Go On A Safari Without Leaving Ohio at The Wilds

I have always thought it would be amazing to go on an African Safari.  But I know realistically it will most likely never happen.  The cost is just simply to high especially with a family of six.  Airfare, hotels, passports, and more.  The cost would simply be astronomical.  Then I discovered that I could go on a safari without ever leaving Ohio.  And when I experienced The Wilds I truly did find it hard to believe that I wasn’t on the other side of the world. But I was in fact in Cumberland, Ohio visiting North America’s largest conservation facility … …..

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Newly Renovated Hotel Breakers {Cedar Point–Sandusky, OH}

One of the best things about living in Ohio is being close to Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!  I absolutely love roller coasters and was a tiny bit sad last year that I wasn’t able to ride any during the entire season including HalloWeekends in October.  Of course it was for a  very good reason – I was pregnant with my adorable Lilah Rose and I’d choose her over roller coasters any day.  But, I admit, it was still a little bummed that I would never get to ride Mantis again.  However, once I found out … …..

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Salt Fork State Park Lodge & Conference Center–One of Ohio’s Many Hidden Gems

When it comes to planning summer vacations many times we immediately think of places far from home.  Places that take hours of driving and way too many gallons of gas to reach or maybe even plane tickets.  But what you might not realize is that there are some pretty spectacular vacation spots very close to home.  I admit I’m at fault with this because I tend to have the mindset that there is nothing fun to do in my home state of Ohio, but the truth is Ohio is full of so many hidden gems.  I plan to share a … …..

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Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort–Paradise in the Middle of a Snow Storm {Sandusky, Ohio} {Plus Giveaway}

As I sit here typing away even more snow is falling from the sky and I’m dreading going to pick Alleigh up from school because that means I have to take the other three little ones out into the frigid cold.  Yet just a few weeks ago I was relaxing on a lounge chair at the side of a tide pool surrounded by palm trees in a perfectly comfortable 82° paradise.  And I want to go back so badly.  The good news is it’s very possible to visit again while the winter keeps dragging on because it’s not a very … …..

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The Farm at Walnut Creek {Sugarcreek, OH – Amish Country}

Far too often I find myself thinking that there is nothing fun to do in Ohio, but in reality that is the furthest thing from the truth as you will see in this and some upcoming blog posts as well.  A few weeks ago the girls and I joined a very good friend of mine and her children on a trip to Amish country to explore The Farm at Walnut Creek which opened in 2007.  No matter your age a visit to The Farm will be a truly unique and educational experience that the adults will enjoy just as much … …..

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Never Wordless Wednesday: Ohio State Park Lodges Press Trip Sneak Peek

I am so excited to have been invited to attend an amazing opportunity touring numerous Ohio State Park Lodges and surrounding activities.  And so now through Saturday the hubby and I are on a little press trip and it’s the first time we have been away from all of our kiddos at the same time….. well since having kiddos, hehe.  It’s great getting some time to ourselves and experiencing such awesome places in Ohio.  I don’t want to share too much just yet, but in honor of Wordless Wednesday here are just a few photos that I took today while … …..

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Head to Cleveland for Some Monster Sized Fun at a Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Game!

Boys liking sports more than girls is one of those stereotypes that my girls happily break.  They love to kick back on the couch and watch every sport imaginable with their daddy.  But what they enjoy even more is attending live sporting events.  We have taken them to basketball, football, and baseball games which they absolutely loved and so when given the opportunity to attend a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game I knew we couldn’t pass it up!  And so about two weeks ago we piled in the car and headed up to Cleveland to attend the game at Quicken … …..

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Escape the Frigid Temperatures at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay Where It’s Always 82 Degrees & Sunny! Plus a Giveaway!{Sandusky, Ohio}

I’m just putting this out there.  I hate winter.  Ohio is definitely the wrong state for me.  And this winter has been absolutely brutal so far.  It’s not so much the amount of snow that has fallen, but the frigid temperatures.  One day it was -13° and that wasn’t even including the wind chill.  I am so desperately yearning for sunshine and warmth outside, but right now that is months away.  I was so excited when our family was invited to spend the weekend at Cedar Point’s Castaway Bay where it’s always 82° and sunny giving us a much needed … …..

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Monster Jam Rolls Into Quicken Loans Arena for Valentine’s Day Weekend! Family 4 Pack of Tickets Giveaway {Cleveland, Ohio 2/14-16th)

Listen up!  I am SO excited because Valentine’s Day is only 2 weeks away.  It’s not the chocolates, flowers, or romantic cards that have me all excited – though I wouldn’t be against the idea of any of those things from my hubby {just in case he’s reading}.  What I am really excited about is Monster Jam!  I absolutely love that Monster Jam rolls into Cleveland, Ohio every mid February.  Yup, for me Valentine’s Day is not about candlelit dinners and a dozen roses.  It’s about  twelve-foot-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines tearing up a dirt track.  I guess you wouldn’t call me … …..

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Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate! A Year’s Worth of Fun Packed Into One Show! {Cleveland, Ohio 1/10 – 1/19 2014}

On Friday evening my sister joined me and the girls on a trip to Cleveland to attend Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.  It’s becoming a bit of a tradition to attend each year with the girls and they were super excited.  Kaelyn kept asking if her favorite characters from her favorite movies would be there – The Princess and the Frog and any of the Toy Story movies.  She absolutely adores Tiana, Woody, Buzz, and Jessie.  In fact for Christmas this year she received a Tiana doll from her Aunt Courtney as well as Woody and Jessie pull string … …..

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