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2016 May Ohio Festival Schedule

2016 May Ohio Festival Schedule


Let me first say, I DID NOT come up with this comprehensive Ohio Festival list. No. I just added a few local things that I knew about that weren’t included. This list was created by the folks over at I should also mention that they implore you to call first or do some sort of quick research as “festivals are added, cancelled and moved regularly”. Pay special attention to those dates “where there is an * (asterisk) next to the date. This means that the date is unconfirmed.”


5/5-5/8 – Wild Turkey Festival – McArthur
5/6-5/7 – Dandelion May Festival – Dover
5/6-5/7 – Cinco de Mayo Cleveland – Berea
5/6-5/8 – Appalachian Festival – Cincinnati
5/6-5/15 – The Biggest Week in American Birding – Oak Harbor area
5/7 – Cleveland VegFest
5/7 – Worthington Plant Fest
5/7 – Celtic Beltane Festival – Norton
5/7 – Schedel Gardens Community Day Festival – Elmore
5/7 – Green on the Green – Worthington
5/7 – Herb Day Festival – Gahanna
5/7 – Rock n’ Roll Fest – Mansfield
5/7-5/8 – Cincy Cinco – Cincinnati
5/7-5/8 – Central Ohio Folk Festival – Galloway
5/11-5/14 – Perrysville Free Street Fair
5/12-5/14 – Alchemy Rising Music and Arts Festival – Pataskala
5/13-5/14 – Mercer County Ribfest – Celina
5/13-5/15 – Community Days Festival – Lancaster
5/13-5/15 – CincItalia – Cincinnati Italian Festival
5/14 – Copley Food Truck Festival
5/14 – Lilac Festival – Defiance
5/14 – Food Truck Festival – Huber Heights
5/14 – Zanesville Jaycees Food Truck Rally
5/14 – Craft and Herb Festival – Wadsworth
5/14 – Brew Ohio – Newark
5/14 – Exploring the World through Stories Festival – Akron
5/14 – Bluffton Arts & Crafts Festival
5/14 – Xenia Salsa Festival
5/14 – The Hooley – Cleveland
5/14-5/15 – Asian Food Fest – Cincinnati
5/14-5/15 – HorseFest – Kirtland
5/14-5/15 – Frontier Arts Festival – Painesville
5/14-5/15 – Delaware Arts Festival
5/15 – Fleurs et Vin – Dayton
5/15 – Paddle on Paint Creek Fest – Greenfield
5/15 – OregonFest
5/19-5/22 – St. Al’s Bridgetown Festival
5/19-5/22 – The Ville Music Festival – Garrettsville
5/20 – Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest – Columbus
5/20-5/21 – Buckeye BBQ Fest – West Chester
5/20-5/21 – St. Francis de Sales Parish Spring Festival – Newark
5/20-5/22 – Spring Fling Festival – Miamisburg
5/20-5/22 – Hamler Country Fest
5/20-5/22 – Cherry Blossom Festival – Barberton
5/20-5/22 – A World A’Fair – Dayton
5/20-5/22 – Mongo Fest – Grafton
5/20-5/22 – St. Paschal Baylon Spring Fling Festival – Highland Heights
5/20-5/22 – St. Brigid Parish Festival – Xenia
5/20-5/22 – Our Lady of Victory Parish Festival – Cincinnati
5/20-5/22 – Maifest – Cincinnati
5/20-5/22 –Arcanum Old Fashioned Days
5/20-5/22 – Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Festival – Mansfield
5/20-5/22 – Sandusky County Art & Music Festival – Fremont
5/21 – Rally by the Rails Festival – Walbridge
5/21 – New Albany Founders Day
5/21 – Upper Valley Fiber Fest – Troy
5/21 – Kidsfest/Safety Fair – Sandusky
5/21 – Shriner’s Chili & Wing Cook Off – Mansfield
5/21 – Der Dutchman Heritage Days – Plain City
5/21 – Mayfest – Berea
5/21 – Hartwell Arts and Crafts Fair – Cincinnati
5/21 – Oxford Wine Festival
5/21 – ‘Yappy Hour’ Party – McConnelsville
5/21 – Brick Street & Jazz Festival – Minerva
5/21 – Big Brews and Blues – Dayton
5/21 – Primavara! Romanian Festival -Fairlawn
5/21 – Claire’s Day – Maumee
5/21-5/22 – Red, White and BBQ Rib Burn Off – Willoughby
5/21-5/22 – St. Rose Parish Festival – Lima
5/21-5/22 – Cleveland Asian Festival
5/21-5/22 – Hessler Street Fair – Cleveland
5/21-5/22* – The Civil War Encampment – Burton (NEXT IN 2017)
5/22 – Tallmadge Food Truck Festival
5/26 – Vintage Canton
5/26-5/29 – Blossom Time Festival – Chagrin Falls
5/26-5/29 – Saint Anselm Church Festival – Chesterland
5/26-5/30 – Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe
5/26-5/30 – Port Clinton Walleye Festival
5/26-5/30 – Kenmore Community Days
5/26-5/30 – Moonshine Festival – New Straitsville
5/27-5/29 – St. Dominic Parish Festival – Cincinnati
5/27-5/29 – Dark Star Music Festival and Camp Out – Thornville
5/27-5/29 – Oak Hill Festival of Flags
5/27-5/29 – PigMania BBQ Festival – Lima
5/27-5/29 – Rockin Ribfest – Lima
5/27-5/29 – Canal Dover Festival – Dover
5/27-5/29 – Duck Creek Log Jam – Logan
5/27-5/30* – Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival – Cleveland – CANCELED and DISCONTINUED
5/27-5/30 – Tremont Greek Festival – Cleveland
5/27-5/30 – Grafton Village Firemen’s Festival
5/27-5/30 – Berea’s National Rib Cook-off
5/27-6/5 – Ohio Bike Week – Sandusky
5/28 – Mohican Traditions Arts and Crafts Festival – Loudonville
5/28 – Water’s Edge Art Festival – Novelty
5/28-5/29 – Asian Festival – Columbus
5/28-5/29 – Patriot Freedom Festival – Dayton
5/28-5/30 – Logan Hills Festival – Zanesfield
5/28-5/30 – Taste of Cincinnati
5/28-5/30 – Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
5/29 – Dayton Heritage Festival
5/31-6/11 – Cincinnati Fringe Festival

