The boardwalk at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

A Guide to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Ft. Myers Florida


Imagine your family walking through a jungle-like setting in Florida.  Suddenly, someone spots a gator laying in the morning sun!  A few moments later, someone else hears a creature walking through the underbrush and a wild hog appears!  While even further down the path, you see some birds unlike any you’ve ever seen outside your living room window!  Are you…

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point – 50 Tips For Your First Visit


There are certain kinds of surprises that most people don’t like.  I’m talking about the surprise of realizing that you forgot something at home, that your kids aren’t tall enough for the super fun water park that you just spent a bunch of money to stay at, or that a small cup of red grapes cost $7 at the coffee…

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winter activities for family fun

26 Winter Activities for Family Fun


I just heard the weather forecast for tomorrow, and it says SNOW!  8-10 inches of the white stuff will be covering the ground before we know it.  That’s winter in Wisconsin, and the season seems to go on forever!  It’s hard to imagine that some parts of our country don’t have to deal with the cold and snow, but I…

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where we are traveling to in 2018

Where We Are Traveling to in 2018


Are you an expert vacation planner, or do you like to travel last minute?  Have you been dreaming about a destination for years, or do you travel to where your dreams take you?  Who’s the winner here?  The person who is out traveling and on a great adventure is definitely winning!  I love to plan our trips, and am not…

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bentleyville tour of lights in duluth mn

Bentleyville Tour of Lights – 25 Tips for Your First Trip


Is your family ready to get into the Christmas spirit?  Well, there’s no better way to do that than to visit the Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth, Minnesota.  How many lights are there?  Only four million!  Bentleyville is the largest walk through light display in the US that is free!  There’s Christmas music playing, Santa Claus listening to little…

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cook the cover of eating well

Cook the Cover – So Easy, an Eight Year Old Can Do It


This month’s cook the cover is the November issue of Eating Well magazine.  I was convinced I would be making a healthy version of Thanksgiving dinner, or at least something to do with turkey.  But no, Eating Well put chopped root vegetables on their cover.  Raw vegetables, and I couldn’t even tell what some of them were (what is the…

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fishing is a first experiences for kids

First Experiences That You Can Give Kids Instead of Toys


Are you wondering what to buy for the kids in your life?  What do kids like these days?  What are they into?  Who knows, right?  And whatever it is, they will probably like something different tomorrow.  How about giving them an experience instead of a material gift?  Give them the opportunity to try something new, spend some time with you,…

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