Amanda Ciani 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: CMC Winter Break Camp


Need an idea for the kids over Winter Break?  Cincinnati Museum Center will host a variety of day camps for the kiddos — Mom reporter Amanda Ciani got a sneak peek of what families can expect when her Kindergartner attend a recent day camp over Thanksgiving break.  Upon asking my Kindergartener if he had a… Read more »

Mom Report: Dinosaur Gallery at COSI!


Space, trains, science, DINOSAURS! These are a few of my sons favorite things. So when I heard COSI is home to a brand new Dinosaur Gallery, masterfully created by the American Museum of Natural History, I knew we were Columbus bound.    The new AMNH exhibit is home to a variety of dinosaurs! We were… Read more »

Mom Report: Dirr Nursery


My home is filled with the delightful smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, and my heart is filled with happiness knowing we chopped down that tree, together, as a family. We spent a morning at Dirr Nursery in Goshen, Ohio scouring rows of trees looking to find “the one”. Dirr Nursery has tons of… Read more »

The Boodle Box!


I have three wonderful sons in my life. They are energetic, loud, and loads of fun! However, when I get a chance to spend time with my 9-year-old niece, I enjoy and savor the “girl” time. I also have a blast any time I am able to do some shopping for glitzy, glamorous items! I… Read more »

Baby Picks!


In the past six years, I have been pregnant for 27 months (that is 2 ¼ years of flutters, excitement, great hair, and excruciating back pain), and I have nursed for 47 months (that is 3 ¾ years of bonding, free food, yanking, blebs, and bottle issues). If you do the math, I have been… Read more »

Week 6: Time for Rehearsals!


The Creative Toddlers have been hard at work for the past six weeks of classes. They’ve danced, sang, acted, and, of course, had LOTS of fun. At the end of week five, they were sent home with “scripts,” and this week, we were sent a video link to help the kiddos with their dance at… Read more »

Mom Report: Kinman Farms


October is here — which means families across the TriState are loading into vans and cars to make their annual scrimmages to pumpkin patches. Pumpkins, hayrides, petting zoos, apple cider, rides, photo opps …. there are many criteria from which to judge fall farms. My family loaded into our minivan this past weekend to drive… Read more »

Mermaids and Pirates, Oh My!


Mermaids and Pirates have invaded Newport Aquarium! You have until October 15 to meet playful pirates and view majestic mermaids in their underwater oasis.    I recently took my boys for an afternoon adventure at the Aquarium, and they had a blast. They loved discovering hidden treasure throughout the aquarium, meeting Nova the mermaid, and joking… Read more »

Week 4 at TCT


“I’ll see you in an hour!” A kiss on the forehead and off Luca went to his fourth week of Creative Toddling at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. He readily walked into class, ready to sing and dance and act. It makes me so proud to watch my son feel confident and excited about his… Read more »

Week 2 at The Children’s Theatre


Introducing a toddler or young child to theatre may seem intimidating. Will they sit through the whole show? What if they get a case of the wiggles or giggles? What if they lose interest? The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s MainStage Shows makes it easy for kiddos to fall in love with the big stage by… Read more »

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