If you head over to the originating site,,  you might even find a review on something you’ve been thinking about attending! So, which festivals will you be attanding this month? I will be attending only one for sure and that’s the 5/22 – Tallmadge Food Truck Festival

Originally posted 2016-05-05 13:37:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Simple Things You Can Give To A Women’s Shelter That Will Drastically Change Lives

Simple Things You Can Give To A Women’s Shelter That Will Drastically Change Lives

Women that go through the trauma of domestic violence are all too often left in a situation where they are unable to support themselves or their children, if they have any. They are left without shelter or resources during a very difficult time in their lives. That’s where the women’s shelters come in. Better known as battered women’s shelters or women’s refuge shelters, the spaces are more than just typical homeless shelters. They act as places of refuge, solace, and safety when a woman needs it the very most.

Little known fact, my mother and I lived in women’s shelters 2 separate times. As a single mom who hadn’t graduated high school, my mom was in dire need of whatever help we could get. This may surprise some of you but the experience wasn’t horrible. Neither time. I was fairly young. Probably 6ish the first time and 9 or so the second time. I remember having a lot of friends and being baby sat by wonderfully nice women who slept on the same floor as my mom and I. I remember playing in an open field trying to catch butterflies with some of the other children. We would eat our meals like one huge family. Everyone gathered around a string of tables throughout the first floor. Those are positive memories but I also remember needing things that we couldn’t afford right away.

These shelters get funding from the government and nonprofits, but they also need your help. A huge amount of their supplies come from donations from people like you and I who are looking to make even a small difference in someone else’s life. Remember that there are tons of ways to help others in the world, and donating is one of the easiest and most efficient methods of doing so.

These 12 items are desperately needed in women’s shelters across the country (and the world), and I bet that you already have most (if not all) of them in your home.

Please SHARE with your fellow do-gooders on Facebook!


Underwear, Lingerie, Bra, Pink

Bras can cost a fortune, right? I always wondered why when they have so little fabric (like belts and undies). It must be a complicated piece to  put together. Finding the right bra is a chore in itself but when you’re on a fixed budget bras are hard to come buy. Check your drawers to see if you maybe have some old bras that you don’t like anymore or ones that don’t fit. They need to be in decent shape at least. What a welcome gift a bra can be when you don’t have the money to go buy a new one.

2. Nail Polish

Manicure, Pedicure, Cosmetics, Kosmetikstudio, Care

Imagine that you have a job interview and your nails look shabby. A coat of nail polish can go a long way in making a person appear to be put together. Not to mention, your hands are always a focal point at some point in the interview. You wanna put your best nail forward right? Well, so would the ladies in the women’s shelters. Donate some even though it seems trivial. You may be giving someone the edge they need.

3. Art Materials

Art Supplies, Brushes, Rulers, Scissors, Paintbrush

Life can get dull and depressing without a creative outlet. Art supplies, even just a simple set of watercolors and paper, can go a very long way at your local women’s shelter. Plus, these women are likely in a bad place emotionally, and being creative can help sort out those feelings. We can find adult coloring books everywhere for crazy cheap. Help a woman who’s mind hasn’t been at ease in some time lose herself in something colorful and creative. To take your mind off of your troubles even for an hour is a Godsend to some.

4. Diapers

Baby, Cloth, Clothing, Color, Colorful, Comfort, Diaper

Many women in women’s shelters are also moms and are in desperate need of diapers and wet wipes for their babies. All moms know how ridiculously expensive that kind of stuff can be, and it’s not like they are an optional investment for mothers. Yeah… you could go the cloth diaper method and save yourself some money that way. But not everyone has the time to wash out diapers on a daily basis. Ya know, I read somewhere that most experts will tell you that a baby will go through between 2,500 – 3,000 diapers in their first year!!! A single mom would benefit tremendously from donated diapers.

5. Books

Books, Book Stack, Stack, Literature

It doesn’t matter what the subject just give books. Reading is so important as we all know. The children and mothers need reading material. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Meaning, the brain is a big ‘ole organ. USE IT or lose it people. Help someone keep their mind sharp by donating books in a wide variety of topics.

6. Feminine Hygiene Products

Tampon, Hygiene, Cotton, Body Care, Women

For those of us that always have a multiple-box stash of tampons, pads, and pantyliner, it’s hard to imagine that time of the month without feminine hygiene products. I know when I started couponing I stocked up that first year (2011) and haven’t had to buy any since. That’s right, I haven’t bought one pad, tampon or liner in over 6 years. I’m fortunate for that yet, so many women across our own country have to go without them. Tampons and pads, as well as the feeling of cleanliness and civility that comes with them, should be a basic human right. It’s not too hard to pick up an extra box when you’re at the drug store to donate to women in need.

7. Cell Phones

womens shelter phone

Did you know that some shelters may be able to activate your old cell phones for women in the shelter to use as a callback number for job interviews or for other emergencies? Yeah. Pretty cool right? And even if your nearest shelter doesn’t have that capability, cellphones can be sold for money to buy other odds and ends that the shelter needs to keep up and running.

