The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Madagascar: A Musical Adventure



The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE February 10-19, 2018 at the Taft Theatre. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip, hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the Taft Theatre stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. 


Alex & Marty

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.   With ten new songs added, including the film’s pop favorite “I Like to Move It, Move It,” MADAGASCAR, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE is brought vividly to life on stage in a high-energy production under the direction of Aubrey Berg. Producing Artistic Director, Roderick Justice, calls this show a creative celebration of friendship that will be fun for the whole family!


Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.  Directed by Aubrey Berg.  Choreographed by Eric Byrd.


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MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, February 10-19, 2018.  Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired), Sunday, February 11 at 2 PM,Sunday, February 11 at 5 PM, Friday, February 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, February 17 at 2 PM, Saturday, February 17 at 5 PM, Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Ticketsstart at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and

 MARTY Madagascar TCT Mainstage Theatre


School performances of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE will be held February 13-16 & 19 during the daytime hours. TCT’s Sensory Friendly performance will be held on Monday, February 19 at 9:45 AM. This performance is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and soundare made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed byspecialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances,


 Tickets must be picked up in Taylor Mill, KY.


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Waitress National Tour Broadway Cincinnati at the Aronoff


Cincinnati on Broadway continues to pump out a great lineup of entertainment and fun, in downtown Cincinnati. 

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

My mother in law truly enjoyed her first-time Broadway experience and while she thought the lead female role did an excellent job with a beautiful voice, the men almost stole the show. 

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Ryan G. Dunkin & the cast of the national tour of Waitress, photo by Joan Marcus
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Bryan Fenkart & Desi Oakley in the national tour of Waitress, photo by Joan Marcus


650 Walnut Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202

SUNDAY 1/14 6:30PM 
TUESDAY 1/16 7:30PM 
WEDNESDAY 1/17 7:30PM 
THURSDAY 1/18 7:30PM 
FRIDAY 1/19 8:00PM 
SATURDAY 1/20 2:00PM 
SATURDAY 1/20 8:00PM 
SUNDAY 1/2 11:00PM 
SUNDAY 1/21 6:30PM


Truth in Review: Cincinnati on Broadway provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Cinderella's Attic Antiques and Collectibles Warsaw, KY

Have you heard of this business? Cinderella's Attic located in Warsaw, KY. Read this sweet letter from one of the owners, a homeschooler!

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Dear Visitors,

Hello! My name is Becca, and I would like to welcome you to Cinderella's Attic.

While I am only 10 years old, Cinderella's Attic has been my dream since I was diagnosed with dyslexia two years ago. Dyslexia simply means that I learn differently. Reading, spelling, and writing are all difficult for me. I also have to practice my math facts over and over, and they are still difficult for me to remember. I am homeschooled, and my mom and I work on all of these subjects as well as history and science every day. While academics prove to be hard work for me, I still enjoy learning new things every day.

My family decided to invest in my future by helping me start my own business. I love talking with people, and I enjoy helping people. I also love collecting beautiful old things. I mentioned that one day I would love to open my own an antique store. Two years later we are opening Cinderella's Attic, thanks to lots of help from my family, church family and some dear friends.

Hope to see you soon,
Becca Jo​

Cinderella's Attic Warsaw KY

Cinderella's Attic is all decorated for Christmas and waiting for you to purchase quality vintage, antiques and collectibles. 

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"Christmas tree loaded with beautiful Waterford crystal ornaments and official White House ornaments."

Cinderella's Attic5"Vintage Moss Ross by Lipper and Mann"



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202 Washington Street, Suite B
Warsaw, KY 41095
Hours of Operation
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents CINDERELLA

A special thanks to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati for sponsoring this post and giveaway. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents CINDERELLA December 9-18, 2017 at the Taft Theatre.  This isn’t your mother’s (or your grandmother’s) Cinderella. Boys as well as girls will love all of the audience participation, side-splitting humor, and outlandish characters in this classic fairytale set to popular music. I know we're excited to see something a little different for Cinderella. 


Adapted by John B. Davidson, featuring original Music by Victor Zupanc. Based on the Fairytale by Charles Perrault.  Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences.

Cinderella Children's Theatre Cincinnati

CINDERELLA will be performed as a holiday “panto,” which means this classic, rags-to-riches story has been turned on its head and cleverly staged to entertain everyone from children to adults.  Featuring:

  • Interactive audience participation
  • Slapstick comedy
  • Cross-dressing characters
  • Fantastic dance numbers
  • Modern music from Adele, to Walk the Moon, to Whitney Houston


“You won’t find another Cinderella quite like this in Cincinnati!” says Roderick Justice, Producing Artistic Director for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and director/choreographer of TCT’s CINDERELLA production. “We look forward to bringing something fresh and new to the Taft Theatre stage that will delight children and adults during the holiday season.”

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In this hilarious holiday panto, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent Christmas ball. Join TCT this winter to celebrate a Cinderella Christmas.


CINDERELLA presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, December 9-18, 2017.  Saturday, December 9 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired), Sunday, December 10 at 2 PMSunday, December 10 at 5 PMFriday, December 15 at 7:30 PMSaturday, December 16 at 2 PM, Saturday, December at 5 PMSunday, December 17 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and


School performances of CINDERELLA will be held December 12-15 during the daytime hours.  TCT’s Sensory Friendly performance will be held on Monday, December 18 at 9:45 AM.  This performance is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimalized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand. 


For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school or Sensory-Friendly performances, visit


Want a chance to WIN tickets for your family? I have a Family Four Pack to give away! You can choose either the December 10th at 5pm show OR December 15th at 7:30 for your tickets. 


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Tickets will need to be picked up in 41015. or can be mailed. If we do not hear back from a winner by 12pm EST on 12/8, we will choose another winner. 

