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).

Explore Museums (With the Kids!)


Dusty, stuffy museums are thankfully a thing of the past! Many museum programs today are designed specifically with touchy toddlers in mind — because interaction leads to creative learning. Check out our area guide for programs that will fire up your kids’ imaginations!   ART PLAY SUMMER SEND OFF UnMuseum at Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)… Read more »

Mom Report: The Beach Waterpark


Summer is sizzling, so why not beat the heat and check out The Beach Waterpark with your entire family! The Beach has something for every member of your family, whether they seek adventure or relaxation. Recently my family visited The Beach, and we all found something to suit our summer fun needs.   For toddlers,… Read more »

Mom Report: Rockin’ Jump!


Whether it’s a rainy day, blistering hot day, or just a day where you’re looking for something new to wear the kids out, Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park is the place to be. My family checked out the new Colerain Avenue location, and let me tell you, we all had a blast, and we are all… Read more »

Splash Down!


Oooh, baby! It’s a hot summer out there; thankfully, the Tri-State is flooded with tons of options to have fun and stay cool. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a splash park, slip down a waterslide, or take a dip in the pool, our fun in the sun guide has your whole family covered for the… Read more »

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 »

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