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Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast in Kentucky

by Katie on July 18, 2014

As much as I love our kiddos and enjoy spending time with them, I also cherish the time my husband and I have together when we’re not outnumbered 2 to 1!  Whether it’s a date night at a local restaurant, a walk around the neighborhood, or a quick coffee at Starbucks, we try to make it a priority to schedule time for us to reconnect as a couple.

Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast in Warsaw, Kentucky offers an idyllic setting for couples to escape the chaos of everyday life, while relishing the opportunity to regroup and reconnect.  The inn features seven different rooms, five of which are king size suites.  These suites feature new private bathrooms with tiled showers and double vanities.

Originally built in 1869, the Riverside Inn features a variety of amenities such as a billiards room with a Rookwood fireplace, a music parlor that includes a baby grand piano and a fireplace, and a library that houses a large collection of books, magazines, movies, puzzles, and games.  Plus, if you need to take a few minutes to catch up on work, you can access the complimentary WiFi throughout the Inn.

If you prefer the outdoors, you’ll be anything but bored during your stay.  The Riverside Inn has a screened in gazebo with outside seating as well as porch swings throughout the grounds.  Guests will also have complimentary use of the Inn’s bicycles, frisbees, and croquet set.

Guests at the Riverside Inn can start their day with a homemade breakfast that is served between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  The menu changes daily and includes a variety of fruit, yogurt parfaits, fresh baked sweets, gourmet coffees and teas, breakfast casseroles, French toast, and breakfast meats.  Plus, guests have 24-hour access to the coffee/tea center as well as a refrigerator.

Located in the tri-state area, there are plenty of nearby activities for couples to enjoy.  From restaurants and wineries to golf courses and boating, there’s something for everyone.  Room rates start at just $239 per night, and the rates include a complimentary breakfast.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Riverside Inn.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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The Newport Aquarium is helping families save a little green this summer.  Visitors to the aquarium will receive two free kids’ admissions with each adult who pays full price.  This offer is valid Sunday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. each day, and the tickets must be purchased online.

Our family visited the Newport Aquarium last week, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  The kids had a blast meandering through the tanks of fish, picking our their favorites and trying to find the different varieties listed on each board.

They particularly liked the fish in the above picture that blended in so well with its surroundings.  In fact, it took a bit of searching to locate this one.

One of the highlights of visiting the Newport Aquarium is taking time to pet the sharks.  And even though plunging my hand into a tank full of sharks wasn’t originally on my life’s bucket list, I have to admit, it was a pretty cool experience.

There’s no chance of getting bored at the aquarium.  From the Amazon River and Coral Reef tunnels to the Frog Bog and the Gator Alley Exhibit, there is something for everyone when you visit the Newport Aquarium.

You can find a listing of hours, events, and special promotions on the Newport Aquarium’s site in order to plan your family’s visit.  Plus, don’t forget to check out the progress on the aquarium’s Shark Wall as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Newport Aquarium.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Penn Station Introduces New BLT Sub

by Katie on July 8, 2014

Penn Station has unveiled their newest culinary creation this month….their new BLT Sub.  You might be wondering what makes this sub so unique and different from any other BLT sandwich.  Just one word – bacon.  Lots and lots of bacon.

Is your mouth watering yet?  This new sub is loaded with thick-cut bacon, fresh lettuce, roma tomatoes, and Hellmann’s mayonnaise (which of course, is optional – but yum!).  And this BLT is not for the faint of heart, but rather is perfectly suited for bacon lovers, especially since it has one slice of bacon per square inch of sandwich!

Our family had the opportunity to try out the new BLT Sub last week, and let me assure you, it was absolutely worth splurging for!  Penn Station is hands down one of our kids’ favorite restaurants, and even our younger two have no problem scarfing down an entire sub and an order of fries!

The BLT Sub is available at Penn Station for a limited time which makes it the perfect excuse to skip cooking for one evening!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Penn Station.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Meijer stores in the Cincinnati region have partnered with Produce for Kids in their Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign.  This campaign benefits local children’s hospitals, such as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Produce for Kids has dedicated themselves to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating as well as raising money for children’s non-profit organizations.  In fact, since its inception 12 years ago, Produce for Kids, along with it produce and grocery retail partners, has donated more than five million dollars to children’s hospitals and charities nationwide.

It only seems natural that Meijer has partnered with Produce for Kids.  Since 2002, Meijer has raised nearly $950,000 for local children’s organizations, and they are one of nine retailers participating in this national campaign.

