Friday, September 28, 2018

Coffee Spots in Oldham County

 photo Favorite Coffee Spots_zpskdbsawwu.png

Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: It is located in Downtown LaGrange on Main Street amid cute boutiques, antique shops, a book store and other businesses and eateries.  They roast the coffee beans in house, have fresh, delicious, homemade scones during the week and Belgian waffles on Saturday mornings. Specialty teas are also available.  This spot has a very family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of board games to choose from or attend a Bluegrass Jam Night on Monday 6:30-8:30pm. There are a few patio tables and chairs outside to enjoy the trains that pass in front of the café.
Facebook
110 East Main Street, LaGrange

Inspirational Grounds Café
Open Tuesday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: Located on the "other side" of the tracks along Old LaGrange Road in Buckner, this coffee spot is a great hidden gem in Oldham County. Try their robust espresso with a delicious breakfast plate.  Our personal favorite is the Inspired Breakfast which includes the most scrumptious German style fried potatoes.  Lunch is also available and special dinners are planned during the year.  When the weather is nice, the deck is a great place to sit with a book, warm cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet views.  The chef always comes out to talk to you, which is a nice touch to the already warm atmosphere!
4724 Old LaGrange Road, Buckner

 photo 6e73b0d9-224f-488e-8f56-6a71e54c4aa6_zpszrt6uoka.png
Sweetness
Open Monday-Saturday
Why we love this spot: This new to Oldham County sweet fountain shop has a fun, hip and vibrant atmosphere.  There is something for everyone. Your kids won't mind hanging out with you while you get a caffeine boost.  Sweetness serves Sunergos Coffee - cold or hot. They have several creamer options to add flavor to your coffee. Tea is also available and a variety of fountain drinks.  Grab a delicious cookie to enjoy with your hot beverage of choice. Bonus: they have a drive-thru!
Facebook
6408 W Hwy 146, #1, Crestwood

Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Open Monday - Saturday
Why we love this spot: This cute café and store is off the beaten path in Westport near the Ohio River. We love this spot for a great slice of homemade pie and coffee.  Make sure you visit for breakfast or lunch too and follow them on Facebook to hear about special events happening in the store and café.
Facebook 7001 Main Street, Westport

Worth the mention:
Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique
If coffee is not your thing, then try Sisters in Buckner.  They have plenty of tea choices and fresh scones for dipping.
Facebook
4765 Fox Run Rd, Buckner
Read More »

Monday, September 24, 2018

Haunted Hike at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

 photo haunted hike_zps4hzp8hxl.png

We think Creasey Mahan's Haunted Hike is the perfect way to kick off your family's Halloween festivities!  The 2019 date is set for Sunday, October 6th from 3-7pm.

We enjoy this early October Halloween event because it allows our family to enjoy outdoor fun on a beautiful Nature Preserve.  The kids get a perfect amount of treats along the trails, love playing on the hay, the hayride is thrilling and the Haunted House is entertaining and not scary.

 photo eli_zps5in3x1yv.jpgGet your costumes ready for lots of fun around the Nature Preserve.  There is an admission fee of $7 for all visitors (Free for children 2 and under).  The admission fee allows visitors to enjoy several activities:
     photo train_zps0rv3x287.jpg
  • Mile long Fantasy Trail through the Preserve's forest.  This includes treats along the fun walk that has a princess castle, children's favorite characters, a train for kids to sit in and other fun sites.
  • Haunted House full of friendly (not scary) scenes for everyone to see.
  • Harvest Hay Village where several large haystacks are creatively painted as Halloween themed creatures and characters.
  • Hayride around the Preserve and down and around the hilly trails in the woods.
  • Crafts inside the Nature Center.
  • Face painting (some designs are an extra charge)

Enjoy the Inflatable Party Zone for an extra $5 per visitor.  Pizza and ice cream will be sold at the event also.  Be sure to go check out the new Forest Friends playground during your visit, too!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.
Read More »

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Fun at Cailin Art Studio

This is a sponsored post. 

 photo Fall Fun_zpslga08ckw.png

Fall is here and Cailin Art Studio is gearing up for fun fall sessions that include Camps during Oldham County Fall Break week and a variety of after school classes for the kiddos. They will be hosting the ColorFALL Festival and Pop-up Shops on October 20th from 11am to 3pm in conjunction with Eleanor’s Room, who also resides at 7910 Floydsburg Road in Crestwood. 

 photo Olivia pottery_zpsp0zd7f5l.jpegThe ColorFall Festival will feature a wide variety of demonstrations by the teachers including pottery wheel, acrylic pouring, art journaling, and more. Participants can get hands on with a variety of free art projects for kids and adults. Local artists including the teachers at the Studio will have work for sale at the Pop-Up Shop to kick off the holiday gifting season. Plus, they’ll be having a chili cook-off between the teachers so there will be plenty of good food for everyone! The event is free and open to all.