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Instant Pot Black Friday

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What did I do before the Instant Pot? I almost don't remember. This has been one of my favorite kitchen appliances since I purchased it last Black Friday. I never sweat if I don't thaw out the meat, I just throw it in the Instant Pot!

The 8qt is on sale (and the 6 quart) which is about what I paid for the 6 quart last year. Saving 37% off.

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Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland Newport, KY

Newport Aquarium invites the public to experience a Cincinnati holiday tradition under the sea Nov. 24 - Dec. 31 at Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland.

Scuba Santa Newport Aquarium

Since 2003 Scuba Santa has been delighting children in Northern Kentucky with tons of bubbles, and lots of fun. My girl gets shy talking to Scuba Santa, but has a blast with Tinsel the Elf, you must find him if you visit! 



The Water Wonderland journey will also take guests through a number of holiday-clad galleries, culminating in a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration:


  Stingray Hideaway Newport Aquarium

Stingray Hideaway New in 2017, visit the tropical paradise getaway where Scuba Santa goes to relax after the busy holiday season. His elves are already there decorating with festive tropical decor ready to meet and greet guests in Stingray Hideaway. Plus, guests can interact with and touch two dozen stingrays in the 17,000-gallon stingray touchpool, while enjoying the tropical holiday oasis.



Holiday Wishes to Santa Penguin Palooza

After chasing the swimming penguins back and forth, have giggle of fun, our girl drew a wish on a magic bubble and mailed it to Scuba Santa's Post Office. 


Newport Aquarium Penguin Palooza

She also enjoyed getting up close with these guys, they're just so cute! 



PS. While you're visiting Scuba Santa. Did you know you could Buy 3, Get 1 FREE during their annual pass sale? In time for the holidays, guests who purchase three Newport Aquarium Annual Passes will receive a fourth Annual Pass free. The Annual Pass Holiday Special ends on Dec. 31. Annual Passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so guests can use them now to experience Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland and into next year, including a VIP Passholder-only preview party for the opening of the new Ring of Fire exhibit in March.



Truth in Review: Newport Aquarium provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Old Man's Cave Logan, Ohio

As I woke up this Veterans Day morning, I realized that this Veterans Day would be very difficult for so many families. Although, I'm sure it is never easy.  I can't comprehend what it is like waking up daily with a loved one gone on military duty. I can't even fathom what wives, mothers, fathers, husbands, brothers or sisters do each day without their loved one being just a phone call away. Military families sacrifice so much.

One definition from Webster Dictionary defines sacrifice as, destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else b : something given up or lost.  I define what you do as selfless.

Whatever your reason is for joining your particular branch of the military, you are ultimately making a sacrifice for my family, my children and for our freedom. For this, I am truly grateful. My family and I will keep you in our prayers and hope that you can find comfort and peace today.


 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. - 2 Corinthians 3-4. NIV (Whole Chapter)

Brain Candy Live in Cincinnati with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens

Brain Candy Live Cincinnati

Science, imagination, and fun, Cincinnati you're in for a treat! Adam Savage, editor-in-chief of and former co-host of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series "MythBusters,” and Michael Stevens, creator of award-winning YouTube Channel “Vsauce head to the Aronoff on November 30th for Brain Candy Live! 




"Savage and Stevens can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they’re inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael’s Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.  

Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet's most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to your town to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver a giant batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience."


Brain Candy Live 1 - Adam Savage and Michael Stevens


 You won't want to miss Brain Candy Live. What a great opportunity to grab your kiddos and experience something completely new, and exciting. 

The much-anticipated tour plays the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall for one night only on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 PM as part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2017-18 Season.

Tickets are $68, $58, and $45 (additional service fees may apply; ticket prices/fees subject to change) and go on sale Friday, August 11 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. 

Group discount tickets for 10 or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $150 each and include a prime seat location in the front orchestra, an exclusive meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens, a signed 8x10 photo, and a special VIP meet-and-greet laminate.

The best part, Vintage Indie has an 25% off discount, just for you! 25% DISCOUNT TICKET PURCHASE LINK:  Use promo code:  CANDY.  Discount tickets are also available at (513) 621-2787 [ARTS] or at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office – mention promo code CANDY.


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Truth in Review: Cincinnati Arts Association provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Finding Neverland on Broadway Cincinnati!

We simply adore Broadway here at Vintage Indie. Especially stories that tell the history behind famous musicians and ones like Finding Neverland that tell the story of J.M. Barrie, the man and writer, behind Peter Pan. 


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"Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan KneeFinding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (PippinHair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up."

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Prepare your heart as you follow J.M. Barrie, and his relationship with widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter as he embraces who he is and the man he wants to be. 

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Much like last night's audience you may find yourself falling for J.M. Barrie's dog Porthos who was originally a St. Bernard. Porthos was quite the attraction on stage, and is the reason J.M. Barrie came to know the Llewelyn Davies' boys.  


Want to make visiting Broadway in Cincinnati educational? Check out the online Study Guide, so you and your students can follow along with the history of the show before seeing it come to life. 


Finding Neverland will play the Aronoff Center from November 7 - 19, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit


Truth in Review: Cincinnati on Broadway provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Taste of the World Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saturday November 11, 2017

(The following is a sponsored post by the Tri-State Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)

The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is hosting its 14th annual Taste of the World Food, Wine, and Beer Festival at The Newport Aquarium Saturday, November 11, from 7:30 -11:00 p.m. 


This event would make a great date night, or girls/guys night out. As much as I love visiting the aquarium with my sweet children, We're looking forward to experiencing it without them too.  If you follow Vintage Indie on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen our posts on Mazunte Taqueria, one of our favorite places to eat in Cincinnati. They'll be at the Taste of the World along with a fantastic lineup of local eateries and more. 

