Izzy’s in Florence, KY


I can’t help it!  I just love a good sandwich! I also adore the pickles at Izzy’s.  They bring this bowl of free pickle goodness to your table and everything is awesome from that moment on.  We devoured our pickle appetizer while waiting on our sandwiches. Izzy’s is known for their pickles, Reubens, and potato pancakes.

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On this particular day, the hubby ordered a Reuben and I got the corn beef and Swiss.  They also make these perfect potato pancakes.  They are perfectly fried heaven.  I could easily go to Izzy’s and only eat them.  You can order them separately.  This restaurant is extremely family friendly.  They do offer kid’s meals that are similar to the adult food but the potatoes are different.  Isabella got the corn beef sandwich.  I could order a potato pancake for Isabella for lunch instead.  They are big and she loved them so much she put a pretty good dent in mine and her Dad’s.

We visited the location on Mall road in Florence, KY. The parking situation at this particular location sucks. It is in the same building as a Starbucks and shares a parking lot with a small strip-mall. If you go here at midday, you may have to circle the lot to find a parking spot.  It is worth the time spent finding parking. Very affordable at under $10 per person.

Come hungry and Enjoy!

Antique Shopping and Louisville’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crazy Daisy Antiques

We went on a day trip to Louisville, Kentucky for a girl day.  We did a little antique shopping.  We started at Tickled Pink.  It is a cute little shop.  We enjoyed browsing all the little goodies tucked into rooms and the art hanging on the wall including the staircase.  We also visited The Crazy Daisy Antique Mall.  This place was pretty big.  It has different stalls to visit.  The items were extremely varied.  The kids enjoyed seeing the old toys and baby clothing.

Please & Thank You

We decided that we must try the chocolate chip cookies at Please & Thank You while we were in town.  We had heard so many good things about this place that I wasn’t sure it could live up to the hype but I was wrong. The place definitely has a Hipster vibe. The staff was polite. The iced Thai coffee was amazing. Our oldest daughter, Ivy, really enjoyed their specialty tea assortment. She decided on the Ruby Slipper and loved it.

So Many Goodies!

We came for cookies but once Isabella looked in the case she decided that she had to try the Bourbon Bar. It was quite delish! Everything looked and smelled amazing. We placed our order and waited for it to be made. It was Sunday afternoon and the place was very busy. We found seats in the back near the record shop area.

They had a small table for the little kids with crayons & a shelf of old toys.

Ivy and I sat at the end of a large picnic table that was shared by many patrons. It was comfortable and friendly. The chocolate chip cookies were gooey and perfect. I understand why they are the best in Louisville.


We had an amazing day trip!  I’m glad we took the short drive.  It’s always nice going out with the girls for a day.  It is so relaxing being away from everything for a day.  There is so much to do in Louisville and it is such a pretty city that I know that we’ll go back.

Cincinnati OMNIMAX – Journey to Space

Journey to Space is the new film at the Cincinnati OMNIMAX.  It begins with early achievements of the space program and covers 30 years of the discoveries and history made including Hubble and the international space station.  It goes through things currently being worked on to make long-term space travel possible and ends with plans to send astronauts to live on Mars.

I enjoyed seeing the new suit designs and hearing about the issues with the old ones. My husband loves any film about space so he was very happy.  He said “It was well done. It awed which is what space is all about.” Ivy, our 14-year-old, was on the fence.  She said the beginning was good but she found the parts about planning for Mars kind-of boring. Isabella, our 5-year-old, was polite but bored stiff.  She did much better at the beginning when there were videos of shuttles taking off and things collected by Hubble. When they began the prep work for Mars she was over it.  We also took my sister this time. She found it relaxing. Perhaps too relaxing…When the credits began we realized she was asleep.

All in all, this was not one of our favorites.  If your children are covering space exploration for school or if you would like to touch on it for homeschooling, this film is for you. If you have a child that is interested in astronauts or space, has a decent attention span, and is old enough to understand the importance of a trip to Mars, they may enjoy this. This film is definitely more directed at adults and teens.


  • 45 minutes long
  • Adults $7.50
  • Children $5.50
  • $25 per person to join the OMNIMAX club for unlimited films for 1 year
  • www.cincymuseum.org

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park


Cumberland Falls state resort park in Corbin, KY is considered a must-see for Kentucky. We have been living in the Cincinnati area for a while now and have decided to work our way through the must-see lists for Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana on the weekends. It was early October when we visited and the water was a little muddy. It was still a wonderful place and a fun day with the family. We began with the Falls. There are multiple viewing areas to enjoy Cumberland Falls beauty. We spent a little while starring and taking a few photos. There is a small snack stand and gift shop near the falls. We stopped for ice cream cones. Then we took a random trail to see where it went. It took us down to a sandy river bank. The kids had a grand time climbing on fallen trees and huge rocks.

IMG_7474Isabella could have spent an entire day playing there. We spent about an hour there. Afterwards, we took Moonbow trail which turned out to be a bit much for us. We had the dog with us. We took a turn off that took us to see a small waterfall. It was down a load of stairs that were narrow and steep. The dog simply could not make it down. The husband and I took turns with the dog while the other went down. It was getting late by that point and we decided to head back towards the car. It was a nice trip and goes in the family travel memory book. Looking forward to visiting some more of the must-sees around us.

D-Day Normandy 1944 at the Omnimax


We recently watched D-Day Normandy 1944 at the Cincinnati Omnimax. It is a look at what took place on that historical day. Our family had mixed reviews on this film.  My husband and Ivy, 14 years old, really enjoyed it. Isabella, 5 years old, fell asleep about 10 minutes in. I liked the storyline but the film included a lot of overhead panoramic views. This actually made me a little nauseous. I had to close my eyes for a moment a few times throughout. Overall, it was a decent educational film and worth watching.