Visit the Goebel Goats

Goebel GoatsLast week we were driving on I-75 North and my son yelled…

HEY!!!  I see goats!!!

Likely story.

He did this a couple times.

I thought he was crazy.

Mostly because he is obsessed with goats.

He had my cousin mail him a giant goat horn from South Carolina.  He did his year end project on goats.

The boy loves goats!

So, you can see why I thoGoebel Tower 1ught maybe he was seeing things.

Then, I read on facebook, that there ARE goats off I-75, in Goebel Park!  So, he wasn’t crazy after all.

The Goebel Goats are in mobile cages (fencing that can be moved) in Goebel Park to help eat away vegetation.  You can read more about them here. Goebel Park is located in Covinton on Philadelphia Street.

Once I realized there really were goats in Goebel Park, I decided we had to visit them!  So, we did.  And, we discovered a few other things as well.

There is a clock tower that plays the story of the Pied Piper every hour.  It’s a little creepy, but kind of cool.  There are figures on the clock tower than slowly spin on a wheel and go through the entire story, from the mice, to the Piper, to the children and finally the weeping women!  Interesting…

If you are in Covington, you should check it out.  It’s free and pretty cool.  Stop on the hour at the clock and listen to the music and the fairy tale.  Head down the hill behind the clock and check out the goats.


Old West Festival 2015 GIVEAWAY

Old+West+Boots sliderAre you ready for Fall?  Not yet?  Me neither.
BUT, I am ready for the Old West Festival!  And, if summer has to end, there’s no better way to kick off Fall than by watching a rootin’ tootin’ gun fight (re-enacted of course), drinking some rootbeer, and dusting off my cowboy boots.

This year marks the 8th annual Old West Festival and I’m super excited. As usual, there are theme weekends:

Western Film Weekend Sept. 12-13
Romance Weekend Sept. 19-20
America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 26-27
Steampunk Weekend Oct. 3-4
OctoBEERfest Weekend Oct. 10-11
Halloween Weekend Oct. 17-18

One of the things I love about this festival is that it is a permanent display! This town is up all year round and is open for visitors September 12th Old+West+Horsesthrough October 18th, weekends only. The festival is located just 15 minutes from I-275, East of Cincinnati.

Here’s more about the festival:

Drawing more than twenty thousand visitors each fall, the permanent old west town is home to everything you would expect to see in Dodge City circa 1878. Attendees will enjoy historically accurate medicine and saloon shows, can-can dancers, gunfights, jailbreaks, and more. Period reenactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, and of course, outlaws.

The Old West Festival will also be abuzz with western music. Attendees can enjoy the sounds of the 1800’s with music from Gunpowder Creek as well as Raison d’Etre, a trio mixing traditional folk songs with a capella swing tunes and Shaker hymns.

Other performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with his magical flare and the Pickled Brothers will shock with their mind-boggling performances. Trick rider Abigail Petersen will impress audiences with her horsemanship and daring stunts, while visitors to the Long Branch Saloon will enjoy shows by world champion roper Rider Keisner, and folks will no doubt get a “kick” out of Miss Melody Star and her Hurdy Gurdy Dancing Girls.

And what would the old west be without a good ole’ fashioned gunfight? Back by popular demand, four times daily starting at high noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gunfight re-enactments and trick shooting. In between shows they, and other period interpreters, will be walking the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos.

The Old West Festival is a grand time for the young’ins, too. At 10:15 a.m. daily, the kiddies can get sworn in as town deputies. They can also enjoy old-timey puppet and magic shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, pan for gold, take a ride on the A&A Express train, take a pony ride, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.

To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents Western Film Weekend. Iconic scenes of cowboys riding into the sunset, saloon brawls and gunfights have shaped our idea of the Wild West. Guests will enjoy screenings from classic movies, experience a lively panel discussion and meet the cast and crew from Revelation Trail, a western film shot on the grounds of the Old West Festival.


