Monday, November 30, 2015

7 FREE events in Shelby County this December

Everyone loves FREE! Here's a few of our favorite FREE activities going on this month in Shelby County!

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December 2 from 5-7 pm.
This class is free, but they do ask that you bring your own 16X20 canvas. Everything else, including step-by-step instructions and paint, is included. This class does require registration in advanced and is limited to 20 people. Call 633-3803 to see if there's still room. This month's painting is a personalized Christmas ornament picture!

First Saturday Walk About
December 5, 8:30-9 am
Head over to the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center the first Saturday of the month for their monthly walk about session. Burn off some of those unwanted Thanksgiving pounds or just walk for fun! Not only is the walk free, but all participants get a FREE day pass to the FAC! I'm thinking indoor swimming fun :) If it's cold, rainy, or snowy they walk indoors!

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 5, 10 am
Bring the family down to Main Street to enjoy a family friendly parade!

A Night in Bethlemhem: Drive Thru Nativity
December 5, 6-8 pm at Shelbyville First Baptist Church
Jump in the car and head over to Shelbyville First Baptist Church to view and hear the narration of the Christmas story. There will be over 100 live performers and animals. Free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last!

Christmas at the Library
December 6, 1-3:30
Lots of fun Christmas activities for the family! Kids can get their picture taken with Santa, write letters to Santa, send Christmas cards to veterans, enjoy refreshments and holiday music, listen to Christmas stories, and more!

Lowe's Build and Grow
December 12, 10 am
Great time for dad (or mom) to bond with the kids while creating a free wooden project at Lowe's. This month is an adorable Christmas train engine. Register online here.

Stroller Strides
Don't let the cold winter months keep you from exercising! Bring your youngster, a stroller, and head over to Stroller Strides new indoor winter meeting spots (Oxmoor Mall and Babies R Us). They're not in Shelby County, but still not too far, especially for those like me who travel to Louisville several times a week anyway. In the warmer months they meet at the Parklands, which is even closer to Shelby County! They even met at Mulberry Farm for a free family workout a few weeks ago! Your first week of Stroller Strides is FREE! Plus, you don't have to be a member to be a part of their play dates! Check out more info by following them on Facebook here!

Frugal family fun at its finest! 
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas at the Library

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Christmas at the Shelby County Library
Sunday, December 6
1:00 to 3:30

Pictures with Santa
Holiday Music
Write letters to Santa (he may even write back!)
Write Christmas cards to Veterans
Listen to Christmas stories
Holiday giveaways

The Shelby County Library is such a beautiful place, especially around Christmas. If you've never been to Christmas at the Library, you must try to attend this year. The staff does such a wonderful job and is always so friendly. It has become an annual Christmas tradition for my family!

See other fun events happening at the Shelby County Library by clicking here!

Have you heard about their 'Uniquely U Paintings' yet? The bookmobile librarian, Amanda, will give step by step instructions on how to paint a particular painting on canvas. The class is FREE, but they ask that you bring a 16 X 20 canvas. Paint brushes and other supplies will be provided!  Their next session is December 2 from 5-7 pm. They will be painting a personalized Christmas ornament painting! 
Registration is required, call 633-3803 to save your spot! 

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Check out all the other fun Holiday events happening in Shelby County here
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Review of Johnny Rockets at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

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Johnny Rockets is open at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass! The new restaurant opened along side new stores H&M, Abercrombie, Campus Wearhouse, and Maurice's. It's all part of their Phase 2 project- which just had its ribbon cutting. My family was so excited about the opening that we went soon after they opened their doors for the first time! 

The restaurant is easily visible from I-64. It's attached to the mall itself, but stands out because it looks like a diner straight out of the 50's. That diner look and feel continues inside as well. My oldest wanted to sit at the counter, but we opted for a booth in the back. Johnny Rockets is known for shakes, but my husband and I just got water to drink (we do that at most restaurants to keep the price down). My daughters shared a strawberry shake and loved it! The restaurant is also known for their burgers. I ordered the Route 66 burger (Swiss cheese, onions, and mushrooms) and it was really good! My husband orders the Smokehouse Burger (cheese, bacon, onion rings, bbq sauce) and thought it was delicious! We shared bottomless fries, but next time are going to share the bottomless 1/2 fries & 1/2 onion ring shareable. My daughters shared a kids meal that came with 2 burgers and fries. They must have enjoyed their food because they ate most of it. They really liked when the waitress came over and gave them a small dipping bowl for their ketchup and put a smiley face in it. Check out everything else they have to offer here.

The food was good, but our favorite thing about our Johnny Rockets lunch was watching the staff dance to music. My four year old loved the synchronized dances and asked the waitress if they would dance again- and they did. The waitress asked if the girls wanted to join them, but they opted to dance in the booth instead. It made for a fun dining experience! The waitress said they are supposed to dance every half hour, but sometimes may forget or get too busy so just ask and they will try their best to oblige. 

I am so glad Johnny Rockets came to Shelby County! This is currently the only Johnny Rockets in Kentucky! The food was yummy, the staff was friendly, and the atmosphere was fun! We will be back! 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Starbucks is Open!

