pickup time (10am-11am) letting me know that my groceries were ready for pickup.  I let them know that I would arrive in about 10 minutes so they could expect me.  Once I arrived at the store, I followed the signs for pickup, parked in one of the designated spots and called the phone number on the sign.  My items came out on a cart in less than 5 minutes.
  • I got to review all of the produce and meat products to make sure I was satisfied with their selections and sell by dates.
  • Items that were substituted were also shown to me and the bags were clearly marked "Substitution" with a green band.  Again, I was given the choice to keep the item or have it removed.  In this case, my substituted item was a loaf of bread (the brand was unavailable).  If customers do not select Substitute when ordering and an item cannot be found, the clerk will go over which items could not be found and they are removed from the total.
  • My egg cartons were opened and shown to me and the bag was marked "Fragile" with a red band.
  • You will have to show an ID for any alcohol in your order.
  • The clerk put all of the groceries in my trunk for me.
  • The cold items were cold because they are still stored in a refrigerator until they are picked up.
  • I signed for my groceries and I was on my way.  My total was slightly different at checkout.  It was $53.61 when I ordered and $52.26 when I signed the electronic receipt.  I'm guessing this is due to produce weights.
  • I received an email confirming my pickup.
My entire experience was super easy and oh so convenient!  This FREE service is great for everyone: working parents, stay-at-home moms, busy families, families with small children, the elderly etc.  My kids loved it, too - less time spent in the grocery with mom.  I have already scheduled another pickup for a week out and plan to have my husband pick up the groceries on his way home from work!

*At this time, the LaGrange Walmart is the only participating store in Oldham County.  The Middletown Walmart also offers this service.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review of Walsh Park in LaGrange, Ky

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Location: 600 North 4th Street, LaGrange

Walsh Park is tucked away between quiet neighborhoods and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church near downtown LaGrange.  It can be accessed by taking Jefferson Street to either 5th Street or 4th Street to Fendley Mill Road.  There is low traffic in the park, making it nice for dog-walking, picnicking or just playing.

Playground Features:
  • Large playground structure
  • 4 swings and 2 bucket swings
  • Fireman's pole
  • Rubber mulch
  • Several picnic tables surrounding the playground

Other Features at the Park:
  • North Oldham Baseball Fields

Amenities:
  • Restrooms
  • Covered gazebo with several picnic tables

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