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Sound like fun?  Want to win tickets?  Well, you are in luck.  The Old West Festival has graciously given I’m Living the Good Life 4 tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader.  You can enter four times, and here’s how:

Entry #1:  Check out I’m Living the Good Life on Facebook

Entry #2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest (tag #GoodLifeBlog and #OldWestFest)

Entry #3:  Check out Old West Festival on Facebook

Entry #4:  Leave a comment telling me your favorite Old West character.

LEAVE A COMMENT below (on this post) for each entry.  You must be 18 to enter.  Please leave your email in your comment.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  Another winner will be chosen if the winner does not respond in 48 hours. The winner will be randomly drawn and posted to Facebook on Tuesday August 18th.

 This is a wonderful family fun event, and a great tradition to start with YOUR family!  Event times and ticket prices are as follows:

  • $12 for adults
  • $6 for children ages 6-12
  • Children 5 and under admitted for free

Parking is free and the festival will be held, rain or shine. Tickets are available in advance at FOR A DISCOUNT!

The Old West Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays, September 12 to October 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32. For more information, visit

Disclosure: I was given complementary tickets for this giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Butterflies of the Philippines: GIVEAWAY

Butterfly 2Summer is here!  And so are the butterflies!  Have you heard that Butterflies of the Philippines is at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati?

Our family always enjoys the butterfly show at the Conservatory and this year is no exception.  My kids love to wander around the plants and see if the little creatures will land on their shirts or fingers.

Sometimes it takes a little while, but this is one of those times that they actually have patience.

This years show is presented by Macy’s.  Here is what the Conservatory has to say about the show:

This season, the colorful and exotic Butterflies of the Philippines will preside over a majestic tribute to the marvelous Filipino culture. The showroom will be filled with butterflies soaring among bold displays that will immerse visitors in a sumptuous tropical environment.A large, dramatic mural of an erupting volcano and a wildly cascading waterfall will provide a striking backdrop for many tropical plants such as ornate orchids, brilliant bromeliads, delicate anthuriums and dramatic dracaenas.

Travelling far away to the paradise of the Philippines will be as easy as a trip to the Krohn! The entire conservatory will be transformed— brilliantly showcasing the life, the culture, and stunning natural beauty of the Philippines.



This year’s show ends June 21.

Open Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm
$7 adults • $4 children • 4 & under are FREE!
$12 Unlimited Admission Pins
Discounts available for pre-registered groups

Check out the Krohn Conservatory website for more details on the Butterflies of the Philippines.

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Would you like to win tickets to the show?  I have four tickets up for grabs for one lucky reader.  Here’s how you can enter.  Leave one comment for each entry.  Must be 18 to enter and live in the surrounding area.  One winner will be drawn randomly on Monday June 15th.  The winner has 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. This is a super fast giveaway so, enter now!

Disclosure: I was given tickets to the show for promoting this giveaway.

Nerium: Product Review

NeriumLast month I had the opportunity to try a product that I have been curious about for quite a while…Nerium.

Nerium offers a day cream, night cream and firming cream that promises to turn back the hands of time and make you look years younger.

Of course, who doesn’t want this?  And, as I have passed the 40 year mark, I’m always on the look out for anything that’s going to beat Father Time with a stick.

So, when I had the chance to try this miracle product, I was on it!

I tried Nerium AD (Age Defying) Night Cream for 30 days.  Nerium side by side

Every night I washed my face, splashed a tiny bit of water on my clean skin, and put about 4 pumps of the cream on my fingers and rubbed it into my face.

I did this religiously, like I have done with no other beauty treatment.  I was determined to see big results.

I had seen awesome before and after pictures of ladies and men with sagging necks and wrinkles whose skin looked so much more firm and tight after their treatment!

At the end of about a week, I noticed my skin tone was more even and smooth.

At the end of my 30 days, I could tell that my skin was tighter as well.  My pores were smaller, and my biggest take away was that my acne had cleared up considerably.

Check out my before and after.

