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.

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...

Breastfeeding Sucks, Literally {Doing What’s Best for You and Your Baby}

I’m just going to go ahead and say it - I don’t like breastfeeding. Whenever you see moms nursing their babies on TV or in movies, and even in real life, it looks so effortless....

Sweet Summer Memories

We're spending more time than ever at home lately, so I've been getting creative on ideas to make sweet summer memories for my family. When I think back on my childhood, what stands out most...

August Guide to Family-Friendly Events in Cincinnati & NKY

Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct 21: U-Cut Flowers at The Marmalade Lily Wednesdays 6:00-8:30 pm Saturdays 8:30-11:00 am The Marmalade Lily 9850 Schlottman Road Loveland, OH 45140 Come wander the gardens and pick fresh blooms to bring home. Baskets and...

How Long Do I Have?

My husband is an incredible father. My husband is a great baker. My husband loves to have dance parties with our 3 year old. My husband is kind. My husband is loving. My husband is THE hardest worker. My husband...

How Pregnancy Sends Me Spiraling

When I was 6, I had a bad case of food poisoning that developed into a lifelong phobia of vomiting. My entire adult life, I've been terrified of pregnancy for one reason and one...