My Advice to Local Businesses – What I learned in 2021

This blog post informs other local businesses and fellow content creators on what I learned in 2021, business and marketing-wise. I have studied some of the trends I have mentioned over the past few years. Take this with a grand of salt, and remember, what I will list, worked for me; what I did that work may not work for you; keep that in mind. I also learned quite a bit from my marketing and business classes last semester. Below are five main things I learned – and recommend others to do this year.

Comunity Over Competition

I know in the blogging/influencer community, there are quite a few of us that look at our colleagues and assume they are enemies/competition when that isn’t the case at all. Competition is far from the truth. When you’re in business, but your business is in a local community; Plus, building a community and connections is way healthier than viewing others as enemies or competition. Deep down, when it comes to this phrase, it is putting relationships and customers first. I often see the business owners or influencers stress about their “competition” even to the point that they lose sight of their mission or vision for their business/brand. It isn’t to suggest that we should not serve others well, but to let go of the feeling that your business isn’t “doing enough” or isn’t “as great” as the next business like yours. Stop stressing, and focus on what matters in the now.

Listen to Customer Feedback / Pay Attention to Analytics

This piece of advice may seem like a given, but I mean – dig deeper. Take reviews seriously, conduct frequent surveys about what your customers and target audience want to see, or just general feedback surveys. Survey Monkey (not sponsored) is a great way to conduct affordable-free surveys! I recommend using their service before any others for your first time.

Use Social Media to Advertise and Connect

Social media is a free way to boost one’s business or gain attraction and customers. With the changing technology and increased use of social media, it is wise to get involved and create pages on various social media sites. Tiktok is great for small businesses that can ship out products but not necessarily great for local businesses that can’t or don’t have anything to ship out. Instead, local businesses such as bakeries or services can use Instagram or Facebook to grow their business. Also, look into collaborating with creators such as bloggers or influencers to help spread the word of your business and help your pages and business grow! A lot of good advertising consists of “word-of-mouth” marketing, so ultimately, if you can get people talking about your product, business, or brand, it will pay off and help you get even more noticed!

Recently, Kentucky has ranked one of the top states for “staying connected” on social media and the web. The top five sites: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and TikTok (Sophy, 2020). If it were me, this is what kind of businesses should have what:

  • Eateries/Resturaunts – Facebook and Instagram
  • Jewelry/Accessories/Clothing – Facebook, Instagram, TikTok
  • Local Goods – Instagram and Facebook
  • Event Venues – All of the above except, Snapchat

I could keep going, but I’ll stop there for now in this blog post. It is also worth noting that local groups on Facebook also have set days for local businesses to advertise; see if there are any in your area!

Show Your Face / Show Off Employees

When you show more of the “behind the scenes,” it gives off a vibe and sense of community to attract more customers. Showing off your employees and even showing your (the owner’s) face on social media can also help create a sense of identity for your brand.

Post Consistently

Post consistently. It helps create a community within the customer base and shows your commitment to your brand. It is also easier for a business or someone to grow on social media if they post consistently. I also suggest not being chaotic with posts but staying authentic and true to yourself and your brand/business. Many customers/followers enjoy seeing posts that are packed with value; keep that in mind.

According to Auburn Advertising, “Post on social media every day. Organic reach, which is the number of people you reach without paying to boost an advertisement or post, can reach only a certain amount of people. Each time you post is another opportunity to reach your audience. Posting each day strategically and consistently maximizes your organic reach (Payne, 2020).

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Final Thoughts

And with those tips, I wish you good luck! If you would like to talk more about any of the advice I mentioned above, please email me at caitie@lifewithcaitie.com, and I will be happy to discuss any of the topics said more! This is a subject I am very passionate about, and I genuinely hope the advice helps your business or brand in some way! I suggest watching Vanessa Lau on YouTube for more tips like these, as I learned so much from her! I adore her passion and energy! Also, don’t forget to follow my Instagram and subscribe to the blog to stay updated on all things Kentucky and local – if you like to learn more about local living in Kentucky. This year in 2022, I will be focusing more on living local! If you don’t already know, my motto is, “don’t just support local, live local,” and I hope to encourage others to do the same this year! Stay tuned to my Instagram stories for updates and more!

