Free Graeter’s Ice Cream for a Cause


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Are you a fan of Graeter’s ice cream



Now you have another excuse to go to Graeter’s because you can help make a difference in someone else’s life.


The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s team up once again this September in their annual Cones for the Cure campaign. This two-week long campaign will take place September 3-15 at participating Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington, Louisville and Indianapolis Graeter’s locations to help spread the word about The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find a cure for all cancers by focusing on pediatric brain cancer.



You may have already supported the cause and never known it. The bestselling ice cream flavor, Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream, has grown in its appeal within our community and is now being sold nationwide everywhere Graeter’s is carried. And still today, proceeds from the flavor benefit cancer research in pursuit of a revolutionary “homerun” strategy through The Cure Starts Now.

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As part of their continued support for The Cure Starts Now, Graeter’s will be giving away free scoops of Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream to customers two times during the month of September. 

Elena’s Blueberry Pie is a special flavor that was created in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, the inspiration behind The Cure Starts Now. “In many ways, this is where it started,” says Chip Graeter of Graeter’s. “Almost five years ago we joined the charity with the creation of this special flavor and have been committed to the cause ever since. And this time we want to do even more.”
During Cones for the Cure, guests that visit a Graeter’s store during the campaign period have the opportunity to donate a $1 or $5 “Cone for the Cure.”
Graeter’s will also offer a $15 savings booklet for every donation of $5 or more to The Cure Starts Now.
The element of surpise is what makes this such a great campaign as the two free ice cream days will randomly be announced with the help of media outlets and social media.




Be sure to “like” Cones for the Cure on Facebook and also visit for more information!



Disclosure: I was given promotional items for helping get the word. All opinions are my own. 

How You Can Help The Arnold Family Rebuild Their Lives

The Arnold Family

A few months ago, my friend Michelle shared with you her story of adopting her son Micah, who has Down Syndrome. She was helping get the word out about National Down Syndrome Day.


The Arnold Family


Well, today I am helping get the word out for how you can help this amazing family rebuild their lives.


The Arnold Family fire


Ray and Michelle Arnold lost their home in a house fire on May 5th,2014. Not only does the family have to rebuild after losing all personal and household items, but they have a $5,000 medical insurance deductible that must be paid. Ray suffered third degree burns and is currently recovering from skin graft surgery. The Arnold Family has spent their lives in ministry serving others. Michelle is a Social Worker at Turkeyfoot Middle School helping children and families in need. Ray is the youth pastor at Christ Chapel. 


The Arnold Family fire


I’m sure you can only imagine the overwhelming feelings that this family is experiencing as they are faced with purchasing everything again along with the stress of taking care of the daily medical needs for Ray, whose burn injuries have to be dressed several times a day.


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How you can get involved

There are a few ways that you can help the Arnold family rebuild.


*****Attend Faith Family night at the Florence Freedom Baseball game on Friday, May 30th. 

Florence Freedom vs. Evansville Otters
Friday, May 30  • 6:35 PM


-This event is to raise funds to help the Arnolds rebuild their lives. There will be a “split the pot” raffle and a silent auction. Attendees may purchase tickets for the raffle, and the proceeds will be split between the Arnolds and the raffle winner. 

-Donations are being accepted for the raffle and the silent auction.

-There will be a van at the game to collect any items donated for the family from Target.


Former Bengal, Doug Pelfry will be giving his testimony on the field right after the game before an amazing firework display by Rozzi Fireworks.



********To purchase tickets go to the link below and use the promo code: “united.”


We hope to see you and your family there!





The Arnold Family is registered at Target for those who would like to purchase much needed items for this family to rebuild their lives.



****Purchase the Arnold Family Blend at Carabello Coffee

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You can purchase this special blend from Carabello Coffee that gives back 45% to the family.



*****Monentery Donations or GiftCards


At this time the family is only accepting monetary donations which can be given at the church, through our securegive site, or you can give at any Bank of Kentucky location to the Ray Arnold/Arnold Family Benefit. If you are giving via the church, please make your checks out to Christ’s Chapel and write Benevolence in the memo line. We will let you know when the Arnolds are ready for any donations of clothing, furniture, etc. Thank you for your generosity to this amazing family during this time. Click here for a direct link to give.


