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.

A Healthy Obsession: Food for Thought

My daughter loves food.     I mean, she gets it honestly. I am half Italian and my immigrant grandparents were very food-centric people. We went to their house for Sunday dinner every week where there...

The Fear of All My Dreams Coming True

Throughout my entire life, whenever someone has asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always had an answer. My dreams changed many, many, many times throughout the years. I...

5 Simple Indoor Winter Activities for Kids (And Mom)

When I was little, I used to tell people that my favorite season was winter because my birthday is in the winter. How silly. The older I have gotten and the less I care...

My Parenting Personality: Enneagram Edition

I have a confession. I love personality tests. I think I’ve taken pretty much every single one. I’ve gotten defensive over the extremely accurate negative remarks and celebrated the positive things about myself. It...
Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati fall decorating

Fall Decorating: Simple ideas to cozy up your home

This post is part of a sponsored relationship with Vintage Market Days®. We are pleased to share this unique event with our community! I get a lot of joy out of decorating my home. This...

You Do You, Boo

In the months spent getting our daughter excited about a new house and a new room, she consistently (and enthusiastically) shouted “pink!” whenever we asked her what color she would like the walls. When...

A Sea of Brown

Husband: “I spy with my little eye something that is brown!” Daughter: Looks around the room carefully and then at him. “You! You brown! Brown, brown, brown!” Husband: “You’re right! I am brown, but that’s not...

Creative Tips for Moving with a Toddler

As a naive young adult, I used to tell people I loved moving. Having only ever moved in and out of dorm rooms and apartments as a single person, I thought moving was so...

To All My Friends Who Don’t Have Kids Yet

Everything changed when I became a mom; my sleep habits, my body, my budget, my marriage, my priorities, my soul, my heart. One thing that has never changed - how much I value and...

More Than Hair

I spent my entire pregnancy worried about hair. Not my hair, but the little human’s hair who was growing inside of me. What texture will it be? How will I know how to take...