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The Shelbyville Starbucks is now OPEN!
The new Starbucks is located inside the Kroger at 311 Boone Station Road. 

Hours: 6 am - 9 pm daily

Check out this deal.....November 12-15 (2-5 pm) if you buy any holiday drink, you can get one FREE! 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day Freebies!

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We are so appreciative to all the men and women who have served our county or are currently serving. We compiled a list of businesses in the Shelby County area who are honoring veterans and active military with freebies this Veteran's Day (November 11, 2015). 

Starbucks- Veterans and active duty members (and their spouses) can enjoy a free tall (12 oz) brewed hot coffee on November 11, 2015.

Harvest Coffee- Free drip coffee for veterans. 

Zaxby's- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free meal on November 11, 2015.

Bob Evans- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free menu item (hotcakes, french toast, or country biscuit breakfast) on November 11, 2015. 

Bungalow Joes- Veterans eat free November 11, 2015.

Will's Grill- Half off for Veterans November 11, 2015. 

CattlemansVeterans and active duty members can enjoy a free lunch entree (up to $10) from 11 am to 2 pm on November 11, 2015. Includes all you can eat salad, baked potato, ranch style beans, and bread.

Little Ceasars- Free $5 Hot and Ready lunch combo between 11 am and 2 pm for all veterans and active duty members on November 11, 2015. 

Tumbleweed- Veterans and active duty members can enjoy a free meal (from a special menu). 10% off discount to veterans and active duty members all day, every day!

Cracker Barrel- Free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake on November 11, 2015 for all veterans and active duty members. 

White Castle- Free breakfast slider and small coffee/drink on November 11, 2015 for all veterans and active duty members.

 Beauty Pro's Salon & Boutique (802 Washington Street, Shelbyville)- Free haircut for veterans on November 11, 2015. Call 991-3275 for more details.

Great Clips- Veterans get a free haircut on November 11, 2015. Anyone who gets a haircut on November 11 will get a coupon for a free haircut to give to a veteran (doesn't expire until the end of the year). 

*Most of these restaurants require a proof of service or military ID to get the freebie. Some may require you to dine in to earn the freebie. There are other restaurants in the Louisville area offering free meals (Aplebees, Chilis, Hooters, IHOP, Olive Garden, Red Robin, and more).

Thank you again for your service! 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Johnny Rockets Grand Opening & Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Come celebrate the opening of the new Johnny Rockets at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on November 12 at 10 am! The first 50 people in line will get a special prize!

15% of sales on November 12 will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Other fun opening day happenings at Johnny Rockets:
  • Food sampling
  • Visit by community leaders
  • Special prize to first 50 people in line
  • Dance off competition

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Sounds like a great day to enjoy some yummy food, find some great deals, and start getting into the holiday spirit! 
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Churchill Downs Family Adventure Day

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

Churchill Downs is the place to be Sunday, November 8! It's their last Family Adventure Day of the year!

It's a great time to have some outdoor fun before the cold winter arrives! Bring the whole family out for an  affordable day of races and family fun! Children 12 and under can enjoy over 20 kid friendly activities including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, and more! There will also be interactive and educational activities from Kosair Children's Hospital. Your child will also have a chance to call "Riders Up!" for a real race!

Purchase Advance tickets online for $8, or $10 at the gate.
(Ticket includes admission to the racetrack, access to the new courtyard area, and a wristband for unlimited access to all family adventure day activities)

A portion of all sales goes to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital!

Go, Baby, Go!
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Best Holiday Events in Shelby County

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Here's a list of some of the best Holiday events in Shelby County!

November 7, 4-8 pm
Main Street, between 5th and 8th
Craft & vendor booths, music, tree lighting, food court
Don't forget to browse the stores on Main Street!

Trims & Whims Craft Show
Wright Elementary (Shelbyville)
November 7 9:30-4
November 8, 11-4

Bethesda Church Chili Supper & Auction
November 7, 5 pm
Held at Stratton Center (Washington Street)
Chili supper $7, Children under 6 are free!

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 12, 5-9 pm
Tree lighting, Santa, DJ, and more!
Check out their holiday shopping hours HERE!

Turkey Trot 5K (2nd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
November 21, 8:30 am
6th & Main, Shelbyville

Family Fun Day at the library
November 21, 11 am
Activity: Family Christmas Ornaments

Light Up Simpsonville
November 21, 6 pm
Wiche Park (7026 Shelbyville Road)

Shop Small Saturday
November 28
Shop all the local shops in Shelby County!