During Fall Break kids can enjoy a variety of 3-day Art Camps, including pottery, drawing and painting, and illustration. Throughout the school year, the Studio offers kids after school classes in drawing, painting, and pottery and has focused classes for each age group from Kindergarten through High School. They even have a family art class for preschoolers that encourages the whole family to get involved.

 photo adults wheel_zpsvsxpgsco.jpgThere’s also great offerings for the grown-ups! Oil Painting, Art Journaling, and Pottery 6-week classes are available for adults as well as a wide variety of one time workshops in resin jewelry, acrylic pouring, illustration, sewing, and more.

Make sure to follow Cailin Art Studio on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up with class offerings and special events. New workshops and classes are added regularly.
Read More »

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour

 photo Shelby County Farm Tour_zps9lckkcux.png

 photo alpaca_zpslay10ntc.jpgThe Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is one event our family looks forward to each year!  We realize this event is not located in Oldham County, but is so worth writing about and sharing all of the fun and learning that comes along with it.

The 2018 tour date is on Saturday, September 15th and is 9am-4pm.  This year there are nine participating farms!  Your family has the opportunity to drive the 75 mile trail and learn about the animals, crops, machinery, farm processes, products, workers and more.  The 4-H hands-on experiences are wonderful for children and adults.  Some of the farms will have samples of their products that families can touch and even taste. There is no cost for the tour, but some farms do have items for sale.

 photo tobacco_zpsskpuoqah.jpgThe animals were by far my family's favorite.  On this year's tour, you can expect to see alpacas, dairy cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and who knows what else!  Some of the farms allow you to get up close and personal with the animals.  Last year, we were able to feed a horse a carrot, pet an alpaca and brush a cow.

Here are our tips for the tour:
  • Try to visit every farm!  Each stop has a unique experience, different from the last stop.  Pick up a farm tour map at any participating farm (on the day of the tour), the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office and Shelbyville and Simpsonville Farmers Markets.
  • This is a self-guided tour, so go at your own pace, but start early.  We found that parking was tricky at some stops last year, so be patient.  If one farm is too busy, try another close by farm and then go back to the one you skipped. 
  • You're touring farms - wear play clothes and old shoes.  Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended also.
  • Restrooms might be hard to find - plan ahead with stops at fast food restaurants in town.  Porta-Potties are set up at some of the stops.  Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Pack snacks, but also plan a lunch break at one of the stops.  The farm tour map will indicate which farms will have food for sale.  Look for the "Local Foods" logo. We hear that the Shelby County Kentucky Cattleman's Association will be set up at stop #8 serving food.  Bring cash!
  • Don't forget to turn in your Farm Tour Passport.  Get a special stamp at each farm.  There is a drawing you can enter after you visit every stop.  
  • Thank the families that open up their farms! We found last year's farmers and volunteers to be very kind and informative.
 photo truck_zpsoihcklxb.jpg
Read More »

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Every Kid in a Park Program for Fourth Graders

 photo Every Kid in a Park Program_zpsunbzts7y.png

Every Kid in a Park provides fourth grade students and their families free admission to National Parks and Federal lands and waters.  If you have a fourth grade student, you don't want to miss this opportunity!

 photo every kid in a park_zpsz4p5h2zl.pngFourth graders can download their passes now and they are good until August 31, 2019.  The process is easy and takes about five minutes.  With the pass, fourth graders and up to 3 adults can get free entry to more than 2,000 federally managed sites around the country.

Planning a Fall Break trip or staying close to home?  This pass will come in handy as there are several locations in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.  Maybe you want to encounter wildlife or visit a national forest?  Visit the website and choose what interests you.  See what's around your area and then call to see if the park participates in the program.  Please be aware, that several parks already offer free admission, it's the tours that cost money.  This pass may not be good toward free tours, so again, make sure you contact the park before you make the trip!

Have fun exploring, Fourth Grade Students!
Read More »