Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is a freelance writer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a military wife and mom of two. She is also a group fitness instructor and loves running and cooking up healthy recipes in her spare time.

Mom Report: Cincinnati Park’s Preschool Series


The fall preschool series, Adventures Under Glass at the Krohn Conservatory, consists of three parts to fit their natural theme, “Colors in Nature,” every Monday: September 10, 17 and 24. The themes are, A Green World Around Me, Brown All Around and Glorious Red. All of the little ones, 3-and-a-half – 5 years, could wear… Read more »

Fall Art Series at The Carnegie


Voted the “Best Art Class,” by our readers, The Carnegie’s ArtShop Artist Series’ workshops are a perfect fall-themed activity for all ages.  Preschoolers love the Preschool Art Class where they enjoy their favorite autumn-themed children’s books as they act out characters, dance, make up songs and create works of art taught by artists Jackie Smith… Read more »

ETY Earphones: Easy on the Ears


As caregivers, we have concerns on how damaging some headphones can be to our children’s tiny ear drums. Is it too loud? Can it affect their hearing later on? Safe Kids Safe-Listening Earphones by Etymotic Research created a solution to ease our minds by creating an earphone that seals the ear canal, blocking out external… Read more »

Local Author Comes to Blue Manatee


Get ready for a special story time by local author and illustrator Loren Long. He is premiering his newest children’s book, “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake,” September 23 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore (3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209). Children will love… Read more »

Easing Back-to-School Anxiety


You can get anxious about a new school year, but what about your child? Meeting new friends and teachers while trying to prepare his little mind for the upcoming year can sometimes become a little overwhelming. No matter what, let him know he’s not alone. Anxiety is something that many kids face day to day…. Read more »

Homeschooling 101: Deciding if it’s Right For You


You accompany your kids to a casual play date with the kids next door. The mom turns to you and says, “So, I’ve decided I’m going to homeschool!” You say, “Wow that’s great!” At that moment, so many questions pop into your head: “Why?” or, “Should I do that, too?” Homeschooling has become so popular… Read more »

Homeschooling Programs, Co-ops and Resources


Thinking about homeschooling your child? There are local homeschool resources to give you a head start. Already a homeschooling parent and need some free learning programs or ideas? We rounded those up for you, too. There are so many resources and support for parents who are leaning toward homeschooling or already doing it, it’s just… Read more »

End Summer With a Bang


What better way to end the summer than with a good Labor Day bang at the WEBN Fireworks and Riverfest from noon – 10 p.m. Sunday, September 2.  The fireworks begin around 9:07 p.m and the view is great on either side of the river. The show will go on for about 30 minutes.  On… Read more »

MOX is Ready for Takeoff


Remember Margarita Moksin, local mom and inventor of MOX, an on-the-go wireless container that heats any food or liquid from cold to 100 or 160 degrees Fahrenheit? Well, last year we sampled it and one year later, MOX reached a new level and just launched it’s Kickstarter campaign. MOX, a product of SoMi, a product… Read more »

Mom Report: LM&M Railroad


If you don’t have a family tradition, it is never too late to start one. One of our family traditions is visiting Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (16 E. South St., Lebanon, OH 45036) at least one time per year, and so far we made it a point to see Thomas the Tank Engine on his… Read more »

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