8. Transportation Passes

Bus, Transportation, People, Aisle, Shoes, Seats

If you live in a city, you can donate train or bus passes that can be used to get around while keeping appointments and going on job interviews. A gas card can be very helpful too. A woman won’t be able to get back up on her feet if she has no way of getting around. Sidenote: I live across the street from a halfway house for women. Every day I see them all loading into one big van and then coming home late in the evening and filing out. I imagine it takes all of them to keep that old van filled with gas.

9. Purses and Wallets

Purse, Bag, Handbag, Fashion, Female, Woman, Style

Purses and wallets are something of a status symbol, and those who rely on women’s shelters might need to upgrade theirs to be successful in job interviews, or they might not have one at all. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I walked out of my house without my purse (unless I was taking out the trash). It’s like an extension of my body. I couldn’t imagine not having one.

10. Cosmetics & Beauty Products

Makeup Brush, Make Up, Brush, Cosmetics, Makeup

Look, beauty products range in price from crazy cheap to outrageously expensive. And most of us have some we’ve never even touched, or only touched once or twice. So long as they are clean, donate your unwanted cosmetics to a woman’s shelter to help a woman in need feel beautiful again. Put yourself in her position and think of how a simple facial moisturizer can help boost the mood and make a fellow human feel, well, human.

11. Good Time Tickets

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Women in these shelters are forced to use their money frugally, which leaves them and their family unable to enjoy so many of the things that we take for granted. Many women’s shelters will accept tickets to the movies, a concert, museum passes or other donations that will give the gift of happiness to a group of women who could really use it. Or even a group of children too!

Which Shows Are Returning Next Season?

Which Shows Are Returning Next Season?

You know how every season the shows change? Well, have ya been wondering what’s gonna be happening in the near future? Here’s a list of a few shows and whether they’ll be Canceled, Renewed or Ending. I mostly went through and looked for my favorite shows (indicated with an *) There’s a more comprehensive list at the end of this post.

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How To Get Away With Murder* – Renewed for Season 4

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Scandal* – Renewed for Season 7

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Grey’s Anatomy – Renewed for Season 14

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So You Think You Can Dance* – Renewed for Season 14

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This Is Us* – Renewed for Seasons 2 & 3

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Portlandia* – Ending After Season 8

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Duck Dynasty – Ending After Season 11

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Westworld* – Renewed for Season 2 (but not until 2018!!)


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Insecure* – Renewed for Season 2

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The Simpsons* – Renewed through Season 30

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I Am Cait – Cancelled after 2 Seasons

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Ray Donovan* – Renewed for Season 5

Here’s a more comprehensive list. This list have 152 shows on it. See if your favorites will be making the cut.

How to Make Money with your Fitbit

How to Make Money with your Fitbit


If you own a Fitbit I bet ya didn’t know that you could make money just from using it. Yuppers! Imagine that. By actually using it for its intended use you can earn a free bonus bucks. 

Start by downloading the Pact app in the App Store. It’s free. And you’ll need to set up a profile when you run the app for the first time. You’ll also need to put in a payment method. Credit card information. 

Next, connect your Fitbit and Pact Apps. 

It’s really easy. You decide how many and what type (exercise, logging, or healthy eating) of pact you wanna challenge yourself to. For each pact you stand to lose $5 for not completing your pacts. However, if you complete all of your pacts you won’t be charged anything. You’ll earn money! You won’t get rich but it’s a bonus none the less. Once you hit $10 you can withdraw you money. Or you can let it build up and then reward yourself later. It took me a few months but I finally made it to $10. I haven’t had to pay out ever either. $5 can go a long way with coupons. It’s just the motivation I need to make sure I’m completing my pacts. 

This past weekend I went and got the free health screening at Walmart. I was not at all surprised to find out that my glucose level and blood pressure were absolutely normal. Partially due to my activities with the pact app. Keeping me healthy and earning pocket change at the same time. 

On a average I make $1.10 per week doing 3 workouts, 3 food logs and 2 veggie pacts per week. If I were to increase my pacts in any way then I’d earn more money. 

It’s taken some time (2.5-3 months) but I finally reached $10 which is the amount needed to make a withdrawal. Yay me! 


Originally posted 2016-03-07 03:30:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season

The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly cared for.

In order to get through the winter season and keep skin healthy, you’ll need to pay extra attention to a consistent winter skincare routine. Follow these five simple suggestions and your skin will be ready to soak up the sun when warm weather rolls around again in the spring.

* Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Daily winter activities like shoveling snow, walking to the grocery store, going to the football game, or even playing in one, will have guys reaching for bottles of water to quench their thirst, but their skin also gets dehydrated as the cold air saps moisture from it, leaving skin dry and cracked. In times like these, make sure to have a face lotion handy, and Dove Men+Care offers the Hydrate+ Face Lotion, which provides fast-absorbing moisturization for immediate hydration that lasts all–day long.

* Update your shaving routine. Shaving is an essential part of most men’s daily routines, whether they prefer the clean-shaven look or want to clean up the edges of their beard. The Dove Men+Care Face Range is a full skincare line that helps men take better care of their face in three easy steps. First, wash by using the Hydrate+ Face Wash that offers effective cleansing and fights skin dryness, followed by a shave with the Hydrate+ Shave Gel that provides superior moisturization for men’s faces and helps protect from irritation caused while shaving. Finally, finish your face care routine by using the Hydrate+ Post Shave Balm that will relieve irritation caused by shaving.

*Customize your skincare. While it’s important to follow a consistent and proper face care routine, it’s also a good idea to customize that routine and choose products that cater to your specific skin type. Products in the Dove Men+Care Face Range are available in two variants – the Hydrate+ products offer advanced protection for dry skin while the dermatologist-tested Sensitive+ range contains a fragrance-neutral formula gentle enough for sensitive skin types.