BB Riverboats/Current Catering

Chart House

Coffee Emporium

Cracker Barrel

Dewey's Pizza



Holtman’s Donuts

Insomnia Cookies

Keystone Bar & Grill Clifton

Madisono's Gelato


Mellow Mushroom


P.F. Changs



Pit to Plate BBQ

Stone Creek Dining Company 

If you're a fan of Bourbon you won't want to miss getting your ticket for the Pappy Van Winkle raffle. 

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The Party Source has generously donated the highly anticipated and deeply coveted COMPLETE 2017 fall release of Pappy Van Winkle to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be raffled off to ONE lucky winner!

Only 200 tickets will be sold, at $150 per ticket, and a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

To purchase tickets visit

Thank you to The Party Source, Presenting Sponsor of Taste of the World and
generous Pappy Provider.


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The Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society encompasses a geographic area of 26 counties serving Greater Cincinnati, Southeastern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and the Miami Valley as well as southeastern Ohio.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about blood cancer, visit or call the Society’s Information





Disclosure: Tri-State Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provided us with tickets for our publication. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Disney on Ice Reach for the Stars in Cincinnati next week!

There's always something to do, and something to see in the city! Cincinnati is buzzing with so many great family friendly things to do. Next week, Disney on Ice presents, Reach for the Stars at US Bank Arena! I haven't told our little girl that we're going yet, but I know as soon as I do, she is going to be so excited. What's more fun that seeing your favorite Disney characters in a movie? How about, on ice! 


"Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars . Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” 

Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ‘80s pop montage. Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally, Flynn Rider, on their journey to see the floating lights. Relive a tale as old as time when Belle opens her heart to new adventures as the Beast’s enchanted objects take center stage for a dazzling skating spectacle. You never know what unforgettable feats your whole family will discover when Reach For The Stars debuts in your hometown! "



EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS FOR YOU! Opening Night tickets start at just $13.00! Visit Disney On Ice  for more information, and to purchase tickets. 

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The best part, I get to share this fun experience with one of my readers as we're doing a SUPER QUICK giveaway! Your family could win a pack of 4 tickets to OPENING NIGHT 10/26 at 7pm! So much fun!

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*Tickets will be held available at Will Call for pick up one day prior to performance. Giveaway winners MUST attend the opening performance.

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Peter Pan Jr. in Cincinnati! Presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

A special thanks to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati for sponsoring this post and giveaway. 

Are you ready for another season of fantastic theatre performances by the Cincinnati Children's Theatre? If so, I've got some exciting news! They're gearing up for the season, and kicking it off with an arrrrrrguably fantastic show! Peter Pan Jr. 

In Peter Pan Jr. Wendy, Michael and John Darling meet and befriend Peter Pan when the mysterious boy and a fairy named Tinker Bell enter their nursery in search of Peter’s lost shadow. 

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Peter whisks his new friends away to Neverland, an island with “hardly any space between one adventure and the other.” There, Peter introduces the Darling children to his fellow Lost Boys, children who – like Peter – never grow up. The crew launches into a great adventure where they encounter Brave Girls, led by the incredible Tiger Lily, and Pirates led by the dreaded Captain Hook, played by Local 12’s own Bob Herzog. Challenges ensue when the Darling children are ensnared in Captain Hook’s sinister plan to seek revenge on Peter.

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I hear Captain Hook is going to be played by Bob Herzog of Channel 12 news, and word on the ship is that he's hysterically funny, and shouldn't be missed. 

We're excited because this year, we get to take daddy to every performance. It's such a great family night out, and a great way to see our great city. 


Peter Pan Jr. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, will run October 21-22 and 27-29, 2017.  

Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired), 

Sunday, October 22 at 2 PM,

Sunday, October 22 at 5 PM, 

Friday, October 27 at 7:30 PM, 

Saturday, October 28 at 2 PM, 

Saturday, October 28 at 5 PM, 

Sunday, October 29 at 2 PM 

Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Tickets start at $10.  1-800-745-3000 and


TCT’s Sensory Friendly performance of PETER PAN JR. will be held on Monday, October 30 at 9:45 AM.  This performance is intended for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children (and adults) with other special needs who may benefit. To create a sensory-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for those with sensory challenges.  Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made and effects such as fog, strobes, and lights that extend into the audience are minimized.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) is made available on the TCT website one week before the performance.  At the theater, TCT provides an area staffed by specialists in the field where patrons can take a break from the performance if necessary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has trained staff on hand. 

The homeschool performance will be Monday, October 30 at 12:15! 


Guess what? If you're as excited as we are about making this a family day or night out, I've got a family four pack to giveaway! 



For details about how to purchase tickets to this performance, visit

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Tickets will need to be picked up in 41015. or can be mailed. If we do not hear back from a winner by 12pm EST on Oct 19th, we will choose another winner. 

A special thanks to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati for sponsoring this post and giveaway. 

WICKED in Cincinnati


Back from its three year hiatus WICKED is in Cincinnati!

Oh my goodness! First, hubby and I are Broadway, musical newbies. Every show we've seen has been completely new to us, and when we found out we were going to see WICKED we didn't know what to expect. Friend's of ours said it was a not to miss show, and they couldn't have been more right.

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda. Photo by Joan Marcus

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. 

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba 3. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Broadway sensation, WICKED, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.” 

My jaw was on the floor most of this show. From the set, to the superb acting, to the amazing voices. Ga-linda (before she changed her name) was absolutely hysterical, and had us in stitches!  I love how the story fills in so many unknowns to the Wizard of Oz. There were so many times where my husband looked over at me and just smiled. 

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba and Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda and the North American Touring Company of WICKED. Photo by Joan Marcus

There is just something about a full house at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. When the crowd cheers, and people jump out of their seats when the show is over, it leaves you feeling amazing. Those are the best kind of date nights! 

Don't wait to get your tickets to see it, shows often sell out! 