Sources (APA7):

Joshua Sophy. (2020, July 11). Kentucky ranks as the most connected state on social media. Small Business Trends. https://smallbiztrends.com/2020/07/socially-connected-states-teneo-survey.html#:~:text=Kentucky.,LinkedIn%2C%20Snapchat%2C%20and%20TikTok.

Payne, L. (2020, December 30). The importance of consistency in social media marketing. A Service of Inner Spark Creative. https://www.auburnadvertising.com/articles/86-the-importance-of-consistency-in-social-media-marketing

Jessamine County Homeless Coalition – A “Look” Inside

If you are in the urgent need or know someone in need of shelter here in Jessamine County, please go ahead and visit this website for the JCHC: https://www.jchcky.com/

Founder of JCHC pictured when they partnered with AdventureServe Ministries; photo sourced from their Facebook Page

Backstory of How the Homeless Shelter Started

The Jessamine County Homeless Coalition became a legal non-profit in May 2016. However, they opened for operation in Nov 2016. When asking Johnny Templin, the Executive Director and Founder for JCHC, about the background and how JCHC came to be, he replied, “in January 2015, our food pantry opened. After praying into it for two weeks, God clearly answered. Preachers all of a sudden started asking me for resources for homeless people. After two weeks, I submitted and decided to start the process and make it legal in our coming.”

Something worth mentioning is how they host great and sometimes unique events, remember my blog post on the 2021 Jessamine County Fall Festival? They were the hosts and organizers/operators of the event! As well as the Jessamine Maze Days Event.

Programs and Services Offered at the Moment

There are quite a few good programs at JCHC that are beneficial to individuals in urgent need and any community members needing any of the provided and open (to the community) services listed below.

  • Emergency Shelter – 4 Days Emergency Center for those temporairly homeless.
  • Case Managed 90 Day Program – Focuses on housing stability and placement, with an emphasis on arrangement, coordination, monitoring, and delivery of services related to housing needs and improving house stability (JCHC Webiste).
  • Community Meals – Three meals provided for anyone in need:

Breakfast 7:00am – 8:00am

Lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dinner 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • Community Showers – 9am – 6pm daily based on JCHC needs and availability.
  • Community Laundry – One load per household nightly from 5pm – 7pm.

Please visit their website for more information on these services, listed at the top of this post.

The Winter Weather Emergency Shelter Program

This overnight accommodation is strictly designed for any commUNITY member in need of a warm shelter, regardless of past restrictions from JCHC. 

JCHC Website
  • Nightly check-in from 7:30pm – 11:00pm.
  • All persons must abide by facility rules and policies while receiving this emergency service.

Contact the shelter directly or visit their website for more information on the Winter Weather Emergency Shelter/Program.

How We Can Help

There are so many ways we can give and help out others here at the Jessamine County Homeless Coalition/shelter. Did you know there are even little ways that go big we can do? Such as using your Kroger Card or shopping on Amazon? It is a neat way to give back, even without thinking sometimes. 

Other ways we can help are by volunteering and donating! If you are considering donating to JCHC, please visit this web page to see what they need and more information; the web page also features more information about how you can use your Kroger card and Amazon.

For monetary donations, you donate via Venmo to @jchcky.

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Last-Minute Local Gift Guide for Her

Local Gift Ideas: Fayette & Jessamine Co. Area

If you’re reading this blog post, it must be because you may have been busy and haven’t picked up a gift for a remarkable woman in your life. Well, you came to the right place! In this blog post (not sponsored), I will give you three ideas for a last-minute gift for her!

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3. Gift Card(s)

This might be an obvious answer but honestly, if you’re going this route, think BIG. Do not just go to Kroger and get her a Starbucks gift card or a grocery store gift card, or even fast food… I promise you; there are much better options while supporting local!