* Don’t forget the sun block. When the temperature plummets, sunblock is probably the last thing guys think of. However, the truth is that sunblock on your exposed skin is also important in the winter, even though it’s not as sunny. To make things easier, guys can use a daily moisturizer that contains SPF, which is an effective way to integrate skin protection into the routine. The Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ and Sensitive+ Face Lotions contain SPF 15 in a fast absorbing, lightweight formula.

* Avoid extended, hot showers. A hot shower can be comforting after a long day out in the cold, but hot water can also have a drying effect on your skin, and it strips skin of the essential oils and lipids it needs to stay healthy. So, the next time you shower, either lower the temperature of the water or shorten your showering session.

The cold winter weather is just around the corner and no one, including guys, are immune to the dangers it presents to skin health. By establishing your proper winter skincare regimen now, you can enjoy a happy, healthy winter season. To help you through the season, and learn more about the Dove Men+Care Face Range, visit


$2.00 off ONE Olay Total Effects or Age Defy  $1.00 off ONE Olay Facial Cleanser or Moisturizer
$2.00 off ONE Olay Regenerist Product  $2.00 off any one (1) Schick Razor for Women
$1.50 off ONE Gillette System Razor  $1.25 off ONE Olay Hand & Body Lotion

Originally posted 2015-01-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What to buy in May

What to buy in May

Did you resolve to save more money during 2016? Well, one thing you’ll need to know is what goes on sale during this month. It’s a good way to figure out what to stock up on. Also, keep in mind that Graduations and Father’s Day come in June (Sidenote: My birthday is May 16th if anyone wants to plan to get me anything).

To begin, here are the National Events for this month:

  • National Bike Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports
  • National Mental Health Awareness
  • Lupus Awareness month

And also worth noting on SPECIFIC DAYS

  • Cinco de Mayo – May 5
  • International No Diet Day – May 6
  • Free Comic Book Day – May 7, 2016 (First Saturday in May)
  • Kentucky Derby – May 7, 2016 (First Saturday in May)
  • Mother’s Day – May 8, 2016 (Second Sunday in May)
  • National Women’s Check-up Day – May 9, 2016 (Monday following Mother’s Day)
  • National Shrimp Day – May 10
  • World Lupus Day – May 10
  • Eat What you Want Day – May 11
  • National Receptionists Day – May 11, 2016 (Second Wednesday in May)
  • Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day – May 14, 2016
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day – May 16
  • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17
  • International Museum Day – May 18
  • National Cheese Souffle Day – May 18
  • National Employee Health and Fitness Day – May 18, 2016 (Third Wednesday in May)
  • National Museum Day – May 18, 2016Plant Something Day – May 19
  • National Brown-Bag-It Day – May 25
  • Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day – May 26, 2016 (Thursday of Memorial Day Week)
  • International Hug Your Cat Day – May 30
  • Memorial Day – May 30, 2016 (Last Monday in May)
  • World No-Tobacco Day – May 31

All of these “days” are in the month of May along with a bunch others. Just follow THIS LINK.

Sales & Deals you can normally expect in May:

  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Barbeque Supplies
  • Buns
  • Burgers
  • Charcoal
  • Cheese
  • Chips
  • Dip/Salsa
  • Grilling Items
  • Hot Dogs
  • Marinades
  • Meat
  • Salad
  • Salad Dressing
  • Spices
  • Tortillas
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Pineapples
  • Rhubarb
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Father’s Day stuffs: steak, cologne, jewelry, watches, shaving supplies, golf deco, golf balls, baseballs, footballs, speakers, DVD’s and CD’s
  • Physical Fitness and Sports stuffs: fitness aids, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, athletic clothes, nutrition bars, and socks
  • Mother’s Day stuffs: Jewelry, flowers, chocolate, perfume, makeup, beauty supplies and craft supplies for Mother’s Day.
  • For Memorial Day look for cookout supplies, grills, grilling utensils, charcoal, grill cleaners, spices, seasonings, condiments, and flags


That’s a pretty all inclusive list! What will you be buying during May?

Originally posted 2016-03-28 17:04:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Safe food techniques every home cook should know

Safe food techniques every home cook should know


(BPT) – Good hosts want positive experiences around the dishes they prepare for the holidays — great conversation and good memories. What’s a sure way to mar the feast? Not being consistent in following safe food handling techniques that every home cook should know. Each year, one in six people experiences food poisoning, affecting some 48 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Sometimes, the causes of food poisoning are beyond our control, in spite of regulations and best practices by farmers and food companies. While ready-to-eat foods and restaurants are often highlighted in the fight against food poisoning, we often overlook that home cooks are important partners in reducing the risk of foodborne illness,” said Mike Robach, vice president of food safety at Cargill.

“The most common foodborne pathogens, like salmonella and campylobacter, can cause serious illness, particularly in young children, the elderly, pregnant women and other immune-compromised people,” said Shelley Feist, executive director of the Partnership for Food Safety Education. “Consistently practicing good hand hygiene and safe food handling at home is important to protect your family from these microorganisms and the serious illness they can cause.”

Each year, foodborne illnesses lead to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the CDC, as they can lead to serious conditions such as sepsis and kidney failure.

Like any skilled chef, you are best prepared to create a memorable feast when you keep these safe food handling practices top-of-mind. They are just as necessary to a great meal as sharp knives, high-quality cookware, fresh ingredients and the right appliances.

Clean hands and surfaces often

Before you begin cooking, start by making sure your work area and tools are clean. Wash all preparation surfaces, including cutting boards, with hot, soapy water. If any tools or containers you will need are dirty, either run the dishwasher cycle or hand-wash the items in a sink of hot, soapy water. Finally, wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food.

Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables

Depending on what you are using, some foods will require rinsing. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating or using. Firm-skinned produce like cucumbers and apples should be rubbed under running tap water by hand or with a clean brush. You should also rinse any produce that will be peeled, because microorganisms on the surface can be easily transferred to the flesh with a peeler or knife blade. Blot fresh fruits and vegetables dry with paper towels.