The cream goes on smooth, with the help of a little water to make it more pliable.  It smells a little like cucumbers and dries to a thin coating on your skin.

Nerium bottlesIt did take a little time to get used to that thin coating on my face at night, but eventually I forgot it was there.  I did also have to get used to the idea of not applying moisturizer every night.  I found that the Nerium did the moisturizing for me, which was an added bonus of the product.nerium 2

The great thing about Nerium is that you can try it for 30 days and if you don’t like it, you can send it back.  Even if the bottle is empty.  How great is that? There is a money back guarantee!

What makes the product so awesome?  It contains a plant called Nerium Oleander.  This flowering shrub provides the anti-aging properties of Nerium. There are two types of oleander, one of which is poisonous.  Of course, this is not the one used in Nerium!  Check out this video to learn more.

I just tried the night cream, but you can enhance your results by using both the day and night cream, for 24 hour treatment. Nerium claims to reduce the size of pores, brighten and tone skin and make wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable.

Overall, I was very satisfied with this product.  I loved the smoother feeling of my face and how it looked brighter.  If you’d like to try a bottle, you can check out my consultant, Jessi Danison, here at her Nerium Website.


Better yet, would you like to win a free bottle of Nerium AD night cream? Click the link above to Jessi’s site and be entered into a giveaway for a free bottle of NeriumAD night cream. Drawing will be on Monday May 11th, on her site.  Good luck!!


Brain Health

One more thing…now that Nerium has your skin health covered, they are going to ‘defy aging of the brain’ with their new product, EHT.  Learn more about this supplement in this video. This supplement is derived from coffee and is botanically based.


Disclaimer:  I was given a 30 day supply of Nerium AD to try in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

Every year I want Rosie Redto take the kids to the Opening Day parade, but every year they have school that day.

This year, by some crazy luck, they were off of school!

So, we went to the parade.  It was an awesome experience.

We caught the Southbank Shuttle in MainStrasse, which is an experience in itself.  We love the Southbank Shuttle.  It costs $1 to ride and you can go from Newport or Covington to Cincinnati, stopping at places like Fountain Square, the Taft Theatre, the Freedom Center and more.  It’s a great deal and much less stressful than driving around the crowded city during peak hours. Watch where you park to catch the shuttle, as some lots have time limits, and you can end up with a parking ticOpening Day Merket.

I speak from experience.

Once on the shuttle, we got off right on Fountain Square and stayed there for the parade.  In hindsight, I should have brought a blanket and more cash, but we sat right on the curb and found an ATM behind us.  Food was much more reasonable than I thought, with hot dogs priced at $2.

The parade started at noon and we arrived on the square at 11:00.  Although we had quite a wait, once the parade started the crowd was about 10 people deep, so it was nice to be in the front row. The parade started to come by us at about 12:25.

It was awesome to be in thBande front row because my kids were able to high five a unicycle rider, someone dressed as a goat, and a few politicians.  They loved it.  We also saw a marriage proposal in the middle of the street and had a close up of Rosie Red.

Meredith saw the first of many marching bands and got excited.  I thought she just loved the music, but then she asked me if Ferris was going to be there soon.

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Side note: Marcus asked “What’s Pure Romance?” because they also had a float…let me know how you would answer that one.

The parade is super long, but so much fun.  And, it’s a very friendly parade crowd.  Everyone was excited to cheer on their Reds and start the season.

After the parade, we went inside the Westin Hotel and ate Dunkin’ Donuts.  Then we walked a couple blocks and caught the shuttle to the car.

The kids were all smiles and had such an awesome experience.  They loved seeing their city come together in a sea of red shirts and team spirit.  It was pretty cool.

Aladdin JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *GIVEAWAY*

image003.jpgMy kids are so excited to see Disney’s Aladdin JR. at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in a couple weeks!  They love the Disney animated version, and my daughter is very excited to see Jasmine on stage.

What about me?  Am I excited?