I hope that you will join me by sharing love to this family in need.




**Stay connected to this family on facebook by liking “The Arnold Family Will Overcome”

Chick-fil-A Healthier Menu Items

Swimsuit season is just around the corner and all of this extended winter weather has affected my waistline. Especially, because I need to eat healthier. Time to start working on a healthier lifestyle and Chick-fil-A has some ways to help.

Chick-fil-A has a nutritional guide available online or in stores to help guide you in your meal selection process.

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You can eat healthy AND still enjoy the taste of your food!

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Did you know that Chick-fil-A has grilled chicken menu options?




Make sure you check out the new Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, Nuggets, Improved Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap and Grilled Market Salad – much improved flavor.




Chick-fil-A Smoothies are less than 300 calories and you can add a cup of spinach or carrot to them!




I don’t love veggies and I added spinach to my pineapple mango smoothie and couldn’t taste the difference.




* The  Peach Milkshake will make it’s debut on April 14th.


Don’t forget to try their catering menu for your next event or meeting.

In February, I created two recipes using Chick-fil-A catering menu items. (Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Homemade Ice cream sandwiches) The process was really easy. I just ordered my items off of the menu and set up a time to pick them up. Chick-fil-A also offers delivery service as well.

The other Chick-fil-A ambassadors also made some great recipes.

Optimistic Mommy” made a Chicken Salad wrap using Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad  & Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup using Chick-fil-A nuggets.

A Bird and a Bean” made Chicken Parmesan Skewers with Balsamic Mozzarella Fondue & Dark Chocolate & Carmel Fondue using Chick-fil-A catering foods.

Simply Sherryl” made Chicken Fajita Bites using Chick-fil-A nuggets & Dream Pie Bites using Chick-fil-A cookies 

It’s Free at Last” made Chicken Breakfast Casserole Recipe using Chick-fil- A nuggets and a Tasty Fresh Fruit Pizza. 

Make sure you join the text club to stay up to date on upcoming events and deals.


You can get more information from the Chick-fil-A website. 

You can also connect with Chick-fil-A Houston Rd on twitter, pinterestinstagram and facebook.

Chick-fil-A is located at 4980 Houston Rd, Florence, KY 41042.






Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for Chick-fil-A Houston Road and I am receiving compensation for my post however all opinions are 100% my own.






Venice on Vine ~ Good Food for a Great Cause


My family has been going to Over the Rhine pretty frequently and we had been curious about Venice on Vine for a while.  A few weeks ago, I attended a blogger event to find out more about the heart behind Venice on Vine that included sampling a variety of food from their restaurant and catering menu.

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Gifts that Give Back

All of these gift ideas give back and make life better for others. You’ll find something that can fit any budget with these ideas below. 


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Heart of Haiti


Heart of Haiti


The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 people in the country. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood.


Sharing a “gift that gives back” is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively on To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, follow @HeartofHaiti on Twitter or like their Facebook page


Headbands of Hope



Headbands of Hope


For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. 

If you use the discount code “Cincybloggers” a headband will be donated to a burn patient at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati.


You can follow @Headbandsofhope on twitter or like their facebook page. You can find out more about Headbands of Hope from their website. 


TOMS Shoes


TOMS Shoes


With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.


You can see more of TOMS products on their website. You can like them on facebook and follow them on twitter at @Toms.





In Swahili the word ku-toa means “to give”.  That’s the very basic yet very powerful concept that KUTOA is based on.  For every KUTOA health bar purchased, KUTOA donates, through a partnernship with the World Food Program, a nutrition pack to a child suffering from malnutrition, providing them with the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  The KUTOA bars are 100% natural and are made with only the best natural ingredients including organic oats, fresh fruit and nuts.  They contain no preservatives, additives or artificial ingredients. The bars currently come in three scrumptious flavors: cherry cashew, raisin peanut and blueberry almond.

