A visit to the Garden of Hope


A visit to the Garden of Hope 2

Tucked away across the river from Cincinnati, on top of a hill that is cut by interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, is a hidden gem of hope.

[Read more…]

A Dog is the Mayor at this Town in Kentucky


A Dog is the Mayor of this Town in Kentucky

I love living at a faster pace, but every now and then it’s good to experience the other extreme of simpler times. Rabbit Hash is a perfect destination for a Sunday drive. It is a popular destination for motorcyclists because of the winding roads that take you on roller coaster roads minus the tracks. Rabbit Hash, KY is located about 45 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.

[Read more…]

Ice Balls at Schneider’s Sweet Shop

Schneider's ice balls with cream Bellevue,KY

Have you heard of an ice ball before?


Paige from Cincy Whimsy recently shared with me this great combination of a snow cone and ice cream.

[Read more…]

My 1st Tap n’ Run

tap n run


If you are looking for a unique fun run experience, Tap n’ Run is for you.


tap n' run

You don’t even have to run. I do think having fun could be a requirement.  Costumes are recommended and the people watching is absolutely fascinating because of them.

tap n' run tap n' run tap n' run

Our registration was located at the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America located in Newport, KY. Our race started at 2pm, which let some of the participants get started with the race prep early.

tap n' run tap n' run

We traveled across the pedistrian bridge to get to the start line which was techinically in Ohio.

tap n' run

Race participants run/walk/crawl a 4k. There were even some runners who opted for the timed chip but I would say the majority was not that serious about this race … at all.

tap n' run

My husband and I borrowed our superhero theme from our kids’ costume box a few hours prior. We were put to shame in the creativity department.

tap n' run

Our race bibs had four tabs that we gave at each stop for our beer stations along the course.

tap n' run

This is where my confession comes in. I don’t like the taste of beer. I took a taste of my sample and trashed the rest.

tap n' run

Drinking is optional and the race begins with everyone drinking to start the race. Our course took us through downtown Cincinnati and allowed for lots of great people watching.


tap n' run tap n' run tap n' run tap n' run

The beer station stops also did supply water which I took full advantage of.


tap n' run

The creative costumes were so intersting to see along the course.

tap n' run tap n' run tap n' run

I’m happy to say I tapped into my inner superhero and slogged across the finish line without walking. It wasn’t fast but I was determined to run the whole race.

tap n' run

When we finished our race, we received a medal that doubles as a bottle opener, a larger cup of beer and a sandwich from Jimmy John’s.

tap n' run tap n' run


tap n' run


tap n' run

Our race finished at The Banks in Cincinnati which offers a lot of great resturants and bars.  A lot of runners continued on their afternoon at a few more venues and enjoyed a celebratory picture by the photo area.

tap n' run

tap n' run

tap n' run


This race has a bunch of extremes. Some people were still in it to win it and others would be lucky if they found and crossed the finish line. I really enjoyed an excuse to dress silly and people watch. A local charity also will benefit from the race too.


You can find out more about Tap n’ Run from their website.


Disclosure: I was given complimentary entries for review purposes. All opinions are my own.







A Day Trip to Cumberland Falls

Cumberland falls


Day trips are a good excuse to go somewhere out of the norm. My husband had clients in Corbin, KY… which happened to conveniently be the exact same exit as Cumberland Falls. You see how it just fell into place.

[Read more…]

Buster Keaton’s “The General” at The Carnegie

I’ve never been to a silent film before. Have you?

 Are you looking for a unique experience?

Here it is!

Buster Keaton’s “The General”


Ranked among the greatest films of all time, silent film
screened with live modern underscoring


(Covington, KY) A train engineer, a stolen locomotive (“The General”) AND the woman he loves – put these three characters together and you have what has been hailed as one of the greatest films ever made – Buster Keaton’s “The General.”


Coming to The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Theatre on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm, renowned New England silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis provides a live modern underscoring to Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic “The General.” Showcasing the storytelling and comic mastery of the man whom Roger Ebert called “arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies,” “The General” features Keaton as a lovelorn train engineer trying to foil a devious hijacking plot during the Civil War. The evening includes a post-show meet-n-greet with the accompanist in the Ohio National Financial Services Gallery.