  • The Kentucky Castle The Kentucky castle is a wonderful place with quite a bit to do and they offer spa and dining services and experiences! Get a gift card online by clicking here. The Kentucky Castle is located in Versailles, Ky.
  • Gigi’s Boutique Gigi’s is a small local boutique located in Wilmore, Kentucky! You can also purchase gift cards from her site!
  • Days Gone By BoutiqueAnother local boutique located in Wilmore, Ky! You can also find gift cards on their site!
  • Fizz Facial Bar Fizz Facial Bar is also a great gift for any woman in your life, I absolutely love their services! Get a gift card from them by clicking here!
  • Massage Strong – Give the gift of a deep tissue massage! Another fabulous choice. Massage Strong is located in Nicholasville, Ky! Click here to purchase a gift card!
  • Local Lex Market A market dedicated to supporting local businesses, Local Lex is a great choice for any lady who loves shopping and supporting local! They are of course, located in Lexington, Ky! You can purchase a gift card by visiting their site.

There are so many places to pick from when getting gift cards! Just select which you think she would love best! Is she a shopper? Does she love luxury gifts? Does she value experiences over material items? Choose based on her personality or what you know she’ll love!

2. Create a Thoughtful Gift Basket

You can also shop locally in your area to create a beautiful and thoughtful gift basket. Nobody knows her well as you (I’m assuming), so things you could grab would be:

  • Self-care/love Items – Journal and pen, soap, eye mask, face masks, pedicure kits, self-care book, etc.
  • Comfort Items – Fuzzy socks, a nice robe, comfortable undergarments, nice pair of slippers, a nice throw blanket, new sheet and bedding set of her choice…
  • Her Favourite Candy/Snack
  • Movie(s)- Gather a few of her favourite movies or movies in her favourite genre neither of you have seen yet.
  • Gift Card – A few giftcards to local places, her favourite resturaunt/coffee house…

Those are just a few things you could mix up and put together!

1. An Experience

There are lot of experiences you could give her this Holiday season! Here are some ideas:

  • Take Her Skating There are two skate rinks for ice skating in Lexington, Ky. The Lexington Ice Center and Triangle Park!
  • Have a Date at the Kentucky Catstle – The Kentucky Castle offers couples packages! Look into it.
  • Go to LexLive and Have a Movie/Date Night – LexLive is a newer venue in downtown Lexington, Ky that is just amazing, much better than an ordinary movie theatre! Check out their website!
  • Go Horseback Riding – There are quite a bit of places in Kentucky you can go horseback riding at including Shaker Village and Sunburst Horsemanship School.

No matter which gift route you go, I assure you, she will love these ideas, especially coming from you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cosplay Corner: Anna From Frozen 2

Backstory

Anna is a character from the Frozen franchise owned by Dinsey. I’m sure everyone reading this has seen the iconic first Frozen movie, which features the story of Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. Frozen 1 was a wild ride, and according to Little London Magazine, Frozen was the “world’s most popular Disney film choice is Frozen with 1.9 million Google searches globally every year since it launched (source)”. In Frozen 2, we get a more meaningful story with many deeper meanings and messages (in my opinion) than in the first movie. If you haven’t watched Frozen 2, you should plan to this holiday season!

Where I Got The Outfit

  • Costume: I actually bought the main costume from Party City; the cape and the dress came from Party City however, I cut the slit to make it more realistic to the film.
  • Shoes: I was so dissapointed I couldn’t find a replica of her shoes she wore in the film so I just ettled with a knee-high solid black boot instead, which came from Forever 21.
  • Wig: The wig came from Amazon, however, I styled it myself.
  • Leggings: In the film Anna is wearing brown pants under the dress/robe so I decided on a brown pair I found from Forever 21.
  • Makeup: For her makeup I decided to keep it simple, and elegant. Natural look with a lot of blush to represent the cold weather and of course I added a lot of freckles.

Photographer Info.