You can find out more about them on their website. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at @kutoabars.


You and Who


You and Who


You and Who markets original design t-shirts and for every one sold, a matching shirt is donated to someone in need in the city of the artist who designed the shirt through local charity partners. Through this model, You and Who is not only helping those in need, but also the very artists who design the one for one t-shirts, providing exposure for their work (each artist that works with You and Who has their own biography on the website) and paying them $1 from the sale of each of their one for one t-shirt designs that is sold.  All of the one for one t-shirts from You and Who are unique fashion statements, featuring colorful one-of-a-kind prints and designs that are sure to help you stand out from the crowd.


Carabello Coffee


Carabello Coffee

Carabello Coffee offers you the very best in quality through Fair Trade, organic, and even farm direct and direct relationship coffees.  What is farm direct?  It is a way for coffee roasters to buy straight from the farmers at a price that is a minimum of %100 higher than  Fair Trade pricing, ensuring that farmers are truly paid a price that will allow them to improve their businesses.  Farm gate allows real faces to be attached to this product.  Real people really grow and process this coffee, not a machine!

As a philanthropic coffee roasting company, our mission is to artisan roast exceptional coffees and then use our profits to fund what we like to call “works of compassion.”  We do that both here in our Cincinnati community as well as abroad in places like Nicaragua and Kenya.  

Outside of the USA we use our coffee profits to support two works.  Each is doing work among orphans, the one in Nicaragua, the other in Kenya.  Each has its own website where you can read more: Kids of Cascabel Orphange, Somoto, Nicaragua


You can visit Carabello Coffee online or at at 107 E. 9th St. Newport, KY 4107. You can also like them on facebook and follow them at


Live Longer in Style Event and Giveaway

I’ve shared about how my family has been affected by cancer. My mom passed away from breast cancer in 2004 and 3/4 of my grandparents have also had various forms of cancer.

Unfortunately, cancer has touched so many people in all of our lives but there is an upcoming event where you can make a difference.

Amy Wray, Director of Public Relations at Mod PR, as well as editor of online lifestyle publication for women, approached me about sharing about this upcoming event to bring awareness to liver cancer that is very close to her heart.

“Live Longer in Style is a great way to celebrate the memory of my grandma. She loved all things beauty and fashion. Her birthday is October 13 and October also happens to be Liver Awareness Month, so we hope by creating this event we can continue to sprinkle a little green amid the sea of pink for breast cancer month.”

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During the event people will enjoy complimentary mini beauty treatments, a fashion show by designer Amy Kirchen, light bites and wine. A silent auction featuring baskets donated from area businesses as well as from television actress Kristen Johnston and the cast of BRAVO’s hit reality series “Princesses: Long Island” will be going on all evening. 100 percent of proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the American Liver Foundation in name of Louise Birch.


The event will be held at ALBA Beauty Studio in Hyde Park and tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $10.

To buy tickets to Live Longer in Style or to make a donation please visit, For more information about the American Liver Foundation, visit

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.

Cones for the Cure ~ Free Graeter’s Scoop Giveaway Monday, September 13th 3-8

 It’s back! If you love Graeter’s ice cream and hate cancer, I have the event for you! 

You have another chance to get a FREE scoop of Elana’s Blueberry Pie ice cream and you can make a difference!



Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville Graeter’s locations will begin The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find the “homerun” cure for all cancers by focusing on pediatric brain cancer.

During Cones for the Cure, guests that visit a Graeter’s store during the campaign period have the opportunity to donate a $1 or $5 “Cone for the Cure.” Graeter’s will also offer a $15 savings booklet for every donation of $5 or more to The Cure Starts Now.

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On Monday, September 13th, all local Graeter‘s will be giving away free scoops of 

Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream from 3-8 PM!






Check the Graeter’s website to find a location near you!





Bluegrass for Babies Concert

In an earlier post, Ann, the co founder of Bluegrass for Babies, shared about why they started their non profit.

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You can read her interview here.


