Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

Mom Report: Star Wars and the Power of Costume


I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is a little bit of a learning curve as a mother. Not only have I had to learn how to best care for my young (one cry means a wet diaper, another cry means Baby is hungry); I have learned several new languages as my kids… Read more »

DIY Parties!


Every year my kids look forward to picking their own birthday party theme and planning their bash. Crafting, decorating and cooking are great ways to bond with them before they turn another year older. A DIY party doesn’t have to be expensive: visit your favorite dollar stores, hit up yard sales, revamp items you already… Read more »

Mom Report: Rabbit Hash General Store


One of my favorite adventures as a child is one that I recreate with my own children now — a country drive with the windows down, and a visit to the Rabbit Hash General Store. I was devastated when the original General Store burnt down in February 2016. But the store has been restored to its… Read more »

Delivery Room Trends


In the past five years, I’ve given birth to three beautiful boys and each labor was unique and memorable. From back labor with an epidural to induction with a birth ball and no meds, I am proud of each experience, as they resulted in amazing new life being brought into this world. Also within the… Read more »

What Kind of Parent Are You?


I recall learning the four disciplines of parenting styles in a family life studies class waaaaay back in high school. Authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and sadly, the uninvolved/negligent parent. (I hope my teacher’s ears are burning somewhere, and she feels proud of herself for being a good teacher, because I totally remembered the four types without… Read more »

Mom Report: Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound


“I want to snuggle him,” said 3-year-old Luca as he gave himself a big bear hug. “And I want to tickle his little feet,” chimed in the biggest brother, Dominic, age 5. My sweet boys continue watching an ultrasound video taken of their baby brother at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound in Mason, Ohio, and… Read more »

HOLIDAZE HACKING


‘Tis the season to be jolly!  And very busy and maybe just a little stressed.  I love making holiday memories and carrying out family traditions, but this December, I will be seven months pregnant with two toddler boys rockin’ around the Christmas tree.  Between prepping a nursery and decking the halls, I’m in desperate need… Read more »

Mom Report: Bass Pro Shop


It begins. I think it starts earlier and earlier every year. It is merely mid-November and I have already found myself humming along with Christmas songs while out and about, and my kids have pointed out many twinkling lights, and fully decorated evergreens. I have decided to just go with it, in hopes that having… Read more »

Mom Report: Neltner’s Farm


There are four more weekends of October left — that means eight whole days open for fall fun! And if you’re anything like me, you are making a list of must-see places and must-do events. I have a suggestion for you, make sure to add a visit to Neltner’s Farm in Melbourne, KY to your… Read more »

Mom Report: Tour of Boone County


At least once a summer, my best friend and I take my boys on a tour of Boone County. Growing up, my mom would lead a similar scrimmage on lazy Sunday mornings. Now I am the one packing a picnic snack, hitting the road and leading “I Spy” to pass the time and curb the… Read more »

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