Wakefield Scearce Galleries
Browse over 20 themed rooms for decorating ideas and gifts!
Enjoy a delicious southern cuisine at Science Hill Inn!
Call 633-2825 for lunch reservations between 10:30 and 2:00

Afternoon Teas at Bell House
December 1, 8, and 15, 2:30-4:30
Enjoy an afternoon of scones, sandwiches, treats, and hot tea!
Reservations required 437-5678

Uniquely U Painting at the Library
Paint a Personalized Christmas Ornament picture on canvas
December 2, 5-7 pm
FREE (they just ask that you bring a 16X20 canvas)
Registration required: 633-3803

CASA's Christmas in the Courtyard
December 3, 5:30-8:30
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries
Enjoy food and drinks while shopping the beautiful galleries

It's a Wonderful Life
Shelby County Community Theater
December 4-6, 10-13

A Night In Bethlehem: A Drive-Thru Live Nativity
Shelbyville First Baptist Church
December 5, 6-8 pm
View & Hear the narration of the Christmas story from the comfort of you vehicle.
Over 100 live characters & animals!
Free cookies & hot chocolate!

Christmas Dinner & Auction
Cornerstone Christian Academy
December 5, 6-9 pm
Auction includes dinner, entertainment, activities for kids, live/silent auctions
Tickets $25/adults, $15/child

Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church
7th and Main, Shelbyville
December 6, 2 pm

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 5, 10 am
Main Street, Shelbyville

Christmas at the Shelby County Library
December 6, 1-3:30 pm
Pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, activities, music, & more!

Festival of Trees
Amber Oaks Assisted Living Community
December 10, 4-6 pm
Santa, food, music, silent auction, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest

Lowe's Build and Grow
December 12, 10 am
Make a free wooden Christmas train

Humane Society Santa Paws 5K (3rd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
December 12, 8-10 am
6th & Main, Shelbyville

Strolling Santa
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
December 12 & 19, 4-9 pm
Pose for selfies with Santa

Cookies & Milk with Santa
December 20, 1-4 pm
Wakefield-Scearce Galleries
*Donations benefit Montgomery Family adoption

Check out places to get Photos with Santa in Shelby County!

Check out the new Shelby Christmas Tree Farm

Check out all the Holiday Events in and around Louisville!

Happy Holidays!

*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any family friendly holiday events in Shelby County, please email Thank you!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

H&M set to open at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a great place to shop! It's about to get even better.....

H&M will open its doors to the public on November 5 at noon! H&M is one of the world's largest fashion retailers. The store sells 'fashion forward apparel' at affordable prices for women and men. The new store at the outlet will also sell the H&M children's collection, which goes from newborn to 14 years old. Also available will be accessories, maternity, sports apparel, and plus size clothing.

H&M is the first fashion company to introduce a garment recycling program. Customers who visit the new store at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass can help save natural resources by donating unwanted clothing (of any brand). Customers will receive a 15% off coupon to be used on their entire next purchase for donating a bag of unwanted garments.

Help H&M kick off this great initiative! Guests who bring in unwanted garments to recycle before the store opens at noon will be entered to win gift cards (valued between $50 and $250)! They will also get their 15% off coupon.

The first 200 people in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and an 'Access to Fashion Pass' valued from $10 to $300! There will be other opening day offers and fun giveaways as well!

*Maurices opens November 6! Johnny Rockets opens November 12 (look for a post next week about their grand opening)!

Happy shopping!
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Shelby County Month in Preview- November

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Looks like Shelby County is getting in the holiday spirit this month! Check out all the fun events around town or nearby....

First Saturday Walk About
Clear Creek Park (FAC)
November 7, 8:30-9 am
All participants receive a FREE day pass to the FAC!

Shelbyville Festival of Lights
November 7, 4-8 pm
Booths, tree lighting, food court

Trims & Whims Craft Show
Wright Elementary (Shelbyville)
November 7 9:30-4
November 8, 11-4

Tractor Pull (Waddy)
Waddy Ruritan Club
November 7, 10 am
Public welcome, $5 admission

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
November 12, 6:30-9
Tree lighting, Santa, DJ, and more!

Family Fun Night- Dabbling in the Arts
November 13, 6-8 pm
Call 633-4593 to register, $2/person

3rd Annual Persimmon Ridge Art Show
November 14, 1-5 pm
Arts & Crafts by neighborhood arts, refreshments, socializing, & shopping!
Located in the Persimmon Ridge Clubhouse

Lowe's Build & Grow
November 14, 10 am
Build a pullback car for FREE!

Lazy T Farms LLC Open House, Shelbyville
New riding lesson program
Raffles, free trail rides, hot chili and cider
November 14
Call 502-930-5551 for more info.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints starts open parties!
November 14
See schedule here!

Mommy & Me Zumba at Fit for Life
November 16, 6 pm
Call 647- 7867 to register
$7 total for mommy & child

Turkey Trot 5K (2nd leg of Shelby County Holiday Trifecta)
November 21, 8:30 am

Family Fun Day at the library
November 21, 11 am
Family Christmas Ornaments

Light Up Simpsonville
November 21, 6 pm

Shop Small Saturday
November 28
Shop all the local shops in Shelby County!

House of Boom
Family Night
Every Monday from 6-9 pm
$35 for the whole family to jump!

Don't forget to check out the new indoor playground Kaleidoscope on those colder days!

Have a month of memory making fun in Shelby County!

*This list will be updated regularly. If you know of any events please email

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