WICKED will play the Aronoff Center from September 13 – October 15, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Thursday September 14 at 1:00PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. Tickets start at $42.50. They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 15 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit


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The Cheese Fest Cincinnati Saturday September 9th 2-10pm & a Giveaway!

I can't believe that it's almost time for The Cheese Fest right here in Cincinnati! What?! You haven't heard of The biggest festival in our region celebrating all things cheese? The Cheese Fest, presented by Murray's Cheese, New York's most iconic cheese shop, is proud to bring you the best in everything cheese. Murray's Cheese just happens to be my absolute favorite company of fine artisinal cheeses, but there are so many to choose from, you must go check it out for yourself. 

The Cheese Fest Logo

Imagine stacks of cheese, little nibbles of square, round, triangle and flat out melty goodness, for a full day of fun at only $10.00 general admission. With your ticket you can get unlimited samples of 300+ delicious domestic and imported artisan cheeses and various other specialty foods. We picked up some hot pickled okra last year that was so crunchy and delicious. 

Not only that, purchase a pairing ticket for an additional $10.00, and get first hand knowledge from the cheese makers themselves on the perfect way to pair wine, beer, bourbon or champagne. You'll come out on the other side, prepared and ready to host your own cheese tasting, so much fun! Be sure to add this ticket to your cart as these special sessions are first come first serve.  Cash bars will also be available for all other beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. 

The Cheese Fest Cincinnati


Kids also love The Cheese Fest, especially the Macdown/Meltdown competition where local restaurants compete to offer you the most delicious in mac and cheese where they'll get to vote on their favorites right along side you. 

Smale Riverfront Park is where it is, and you'll get to enjoy our great city, live music, a photo booth and so much cheese! 

Last, but certainly not least, and new for this year The Cheese Twins  (from The Great Food Truck Race) will be there educating you on all things cheese during their cooking demos.


How would you like to go? Vintage Indie is giving away one person and a guest tickets to The Cheese Fest, along with a paring of your choice!

To Enter:

  1. Comment on this post stating which cheese is your favorite.
  2. Share this post Via any social media.

That's it! A winner will be notified on August 25th 2017. 



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The Best Podcasts for kids & family!

This year we have been very purposeful in limiting the amount of time our kids spend watching television or on electronic devices. I don't know about you, but they started to become something of a habit around here instead of a useful tool. In order to simplify we removed the T.V. from our play room, and set up specific times of online time. This includes anything that requires them to visually watch a screen. 


After the first few months of this rather painful step for our kids, we started to notice a huge improvement in overall focus, and emotional connection to their surroundings. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to preach another too much screen time to you. You do what you feel works best in the rhythm of your family.

At times our youngest (now five) likes to watch something educational while she's coloring or playing. In order to stop this habit of always needing the screen again, we've started playing podcasts for her that she absolutely adores. Our middle child (twelve) has found himself plugged into head phones while he listens to a podcast as well, making chores a little more enjoyable. As time has gone on, our oldest (fifteen) is starting to catch on and listen as well. Most of the time they're learning something while listening. 

We also adore audio books around here, but I'll save that post for later. 


When to listen? 

 - In the car! 

 - While doing chores. 

 - While mowing grass (one headphone in and one out for safety)

 - While building and creating.

 - While working on an art project. 


What to listen to?


Younger - Middle Grades



Brains On! Science. 

Description: Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us. @Brains_On 



Tumble Science




Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit for more information and educational content.








Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends. Let Natasha's voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children's stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance.




Middle Grades - Family 



That Story Show


That Story Show is a family-friendly clean-comedy podcast that shares funny real-life stories from listeners all over the world. Join hosts James Kennison and John Steinklauber and laugh along every week. TSS has been podcasting since 2006 as "Nobody's Listening"






TEDTALKS Kids + Family 


Fun videos to inspire, intrigue and stir your imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.




Read-Aloud Revival 


The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast is the place to get the inspiration and resources you need to read aloud to your kids. Get motivated and encouraged to build your family culture around books! The podcast is a collection of inspiring and informative interviews to help parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make reading aloud a central part of family life. Reading aloud is more than just a literary education- it's a framework for family culture.





Moms & Family 





This podcast is a collection of conversations about mothering, home life and education. We all homeschool our children, but we hope to offer discussions that anyone can pull up a chair to. We plan to cover topics that will range from the lighthearted and fun to the heavier ones that may include politics, faith and social issues. We hope this podcast is a place to find encouraging and thoughtful dialog. Above all, we desire provoking one another on to good things. Hebrews 10:24 Grab a cup of coffee and listen in on a conversation with Greta Eskridge, Jennifer Dees, Brianne Buskey and Kristin Rogers





Truth For Life 


Truth For Life is the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. The ministry's mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established and local churches will be strengthened. Join us each weekday and on the weekend as Alistair helps us apply the Scripture to our daily lives.






Wild + Free 


A Beautiful Homeschool Community | The official podcast of the Wild + Free community, hosted by Ainsley Arment and Tina Ingold.





At Home with Sally Clarkson & Friends 


Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!



Did we miss your favorites? Please let us know in the comments, we're always looking for more! 


Beautiful The Carole King Musical Cincinnati on Broadway

All I could think was if you haven't heard a particular music's story told like Beautiful The Carole King Musical, I had to express somehow what you've been missing. I had to beg you to go see this show while taking your mother, sister, daughter, aunt or anyone who appreciates music.   

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Having listened to my mother growing up, singing songs by Carole King I couldn't wait to ask her to see this show with me. As we sat in our seats and Carole's story came through on the stage, I couldn't wait to tell every Generation X, or Millennial, that you have to see music told like this. You have to get out of your comfort zone, and experience this. 