Jeff Rapsis’ Original Score

In accompanying silent films, Jeff Rapsis’ technique is to make use of the full range of film scoring vocabulary to help bring the silent movie to life for contemporary audiences. Rapsis improvises his scores in real time, often drawing from original ideas or material he’s created earlier in previewing a film.
“It’s kind of a high-wire act, but a score that’s at least partly improvised lends a freshness and spontaneity to a screening that’s not present when everything’s prepared in advance,” Rapsis says. “If I’m buried in sheet music, it’s hard to respond to the emotional line of a film in real time as it unfolds on the screen. I think it is all part of what makes silent film a unique art unto itself.”


One of the Greatest American Movies Of All Time

Directed by, and starring, Buster Keaton, “The General follows Western & Atlantic train engineer, Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) at the start of the Civil War. When plans to hijack his train by Union soldiers are revealed, Keaton embarks on a journey to not only save “The General,” but to save and win back his true love, Annabelle Lee. While “The General” was not initially well received by critics when it premiered in 1926, the American Film Institute places “The General“ 18th on its list of the 100 greatest movies of all time.

About Jeff Rapsis

Accompanist Jeff Rapsis developed a fascination with silent film during his teenage years. But it took until middle age for the New Hampshire newspaper publisher to combine his interest in vintage cinema with a lifelong passion for music and begin accompanying silent films in live performance.
Today, Rapsis accompanies about 70 silent film screenings a year in venues ranging from small theaters in his home base of northern New England to prestigious events such as the Kansas Silent Film Festival, where he contributes live music each year. Rapsis, who often speaks and writes about silent film and accompaniment, maintains a Web site about his work at www.jeffrapsis.com.



Tickets for Buster Keaton’s “The General” – A Silent Film with Live Music are $19; $16 for Carnegie Members, WVXU Perks and Enjoy the Arts Members and students.

Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday noon – 5pm, in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940. Tickets are also available online at www.thecarnegie.com.


********I’ve been given (2) pairs of tickets to giveaway for the film on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30.

To Enter

Comment on this post by sharing why you want to see “The General”  (required to enter) by noon on Sunday, April 28th.


*Bonus entries (comment separately for each one)

Become a fan of the adventure mom on facebook and comment here that you did.

Subscribe for email updates and comment that you did


Winners will be selected by random using random.org and will have 24 hours to respond or another name could be drawn.




LEGO® KidsFest Louisville Ticket Giveaway

It’s almost time for LEGO ® KidsFest in Louisville, KY. This event has sold out in other cities!

Check out what you need to know so that you don’t miss out!




The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO® expo coming to Louiville’s Kentucky Exposition Center April 5 – 7, 2013.  This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO® extravaganza features millions of LEGO® bricks not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO® models and displays, LEGO® Ninjago and LEGO® Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO® Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.


Five identical sessions are available.  Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults.


For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com


Here is your chance to enter to win 2 tickets to the opening night on Friday, April 5th.

**Make sure you have the mandatory comment on the blog post.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure: I was given tickets for giveaway purposes.

Art of Food at the Carnegie

art of food cover

I attended the opening night of an event that combines two of my favorite things; art and food. The “Art of Food” exhibit is in it’s 7th year at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.

[Read more…]

LEGO® KIDSFEST is coming to Louisville!

The LEGO® KidsFest national tour stops at the Kentucky Convention Center April 5 – 7, 2013, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and  entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find:

  • LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets
  • And much more, covering over 150,000 square feet of space

Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the Louisville April 5 – 7 tour stop. 

LEGO KidsFest tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children and can be purchased online at www.LEGOKidsFest.com


The LEGO KidsFest 2013 tour stops: Richmond, VA (February 15 – 17), Louisville, KY (April 5 – 7), Houston, TX (May 17 – 19), Phoenix, AZ (July 12 – 14), San Jose, CA (August 30 – September 1), Portland, OR (October 11 – 13), and Hartford, CT (December 6 – 8).    


Stay tuned to the blog.. Soon I will be giving away two tickets for Friday, April 5th in Louisville.