Yes!!  I am super excited because I always love to catch a performance by Bob Herzog.  In this production, he plays the hilarious Genie. I am so looking forward to it!

Here’s what Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has to say about the show:

Carpets will fly this April at the Taft Theatre!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati ends its 90th MainStage Season with DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR., April 10-12 and 18, 2015 at the Taft Theatre.  The show will be directed by Roderick Justice. Music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.  Book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs.  Music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.  Based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker; Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

Aladdin is a street rat who must borrow and steal to survive. When he runs into Princess Jasmine the day before her arranged wedding, they begin an unlikely friendship. In captivity, Aladdin finds a magical lamp revealing a Genie who grants wishes.  Just wait till what happens next!  This show will take you to “A Whole New World.”

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR. is a collaboration with The Cincinnati Circus Company, who will bring jugglers,aerial acrobats, stilt walkers and more to the Taft Theatre stage!  And, Local 12’s Bob Herzog will be featured as the Genie!

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is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through April 18 at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Disney’s Aladdin JR. show times are as follows.  Tickets may be purchased at 1-800-745-3000 and

Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 5 PM
Sunday, April 12 at 2 PM
Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM


Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Lift to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, April 10th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite character from Disney’s Aladdin JR.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.  Tag @GoodLifeBlogger

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Thursday April 2nd and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend

I love the Arts.  One of mlogo-artswavey favorite things to do is share this love with my kids and family.  I love taking them to a show and have them not just enjoy the plot, but ask questions about the actors, makeup and the props.  I love that they are curious about what goes on behind the magic.  It is so much fun to take them to a library program and watch them create a masterpiece or write a story.

This is a HUGE weekend of Arts in Cincinnati!  The 2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend presented by ArtsWave happens THIS weekend and offers more than 100 arts related activities…and is FREE through sponsorhip of Macy’s.

Pretty fantastic, right?!

Here’s more about this weekend.

CINCINNATI (December 15, 2014) — The 2015 Macy’s Arts Sampler Weekend presented by ArtsWave, will be held over one weekend from March 7-8, 2015, and will offer more than 100 events, activities and performances throughout Greater Cincinnati. All events are free and open to the public through the sponsorship of Macy’s.

“Macy’s Arts Sampler gives everyone a chance to discover the wide variety of arts across our region,” said Alicia Kintner, President and CEO of ArtsWave. “It’s a great way to spend a weekend with family and friends and try something new.”

Macy’s Arts Sampler shines a spotlight on arts organizations large and small that are supported by the annual ArtsWave Community Campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the creative things that make Greater Cincinnati an amazing place to live. This year’s Campaign goal will be announced in February 2015.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Saturday, March 7: An Arts Celebration in Community Arts Centers

Two dozen community arts centers, libraries and museums will celebrate Macy’s Arts Sampler with free programming on Saturday, March 7. A few highlights include:

Camp Art Academy, Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parents and kids alike can experience a variety of media forms while sampling the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s activities.

Tracy Walker Band, Campbell County Public Library, 901 East Sixth Street, Newport, 1:15 p.m. Music lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy original songs written by award-winning singer/songwriter Tracy Walker.

Madcap Puppets, UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College, Batavia, 11 a.m. Madcap Puppets perform “Twain’s Twisted Tales,” in which Mark Twain’s most beloved characters escape from their books.

Visionaries + Voices, 3841 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, noon-4 p.m. Families are invited to participate in hands-on art making activities developed by a Visionary + Voices teaching artist.

Sunday, March 8: Music Hall Open House

All of the performing arts spaces in Music Hall will be filled with free performances and hands-on activities on Sunday, March 8 culminating with a free concert, “Storybook Favorites,” featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, and May Festival at 3 p.m. in Springer Auditorium. A few highlights from the day include:

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Corbett Tower, Music Hall, 11 a.m. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company performs excerpts from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet and other Shakespeare classics.

MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra, Springer Auditorium, Music Hall, noon. Young musicians from this Price Hill orchestra will perform classical favorites.