There is also an upcoming event that you can support and enjoy with your whole family.


The 5th Annual Bluegrass Concert  is coming up on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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What is it?

Running from 3-9pm, the concert will feature performances by some of the region’s top bluegrass bands, plenty of family-friendly activities, a variety of vendors, local and organic concessions and more.

In celebration of its 5th anniversary, Bluegrass for Babies has brought together a concert lineup featuring performances by some of the region’s top bluegrass bands – Wild Carrot, Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, and The 23 String Band.

Wild Carrot will kick things off, performing at 3:00pm in its inaugural appearance with the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars taking to the stage at 5:00pm. Rounding out the evening at 6:45 pm will be newcomer and rising star, The 23 String Band out of Louisville.  Special guest Jennifer Ellis will also perform her popular children’s songs at 4:15pm.

What to look forward to this year

Today Bluegrass for Babies is a year-round non-profit organization focused on improving children’s health and becoming a go-to resource when it comes to helping parents create an environment to raise healthy children, right from the start.  This year’s concert-goers can partake in six interactive experiences – Farmer’s Market, Healthy Home, Family Wellness, Art and Music, Movement, and Special Needs.

Farmer’s Market: Enjoy local, sustainably raised food from our Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Concession Stands, sample free guacamole from Chipotle, and choose from several locally made desserts. This area will also be the hub of a variety of farm-to-table themed kids’ activities

Healthy Home:  Learn simple steps to create a healthier home environment.

Family Wellnes:  Take part in activities promoting healthy habits and disease prevention.

Movement: Burn off energy through exercise activities such as soccer, basketball, and more!

Art & Music: Nurture childhood development through numerous art and music activities.

Special Needs Quiet Area: In the event of overstimulation, the Special Needs Quiet Area will provide a quiet refuge for special needs children and their families.  This area is sponsored by the Merrill Lynch YHSA Group of Dayton.

What makes this concert and it’s vendors so special

All of the participating exhibitors and vendors were handpicked to be a part of the Bluegrass for Babies experience based on their commitment to provide products or services to help create a safe environment to raise healthy children.

“What really sets up apart is that we use our fundraising events, such as the Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert, as a way for families to experience a healthy lifestyle.  No matter the size of our event, we offer healthy real food choices, we limit any potential exposure to environmental toxins, and we aim to create zero waste.  Last year, we even won the 2012 Excellence in Public Recycling Award by Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District,” said co-founder Anne Schneider.


**New this year, kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal from the Green B.E.A.N. Delivery concession stand until 6:00 pm.  One free kids meal per one purchased adult meal.  

Tickets for the Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert

** $15 for adults in advance and $20 day of, with children admitted for FREE.

Presale period ends Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased at

Parking is $8 in the Sawyer Point parking lot. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10+ adults until Friday, September 20.

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Also new in 2013, Bluegrass for Babies is offering sponsorship packages for families and organizations within the Bluegrass for Babies community.  This is a great way for supporters to enjoy VIP perks at the benefit concert, like guaranteed parking. For more information, please visit

The Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert has raised nearly $80,000 for Cincinnati Children’s since its inception in 2009. For more information, visit the Bluegrass for Babies website at

About Bluegrass for Babies:

Founded in 2009, Bluegrass for Babies, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 focused on improving children’s health. Launched as an annual bluegrass benefit concert, Bluegrass for Babies has evolved into an organization that provides tools, resources, and year-round special events centered on helping parents create an environment to raise healthy children, right from the start. The organization supports the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which provides comprehensive care for infants before, during and after delivery so that all children can have the best start to life. More information is available online at

I’ve been given 2 tickets to giveaway to the Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert on September 21st!

(Remember kids 12 and under are FREE)

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for giveaway and review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Graeter’s Cones for the Cure ~ Free Ice Cream Wednesday September 4th

If you love Graeter’s ice cream and hate cancer, I have the event for you! 

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Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville Graeter’s locations will begin The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find the “homerun” cure for all cancers by focusing on pediatric brain cancer.