For this cosplay, I decided to have a photoshoot to really capture the look in its full glory. The photographer I approached for this shoot is one I have worked with many times before and adore, Alyssa with Crescent Moon Photography. She offers minis and other packages as well! You can check her out on Facebook by clicking here, and don’t forget to follow her Instagram! She is Nicholasville-based!

The Photos

Final Thoughts

I was absolutely stoked when I received the images; I also feel this has been my best cosplay so far! If you enjoy cosplay content, consider following my cosplay and gaming account on Instagram, and for lifestyle and Kentucking living content, consider following my main Instagram page! As always, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I do! Happy Holidays!

Jessamine County’s Seventh Annual Christmas Fest

St. “Nich” Christmas Fest Saturday, December 11th, 2021

In this blog post, I am going to be sharing my time at the Christmas Fest, so for those that didn’t get to attend, know what may be in store for next year! Unfortunately, I only got to attend three things, but they were all so fun! I also want to add, everything about the fest was amazing. It felt so nice connecting with the community. We are so blessed to have such a strong, small-town that truly cares about one another and does things like this. I hope everyone who got to go had a great time.

K-CAL Old Time Radio Christmas Show – 2:30pm

My husband and I had a blast watching the Christmas Show at the K-CAL Old Time Radio Theatre. I have done a blog previously on this place, and if you would like to give that blog a read, click here! I absolutely adore the cats and producers, and this Christmas show was a great one! My husband was also lucky enough to attend his first time and win their door prize! It was a great ‘ole time! The show was so suspenseful and overall engaging. 

Oak and Main Maker’s Market

I went to the Oak and Main Winter Maker’s Market and had an absolute blast networking and shopping with local Kentucky businesses! I also really want to highlight one business in particular or, well, a few I got to buy from while there! There were many female-owned businesses, and it made me happy to see it! I love supporting fellow girl bosses! Some mentioned may not be labeled as female-owned, but most I will list are!

Hidden Homestead – Berry, Kentucky/Harrison County Business

FEMALE-OWNED BUSINESS! They had a booth at this Winter Market selling baked goods; when I got to talking, I learned that they were actually a meat company that will deliver to all over Kentucky! But they also do a lot of baked goods that you can also order. Check them out on Facebook! The owners are Nicole & Angela Elbourn. I purchased their bourbon balls which did not disappoint!

Dyverse Gemz – Nicholoasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business

I visited this booth on my way out, and immediately the design of her wax melts caught my eye. They are so adorable! The scent I bought was Kentucky Bourbon, and it smelled so good, especially when I went home to change out the wax warmer. I also tried her body cream, and it felt nice to the touch. Check out their website by clicking here, and don’t forget to check out their Instagram.

Hand Crafted at Whiskey Spring Farm – Lancaster, Kentucky/Garrard County Business

This was one of the first booths we visited, and my husband actually picked out this really cute Kentucky blue ornament; I was shocked he wanted to pick the ornament out; he has excellent taste! They make all kinds of cute crafts, and I believe they do customs as well. You can view their Facebook page by clicking here! Also, check out their website!

Fancy Marcelli/Mad Ginger Entertainment

They actually have a true-crime podcast! I bought this lovely ornament pictured below because, as some of you who know me, know Facebook always puts me in “time out,” but hey, I’ve actually been a good this year! Anyhoo, I just had to get this humourous but adorable Facebook Inmate ornament! It was also nice meeting one of the owners and getting to know about how they are into true crime, just like I am! Click here to visit their website and check them out on Facebook!

Beyond Sight Creations – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business

I have stumbled upon this booth multiple times, and every time it is just so pleasing to the eye. They make amazing jewelry out of stones, crystals, and more. I bought a dainty emerald ring to represent my birthstone and color. It was so gorgeous, and I had to have it! You can find them on Facebook by clicking here and on Instagram!

Wildling Wanderlust – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business

It was so nice meeting Logan; their jewelry is absolutely amazing! I bought a pair of cute snowflake earrings to wear this Winter season and am so excited to coordinate them with vintage outfits. They have amazing rings, earrings, and more! Definitely give them a follow on Instagram by clicking here!