The great news is that Meijer shoppers can help Produce for Kids and Meijer in their efforts.  Through June 21st, when you purchase participating fruits and vegetables, supplies will make a consumption-based donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Plus, if you’re looking for creative ways to utilize your produce, the Produce for Kids site has a variety of recipes available to make meal planning a snap.  So, if you stop by Meijer this week, be sure to add some of these fruit and vegetable items to your cart in order to help out the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Produce for Kids.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Green Bean Delivery: $15 Off First Order

by Katie on June 9, 2014

If you’re still searching for that perfect gift for Father’s Day, now might be the perfect time to think outside the box….or in the case of Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, it might be ideal to think inside the box!  When you sign up as a Green B.E.A.N. Delivery member, you’ll have the option to choose one of five different produce bins to be delivered to your front door.  The bins vary in price and content to meet your family’s needs.

You can choose to let Green B.E.A.N. Delivery select a mix of produce for your bin or you can customize your bin to suit your family’s preferences and dietary needs.  There are typically 40 different produce options available each week to choose from.  The company’s network of local farmers and artisans provide year-round service to give members a variety of organic and all-natural foods as a healthy alternative to conventional grocery stores while at the same time, supporting local merchants.

In addition to their produce bins, Green B.E.A.N. members can add groceries or a la carte items to their order as well.  They offer a wide variety of all-natural and organic groceries, including local dairy, eggs, meats, bread, kitchen staples, and more.  You can browse Green B.E.A.N.’s online store to see all of the products that they have to offer.

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery makes it easy to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Whether eaten raw or steamed to perfection, these heart healthy foods are an integral element for a healthy lifestyle.  And now, eating healthy is as easy as the click of a mouse.

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery would like to offer my readers $15 off their first order.  Simply enter the coupon code 15CCml at checkout to receive this promotional pricing.  This code is valid for new members and reactivations only, and it’s valid through June 16th.  This is a perfect way to start a healthy habit for Father’s Day without breaking the bank.

You can also stop by the Green B.E.A.N. site to purchase a gift certificate as well.  Non-members can e-mail ([email protected]) or call customer service at (513) 761-2326.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Green BEAN Delivery. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Now that summer has officially arrived, many families are looking for activities and events that they can enjoy together as a family.  In the Cincinnati area, we are fortunate to have the Reds, the Bengals (well….I guess that depends on who you ask!), shows at the Aronoff, and plenty of summertime concerts.

The only drawback to attending such events is the fact that the cost adds up rapidly, especially if you have a larger family.  ScoreBig offers a solution to this problem by offering up to 60% off sports, concert, and theater tickets.  Plus, at ScoreBig, you’ll never pay any convenience fees or shipping charges of any kind.

ScoreBig makes it easy to find tickets to the event you want to attend by enabling you to search their ticket database by event, type, date, or location.  Once you locate the event you plan to attend, the next step is to choose how many tickets you’ll need and what section you’d like to sit in.  Even though ScoreBig doesn’t specify the exact seat you’ll be in, they do guarantee that you’ll be seated in the area that you’ve selected.  Plus, no matter how many seats you need, they’ll always be together, so you won’t have to worry about waving to your family or friends from across the stadium.

Once you’ve selected all the details for your event, you’ll be able to tell ScoreBig what you’d like to pay for the tickets.  ScoreBig’s Offer Success Potential Scale will indicate if it’s likely or unlikely that your offer will be accepted.  After you confirm your offer, you’ll receive an instant answer to verify if your offer has been accepted or rejected.

When you order through ScoreBig, you always receive their 100% guarantee that ensures the following:

  • Tickets will always be below Full Price
  • Fast confirmations and prompt, professional ticket delivery always in time for the event
  • Tickets will always be authentic and valid for entry
  • You will get the exact seat rating you ordered or better
  • You will be refunded if the event is cancelled
  • A safe, secure ordering system that is backed by the most reputable security companies on the web

I had the opportunity to use ScoreBig for the first time this week.  I was really impressed at how easy their site was to navigate, and how quickly I was able to find the tickets that I was looking for.  Since we are pretty big baseball fans, I was pleased to find tickets at a very reasonable price to the game that we wanted to see.

The entire process – from selecting the game to receiving confirmation that our offer was accepted – took less than five minutes.  Plus, it’s nice to know that I got a great deal on an event for our entire family.  All I have left to do is sit back and enjoy the game.

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by ScoreBig.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Throughout my years of being blessed as a mom, I’ve received so many memorable Mother’s Day gifts.  However, of all the amazing gifts that my husband and children have purchased throughout the years, one of my absolute favorites is my necklace from Simply Ben Jewelry.