There is no need to rinse raw meat or poultry, at least, not in the name of food safety. All that will accomplish is potentially spreading bacteria in your sink and beyond. Raw meat and poultry must be cooked to a safe internal temperature.

Safely handle meat and poultry

The best home cooks know it’s important to safely handle raw meat and poultry. To start with, do not thaw frozen meat and poultry at room temperature — to do so gives harmful bacteria an ideal environment to multiply and spread.

There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, submerged in cold water, and in the microwave. Food thawed in cold water or in the microwave should be cooked immediately.

Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods, and use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat and poultry.

And it is worth a reminder — never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw or undercooked meat or poultry.

Cook to safe temperatures

Here is a compelling reason to cook food to a safe temperature: Even a professional chef cannot say with precision if a food item is cooked to a safe internal temperature. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that cause illness. Get a food thermometer and use it consistently. For a list of safe internal temperatures, visit the Partnership for Food Safety Education website at

Safe leftovers

Proper storing of leftovers in a refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below helps reduce the risk of food poisoning. Keep leftovers in shallow containers so they cool off more quickly. When reheating leftovers, make sure they reach a safe temperature of 165 F degrees as measured with a food thermometer. Consume or freeze refrigerated leftovers within three to four days.

For more tips to build your skills and expertise in food safety, visit Check out an animated video, as well as fun items such as kid-friendly placemats to download, and a collection of delicious side dish recipes that incorporate home food safety tips.

AWESOME FREE Tech Resources at the Cleveland Public Library

AWESOME FREE Tech Resources at the Cleveland Public Library

We all know what you can generally expect at any public library. Books, copiers, computers, meeting rooms, reading tables, water fountains, etc. But I just recently found out that the Cleveland Public Library offers so much more – especially for artists, crafters, students and the like. You see, at the Cleveland Public Library they have the TechCentral MakerSpace. It’s located at the Louis Stokes Wing Lower Level, 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The hours are

Main Library Hours

Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 6:00
Sunday: Closed

 Branch Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 to 7:00
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 to 6:00
Sunday: Closed


The TechCentral MakerSpace is a cutting-edge space equipped with industry standard technology and fabrication, equipment, and software, allowing you to turn your ideas into reality. 3D Printing and Scanning, Vinyl and Laser Fabrication, as well as Music, Audio, and Video production are all available in the MakerSpace.

About the TechCentral MakerSpace
The TechCentral MakerSpace is a creative and collaborate design and fabrication space that allows you to turn your ideas into reality. The MakerSpace is available to all Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member library card holders. To access the TechCentral MakerSpace, you will need a library card in good standing, and a Photo ID.

The TechCentral MakerSpace is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine
Engrave materials up to 24” x 12” in size and cut through select materials up to 1/4” thick using the TechCentral MakerSpace laser engraver. Wood, acrylic, leather, and rubber can all be cut and engraved using the laser unit. Painted or anodized metals, as well as glass, marble, and stone can be engraved as well.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Epilog Mini 24”x12” 40-watt Laser Engraver. CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector graphics software are available for designing and preparing projects for the laser engraver.

3D Printing and Scanning
Create physical plastic objects from 3D computer renderings using the TechCentral MakerSpace 3D printer, or turn physical objects into 3D computer renderings using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology. See more information about 3D printing at the Library.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, and one NextEngine 3D Scanner HD available for use. Also available for staff-assisted prints are a MakerGear M2 3D Printer and a MakerBot Replicator 2X ABS printer.

MakerSpace Vinyl Cutting Vinyl Cutting Machine
Design and create custom vinyl decals for signage, wall art, and more. Up to 24” wide decals can be printed using our vinyl cutter.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has one Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter available for use, as well as a variety of vinyl sign making tools. CorelDRAW vector graphics software is available for designing and preparing projects for the vinyl cutter.

Photography, Videography, and Graphics Design
Professional-level software is available on MakerSpace computers for editing of photo, video, and graphics design projects.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Photography and Videography software and equipment available:

  • Wacom Intuos Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (Medium)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premier
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Paint.NET
  • Apple iMovie
  • Windows Movie Maker

MakerSpace MusicMusic Recording and Production
Record Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, or even design your own synthesized tones and beats in the TechCentral MakerSpace. Produce your tracks using professional equipment and software.

The TechCentral MakerSpace has the following Music equipment and software available:

  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB MIDI Keyboard
  • Squire Bullet Strat Guitar
  • Squire Bronco Bass Guitar
  • Korg Monotron, monotron DUO, and monotron DELAY analog synthesizers
  • Mbox 3 Mini Interface
  • Avid Pro Tools Express
  • Audacity
  • Apple GarageBand

MakerSpace Computer Access and Meeting Space
The TechCentral MakerSpace has a small number of Windows and Mac computers available for use with MakerSpace projects. Additionally, a small seating and meeting space, including a SMARTBoard projector, is available for project design and collaborative meetings.

MakerSpace Materials and Use Fees
General use of the space, equipment and software is free of charge with your library card. A variety of materials for the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer are available for purchase at the TechCentral MakerSpace. You are welcome to bring in your own materials for use with the laser engraver and vinyl cutter. MakerSpace staff must approve all user-supplied materials before they are used on MakerSpace equipment, to prevent damage to equipment, or harm to uses within the MakerSpace.

Pretty awesome right?! Recording equipment, expensive graphic design programs, 3D printer, laser printer, vinyl machine?!! Fantastic! I’d say we’re pretty darn lucky to have those resources available to us for free. Got more questions? Call TechCentral at 216-623-2980 for additional details.