Amanecer Michelle Body and Beauty – Nicholasville, Kentucky/Jessamine County Business

I enjoyed talking to the owner of this business! I also ended up buying a nice body butter by the name of Pink Sugar. It smells amazing and feels so good to the hands, great for Winter use for anyone who has dry hands! You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here and can click here to view her website!

Sweet & Sassy Jam and Jellies

I got to try their Strawberry Lemonade flavor of Jam, and it was by far the tastiest jam I ever had in my life! I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. You can check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

More Businesses That Were There:

And there were many more! To see everything from my haul, check out my story highlight, Holidays 2021! If you aren’t on this list but would like to be, please email me at caitie@lifewithcaitie.com if you were a vendor at Oak & Main’s Winter Market. If any wrong information or more you would like me to add, also shoot me an email!

Whimsy Cosmos Booth

St. Nich Christmas Parade

To wrap up the Christmas Fest (there were many more events, but I could only attend these three, there was the St. Nich Christmas Parade! It was so fun for children and even the adults! My favorite part was by far the Grinch escaping only to be caught by the police! It was funny and very entertaining.

Photos in the gallery above were sent in/submitted by Laronda Royse – The Parade

Thank You

If you stuck around until the end, thank you. I love sharing about this community and supporting local businesses and events. Please consider subscribing to the blog, and if you are interested in being featured in a future blog, you can email me at caitie@lifewithcaitie.com!

Before You Go…

Western Kentucky suffered significant losses in their communities. It is so heartbreaking and devastating. Mayfield, Bowling Green, Dawson Springs, and more Western Ky towns need help. I know Shop Local Ky raised over $100,000, and multiple people have been helping them in clean up. If you too would like to contribute and help, there are many ways you can. I have a story highlight on my Instagram titled “Ky Strong,” in there, you will find multiple sources and other ways you can help the storm/tornado victims. We are in this together. Andy Beshear also set up this government page for anyone who wishes to donate to these communities, linked below.

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund – Click Here!

My Cat’s First Photoshoot

I took my cats, FluffKatt (Fluff Cat) and Tinker (Short-haired Cat), to get Christmas photos done! …the outcome is absolutely adorable too. Earlier in September, I won a giveaway, and it involved a pet photo session from Jeannie Francis’ Pet Pics. Wonderful person, excellent photographer! I’m just going to have to have these pictures speak for themselves!

Jeannie Francis Pet Pics

This pet photographer is gifted, and her prices are excellent, especially for her talent and what she delivers. She is a photographer who specializes in pet photography based in Lexington, Ky. You can check out her website by clicking here! You can also check out her Instagram as well by clicking here.

How My Cats Acted

My cats weren’t too excited. However, they did so much better during the session than I thought they would! We used the door squeaking and a few noisemakers to make them look, and for the most part, the pet clothes we had them put on helped them stay in one spot to somewhat pose some. Tinker is just a natural star, while FluffKatt was the one we really had to work with. Overall, it was such a fun experience, and I’m so happy with how these turned out!

The Photos

These photos turned out so good! I hope they bring a smile to your face!

How to Cut Ties With Toxic People

This blog post will quick and briefly go deep into general family and personal issues as we are touching on the topic of toxic family members. Sometimes cutting ties is the unfortunate answer. Don’t let anyone shame you for doing so, as we need to do what we can to save our peace and to lower our stress. In this post, we will go over how to slowly cut ties with these toxic family members; now, family is important, as long as they aren’t affecting your mental or even your physical health.