Simply Ben Jewelry specializes in personalized, hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry.  The necklaces, bracelets, rings, and charms are not only high quality pieces of jewelry, but they are crafted to honor the special people and moments in a person’s life.

Beyond the craftsmanship of the items they offer, the history behind the creation of Simply Ben is truly a beautiful and inspiring story.  The mission of the company is so uplifting and encouraging of seeking hope and joy.

The necklace that my husband and children picked out for me was the Love Story necklace.  This necklace embodies everything about being a mom – the names of my precious children and the proclamation that this is indeed a love story.  For although I was very prepared to be a mother, I was overwhelmed by the profound and all-encompassing love I felt towards each of my tiny little miracles (well, not so tiny anymore!).

A year after I received this necklace, I purchased my second Simply Ben necklace, and I love it every bit as much as the first one.  In honor of my our wedding anniversary, I chose the necklace that was inscribed with, “all because two people fell in love.”  I couldn’t think of a more fitting phrase to capture the memories of how our family began.

Aside from Mother’s Day gifts, Simply Ben offers a wide assortment of jewelry that can be personalized with your own unique message and charms.  Plus, today only, when you enter the promotional code cincinnaticents at checkout, you’ll receive 25% off your entire purchase.  You’ll also receive free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Simply Ben Jewelry. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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$1/1 Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

by Katie on April 10, 2014

There’s a new Meijer mPerks coupon available for $1/1 Milk-Bone Brushing Chews.  Milk-Bone Brushing chews are a new dog treat with daily dental care regimen. They’re clinically proven to be as effective as brushing, and the nubs and ridges are designed to clean like bristles on a toothbrush, even getting the hard to reach back teeth and down to the gum line.

This coupon is valid through April 12th.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Meijer. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Meijer has their Airborne Everday Immune System Plus Multi-Vitamin on a B1G1 50% off sale this week.  These vitamins are specially formulated for daily use, and they contain a unique combination of a special blend of natural herbs (plus hibiscus and elderberry) to support the immune system as well as many vitamins and minerals (including C, A and Zinc) to support your overall health.

There are several coupons available to help you save even more on your next Airborne Everyday Vitamins purchase:

Airborne Everyday Immune System Plus Multi-Vitamin, B1G1 50% Off
$1.50/1 Airborne Immune Support printable
$1/1 Airborne Product, exp. 7/31/14 (SS 01/26/14)
Final price varies based on original purchase price

Be sure to check out all of this week’s Meijer deals before you stop by your local store.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Meijer. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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New Number Cross Puzzles Book

by Katie on January 21, 2014

As a parent in the age of video games, computer technology, and of course, Minecraft,  I am always happy to find fun resources for my kids that do not have a screen attached to them.  The new Number Cross Puzzles Book is one such resource.  Rich Rollo, a teaching veteran of 17 years, created Number Cross Puzzles as an ideal entry into the world of logic puzzles.

These puzzles are simple enough for anyone ages 8 and older to understand and grasp the concept, yet challenging enough to be implemented as a useful tool in the classroom, at senior citizen centers, and with Alzheimer’s and TBI patients.  The Number Cross Puzzles are designed like a crossword puzzle, but with numbers instead of letters.  The number sets are provided, yet they will only fit into one specific sequence.

As many teachers struggle to encourage their students to implement problem-solving skills as opposed to rote memorization, a book such as this is an asset to have on hand as a supplemental portion of any curriculum.  In fact, research has found that logic puzzles are an important factor in mental fitness, and can even be helpful as a tool to working with patients who suffer from a variety of cognitive disorders.

While some of the puzzles in the Number Cross Puzzles Book can be completed in a matter of minutes, others are much more challenging.  Plus, all of the answers are provided on separate pages, making it easy to see how well you’ve done on each puzzle.

There’s also a Teacher’s Edition of the Number Cross Puzzles Book that is designed specifically for the middle school/junior high setting.  Each puzzle includes eight answer varieties which prevents answer sharing across class periods and enables the instructor to assign the same difficulty level to all class periods on the same day.  These puzzles use every number at the bottom of the page to solve that specific puzzle.

Amazon currently has the Number Cross Puzzles Book on sale for $15.61, or the Kindle edition for just $3.03.  This is such an inexpensive way to have a great alternative to video games on hand for a cold winter day (today, anyone?!) or for a long car ride.

About the author: Rich Rollo holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Carthage College. He has been a teacher for 17 years and is currently teaching fifth grade mathematics in Oak Park, Illinois. He enjoys bowling, golfing and spending time with his wife, two children and three pets.  His favorite authors are Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.  He likes their creativity, the way they make reading fun (even for kids that struggle with it), and their positive themes.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

 

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