Beautiful Carole King _Gabreial Wyatt of VintageIndieMag
Leigh Carpenter and Gabreial Wyatt, of Vintage Indie

Beautiful Carole King Cincinnati
Julia Knitel as Carole King in the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, photo by Joan Marcus

Often times we listen to music and have no idea who wrote the song. We just know that it makes us feel all the feelings. Beautiful takes you into the depths of Carole's heart and shows you her passion for writing as well as the story behind so many of her lyrics. 

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.


Beautiful Carole King Cincinnati Cast
Curt Bouril as Don Kirshner, Liam Tobin as Gerry Goffin, Julia Knitel as Carole King, Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann & Erika Olson as Cynthia Weil in the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, photo by Joan Marcus


Julia Knitel as Carole King, is absolutely stunning in this role. Her voice is magical, and I believe she captures Carole King perfectly. The rest of the cast doesn't disappoint, Liam Tobin as Gerry Goffin almost steals the show with his own talent, and Erika Olson as Cynthia Weil, opened me up to more music than what I thought I came for. I adored this show, and you will too! 


Hurry, run get your tickets to Beautiful The Carole King Musical which is only in our beautiful city of Cincinnati for a short period of time. 

FRIDAY 05/05 8:00PM  
SATURDAY 05/06 2:00PM  
SATURDAY 05/06 8:00PM  
SUNDAY 05/07 1:00PM  
SUNDAY 05/07 6:30PM  
TUESDAY 05/09 7:30PM  
WEDNESDAY 05/10 7:30PM  
THURSDAY 05/11 7:30PM  
FRIDAY 05/12 8:00PM  
SATURDAY 05/13 2:00PM  
SATURDAY 05/13 8:00PM  
SUNDAY 05/14 1:00PM  
SUNDAY 05/14 6:30PM  
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OPENING MAY 02, 2017
CLOSING MAY 14, 2017


2 Hours and 20 Minutes.(1 Intermission)


Truth in Review: Cincinnati on Broadway provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Spring Cleaning for your Life Part Two - Freshening up your Attitude

Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by this Monday you've taken some off time during the glorious Easter weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

MMM_Button Spring Cleaning for your Life. Yes, you read that correctly. Today's Making the Most of Monday is Part Two of a three part series that I thought would be a great way to start off spring. If you missed part one a couple of  weeks ago, click back to Out with the Old.

Part Two: Freshening up your Attitude.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to write down a list of things that are cluttering your life. This week, I'm going to ask you to take a big step. Together we are going to let go of that old way of thinking, living and reacting and be out with the old, once and for all. 

I've put together a list of words. Words that you may harbor in your own heart that keep you from living up to your potential.







All of these words are very powerful and can affect your attitude, your way of thinking and how you portray yourself. The bottom line is, you control your attitude. The previous sentence is short, but holds a lot of power. Once you have full realization that attitude is a choice whether good or bad, you've already begun the process to living a better life. Below I've included a few powerful quotes. I encourage you to take a moment to think about each one.


The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.
  - John C Maxwell

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.
 - William James

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
 - Author Unknown

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
 - Jimmy Dean

Are you ready to change your attitude? Its all about controlling what you are thinking about and what comes out of your mouth.

I have to admit some days it's hard to wake up ( being that I'm not a morning person at all) and smile at my bright eyed children and give them that positive and happy attitude that they need for a successful day. If I woke up in a bad mood every day and already bad mouthing what lies ahead or the obstacles they may face what kind of attitude am I teaching them? What kind of foundation am I laying for their day?

I hope you'll freshen up your attitude this week. Get rid of old thinking habits. Get rid of negative words and feelings your harboring. Realize that you have control over your attitude. If your thinking bad, acting bad it is probably going to turn out bad. If you are thinking good, working hard and remaining positive, I bet no matter what you face, you'll get through it a hundred times better.

Make a choice, to Make the Most of Your Life today.

 - Gabreial


Tarzan The Stage Musical Presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (Giveaway)

The 2016-2017 Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is swinging to a halt with their final production of the season, Tarzan The Stage Musical, based on the Disney film. 


Swing on over to hear music by the famous rock legend Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.

Follow Tarzan as he " struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.

Tarzan The Stage Musical Cincinnati Childrens Theatre
Tyler Kuhlman as Tarzan and Elizabeth Sunderhaus as Jane. Photos by Mikki Schaffner.

Public Performances at the Taft Theatre

 April 1-2, 7-9, 2017

Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM*
Sunday, April 2 at 2 PM
Sunday, April 2 at 5 PM
Friday, April 7 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 8 at 5 PM
Sunday, April 9 at 2 PM

To Purchase Tickets visit The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

Thanks to the generosity of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, you and your family could win a family pack of four tickets to see the show Sunday April 2, 2017 at 5pm or Friday April 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. 

 You MUST be able to pick up tickets in TAYLOR MILL KY 41015 before the show. 

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The Illusionists Live from Broadway Cincinnati ends tonight! March 26, 2017

Don't miss your opportunity to see The Illusionists Live From Broadway Cincinnati! This show closes today March 26, 2017 Tickets are available for 1:00 and 6:00pm tonight! 

The Illusionists Live from Broadway Cincinnati

The Illusionists whisks your mind away to a place it's never been before. The high energy, entertaining two hour show is mind bending, baffling, and downright crazy. You've got to see it for yourself to believe it. The show is  interactive with the crowd, and keeps you involved and entertained from the start.

I recommend taking your kids 6+ older to this show if they can handle suspense, and sometimes eye covering acts that could be a bit much for the squeamish. 

Kevin James The Inventor in The Illusionists Live
Kevin James The Inventor Production photos of The Illusionists—Live From Broadway

Kevin James The Inventor above, has a child-like way with magic. He enjoys seeing the joy and disbelief of his audience and captures your attention with amazing feats of things happening right before your eyes.

He brought a little girl from the audience to capture her imagination, and amazed the entire crowd. He doesn't stop though with innocent illusions. he cuts a man in half. A classic that will leave you questioning everything. 

Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror) in The Illusionists—Live From Broadway
Dan Sperry (The Anti-Conjuror) in The Illusionists—Live From Broadway

Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror brings his dry sense of humor, and his mysterious illusions to some of the classics of magic. His performance includes a rabbit, and some birds in his very own special way. He also performs some interesting illusions with his body that had me holding my hands over my face, and peeking through my fingers. Each time, bringing my jaw to a gaping hole of mystery. 

Colin Cloud (The Deductionist) in The Illusionists—Live From Broadway
Colin Cloud (The Deductionist) in The Illusionists—Live From Broadway

Lastly for my review, I'm highlighting Colin Cloud The Deductionist. Another favorite of mine and my husbands. We aren't quite sure how he does it, but he involves the entire audience into a mind-bending performance that questions your educational abilities on every level.

His way with numbers, and reading people is something you've only seen in the movies. I'm glad that we got to experience this live and in person. I only wish that our teens were able to join us for the show. They would have been amazed. 


Don't wait! Today, and this evening are your last chance to see The Illusionists Live on Broadway at the beautiful Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. 



Procter & Gamble Hall - Aronoff Center for the Arts

650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH

SUNDAY 03/26 1:00PM  
SUNDAY 03/26 6:30PM  

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Truth in Review: Cincinnati on Broadway provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

A Craft Connection Brewery Tour is a great way to spend a few hours learning, and enjoying one of Cincinnati’s (and my) most beloved and historic pastimes. BEER!  Craft Connection Brewery tours offers several tour options for groups of 6-14.

Craft Connection Cincinnati Brewery Tour

3-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $50/person

3.5-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $55/person

4-hour, 3 Brewery Tour; $60/person

4-hour, 4 Brewery Tour; $60/person

You may choose one of their public tours, or plan your own.  We opted to plan our own, and filled the bus with beer drinkers (and homebrewers) of every different level and experience.  Whether you’re a seasoned beer geek, or a novice, this guided tour will have plenty of information for you.  Not only will you see the taprooms and behind the bars, but will get an up close look at the brewing, canning, and bottling facilities of each brewery visited.

Craft Connection Tour Guide Megan

When you choose your breweries, keep in mind that drive time to and from your pick/drop location, and time between breweries is part of your tour!  Plan accordingly, and choose breweries that maximize your time drinking beer, and learning!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Cup

Our tour guide, Megan, picked us up at our home, which is approximately 10 miles south of downtown, and we were able to visit (comfortably) Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, and The Woodburn.  We could tell, immediately, that Megan was knowledgeable and had a good relationship with each brewery as we entered.  Not only did she fulfill our beer requests, but helped us learn about the brewing process, history of the buildings we were in, and styles of the beers we were trying.  We even had the pleasure of having co-owners of two of the breweries we visited leading part of our tour!

The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón
The Woodburn Co-owner Dennis Chacón

While you’re not sipping delicious brews, and learning about Cincinnati’s rich brewing past, present and future, you’ll get to have a great time on the bus.  Bring along for the ride beer, wine, and cider for enjoying on the bus, just keep it there.  No outside beer is permitted in any of the breweries, and no hard liquor allowed!



                Everything is included in the price of admission, except gratuity for your driver.  Remember to tip well, and often!  Book a tour today, and find out why Craft Connection Brewery Tours is successfully helping grow Cincinnati’s craft beer culture and awareness!  Drink local! Cheers!

Craft Connection Brewery Tour Guide Megan

Want to see more? Check out our video of Nine Giant on our Facebook Vintage Indie.

Baby Led Weaning - Don't be afraid of getting messy!

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This is one of my most favorite pictures of our sweetie girl. She's covered in roasted beets and sweet potatoes.  She's been eating this way from the beginning of solid foods. She's only 9 months here. I did a lot of research early on, on baby-led-weaning. Although we weren't trying to wean, she started showing interest in our food at about 7 months. We started giving her little nibbles from our food then and she's eating a bit of whole foods daily at her request. 
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This is what a typical Sunday at our house looks like, baby food prep. Except, I'm not mashing, blending or pureeing anything. I simply roast everything on a pan, remove things that cook a little faster, remove the tough skins, dice them up into baby finger size and freeze for the week. I can't tell you how easy this is! It is also easy on the budget, but that's just a bonus. 
 This whole experience has been wonderful for baby, mommy, and daddy. We are loving feeding her whole foods, picked ripe for eating and without any processing or extra unnecessary added ingredients. We're not including grains, or corn for a long while as we feel this is best for developing her tummy to handle those sorts of things and we're avoiding GMO's like the plague. For now, whole fruits and vegetables are on her menu. Just recently we've started to scatter in some organic roasted chicken and egg yolks here and there. 
What Baby is Eating: 
Sweet Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Apples (baked)
Roasted Beets, Golden and Purple (her favorite)
Asparagus Tops
Green Beans
Egg Yolks
Organic Roasted Chicken
and adding weekly.....
We're staying away from cruciferous (except cauliflower) vegetables on the moment as those seem to be harder on the digestive system.
There are all sorts of books, blogs and websites devoted to baby-led weaning. I'm not an expert on the subject, but if you're intrigued to do your own research I've included some of my favorite links below.
Simple Bites - Embracing Baby-Led Weaning

Spring Cleaning for your Life - Part One Out With the Old


Happy first day of spring! 

Spring Cleaning for your Life. Yes, you read that correctly. Today's Making the Most of Monday is Part one of a three part series that I would like to do for the next couple of weeks.

Part One: Out With the Old
Are you holding on to bad clutter in your life? I'm not talking about piles of paperwork or unfinished business. I'm talking about life's clutter.

I've put together a series of questions below. Take a moment to think about each one before you give it a serious yes or no.