Cincinnati Ballet, Ballroom, Music Hall, 12:30 p.m. Dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet will teach dance moves seen during the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert.

My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, Springer Auditorium, Music Hall, 1:30 p.m. Performance by student jugglers, acrobats, and clowns, plus an opportunity for families to try some circus fun with hoops, juggling and balance balls.

A full schedule of weekend activities will be released at in January 2015, and will be available for download through the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app.


Disclaimer:  I am compensated for helping promote ArtsWave, but rest assured, all opinions are 100% genuine.  I love the Arts and think this is a fantastic chance to share that love with your family and friends!

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show®

Home Show garden marketAre you ready for Spring?  Tired of sledding and building snowmen?  Ready to think about planting tulips, painting the deck and sitting outside this summer around a fire pit?  Well, the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show® is the place to go this weekend!

And, I have tickets to give away to four lucky families.  Up for grabs are FOUR family four packs, to go to four different winners.

Here is more about the show, this weekend:

The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show® presented by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealersreturns February 28 – March 1 and March 4 – 8 to Duke Energy Convention Center. The largest and longest-running spring showcase in the region brings together more than 410 landscape and interior designers, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores, specialty boutiques and contractors.

“We have everything you want to bring your home and garden alive in 2015,” said Vicki Hart, CFO of Hart Productions. “Bring your friends and family to enjoy our beautiful landscape and interior design spaces, and seek advice from our wide variety of landscape architects, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores and contractors. Whether you’re in a home, condo or apartment, we have solutions that will fit your space and your budget.”

More than 400 tons of dirt, rock and stone will be used to create full-scale vignettes of landscapes and hardscapes, replicating yards with Home Show Landscape morepaved walkways, patios, flowers, shrubbery, water features, gazebos, hot tubs, garden walls and more.

Hundreds of home and garden service providers and industry experts will be on-site to field questions and help visitors plan their next project. Several interactive gardening and home improvement seminars from local and regional experts will be scheduled throughout the show.

The Go Green Cincinnati Show℠ and The Garden Market℠ will once again run in tandem with the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show®.

The third annual Go Green Cincinnati Show℠ features dozens of companies offering sustainable products and services. The Garden Market℠ provides a unique shopping experience with a wide variety of specialty boutiques and retailers displaying garden accessories, décor, jewelry and gift ideas. Find gourmet food items including popcorn, coffee, dips, salsas, olive oils, spices and more for your springtime picnics and get-togethers.


Home Show SaucesShow dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 4: noon – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5: noon – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6: noon – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission for adults is $13. Adults can save $3 on admission by buying a ticket at Cincinnati-area Kroger stores, or save $2 on admission by purchasing online at Children (ages 12 and under) are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets include admission to the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show®, Go Green Cincinnati Show℠ and The Garden Market℠.


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Would you like to win a family four pack?  I have four family four packs up for grabs.  Here’s how to enter:

This is a SUPER SPEEDY giveaway!  I will draw a winner at random THURSDAY MARCH 5th at 5:00pm.  So, get in soon!

For more information about the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show®, Go Green Cincinnati Show℠ and The Garden Market℠, visit HERE. The shows are also on Facebook. Follow the shows on Twitter @CincyHGS and hashtags #CincyHGS, #GardenMarket and #GoGreenCincy.

Disclaimer:  I was given free tickets to this event in exchange for this giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati:: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. Giveaway

Did you grow up watching SaturdaGood Life TCTC presents School House Rock Live JR with Angela Powell Walkery morning cartoons wrapped in a blanket with a bowl of cereal in your lap?  If you are like me, you know all of the words to Conjunction Junction and I’m Only a Bill…and now they are stuck in your head for the rest of the day, right?!

This February The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is going to rock it out with SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR.  featuring the local 80s band, The Rusty Griswolds!  Here is a little more about the show:

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati continues its 90th MainStage Season with SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. at the Taft Theatre, directed by Angela Powell Walker. Originally conceived and directed by Scott Ferguson.  Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall, George Keating.  Music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe.