During Cones for the Cure, guests that visit a Graeter’s store during the campaign period have the opportunity to donate a $1 or $5 “Cone for the Cure.” Graeter’s will also offer a $15 savings booklet for every donation of $5 or more to The Cure Starts Now.

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On Wednesday, September 4th, all local Graeter‘s will be giving away free scoops of 

Elena’s Blueberry Pie Ice Cream from 3-8 PM!






Check the Graeter’s website to find a location near you!





Interview with the founders of Bluegrass for Babies

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Over the summer, my husband and I were invited to attend a fundraiser at Gorman Heritage Farms for Bluegrass for Babies.


The setting was gorgeous, the local food from some of the city’s best local chefs was incredible and the heart behind Anne and Matt, who started this non profit, helped me understand why they are so passionate about their organization, Bluegrass for Babies.

I asked Anne a few questions to tell us more about Bluegrass for Babies.

What is the story behind Bluegrass for Babies?


My husband Matt and I started Bluegrass for Babies as a way to give back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Our son Nicholas required life-saving surgery at the hospital when he was less than two days old and after receiving world-class emergency care; we wanted to be able to show our gratitude.  We married our passion for the roots of American music – bluegrass music, to the roots of planting a healthy start for children.


When did you start Bluegrass for Babies?


In September 2009, we repurposed our annual backyard neighborhood barbecue into a benefit for Children’s and Bluegrass for Babies was born.


What was an obstacle/challenge you had to overcome in achieving your goals?


Bluegrass for Babies has evolved into an organization that provides tools, resources, and year-round special events centered on helping parents create an environment to raise healthy children, right from the start.  There is a huge need for these resources currently because of the prevalence of health issues with our children and so many unknowns surrounding our present environment. We have an incredible amount of opportunity, and the greatest challenge we have is to pace ourselves so that we grow effectively.



How do you balance running a non profit with your other responsibilities?


I have to be very conscious of managing my time.  My kids were really babies when Bluegrass for Babies began and now my youngest is starting Pre K.  Next fall they will both be in school full time.  I have had to be very efficient with my kid free time.  I try not to do anything during this time that I can easily do with kids.  So, that means that I am not cleaning the house while the kids are at school.  Additionally, I have been fortunate enough to arrange “ babysitting swaps” with friends for some budget friendly childcare.  For instance, I will watch my friend’s girls one afternoon a week and she will watch my boys one afternoon a week.  That way the kids get to play together, and we both manage to get some time to ourselves.  It is definitely full of its challenges, but the end results are worth it.


What are some of your favorite experiences with Bluegrass for Babies so far?



I have really enjoyed the sense of community I have discovered in Cincinnati and nationally with so many people who have the same goals – to give back to our children and to our future.  It gives me hope that collectively we can make a difference.  Additionally, it has been such an honor to work with the leaders of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  We are truly very fortunate to have such talent in our backyards, and I am humbled to be able to partner with Cincinnati Children’s to change the outcome.



Do you have any favorite reactions or responses from Bluegrass for Babies recipients?


My favorite response is seeing the educational lessons we provide taking place in the community.  It is motivating to have individuals and organizations contact us about how they can implement more nutritious food options, minimize toxins and reduce waste in their homes, events and companies.


What would you like to see Bluegrass for Babies doing in the future?


I would like to see Bluegrass for Babies continue to grow as a resource to help advance perinatal environmental research and to continue to educate the community on ways to improve our environment to directly improve children’s health.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to start something in their community as a way to give back?


I would advise them to start small, engage your friends, reach out to like-minded influencers and just do it.  I also think you always need to be flexible and adapt.


How can someone get involved with Bluegrass for Babies?

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There are many ways to get involved with Bluegrass for Babies.  We are always looking for volunteers for a variety of positions.  Additionally, we are constantly seeking business partners and sponsors who have similar goals.  We also have many community and family sponsor opportunities or you can attend one of our events.


Thanks to Anne for sharing her story.


Bluegrass for Babies has an upcoming fundraiser concert coming up that you can support.