Suffer from Poison Ivy? This Product can Help

Keep Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub in your first aid kit for camping.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My family enjoys a range of outdoor activities. Camping, hiking, and panning for gold are a sample of the past-times we enjoy that take us off the beaten path. But our adventures also lead to […]

Three Tips For That College Tour

Tips for that College Tour

Several years ago, I visited the Princeton University campus with my 18-year old son. He wasn’t interested in going to Princeton in fact, that son has zero interest in college. Period. We simply visited to learn some of the university’s history and to see the campus, which is gorgeous. It didn’t hurt that we have […]

Things to do in Mansfield, Ohio: September 2015 Edition

Family Friendly events in and around Mansfield Ohio during the month of September.

Welcome to the August edition of Family Friendly Events in Mansfield Ohio where I keep you up to date on special and ongoing events in the area. Check back each month for a listing of new events and things to do in Mansfield with your family. Things to do in Mansfield, Ohio September 2015 Friday […]

St. Paul Hotel: a Boutique Hotel Experience in Wooster, Ohio

The lobby of the St. Paul Hotel in Wooster Ohio is comfortable, stylish and contemporary.

Until six years ago, I’d never heard of the term “boutique hotel.” And then I entered the world of travel blogging. I attended FAM trips and press trips and many times those trips skip the cookie-cutter lodging options in favor of a more intimate or unique property. It didn’t take long for me to decide […]

Homeschool Travel in Morocco: Tours by Experience It Tours


One thing I loved about homeschooling is that it gave my family the freedom to travel. Granted, we didn’t travel as often as I would have liked and we weren’t able to venture overseas, but my children’s education was definitely enhanced by our experiences. I recently received an email from Jeff Wilson, founder of Experience […]

Things to do in Ohio: Mohican

The view from the Overlook at Mohican State Park in Ohio.

The area surrounding Loudonville, Ohio and Mohican State Park is often referred to as simply “Mohican”. One of my favorite places to visit in Ohio and a destination close to home, my family has spent many days and nights exploring the area. We even took our first camping trip at the campground in the Mohican State Park campground. I’d […]

Beautiful UK – Planning to Visit Britain’s Prettiest Villages


As I mentioned last week, my husband and I are hoping to visit the United Kingdom next year. I’ve been researching and asking friends for recommendations and I’ve gotten several suggestions I would never have thought of on my own. I’m told no getaway to the UK would be complete without a visit to one […]

Tips to Get Better Sleep in a Tent

Tips to get better sleep in a tent

“I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” A couple weeks ago, I shared tips on how to get a good night’s sleep when traveling. That post was focused on sleeping in hotel rooms. But this summer, my […]

Facing Back to School Challenges as a Traveling Family

My family wasn’t officially a military family until two years ago when my son swore into the Air Force. But like military families, we moved frequently. Well, kind of.   I’ll explain. As a contractor, my husband traveled often and as a homeschooling family, we’d frequently join him. That meant leaving our home for months […]

Down on the Farm Fun: Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides at Bonnybrook Farms

The Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride at Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville, Ohio near Cincinnati was a hit.

Bonnybrook Farms in southwestern Ohio is a 350-acre working farm that offers programs and events to the public, as well as rental space for private events like country-themed weddings. Public events include Fall Farm Days, lantern-lit wagon rides, a corn maze and a Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride. My husband and I had tried unsuccessfully to […]

How to Remove Clutter When Traveling Abroad

Reduce clutter when traveling abroad with these easy tips.

Next year, my husband and I are planning to travel to the UK for the first time. We’re still in the planning stages. We know we want to visit England, Ireland and Scotland in one trip, but we’ve not even determined if our grown kids will accompany us. Other than reading a lot of blogs […]