This musical is adapted from the Emmy® Award-winning educational cartoon that rocked the house from the ‘70s to ‘80s each Saturday morning. SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. hits the Taft Theatre stage with a rock-and-roll revue, featuring local rock sensation, The Rusty Griswolds!

Tom is a frantic school teacher who is nervous about his first day teaching. When he turns on his television to calm his nerves, his surroundings come to life and his lesson plan is illuminated. Throughout the show, various characters help Tom create fun and interactive lessons to engage his students in all sorts of subjects. This show features middle school education through song and dance, including classic hits like “Conjunction Junction” and “Three is a Magic Number.”

And what better way to bring this musical to life than through the talents of the incredible local rock band, The Rusty Griswolds. Since 1999, The Rusty Griswolds have been performing; bringing energy as only they can to the best music of the 80s and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be no exception!

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. show times are as follows.  Tickets may be purchased at 1-800-745-3000 and

Friday, February 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 14 at 2 PM
Saturday, February 14 at 5 PM
Sunday, February 15 at 2 PM
Saturday, February 21 at 2 PM


Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, February 13th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite song from the School House Rock series.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday February 2nd and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

If you go on Saturday February 21st, don’t miss Kid’s Kuisine, a tasty fundraiser for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, presented by Cincinnati Magazine from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Taft Theatre Ballroom, 317 E. 5th Street, prior to the 2 PM performance of SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR.   Kid’s Kuisine guests will enjoy food and drink from exciting sponsors while area restaurants will showcase creative kid’s menus.  There will also be “Play with your Food” stations plus young chefs will get inspired at the cooking stage. Children’s and adult tickets are $10 per guest when purchased in advance and $15 per guest at the door.  To purchase visit or call Chris Ohmer at 513-562-2777.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: Waiting for Godot

Godot11-200x300Last Friday night my husband and I had a date night!  Cut short by a sick child, but a date night none the less!  We had tickets to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company opening night performance of Waiting for Godot.  It was our first experience at this theater and we were thrilled to go.

If you are not familiar with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, opening night is big deal. There are free appetizers and drinks before the performance.  The lobby is packed with excited theater goers awaiting the first show.  I was a little intimidated at first because my last show was a musical with my five year old, but all of the patrons were super friendly and actually greeted us with smiles and ‘Welcome to opening night!”

The theater is small and intimate.  I don’t believe there is a bad seat in the house.  The stage was very plain, as the play dictates, and just set with a little fog on an abandoned road  and a lonely bare tree.  If you aren’t familiar with Waiting for Godot, here’s a little more from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company kicks off 2015 with this vaudevillian production of the classic “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. This production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips and features Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Resident Ensemble members Bruce Cromer, Jim Hopkins, Nicholas Rose and Brent Vimtrup, joined by young actor Jack Johnson.  The design is generously sponsored by Graydon Head.

“Waiting for Godot” is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two loveably hapless vagrants, Gogo and Didi, grapple with the mysteries of the universe, trading barbs and banter as they await the arrival of the eternally truant Godot.  Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, has led to many different interpretations and pop culture references since the play’s 1953 premiere and it was voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century”. 

The actors in the play took on the roles of Gogo and Didi with passion and power.  If you are a fan of Samuel Beckett, thGodot slideris is a play not to be missed.  Waiting for Godot plays thru February 7th on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm with an additional Saturday matinee on Feb. 7.  Preview performances are on Wednesday Jan. 14 and Thursday Jan. 15 at 7:30pm and tickets are $21.  The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati.  Ticket prices range from $22-$32 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$36 on Fridays and Saturdays.  Check out more about Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at

More About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season.  The repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations and contemporary classics.

Next up at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is Little Women playing February 20th thru March 21st.

Disclaimer:  I was provided tickets to this production in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.