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Ways to Cope With Toxic People:

• Set limits & boundaries
• Be empowered/proud of your motives/don’t be a victim
• Choose battles wisely
• Forgive but don’t forget
• Protect your own happiness and soul
• Understand & remember that you don’t need their approval
• Separate if it comes to saving your peace

How To Slowly Cut a Toxic Person Out

There are many reasons why we may need to cut someone out of our lives, even if it is temporary. Sometimes toxic people are our family members who may view us/you as competition or jealousy or animosity towards us/you. When they start to harass us/you is time to cut them out to save our/your own peace. This is the sad and unfortunate truth. After some research and going through these experiences myself, here is my advice on how to slowly cut ties with said toxic people:

  • Make sure it isn’t something that can be “talked out” or overcome in group therapy.
  • Be honest, and don’t cut around the corners. Let them know how they make you feel and your feelings about the relationship.
  • Let others who know you and this person/group of members know what is going on, and let them know you don’t feel comfortable around them. They should respect your reasonings.
  • Slowly end the contact. Talk to them less and less, mention how you feel once more, block on all platforms on social media, erase contact information.
  • Avoid any more drama and gossip with the other family members in this situation.

If in the future you feel it could be time or okay to come into contact with them again or visit them to see how they are or whatnot, do so slowly.

What To Do If You Feel Alone

Don’t feel guilty. Sometimes there are other family members who will feel the need to “choose a side,” sometimes it isn’t your side they choose and just remember that it is okay, avoid gossip and drama with said members if that is the case, if there are family members who support you during this event, that is good. But some of us don’t and sometimes won’t have that kind of support.

“If you cannot get support from other family members who are also aware of the situation – do your best to love yourself”
https://natashaadamo.com/toxic-family-members/

Natasha Adamo

After reading Natasha Adamo’s response to the matter, it really shows the importance of keeping your peace and loving yourself through these hard times. Don’t forget to practice self-care and love yourself. Be patient with yourself.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes cutting people out of our lives, even temporarily, is what is needed. “family is family”; however, peace is peace! We need to stop forcing relationships that are harmful and toxic on others just because “they’re family.” For more on this topic, I have written the articles below in the past:

For more topics and content like this, be sure you are subscribed to this blog, and follow me on Instagram! Thank you for reading, my email is always open for anyone who needs an ear to vent to, or a person to listen.

A Kentucky Friendsgiving

In this blog post, I am going to share my pecan pie recipe and share where you can find more tasty recipes in collaboration with fellow Kentucky bloggers/creators to give you all the best dessert recipes you could ask for! I do encourage everyone to check out each of the creators listed as I will have their websites and Instagrams linked + their full recipes will be on their Instagram! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Old-New Fashioned Pecan Pie

Ingredients Needed:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Sea Salt
  • Packed Light-Brown Sugar
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Three Large Eggs
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Pecan Halves
  • Real Vanilla Extract
  • Pie Crust
  • Unsalted Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour

What To Do:

Have your pie crust rolled out and ready in the desired pie pan, I like to use glass pie pans for looks really. Then lather the crust with melted butter, all over. Remember to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, sit to the side! Next, in a small saucepan, you will melt 3/4 stick of unsalted butter on medium heat. Once melted, add 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar and mix. Then add three-quarters of maple syrup, I prefer Michele’s Gourmet Butter Pecan Syrup as it is so rich in flavor and makes the pie tastier than corn syrup. Now you will pour this mixture into a mixing bowl and set it aside to cool. Next, you will beat three large eggs in a small bowl for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds. Once time is up, sit the bowl of eggs down and go back to the mixing bowl and add a few pinches of salt, I prefer sea salt, and two tablespoons of the flour, mix. Then add 9 drops of real vanilla extract into the bowl along with 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, and 1 cup of pecan halves as well as the beaten eggs, and mix once more. Once all is mixed, it is then ready to pour into a pie pan on top of the buttery crust. Place in the oven, and let it cook for 45-51 minutes. Serve with whip cream, ice cream, or alone!

Other Amazing Recipes By Kentucky Creatives/Bloggers:

Brittany Fiero – Chocolate Bark w/ Toppings

You can view this recipe by visiting her Instagram, @her_mise_en_place, and remember to check out her Website, click here!

Candy Wafford – Salty Honey Pie

You can view this recipe by visiting her Instagram, @whereivebeentravel, and don’t forget to check out her website by clicking here!