Are you allowing toxic relationships to run your life?

Do you surround yourself with people who control your thoughts?
Are you hanging on to any bad habits?
Do you have a poor attitude?
Are you allowing fear to keep you from stepping out? Is discouragement keeping you from your dreams?
Are you holding on when you know you should let go?

During this crazy economical time it's easy to get lost in the stress of bills, and money money money. It's also easy to loose yourself along the way, while you are going through the process. I'm hoping these questions provoked your mind into thinking about what is really cluttering your life.

With anything that life sends our way, we need to remain mentally strong. You need you, family needs you and friends need you. Are you prepared to help you? Are you prepared to give them what they need?

This week, think about these questions. Write down a list of things that are cluttering your life. After your done, be prepared to be out with the old so that you can live up to your full potential. 

If you'd like to participate this week, please feel free to comment below. 

Creative Storage Solutions for Organizing Your Office

 Vintage Indie would like to send a warm welcome to Debi Ward Kennedy of homewardFOUNDdecor She is here sharing with us her fabulous ideas for designing an office or studio with smart storage solutions. I just love all of the vintage details in her personal studio. Gorgeous!

Please click any photos in the feature to see them larger, you won't want to miss any of the details!

  Vintage Style Office Organization




Welcome to my Studio!


We’ve just moved into a new house, and I enjoyed the opportunity to design a whole new studio for myself. I undertook this project exactly as I would one for a retail client: Start with what you have and look at it in a fresh way.


My designs of retail spaces and vintage-style products entail having many resource materials at hand in my studio. There are books, magazines, tear sheets, color fans, and paint charts. There are files of completed projects and ‘in process’ designs. There are design boards from huge to small. Keeping it all under control is a daily challenge! I use a lot of creative storage techniques because although I can handle a certain amount of ‘creative clutter’, I do NOT like it when I can’t find what I am looking for.


Before and After Office Design


First, I painted the room soft tan and the trim all gloss white. Instantly, it was welcoming instead of cold, clinical white. (But the soft neutral color won’t interfere with my design work). I also took down the ceiling fan, and replaced it with a three-light ceiling fixture. Combined with the existing can lights, this room is very well lit for working at two in the morning… when the Muse inevitably decides to appear. ;0)


Spring Office Organizing Vintage Indie



Using the furnishings & fixtures I already had, I figured out how to fit them into this new space efficiently - using the location of lighting to place my work surfaces, for example, and knowing how I move around when I am working on projects. I have a cube fixture from IKEA, a piece of antique furniture, a new-ish bar-height work table, and shelving and a side table that my husband built. They all went in first.


Vintage Style Storage Solutions



I needed containers on those fixtures that would help corral the massive amounts of stuff that would be coming out of moving boxes. I use wire locker baskets, wire plate racks, metal boxes & lunch pails, wire sliding drawers, vintage metal bread pans, large clear vases and magazine sleeves. Since all of these elements are seen, I wanted them to have vintage style and visual appeal.


Some of the ‘hidden storage’ in the studio is in the low shelf units… I actually laid them on their sides!
They are very deep, intended to be closet storage units. By laying them down, I gain double-depth space PLUS the top work surface.


Behind those rows of white cardboard magazine sleeves (IKEA), there are stacks of books, more sleeves full of tear sheets and catalogs, DVD’s, portfolios, magazines that have published my writings, and client project archive files. These are things I don’t need to access often, so having them located behind the magazines works for me. Small labels on the shelf front tell me what’s behind. The magazines in front are arranged by name, month & season. On top, two units of small drawers (IKEA) hold biz cards and other regular office supplies.


Office Styling


The tall cube bookcase unit (IKEA) holds all of the books that I access regularly, sorted by subjects.

Behind what you see is another six inches of space, holding books I don’t use very often. I kept the books on the lower two shelves to allow for the more interesting things to be up high, in the line of sight. That’s where the baskets & boxes come in! Various materials are stored AND displayed in all of them. Even the white shopping bags on top of this unit hold materials – but what you see is crisp, clean, and simple.


Tucked back in the corner is a plastic drawer unit – it holds all of my vintage papers and office supplies. You can’t see it, it fills in a dead corner, and each drawer can be pulled out when I need something. The wire unit in front of it holds large-sized vintage papers and paper cutters - I place the tools near the supplies I need with them. A clear vase, wire basket, and boxes on top hold rolls of paper and small vintage paper elements.


File Cabinet Makeover


Every business has a file cabinet. I could have painted mine white, but decided instead to cover it with vintage dictionary pages. Lots of glue & paper were involved, but not a lot of time & effort. It sits right out in the open and looks fabulous! Inside the lower drawer, I keep my printer/scanner, already plugged in (cord goes out the back). I simply hook up my laptop cord to use them.


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My worktable is bar-height, because I work a lot while standing. (Right now, as I am writing this, I am sitting on one of the two barstools shown.) It’s very spacious and I use it for everything. Under it, I can store empty wire baskets that will fill up with product supplies or small items to be priced. The paper recycling container is an old wood pull-out laundry bin. A rolling wire cart holds large pieces of fabric, and can be relocated easily. Or emptied if I am hitting a flea market! ;0)


Using Vintage Furniture in an office




Because they are easily changeable and helpful in my processes, ‘Inspiration Boards’ are included, as well. One is a fabulous vintage door, where a bulletin board replaces the former window. Behind this door, I store oversized style boards for projects. A chalkboard door will be placed on the opposite side of the sideboard cabinet…. as soon as I FIND it. It’s still in a storage unit!


Smaller pin boards across the room are simple squares of rigid foam insulation panels, cut down and covered with fabrics. I used muslin, linen, and burlap for mine. Each project I work on gets one of these pin boards while in-process, until I am ready to glue it all to a style board permanently.


