Snapshot from a cool fall day at the corn maze. Feeling all sappy today wondering where all the time is flying off to.

Last year, I, along with Family Friendly Cincinnati, had the honor of helping the Warren County CVB promote their huge Summer giveaway and they are back again this year to spread some fun up north!

As Ohio’s Largest Playground, Warren County is pulling out all the stops with their SPLASHground Vacation Giveaway. They have set Facebook goals and each time they hit one, they give away a prize package the whole family is sure to love. To make it fun, the prize gets bigger and better as each level is reached and the prize package is kept secret til the previous one is won.  With The Beach, Kings Island’s Boomerang Bay and Great Wolf Lodge, the splash possibilities are endless.

To enter, simply LIKE their Facebook Page and then go HERE to enter the sweepstakes.

Good luck readers!

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I loved your comments for the giveaway, I wish you all could be winners!  Congratulations to JILL BAUM whose comment:

My husband works out of town but since we both have older parents I stay here to care for them. I’m sure that if we won, he could make it back early for the weekend and we would enjoy taking our two children to the Cirque.

was drawn out of P’s Easter hat the other day.  I hope you have an wonderful time Jill and I hope your husband makes it back early for the show too!  Look for an email from me here soon to get your squared away with your tickets.

And for everyone else, Cirque has shared the following special offer, the perfect mix for an amazing Mother’s Day:

Celebrate Mom with a thrilling Cirque du Soleil experience!

Treat your mother to a memorable Cirque du Soleil experience by taking advantage of our special offer on show tickets — bring your family of four to a show for only $107.50!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it has opened in Cincinnati with the big top touring production of OVO, now playing for a limited engagement. OVO is performing under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Coney Island.

OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.
Fun for the whole family!

Get your tickets!

Everywhere you look they’re talking about OVO – arriving in Cincinnati for the show of the year on April 21st.  I must say I’m getting a little giddy.  My family was invited to see the preview show on the 20th and I’m really looking forward to it.

The theme for OVO is BUGS, which under normal circumstances would not be in my top ten, but the costumes are mesmerizing – these are bugs that I can really get on board with and I’m ”itchin” to go!

And thanks to the wonderful folks at Cirque, one lucky reader gets to go too! I have a four pack of tickets to the 4pm Friday, May 6th performance.  To enter, just leave a comment here telling why you can’t wait to see this out of the world show!

I’ll draw a winner TUESDAY at NOON – so act fast!

You can go to Family Friendly Cincinnati for even more chances to win tickets too!

I wonder how many new jobs were created by GE after they paid ZERO in taxes last year?  See that’s always been the reason given by Republicans for giving corporate America (and the billionaires who run them) all those sweet tax breaks.  If they get tax breaks they’ll grow the economy for us.  Thank goodness their media team explained that – heck, I might have thought such kickbacks, er, I mean tax breaks were thank you gifts to the GOP’s contributor list.

Here’s the thing though, despite the tax breaks GE received, there wasn’t much they did to grow the economy.  Despite the 14 billion + they have earned, they have not hired back those employees who received pink slips from the corporation in recent years. I was going to give you links, but there are too many, so feel free to Google it.  They’ve reduced benefits for their employees whenever they could.  So just what are they doing with all those billions, left untouched by the nonsense of a tax burden?

I’m no economist, but I believe the concept of letting corporate America skate on taxes is…oh, what’s the word? BULLSHIT.  They have not shown themselves collectively to be deserving of such, nor have they proven the theory that if they “make” more, they’ll “invest” more.  It just isn’t happening.

We live in a land where I pay more in taxes than GE; where I pay more in taxes (by percentage of income) than BILLIONAIRES.  The middle class is being gutted like a fish and Washington and the statehouses through the land are sitting there handing out more and more to those that DO NOT NEED IT.

We all need to pay our fair share.  Some asshat was on the news today talking about why the majority of GOP’ers oppose any tax increase.  “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”  Apparently he is as stupid as he looks because people making less than 60K a year are paying a higher tax rate than someone making a million, you have a revenue problem.  Our government is not asking everyone to play fair and get along.

And here’s the thing – you make corporate America accountable, you make millionaires and billionaires pay the same percentage as us schmucks do and WOWZA, no only can you stop cutting the budget that provides preschool for low income kids, or school lunches, or benefits for veterans, or helps send kids to college, etc.  You’ll have so much leftover that you can give us working stiffs a well-deserved tax break and the MIDDLE CLASS can start growing the economy.  Because you know what happens when the MIDDLE CLASS has extra money?  WE SPEND IT!  We don’t have golden parachutes to pay for, we don’t have share holders to divi it out to.  Nope, we’re suckers for the mall, we buy that new car we’ve needed for 10 years, we get our kids that goofy xBox we’ll never figure out.  We upgrade to better computers and we send our kids to camp.  And guess what that does?  IT CREATES JOBS because someone has to work at the mall, make the cars and the xBox and the computers and staff the camps.

Because as history has proven, the MIDDLE CLASS is the only sector of the population that can bring about real economic recovery.  Yeah, you can look that up too.

And if those cowardly (some might say criminal) corporations decide to flee the shores of our fair land, fine.  Those brains in Washington can surely figure out ways to tax the crap out of their products so American-held companies have the advantage in the market place.  Cause we’re still the number one consumers in just about EVERY MARKET.  If you want to sell to Americans, you play by the rules and you pay your fair share.

I think that is all the average American wants – a level playing  field.  Every money-making entity, be it a person, a corporation, a two-woman cupcake shoppe, should pay their share.  Set a percentage, get rid of the loopholes, collect across the board and then lets see where we are.  Cause we tried the GOP method of bending over for corporate America and I think we can all agree that ain’t working.

I swear one of the things I’ll remember most about P’s baby years (which feel like they were LAST WEEK, not four years ago) were the faces she would make.  The beauty of an SLR camera is getting to click click click and it was as if she gave me a new pose for each click!  That one on the left in the middle cracks me up!

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