Elissa Menefield

I am a born and raised Cincinnatian living in Maineville with my husband, four year old daughter and one year old son. I even stayed local for college and earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts at Xavier University. After graduating, I worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum where I met my husband of 6 years. Currently, I'm a full time stay at home mama, which has always been my dream job. My favorite things in the world include doing art projects with my little ones, playing board games, listening to music, watching reality tv, eating good food, making good food, and watching documentaries about good food.

National Mac ‘N Cheese Day {Celebrate on July 14}

I’m not sure what it’s like in your house, but sometimes it feels like we are celebrating National Mac ‘N Cheese Day every day in ours. My daughter loooooooves her some boxed mac and...

Wet ‘n Wild Summer Fun

I don't like going to the pool. There, I said it. Maybe it's just the age of my kids, but all the gear, all the sunscreen applications, all the flotation devices, all the sweat,...

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I want to stop. I want it to stop. Please make it stop. My plan this month was to write something light-hearted and fun to help everyone welcome the warmth and sunshine of summer with open arms....

Cincinnati & NKY Guide to Black-Owned Businesses

As we all navigate the choppy waters of unlearning our conscious and unconscious racial bias, it is an important part of the process to recognize and support Black people in our community who are...

24 Hours {A Day in the Life of Motherhood}

“You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.” Well, can someone please have Beyonce’s people call my people and ask them why they never show up to work? We are all told...

You Gave Me Hope {A Letter to My 1 Year Old}

Feb. 14, 2020 I went to the doctor’s office for a blood pressure check to see if I was pre-eclamptic. The doctor told me that to keep you and me both safe, I needed to...
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It’s A Girl! {Inauguration Day}

IT'S A GIRL! Princesses. Dress ups. Tea Parties. Pink. Glitter. Barbies. Make Up. Flowers. Jewelry. Baby dolls. Hair bows. Nail polish. Vice. President. My daughter started watching a new show on PBS Kids called Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. In case you’ve never watched, it’s very cute...

Sending Hugs {Creatively Celebrating National Hug Day on Jan. 21}

I can't tell you how many times I've typed "sending hugs" into a text message sent to a friend or family member just needing a hug this past year. My intention is always for...

Nothing Happens Until I Wake Up

One thing that I think all adults, parents or not, catch onto quickly is pretending that nothing happens during naptime or after bedtime. No, I did not watch a movie without you. No, nobody...

Milkshakes and “Waterfalls” {A Family Adventure Gone Terribly Wrong}

Things to remember: Diapers Wipes Formula Bottle Bottle nipple (yes, we’ve forgotten JUST the nipple before) Teething biscuit Extra clothes Pull-up Baby carrier Water for all Snacks for all Toys/books for long car ride First aid kit (just in case) Not to mention the things you need for...