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"Welcome to Mommy Magic! An interactive community of real moms, founded by a real mom, to give support and tips to make the chaos of motherhood easier and more fun! I am Mary Susan, an author, a columnist, a life coach for moms and a I have Mommy Magic TV segment too! Most importantly, I have three beautiful (and very busy) daughters! I am a real mom managing the daily insanity of motherhood just like you!"


Food & Family & Love The Coopers:

Food plays a huge role anytime families come together, especially around the holidays, and this rung true in Love the Coopers. The dining areas are where all the chaos and hilarity come to a head, making food a key player in pivotal scenes. LOVE THE COOPERS is in THEATERS NOW. Rated PG-13.

1. Holiday Table Setting Trends-fancy or family friendly it's about creating a table that brings everyone together. Mix and match, use family pieces and start new traditions.

2. Dessert- Love the Coopers inspired Apple Strudel. Easy and delicious strudel perfect for the holidays and family gatherings. (Will walk through recipe.)

3. Hot Chocolate Bar- Nothing says family, nostalgia and holidays like delicious hot chocolate and all the fun that goes along with making this cup of cheer. It's the perfect way to greet family for the holidays!


Top Halloween Trends!

Make this Halloween Spooktacular and BooTastic by getting inspired with easy DYI decor, costume ideas and tricks and treats that will make for the perfect Halloween party!

- Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decor- create spooky scenes in glass hurricanes, cake stands or large lanterns. Fill with  moss and spider webs!  Place Halloween decor like sculls, pumpkins or an owl inside glass containers and lanterns to set the scene! The must have trend this Halloween is gold and black decor! Use this themed throughout your party! 

- Bootastic Treats- Create fun and easy Halloween Treats sure to please your little ghosts and goblins. They are sure to be the hit of your Halloween party or celebration! 

- Halloween Party Tricks-  Treat friends and family to memorable Halloween party by following these simple tricks:

  • Make sure your food is fun and festive with a few sweet touches.  

  • Create a fun atmosphere by playing Halloween Games such as bob for apples, play musical chairs with Halloween music and play pin the eye on the monster! 

  • Last but not least make fun categorizes (& prizes) for your costume contest.  Your guests will love it!!

Top 10 Ideas for Fall Family Fun!

Fall is one of my FAVORITE seasons!  There are so many fun activities to do as a family. With school in full swing it is easy to let the daily grind get in the way.   Sit down with your family and plan your must do activities for this fall that will guarantee tons of family fun!  

Here are some of my families favorite fall activities! 

1.         Go to a football game

2.         Carve a pumpkin

3.         Visit pumpkin patch and/or an apple orchard. 

4.         Go trick or treating

5.         Jump into a leaf pile

6.         Go for a hike

7.         Donate to food bank

8.         Create a craft with fall leaves.  

9.         Enjoy yummy fall food.  Apple cider, roast pumpkin seeds, chili and Carmel apples are some of our favorites!

10.       Family movie night with a family friendly Halloween Movie.  Hocus Pocus or Charlie Brown! 








Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2!  Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania...  Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp.  But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel.  And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty! Sony Pictures Animation’s animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania 2 will be released in 3D in theaters nationwide on September 25, 2015.

WHAT:                  On behalf of the upcoming animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania 2, Dracula and his friends are touring across the nation and will be stopping in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana State Fair! Fans young and old will be able to meet Dracula, Mavis, Murray, Frank, and Johnny.  All will be welcome to take photos and learn more about their upcoming film.  Media outlets are also invited to come out and get footage.

WHEN:                  Friday, August 7, 2015 / 10am – 6pm

WHERE:                Indiana State Fairgrounds

                             Celebration Park, north of Little Red Door booth     

CONTACT:             Amber Warman (513) 521-7500 / (513) 349-3156 (cell)






Last Minute Family Road Trip Ideas!

School is starting SOON!  Take your family on one last summer road trip!  

1.  For a quick weekend trip head to Great Wold Lodge in Cincinnati, hit up the Amazing Field Museum of Natural History & the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago or head down to Brown County and go camping! 

2. Make the road trip part of the fun!  

  • Make a themed music playlist! 
  • Create a Show & Share.  Map out for our kids and read up on sites before you go so you can show and share with your kiddos what they are going to experience.
  • Pull over!  Half the fun of a road trip is to drop at fun and interesting roadside attractions on the way to your destination! Build in time to pull over and make family memories with things and places unexpected on the road trip.

3.  Be sure to document the fun.  Have your kiddos journal what they saw and places visited and make a family photo book to go with all the road trip experience!