They also offer classes such as Microsoft Word, Computer 101, Laser Engraving Basics, Cutting and Pressing Vinyl Tshirt Deigns and more! Find the upcoming calendar of events HERE.

And if that wasn’t enough you can also rent devices for 3-hr time periods!! They call it the Tech Toy Box. iPads and CPL laptops are available to borrow with a swipe of your library card! A picture ID and your library card are all you need to borrow these devices for a 3-hour period to use anywhere within the library. Once the device is returned to the kiosk the information is wiped clean and recharged so you don’t need to worry about your information being stolen.

Believe It Or Not, You Can Return Opened Beauty Products!

Believe It Or Not, You Can Return Opened Beauty Products!

I’ve been buying a fair amount of make up lately. Trying to teach myself how to apply makeup without it looking silly. Up until now, the only makeup I wear is eyeliner and occasionally some lipstick. I just thought it was time I learned how to give myself the glamorous look when the mood strikes. Sounds harmless right, yeah, until you’re spending upwards of $9 a piece on this makeup that may or may not work out for you. In the past few weeks I’ve bought several items, most of which I don’t like. It never occurred to me that I could return it. Well, you can!! Not everywhere but most places. Good news right? Here’s a partial list of places that will accept returns on opened beauty products, as told by Fashionista:

CVS: The retailer’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and Beauty Guarantee policies allows for opened beauty products to be returned within 60 days of purchase, “no questions asked.” Make sure you save your receipt or invoice because if you don’t, you’ll receive store credit. If you’re returning an online purchase via mail, call 1-888-607-4CVS to arrange your return. Or take it to your nearest CVS location. (For reference, the Beauty Guarantee covers: cosmetics, skin care, nails, healthy skin care, sun care, hair care, hair accessories, hair color, ethnic hair care and fragrance.)

JCPenney: Customer service confirmed that opened products purchased both at JCPenney proper and Sephora Inside JCPenney can be returned or exchanged for the original purchase price with receipt. If you’re returning an online order, a pre-paid return shipping label is included, but original shipping fees are not reimbursed. The customer service agent did emphasize that you’ll get yo’ money back faster by returning in-store.

Kmart: Customer service confirmed that returns are accepted for refund or exchange on open products as long as you have your receipt. Returns must be made within 30 days of purchase, via the website.

Kohl’s: The retailer’s “No-Questions Asked — Hassle Free” policy covers returns on opened products. In-store returns with a receipt (or if purchased on a Kohl’s charge card) are eligible for full refunds or exchanges, at any time. If you don’t have a receipt, you’ll get store credit. For online returns via mail (no exchanges allowed), you will be responsible for shipping and handling charges, so go to a store location to avoid those fees.

Macy’s: Yes, “cosmetics can be returned at any time after purchase in new or gently used condition.” Even better: returns are free and you can return any time.

Rite Aid: Yes, any opened or used beauty product can be returned for a full refund with a receipt. Online purchases must be returned within 30 days of the ship date, minus shipping and handling charges, and cannot be processed in-store. For reference, the beauty categories covered are skin care/depilatories, sun care, bath/soap, hair care (shampoo, conditioner, styling and professional), hair color, cosmetics, ethnic beauty aids, fragrances, cosmetic organizers and personal care appliances.

Target: Yes, “most” opened beauty products can be returned to Target within 90 days of receipt or up to 120 days if you bought it on your REDcard. (The “most” part means there are some exceptions, like limited edition offer items.) But, all Target-owned brands, like Sonia Kashuk and up&up items, can be returned for a full refund up to one year after purchase as long as you have your receipt. For online orders, just create a complimentary return label online or return to your nearest store location.

Ulta: According to Ulta’s Guest Services page, any product can be returned  within 60 days of purchase or online process date. Just keep the receipt. After 60 days you’ll be issued a store credit rather than a refund. For online returns, you’re responsible for both the return and original shipping fees. (Note: this entry has been updated to reflect current policy.)

Wal-Mart: Per the policy stated on the website, health and beauty items in “its original package” must be returned within 90 days of receipt and online returns offer free return shipping. In regards to opened beauty products, a forthcoming customer service representative said that those returns “should not be a problem” in-store or online and if it is, call customer service. However, for in-store returns or exchanges, the final decision is up to the store manager as locations in “high risk theft areas” may not be as liberal in allowing returns on opened products.

Walgreens: Maybe. Per the website and company representative, returns of opened beauty and cosmetic products are at the discretion of your store manager and “usually in the form of a Walgreens card.” Womp womp.

For a more comprehensive list head over to Fashionista.

2016 July Ohio Festival Schedule

2016 July Ohio Festival Schedule


Let me first say, I DID NOT come up with this comprehensive Ohio Festival list. No. I just added a few local things that I knew about that weren’t included. This list was created by the folks over at I should also mention that they implore you to call first or do some sort of quick research as “festivals are added, cancelled and moved regularly”. Pay special attention to those dates “where there is an * (asterisk) next to the date. This means that the date is unconfirmed.”