Pin Boards Office Styling


Having beautiful inspiration around me is essential in my design process, so I included pieces that simply make me smile. Mannequins dressed in vintage finery and jewelry, products I’ve designed, and gifts from friends all have a special place here, as do a floral chandelier and two favorite hemp chairs for clients.

(Rachel Ashwell called them ‘lovely’ when she saw them in my booth at an antique show, btw!)


When I finally began unloading moving boxes, it was easy to find the right space for everything I needed. By starting with the storage needs, I was able to make pretty quick work of this - from beginning to (almost) end, this room came together in just one week.


What did I buy for this room?

Paint. From the Habitat ReStore and Craigslist. (we mix our own custom colors, using recycled paint)

The three-spot ceiling light. Thrift store, five bucks. Can of white spray paint, four bucks.


As I tell my clients, you really don’t have to spend money to redecorate - reimagine and redesign instead!


Think about the function that your space & furnishings need to have for your lifestyle or store. Go into the space/room, and walk around as if you were working… decide what storage & surfaces you need, and where. Then look at all of the furniture, fixtures, and containers you have and assign each a place and a use. Remember that the ‘work triangle’ concept of kitchen design applies to stores, offices & studios, too. Then add the details that will express your own style. You don’t need a new space to do this… start with the store or office you have now. Apply creative thinking skills, some muscle to move everything around, and get going. Soon, you’ll have a store or office that energizes you and everyone who comes in!



Debi Ward Kennedy is a professional retail visual designer, located North of Seattle, Washington.

To engage her as a retail design consultant, writer, or speaker please visit .

To see her vintage-inspired product designs & antique show schedule, please visit homewardFOUNDdecor 

Celebrate Spring with a Springtime Garland

Are you ready for spring? I know we are here in Northern Kentucky. The SPRING EQUINOX‎ is: ‎March 20, 6:29 A.M. EDT How about making this super easy and fun spring time garland to get you ready. 

Chick garland done close up  


Plastic flowers were very popular in the sixties and seventies before giving way to silk flowers. Plastic flowers are colorful and easy to clean with a soap and water bath. They are also plentiful in thrift shops! Pick up some plastic flowers in springtime colors, along with a dozen or so chenille chicks (found at most craft stores), some string, a few pipe cleaners, a needle, and make a colorful springtime or Easter garland! This is super easy! Get your kids involved with these simple steps.

Chick garland supplies 1
Cut a length of string and tie a loop at one end.Thread the other end of the string through the needle and begin stringing the plastic flowers. Of course, you’ll need to disassemble the plastic flowers before stringing them though the hole where the stamen or stem used to be. You can make a pattern with your flowers and chenille chicks or string them on in a random fashion. Thread the chenille chicks through the “meaty” part of the chick so it doesn’t fall from the string. For added texture wrap pastel chenille pipe cleaners around a pencil to make a tendril. Wrap the center of the tendril at intervals along your garland between your flowers.

Chick garland supplies 2
You can make this garland in so many ways. You can adapt it to different holidays or occasions. Plastic flowers are inexpensive and easy to find! Have fun!

Chick garland done

Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)

Vegetarian Chili at Gold Star Chili? Yes! (Giveaway)

As I've recently chosen a vegetarian diet, as in the past year or so, I still long for the flavors of a good, meaty chili. Specifically, of course, the local flavors of Cincinnati Style Chili. I was thrilled when I found out that Gold Star Chili had unveiled a new VEGETARIAN chili.

All of my craving dreams came true when we visited the newly opened Gold Star Chili, located on Montgomery Road in Norwood, in the new University Station near Xavier's campus. With their new sleek finishes, modern decor, and friendly atmosphere, this is not the strip mall Gold Star of my childhood. The kids and I stepped into a new-to-us Gold Star Chili experience, and we were thrilled with the results. 

Gold Star Chili Kitchen

  Gold Star Chili Serves Burgers

Did you know that Gold Star Chili started out as a hamburger joint? I had no idea! With the piles and piles of noodles, chili, and cheese being slung out on plates, my son's eyes opened wide when he checked out the menu and spied their burger.  Chili and a burger, what more could you ask for, other than vegetarian chili cheese fries, of course?  (We'll come back to those fries in a minute).

Gold Star Chili got its start when four Daoud brothers, of Mount Washington, came together to create Hamburger Haven. Along with burgers, the brothers had a chili recipe that was starting to sell quicker than their burgers, so they changed the name.

Gold Star Chili Burger & Coney

And now, for the first time in Cincinnati, Gold Star Chili decided to hire a chef to create the perfect vegetarian, soy free and gluten free chili. When we spoke with the creative chef behind this new chili his excitement for nailing the taste and texture was contagious.

My middle love decided to take the taste test challenge. If you can't tell by the picture they are almost exactly the same in taste, texture, and flavor. They really hit the nail on the head with this creation. My little foodie was able to pick out the vegetarian one from the regular, and after the challenge my youngest love stole the bowl. She loved it!

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries


It was my turn to order, and I've been craving cheesy chili fries for so long. I was excited to be able to order exactly what I wanted in vegetarian style! Perfectly crispy fries, and that spicy Cincinnati chili with all the familiar flavors were there.  This new creation will be available for a limited time, beginning March 3rd, through the Lenten season.  Enjoy the local fish fries as always, but don't forget to get out to your neighborhood Gold Star Chili for this amazing new creation!


I'm so exited for you! You have the chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card courtesy of Gold Star Chili, just in time for you to taste their new Vegetarian Chili.




  1. Please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you have to try from Gold Star Chili. 
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I'll be back here 3/12/2017 to choose a winner! Good luck!   


A special thank you to Gold Star Chili for hosting Vintage Indie at the tasting event, sponsoring this post and for providing a gift card for all of our wonderful readers. As usual, our opinions are our own, and never purchased. We want you to truly enjoy finding new things in our great Cincinnati city!