Thirty-One Gifts Gives Back with #31Share + Giveaway

At the Thirty-One Gifts National Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of Thirty-One Gifts. This Columbus-based company, founded by Cindy Monroe, is one the 28th largest direct sales company in the world and 14th in the United States. Thirty-One has been named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the world and Cindy’s smiling face has graced the cover of […]

Things to do in Mansfield Ohio: August 2015 Edition

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 in August 2015 […]

Thousand Trails Seaside RV Resort: Tent Camping Along the Oregon Coast

Walking along the Oregon Coast at sunrise collecting sand dollars.

A road trip along the Oregon Coast provides ample opportunity to explore coastal towns, walk the beaches in search of that perfect sand dollar or sunset, and hike through one of the state parks located along Highway 101.  The Thousand Trails Seaside RV Resort provides tent camping along the Oregon Coast within close proximity to […]

Living Hope for your Journey

Living Hope CD from Pizza Ranch

During our cross country drive from Ohio to Oregon and back, my husband and I took the opportunity to swing by a Pizza Ranch for lunch. Pizza Ranch is something we don’t have here in Ohio but as a huge fan of pizza, I thought it would be worth checking out. In my mind, a […]

Review: Incase DSLR Pro Pack

The Incase DSLR Pro Pack stores your camera and laptop for travel.

One dilemma I face as a travel blogger is how best to store my electronics when I’m on the road. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have this problem. I often travel with both a DSLR and point and shoot camera which I use depending on what I’m doing and where I’m going. […]

Tent Camping for the First Time in Over 10 Years: Was I Crazy?

Tent Camping after 40- is it worth it

When my husband and I decided to drive from our home in Ohio to Oregon and into Washington State, my husband suggested we camp to save money. I agreed. After all, I remember that our camping trips as a family were always full of adventure, and sleeping in a tent would save us money. I […]

Travel as (Nearly) Empty Nesters

Walking among the Redwoods in California.

My husband and I are entering a new phase in our lives. Though we can’t call ourselves empty nesters because our children do continue to live in our home, we have pretty independent children who are more than capable of looking after themselves and tending to the house and our pets so we can travel […]

The Tiny Church in Emigrant, Montana

The view from inside the tiny church in Emigrant, Montana on the way to Yellowstone National Park.

If you look for tiny churches in the Roadside America app, you’ll find these miniature establishments in many forms, log cabins, teepees, and traditional chapels scattered across the country. I found several this way on a recent road trip from my home in Ohio to Oregon, but not this one. We passed this tiny church in Emigrant, […]

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep when Traveling

Tips to get a good nights sleep when traveling

“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.” Nearly 4 million Americans suffer from insomnia on a regular basis. Surprisingly, many people with this condition can fall asleep but have difficulty staying asleep. Nearly 72% of Americans who […]