Whitney – 7 Layer Bars

You can view this recipe by visiting her blog post, 7 Layer Bars (Click Here), and check her out on Instagram @fabulousinfayette as well as her website by clicking here!

Cold Weather Date Ideas in The Nicholasville/Lexington Area

We’re getting to the part of the year where the days are colder and shorter. However, the romance is still fluttering in the air. In this blog post, I will share five date ideas for the Holidays!

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

5. Grab Some Coffee/Hot Cocoa

There are quite a few local cafes I can suggest!

4. Have Dinner at a Nice Local Resturaunt

Eating at local restaurants is a great way to bond with someone while supporting a local business! Here are some excellent local restaurants I have been to and certainly suggest!

3. Check Out Local Events Near You

Always check if any events are going on near you! You will find all sorts of fun, unique, exciting things to do! You can check out my “News and Events” page here on my website or search for events on Facebook! I always keep my events page up-to-date! A few events my Husband and I are looking at this December are:

2. Go Look At Christmas/Holiday Lights Together

Sightseeing for Christmas/Holiday lights is always a fun idea! Many neighborhoods in Lexington often decorate for Christmas, and I feel this would be a unique date experience. There are also places like Louisville Mega Cavern, which hosts Lights Under Louisville, and Southern Lights in Lexington that showcase Christmas/Holiday lights and displays with quite a bit of extra things to do! I will say, Southern Lights has to be one of my favorite places in the wintertime.

1. Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is also a unique date idea. So many people are afraid to get on the ice, but this makes for a great bonding moment together as you can face your fears with each other by trying ice skates out! The Lexington Ice Center is a magnificent place for those who have never been ice skating before! You can check out their website by clicking here. You can also visit Triangle Park in Lexington and their seasonal skating rink! To view times and prices, click here!

Final Thoughts

No matter what you choose to do for date night, remember that time is precious. Turn off the cellphones, try something new, get out and experience the world around you! If you enjoyed these ideas and if you try them out, let me know! I may make a post for date ideas in Nicholasville or Lexington, or both soon! Comment below what your perfect date night looks like; I would love to hear your thoughts as well! If you enjoy supporting and living local, please consider subscribing to this blog for more posts like this one. I often highlight businesses here that are local in Central Kentucky! You can also follow me on Instagram! As always, thank you for reading and tuning in!

The Lemon & Lavender Market – Nicholasville Ky

Over this past weekend, there was a vendors craft market hosted by Lemon & Lavendar, a Nicholasville business specializing in vintage crafts. The event was so fun and I met so many amazing people and got acquainted with so many amazing locals & small businesses in Kentucky.

Photo Taken by Me

A Little About Lemon & Lavender Vintage:

Lemon & Lavender is a local business that specializes in vintage crafted items. The owner is, Becky Ogden and she operates a booth at Route 27 Vendors located off N. Main in Nicholasville.

“In July I had a grand reopening of the booth where I completely reset and restyled it to fit my style better and stock 99% vintage/antiques now. I’ve been there for 3.5 years. I hope to open my own shop someday, but until then, I’m focusing on my booth and some pop-up sales! Folks can watch my Instagram and FB page for more info! People can also contact me for Lemon & Lavender Vintage & antique t-shirts as well!! Here is a pic of the shirt and my booth after I reset it.” – Becky Ogden

You can check Lemon & Lavender by clicking here for their Instagram, and here for their Facebook page!

Below is a photo of the shirt, and her booth!

The Businesses Who’s Booths I Visited:

There were so many businesses & booths that I lost count! However, here is a list:

And much more! If you were a business there and I missed your booth, email me and I will add you to this list. To learn more about these businesses, click their business names in blue as it will send you to their social media page or website.

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely had a grand ole time, and I feel so did others who attended. I saw lots of happy smiling faces and shopping bags everywhere! It was an in and outside event that was so much fun! I absolutely love connecting with local shops and people. For more content like this, consider subscribing to my blog for all the latest in Central Kentucky, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

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