7/1 – The Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival – Xenia
7/1 – Red White and Boom! – Columbus
7/1 – Red White and Brats – Columbus
7/1 – Red, White and Brews Festival – Marietta
7/1-7/2 – Thunder Over Holmes County Independence Day Festival – Millersburg
7/1-7/2 – Gnadenhutten Fireworks Festival
7/1-7/2 – Antique Festival – Loudonville
7/1-7/3 – Mesopotamia Ox Roast & Antique Market
7/1-7/3 – Freedom Days Picnic – Celina
7/1-7/3 – Italian American Summer Festival – Berea
7/1-7/4 – Rib, White and Blue – Akron
7/1-7/4 – Granville Kiwanis July 4th Celebration
7/2 – Larchmere Festival
7/2 – Heritage Festival – Kent
7/2 – Wyanstock – Upper Sandusky
7/2-7/3 – Independence Day Festival – New Knoxville
7/2-7/4 – Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration – Delphos
7/2-7/4 – Grindstone Festival – Berea
7/3 – Red, White and Kaboom – Fairfield
7/3 – Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration
7/3 – Lights in Flight Festival – Dayton
7/3 – Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day Festival – Niles
7/3-7/4 – Gallipolis River Recreational Festival
7/3-7/4 – St. Joe 4th of July Festival – Wapakoneta
7/4 – Star Spangled Spectacular – Lima
7/4* – Gem City Day – Toronto
7/4 – Red, White and Boonshoft – Dayton
7/4 – The Doo Dah Parade – Columbus
7/4 – July 4th River Fireworks Festival – South Lebanon
7/4 – 4th of July in Hilliard
7/4 – Red, White and Blue Ash – Blue Ash
7/4 – Americana Festival – Centerville
7/4 – Wooster Community Fireworks and Festival
7/4 – Piketon July 4th Wing Ding
7/4 – Lancaster 4th of July Celebration
7/6-7/9 – Ohio Hills Folk Festival – Quaker City
7/6-7/10 – Fireman’s Festival – Johnstown
7/7-7/9 – Summit County Italian American Festival – Akron
7/7-7/9 – Shelby Bicycle Days
7/7-7/10 – Fairview Park Summerfest
7/7-7/10 – Home Days on the Green – Broadview Heights
7/7-7/10 – St. John Vianney Summer Festival – Mentor
7/8-7/9 – Fireman’s Festival – New Concord
7/8-7/9 – The Ohio Challenge – Middletown
7/8-7/9 – John Paulding Days – Paulding
7/8-7/9 – Ashland County Yesteryear Machinery Club Show – Ashland
7/8-7/9 – Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree
7/8-7/9 – Shreve Homecoming Festival
7/8-7/9 – Shamrock Club Music Festival – Columbus
7/8-7/10 – JulyFest – Cincinnati
7/8-7/10 – Brook Park Home Days
7/8-7/10 – Marietta Riverfront Roar
7/8-7/10 – Tree Town Festival – Forest
7/8-7/10* – St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts – Westlake  – CANCELED
7/8-7/10 – Sacred Heart Festival (Las Fiestas Patronales) – Lorain
7/8-7/10 – Lagrange Street Polish Festival – Toledo
7/8-7/10* – St. Rita Fest – Cincinnati – CANCELED and DISCONTINUED
7/8-7/10 – Cain Park Arts Festival – Cleveland Heights
7/8-7/10 – St. Gabriel Summer Fest – Glendale
7/8-7/10 – Delta Chicken Festival
7/8-7/10 – North Market Ohio Wine Festival – Columbus
7/8-7/10 – Lilyfest – Rockbridge
7/8-7/10 – Huron River Fest
7/9 – Fire in Your Mouth, Fire in the Sky – College Corner
7/9 – Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest – Kettering
7/9 – Koda Bear Fest – Upper Sandusky
7/9 – Summer Meltdown Festival – Lakewood
7/9* – Art on the Hill Festival – Mantua
7/9 – Sunflower Wine Festival – Rocky River
7/9-7/10 – Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival – Bath
7/9-7/10 – River Days – Rocky River
7/9-7/10 – St. Lawrence Summer Festival – Cincinnati
7/9-7/10 – Summer Festival of the Arts – Youngstown
7/9-7/10 – Antique Power Summer Show – Coshocton
7/9-7/10 – Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival
7/9-7/10 – Westerville Music and Arts Festival
7/9-7/10 – Early America LIVE, an 1890 Re-enactment – Jefferson
7/9-7/10 – Lebanese Food and Music Festival – Parma
7/9-8/14 (weekends) – The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace – Rock Creek
7/10 – Mid-Summer Antique Festival – Milan
7/10 – Taste of Tremont
7/10 – Port Clinton Women’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival
7/10 – Cesky Den (Czech Day) – Auburn
7/12-7/18 – The Starwood Festival – Pomeroy
7/13-7/16 – Strongsville Homecoming Festival
7/13-7/16* – Mt. Carmel Festival – Lowellville
7/13-7/16 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Festival – Niles
7/13-7/16 – Pickerington Violet Festival
7/13-7/17 – OLMC Parish Festival – Cleveland
7/13-7/17 – St. Charles Borromeo Homecoming Carnival – Parma
7/13-7/17 – Summer Moon Festival – Wapakoneta
7/14-7/16 – Olde Canal Days Festival – Canal Fulton
7/14-7/16 – Alexandria Fun Days
7/14-7/17 – St. Paul Grecian Festival – North Royalton
7/14-7/17 – Willy Fest Music and Arts Gathering – College Corner
7/14-7/17 – Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show and Reunion – Plain City
7/15 – A Taste of Worthington – Summer Food Festival
7/15 – Kent Blues Fest
7/15-7/16 – SUMMER FEST Downtown (formerly Glass Heritage Festival – Fostoria – My Review
7/15-7/16 – Hudson Wine Festival
7/15-7/16 – Montpelier Bean Days Balloon Festival
7/15-7/16 – Festival in Sycamore – Cincinnati
7/15-7/16 – Sweet Corn Festival – Mt. Gilead
7/15-7/16 – Amesville Fireman’s Festival
7/15-7/16 – Marietta Sweet Corn Festival
