Cincinnati Family Magazine

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From cool party themes to decor to crafts and more, we found fresh ideas for your next party!


From cool places to spend the day to encouraging tips from other moms to oh-so-comfy yoga pants … take time to be YOU. Embrace your inner-self and have fun with it!

Read to Baby! The Time to Start is Now

Tonight in Cincinnati, a mother is building her daughter’s brain, without lifting a finger. Well, except to turn the pages of The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.   Parent-child reading helps prepare infants for future learning, observes Danielle Z. Kassow, Ph.D., of the Talaris Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization studying early brain development. “Experiences… Read more »

Top Toys: Bring Back Imaginative Play

A child’s brain grows rapidly in early childhood, and that’s why experts say it’s essential to provide imaginative playtime for little ones who prefer their iPads. It’s important to give little kids toys that will inspire playing “house” and other fun childhood rites of passage at home. While gadgets are great, little kid brains need playtime without electronics for healthy development. Put down the tablets, turn off the TV and let’s play!

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs   Serves 8. Ingredients 3 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons sherry 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 2 inch pieces 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained skewers   Directions In a shallow… Read more »

Preventing Picky Eaters

Finicky eaters are a huge frustration to parents in the early years. Your approach to eating and food choices will set the tone for years to come. Mom Nicole Koenig knows all too well the pitfalls of picky eaters. Mealtime meltdowns are a regular occurrence with her son, Albert, now 5, and have been for… Read more »

Mom’s World

It’s all about moms this May, so take a few moments to find ways to treat YOU!   Want to give your family some hints about awesome Mother’s Day gifts?  Click here for Shelbie’s Mothers’ Day Gift Guide for all kinds of fun odds and ends! 11 Secrets of Happy Moms by Christa Melnyk Hines “Happiness… Read more »

Seared Catfish Creole

Seared Catfish Creole   Serves 8. Ingredients 4 whole catfish, cleaned with head and tail removed 1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard 1/4 cup cracked black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup butter   Directions Pat the catfish dry, and spread a layer of mustard over the surface. Place the cracked pepper onto a plate,… Read more »

Taco Bowls with Guac-A-Salsa Salad

Taco Bowls with Guac-A-Salsa Salad Ingredients 1 package corn tortilla chips, any brand or color (yellow, blue, red or white) will do 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped 2 medium onions, chopped, divided 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon… Read more »

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