7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Conception Parish Festival – Celina
7/15-7/17 – Lambert Days – Ohio City
7/15-7/17 – St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair – Mantua
7/15-7/17 – Painesville Party in the Park
7/15-7/17 – PromoWest Fest – Columbus
7/15-7/17 – Plein Air Art Festival – Lakeside
7/15-7/17 – Ink in the Clink – Mansfield
7/15-7/17 – Islandfest – Kelleys Island
7/15-7/17 – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival – Cincinnati
7/15-7/17 – Castalia Cold Creek Festival
7/15-7/17 – Oktoberfest in July – Willoughby
7/15-7/17 – Kolping Schuetzenfest – Cincinnati
7/15-7/17 – Wellington Cheese Festival
7/15-7/17 – St. Louis Parish Festival – Louisville
7/15-7/17 – Greene Countrie Towne Festival – Greenfield
7/15-7/17 – Sacred Heart Summer Fest – Fremon
7/15-7/17 – Festa Italiana – Cuyahoga Falls
7/16 – Toast of Ohio Wine Festival – Sandusky
7/16 – Headlands BeachFest – Mentor
7/16 – Malinta Fest
7/16 – Taste of Hungary Festival – Columbus
7/16 – Pink Toad Festival – Hamilton
7/16 – Summer Jam Westgate – Columbus
7/16 – Putnam Palooza
7/16 – Crazy Cardboard Regatta – West Chester
7/16* – Kansas Firemen’s Festival
7/16 – Willoughby Artsfest
7/16 – Youngstown Pride Festival & Parade
7/16 – SerbFest – North Canton
7/16 – Art Affair on the Square – Urbana
7/16 – Plein Air Art Festival – Bedford
7/16* – St. Malachi’s Homecoming Festival – Cleveland – CANCELED and DISCONTINUED
7/16* – The Last Call Street Festival – Athens
7/16 – Gardening and Arts Festival at Scioto Gardens – Delaware
7/16-7/17 – Serbian Festival – Parma
7/16-7/17 – Oak Ridge Festival – Attica
7/17 – Akron African Festival
7/17 – BBQfest – Sidney
7/17 – Dayton Blues Festival
7/20-7/23 – Alive Christian Music Festival – Mineral City
7/20-7/23 – Fireman’s Old Time Festival – Laurelville
7/20-7/23 – Gathering of the Juggalos – Thornville
7/20-7/23 – Sheffield Lake Community Days
7/20-7/24 – St. Demetrios Grecian Festival – Warren
7/20-7/30 – Lancaster Festival
7/21 – Taste of Akron
7/21-7/23 – Lodi Sweet Corn Festival
7/21-7/23 – Lions Festival – LaGrange
7/21-7/23 – West Farmington Festival
7/22-7/23 – Mansfield Gay Pride
7/22-7/23 – Festival513 – Cincinnati
7/22-7/23 – Cincinnati Music Festival
7/22-7/24 – Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest
7/22-7/24* – Greek Festival – Middletown
7/22-7/24 – St. James the Greater Parish Festival – Cincinnati
7/22-7/24 – St. Justin Martyr Parish Festival – Eastlake
7/22-7/24 – Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival – Berea
7/22-7/24 – Paper City Music Festival – Chillicothe
7/22-7/24 – Marblehead Summerfest
7/22-7/24 – Celina Lake Festival – Celina
7/23 – Lazy Daze of Summer Festival – Columbus
7/23 – Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival – Miamisburg
7/23* – Scene Ale Fest – Tremont
7/23 – Ukrainian Village Festival – Parma
7/23-7/24 – Rockin’ RibFest – Huber Heights
7/24 – Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Festival – Shelby
7/28-7/30 – Rittman Sleepwalker Festival
7/28-7/30 – Wauseon Homecoming
7/28-7/31 – Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival – Athens
7/28-7/31 – Streetsboro Family Days
7/29-7/30 – The Summer Market – Avon Lake
7/29-7/30 – Vanlue Fest
7/29-7/30 – Strasburg Corn Festival
7/29-7/30 – All Saints Festival – Rossford
7/29-7/30 – St. Ann Parish Fiesta – Hamilton
7/29-7/30 – Shiloh Ox Roast
7/29-7/30 – St. Margaret Parish Festival – Columbus
7/29-7/30 – Big Bend Blues Bash – Pomeroy
7/29-7/30 – Brookville Community Picnic
7/29-7/30 – Johnny Appleseed Festival – Apple Creek
7/29-7/30 – Miami Valley Music Fest – Troy
7/29-7/30 – Mid West Reggae Fest – Canton
7/29-7/30 – Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest
7/29-7/30 – Sharon Fest – Sharonville
7/29-7/31 – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Festival – Cincinnati
7/29-7/31 – Dayton Celtic Festival
7/29-7/31 – SMOY Fest – Loveland
7/29-7/31 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest &
– Canton
7/29-7/31 – Russian Festival – North Royalton
7/29-7/31 – Solon Home Days
7/29-7/31 – Seven Hills Home Days Festival
7/29-7/31 – Holy Trinity Parish Festival – Norwood
7/29-7/31 – Hamler Summerfest
7/29-7/31* – Ilinden Macedonian Festival – Avon
7/29-7/31 – St. Mary Parish Festival – Chardon
7/29-7/31 – International Sunflower Festival – Frankfort
7/29-7/31 – Greater Youngstown Italian Fest
7/29-7/31 – Annie Oakley Festival – Ansonia
7/30 – Good Ole Summertime Festival – North Baltimore
7/30 – Ohio River Ferryboat Festival – Fly (with Sistersville, West Virginia)
7/30 – Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Festival
7/30 – Serbian Festival – Columbus
7/30 – Family Unity in the Park – Cleveland
7/30-7/31 – TABS Festival – Ashtabula
7/30-7/31 – Serbian Festival – Akron
7/30-7/31 – McComb Cookie Festival
7/30-7/31 – Harmar Days Street Festival – Marietta
7/30-7/31 – Zucchini Festival – Chardon
7/30-7/31 – The Gathering at Garst – Greenville

If you head over to the originating site,,  you might even find a review on something you’ve been thinking about attending! So, which festivals will you be attending this month?

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